Oldie but a goodie from Trevor Hoagland. I know you can all relate to wasting time at the dock.
Where are Freight Rates Headed?
There seem to be a lot of thoughts on where rates in transportation are headed. Right now, there are a couple key factors playing a big role in the future of what the rates will look like. Tight capacity is giving trucking companies the upper hand in negotiations over longer freight contracts. We may see contract rates rise as much as 10% this year. Some attribute the hike in rates we’ve seen so far to the implementation of the ELD Mandate after taking effect December 18. This has caused productivity issues and a crunch in capacity. We very well might see a larger issue in April when law enforcement cracks down even more with ELD monitoring. Truckers that don’t have the ELD appropriately in place by April will be placed out of service.
This segment is getting the thoughts, feelings, and feedback on autonomous trucks in the marketplace. Self-driving trucks has really been stirring things up in transportation and this gives the opinions from five different personalities in the trucking industry.
The lineup includes:
George Parker (The George & Wendy Show)
Ken Bebout (owner of KLB Trucking)
LA Rookie (2nd place – World’s Toughest Trucker)
Kenny Long (You Drive U / Trucking with Authority Podcast)
Brandon Martin (Hammerdown Dispatch)
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It’s that time of year. Temperatures are dropping and there are way too many people on road. This can be the rough mix for holiday travels. Conditions on the road become hazardous in the blink of an eye.
According to AAA, more than 107 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles for the holidays. That’s an increase of 3% from 2016. Higher traffic volumes add the possibility of accidents on the road.
Here are a few points truck drivers have recommended to keep in mind while on the road during the winter season.
- Stay parked. Don’t be a hero. If you feel uneasy about getting on the road in snowy weather, stay put. Contact your dispatcher to adjust the schedule.
- Remove snow and ice from your vehicle. You want to make sure you maintain optimal visibility. Cleaning your windows and roof of any leftover snow will ensure you avoid creating additional blind spots.
- Buckle up. The PSAs may be cheesy but they’re real. The seat belt will save your life.
- Don’t push the limits of your equipment. Know your vehicle’s capabilities before hitting the road.
- Pay attention to the tire spray. Observe the water as it comes off the tires of the vehicles in front of you to best assess the current conditions. If the spray seems minimal, it means the roadway is or has started to freeze and you should use additional caution.
- Leave room. Leave more distance between you and the other vehicles on the road when road conditions are less than pleasant. You never know when you’ll need room to escape to one side.
- Look ahead. Monitoring vehicles further down the road will help give you more reaction time on the road.
Take extra time this season to slow down and drive with additional caution. Accidents can often be avoided with a few extra steps. Be safe out there.
Many are gearing up for a “once-in-a-lifetime” viewing of Monday’s solar eclipse. A mess-load of sky gazers are scrambling to find the perfect spot to see the shadow of the moon completely cover the sun for a couple minutes on August 21st… the first since 1979.
According to NASA, the eclipse will start at Lincoln Beach, Oregon just after 9 am PST. Over the next couple hours, the eclipse will cross over Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
While many will be focused on finding a good seat Monday morning, there are plenty of other issues to be concerned with. How will power grids have to adjust when anticipated solar energy dips? Will the glasses purchased from Amazon protect my eyes or cause me to see spots for life? Will I get stuck in these crazy traffic jams?
The Oregon State Police shared an image of a traffic jam on Thursday saying Highway 26 was backup all the way to Prineville for 15 miles as thousands made their way to the site of the Symbiosis Gather, an arts and music festival that relocated this year to be in the solar eclipse path.
Officials in Oregon, Idaho, Whyoming, Nebraska, and Colorado have ordered extra-wide-load trucks off the highways through Tuesday to ease congestion. The National Guard has been called to assist to control traffic in Madras, Oregon.
The Federal Highway Administration offers a number of tips for general drivers who might be on the road during the event:
- Don’t stop in the middle of roads or park on the shoulder
- Exit the highway to a safe spot for viewing purposes
- Don’t attempt to photograph while driving
- Don’t where eclipse glasses while driving (my favorite)
- Use your headlights
- Watch out for pedestrians
- Prepare for additional congestion prior to and the day of the event
- Avoid travel in the area of the main eclipse path
Many trucking companies cite safety as a big concern and won’t even operate on Monday. Some companies are simply going to avoid the path of totality and delay or even cancel trips to the Central Oregon and Salem areas.
Whatever you do, be safe out there and try to avoid the traffic nightmares. The next total eclipse will occur in April, 2024. Enjoy!