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Insights and Tips for the Trucking Industry

Welcome to our Trucking Blog, a trusted source for industry insights, tips, and news. Whether you’re a truck driver, a fleet manager, or have an interest in the transportation sector, our blog is here to inform and inspire you. Dive into a wealth of articles covering topics such as truck maintenance, driver safety, industry trends, and much more. Stay updated with the latest happenings, learn best practices, and discover valuable resources to enhance your trucking journey. Join us as we explore the road ahead and share our passion for all things trucking.

What It Really Takes to Haul Hazardous Materials with a Semi State to State

Hauling hazardous materials (HazMat) across state lines is a job that demands utmost responsibility, specialized knowledge, and strict adherence to safety protocols. As a truck driver, transporting HazMat isn’t just about getting from point A to point B; it’s about ensuring the safety of yourself, the public, and the environment. In this article, we’ll dive…
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The Best Apps for Truckers That Pay Affiliate Commissions

In the fast-paced world of trucking, having the right tools at your fingertips can make all the difference. Apps designed specifically for truckers can enhance efficiency, improve safety, and boost overall productivity. Plus, as an added bonus, some of these apps offer affiliate commissions, providing an excellent opportunity for truckers and those in the trucking…
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The Trucker’s Guide to Finding the Best Truck Stops

For long-haul truck drivers, finding a good truck stop can mean the difference between a restful break and a frustrating ordeal. The best truck stops offer not just fuel, but also comfortable amenities, good food, and a safe environment. Knowing how to spot the best, and which ones to avoid, can significantly enhance your on-the-road…
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Freelance Trucking vs. Company Driving: Managing Loads and Charting Your Own Course

Trucking is more than just a job; it’s a lifestyle that offers unique challenges and opportunities, whether you’re a freelance trucker or a company driver. Each path has its advantages and strategies for managing loads effectively. Understanding these can help you make informed decisions about your career path in the trucking industry. Understanding Your Options:…
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Mastering the Balance: Navigating Your 70-Hour Work Week Clock in Trucking

For many truck drivers, managing the 70-hour work week clock isn’t just a regulatory requirement; it’s an essential skill for both safety and productivity. Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, truck drivers are allowed to drive a maximum of 70 hours in an 8-day period before requiring a 34-hour reset. This rule…
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Understanding and Embracing the Trucking Lifestyle: A Guide for Truckers’ Spouses

Being married to a trucker is much more than a marital status; it’s a partnership that stretches across miles, schedules, and long days apart. For many spouses, the truck can sometimes feel like a rival, pulling their loved ones away and returning them as if they’ve been with another. But understanding that trucking is more…
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Current State of the Trucking Industry and Entering the Field in 2024

The trucking industry in 2024 presents a mixed landscape marked by both challenges and opportunities for new entrants. Here’s an honest look at what it’s like to get into trucking right now, considering the economic, regulatory, and market dynamics. The Economic and Market Context 2024 is shaping up to be a year of cautious stabilization…
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OOIDA: Championing the Rights of Truckers Across America

Who is OOIDA? The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is a vital advocate for professional truck drivers in North America. Founded in 1973, OOIDA has been a staunch supporter of the rights and interests of truckers navigating the complexities of the industry. Representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers, OOIDA’s mission is to…
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Enhancing Positivity and Community in the Trucking Industry: Strategies for Success

The trucking industry, characterized by long hours and significant time away from home, can sometimes feel isolating and challenging. Addressing negativity and fostering a positive environment is crucial for the wellbeing of drivers and the overall success of the industry. Let’s explore effective strategies to manage negativity, enhance positivity, and build a supportive community within…
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Navigating Forced Dispatch in Trucking: How to Find Companies That Respect Your Time

Introduction For many truckers, forced dispatch remains a significant issue, dictating their schedules and often compromising their autonomy. Being required to take loads without the option to decline can lead to stress, fatigue, and conflicts with Hours of Service regulations. In this post, we’ll delve into the realities of forced dispatch, how it affects drivers,…
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Mastering Your Mindset on the Road: Strategies for Truckers to Stay Focused and Goal-Oriented

Introduction Long hours on the road can be more than just physically demanding; they can also be a mental marathon. For truckers, the solitude and repetitive nature of driving can sometimes lead to a wandering mind or a sense of monotony. However, this time also presents a unique opportunity to harness your thoughts positively, set…
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Understanding Your Worth: Empowering Women in Trucking

Understanding Your Worth Empowering Women in Trucking In an industry traditionally dominated by men, women truck drivers are increasingly marking their presence and proving their invaluable contributions to trucking. Yet, many women in trucking face unique challenges, from securing sustainable driving positions to negotiating fair pay. It’s crucial for women entering the industry to recognize…
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Staying Safe on Flooded Roads: Tips for Truckers Handling Light or Empty Trailers

Staying Safe on Flooded Roads Tips for Truckers Handling Light or Empty Trailers In Texas and similar areas prone to severe weather, truckers often confront the daunting task of navigating roads obscured by flooding. Driving with a light-loaded or empty trailer in such conditions demands specific knowledge and skills to ensure safety. This blog post…
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The Essential Safety Net: Why Truckers Need a Secondary Income Stream

The Essential Safety Net Why Truckers Need a Secondary Income Stream The open road, the long hauls, the freedom of being your own boss—trucking can be an incredibly rewarding career. But it’s not without its risks. Unlike many other professions, truckers face a unique set of challenges that can impact not just their professional life…
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The Evolution of Trucking

The Evolution of Trucking Exploring the Game-Changing Innovations That Have Transformed Truck Driving Introduction Truck driving, a profession that has been around for decades, has undergone tremendous changes since its inception. From the primitive era of hauling mammoth carcasses to the modern-day highways, the evolution of truck driving has been simply “mind-blowing.” In this sarcastic…
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Navigating The Road

Navigating the Road Ensuring Safety and Compliance on the Highways Introduction: Ensuring safety on the highways is of paramount importance, especially when it comes to commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, plays a vital role in promoting highway safety and regulating the…
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Buckle Up Buttercup

Buckle Up Buttercup! ELDs on the Menu Today! Alright, buckle up buttercups because we’re about to talk about ELD logs! Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Oh great, another boring article about trucking regulations.” But trust me, this is going to be a wild ride. We’re going to dive deep into the world of electronic…
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How To Pre-Trip

How To Pre-Trip Let’s talk about that Pre-Trip inspection that you did in school. Did you know that you must complete that before each TRIP, hence the reason it is called a PRE-TRIP. Now once you are a CDL holder, you can speed this process up quite a bit. It is time-consuming but it makes…
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Truck Driving is a Unique and Challenging Profession

Truck Driving… What is it? Truck driving is a unique and challenging profession that requires drivers to transport goods and materials across long distances. It is a profession that is vital to the economy, as it is responsible for moving goods between manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. You just sit behind a wheel.. that’s not hard…..
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Power Struggles

Power Struggles Ah the wonders of needing to power the bigger Items you need to live.  As you continue on your journey over the road you will invariably collect stuff you find will make your life easier.  A fridge, microwave, laptop or TV to watch in your off time, coffee maker ect. This requires special equipment…
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About Les and Tammy

Welcome to Les Talks Trucking website! We are excited you are here and are ready to help! We want to share our knowledge with you and understand that everyone’s struggles are real! Let us help direct you where you need it! OUR STORY We are simply two sisters whom have gotten tired of the rat…
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