With long hours, more routes, and new safety procedures, many drivers may be considering taking the plunge into becoming an independent owner/operator in order to have greater control over their routes and their profits, but it may not be without its financial drawbacks for most new drivers.
COVID 19 is here to stay for a while
Lessons owner operators and trucking companies can take from the Swedish model to stay safe and healthy on the road
With the COVID-19 situation right now, health is the biggest topic of the recent months. And it should always be, because health is the most important thing. However, truck drivers’ health is most of the times overlooked, taking a back seat to information such as profitability and deadlines. In times like these, when the world faces a pandemic, noone’s health should be overlooked, so we will look deeper in the health issues – both physical and mental – that truckers face on their job. Also, we will provide a list with some health tips that are easy to follow and can really make the difference.
Since December 2017 all commercial truckers are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to install ELDs or electronic logging device in their truck. This electronic logging device records different types of information about the vehicle. The ELD is a substitute to onboard recorders and paper logs, so by now you should have a pretty good grasp of what an ELD is and how it functions.
COVID19 displayed the value truck drivers have for the normal functioning of society. Lets take this opportunity to make their lives better!