trucking industry

TD154: Trucking News And Free Stuff!

Podcast Show Notes

We don’t have a main topic today, but we do have a mega crap ton of news, some listener feedback, and a fun contest that could win you $50.

So about this news; we’ve got a handful of truck recalls, Canadian ELDs, lots of driverless trucks being ordered, some useful tips for tax time, another reroute around a busted bridge, and yet another safety blitz (yes, really). But hey, all is not lost. We’ll also tell you what qualifies as an out-of-service violation when it comes to lights and hours-of-service. This one might surprise you. We’ll even discuss how some of these violations are actual crimes! Whaaaa?

We’ll address some myths around the COVID vaccine and if you’re still freaked out, how to clean your truck to reduce your chances of getting it. But hey, at least you won’t die from a truck rollover if this prototype fifth wheel makes it to market!

And once again, the powers that be are making truckers unhappy with talks of the new Vehicle Miles Traveled tax, the push for speed limiters and automatic emergency braking, and why DOT physicals still won’t go directly onto your CDL for years to come. Not to mention the courts ruling against lease operators and a survey showing not much faith in the Biden administration. But hey, at least a new FMCSA director has been nominated. So there’s that.

And to finish up, we’ll show you how to value your time more, how to extend the life of your DPF filter (yes, I realize that’s redundant), and I’ll tell you about a new addition to the Garmin dēzl™ OTR series of truck GPSs and a new feature they all have.

What? I told you there was a lot of news. Did you think I was lying?

Oh yeah, I nearly forgot. I’m also giving away this Trace tablet from FleetUp to the first person who emails me at

This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:

  • Volvo Trucks – Check out the new D13TC engine in the Volvo VNL series.

Links mentioned in the news segment:

Possible steering issue leads to recall of 18,000 Freightliner trucks from

Two recalls hit 11K Freightliner, Western Star trucks from

Thousands of International trucks recalled from

Recalls issued for certain International, Mack trucks from

Repairs to I-40 bridge over Mississippi could take ‘months, not weeks’ from

Operation Safe Driver Week to Focus on Speeding from

With Roadcheck under way, here’s a refresher on the OOS violations for lights, hoursfrom

Trucking Law: Some safety violations can turn into misdemeanor or felony convictionsfrom

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

IRS’ 100% meal deduction does not apply to owner-ops’ per-diem deductions from

Partners in Business tip: Have a fixed residence from

Fleet Complete’s BigRoad Officially Submitted for Canadian ELD Certification from

ATRI puts $20B price tag on vehicle-miles-traveled tax from

Can taxing trucks on miles traveled work? from

Speed limiters, automatic braking on NTSB Most Wanted List from

Smart anti-rollover coupling can jettison the trailer to save truckies from

Autonomous truck maker says it has nearly 7,000 driverless truck orders from

FMCSA petitions to delay implementation of electronic med cert rule until 2025 from

Debunking truckers’ four favorite myths about COVID-19 vaccines from

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

Cleaning truck cabs in the age of COVID from

Know the value of your time to assess true profit from

Federal court rules California’s AB 5 applies to trucking, dealing blow to owner-operator model in state from

California AB 5: Likely next steps, wait-and-see mode, unanswered questions prevail among small fleets, leased operators from

Higher costs, reduced opportunity – worries dominate small fleets’ Biden administration outlook from

Biden announces nominee for FMCSA boss from

3 ways to extend DPF life and keep filters running cleaner from

Garmin adds dēzl OTR500, a compact addition to its line of truck navigators from

TD151: In-Depth Review Of The Garmin dēzl OTR1000 Truck GPS from

Buy a Garmin dēzl OTR truck GPS using this handy dandy Amazon Affiliate link!

Links mentioned in the listener feedback segment:

TD74: Doing Dallas from

TD75: Who’s A Trucker? from

TD76: The Spitting “Christian” Zealot from

TD80: ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas – Trucker Style from

TD83: A Trucker Visits Carhenge from

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TD153: Truckers And Tax Time

Podcast Show Notes

In today’s show, we discuss truckers and their taxes in an interview with Mason War, CEO and Co-Founder of COS Accounting & Tax. Mason has some tax advice for all truckers as the tax deadline looms.

He also explains the pros and cons of being a 1099 driver and tells us about a new COVID-related deduction that truckers tend to overlook. Lots of useful info here.

But first, we’ve got the obligatory Covid-related news including more extensions and vaccines, the Canadian Electronic log roll-out, lawsuits involving Prime,Inc., sleeper berth pay, and independent contractors, and I’ll tell you when to expect the next safety blitz.

The government has been busy too, with pushes for underride guards, speed limiters, mileage-based taxes, and more truck tolls. President Biden wants to fortify the supply chain while the FMCSA warns truck drivers of massive job losses. All while thousands of drivers are being lost to drug testing. Yeah, that makes sense.

Thankfully we have listener feedback to cheer us up; from Danny, Taran, Shawn, and of course Stevie.

Be sure to check out the 25% off ebook combo pack for Trucking Life and How to Find a Great Truck Driving Job while you’re there.

This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:

  • Volvo Trucks – Check out the new D13TC engine in the Volvo VNL series.

Links mentioned in the news segment:

Check out STOW IT if you need a place to park your semi or have space to rent to others.

Truck-Lite’s heated LED tail lights from

COVID-19 HOS Exemption Extended, Maybe For The Last Time from

Trucking Industry Pushes CDC for COVID-19 Vaccines at Truckstops from

Roadcheck set for early May with focus on lights, hours from

Canada to Phase in ELD Mandate Enforcement from

Underride Legislation Calls for Side, Front Guards from

Should Truck Trailers Have Side Underride Guards? from

AngelWing side guards

Speed limiter debate reignited with new administration from

DOT: “We’ve Got To Come Up With Revenue,” But Higher Fuel Taxes Aren’t The Way Forward from

Biden Orders Fortification Of U.S. Supply Chain from

New FMCSA Boss Warns of Coming Truck Driver Job Losses Due to Driverless Trucks from

Nationalized ABC test would ice trucking’s independent contractor model from

Sleeper Berth Guidance Withdrawn In Huge Win For Truck Driver Pay Reform from

Jury trial set in Prime Inc.’s trademark lawsuit against Amazon from

The tens of thousands of drivers with drug violations likely to leave trucking for good from

Trucks Push Back Against PennDOT’s Plan To Toll 9 Bridges Statewide from

Mileage-Based Fees For Trucks Spread To Another State from

Four new Love’s add 335 truck parking spaces from

Links mentioned in the interview:

Check out the COS Accounting & Tax website.

Email COS Accounting & Tax

Call 1-801-960-1700

Links mentioned in the listener feedback segment:

Danny Welman gives a shout out to let me know he’s a new listener. Thanks Danny!

Taran Salyers and Shaun Coit are both new listeners who asked to join the Trucker Dump Slack group.

Stevie is back to share her thoughts on three different episodes of Trucker Dump:

TD67: The Road To Smutville

TD72: Big Rig MacGyvering

TD73: Oh boy. Another Birthday. Yay.

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How To Find Semi Truck Parking

The following article was written by STOW IT, an online marketplace for car, boat, trailer, RV and semi storage.

This is not a paid advertisement for STOW IT. I just think this is a really good concept to help truckers find parking. Think of STOW IT as the Airbnb of trucking.

There are people out there who have property big enough to park 18-wheelers, but the space is going unused. Meanwhile, truckers are having a heck-of-a-time finding truck parking.

Well, STOW IT hooks up these truckers and property owners. While it only seems to be available near some major cities in Colorado, Minnesota, and Texas at present, I think it would be great if they were to succeed and expand to more locations across the United States. Best of luck to the

The pain in all trucker’s existence: parking. This issue has persistently been a top-ranking concern for truckers over many decades. There have been many attempts to tackle this problem but very few promising outcomes. Many find themselves asking “what will it take for this industry to have better options for parking?”

Top Factors Causing Parking Shortages


All truckers are aware of the safety issues surrounded by parking, whether long-term parking or daily parking. There are too many stories about tragic deaths related to unsafe truck parking, some that have even passed laws to try and combat these situations. Jason’s law was created after the tragic death of a trucker who was shot and killed after he was forced to park under unsafe conditions due to the lack of accessible parking. This law has tried to regulate truck parking by improving existing parking infrastructure and promote the availability of all private and public parking options.


Industry experts believe that the problem doesn’t stem from lack of spaces but rather lack of knowledge and awareness of these available spaces and how to access them. Many yards and other trucking options are available all over the United States, but there are very few efforts to market and create awareness of these spaces.

ELD Requirements

ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) have required all drivers to digitally log their records of service (ROS) and hours of service (HOS). This is a huge switch from what was previously the industry standard- the honor system. This requirement has put stricter supervision on the driver’s schedule and makes it almost impossible to break any hours-of-service rules. The ELD enforcement has held drivers accountable for rest times by forcing them to find parking.

Finding Semi Truck Parking

There are a few already existing options available to help find parking for semi-truck drivers. For daily parking, the most widely used option are the chain semi parking companies- Loves and Pilot Flying J. These truck stops provide many amenities on top of daily parking including fueling, food, showers, Wi-Fi, etc. Most truck drivers utilize these options for daily parking or general short-term parking. Long-term semi-truck parking is less commercialized and generally harder to find. STOW IT provides many options for monthly or long-term semi parking. STOW IT finds individuals and companies with the space available to store semi-trucks for longer periods of time. These spots can be found on STOW IT’s website and all booking and payments are processed through the website as well.

What is STOW IT

STOW IT is an online marketplace for car, boat, trailer, RV and semi storage. We help connect companies and individuals that have extra spaces like facilities, garage, land, and barns to others that need vehicle storage. We offer benefits like payment processing, handling evictions, and guaranteeing your payments. Learn more about STOW IT.

If you are interested in working with us, drop us a line at or call us at (844) 478-6948.

TD152: When Should You Look For A New Trucking Job?

Well, here we are again. It’s the start of a new year and we are all eager to see the craptastic crappy crapfest that was the year 2020 in our mirrors. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather use Tabasco sauce as eye drops than go through another year like that! So since we’re all looking to start fresh, let me make a suggestion to you.

Look for a new trucking job

Hear me out here. I’m not saying you should quit your job just for the sake of starting afresh. What I’m saying is that you should look around to see what options are out there. The problem here is complacency.

We’ve discussed complacency about driving safely on a couple of different blog posts/episodes, but now we’re talking about a different kind of complacency… job complacency.

TD97: A Trucker’s Worst Nemesis – Complacency

TD104: Complacency Strikes

No one likes change

Listen, I get it. No one likes change. If you’re happy where you work, why would you want to look for another job? In true Trucker Dump style, let me tell you a personal story that will hopefully drive my point home.

My job change story

I was comfortable at my previous job. I knew how things worked and I figured out how to get the most out of it. I genuinely liked my dispatcher and I was generally treated with respect. I had a pretty good idea how much money I was going to make each year and I assumed I was at the top of the pay scale for truckers… assumed being the key word here.

Heck, I liked this company so much that I worked for them for 5 years the first time. When The Evil Overlord decided to get back into team trucking, I quit so we could work for a company who had better team operations. But when the Great Recession of 2008 hit, she left the trucking industry for good. What to do?

Well, to emphasize even further how much I liked this company (and my job complacency), I didn’t even bother to shop around again. After being away for 1.5 years, I went straight back to them. I never cracked a trucking magazine, talked to another trucker, or visited a trucking jobs website to see what the options were. And I continued to work there for the next 8 years.

If you do the math, that’s 13 years of my life I gave to this carrier. Was I happy there? You bet! But just because you’re happy where you are doesn’t mean you can’t be happier somewhere else.

At some point around the eleventh or twelfth year with them, I finally started to long for something that would get me home more often than every three weeks. To be fair, their policy was only two weeks out, but I always chose to do three weeks to maximize the money.

Also, for years I had been hearing through conversations and eavesdropping that there were trucking jobs out there where you could make a lot more money than I was making. I had heard this from many different drivers, but I always chalked it up to another trucker lying about how much money they made. I’m assuming we’ve all heard the driver bragging about making $100K working for 40 CPM (Cents Per Mile), right? Whatever, dude.

Well, it turns out that not every trucker is full of bovine dookie. I can tell you from personal experience that the stories are true. But I digress.

The job search

Let me make a suggestion to you. Do what I did and put out some feelers. There’s no obligation here; just humor me.

Sign up with job sites like and and set up email alerts for the type(s) of driving jobs you’re interested in. Peruse services like,, or a frequent source of trucking news on the Trucker Dump Podcast, to see what trucking companies are offering nowadays. You can even take a different approach with an app like TruckDriverPower, where you can set the parameters of pay, home time, trailer type, etc. you’re willing to take and trucking companies then come to you if they meet that criteria. How’s that for an interesting concept?

The idea here is simply to make you aware of what’s going on outside your comfy little workplace. Again, there is no harm in doing this. You aren’t being disloyal to your current employer. You’re just being smart.

Finding the new job

Now I’d like to tell you that as soon as I put the feelers out, I found the perfect job and jumped on it immediately. But that’s not the way it happened. I honestly didn’t keep track, but I’ll bet I had my eyes peeled for at least a year, probably closer to two.

I was admittedly disheartened before I finally saw one of those coveted jobs I’d been waiting a lifetime for to pop up in my email. I applied and got a phone interview.

The job was offered to me, but sadly it wasn’t going to work out. It would’ve been a great job for a younger trucker who had some time to work their way up the ladder, but this 50+ year-old dude didn’t have the patience to take a $20K per year pay cut and unsteady work until a bunch of old-timers retired.

Sure, this discouraged trucker was still driving for a carrier that he liked, but something was missing now. I had been sooooo close to landing that “perfect” job where I would’ve been home every day. With that  door closed, it seemed like it would be a long time before I found another golden egg.

The transition period

Despite my pathetic self-pity, I continued to keep my eyes open. One day I saw the name of an LTL (Less-Than-Load) carrier in my home area. The advertised pay was equal to mine and the home time was far better.

But instead of seizing the day, I started doubting again. Would this new job really pay what they advertised? What if I quit only to find out I’d been lied to? I chose not to even bring it up to The Evil Overlord.

After seeing the ad run again a few months later, I finally brought it to The Evil Overlord’s attention. Now she wanted me to get off the road as badly as I wanted it, but she’s even more risk-averse than I am. And that’s saying something.

While my willingness to take risks had expanded, her’s hadn’t. She knew what to expect with my employer. Like me, she had grown comfortable. She convinced me not to pursue it.

Every 3-6 months from then on, that advertisement peeked it’s little head up out of a hole like that pesky groundhog in Caddyshack. I swear I saw it taunting me with a funky little dance once!

He who does not ask, does not receive

After the third or fourth job taunting, I finally chose to act. Wisely, I chose to call the listed phone number instead of exploding a bunch of dynamite on a golf course. I spoke to the guy who would be my boss. He was really laid back and didn’t appear to be in any hurry to get me off the phone, which is a good thing considering how many questions I ask. Anyone who knows me, who read How to Find a Great Truck Driving Job, or is married to me could tell you that.

Four times I talked to this guy for approximately 30 minutes. After each call, I would inform The Evil Overlord what I learned and I’d give her a little nudge. Anyone who knows her knows she doesn’t bend easily. Heck, my idea got knocked down so many times, I felt like Rocky Balboa.

During this time, I found and questioned every driver from this company that I could find. They all said that the advertised yearly pay would only be that low if I was lazy, which I’m not. They told me the pros and cons and then every one of them said it was the best trucking job they’d ever had. And their many years with the company seemed to back that up.

Just like Rocky in the big match, in the end I wore her down and claimed my victory. She finally said, “Fine. Go ahead and apply.” When I hung up the phone I may have even shouted, “LORINNNNNNDAAAAAAA!!!! Or not. I later found out she only relented to get me to shut up about it. Well, what do you know? Apparently it does pay to be annoying sometimes! Regardless, when you’re married to someone called The Evil Overlord, you take the win however you can get it!

The new job wound up being better…. MUCH better

To make a long story slightly shorter, this is by far the best job I’ve ever had, trucking or not. I get paid a good mileage rate, I don’t have to mess with customers, I have fabulous insurance, I get paid for holidays, I’ve got good vacation time and sick days, and I’m guaranteed to get home every weekend (I deadheaded 607 miles home this week).

But that’s not all; there’s more!  I get paid a good hourly wage for everything from fueling, to layover/detention, to drop/hooks, to loading/unloading freight, to waiting to get a tire fixed, or heck, even when stuck in traffic due to a wreck.

To put it in plain terms, my gross pay is about 25% more than my old job. It will probably be even higher next year since I had 10 weeks of lower pay 2020 thanks to the cursed COVID.

Even crazier is that my bring home pay is almost double my old paycheck amount, largely thanks to the vast difference in insurance premiums. I’m not saying this extreme pay hike will happen for everyone, but it certainly won’t if you are so focused and content with your current job that you don’t look for other opportunities.

Basically, for the first time in my life I feel like I’m getting paid what I deserve.

I realize I’m only slightly less than two years into this job, but I have yet to dread going to work on Monday. Can you say that? Even if you can, how do you know your work life couldn’t be even better?

Now is this job all peaches and cream? Of course not! There are some really weird company rules and the equipment I drive is anything but stellar. But hey, you’ll be surprised how less-stressed you are about breaking down if you’re getting paid for your time!

The worst thing about my current job

The crappiest thing about my current job is knowing I could’ve been doing this for the past 11 years if I hadn’t been so complacent with my old job. If I had taken those “lying” truckers at their word instead of assuming the worst, I would’ve been about $200K richer and I would’ve been home to enjoy it a heck-of-a-lot more!

To sum up…

I’m just going to repeat what I said earlier. Even if you’re totally happy with your current job, put forth some effort to see if you could be happier somewhere else. I’m not just saying that either, I’m still doing it.

I just told you how pleased I am with my current job, but remember, I also thought my previous job was the cat’s meow. If I go back to sticking my head in the sand, then I shouldn’t be surprised when I miss another golden opportunity. Right now, it seems unlikely that I will ever find a better trucking job, but then again, that’s the kind of stinkin’ thinkin’ I had before I found the best job I’ve ever had!

On the other hand, if you’re currently unhappy with your pay, the home time, the respect you’re getting, or anything else, then what the heck are sticking around for? Start looking for that new job today!

Let me reiterate once more in case you didn’t catch it the first 18 times

Job complacency is a mistake! You’ll never know if there is a better trucking job out there if you aren’t actively looking. This is why I still get an email from every few days… because you just never know. I encourage you to do the same.

Yes, I realize I’m harping on this. It just kills me to think of the complacent version of yourself 11 years down the road realizing how much home time and/or pay you missed. But even if you’ve got the best job you’ll ever have, at least you’ll never have to look back and wonder if you reached your full potential.

Because trust me, that can only make you feel like a craptastic crappy crapfest of a loser. 

Podcast Show Notes

In today’s main topic we talk about how you know when you should switch trucking jobs. But first, lots of news involving COVID, new elog information for both the US and Canada, and lots of changes coming in 2021 due to a new presidential administration, including a scary one involving sleep apnea testing.

Also, truckers stick it to California, Walmart and driverless trucks, the big UPS sell-out, new vision and testing standards for CDL holders, and of course, the obligatory truck recalls.

In the listener feedback segment we’ll hear about hatred of elogs, a driving school and training story, COVID vaccinations, and I get called out by a 15-year-old. We’ll also hear about a great BBQ joint in the Trucker Grub segment.

Listen to the podcast version or read the full article and the podcast show notes on or search for Trucker Dump in your favorite podcast app.

Be sure to check out the 25% off ebook combo pack for Trucking Life and How to Find a Great Truck Driving Job while you’re there.

This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:

  • Volvo Trucks – Check out the new D13TC engine in the Volvo VNL series.
  • Pilot Flying J app – Check out all the awesome features of the Pilot Flying J app.

Links mentioned in the news segment:

Stop the presses! It’s a new phase for Overdrive from

Daimler recalling certain Freightliner Cascadia models from

Volvo recall for potential brakes issue affects over 6,300 trucks from

One Quarter Of Inspected Trucks Placed OOS During Roadcheck Inspection Blitz from

In blockbuster deal, UPS selling off UPS Freight to TFI for $800M from

2021 Mid-America Trucking Show to be rescheduled due to COVID from

Truckers now included in third group recommended for COVID vaccine from

FMCSA extends CDL, med cert COVID waivers through February from

Biden announces ‘regulatory freeze’ to review last-minute Trump policies from

Biden has signed 42 executive actions since taking office. Here’s what each does from

No, Biden Didn’t Say ‘You Can’t Legislate by Executive Order Unless You’re a Dictator’ from

How Joe Biden’s executive orders compare with those of other presidents from

FMCSA proposes new split sleeper pilot program from

Here Are All The DOT Officials Appointed By President Biden So Far from

Pete Buttigieg on Wikipedia

Former head of NYC taxi commission named FMCSA deputy administrator from

Trucking trends to watch in 2021: Revival of mandates for speed limiters, new insurance limits; plus freight, rates, highway bill and more from

New study using ‘STOP-Bang’ protocol finds half of truck drivers could need sleep apnea evaluation from

Looking forward to a trucking rebound in 2021 leading to ‘very good’ 2022 from

Log annotations to avoid hours of service violations — and more from FMCSA Q&A from

FMCSA eyes update to ‘yard move’ guidance from

Trucking’s exemption from Calif. break laws upheld from

CDL Mills Rejoice: New Truckers Can Be Tested By The Their Own Trainers from

FMCSA proposes new vision standard for truck drivers from

What you should know about the looming Canadian ELD mandate from

Walmart Removes “Safety Pilot” From Now Fully Driverless Truck from

Here are the drivers on FMCSA’s new advisory panel from

Love’s plans to open 50 new travel stops in 2021 from

TA adds mobile fuel pumping features to app from

Trucker Grub segment:

Ole Rudy’s BBQ

I-75 Exit 201 in Jackson, GA

Links mentioned in the main topic:

TD149: Job Hopping In Trucking

TD97: A Trucker’s Worst Nemisis – Complacency

TD104: Complacency Strikes

Truck Driver Power app

Links mentioned in the listener feedback segment:

TD56: Funkin’ Truckin’

TD58: How Much Is Too Much?

TD59: A Trucker’s Home

TD62: Elogs: A Second Look

TD150: Trucking News Galore!

Review of the Garmin dēzl™ OTR1000 truck GPS

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TD151: In-Depth Review Of The Garmin dēzl™ OTR1000 Truck GPS

Podcast Show Notes

Got something a bit different for the main topic today. I had the opportunity to test Garmin’s newest truck GPS called the dēzl™ OTR1000, and I’ll share my thoughts in a video review.

But first, lots of news to discuss including truck recalls, winter driving prep, and COVID vaccines, waivers, and how it relates to workman’s comp. Autonomous and electric vehicles are always a hot topic, including how electric trucks might attract new truck drivers to the industry.

We’ve got an update on the closed bridge in Cincinnati, we’ll learn about fancy pants smart trailers, a request to be the new head of the FMCSA, and a DOT physical exemption for one large company. HUH?

We’ve got a non-traditional Trucker Grub segment this time and we’ll hear about Stevie driving for a carnival and musical guest, Driver Dave will give us his origin story.

And we’ll top it all off with the annual reading of ’Twas The Night Before Christmas – Trucker Style.

Be sure to check out the 50% off ebook combo pack for Trucking Life and How to Find a Great Truck Driving Job while you’re there. This deal is only available until January 31, 2021!

This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:

Links mentioned in the news segment:

Volvo recalling more than 8,400 VNL tractors for sleeper window issue from

Two recalls announced for certain Freightliner, Western Star models from

Clock’s ticking for independents to run their required self-check in Drug Clearinghouse from

Further extensions of CDL-related COVID waivers unlikely, official says from

TSA PreCheck Bill May Have Applications for Trucking, ATA Says from (Transport Topics)

Truck drivers should be among first to get Covid-19 vaccine, says Johns Hopkins prof from

Closed I-75/71 bridge expected to reopen Dec. 23 from

Waymo Looks to Calm Doubts About Driverless Cars With Data Release from (Transport Topics)

‘How Can We Roll Out Driverless Trucks As Quickly As Possible?’ Wonders FMCSA Out Loud from

Study: Automated driving techs shown to increase dangerous driver disengagement from

Cars on Hyundai’s Electric Platform Can Charge 80% in 18 Minutes from (Transport Topics)

GM: New Batteries Cut Electric Car Costs, Increase Range from (Transport Topics)

Electric Trucks Have Qualities to Improve Diversity, Panelists Say from (Transport Topics)

E-Smart Targets Better Tractor-Trailer Connectivity from (Transport Topics)

FMCSA Just Removed An Important Safety Step, But Only For Knight-Swift from

OOIDA leader wants to head up Biden’s FMCSA from

Do thorough winter prep and avoid downtime from

Trucking Law: Can you refuse to drive in poor weather? from

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

Trucking Law: Does workers’ comp cover COVID-19 infections? from

Brad Klepper is president of Interstate Trucker, a law firm dedicated to defending truck drivers. He is also president of the law firm Drivers Legal Plan. He can be reached at 800–333-3748 or at and

Links mentioned in the main topic:

In-Depth Review Of The Garmin dēzl™ OTR1000 Truck GPS

This video has Amazon affiliate links:

Garmin dēzl™ OTR1000

Garmin dēzl™ OTR800

Garmin dēzl™ OTR700

Trucker Grub segment:

Long-time listener Greg T. gives us a reminder not to forget about grocery stores for good stuff to eat. He also mentioned in his email that he used a free app called Easy Voice Recorder on his Android phone to record the segment and I thought it sounded great!

Links mentioned in the Listener Feedback segment:

New listener Stevie listened to TD53: Lunar Driving As A Trucker and TD55: The EOBR Myth and tells us about about driving for a carnival.

Driver Dave opens with a quick toe-tapper and then proceeds to tell us about his first drive in a big rig, which was prompted by listening to TD147: Be Careful Choosing A Truck Driving School.

Video of the a semi driving in the caves in Springfield MO

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TD150: Trucking News Galore!

Podcast Show Notes

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

Kenworth recalls 1,400 trucks for possible brake issue from

Brake Safety Week sidelined more than 5,000 trucks from

Trucking Law: Busting myths about inspection regulations from

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

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

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

TD119:Winter Truck Driving Tips From An Alaskan Trucker from

Hazmat renewal waiver extended through 12/31 from

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

FMCSA Unveils HOS Resource as Revised Rules Take Effect from (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

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

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

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

FMCSA delays driver training implementation until 2022 from

TD147:Be Careful Choosing A Truck Driving School from

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

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

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

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

Driver Whose Truck Entered Crowded Protest Faces Charges from (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

Driver feedback wanted on I-10 truck parking issues from

I-10 Truck Parking Availability System survey

FMCSA Seeks Nominations for Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee from (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: for Ontario drivers

Product mention: Brooklyn Fuel Bucket Mattress from Brooklyn Bedding at
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 or text him at 412-576-4494 to schedule an interview.


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TD149: Job-Hopping In Trucking

When The Evil Overlord (wife/ex co-driver) and I were in truck driving school, we were told that job-hopping in the trucking industry was akin to a mortal sin that could not only ruin your truck driving career, but also send you straight to Hell to burn in an eternal lake of fire. Is this true? Let’s talk about it.

But before we get to that, perhaps we should define “job-hopping” in better terms. From Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

Job-hopping: the practice of moving from job to job.

“Well duhhhh,” you might say. “But like… how long do I have to stay at a job before I’m considered a job-hopper?”

According to this article, job-hopping is “generally defined as spending less than two years in a position.” Oh boy. Does that ever make truckers job-hoppers! In this industry, you won’t get that dreaded label unless you start job-hopping every 3-4 months!

According to this article, the average turnover rate for large trucking companies has been lingering around 127% over the last few years. Smaller carriers don’t fare much better at 102%.

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, “turnover rate” is the percentage of employees that leave a company over a certain period of time. So for the trucking industry’s average turnover rate of 127%, a trucking company with 100 employees would need to hire 127 employees every year to keep that number at 100! Yeesh.

The turnover rate in trucking is staggeringly high compared to other industries

To give you a comparison to other industries, the healthcare industry is typically regarded as having one of the highest turnover rates; and it’s only 14.2%. Take that, healthcare workers! We truckers scoff at your puny little turnover rate!

Why these turnover rates are so high is a topic in itself, and one we won’t cover today. Suffice it to say that “the grass is always greener” for some drivers and many carriers don’t put enough effort into keeping their current drivers happy. But I digress…

How much job-hopping is too much?

Sadly, there really isn’t a cut-and-dry answer. Some companies are more tolerant than others. But in general, all trucking companies are far more lenient than other industries. The fact is, trucking companies have learned to accept that high turnover rates are a fact of life for the trucking industry.

A recruiter quoted in that article, said that the company he works for isn’t interested in a driver who has had three jobs in the last year. He went on to say he had one applicant that had 21 jobs in three years! Wow! Talk about ADHD.

I would agree that switching trucking jobs every 3-4 months is generally too often.

Reasons you shouldn’t job-hop

First of all, recruiters are less interested in fickle drivers. I mean, hiring a new employee is costly so why would they want to take a chance on someone who has a track record of being a total flake?

But perhaps the bigger reason not to job-hop every few months is that you simply can’t give a new carrier a fair shake when you work for them for such a short time.

It takes a while to get situated in a new job. With all the new operational changes and learning how the new carrier operates, it shouldn’t be a surprise if you aren’t very efficient for a while. Don’t blame that on the carrier. That’s just the nature of switching jobs.

In my opinion, I think you should give an employer at least 6 months to make good on everything the recruiter promised. That should be enough time to learn the ropes and work through any slow times of the year. That way you can see the true potential of the job.

Reasons to job-hop

Now I’m not saying this is a hard-and-fast rule carved into stone by the hand of God. If your employer is clearly abusing you in any way, then that’s a good-enough reason to abandon ship, even if you’ve only worked there for one month.

Keep in mind that abuse is subjective. Forcing you to take a crappy run to New Jersey is not abuse. Sure, it may suck harder than a dehydrated mosquito, but it’s not abuse. However, if they are trying to convince you to cheat on your electronic logs, failing to fix major safety issues on their trucks/trailers, or belittling you into driving in a blizzard because “all their other drivers are doing it” (FYI: they aren’t), now that’s abuse that may warrant a job-hop.

What I’m trying to say is that you should try not to job-hop.

But if you do need to leave a company after 3-4 months once in a while, it’s not going to kill your trucking career. Just don’t make it a continuous pattern like Mr. 21-Jobs-In-3-Years did.

Listen, employers know things go wrong and they know there are bad employers out there. Sometimes things just don’t mesh. And of course, it’s an added benefit that many trucking companies will ignore your iffy job history out of desperation to hire more drivers.

Another reason to job-hop

If you’re job-hopping for the right reasons, you should be able to easily explain your actions to any prospective employer.

Let me give you some examples from my own trucking career.

When The Evil Overlord and I got out of truck driving school, we took a team-driving job for 33 CPM (Cents Per Mile). Keep in mind this was 1997. Sadly, over 20 years later, some carriers are still starting new drivers at less CPM than that. Not cool at all.

We knew we could make more money elsewhere, so we started looking for a new trucking company about 10 months into our career. Now keep in mind our driving school instructor had told us that we shouldn’t even consider looking for a new job until we got at least one year’s experience.

Well, we started with our new company at the 11-month mark anyway. Turns out, they would have hired us around the 6-month mark if we had tried. But we didn’t, because, you know, that whole “all job-hoppers go to Hell” thing.

Anyway, we jumped from 33 CPM all the way up to 42 CPM with that job change. Even if it had been at the 6-month mark, no future employer would have blamed us for making that Spiderman-sized leap. Heck, they would’ve understood that even if we had left at the 3-month mark! In other words, we had a darn good reason to jump ship and it was easily explainable. We stayed with this company for four years.

For our next job, we actually took a pay cut back to 38 CPM. But again, we could justify the job change because we were building a house and our mortgage provider wasn’t happy that our previous employer couldn’t “guarantee” our gross wages for the year. Or at least they wouldn’t put it in writing. This new company had no problem with that. We only stayed at this company for 1.5 years, but it was long enough for our purpose.   

The next job change didn’t work out so well, but at least we did have a good reason to have made the switch. With the pay cut from the previous job, we only had to tell future employers we had gone from 38 CPM back up to 50 CPM. Any trucker can tell you that a 12 CPM raise in the trucking industry is phenomenal. To put it in more understandable terms, that was about a $30,000/year raise with the team miles we were driving! We didn’t much like this company though and we bailed out after only 10 months.

Our next job was only a slight bump in pay up to 52 CPM. Still, it was a justifiable job-hop because we explained that we just weren’t a good fit for the prior carrier. Again, no questions asked because good drivers are in high demand. One year later, The Evil Overlord got out of trucking altogether. Well, sort of. Stay tuned.

I’ll not bore you with all the drool-inspiring details of the other trucking jobs I’ve had. Basically, it was a series of job switches caused by The Evil Overlord deciding to make a trucking comeback and it not working out so well (thank you 2008 Great Recession). So I switched carriers a couple more times to jump from team-focused carriers to solo-focused carriers. The point being, I had a justifiable and easily explained reason to switch jobs each time.

Now I realize that working for anywhere from 10 months to 9 years at a job (one of the last ones) isn’t considered job-hopping, at least when it comes to the trucking industry. But that’s not my point.

How to avoid being a job-hopper

I am only one man with an opinion, so take this how you will.

I think the key to not be labeled as a job-hopper is to stay with a company for at least six months, keep your driving safety record clean, and always be able to justify your move.

Having said that, there are simply too many scenarios for this to be a one-size-fits-all solution. For instance, let’s say you just took a new job after being with your previous employer for six months. You’ve been at your current job for only two months when you finally get an interview with that driving job you’ve been chasing for five years.

Are you going to pass on that dream job simply because you’ve only been working at your current job for two months? Heck no! Job-hopper label or not, that’s gonna be my new job!

Again, you’ve got a justifiable reason for the job-hop. You had no clue when you took the previous job that this dream job would be opening up soon.

During your job interview, you simply express concern that you’re having to screw your current employer by leaving after only two months, but you just can’t pass up this opportunity to work for a company you’ve been chasing for five years. They’ll be both flattered that you want their job so much and impressed that you’re showing concern over the hardship you’re causing your current employer. That tells them you’ll give them the same respect if they hire you.

The problem with job-hopping

The easiest way to be labeled as  a job-hopper is to have your work history show a long line of jobs you only held for 3-4 months each. Even worse, you can’t identify a good reason for quitting any of them.

If you’re jumping from one job that averages 2500 miles per week at 50 CPM to another job for equal pay and benefits, then that’s kinda hard to justify. Add a few more of those job-hops in a row and you’ll earn the title of job-hopper. And no one really wants that, do they?

I’ve heard it said that all you need to get hired as a trucker is a CDL (Commercial Drivers License) and a pulse. While that may be true for some carriers, but that’s definitely not the case for the upper echelon of trucking companies who are far more picky.

Do yourself a favor and don’t ruin your chances at that future dream job by being a job-hopping flakazoid. And if you have been so far, make a valiant effort to change that pattern by giving any trucking company at least six months before you jump ship again. Because you know what happens when you jump ship? You drown. And that’s just no fun. 

Podcast Show Notes

Today’s main topic is job-hopping. How much is too much? Stay tuned.

But as always, we’ve got some news to cover including voting info, brake recalls, safety blitz stats, nuclear verdicts, trailer technology, broker scams, truck warranties, and think pieces on being an owner/operator and ANTs. Huh?

The FMCSA has also been busy with hairy drug testing, driver advisory panels, under 21 drivers, driver training exemptions, and yet another COVID HOS exemption extension. Wow. Say that three times fast.

And we’ll top it all off with six restaurants for the Trucker Grub segment, and listener feedback on weapons, railroad crossings, man vs. beast, and driving school experiences.

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Links mentioned in the news segment:

Budweiser Wassup commercial

For truckers looking to vote early or absentee, a look at each state’s practices from

Voter registration deadlines

Volvo recalling 17,545 trucks for possible cracked brake pedal from

CVSA Safety Enforcement Operation Catches More Than 66,000 Drivers from (Transport Topics)

FMCSA Extends COVID HOS Exemption Until 2021 from

FMCSA Launches Driver Panel for Advisory Committee from (Transport Topics)

UPS Wants FMCSA to Reconsider Exemption Request from (Transport Topics)

FMCSA proposes under-21 driver pilot program from

Details of the under-21 driver pilot program from

HHS Issues Proposed Hair Testing Guidelines from (Transport Topics)

PrePass adds safety alerts for drivers to app from

Trucking Targets ‘Nuclear’ Verdicts from (Transport Topics)

Intelligent Trailer Technology Advances from (Transport Topics)

Open a can of realism before buying that first truck from

Informed protection: Know exactly what’s covered before you buy a used truck warranty from

Growing broker/carrier identity theft schemes reaping millions from

As with fire ants attacking a DOT officer inspecting logs, beware the ANTs in your own mind from

Trucker Grub segment:

Tacos El Zarape in Ontario, Oregon

Shari’s restaurant in Troutdale, Oregon

Ranch Hand Trail Stop in Montpelier, Idaho

Lefty’s Bar-B-Q in Crossville, Tennessee

Stockmen’s Truck Stop in St. Paul, Minnesota

Alamo Sinclair in Alamo, Nevada

Links mentioned in the main topic:

Job-hopping is on the rise. Should you consider switching roles to make more money? from

Job-hopping in trucking from

How to calculate employee turnover rate from

Links mentioned in the Listener Feedback segment:

Frankie NC heard @goose story in the Listener Feedback segment of TD148: Being A Chemical Oilfield Truck Driver about a truck stalling on a railroad tracks and wrote with some advice that could save your life.

Greg listened to TD146: Personal Safety For Truckers and answered the call by sharing his arsenal to ward off bad guys.

Driver Dave shares another exciting episode of trucker vs. wildlife. Everyone needs to keeps their pets out of the road when Driver Dave is in the area. Just saying.

New listener Stevie is binging the podcast and sending lots of comments for me to share with you. Today we hit three quick ones about TD001: Sometime You Just Need A Machine Gun, TD144: The Split, and agrees with the grossness of women’s restrooms from TD46: The Tale Of Three Trucker Slobs.

New Listener Scott Gunter heard TD100: What Makes The Evil Overlord… Evil? and we decide that all wives must be evil.

Scott Gunter, Todd R, and Zachary Smacherman @smakerman all heard TD147: Be Careful Choosing A Truck Driving School and share stories of their respective truck driving schools. Bonus: Zachary sent an audio comment!

Todd R @RoadToad also mentioned TD148: Being A Chemical Oilfield Truck Driver.

Zachary also mentioned Anthony, who I answered a question from in the Listener Feedback segment of TD131: Review Of The FleetUp Trace ELD.

And a big thanks to wtfGrumpy, Corvette 1977, ShadowDragonYin, TIK TOK CAN GO TO HELL (yes, really), 2014EJ, and douche you are (yes again, really) for rating and reviewing the podcast on Apple Podcasts.

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TD148: Being A Chemical Oilfield Truck Driver

Podcast Show Notes

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to drive a chemical truck in the oilfields, then you’re going to love the interview we have with Cannon Bryan on today’s show. For the record, oil is NOT the slickest thing Cannon deals with. LOL

We’ve also got surprisingly few news stories including the 14-hour rule, futuristic Michigan roads, what to look for in a used truck, what to do when your employer blacklists you, some trucker health help, and hey, what do you know; yet another safety blitz. yay.

Ryan is going to point us to some good Indian food in the Trucker Grub segment and we’ll hear from Rob, Steve, Goose, and Maurice, on topics such as scary CDL school situations, trucks stuck on railroad tracks, and the slim chances of any trucker ever needing a gun.

Be sure to check out the 50% off ebook combo pack for Trucking Life and How to Find a Great Truck Driving Job while you’re here. Limited time only and only available here!

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Links mentioned in the news segment:

Another Truck Inspection Blitz Is Coming from

FMCSA enforcement chief details how drivers can pause 14-hour clock under new regs from

Shorter 14-clock pauses: FMCSA wants feedback on pilot test from

Michigan Plans Connected, Autonomous Vehicle Corridor from

Trucking Law: Your remedies when a fleet blacklists you from

What to look for when buying a used truck from

Check out for used trucks

Check out a used truck’s history with

Take a survey about trucker exercise habits (or lack of)

Major truck stops celebrating truckers throughout September from

Trucker Grub segment:

Ryan Moede tells us about the Bombay Grill and Buffet in Gallup, NM. All they have is a Facebook page so hopefully everyone can follow this link. If not, sorry… 😐

Links mentioned in the interview:

TD129: 4 Ways To Become A More Efficient Trucker

Links mentioned in the Feedback segment:

Rob Pinnick listened to TD147: Be Careful Choosing A Truck Driving School and writes in with a funny anecdote about his first day at truck driving school.

I share an “OH CRAP!” story told in the Trucker Dump Slack Group by Ben Dickens – de Geus, aka Goose.

Stephen Highfill wrote in wanting to join the Trucker Dump Slack Group. And he also took advantage of the 50% off discount price for the trucking ebook combo pack. Two books for the price of one!

Maurice listened to TD146: Personal Safety Tips For Truckers and brings up a good point about the slim chances of ever needing to defend ourselves as truckers. He also takes me to task about Volvo. LOL

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TD147: Be Careful Choosing A Truck Driving School

Podcast Show Notes

The topic of today’s show is CDL Farms and why you should be careful when choosing a truck driving school. I interview a driver who went to one and you won’t believe how bad his school was!

But before that we’ve got stories about safety blitzes and recalls, electric truck expectations, and of course, more COVID-related news, including the death of a trucking icon.

We’ll also hit on the upcoming new split sleeper berth rule, we’ll issue a warning about CBD products, the FBI warns about ELD hackers, and bringing the issues of truck parking and detention pay into the spotlight.

We’ve even got a Trucker Grub segment for you foodies!

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This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:

  • Volvo Trucks– Check out the new Volvo Dynamic Steering on the VNL and VNR series and watch the all the videos on the Volvo YouTube page
  • Pilot Flying J app– Check out all the awesome features of the Pilot Flying J app and sign up for Push 4Points to earn up to 4 points per gallon

Links mentioned in the news segment:

CVSA Schedules Brake Safety Week for Late August from

DTNA, Navistar Announce Voluntary Safety Recalls from (Transport Topics)

Remembering the ‘Midnight Cowboy,’ Bill Mack

Masks Are Now Mandatory At All Of The Largest Truck Stop Chains from

Hazmat endorsement renewal waiver extended through October from

States enter pact to ban truck emissions from

OOIDA presses regulators on detention time pay, truck parking

Truck Drivers Should Beware of CBD, Drug Policy Expert Says from (Transport Topics)

FBI Warns ELDs Could Let Hackers Control Your Vehicle, Steal Your Information, And More from

Rolling the 14: How to pull off the new split-sleeper under the hours of service come September from

Trucker Grub segment:

Ryan Moede tells us about the Red Arrow Diner in New Hampshire

Links mentioned in the Listener Feedback segment:

Eric Lindeau enjoyed the “golf swing” joke from TD146: Personal Safety Tips For Truckers

John Bergsing is a smart aleck (as always).

Andrew Farmer bails me out by using my Amazon Affiliate links from TD146: Personal Safety Tips For Truckers

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TD146: Personal Safety Tips For Truckers

We are living in a world full of nut-jobs. Maybe there’s something floating around in the air beyond COVID-19? Maybe we’re seeing the beginning of a zombie apocalypse of sorts? Not the laughably slow Dawn of the Dead zombies, but those really scary fast ones from 28 Days Later that are infected by some sort of rage virus. 

Whatever the cause, there is no doubt that it’s a crazy time to be a truck driver. If you pay attention to the trucking industry news at all, you will have seen far too many stories of truckers pulling guns on each other, trainees stabbing their trainer to death, various muggings, and beatdowns by security guards. 

If that weren’t bad enough, now we have to worry about protesters blocking roadways and yanking innocent truckers out of their cabs and mobbing them. 

Let me take a quick tangent here to address the current Black Lives Matter protests.

I have no problem with folks protesting against police brutality. If a cop is abusing their power, then they need to lose their job and not be protected by their fellow cops. Doesn’t matter what color the victim of that abuse is. So, yeah, keep it up if you’re going about this in a peaceful way. 

However, if you’re “peacefully protesting” by blocking a public roadway, then you’re out of line. The First Amendment clearly gives you the right to assemble and protest, but only to the extent that you don’t violate someone else’s rights. All motorists, including truckers, have a right to use that roadway without having to worry about running over people standing in the middle of traffic. 

As for those who are looting in the name of Black Lives Matter, you are an embarrassment and a distraction to the real cause. You are thugs and thieves looking for a way to justify your actions. Unless of course you can explain the logic behind looting and trashing innocent local businesses and retailers like a Nike store, which has always supported your heroes like Colin Kaepernick. Makes no sense. 

And back to truckers, how does looting freight from innocent truckers further the cause of weeding out bad cops? It doesn’t. So just admit what it is; an excuse to steal.

For the record, you don’t need to steal if you go out and get a job. Have you ever considered truck driving for a living? There are plenty of jobs to be had out here. Of course you haven’t. That would require some ambition and real work. Okay, rant over.

So with this new threat to truckers coming from an unexpected source, I started thinking about personal safety tips for truckers.  

What can you do to prepare yourself for these dangerous times?

I’ll share some of my ideas on the subject and I also reached out the Trucker Dump Facebook Group and the Trucker Dump Slack Group to find out what some of your tips are. 

Disclaimer: Finding information on what kind of weapons are allowed in a commercial vehicle is difficult at best. I’ve always been a company driver and I’ve asked many of my employers and really the only universal truth I’ve found is that 100% of them prohibit firearms in their trucks, but tire thumpers are okay. 

When asking about knives, Tasers, pepper spray, and the likes, I’ve always gotten wishy-washy answers that aren’t really answers at all. You can tell they’d just prefer you curl up into a ball and not defend yourself when attacked than to approve you having anything resembling a weapon in your truck. Feel free to ask your company what they will allow and if you get a solid answer, please email me at to let me know.  

You’d think the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA would want to weigh in on this, but they are remarkably silent on the subject of weapons in commercial vehicles. The only place I’ve found the word “weapon” in the DOT regulations is when it’s talking about the truck itself being used as a weapon by terrorists. So they’re no help on the subject.

So with that being said, let’s brainstorm this subject and hopefully you can make some smart decisions that will work for you.


Let’s start out with the obvious and debunk a longstanding trucking myth. Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT illegal to carry firearms in your truck, provided that you abide by all state and local ordinances. That right there is the problem; these rules vary from state-to-state and it’s not easy to keep up with. 

I mean, honestly, are you really going to pull over at the state line and unload your handgun until you get to the other side of the state? Or put it in a gun safe while crossing a state? Probably not.

So instead you leave it loaded all the time, which is effectively illegal in many states. So now you’re breaking the law. Toss in the differing rules for those truckers with Concealed Carry Permits and now your head starts spinning. But hey, an unloaded gun is about as useless as a styrofoam pickaxe, right?

This “no guns in trucks” myth gained ground largely because most trucking companies do not allow their employees to carry firearms in their trucks. I’ve never seen a stated reason why this is, but I suspect it is simply a matter of not wanting to hassle with their driver employees keeping abreast of all the state firearms laws.

Also, they probably want to avoid getting into any situation where you have to use the firearm and the lawsuits that would likely point at them for allowing you to have it in the truck. Like many restrictions in the trucking industry, it ultimately comes down to an issue of reduced liability.

Should you carry a firearm?

If you are an owner/operator, the choice is yours. Carrying a gun is only a matter of learning the different state laws and following them to the best of your ability.

Company drivers have a bigger choice to make. You can choose to carry a firearm because technically it isn’t illegal to do so. But since it is usually against company policy, you’ll likely get fired if you ever have to use it to defend yourself. But as a friend of mine likes to say, “I’d rather be judged by twelve than carried by six.”

That’s a great point. I mean, if you find yourself in a position where you just saved yourself from personal harm or possibly death, do you really give a crap that you just lost your job?

I’m not telling you it’s okay to break company policy. But I’m also telling you that in my 23 years of truck driving, I’ve never had a company representative search the truck I’m driving for anything; let alone a firearm. At least not to my knowledge.

So if you don’t leave your Glock laying out on the passenger seat in plain view while you’re at a company terminal then hey, whatever trips your trigger…


Next on the list of fatal weapons would be knives. Another long-time myth is that you can carry a knife as long as the blade isn’t longer than 3 inches. I can’t find anything online or in the regulations to back that up.

As far as I can tell, this again is up to each state. For instance, I read that Texas will allow a blade up to 5.5 inches as long as it’s carried in a pouch on your belt. So that blows that myth.

My thoughts here are that, much like a firearm that is out-of-sight out-of-mind, having a small blade would be a good thing to have.

I keep a small pocketknife with a stout blade similar to this one (Amazon affiliate link) in my pocket that that will lock when the blade is exposed. It probably wouldn’t kill anyone unless I stabbed them in the eyeball, but it will certainly deter them if they see it or I give them a good jab with it. 

If anyone ever jumps onto my running board, that will likely be one of the first things I grab for. If they stick an arm or their head through my window I’ll cut them like a sushi chef with a tuna filet.

We have to be reasonable here folks. If a DOT officer ever asks you if you have any weapons, I doubt they’re going to get too bent out of shape if you have a pocketknife with a 3-inch blade, but they might question your motives if you’ve got a machete mounted to your driver’s seat. 

Another way to justify a good knife to a police officer is to have something that would serve a trucker as a safety device like this cool 3-in-1 tactical knife that has a window glass breaker, a seat belt cutter, and a serrated blade like this one (Amazon affiliate link). This one is on my birthday wish list. How could they argue with you wanting to rescue yourself from a fiery wrecked truck?

And remember, a screwdriver will jab into an eyeball just as well as a knife will… possibly better. Boy will that guy be screwed (sorry – I couldn’t help myself).


The great thing about having a Taser as part of your arsenal is that you can disable an attacker before they get too close to you. The bad thing is that if you miss your target, you’re out of ammo. 

Tasers work by shooting two darts at the assailant which are connected to the pistol-like grip by two thin cables. These cables transfer enough electrical current to immobilize a grown man long enough for you to get away. Hopefully he pees his pants in the process. 

Another bad thing is that a few states don’t allow them to be used by average consumers unless you have a concealed carry permit. Others like Massachusetts don’t allow them at all. Check out the Taser website for state requirements.

But perhaps the worst thing about Tasers is the cost. Even an older model is over $400 on Amazon (Amazon affiliate link). Ouch! I’m not sure what would hurt worse; the price or getting zapped by one! 

Stun guns with powerful flashlights

Let’s hear this from our first Trucker Dump Facebook Group user: 

“They sell stun gun flashlights that have both use and protection.”
Adrian Shipek
Trucker Dump Facebook Group

Why yes they do, Adrian. Yes they do.

Stun guns like this one (Amazon affiliate link) are definitely an option  that truckers can consider. Like Adrian said, many models include a standard flashlight, but if you want to double your fun with Doublemint gum, make sure you get a stun gun/flashlight combo with a really bright light like this one (Amazon affiliate link).

This product is a double whammy. If you’ve ever been blasted in the eyes by a bright light, you know how disorienting it can be. That might be just enough time for you to evade a thug’s grasp and run away while he’s seeing spots!

Stun guns are also easier to deal with than Tasers because most states allow them without any special permit. Obviously you need to be aware of the state Taser guidelines. But in all seriousness, if I’m being attacked, my mind isn’t really focused on the legality of the weapon in my hand. I’d zap that sucker and deal with the consequences later. 

Another advantage of the stun gun over the Taser is the cost. You can pick up a good stun gun with a bright flashlight for under $50 (Amazon affiliate link). That’s about 1/8 the cost of a Taser!

One disadvantage the stun gun has to the Taser is that in order to stun an attacker, you need to be close enough to make contact with the person. Hopefully, it will never get to that point, but if it does, light that sucker up!

Pepper spray

Pepper spray is a great option for the cost-conscience trucker who still wants some personal protection. You can get it quite readily for under $10 (Amazon affiliate link).

Pepper spray is a chemical agent that when sprayed near the face will cause pain, burning, and temporary blindness, which is a result of inflammation of the eyes. It also causes burning of the lungs which leads to shortness of breath, which is something that will come in handy as you’re trying to run away with your own shortness of breath caused by sitting on your trucker butt for 11 hours per day.

Furthermore, pepper spray is legal in all 50 states, although some have certain restrictions such as the size of the spray bottle or an age requirement to carry.  

What’s great about pepper spray is it’s inexpensive and you can use it from up to 10 feet away. Just make sure that nozzle is pointing away from you when you start the hose-down!

Speaking of stuff that sprays, Adrian Shipek from the Trucker Dump Facebook Group says: 

“I hear wasp spray hurts. An aerosol can of something and a lighter too.”
Adrian Shipek
Trucker Dump Facebook Group

Ya think, Adrian? 😉 Well I guess if you’re desperate you can go all MacGyver on a bad guy. But ouch… just ouch. LOL 

Tire thumpers

This is probably the weapon most truckers already have. But don’t settle for any old tire thumper! Let’s get creative!

Paul Derkatch from the Trucker Dump Facebook Group says:

“I keep one of those wooden tire thumper baseball bats in the bunk for protection.”
Paul Derkatch
Trucker Dump Facebook Group

I just wonder if Paul is going to yell “BATTER UP” before he uses that bad guy’s head as a baseball! Get this awesome baseball bat tire thumper here (Amazon affiliate link).

Or if you want to add a little extra punch to your baseball-themed “tire thumping,” you can always upgrade to an aluminum version (Amazon affiliate link). Batta-batta-batta, saaaah-wing, batta. 

Other trucker “tools”

Cannon Bryan from the Trucker Dump Slack Group says:

“I like to keep a framing hammer or a tire club near me while in the truck.”
Cannon Bryan
Trucker Dump Slack Group

Sure, why not, Cannon. I mean, we do need to pull nails from the trailer floor now and then, right? It’s just a pleasant perk that either end of that bad boy framing hammer (Amazon affiliate link) could be used to bash in a criminal’s skull, as proven several times over by The Walking Dead television show.

Speaking of nails, sometimes those really long ones require a crowbar. They make little crow bars (Amazon affiliate link) but why settle when you can get the full size version (Amazon affiliate link) for serious tire thumping, nail removal, and jaw breaking. 

And of course, every flatbedder has a pry bar (Amazon affiliate link) to tighten their load straps. Be careful with that pointy thing now. You could put an eye out!

If you’re going for the ultimate trucker tool (Amazon affiliate link) you should check out this hammer/pry bar/axe tool that looks like it belongs in a dungeon of a medieval castle or maybe something you might want to take to a ceremony to sacrifice a virgin by a volcano. 

I can hear it now, “Why yes officer, I realize there’s an axe blade on there. You never know when you might be stranded in North Dakota and need to chop down a tree to build a fire, right?” Nevermind the fact that you’d be hard-pressed to find a tree in North Dakota.

Fire extinguishers

I have to admit that this next one kinda snuck up on me. 

Dave White from the Trucker Dump Facebook Group says: 

“The fire extinguisher would make a good deterrent to persuade that nasty person to leave you alone.”
Dave White
Trucker Dump Facebook Group

Trucker Dump Facebook Group member Andrew Aycock put it a bit more bluntly by suggesting: 

“That fire extinguisher will work both spray to the face or used as blunt force.”
Andrew Aycock
Trucker Dump Facebook Group

Cheesy blunt pun intended by me. Andrew played no part in the cheesiness. 

Jeff Hardy from the Trucker Dump Facebook Group agrees:

“I've brought my fire extinguisher into the bunk with me for shady areas. If somebody gets in, spray them in the face and club them over the head.”
Jeff Hardy
Trucker Dump Facebook Group

I pity the fool that messes with these guys!

Paul Derkatch from the Trucker Dump Facebook Group has yet another use for it:

“I keep a small fire extinguisher in the bunk. The way these new plastic trucks burn, I want a fighting chance to get out.”
Paul Derkatch
Trucker Dump Facebook Group

According to 49 CFR Part 393.95, the minimum requirement for a commercial vehicle not hauling hazardous materials is one fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 5 B:C, while a hazmat load requires one with 10 B:C minimum.

For the record, the number stands for how many square feet of fire the device is capable of extinguishing. As you can see, 5-10 square feet isn’t much, so you may as well not bother putting on your toy fireman’s helmet the next time you see a trailer engulfed in flames on the shoulder of an interstate. You might as well go up and pee on it for all the good it will do.

The B and the C stands for what kinds of fires can be put out. The B means flammable liquids can be quenched and C is good for electrical equipment. So that’s good to know. Click here for more on how to read a fire extinguisher.

You know, that weapon… I mean fire extinguisher, has been sitting beneath me for 23 years and never once had I thought to use it as a weapon. But it would clearly work for every trucker.

Not only is it free to every trucker, but the spray causes just enough discomfort to an attacker for you to escape without causing them permanent damage. Not that they deserve that nicety. But hey, that dent in his skull from swinging it down on his head could be another story entirely.

Perhaps best of all, Paul Derkatch from the Trucker Dump Facebook Group reminds us that:

“Fire extinguishers are also no problem with border security or DOT officers as they can’t call it a weapon.”
Paul Derkatch
Trucker Dump Facebook Group

Heck; if they’re anything like me for the past 23 years, they won’t even see that as a possibility.

How about a few trailer hacks now…

Red F. Griffin from the Trucker Dump Facebook Group has a good one:

“When you park, put tension on the king pin. Set the trailer brakes & pull a little before setting the tractor brakes. You can't pull the fifth wheel when there's pressure on the jaws.”
Red F. Griffin
Trucker Dump Facebook Group

Well Red, we all know that from trying to unhook a stubborn fifth wheel, but I never thought of it as a personal safety tip. But it would certainly work.

We’ve all seen the videos of these “protestors” trying to unhook the tractor from the trailer while it’s slowly trying to make its way through a crowd of people. They could just as easily try it while you’re parked. Good luck with that if you use Red’s tip. Thanks Red!

Dave White from the Trucker Dump Facebook Group has another tip on parking:

“Be careful where you park, and write down truck numbers and plates of people that look suspicious, especially if they’re parked near your truck. If in doubt, just leave and find another truck stop, or Walmart.”
Dave White
Trucker Dump Facebook Group

Well I don’t know about the Walmart with all the truck booting that’s been going on lately, but I get the gist of what you’re saying, Dave.

Adrian Shipek from the Trucker Dump Facebook Group has yet another trailer hack:

“Put zip ties or clamps on the glad hands if you stay hooked to one trailer or don't mind the work of redoing them every disconnect.”
Adrian Shipek
Trucker Dump Facebook Group

Excellent tip, Adrian. This one reminds me of putting a home security sign in your front yard even though you don’t really have a security system installed. The thieves will always go for the point of least resistance. Hopefully they’ll see your zip ties/clamps and move on to the next truck… not that we wish anything bad on the next trucker. But hey, better them that you, right?!

Here’s another tip for those times when you’re sleeping…

Dave White from the Trucker Dump Facebook Group has an idea:

“I’ve thought of using a ratcheting load strap, with hooks, from door handle to door handle inside the cab to keep nasty people out.”
Dave White
Trucker Dump Facebook Group

Well apparently that works because Gwyn Vela from the Trucker Dump Slack Group says:

“I use a strap to double secure my doors shut from the inside so people can’t open my doors while sleeping.”
Gwyn Vela
Trucker Dump Slack Group

Trevor Dunkel from the Trucker Dump Facebook Group has an idea for a variation on that:

“You can use the seatbelts as a secondary door lock.”
Trevor Dunkel
Trucker Dump Facebook Group

Yes, you can, Trevor. I’ve been known to loop the seatbelts through the door handle and latch them when I’m in a seedy area. Gives me just a bit of extra security knowing that there will be an extra step for a perp to swing that door open.

But Travis Jellison from the Trucker Dump Facebook Group (and also the subject of the previous episode TD145: Being An Oversize/Overweight Load Truck Driver) makes a point when he rebutted with:

“Just an observation, but if you are seatbelting or strapping your doors it might hinder getting out of the truck in an emergency; like a fire. Don’t lock yourself in. Plus, bad guys can break a window and cut the strap or seatbelt.”
Travis Jellison
Trucker Dump Facebook Group

Well honestly, the chances of anyone breaking into your truck are probably as slim as your truck catching on fire, but that is something to think about, so thanks Travis. And yes, a bad guy can break a window and cut a strap or seatbelt, but again, that’s one extra step they have to take before getting to me. 

Also, if you’ve watched any of these videos recently, it’s apparently a lot harder to bust out a window than the movies make it out to be. You can where they are throwing stuff and the windshield and the side windows and I didn’t see anything shattering. 

How about some safety tips for outside the truck…

Paul Derkatch from the Trucker Dump Facebook Group says:

“Swallow your pride and wear a high visibility vest when crossing the parking lot.”
Paul Derkatch
Trucker Dump Facebook Group

That’s a good idea, Paul. Sometimes it isn’t a criminal who does you harm, but a careless trucker going too fast in a truck stop parking lot. I have a co-worker who was hit by a yard truck at one of our terminals. He’s had hip damage and pain ever since. It’s a possibility that some high visibility clothing might have prevented that.

Andrew Aycock from the Trucker Dump Facebook Group reminds us to:

“Keep your head on a swivel while at the truck stop and shippers/receivers etc. Make eye contact with possible threats so they know you see them.”
Andrew Aycock
Trucker Dump Facebook Group

Yep. Again, criminals look for easy targets. If you show awareness and look them in the eye, they’re far less likely to choose you as their next victim. Unless of course, you’re giving them the stink-eye

Jeff Hardy from the Trucker Dump Facebook Group concurs:

“Leave the Bluetooth in the truck and get off the phone. You can't possibly pay attention to everything around you when you're distracted. Super sweats with the Bluetooth on gabbing away is an easy target as he waddles across the truck stop paying no attention to anything. He's also not going to pay attention as he walks out in front of that truck going mach stupid through the parking lot.”
Jeff Hardy
Trucker Dump Facebook Group

I’m going to agree with everything you said, Jeff, despite the fact that you just described me. LOL Seriously though, that’s a great tip and great way to end this blog post. And by the way, I don’t waddle… yet. 

Don’t forget the obvious

Folks, we just need to make a little effort to prepare ourselves for the worst. I and everyone else guilty of phone distraction needs to pull our heads out our keisters and focus on our surroundings. 

Don’t forget the obvious things like parking in well-lit areas and parking close to the building. Choose to walk around the row of trucks instead of through the dark walkways between trucks. 

Also there is strength in numbers. You’re far more likely to get mugged while you’re parked on a side street in an industrial park than you are at a well-lit truck stop or rest area. 

Yes, I realize that I stated in TD129: 4 Ways To Become A More Efficient Trucker that I like to park at shippers/receivers to save my driving hours, but you have to be smart about that. Park inside their gate if you can and don’t park near the road if you have that option. Out-of-sight, out-of-mind, you know. 

Final thoughts on personal safety tips for truckers

Listen; there are nut bags everywhere out here nowadays. Keep a low profile and avoid confrontation like I talked about in TD132: Should We Call Out Bad Truckers. An inconsiderate truck driver being a butt munch just isn’t worth your life or your well-being. 

As for these thugs, well, just be prepared by following some of these tips you’ve just read. That way when some worthless excuse of a human being tries to enter your truck, you can break their arm with your tire thumper and spray them in the face with your pepper spray. 

If they keep coming after all that, well, what the heck, go ahead and get out your aerosol can of Aqua Net hairspray and a Zippo and light them up! But then be a sweetheart and use your fire extinguisher to put out the flames. We aren’t animals, you know. 

But wait. Maybe you’d better go ahead and zap them with your stun gun a couple of times… just to be on the safe side. 

Do you have more personal safety tips for truckers that we didn’t cover? Please share your comments below or send me an email at and I’ll share them on a future episode of the Trucker Dump Podcast!

Podcast Show Notes

Boy oh boy, have we got a good show today. We’re going to talk about personal safety tips for truckers and some of you are going to be a part of it.

But before that we’ve got news stories about truck drivers and protestors, inspections and ELD coercion, more deadline extensions, and electric trucks.

We’ll also talk about health issues including sleep apnea and amputees getting CDLs. Marijuana use is on the rise too, which makes sense with the insane changes to liability insurance the government is trying to make.

We’ll also discuss the government owning part of a major trucking company through a controversial bailout deal and how changes in routing could change the future for truckers.

Top it off with a few emails from you and we’ll wrap it up.

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Links mentioned in the news segment:

Surviving a Level 3 driver inspection: Are you ready? from

Truck driver safety a top priority amid nationwide protests from

‘He didn’t get the signal’: Trucker arrested for driving into MN protests released without charges from

Staying safe during civil protests when avoidance not possible from

Wyoming DOT closing 10 rest areas, eliminating 80 truck parking spaces from

The irony of e-logging and coercion: Complaints on a steady rise since mandate from

FMCSA Says Congress Can’t Make Them Delay HOS Changes, Expects Rollout To Proceed As Planned from

Truck Driver Training, License Renewal, Medical Certification Waivers Get Another Extension from

Evidence emerges of stricter approach – and confusion – around sleep apnea screening from

Trucking Law: Severe physical setback might not end career from

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Marijuana Use Top Finding in First Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Report from

Rise in marijuana use among truckers expected to continue from

Amendment Passed To Double Mandatory Insurance Minimums for Truckers To $2 Million from

Liability insurance hike: Guess who would benefit? from

YRC getting $700 million government bailout for nearly 30% stake in fleet

Trucking Company Charged With Defrauding Defense Department Gets $700 Million Bailout Just 12 Days After Former CEO Confirmed In New Federal Post from

California passes ‘first-in-the-world rule’ to ban sale of all new diesel trucks by 2045 from

House Democrats Will Call for 100% Clean Cars by 2035 from (Transport Topics)

West Coast Utilities Offer Plan for Charging Stations Along Interstate 5
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DOT Launches AV Test Initiative from (Transport Topics)

FHWA Grant Supports Automated Truck Corridor on Interstate 70 from (Transport Topics)

Industry Trends, Driver Preference Pave Way for Hub-to-Hub Routes from (Transport Topics)

Links mentioned in the main topic:

Learn more about Tasers

Taser requirements state-by-state

Stun gun guidelines by state

Pepper spray laws by state

49 CFR Part 393.95 explaining DOT fire extinguisher requirements

What do the numbers/letters on a fire extinguisher mean?

TD145: Being An Oversize/Overweight Load Truck Driver

TD129: 4 Ways To Become A More Efficient Trucker

TD132: Should We Call Out Bad Truckers?

Below are all the Amazon Affiliate links mentioned in the show. And a reminder that the seller pays my meager referral fee, not you.

A small pocketknife similar to the one I own (Amazon affiliate link)

3-in-1 tactical knife with window breaker, seat belt cutter, and serrated blade (Amazon affiliate link)

Taser (Amazon affiliate link)

Basic stun gun with flashlight (Amazon affiliate link)

Stun gun with super-bright flashlight (Amazon affiliate link)

Pepper spray (Amazon affiliate link)

Wooden baseball bat tire thumper (Amazon affiliate link)

Aluminum baseball bat tire thumper (Amazon affiliate link)

Framing hammer (Amazon affiliate link)

Small crow bar (Amazon affiliate link)

Large crow bar (Amazon affiliate link)

Flatbedder pry bar (Amazon affiliate link)

3-in-1 trucker tool with a hammer, and axe, and a pry bar (Amazon affiliate link)

Links mentioned in the listener feedback segment:

JJ Perkey asked to join the Trucker Dump Slack group and explains why he prefers to park his truck than to run at a slight loss.

Truitt Ficklin writes and guesses where I work. Uh oh.

Michael Mazur, Jake Ritchie, Pete Ryall, and Austin Anderson all sent quick emails asking to join the Trucker Dump Slack Group. Done deal, guys. Thanks.

Mark Wihowski shares a bit about his driving career and asks to joins the Trucker Dump Slack Group.

Gabriel Ibanez Romero heard me being interviewed on the Payload Podcast by Truck Driver Power and asked to join the Slack group. Listen to that episode on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.

Chris Sanzone sells truck insurance and asks to join the Trucker Dump Slack Group. A follow-up email prompts some talk about video games I’m playing.

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