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Precision Truck Training

[box type=”shadow”] The Truck Marketing Institute trains the truck industry in how to sell, lease and purchase light Ford pickup trucks. They use a process called Precision truck training, which is a five-course training session. A career in truck driving requires you complete a training course that teaches you to…

About Custom Truck Ground Effects

[box type=”shadow”] Custom truck ground effects allow truck owners to add custom fenders, hoods, spoilers and grills to their trucks to change the appearance and make them look fast or sporty. Most trucks are intended for work use; however, those who put ground effects on their trucks typically do not…

Specifications for D.O.T. Trailer Wheels

[box type=”shadow”] The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) determine what regulations commercial motor carriers must follow in terms of safety. A commercial driver must perform a pre-trip inspection of his vehicle each day, to make sure all parts meet DOT regulations. Safety of…

How to Become a Truck Driver Broker

[box type=”shadow”] The movement of goods in the United States is highly dependent upon a wide network of coordinators, drivers and transportation companies. Many goods are transported through multiple channels, but most spend some time in a semi-trailer transported by a truck driver. Becoming a truck driver broker can be…

The Drug & Alcohol Policy of FMCSA

[box type=”shadow”] The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was created to minimize the amount of commercial motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths. To hold or obtain a commercial driver’s license ,CDL, a driver must pass drug and alcohol tests periodically. Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious problem and an occupational…

Does Weather Affect Travel?

[box type=”shadow”] Weather and Transportation Perhaps the most important impact that weather has on travel is its effect on the physical process of traveling long distances. When traveling by air, weather is extremely important as an unexpected storm can easily cause delays, sometimes up to several days considering on the…

Laws for Hauling Steel Coils

[box type=”shadow”] The federal government and many states have passed laws governing the hauling of steel coils by trucks and the various safety precautions that must be undertaken when transporting steel coils. The U.S. Department of Transportation defines steel coils several ways, including as metal rolls, coils, spools or coated…

What Are the Dimensions of a Semi Truck?

Tractor trailers or semi trucks, to which they often are referred, can come in a variety of sizes. Federal regulations, however, mandate a specific limit in dimensions on interstates. Federal Rules on Weight The gross maximum weight of a semi truck on federal interstates is 80,000 pounds. Some states allow…

How to Become a Trucker Route Broker

[box type=”shadow”]A trucker route broker is legally known as a freight broker. The broker arranges delivery between the shipper and the person or company receiving the product. To legally become a freight broker, you must register, apply and obtain an approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier…

Regulations for Displaying the DOT Number on a Vehicle

[box type=”shadow”] The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Number is a unique number assigned to passenger and cargo carriers. The Department of Transportation uses the DOT number for a variety of purposes, including monitoring a carrier’s safety record, carrying out audits and investigating crashes. A USDOT number must be prominently…

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