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Truck driver pay is rising at a record rate. Is it the answer to the driver shortage? 
Driver Dilemma: How Important is Pay?
By Deborah Lockridge
Truck driver pay is rising at a record rate. Is it the answer to the driver shortage? The second in a series on the driver shortage.
How Well do you Know CSA?
By John Simms of HNI
Considering the regulatory environment in which transportation firms do business is miles from black and white, it’s no surprise that both drivers and enforcement personnel alike often are confused by the ins and outs of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA.
Driver Dilemma: A Year-Long, In-Depth Series on the Driver Shortage
By Deborah Lockridge
For 2015, as the trucking industry is dealing with the worst driver shortage and capacity crunch in its history, Heavy Duty Trucking is delving into the topic of truck drivers. A year-long series in the magazine is complemented by WebXclusive features.
Do Sign-On Bonuses Work?
By Deborah Lockridge
"In the second half of 2010, we had zero companies offering sign-on bonuses. We've gone from zero to nearly 50 percent of the companies offering some sort of sign-on bonus or transition pay."
Photo by Ryder System.
Safe Winter Driving Tips
By Mel Kirk, Ryder System
General preventive driving habits can make a big difference in winter driving safety. Here are some tips to make driving in hazardous conditions safer.

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Art by Annie Yu from Edison, New Jersey, the grand prize winner of the Kindergarten through second grade age group for the 2014 "Be Ready, Be Buckled" art contest."
FMCSA Extends Deadline for Student Art Contest
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending the submission deadline for the 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled” student art contest until March 16, 2015.
Women In Trucking Partners with University of Memphis on Index
Women In Trucking will begin work on a system to track the number of women serving in the trucking industry with the help of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Memphis.
TravelCenters Opens Two Petro Service Facilities
TravelCenters of America has opened Petro: Lube Truck Service facilities at Petro locations in Napoleon, Ohio and Wells, Nev.
Driver Named Highway Angel for Pulling Man from Burning Car
For rescuing an unconscious man from a burning car the Truckload Carriers Association named escort driver Joe Bearce a Highway Angel.
Photo via Port of Long Beach
Teamsters to Assist Truckers if So Cal Ports Shutdown
The Teamsters Union announced an effort to provide unemployment benefits to truckers working from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in the event of a shut down.
Falling Debris Prompts Immediate Maryland Bridge Inspections
Acting Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn ordered the immediate inspection of all state-owned bridges of similar age and condition to the Capital Beltway Bridge which is currently under repairs.
Joe DeLorenzo, FMCSA director, office of enforement & compliance, presented a regularoy update during Omnitracs' Outlook user conference in Dallas on Feb. 10. Photo: Jim Beach
ELD Mandate On the Way, Says FMCSA Official
By Jim Beach
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish its final rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices some time this year, according to Joe DeLorenzo, director of FMCSA’s office of enforcement and compliance.
Two of the three Highway Hero Finalists, Mack Guffey (left) and Clinton Blackburn. Photo courtesy of Goodyear
Goodyear Announces Highway Hero Finalists
Goodyear has made public details on the three finalists for the 32nd Goodyear Highway Hero Award. The winner will be announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show on March 26 in Louisville, Ky.
Photo via Omnitracs
Safety Managers Talk Improving Safety with Technology
By Jim Beach
Participants in a panel at the Omnitracs Outlook User Conference shared some of the ways they have used technology to improve their CSA scores and overall safety performance.
Ellen Voie, President and CEO of Women In Trucking, checking out new cab ergonomic specifications. Photo courtesy of Ryder System
Ryder Offers Trucks Designed for Women Drivers
A female-friendly heavy-duty truck package will be available for lease through Ryder System designed with the help of several OEMs and the Women In Trucking Association.

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Bose Ride System II Delivers New Features, More Functionality Adjustable seat settings will help drivers who are accustomed to the firmer feel of an air ride seat will find the Bose II seats easier to get used to.
Multi-Capable Jensen HD Bluetooth Radio Coming in May The radio that integrates with a truck’s electrical system and can be Bluetooth-linked to smart phones, which then are operated by the radio.
Pre-Employment Screening Added to iiX Background Checks Pre-employment Screening Program records are now available as part of iiX’s suite of commercial driver background checks. The records provide employers with a quick way to screen driver safety profiles.
Satellite TV Package Designed For Truckers EpicVue says it's the first to offer a premium in-vehicle satellite TV system packaged exclusively for fleets, marketing it as a driver recruiting and retention tool.
Trucking Unlimited Buys TruckDrivingJobs.com The acquisition will allow Trucking Unlimited to streamline the process of both finding and posting online driving jobs.m for $800,000.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
Myths vs. Reality of Driver Monitoring: a Whitepaper
Three common driver risk management myths that could put your business at risk are busted in this informative white paper. In order to truly know and act to correct risky driver behavior, businesses must be able to confront their own misconceptions about what effective driver monitoring really entails.
Improve Fleet Performance by Changing Driver Behavior
GPS vehicle tracking provides a powerful tool for managing your vehicles more effectively, helping you control fleet costs and improving productivity. Fleet operation isn’t just about the vehicles but also the people who drive them.

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