Entries by Jeff Barker

“Riding the Storm Out”—Surviving those Winter Storms

Some of you may remember the 80s-era REO Speedwagon song referenced in the title to this blog post. But songs won’t make you a better, safer driver. Let’s discuss some things that are a bit closer to reality in our profession as truck drivers. Winter weather has definitely gone full-bore in most areas of the […]

October 2018 Drivers of the Month

Congratulations to all of the drivers below for being selected driver of the month for their respective terminal. Many elements are considered by the individual fleet managers in their selection for Driver of the Month. Safety, mileage, attitude, and appearance are among the key traits of a true professional and a driver who takes a […]

Proactive Parking

Now that the industry has fully converted to elogs, those who once relied on creative logging when searching for parking must master a new skill—finding a safe and legal place to park within the hours of service limits. In days past, many drivers would simply continue on well past their actual driving hours until finding […]

Why I Love Being on the Road

Trucking is definitely unlike most any other occupation out there. Just about every truck driver we see out there nowadays came from a different line of work. I worked as a truck mechanic for many years and already had my commercial driver’s license—along with some driving experience—before I decided to inquire about a regional driving […]

When Things Go Wrong

If you drive a truck—whether it’s your first day behind the wheel or you’ve been driving for years—you work in an environment where things can go wrong in the blink of an eye. Sometimes it’s minor. And sometimes it can be catastrophic to you, your business or others. There are the rare few who drive […]

The Importance of Planning Ahead

There are only so many hours in a day. As professional drivers it’s important that we utilize that time in a very efficient manner if we expect to sustain a good level of productivity and make it to our destination safely. Got HOURS? When we get a load offer over the PeopleNet system the first […]

September 2018 Drivers of the Month

Congratulations to all of the drivers below for being selected driver of the month for their respective terminal. Many elements are considered by the individual fleet managers in their selection for Driver of the Month. Safety, mileage, attitude, and appearance are among the key traits of a true professional and a driver who takes a […]

Looking Ahead to Winter Driving-Part 2

With winter weather underway in parts of the country it’s time to start thinking about winter driving procedures. While I’m not writing this article to tell anyone how to drive their truck, there are certain things many of us already know and do during inclement weather but don’t really think about until we are in […]

Looking Ahead to Winter Driving-Part 1

With winter weather underway in parts of the country it’s time to start thinking about winter driving procedures. While I’m not writing this article to tell anyone how to drive their truck, there are certain things many of us already know and do during inclement weather but don’t really think about until we are in […]