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- Australian floods send dirty water across Great Barrier ReefMuddy waters from floods in northern Australia have blanketed parts of the World Heritage site. ..... Read More.1 week ago
- This Highway Has So Many Potholes That They’re Lowering The Speed LimitLarge swaths of the Interstate Highway System are in bad shape. Normally though, you can still at least drive at highway speeds. That’s not the case on a 14-mile stretch where potholes have gotten so bad that the speed limit has been reduced down to 45 mph. The speed reduction is in effect on I-69 in Indiana from around mile marker 217 through 245. Lagging maintenance, freezing temperatures, and recent heavy rain are creating enormous potholes which are causing a huge number of blowouts – especially to large trucks who can’t maneuver around them as easily as other nearby motorists. According to ISP Master Trooper Ron Huff, during just one hour, at least 30 drivers got flat tires on that stretch of road. ISP even began escorting vehicles along the section to try and keep blowouts from happening – and to stay close by when they inevitably did.… ..... Read More.1 week ago
- Here Are The Top 10 Worst Traffic Bottlenecks For Trucks In The CountryCongestion is a problem for almost every driver. But for professional truckers, knowing how, when, and where to drive in order to avoid traffic can make a huge difference. How big of a difference? Every year, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) publishes a list of the most congested highways in the country for freight. As the research arm of the American Trucking Association (ATA), the ATRI has a huge set of truck GPS data to draw from. According to the ATRI, the number one most congested bottleneck in the country is on I-95 in New Jersey. The intersection with Route 4 just before the George Washington Bridge into Manhattan adds an extra 29 minutes of driving each day. The average speed for a truck in that area is 31.7mph. And even during non-peak hours, it only goes up to 35.2mph. Unsurprisingly, major metropolitan areas pop up again… ..... Read More.1 week ago
- Hero Trucker Pulls Woman From Burning Car, Rescues Dog From Second VehicleA trucker is being hailed as a hero after he helped pull a woman from a burning car and rescue a dog from a second vehicle. This isn’t the first heroic deed performed by Brian Snell of Merrimack, New Hampshire. After departing the Marine Corp in 1992, the driver worked as a paramedic. When he lost a lung due to his work as a recue worker at Ground Zero on September 11th, 2001, Snell was forced to retire as a paramedic. After that, he became a trucker. It was nighttime on June 8th of 2018 when Snell was driving on 495 in Westward, MA. Ahead of him, he noticed a car without its headlights on driving the wrong way. He barely had time to notice the car before it spun out and came to a stop directly in front of his truck. Snell used his truck to block… ..... Read More.1 week ago
- Truck Stop Parking Dispute Leads To GunfireA dispute at a Love’s in Pennsylvania that started over parking led to gunfire. The trucker who fired her weapon was arrested and now faces multiple felony charges. Ashley Hallman, a North Carolina-based driver, was at the Love’s in Middletown, PA just off of 283 outside of Harrisburg. It was around 7:30pm on January 30th. According to State Police, the 30-year-old trucker was approached by a man who told her that she was parked illegally and blocking traffic. Hallman allegedly argued with the man, drew a pistol, and fired at him. Luckily, she didn’t hit the man, the gas pumps, or the other bystanders going in and out of the Love’s. When authorities later arrested her, they found a loaded Taurus 9mm pistol in her waistband. The gun had a round in the chamber, seven rounds in the magazine, and she had an additional magazine with 12 rounds… ..... Read More.1 week ago
- Livestock Haulers Score ELD Exemption In New Budget DealAlmost all commercial truckers driving on the roads today are required by federal law to use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) to ensure compliance with the Hours of Service (HOS) rules. But a few segments of the industry including livestock and insect haulers have managed to avoid compliance so far. Now it looks as though their exemption will last at least a little bit longer. Since the record-setting partial government shutdown which ended in January, lawmakers have been trying to reach a deal to avoid a second shutdown and keep the government open. Now that both the House and the Senate have passed the budget, it will go on to the White House where it looks like it will pass as well. While the budget mostly concerns government spending, the deal also includes riders for unrelated legislation slipped in. One of these riders extends the ELD exemption for livestock… ..... Read More.1 week ago