- A driver builds up his own trucking business
- Father and son share a love of life on the road, even if it makes visits rare
- This driver always makes time to mentor the next generation — whether at home or on the road
- This driver helps rookie truckers learn the ropes
- Home-schooling in a truck means the country is a classroom
- This driver sees the world through Google Glass
- A career trucker brings his tales of the road to people in hospice
- How driver Paul Sedlak finds motivation to reach his fitness goals
- I Love Trucking: More than a job, driving is a way of life
- Big Rig Books: Driver delivers books to underprivileged kids
State of Confusion
Throughout the year, motor carrier safety officials carry out inspections on interstate trucks and drivers. Vehicles can be placed “out of service” when, by reason of mechanical condition or loading, they would likely cause an accident or breakdown.
Drivers can be placed out of service for violating the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Hours-Of-Service regulations. These place specific limits on the amount of time a driver can drive a commercial motor vehicle, and how many total hours a driver can work each day and each week. With that in mind, let’s look at this:
The top 10 states with the highest out-of-service rates for interstate trucks last year were, in order:
The top 10 states with the highest out-of-service rates for drivers, in order, were:
What I’m curious about is this: Are these states more aggressive in their inspection of vehicles and drivers, or are fleets that operate in and through these states paying less attention to their vehicles and drivers?