Industry & Lifestyle

When it comes to drug testing employees, one of the trucking industry’s biggest problems is the easy access to purchase synthetic urine. Whether it’s for pre-employment, random testing, or anything else, synthetic urine has been presenting a serious issue for the industry for awhile. Failed drug tests remain a serious problem, with many companies complaining that as many as half of applicants fail the drug screening required. What Is Synthetic Urine? It’s fake pee to help employees pass a drug screening. This varies from state to state, but synthetic urine can be purchased at smoke shops, adult shops, online, and even some...

The thought of becoming a self-owned and operated trucker has passed through nearly every truck driver’s mind—whether they’re a newbie in the industry or a driver with decades of experience. For many, the lure of entrepreneurship is strong, and the idea of being out there “on your own” seems great. This does indeed work for many truckers; however, it’s wise to be very informed about this reality before taking the leap and departing from that steady paycheck. There are plenty of things you should heavily consider before making such a large and important decision. Below are just a few basics that are...

The trucking industry is changing at a pretty rapid pace, with new technologies and innovations consistently being developed. Thankfully, you don't have to keep track of it all on your own, because Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is here with safertrucks.com. The new website houses Bendix's latest development, a multimedia center fittingly dubbed the Knowledge Dock. The Knowledge Dock aims to bring safety information to both truck drivers and fleet operators, and features a number of blog posts, podcasts, videos, and white papers for anyone involved in the trucking industry. Technicians, engineers, regulators and business leads will also find plenty of helpful...

A host of new jobs could be hitting the trucking industry thanks to an unlikely source. It was recently announced that trucking start-up Convoy has partnered with Unilever North America, a branch of the multinational Unilever consumer goods company, to expand its trucking routes with Convoy's drivers. The deal is the biggest yet for the start-up, marking a major expansion for the already successful business and its app. What Is Convoy? Convoy is an trucking start-up that has developed an app to match shippers with carriers at the touch of a button. The app allows truckers to review and accept jobs in a...

U.S. military veterans are some of the most qualified workers in the country. And now, veterans are receiving more support when it comes to finding careers after their service. Earlier this month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) awarded seven technical and community colleges a combined total of $1 million in grants to train military veterans for careers as truck drivers. The grants, which also affect veterans' families, come as part of the FMCSA's Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training program, which annually awards schools with financial assistance to train veterans. And while the money also supports bus driver training programs,...