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Are you looking for a truck driving job but want to be home every night? ABCO Transportation has a solution for you. Local day cab truck driving jobs are available — with state of the art equipment, family-friendly schedules and more.

Local Day Cab Truck Driving Jobs

Put your driving skills to use with a job that allows you to come home each night. ABCO has a brand new fleet of 2019 Peterbilt day cab trucks and is currently seeking local day cab drivers. These state-of-the-art trucks are designed with driver comfort in mind. You’ll find features like heated and air conditioned seats to keep drivers comfortable year round, automatic transmissions for easy driving and more. Best of all, with an ABCO Transportation local day cab truck driving job, you’ll be at home daily.

ABCO is currently seeking local day cab truck drivers in cities including:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Memphis, TN
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Bethlehem, PA
  • Hartford, CT
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Newark, NJ
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Portland, OR
  • Dallas, TX

When compared to over-the-road, regional driving routes and team driving jobs, local truck driver jobs are a cinch. Coming home to your family every night and working a set schedule make it easy to enjoy your work and enjoy life.

Competitive pay and benefits and a solid work-life balance make ABCO local day cab truck driving jobs a great option for CDL Class A drivers. Imagine being home for family dinners, never missing a child’s baseball game or recital and enjoying an easy 5-day a week work schedule.

Class A truck drivers have a unique skill set. It takes a lot of knowledge and the right experience to operate a piece of machinery like a day cab truck. A valid Class A CDL truck driver license is required to drive a day cab truck.  If you have a Class A CDL license and a year of experience, it is time to apply with ABCO and take advantage of all the great benefits of a local day cab truck driving job.

There are many benefits to taking a local day cab trucking job with ABCO. Local day cab trucking jobs allow drivers to stay in the community where they live. The set schedule makes planning life around work easy.

2019 Peterbilt Day Cab Trucks

Brand new equipment makes driving easy and fun. ABCO’s new fleet of 2019 Peterbilt trucks offer next generation comfort and top performance. In addition to driver comfort and performance, these brand new day cab tractors promise a smooth ride and peace of mind knowing your new truck is reliable and driver safety is a priority.

ABCO’s new 2019 Peterbilt day cab trucks are top quality, reliable, economical to operate and safe. These trucks also offer the leading edge in driver comfort. Our new trucks feature:

  • Heated and air conditioned seats to keep drivers comfortable in all types of weather
  • LED backlit gauges to make getting information easy
  • Automatic transmission to make driving easy and hassle free
  • Easy to read in-dash display

The new Peterbilt trucks also feature several aesthetic design features to make driving more pleasant. A special mold process imbeds the color directly into the dash, offering long lasting finish that won’t fade or peel.

Form and function meet in ABCO’s new fleet. Take advantage of our commitment to driver safety and comfort and apply to drive with us today.

Difference Between Day Cab and Sleeper Cab Driving Jobs

You’ll find a few differences between local day cab truck driving jobs and jobs driving sleeper cab trucks.The most important difference is that local drivers use day cab tractors without sleepers. Driving a day cab with ABCO Transportation means you’ll be home daily. This helps drivers maintain a work-life balance. Sleeper cab drivers are often on the road for days at a time.

Many drivers prefer local day cab truck driving jobs. Not only do local jobs get drivers home each night, but it keeps drivers working in familiar territory. Drivers can be more invested community members because they stay local.

Qualifications for ABCO Local Day Cab Truck Driving Jobs

Driving on a local fleet exposes drivers to all kinds of roadways and conditions. Highways, city streets and interstates are all fair game. In many of our locations, changing weather can present a challenge to drivers. Servicing customers requires soft skills, too. That’s why ABCO seeks next-level talent for our local day cab trucking jobs.

To meet the minimum qualifications for a local day cab truck driving job with ABCO, you must:

  • Be able to read, write, and speak English fluently
  • Must be at least 23 years of age
  • Must have at least 1 year verifiable experience
  • Possess a CDL Class A license
  • Have a clean motor vehicle record
  • Have a current valid medical card

ABCO Transportation is looking for more than steering wheel holders. Our driving jobs take responsibility, reliability and character. If you have what it takes to be an ABCO driver and are looking for a career not just a job, apply today.

The ABCO Difference

Driving is a great career, but not with just any company. Not only do our local day cab trucking jobs offer a great work-life balance and top quality trucks, ABCO offers its drivers some of the best benefits in the business.

Benefits of a local day cab truck driving job with ABCO include:

  • Exclusive resorts just for ABCO drivers and their families on the beach, in the mountains and on the river
  • Paid vacation time
  • Local routes promise drivers home each night
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • 401K options

Many drivers are interested in ABCO’s exclusive resorts. Resorts are located in Astor, FL, and Sapphire, NC. ABCO’s Astor resort on the St. Johns River offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation — boating, fishing, springs access and more. If the mountains are calling you, Misty Mountain Cottages in North Carolina can help you answer.

Additionally, ABCO is a no-touch freight company. This means that our drivers typically aren’t tasked with loading and unloading their cargo. This saves our drivers time, prevents injury and makes our drivers’ jobs easier.

ABCO is a family-owned business and welcomes each driver as a member to the family. ABCO’s family is growing. Drivers who want to push the accelerator on their career with ABCO will find a stable, solid environment to excel.

About ABCO

ABCO Transportation offers more than just local day cab truck driving jobs. Founded in 1993, ABCO is a family owned trucking company that specializes in shipping refrigerated and highly perishable goods, as well as other kinds of cargo. We have terminals located across the country and our network of employees deliver integrity and professionalism. We are dedicated to the communities and customers we serve.

ABCO also offers the latest in technology to our drivers and customers. All of the trucks in our fleet are equipped with cutting edge GPS mobile communication. Our dedication to service and technology allows us to meet customer and driver needs quickly and efficiently.

ABCO Transportation is growing and is seeking to add local day cab truck drivers to our team. You’ll find other opportunities with ABCO. We offer regional and OTR routes, too. Interested in working for ABCO? Apply today and join our expanding family.

Drive with ABCO

A local day cab truck driving job gives you the freedom of being on the road, but the flexibility of coming home every night. ABCO Transportation is now hiring local day cab truck drivers. Here at ABCO, we celebrate diversity, offer competitive wages and give generous driver benefits to all of our employees. Taking the driver’s seat of an ABCO truck puts you at the helm of your career. Work for a company that genuinely cares about its employees. Apply online today or contact us to learn more about our local day cab trucking jobs and other opportunities.

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CDL training is relatively short. Truck drivers can be on the road and earning good money in a short period of time. However, sometimes new drivers may be unprepared for some of the challenges they will encounter on the road.

Starting a career as a truck driver can be a big change. This is a profession with a number of hidden challenges in addition to some nice surprises. Often people who don’t live on the road just don’t understand them. Take a look at our list of tips for people in their first year as a truck driver.

Surviving Your First Year As A Truck Driver

Try to maintain good habits. The road is full of temptations: fast food, smoking and other distractions. If you don’t take precautions, some of these can cause your health to decline. Take simple steps, like choosing healthy options when ordering food. Most convenience stores and truck stops now stock fruit including bananas, oranges and apples. Make these a part of your daily routine.

Be aware of blind spots. Often drivers of smaller vehicles are totally unaware of what truck drivers can and cannot see from the cab. They may attempt to pass in an unsafe way or tailgate.

Be prepared to be out on the road. You’re likely not going to get all the home time you had hoped for this first year. This will mean more days away from home, likely including some weekends. As the newest hire, you can’t expect to get the optimal schedule starting out. You’ve got to pay your dues.

Avoid switching jobs your first year. Your goal is to get a good year of experience under your belt. You’re laying the groundwork for your future. It may get difficult at times, but hang in there and stick it out with one company for at least one year. Switching trucking companies too often can hurt future job prospects.

Avoid accidents and tickets. You don’t want to start off your career with too many unavoidable accidents and traffic violations. Companies are looking for drivers with good records.

Make use of your contacts. Don’t be afraid to communicate with other drivers. Most GPS systems are designed for cars, not trucks. Sometimes you may receive incomplete information. If you have a CB, ask other drivers for assistance. Also, if you get lost, don’t be afraid to call the shipper for directions. Often they will be able to give better details.

Get enough sleep. Being well-rested will make your job much easier. You will be more alert and better able to respond to challenges. A poor night’s sleep will make the next day more difficult, and truck driving is unlike an office job where you can safely zone out. You need to remain focused as you haul a heavy load.

ABCO Transportation

ABCO provides refrigerated trucking services. We are currently hiring new drivers for Midwest Regional and Over the Road (or long-haul) routes. We offer medical, dental, 401k and vacation benefits. We are always looking for qualified drivers and we offer our drivers additional career development opportunities.

If you want to build a career in logistics and transportation, we want to hear from you. Apply online today.

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Food Safety Modernization Act regulations were implemented in the spring of 2016 for drivers and shippers transporting food shipments, especially refrigerated freight shipments. The following answers to these five questions will help inform drivers about these important transportation practices when carrying both human and animal food.

What is the Food Safety Modernization Act?

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) addresses the safety of human and animal food during transport. This act affects all shippers, carriers and receivers contracted to transport food by motor vehicles and rail transport.

The FSMA’s goal is to shift the focus of food safety in the United States from one of response to one of prevention.

Why Do We Need the Food Safety Modernization Act?

The Food Safety Modernization Act protects food shipments from getting food borne disease, focusing on a preventative-based strategy that is focused on science-based standards.

The rule is intended to mitigate food safety risks that include:

  • Failure to properly refrigerate food
  • Inadequate cleaning of vehicles
What Preventative Controls Does the FSMA Enforce?

The following controls are in place and enforced by the FSMA:

  • Vehicles and transportation equipment is designed to ensure no contamination of food during transport.
  • Transportation operations such as temperature controls for refrigerated freight must ensure there is no food contamination.
  • Procedures and effective communication between the shipper, carrier and receiver are vital to keeping food shipments safe.
  • Effective sanitary procedures and protocols must take place.
  • Proper maintenance and record keeping between shippers and carriers regarding food shipments are necessary.
  • Waivers, when applicable, if any of the above requirements are not needed to provide safe food transport.
What are the Temperature Requirements for Refrigerated Freight?

The FSMA states that the carrier must “maintain conditions during transportation operation consistent with those specified by the shipper…lack of appropriate temperature control is a potential problem in food transportation.”

ABCO provides complete temperature controlled profiles for your shipments to meet this FSMA requirement. ABCO offers:

  • Defined operational procedures
  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Certification
  • Food Grade Equipment
  • Documented and reviewable process
  • StarTrak for pre-cooling and monitoring
What are the FSMA Training Requirements?

Training requirements are essential to carrying out the rules and regulations of the FSMA. Here at ABCO, all company employees are given initial training and continual training. A director of safety and quality also oversees all FSMA requirements to ensure we are adhering properly to the regulations.

Drive with ABCO Today

When it comes to food transport and refrigerated freight, consumers depend on us and we depend on our drivers and help them achieve FSMA compliance.

ABCO Transportation is on the lookout for new CDL drivers. We offer generous driver benefits, which include competitive wages through a tier-based structure that’s based on experience. We also offer safety and referral bonuses, mileage incentives and more.

Hop into the cab of an ABCO truck and work for a company that cares about its driver family. Contact us today so we can discuss our driving opportunities and truck equipment.

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When the majority of your time as a trucker is spent on the road in a truck, it is important you are working for a company that takes care of its truckers. The company you work for should always be investing in good truck equipment and have policies in place that keep you comfortable and safe. Our ABCO Transportation recruiter Art Gahagan answers the top 10 questions drivers need to ask about truck equipment.

1. How Old is the Truck Equipment?

Always make sure the trucking company you work for provides newer and modern truck equipment.

“Our equipment is two years old or less. It’s important to keep our equipment up to date for our drivers.”

2. How Often is Equipment Replaced/Upgraded?

Drivers should look for a company that is consistently upgrading and replacing its equipment to keep your truck equipment up to date.

“Every two years. Upgrading and replacing equipment on a regular basis shows we care about our drivers.”

3. Do You Offer Automatic Only Transmissions?

These days, drivers prefer driving automatic only trucks. Who can blame them? The days of spending long days working a manual transmission truck are over.

“Yes, we only have a limited amount of day cabs with a manual shift. Automatic only is important for drivers today.”

4. Do You Offer Electric or Diesel APU?

Auxiliary power units, called APUs, operate accessory equipment such as air conditioning and heating systems for sleeper cabs. Diesel-powered CPUs have almost unlimited power when fuel is helping to run the APU.

“Diesel APUs. They produce a lot of power for cabs.”

5. Where Do I Need to Park the Equipment While on Home Time?

Sometimes it’s difficult for truck drivers to park their rig at their home. They might get a threatening letter from the homeowner’s association or not have the room to park the rig on their property. At ABCO, you don’t have to worry because trucks are parked at conveniently located terminals and facilities throughout the country.

“At ABCO, terminals are located throughout the country.”

6. What Speed Are Your Trucks Governed?

At ABCO, our trucks are governed at higher average highway speeds. It’s more difficult for truck drivers to pass slower moving trucks and vehicles when trucks are governed at slower speeds.

“Sixty-nine and 70 miles per hour.”

7. Are Your Trucks Equipped with E-logs?

A federal rule now requires truck operators to use electronic logging devices, which are also known as E-logs or ELDs. These devices eliminate paper logs. Learn more about the ELD mandate and how ABCO is equipping its systems for a smooth transition.

“Yes, all of our trucks at ABCO are equipped with E-logs.”

8. Do Your Trucks Have Inverters?

Inverters provide power from a battery bank quietly without idling the truck engine to supply power to your cab.

“Yes, our trucks provide inverters for drivers.”

9. Do Your Trucks Have Dash Cameras?

ABCO trucks do not have dash cameras.

10. Do Your Trucks Have Driver Cameras?

ABCO does not utilize driver cameras that watch drivers while they drive, eat and sleep in their cabs.

Drive with ABCO Today

ABCO Transportation Is looking for new CDL drivers. ABCO embraces diversity and offers generous driver benefits, including competitive wages through a tier-based structure based on experience. We also offer safety and referral bonuses, mileage incentives and fuel network bonus opportunities. Drivers can also enroll in the company’s 401K plan after one year of employment.

ABCO drivers also have exclusive use to three company resorts in Fort Myers, FL, Astor, FL and Cashiers, NC. These resorts are available to drivers after six months of service.

Get in the cab of an ABCO truck today and work for a company that genuinely cares for its driver family. Contact us today so we can discuss our truck equipment and driving opportunities.

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Truck drivers spend long hours on the road, and it can become difficult to stay healthy while you are in the driver’s seat. It is essential to your wellbeing to stay healthy while you are on the go. Follow these seven truck driver health tips to stay in top shape on the road.

Drink Water

We know truck drivers can’t be stopping constantly for bathroom breaks but you need to find a happy medium and stay hydrated. Health authorities recommend eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, which equals half a gallon of water. Water also keeps you full and regulates your body temperature. Drinking the recommended amount helps keep you healthy and hydrated.

Avoid Unnecessary Stimulants

It is easy for a truck driver to stop by a gas station for some coffee or a caffeinated beverage to stay energized, just don’t count on those drinks throughout the day to keep you moving. Although they do offer a boost of energy, in the long run they can damage your health. Implement more fruits and vegetables into your diet, which provides your body with much needed nutrients and gives you the natural energy you need for long drives.

Protect Yourself From the Sun

Be aware of how much sun you are being exposed to on the road at all times. Too much exposure from the sun can lead to sunburns and skin cancer. Wear sunglasses, apply sunscreen and avoid too much direct sunlight exposure.

Get Your Rest

Getting sleep from the road takes planning but it’s most likely mandated by your employer. Although it is more difficult to sleep on the road for some truck drivers, it is essential to get at least six to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep in order to function and arrive to your destinations safely.

Avoid Meat & Fatty Foods

Meat and food rich in fat content are hard to pass up when you are looking for something to eat quickly. Too much meat and fatty foods on the go, though, are unhealthy. Implement plant-based foods such as avocados, potatoes, spinach, legumes, nuts and seeds into your diet. These foods will help with digestion and keep you fuller for longer periods of time. Having too much candy, meat, and chips can clog your arteries.

Manage Your Stress

Managing truck driver stress while on the road is essential to your health. Plan to allot yourself enough time to get to your destinations to avoid the stress of rushing, which can also lead to accidents. Listening to your favorite music or reading audio books to keep you centered will also do wonders for your health.

Take Advantage of Exercise Opportunities

Follow the rules of the road to fitness. It is important during long drives to stop when time allows for stretching and exercise to move those muscles and reduce stress levels. Implement a push-up and sit-up regime when you pull over and consider some yoga stretching exercises to keep you limber.

Implementing these truck driver health tips into your everyday life will help you stay healthy and fit on long drives where you have to sit for long periods of time.

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Drive with ABCO

ABCO Transportation specializes in temperature-sensitive freight. We embrace diversity and provide competitive wages and excellent benefits to employees. If you’re ready to get behind the driver’s seat while staying healthy with a company that cares about its drivers, contact us today. We offer fantastic driver benefits and would love to speak you about our truck driving opportunities.

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Are you a driver looking for a good offer from a reliable trucking company? Here at ABCO, we are looking for reliable drivers whom are responsible and have good character to represent us well. Our ABCO Transportation recruiter Art Gahagan answers the following truck driver interview questions you need to ask. We think the answers he provides make driving for ABCO all the more enticing.

How Long Do Drivers Stay Out on the Road?

“Ten to 14 days.”

Currently, ABCO is recruiting CDL drivers in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri Kansas, Georgia, Ohio and Tennessee. ABCO is not targeting drivers in New York City and other high-traffic areas in the Northeast.

How Does Home Time Work?

“You have two days off for every 10-14 days out on the road. This gives our drivers the opportunity to plan their personal lives around work and have set schedules.”

Do You Offer Dedicated Lanes?

“We offer both dedicated lanes and meet & turn routes. Drivers can travel a 250-mile trip where they live or they can do a relay. It can be a different trip every day and it keeps our drivers alert.”

What Kind of Equipment Do You Run?

“We have 2015 Freightliner Cascadias and 2016-17 Peterbilts, all with automatic transmissions. Our trucks also come equipped with power inverters and APU.

Are Your Trucks Governed?

“Yes, at approximately 69 to 70 miles per hour.”

What is the Pay Structure for Drivers?

“It’s a tier-based structure based upon experience.”

ABCO drivers have the biggest paycheck impact by choosing the routes they select and how much time they are on the road.

How Many Terminals Do You Have?

“There are 160 ABCO terminals and many others nationwide available through affiliated partners.”

How Often do Drivers Get Raises?

“Drivers have the opportunity to receive an annual raise if they meet certain safety standards.”

Are there Bonus Opportunities for Drivers?

“There are referral bonuses, safety bonuses, mileage incentives and fuel network bonus opportunities available.”

ABCO drivers are also able to use three company resorts in Fort Myers, FL, Astor, FL, and Cashiers, NC. These resorts are available to drivers after six months of service. Drivers can also enroll in the company’s 401K plan after one year of employment.

Drive with ABCO Today

ABCO Transportation driver recruiter Art Gahagan is looking for new CDL drivers. ABCO celebrates diversity and offers competitive wages and generous driver benefits to all employees. Get in the driver’s seat of an ABCO truck today and work for a company that genuinely cares for its driver family. Contact us today so we can discuss our truck driving opportunities.

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The recruiter for ABCO knows just what many of the CDL drivers want to know when they start with the company. Art Gahagan is the ABCO Transportation recruiter hiring CDL drivers for dedicated routes. He has walked in their shoes as a driver.

Gahagan began driving a truck more than two decades ago. He joined the ABCO team in 2011 and drove mostly East Coast routes, which gave him an opportunity to visit family when he wasn’t behind the wheel.

Then in October 2015, he came off the road and became the Safety Coordinator for ABCO. Gahagan said the move was a good opportunity because he was able to help drivers improve their skills and share tips that worked for him.

“As Safety Coordinator, you can help drivers and they come to know you have their back,” Gahagan said.

While in his role as Safety Coordinator, Gahagan also facilitated the driver orientation classes and was the first person drivers grew to trust. It is that experience that now serves him well as the new Driver Recruiter.

“He has the insight from being a driver to relate to our new drivers,” said Shannon B., ABCO Fleet Operations Manager.

As for recruiting, while over-the-road or OTR drivers are a mainstay, ABCO is attempting to appeal to a greater audience who are interested in “Meet & Turn” or “Dedicated” routes.

Shannon said ABCO’s business plan provides more opportunities for employees and appeals to a new generation of drivers.

“This also gives them a chance to plan their lives around work and have a set schedule,” Gahagan said. “It’s exciting for some drivers to travel a 250 mile radius of where they live. They can do a relay, but it’s a different thing every day and it keeps the driver alert.”

The route is a big question Gahagan said new drivers inquire about most often. He said most are not interested in driving into New York City and most like less exposure to the Northeast region. ABCO is not targeting drivers in those regions right now.

Currently ABCO is recruiting CDL drivers in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Georgia, Ohio and Tennessee. Gahagan stresses to drivers that they have the biggest impact on their own paycheck by the route they select and time on the road.

Gahagan highlights a few perks that come with driving for ABCO. Those perks include the use of three company resorts in Fort Myers, FL, Astor, FL, and Cashiers, N.C. that are available to drivers after six months of service. Drivers are also able to participate in the company’s 401K plan after being employed for one year.

ABCO Recruiter Hiring CDL Drivers

So what is Gahagan looking for in a CDL truck driver he hires for ABCO? He said it comes down to character, responsibility and reliability.

“We are not looking for steering wheel holders,” Gahagan said. “It takes a special kind of person to drive a truck. Driving is a lot of responsibility and we want safe drivers.”

He shares with new drivers that he appreciates that ABCO does not micromanage drivers that do their jobs.

“No one is calling drivers every 10 minutes because the technology we have is monitoring our trucks,” Gahagan said. “Drivers establish their own track record.”

Shannon agrees that as long as a driver is doing a good job, the sky is the limit with ABCO.

“Drivers have the biggest impact on their own paychecks,” Bissell said.

Drive With ABCO

ABCO Transportation is seeking new CDL truck drivers. We celebrate diversity and offer competitive wages and generous driver benefits to all employees. If you’re ready to get in the driver’s seat of an ABCO truck today and work for a company that genuinely cares for its drivers, contact us today. We look forward to speaking with you about our truck driving opportunities.

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Taking on the life of a truck driver isn’t an easy decision. Your new lifestyle will consist mainly of you and your truck and you have to work to reduce truck driver stress. Driving can be a rewarding and pleasant career though. For example, think of refrigerated truck drivers as the people who deliver the fresh flowers and candy so that millions can celebrate Mother’s Day.

Even with the reward at the delivery point, getting used to driving the long haul isn’t easy at first. Here are some tips for helping you cope with truck driver stress.

Career Development

Some companies will have “driver assistant” programs for rookies. This is a kind of mentoring relationship where you can turn to a more experienced driver for guidance. Solid trucking companies are always concerned with helping your career. Many will help you get CDL licensed and find the right opportunities for your situation. If your company has such a program, make sure to take advantage.

Time Management

Give yourself extra time to get to your destination. Feeling rushed is one of the chief causes of stress, and every delay or traffic jam is only going to contribute to raising your blood pressure. Arriving early will give you a few minutes to relax. Try to manage things so that you are always a little ahead of schedule and you will have time to stop and enjoy yourself.

Your Truck Is Your Sanctuary

Get used to thinking of your truck as more than a vehicle. It’s your personal haven from the anxiety of the outside world. While you’re behind the wheel you’re in control. Take along any personal touches or gadgets you need to counter truck driver stress. Make that truck your own space and have fun with it.

Enjoy Some Music or Books

Everybody finds emotional release in music, whether it’s country or hip hop. Finding a favorite music playlist or a good audio book is the perfect way to relieve truck driver stress. For some inspiration, check out Today’s Trucking 50 best trucking songs of all time. Turn up the music and sing along. It matters that you enjoy yourself and stay alert.

Utilize Snack Time

Along with your music, take along a cooler full of your favorite snacks and beverages. Stocking up at a grocery store will save you time and money over the prices charged at convenience stores and truck stops. You can also make healthier choices to manage weight or combat the physical effects of stress.

Drive With ABCO

ABCO Transportation specializes in temperature-sensitive freight. We celebrate diversity and provide competitive wages and excellent benefits to all employees. If you’re ready to get behind the driver’s seat with a company that cares about its drivers, contact us today. We offer fantastic driver benefits and would love to speak with you about our truck driving opportunities.

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Eight to 10 hours. That’s a long time to be sitting in a truck. Truck drivers spend most of their days gazing forward, watching the pavement and looking at the scenery. It’s not like you can watch television or read a book to help pass the time.

But what about listening to audio books for truckers? That makes spending a day on the road with a good book not so difficult. While book and department stores offer a wide assortment of good books on CD, numerous apps, including Amazon’s Audible, provide truck drivers with the opportunity to listen to a good book easily and conveniently. And audio books can last several days.

Top 10 Audio Books

Here are the New York Times’ top 10 audio books:

  1. Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.
  2. Echoes in Death” is a chilling suspense novel from the author of “Brotherhood in Death,” J. D. Robb.
  3. Never Never” by James Patterson and Candice Fox is a mystery crime drama.
  4. John Grisham’s “The Whistler” is a high-stakes thrill ride through the darkest corners of the Sunshine State.
  5. “Right Behind You” by Lisa Gardner takes the author’s wildly popular brand of suspense to new heights.
  6. Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad” is a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.
  7. “Two by Two” by Nicholas Sparks is an emotionally powerful story of unconditional love, its challenges, its risks and, most of all, its rewards.
  8. “The Girl Before: A Novel” by JP Delaney is an enthralling psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune and another woman’s mysterious fate through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death and deception.
  9. “My Not So Perfect Life: A Novel” By Sophie Kinsella is part love story, part workplace drama; this sharply observed novel is a witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world.
  10. John Darnielle’s “Universal Harvester: A Novel” is a story about life in a small town that takes a dark turn when mysterious footage begins appearing on VHS cassettes at the local Video Hut.
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What do you think about this top 10 list of audio books for truck drivers? Do you have some favorites of your own? Comment below. If you are interested in working for a company that really cares about its drivers, contact us today. We offer fantastic driver benefits and would love to speak with you about our truck driving jobs.

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The average tractor-trailer weighs about 80,000 pounds, more than 20 times the weight of the average automobile. The tractor trailer will take nearly 550 feet to make an emergency stop. The average car or small truck takes about 315 feet to stop. Federal traffic officials say nearly 95 percent of traffic crashes stem from distracted driving.

What do all these numbers mean? Simply, distracted driving poses a serious danger to life, limb and property.

However, experts say taking some simple precautions to avoid both distracted truck driving and distracted driving in cars can prevent most crashes, like putting away your phone.

FMCSA Establishes Traffic Regulations for Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration bars CMV drivers from both reaching for mobile devices or using them during driving. Drivers are also prohibited from pressing more than one button on mobile devices while driving. However, they may use hands-free devices to communicate provided they don’t press more than one button to talk. Use of voice-activated devices is permitted.

Fines for using hand-held phones while driving can reach $2,250 per incident and increase for repeat offenses.

Analyses by federal authorities found that risks of crashes rose more than 23 times when drivers used mobile devices for texting while driving. Even talking or listening to hands-free devices increased the crash risk 40 percent, according to a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study.

Governments in 39 states and the District of Columbia ban text messaging by all drivers. The study also stated that teen drivers are four times more likely to crash while driving distracted than adults.

Tips for Staying Safe

American Trucking Associations offer five tips to help avoid distracted driving crashes:

  1. Keep your phone out of sight and even forget you have it
  2. Don’t text while driving
  3. Prepare yourself to drive before driving
  4. Make sure everything is properly secured in your car or truck before driving
  5. Set a good example for others by talking about the importance of safety, especially with younger, less experienced drivers

“The highway is my workplace and I know we all want to be safe while on the roads, but by far the biggest issue jeopardizing our safety is distracted driving,” truck driver Eric Flick told ATA. “The good news is, correcting distracted driving is easy, you just have to put the phone down and focus on the task at hand.”

If you have some additional tips about distracted truck driving, comment below. If you’re looking for more information about ABCO Transportation, contact us today.

The post Understanding the Dangers of Distracted Driving appeared first on DriveABCO.

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