Well there is no main topic in the podcast today, but we’ve got enough news, listener feedback, and other stuff to choke a hippo… provided a hippo would try to eat stuff like that.

Anywho, we’ll be covering truck recalls and lots of stuff about truck brakes, myths about truck inspections, truck parking, new hours-of-service clarifications, and we’ll learn about winter fuel additives.

Good news on the economy and trucker pay is always good, but dash cams, drug testing, delayed driver training guidelines, and drivers getting sued, not so much.

Listener feedback covers, trucking schools, elogs, “smart” trailers, autonomous trucking, and of course, tailgating truckers.

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Links mentioned in the news segment:

Budweiser Wassup commercial

Daimler recalls 142,110 Freightliner Cascadias for faulty brake lights from FreightWaves.com

Kenworth recalls 1,400 trucks for possible brake issue from OverdriveOnline.com

Brake Safety Week sidelined more than 5,000 trucks from OverdriveOnline.com

Trucking Law: Busting myths about inspection regulations from OverdriveOnline.com

Paul O. Taylor is managing partner of Truckers Justice Center and has represented truck drivers for over 25 years. He can be reached at 855–943-3518 or at TruckersJusticeCenter.com.

Traton, Navistar Reach Agreement on $3.7 Billion Buyout from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

Q&A: Should I use diesel fuel additives in the winter? from OverdriveOnline.com

TD119:Winter Truck Driving Tips From An Alaskan Trucker from AboutTruckDriving.com

Hazmat renewal waiver extended through 12/31 from OverdriveOnline.com

Answering hours questions, as some ELDs falsely flag errors when new rule options used from OverdriveOnline.com

FMCSA Unveils HOS Resource as Revised Rules Take Effect from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

Educational Tool for Hours Of Service (ETHOS)

ETHOS detailed instructions

FMCSA Says HOS Rules Still Apply To Self-Driving Truck Drivers… At Least For Now from TheTruckersReport.com

Waymo Begins Fully Driverless Rides for All Arizona Customers from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

Trucking Approaches Holiday Shipping Season ‘Unlike Any Seen Before’ from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

Trucker Pay Increasing as Driver Shortage Grows, Industry Capacity Tightens from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

FMCSA delays driver training implementation until 2022 from LandLineMag.com

TD147:Be Careful Choosing A Truck Driving School from AboutTruckDriving.com

Making the decision to accept your fleet’s camera — or not from OverdriveOnline.com

Trucking Law: No false positives, no room for excuses in today’s drug tests from OverdriveOnline.com

FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

Dr. Alexander E. Underwood works at KT Health Clinic near Springfield, MO. He can be reached at 855–943-3518 or email him at mail@kthealthclinic.com.

Owner-Operator Ordered To Pay $411 Million: Largest Verdict Ever from TheTruckersReport.com

Driver Whose Truck Entered Crowded Protest Faces Charges from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

Judge Overturns 12 Year Sentence For Pilot Flying J Exec, Says Jury Shouldn’t Have Been Allowed To Hear “Deeply Offensive” Recording from TheTruckersReport.com

Driver feedback wanted on I-10 truck parking issues from OverdriveOnline.com

I-10 Truck Parking Availability System survey

FMCSA Seeks Nominations for Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

Trucker Grub segment:

Scott Gunter, aka @Killjoy in the Trucker Dump Slack Group tells us about Rutter’sconvenience stores, where you can get some really good grub for cheap.

 
Links mentioned in the Listener Feedback segment:
 
Service mention: TruCon.app for Ontario drivers

Product mention: Brooklyn Fuel Bucket Mattress from Brooklyn Bedding at TruckingMattress.com
 
Trevor Dunkel aka @Koolaid in the Trucker Dump Slack Group, talks about his experience with Schneider’s smart trailer app that was discussed in TD149: Job Hopping In The Trucking Industry.
 
Todd R aka @RoadToad in the Trucker Dump Slack Group, follows-up about the racism and prejudice in his Canadian truck driving school that we talked about TD149: Job Hopping In The Trucking Industry.
 
 
Gabe is a trucker and has some thoughts about TD95: 4 Reasons That Trucker Might Be Tailgating You. I mention TD66: Truckers Go Turtle Racing in my response.
 
Nick Mack shares an audio comment about his experiences with his truck driving school and being a driver trainer.
 
Aniruddh Mohan from Carnegie Mellon University study on how autonomous trucks are perceived by truckers. Email him at aniruddh@cmu.edu or text him at 412-576-4494 to schedule an interview.
 
Show info:
 
You can email your comments, suggestions, questions, or insults to TruckerDump@gmail.com
 
 
Join the Trucker Dump Slack Group by emailing me at TruckerDump@gmail.com
 
 
About the Author
I'm a 22-year truck driver with an interest in tech stuff. I do the Trucker Dump podcast and blog, which is all about life as a trucker. I have also written two trucking books, "Trucking Life" and "How to Find a Great Truck Driving Job."

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