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Why Truckers Need to Take preventive Maintenance Seriously


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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck will take place May 5-7.

Although the focus of the inspections will be on driver qualifications, inspectors will still mostly be conducting full 37-point North American Standard Level I inspections during the three-day blitz.

During the vehicle portion of the inspection, law enforcement will be checking brake systems, cargo securement, driveline components, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lights, steering, suspension, tires and more.

Take preventive Maintenance Seriously

Enjoying the open road as a career is something that is not for everyone,but, for those who love it, life doesn’t get much better than owning your own big rig and picking which runs you want to make. However, preventive maintenance tends to be one of those areas that drivers tend to push off until the future. Here are five important reasons that you should take your preventive maintenance seriously going into the future.

Your Safety Matters

First and foremost, your safety matters when driving over the road. If you don’t take care of the maintenance of your truck regularly, you can find yourself stuck in some unsafe driving situations. Whether it’s a brake line blowing or simply losing a windshield wiper, they can be detrimental. Think of times when the weather is adverse and you find yourself dealing with the avoidable problems. preventive maintenance of your truck requires little effort when you look at the bigger picture of your safety as a trucker over the road.

To Avoid Legal Issues

Failure to properly maintain your truck is considered a form of negligence in the eyes of the law. If you knew that your tires were getting bald and you didn’t replace them to a safe level, then you can find yourself faced with a failure to maintain truck lawsuit. This can lead to big financial woes as you can be held liable for any damages and injuries that your rig caused due to a part that was not properly maintained by you. Not only will your financial future be on the line but so will your CDL license.

Keep Your Rig In Service For Longer

It’s no surprise that the better you maintain your rig, the longer it’s going to last. There’s no denying the fact that rigs are an expensive purchase. So, investing a little time and money on a regular basis to ensure that your rig lasts for a long time is nothing compared to the price of buying a new rig way before you should need to.

Your Paycheck Depends On Your Rig

At the end of the day, you only get paid once your load gets safely delivered on-time. If you don’t do preventive maintenance on your rig, you can find yourself broken down with a load that won’t get delivered on-time. The more time it takes to fix the issue will just be decreasing your payday hour by hour.

It Allows You Time To Save For Expensive Parts

One great benefit of having regular preventive maintenance performed is that the mechanic can check for potential future issues that will occur. Wear and tear are a big problem for big-rig truckers and replacing parts on a rig is much more expensive than doing so for a standard motor vehicle. When you have your truck in for maintenance, the mechanic can alert you of parts that are worn and will be ready to fail in the future. This way, you can set aside money to replace those parts in the near future before they leave you sitting alongside the road.

As a big rig trucking professional, preventive maintenance is not an option. It’s a much-needed task that should be completed regularly for the various reasons above. Although it can cost money to have done, compared to the cost of unruly lawsuits and expensive towing and repair bills, it’s a walk in the park. If you don’t have a preventive maintenance plan already, it’s time to get one setup.


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Truckers to be paid overtime in Washington state


Over the Road Truckers have been battling for higher wages, paid detention time, and even pay for all time for some time now.  But it’s not just OTR truckers who have consistently battled for higher wages. Many states, including Washington state, have created laws to protect employees from wage abuse, specifically truckers.

Washinton State Drivers

There are many classes of truckers; long haul over the road, interstate, intrastate, local, and the means by which they are paid differ and are regulated differently by law, including Federal and state laws.

Most OTR truckers are paid by the mile (cpm), but many argue that their time is also valuable, not just the miles they produce. Piece work wages has been a bone of contention for drivers as drivers claim they can work 100 hours in a week ( includes waiting time and other non driving tasks) and still only gross $1250.00 ( based on 50cpm and 2500 miles driven)
This comes out to $12.50/hour.  There is no regard for how man hours the driver worked, just how many miles he/she produced.
Note, OTR truckers are exempt from overtime per Fair labor Standards Act.

Washington state ensures that drivers who are paid hourly receive overtime after 40 hours.

In Bostain v, Food Express  Inc, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that Washington-based truck drivers are entitled to overtime pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek.

Washington CDL-holding truck drivers are entitled to overtime pay under Washington’s Minimum Wage Act, even if they drive outside of Washington State.

  • Washington resident, Washington CDL truck drivers who are paid hourly are entitled to overtime pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek.
  • The case that entitles Washington-based truck drivers to overtime pay under Washington State’s minimum wage laws (not federal law) is Bostain v. U.S. Express (2007).
  • Trucking companies must include all compensation in the regular rate of pay when calculating overtime for Washington-based truck drivers. This means that any mileage bonuses, accessorial pay, and any other non-discretionary bonuses or payments must be included when calculating the overtime rate (the employer can’t just make up an overtime rate).

Driver claims can go back as far as 3 years from today. Thousands of Washington truck drivers have been awarded back pay checks.

If you believe you qualify to receive back wages owed to you, then we encourage drivers to be proactive and inquire.  Find out more at Washington Truck Driver Rights

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Trucking HOS Safety Regulations confused with Department of Labor Wage and Hour Laws


We’ve all heard the continuous discussions regarding Safety, ELD’s, FMCSA Hours-of-Service, Compensable time, Non-Compensable  time, On Duty, Off-Duty, On Duty not Driving, Sleeper Berth, 14 hour Clock, Split Sleeper, More driver Flexibility, and the controversial issue of detention time pay.

Department of Labor

Department of Labor- U.S. Wage and Hour Division

Question:  When we look at all of the above, what do they all have in common?
Answer:Trucker Wages. How truckers are paid could solve, or at the very least, ease, many of the serious and controversial arguments existing today.

One must note: The FMCSA and Hours of Service are SAFETY Regulations NOT Wage & Hour Regulations.  The Department of Labor determines wages.  It is the ambiguity of how a driver logs his/her time that is causing such an uproar of extensive confusion within the trucking community. And the ATA wants it like that.

While the U.S. DOT dictates drivers’ hours of service and duty periods, the U.S. Department of Labor abides by different definitions of on-duty vs. off-duty time, despite using the same phrasing.

Department of Transportation seal

Department of Transportation seal

In order to understand this confusion, we must make it clear.  The professional driver is regulated by the clock ( FMCSA) but paid by the mile. If a driver is ONLY paid by mileage  (piece work wages), any driving obstructions (Detention time, weather, mechanical failures, paperwork, traffic, and even left waiting for another load.) that interferes with that drivers’ regulated clock, limits how much a driver can potentially earn.

So for example, if a drivers waits 1 week for a load he/she supposedly earns nothing because no miles were driven.
Is that legal?  According to the department of labor, No, it is not.  But for decades carriers have been getting away with not paying drivers for scenarios just like this.

A 2018 court decision changed all that as a Judge in Arkansas ruled correctly as he presided over the Pam Transport case.

In a Class Action lawsuit in Federal court against PAM Transport, an Arkansas based company, the court ruled against PAM Transport, for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, a federal law that requires employers to pay truck drivers at least minimum wage.

District Judge Timothy Brooks reaffirmed that PAM Transport violated federal labor laws when they didn’t pay their truck-driver employees at least minimum wage for every non-sleeping hour spent in their truck.  It was determined that drivers are to be paid for 24 hours less 8 hours sleeping time.

In October 2018, Brooks ruling made a commotion within trucking when he ruled that PAM Transport would have to pay their truckers at least minimum wage for 16 hours each day that they work. Unofficially this has been dubbed the “16 hour rule”

Timothy Brooks wrote in his Oct. 19 memorandum on the PAM case:
According to Judge Brooks,  “There is no ambiguity here, then, as to whether an employer must count as hours worked the time that an employee spends riding in a commercial truck while neither sleeping nor eating: time thus spent “is working” and “any work” performed “while traveling must… be counted as hours worked.”
Please read: “Court decisions are turning the tide in favor of Truckers Wages

GOALS;  ATA’s goal is to get as many hours and miles from drivers at the lowest possible cost to the carrier.
The drivers goal is to make as much money as possible, accumulating as many miles as they can within their limits of the 14 hour clock and the 60/70-Hour Limit (drivers may not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. A driver may restart a 7/8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.)

When you first look at the goals, they may appear similar. Both drivers and Carriers want drivers to get as many miles as possible.  The difference is, the carriers do not care how many hours a driver must “work” in order to achieve their mileage, and frankly, the drivers have been conditioned to believe their time is not valuable, only the miles they produce.
Work means not only “driving”, but also “on duty not driving” The issue comes up with HOW the driver logs, especially when drivers log “sleeper berth” or “off duty” rather than “on duty not driving” in order to save their 70.

A drivers’ life is spent waiting, not just driving. Therefore, “relieved of all duty” rarely is a part of their job.

On July 22nd 2019 the DOL issued an opinion letter on whether the time spent in a truck’s sleeper berth is compensable hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
A lot of controversy was raised over this letter.  The main issue is how the driver logged his time and the term “relieved of all duty”

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Wage and Hour Opinion Letter

These letters were most likely triggered because of the PAM case and Judge Brooks ruling in favor of drivers, and the DOL opinion was obviously leaning in favor of the carriers.

No doubt, driver wage court cases will be even more controversial now that there are conflicting DOL statements, specifically  The DOL Wage and Hour law vs. the recent DOL opinion.

Truckers should be compensated for ALL their time less 8 hours sleeping time just as Judge Brooks decided, determined by the Department of Labor and the FLSA.
The opinion by Judge Timothy L. Brooks, of the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Arkansas, says that, under the FSLA, drivers’ total compensation, once divided by the total number of hours worked, should equal at least the federal minimum wage of  $7.25 an hour. This is the MINIMUM, not a standard.

Food for Thought

Questions:  How many hours may a truck driver drive?
Answer:  FMCSA limits the number of hours that can be spent driving, as follows:

  • Drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are limited to 11 hours of driving after having 10 consecutive hours off duty. However, this is not a “daily” limit. Under this provision, a driver could hypothetically drive for 11 hours, take 10 hours off, and drive for another 3 hours before the end of the 24-hour day.

Question:  How are company drivers paid?
As long as drivers are continued to be paid piece work wages, most often being cents per mile, the hours a drivers is regulated and allowed to drive will affect their ability on how much they may earn. They will always be chasing the carrot.

The  DOT and the DOL need to make clear how a drivers logs according to safety a driver to determine wage compensation.

Whether you are a company driver or an independent owner operator, the way company drivers are paid affects everyone.  Driver wages affect freight rates and freight rates affect o/o’s profits.
All Truckers are dependent on how many miles he/she can drive legally in order to get from Point A to Point B, unless they are paid for all time.


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Truckers Save Christmas TCGO Partnering with Trucking’s Top Musicians


Truckers Save Christmas
Trucker’s Christmas Group Partnering with Trucking’s Top Musicians
These drivers and performers will be helping to raise funds and awareness for drivers and families in need
(PARK CITY, Kan., Nov 4, 2019) —
Trucker’s Christmas Group.Org (TCGO), an organization that raises funds to help professional CDL drivers and their families in the United States and Canada, announces its will be working with many of trucking’s top and rising musical stars for their 12th annual holiday fundraising campaign.
Trucking musicians, industry leaders for trucking charities, and other advocates such as Bill Weaver, Paul Marhoeffer, Taylor Barker, Mandi Jo Pinhierio, Jason Henley, Tony Justice, Ken Freeman, Keith Sampson, and more are working with TCGO to raise awareness and funds for the 2019 fundraising campaign.
“One of our biggest challenges has been getting the word out to drivers and those in the trucking community about our mission to help them and their families,” said Mark Abraham, president of TCGO. “We’re excited to bring greater awareness for TCGO with this partnership of a phenomenal group of men and women who have established traction in the community.
This is crucial because 2019 looks to be one of the most challenging years for drivers and their families in years.”
Since 2008, TCGO has been raising funds to help support CDL holders and their families through challenging times during the holiday season. The 2018 season set records for applications and funds distributed to those in need.
To date, over 150 families have been helped with over $90,000 raised and distributed.
“We are always hearing stories of drivers and their families who have fallen on hard times,” said Tony Justice, a pioneer for the resurgence of trucking musicians. “This year, with the challenges facing the industry, as well as many companies and Owner-Operators going under, we hear more and more of these stories. I am proud to be able to do my small part to help my brothers and sisters of the highway — and their families — to have a better and more blessed Christmas.”
Ken Freeman, a longtime driver, rising star trucking musician, and finalist for the 2019 Overdrive’s Trucker’s Got Talent contest, learned about TCGO in 2018 when trucking music artist and supporter of TCGO, Bill Weaver and Taylor Barker, this year’s winner of the Trucker Talent Search contest, noticed Freeman’s talent and passion for giving back to the community. Freeman and his wife Susan quickly volunteered and agreed to help organize and coordinate efforts for this partnership with various musicians to raise awareness of TCGO in the trucking community.
“No parent should have to tell their child that Christmas will have to wait this year,” said Freeman. “I firmly believe in TCGO’s mission to make drivers and their families live a little better this season. I know the challenges of being a driver on the road, and I truly believe we all have to do our part to make trucking a better more compassionate workplace.”
While word of TGCO’s efforts each holiday season has quietly spread throughout the music community Weaver and Freeman will lead efforts to sign more artists and industry leaders as part of the partnership with TCGO.
“The trucking industry has been both a blessing and a curse to me over the years,” said Bill Weaver, owner/operator and driver for Henniff Transport. “Like many drivers, I was gone for long periods of time as a single father to support my family. Those early years were rough for me.
Trucking enabled me to take care of my family, and over the years it allowed me to follow my passion for music. Family is very important to me, and TCGO is a way I can give back to the trucking community and be a blessing to those who face the same challenges as I have.”
To kickoff TCGO’s announcement about its partnership with musicians and industry leaders, Weaver decided to release his 2018 song, “How the Trucker’s Saved Christmas,” a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the Department of Transportation (DOT) shutting down Santa Claus’ sleigh on Christmas Eve. The story is more real than Weaver knew, because TCGO’s resident Santa Claus and board member, Greg Manchester faced his own DOT shut down when he was pulled for a DOT inspection while attempting to notify 2018’s fundraising campaign award recipients.
 Manchester described that it felt like he went from tears of joy to working with a real-life Grinch.
Weaver’s release of “How the Trucker’s Saved Christmas” will be released on Nov. 4, and will be followed Nov. 18 by a video in partnership with TCGO and Bill Weaver to recognize all drivers who end up on the road during the Christmas season.
“When you’re on the road, offer a kind word and shake a stranger’s hand,” said Weaver. “You may help him through a rough day and you just might make a new friend.”
TCGO is proud to be working with so many generous drivers and musicians who have agreed to take time from their own busy schedules to spread the word of TCGO’s mission and its fundraising campaign this year. The musicians will also encourage people to donate and nominate families in need.
Among those include Taylor Barker himself, who has been vital in obtaining new items for the TCGO store for this year’s fundraising campaign.
“Trucker’s love to see children smile, whether it’s a fist pump and a smile when they hear that air horn, or the simple joy of getting a Christmas present when they know things are tough at home,” said Barker. “Growing up and living in rural Tennessee, hard times are a fact of life for many families. I believe each driver needs to do what they can to make this work environment a better place for our children.”
Other musicians to support this year’s TCGO fundraising campaign and help grow awareness in the industry include The Stone Creek 4 and country music legend Leon Everett, who credits truck drivers with making his concert tours possible through tireless work hours and effort. Everett also commented that it’s important to remember the quality of life most of us enjoy are a result of those efforts and tireless hours by truck drivers every day.
Many of the participating artists will be adding merchandise and memorabilia to the online TCGO store, and more items will be added throughout the holiday season. Confirmed artists may be added or dropped during the season based on availability. To see the full list of participating musicians, see the bottom of this press release.
To learn more about TCGO, its mission, this year’s fundraising campaign visit, or Trucker’s Christmas Group on Facebook.
Confirmed artists may be added or dropped during the season depending on availability.

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Truckers Christmas Group partners with trucking musicians to aid trucker families in need


Truckers Save Christmas – Trucker’s Christmas Group Partnering with Trucking’s Top Musicians

Truckers Christmas Group


For 11 years the Truckers Christmas Group (TCGO), has been helping trucking families in dire need during the holiday season through donations, sponsorships, and nominations.
The Christmas Group has raised $90,000  and helped 154 trucking families in need  over the last 11 years. TCGO is a 501(c)(3) charity.

During 2018 the TCGO donation drive, the group had record numbers of applications and delivered $8,000 to 16 families during the Christmas season.

  It is during the Christmas season that families feel the most stress and sadness during difficult, challenging, and sometimes catastrophic situations.
This year can prove to be a most challenging year because of bankruptcies and layoffs as well illness and other unforeseen circumstances.
This years need for donations from the trucking community is greater than ever.

Mark Abraham, the organization president stated,  “This year has been incredibly difficult for the drivers in our community, and the donation of goods and funds will help us make sure each and every driver in our trucking family can support their families during the holiday season.”

In an attempt to gather these additional funds for the 2019 Christmas season, a special group of truckers are making an appeal, our very own trucking musicians.

It started with trucker singer songwriter Bill Weaver last year with his song ,“How the Trucker’s Saved Christmas”  and it has been contagious among trucking’s top musicians.

Trucking musicians, industry leaders for trucking charities, and other advocates such as Bill Weaver, Paul Marhoeffer, Taylor Barker, Mandi Jo Pinhierio, Jason Henley, Tony Justice, Ken Freeman, Keith Sampson, and more are working with TCGO to raise awareness and funds for the 2019 fundraising campaign.

Musicians Working together for the needs of others

Ken Freeman, a longtime driver, rising star trucking musician, and finalist for the 2019 Overdrive’s Trucker’s Got Talent contest, learned about TGCO in 2018 when trucking music artists and supporters of TCGO, Bill Weaver and Taylor Barker,(this year’s winner of the Trucker Talent Search contest), noticed Freeman’s talent and passion for giving back to the community. Freeman and his wife Susan quickly volunteered and agreed to help organize and coordinate efforts for this partnership with various musicians to raise awareness of TCGO in the trucking community.

Other musicians to support this year’s TGCO fundraising campaign and help grow awareness in the industry include The Stone Creek 4 and country music legend Leon Everett, who credits truck drivers with making his concert tours possible through tireless work hours and effort. Everett also commented that it’s important to remember the quality of life most of us enjoy are a result of those efforts and tireless hours by truck drivers every day.

How the Trucking Musicians got involved

In the 2018 Bill Weaver wrote a song, “How the Trucker’s Saved Christmas” he wrote about the Department of Transportation (DOT) shutting down Santa Claus’ sleigh on Christmas Eve.  Ironically, little did Bill realize that TCGO’s “Santa, Greg Manchester, actually did get called in by DOT.
Here is how Bill explains it.

“Life imitates art or something like that. Last year I wrote the How the Truck Drivers Saved Christmas. Not long after I learned that a group of drivers who were helping families in need the Truckers Christmas Group.Org. Was having their annual call when their Santa Claus was called into a scale for a level 1 inspection right in the middle of telling families the good news. After hearing this story I began to think of what I could do to help.”
–Bill Weaver

Bill wanted to do something special for TCGO as well as drivers in need, so after speaking to them, he decided he would redo his song,”“How the Trucker’s Saved Christmas” into a video.  This is the result of their combined efforts

Truckers Save Christmas – Support Truckers Christmas Group
How the Truckers Saved Christmas
Music copyright Bill Weaver Music
Video Copyright Truckers Christmas Group. Org

Video Editing and Production Tom Kyrk

Special Thanks to the Truckers Christmas Group.Org
Mark Abraham (Bernard)
Idella Hansen
Greg Manchester (Santa)

Photos provided by
Robert G.Greene
Tom Kyrk
Sarah Ellis

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP The Truckers Christmas Group

1 Nominate a Family in Need by November 21st
Nominations are made anonymously, and open to professional CDL drivers living in the United States and Canada

Do you know a trucking family in need?  Nominate them today, time is running out. NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2018 SEASON ARE NOW OPEN AND WILL CLOSE AT 23:59 ON DECEMBER 11TH 2019

Nominations must be submitted using this TCGO FORM only!

Qualifying Nominations include the following.
A complete list of Nomination Qualifications can be found here

1. Rules of Eligibility:
A)1) They must have been employed as a trucker within the last calendar year and have the intention of getting back into the trucking industry.
2) If off due to a disqualifying medical disability but have driven in the previous three years
3) If deceased must have been driving and passed away after Christmas of the previous year.

2- Donate to the Truckers Christmas Group with a small donation. Think of it as just one more  Christmas Gift  on your list and give and receive a blessing.!

3- Purchase gifts from the TCG Store

4- Sponsor a Family
5- VOLUNTEER TCGO has four main areas in which you can help. If you have other skills or services that you would be willing to donate please contact Idella Hansen our volunteer coordinator

6- Join the Truckers Christmas Group on Facebook and Share the notifications
Truckers Christmas Group Fan Page ( Like it!)

Truckers Christmas Group Members Page  

Truckers Christmas Group (TCGO) helps Truckers and their families that have fallen on bad times and they need our help. Please be a part of this charity drive

JOIN US Saturday November 9th at 6PM eastern as we will discuss more details during the show on AskTheTrucker Live

The Media PR Coordinator Tom Kyrk will be co-hosting the show with Host Donna Smith. Donna hosts the yearly show with TCGO


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Win a trip to the Daytona 500 from RoadPro and PFJ


Free Trip to Daytona 500

RoadPro Offers a Chance to Win a Trip to the Daytona 500

Palmyra, PA (September 2019) – RoadPro Family of Brands is teaming up with Pilot Flying J travel centers to give one lucky winner and a guest an all-expense paid trip to the Daytona 500 on Sunday February 16, 2020.
The grand prize is valued at about $3,130.


The grand prize winner of the Race to Daytona Sweepstakes will receive:

  • Round-trip coach air transportation for two to Daytona Beach, Florida
  • One double occupancy hotel room for two nights
  • Two tickets to the Daytona 500
  • Transportation to and from the airport to the hotel and the hotel to the event
  • $300 Visa Gift card

There will also be eight weekly prizes for a $50 Pilot Flying J gift card.

You can enter three different ways.
1. Purchase a select RoadPro product from the Daytona 500 endcap display at any participating Pilot Flying J. Then take a photo of your receipt and text it to 80160 with the keyword “RoadPro” or upload the photo to your RoadPro Rewards account.

2. You can also take a photo by the RoadPro Daytona endcap display and text it to 80160 with keyword “Daytona”.

3. Or hand print your full name, address, email, phone number, and birth date on a 3×5 card and mail to: Realtime Media, Attn: Race to Daytona Sweepstakes Entry, 200 Four Falls Corporate Center, Suite 130, Conshohocken, PA 19428.

Using the first two entry methods, drivers are limited to one submission, per email address or phone number, per day. The final entry method is limited to one per mailing address.

The sweepstakes ends Monday, Oct. 28, at 9 p.m. Eastern.

See complete contest rules at any participating Pilot Flying J locations or by visiting

About RoadPro® Brands

RoadPro Brands is a division of DAS Companies, Inc. It designs and manages the proprietary RoadPro Family of Brands, distinctly created to bring the comforts of home to the road. With truck & auto supplies, travel gear, and mobile electronics, our brands offer safety, convenience, comfort and connectedness to on-the-go consumers. The RoadPro Family of Brands delivers product quality at a great value—distributed exclusively through DAS divisions. The RoadPro Family of Brands includes; RoadKing®, Wilson®, MobileSpec®, PowerDrive®, RoadPro®, K40, Astatic®, Francis®, LUMAGEAR®, and Black Canyon Outfitters. RoadPro brands are sold at most Travel Centers across the country. To learn more about the RoadPro Family of Brands, please visit

About DAS Companies, Inc.

DAS Companies, Inc. is a full-service marketing and supply chain portfolio company. Privately held, DAS Companies, Inc., designs, imports, and distributes truck & auto supplies, travel gear, and mobile electronics that offer safety, convenience, comfort and connectedness to on-the-go consumers, through a series of channel partnerships, including: Travel Centers, Convenience Stores, Heavy Duty Trucking, Electronics & Specialty Retailers.

For further information, please contact DAS at 717-964-3642 or online at

Contact: Charles White Vice President
Brand & Marketing (717) 964-3642





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Tips for Running a Safe and Successful Truck Stop


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Tips for Running a Safe and Successful Truck Stop

A truck stop can be an oasis for weary truck drivers, RVers, and others on long drives. It offers a place to rest and recover after hours spent behind the wheel. It is also a place that provides services and amenities for those who may not be able to navigate whatever they are driving into places meant for more traditional automobiles.

Running a truck stop means figuring out the needs of your customers and offering the services and amenities that a road-weary traveler needs and wants. There are a number of things you can do to make sure that your truck stop is both a safe and successful one.


One of the ways to ensure the success of your truck stop is to make sure that it is seen. It is vital that customers know that it exists. That means having signage that can be seen from the nearby interstate. To achieve this, install large Guthman LED signs that are visible from the highway. These will be bright enough to serve as beacons for travel-weary eyes.

For decades there has been a shortage of safe truck parking. The Federal Government has named the need for more truck parking as a National priority. Section 1401 of MAP-21 (PL 112-141), also known as “Jason’s Law,” was established to provide a “national priority on addressing the shortage of long-term parking for commercial motor vehicles on the National Highway System to improve the safety of motorized and non-motorized users and for commercial motor vehicle operators.”

A good truck stop will offer ample truck parking for professional drivers. Many truck stops are expanding their parking facilities to accommodate the critical need for more truck parking. Some are offering the ability to reserve a parking spot, however, there is a cost for these.


Offering good food is one of the key points to a truck stop. After a long haul, drivers are looking for something that is comforting, tasty, and filling.  One of the most important goals for many however, is for services to offer healthy options.  Truckers in particular are becoming more aware of the need to incorporate a healthier diet to their sedentary lifestyle.
It is the job of the truck stop to deliver these options in order to appeal to the broad customer base and their needs. By offering all these options  truck drivers and non-truck drivers alike will enjoy their time at your truck stop.


In addition to being a place to be able to relax and have a good meal after a long drive, good truck stops also offer a place to get clean after being cooped up for hours on end. Offering clean, convenient showers is a way to ensure the popularity of your truck stop.


When you are driving long distances in a vehicle that is too large to park in many store parking lots, it’s good to be able to get a bit of shopping in at a truck stop. Since truckers are on the road for weeks at a time, they are in particular need of locations which will offer  items such as electrical appliances, clothing, truck accessories,  and electronics. So, too, are toiletries that drivers may have forgotten or running low on.

 Repair and Maintenance

An important aspect for everyone is knowing that there is somewhere reliable and reputable to go to should your vehicle either break down or just need a new tire.  Even if only for light mechanical repair options or tire care, this can be a huge plus for your truck stop.


While it is not necessary, nor necessarily practical, to offer full banking services at your truck stop, it is important to offer some. An ATM and check cashing services will be appreciated by those who, due to the size of their rigs, cannot easily access such services at traditional banks. Offering WiFi is also valuable and even essential for those traveling on the road.

Safety and Security

Of course, one key component of any successful truck stop is safety. If travelers do not feel that your truck stop is safe, most will continue on down the road to one that seems safer.

Many times, truckers are prime targets for criminals.  A professional driver must feel safe at all times. Lighting in all areas of the parking lot is essential as well as cameras to record any foul play.

Another way to  address the issue of safety is to have a security guard patrol the parking lot.  Have the guard notice if a truck hasn’t moved in a few days and report it.  Sadly, many drivers have been found ill or even worse, deceased in their trucks.
Having all these safety precautions visible to the public will also serve as a visible reminder to potential visitors that their safety is your concern.

Safety helps to make your truck stop more attractive and appealing, and it encourages visitors to relax and spend a bit more time while at your  truck stop or travel plaza.

These are just a few tips for running a safe and successful truck stop. Keep your customers needs and priorities in mind and you will Enjoy Success.


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Strategies that target drivers serious health problems


August 13, 2019 – Press Release

Coach Carolyn’s Strategies Target the Trucking Industry’s Most Serious and Costly Problem, Truck Driver Health

Truck Driver Health


  • Driver retention is affected when drivers struggle to stay on the road or pass DOT due to health
  • As truck driver health continues to decline, the need for a solution

At the Great American Truck Show in Dallas, Texas, on August 22-24, 2019, Coach Carolyn debuts her driver-focused strategies as solutions to the crisis of truck driver health. She has been affiliated with the trucking industry for 20 years, which has given her the upper hand concerning on the road struggles. Her strategies target not only the individual driver but also trucking companies who continue to battle driver retention when employees do not pass DOT regulations due to health issues.

Carolyn realized the need to create informative and simple strategies that will improve the health and well-being of the individual drivers as well as assist trucking companies that want to increase retention which in turn improves their bottom line.

After the success of her driver-focused book,Gut Instinct, in 2016, she has been approached by numerous drivers for more. The recently completed strategies are:

  • Driven To Health, a systematic approach to gaining physical
  • Driven To Peace, an in-depth yet simplified journey through the process of emotional healing.
  • Driven To Stop, a step-by-step strategy to stop the use of tobacco for

These (Customizable) strategies will not only support driver retention but will be a solution for the many drivers who are ready to commit to a better lifestyle and quality of life.

Replacing drivers is expensive. Drivers who feel valued stay. Drivers that are in good health are more productive.

Never before in our history has the topic of better health been so popular. In 2017 Amazon bought the largest health food store in the world for 14 billion dollars. The proof is in the pudding. The trucking industry is behind. Why? Are our drivers less important? I think not! We wouldn’t have the products in the health food stores if it weren’t for these drivers.

“My heart is for the drivers,” continued Coach Carolyn, “The way I see it, is truck driver health is a win/win/win situation. Trucking companies improve driver retention, customers are more satisfied with happy drivers, and last but not least, drivers live better lives.”

Carolyn O’Byrne, CHT is the wife of a second-generation truck driver and works with drivers one on one, through her book, and through her online strategies focusing on their physical and emotional health.

For more information about her services and strategies, go here:
Website www.CoachCarolyn.Life

Email info@CoachCarolyn.Life

Social media @CoachCarolynLife


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RWIT ladies share more than just their career in trucking


The title says it all, RWIT ladies share more than just a career in trucking. One is a kidney transplant donor, the other is the kidney transplant receiver.

Two ladies of the REAL Women In Trucking (RWIT) organization lives will be changed forever, as one lady trucker, Elizabeth Sweet, is donating one of her kidneys to her “sister trucker”, Cheryl Lynn Iban-Bean.
Here’s the best part, Cheryl and Elizabeth were strangers when Ms. Sweet read that Cheryl was in dire need of a kidney transplant.


RWIT members share more than their career in trucking

Elizabeth Sweet (left) with Cheryl Lynn Ibana-Bean | Photo by Les Willis, Godspeed Expediters

Elizabeth is doing the hard part- donating a kidney.  We can do the easy part- Make a small Donation to help them during their recovery and lost wages.

How we met Cheryl

Two years ago at the 1st Annual Queen of the Road Cruise, Allen and I had the pleasure of meeting one of the most kind and personable people we had ever met. She was Hawaii trucker Cheryl Bean, a nominee for the 2017 Queen of the Road Award, and winner of the 2018 Queen of the Road Award.  You never would have known that Cheryl was suffering from Lupus,  a life threatening autoimmune disease which attacks  body tissues. In Cheryl’s case it was attacking her kidneys.

Cheryl Ibana-Bean - 2018 recipient of RWIT’s “Queen of the Road” award

Cheryl Ibana-Bean – 2018 recipient of RWIT’s “Queen of the Road” award sponsored by RoadPro Brands

Here is an interview Allen had with Cheryl while we were on the Cruise where she discusses her life in Hawaii as a trucker as well a her struggle with Lupus.  At this time of the interview, Cheryl was on a kidney donor list in Hawaii and had been making several trips the hospital during flare ups and undergoing dialysis.


During all this time, Cheryl remained active in her Ladies of Hawaii Truckin’ Pages on Facebook. The Ladies of Hawaii is a non- profit organization to promote lady truckers and ladies in the trucking industry. The organization is very active in their selected charities: Lupus, Cancer and the Legacy of Life and often give back to their community through the “Benefiting Honolulu Habitat for Humanity.”

After Cheryl moved to Oklahoma, she was able to get on an Oklahoma donor list, increasing her chances for finding a donor.

It wasn’t until fellow trucker, Elizabeth Sweet, noticed the thread on  the Real Women in Trucking Facebook page that the story caught her eye about Hawaiian truck driver Cheryl Lynn Ibana-Bean, who was suffering from Lupus and needed a kidney to remain alive.

 “Seemed  simple to me,” Sweet would later tell writer, trucker, and folk singer Paul Marhoefer. “My blood type makes me a universal donor.”

Well Elizabeth, it may have seemed simple to you, but your decision to help a fellow human being is pretty awesome to us.  You are a hero to many and we are all so grateful to you for coming to the need of our dear friend Cheryl Bean.

We also want to thank another good friend, Les Willis Godspeed Expediters, LLC.  If anyone knows Les, you know he is one of those people who when he hears a call to help someone in need, he is one of the first ones there to step forward.  You’ve probably seen him at GATS where he oversees the schedule and coordination of all activities in the now famous GATS parking lot.

Elizabeth Sweet-Les Willis

Elizabeth Sweet and Les Willis of Godspeed Expediters

Les stepped up once again and sponsored the June trip of Ms. Sweet where she was flown out to the Nazih Zuhdi Organ Transplant Institute in Oklahoma City to undergo three days worth of bloodwork, ultrasounds and multiple evaluations by a team of physicians. As God would have it, Elizabeth is a perfect match. The 2 ladies are scheduled to have their surgery September 9, Lord willing.

If you would like to meet up with everyone; Cheryl, Elizabeth, Les, and the ladies at,  they’ll be at GATS August 22-24.  They’ll either be in the Truck Parking area for the St Christopher Fundraiser, the RWIT booth 1015, or just enjoying the show.

Here’s the Donation Page Again-  Let’s show them some Love

National Foundation for Transplants- Your Donation Can Make a Difference! Cheryl and Elizabeth

Donna Smith




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Truckers can enter to win All Expense Paid trip to Nashville from RoadPro


RoadPro Kicks Off the Ultimate Nashville Getaway Giveaway

RoadPro Nashville Giveaway

Palmyra, PA (July 2019) – RoadPro Family of Brands is pleased to announce
The Ultimate Nashville Getaway Giveaway specific to the professional truck driver.

Drivers can enter to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to Nashville including:
round trip airfare, a 2- night, 3 day stay at the Opryland Resort, tickets to the Grand Ole Opry for a Saturday night show and $250 to spend at the Opryland Hotel Restaurants.

The winner will also be treated to a backstage tour of the Opry hosted by Marcia Campbell, host of WSM’s All-Nighter, where they will have the opportunity to take photos and meet the stars of the show.

Entries will be accepted at now until August 21st.
RoadPro will announce the winner at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas on August 23rd.

GATS will be held Aug 22-24 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas. Those interested in attending GATS can register for free online here.

Nashville Getaway from RoadPro Brands

Road Pro has supported numerous charities including St. Christopher Fund, American Cancer Society. Special Olympics, and the Make a Wish, where they are the presenting sponsor.
RoadPro has also been a strong supporter of Women Truckers and has been the “Queen of the Road” Sponsor for the last 2 years for the organization Real Women in Trucking’s annual event.

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