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TD157: The First 6 Months Of Trucking - Part 2 Trucker Dump - A Trucking Podcast

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We’re back with Part 2 of the interview with Zach Smacher, about what it’s like for a new trucker in their first 6 months. We left off with a cliffhanger, so that’s where we’ll pick it back up.


But first we’re going to talk about the FMCSA’s new rules about COVID extensions and how they’re bending over backwards to get new truckers into the industry. We’ll also talk about President Biden’s vaccine mandate and how that’s going to affect the trucking industry. And in related news, how to get your own authority if you want to sidestep the mandate. LOL


What else? The pros and cons of working for a union shop, no government money for truck parking, higher per diem rates starting soon, lower Social Security benefits expected in the future, a naughty fuel card company, changes to an age-old technology - the CB, and with winter coming up, I’ll point you to a great resource for chain laws state-by-state.


In the listener feedback segment, we’ll congratulate a new CDL holder, help another potential new trucker, and a couple of drivers want to discuss hazardous materials handling.


Dr. Alexander E. Underwood works at KT Health Clinic near Springfield, MO. He can be reached at 855–943-3518 or email him at mail@kthealthclinic.com.


This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:



Porter Freight Funding - So many services to offer, including Factoring, Dispatching, Freight Brokering, Fuel Cards, Insurance, and Compliance. Call 205-397-0934 to learn more.


Volvo Trucks - Check out the new D13TC engine in the Volvo VNL series.


Pilot Flying J app - September is Driver Appreciation Month. Be sure to check out all the awesome offers and join the #ThankaTrucker challenge.
Links mentioned in the news segment:


Chains required in Colorado beginning Sept. 1 from OverdriveOnline.com


Chain laws state-by-state from TheTruckersReport.com


More COVID emergency waivers extended from OverdriveOnline.com


FMCSA adds reporting requirement with extension of COVID HOS waiver from OverdriveOnline.com


FMCSA Shows CDL Flexibility to Get Newly-Minted Drivers On Road from TheTruckersReport.com


IRS per diem rate going up by $3 next month from FreightWaves.com


FTC Takes Fuel Card Company To Court Over ‘Hidden Fees’ from TheTruckersReport.com


Pros & Cons of Working For a Truck Driver Union Shop from TheTruckersReport.com


What would happen if employers forced truckers to get vaccinated? from OverdriveOnline.com


Biden vaccine mandate may worsen low driver retention rates from FreightWaves.com


How Biden's vaccine mandate could impact owner-ops, independents from OverdriveOnline.com


Get your own authority: How to tackle the basics of filing, insurance, more from OverdriveOnline.com


$3.5 trillion spending bill — and not one penny for truck parking from FreightWaves.com


Social Security to become unable to pay full benefits sooner than previously estimated from MarketWatch.com


Biggest change for CBs in four decades as FM mode gets approved by FCC from OverdriveOnline.com


Links mentioned in the interview:


TD129: 4 Ways To Become A More Efficient Trucker from AboutTruckDriving.com


TD149: Job-Hopping In Trucking from AboutTruckDriving.com


TD152: When Should You Look For A New Trucking Job? from AboutTruckDriving.com


TD97: A Trucker's Worst Nemesis - Complacency from AboutTruckDriving.com


TD104: Complacency Strikes from AboutTruckDriving.com


TD66: Truckers Go Turtle Racing from AboutTruckDriving.com


Zachary can be reached at ZacharySmacher@aol.com, or you can find him on the Trucker Dump Slack group and Facebook page as @smackerman.


Links mentioned in the listener feedback segment:


Congratulations to Angela Peters, who just got her Class A CDL with tanker and hazmat endorsements!


Steven Burnham joins the Trucker Dump Slack group and is looking to get his CDL through a company.


Scott Lucas joined the Trucker Dump Slack group. Where are you, Scott?


Billy Loving asked for the Trace

We’re back with Part 2 of the interview with Zach Smacher, about what it’s like for a new trucker in their first 6 months. We left off with a cliffhanger, so that’s where we’ll pick it back up.


But first we’re going to talk about the FMCSA’s new rules about COVID extensions and how they’re bending over backwards to get new truckers into the industry. We’ll also talk about President Biden’s vaccine mandate and how that’s going to affect the trucking industry. And in related news, how to get your own authority if you want to sidestep the mandate. LOL


What else? The pros and cons of working for a union shop, no government money for truck parking, higher per diem rates starting soon, lower Social Security benefits expected in the future, a naughty fuel card company, changes to an age-old technology - the CB, and with winter coming up, I’ll point you to a great resource for chain laws state-by-state.


In the listener feedback segment, we’ll congratulate a new CDL holder, help another potential new trucker, and a couple of drivers want to discuss hazardous materials handling.


Dr. Alexander E. Underwood works at KT Health Clinic near Springfield, MO. He can be reached at 855–943-3518 or email him at mail@kthealthclinic.com.


This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:



Porter Freight Funding - So many services to offer, including Factoring, Dispatching, Freight Brokering, Fuel Cards, Insurance, and Compliance. Call 205-397-0934 to learn more.


Volvo Trucks - Check out the new D13TC engine in the Volvo VNL series.


Pilot Flying J app - September is Driver Appreciation Month. Be sure to check out all the awesome offers and join the #ThankaTrucker challenge.
Links mentioned in the news segment:


Chains required in Colorado beginning Sept. 1 from OverdriveOnline.com


Chain laws state-by-state from TheTruckersReport.com


More COVID emergency waivers extended from OverdriveOnline.com


FMCSA adds reporting requirement with extension of COVID HOS waiver from OverdriveOnline.com


FMCSA Shows CDL Flexibility to Get Newly-Minted Drivers On Road from TheTruckersReport.com


IRS per diem rate going up by $3 next month from FreightWaves.com


FTC Takes Fuel Card Company To Court Over ‘Hidden Fees’ from TheTruckersReport.com


Pros & Cons of Working For a Truck Driver Union Shop from TheTruckersReport.com


What would happen if employers forced truckers to get vaccinated? from OverdriveOnline.com


Biden vaccine mandate may worsen low driver retention rates from FreightWaves.com


How Biden's vaccine mandate could impact owner-ops, independents from OverdriveOnline.com


Get your own authority: How to tackle the basics of filing, insurance, more from OverdriveOnline.com


$3.5 trillion spending bill — and not one penny for truck parking from FreightWaves.com


Social Security to become unable to pay full benefits sooner than previously estimated from MarketWatch.com


Biggest change for CBs in four decades as FM mode gets approved by FCC from OverdriveOnline.com


Links mentioned in the interview:


TD129: 4 Ways To Become A More Efficient Trucker from AboutTruckDriving.com


TD149: Job-Hopping In Trucking from AboutTruckDriving.com


TD152: When Should You Look For A New Trucking Job? from AboutTruckDriving.com


TD97: A Trucker's Worst Nemesis - Complacency from AboutTruckDriving.com


TD104: Complacency Strikes from AboutTruckDriving.com


TD66: Truckers Go Turtle Racing from AboutTruckDriving.com


Zachary can be reached at ZacharySmacher@aol.com, or you can find him on the Trucker Dump Slack group and Facebook page as @smackerman.


Links mentioned in the listener feedback segment:


Congratulations to Angela Peters, who just got her Class A CDL with tanker and hazmat endorsements!


Steven Burnham joins the Trucker Dump Slack group and is looking to get his CDL through a company.


Scott Lucas joined the Trucker Dump Slack group. Where are you, Scott?


Billy Loving asked for the Trace

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