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We all owe a debt of gratitude to those who have served our country in the military. According to the Pew Research Center, there were approximately 20.4 million US veterans in 2016, with 27% less than 50 years of age. Making the transition to civilian life can be a challenge for these individuals, and one of the ways they often struggle is in the search for a meaningful career. The trucking industry may be a great option for these individuals as they re-enter civilian life and seek employment an...
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Two vehicles driving alongside each other always creates some inherent danger, but when one – or both – of those vehicles is a tractor-trail rig, it becomes even more dangerous. Whether you’re the driver of the tractor-trailer or the other vehicle, keep these tips in mind so that everyone arrives safely at their destination.
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Since the birth of the Reptile Theory in 2009, plaintiffs and their attorneys have become steadily emboldened to seek higher damages with every new case. Much like a new world record in the 100-meter dash inspires the next generation of athletes to believe in bigger possibilities, personal-injury plaintiffs are now in an endless game of one-upmanship as they strive to overtake the latest record-breaking verdict.
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Refuel: Move Over

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Whether you’re driving a big rig, motorcycle, pickup truck, SUV, or a regular passenger car, you’re going to be sharing the road with lots of other vehicles. Knowing which lane to be in and when to move over or change into another lane can make a big difference in safety as well as in your ability to get to where you need to go on time.
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Refuel: Beat the Heat

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Driving long distances for long hours as a professional trucker has its own unique set of challenges on the best of days and under the best of circumstances. Driving on days with less-than-ideal weather conditions only adds to these challenges. In an earlier post in our Refuel series, we addressed the hazards of driving in the rain. This blog discusses hazards – particularly health risks – of driving in the heat. In parts of the U.S. like Texas, heat can be a concern at any time of the year, b...
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Have you ever taken a road trip and “counted trucks” with your kids to keep them occupied during the drive? Have you noticed how fascinated small children are by different types of trucks and what they do? We don’t have to look much further than out the car window, or at the package sitting on the front doorstep, to know how vital the trucking industry – and the truck drivers – are to our everyday lives.
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It’s never easy to find yourself in the deponent’s chair. And when you’re the defendant, you can bet that the plaintiff’s attorney has an arsenal of sneaky tricks to gain the upper hand during personal-injury depositions. While some tricks are more obvious and some are more subtle, the ultimate goal is the same: to make you say and do things that will look bad to the jury.
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Refuel: 8 Tips for Driving in the Rain

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If you’ve ever driven any distance in the rain, you probably don’t have positive memories of the experience. Whether it’s a light drizzle or a drenching downpour, driving in rainy conditions can be exhausting–both physically and mentally–not to mention dangerous. But sometimes it can’t be avoided. While these tips may not exactly have you “singing in the rain,” they should help you stay safe and get to where you need to go as soon as possible.
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The stereotypical face of a truck driver is changing. In recent years there’s been an uptick in the number of women joining the trucking force. Despite the increasing numbers, however, women comprise less than 8% of the total driver population. Trucking companies are working hard to attract new drivers, but in order to attract more female candidates, changes will be necessary.
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Refuel: Left Turns

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Left turns are an important skill for professional drivers that must be studied, practiced, and mastered. When it comes to driving a 73’ long (or longer) rig, space and timing are always factors to consider when maneuvering.
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