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A podcast for truckers, potential truckers, and curious non-truckers. The goal is to make you think about driving around trucks by telling interesting stories from the road that will (hopefully) drive the point home. I also share comments from listeners.

Trucker Dump - A Trucking Podcast Todd McCann

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A podcast for truckers, potential truckers, and curious non-truckers. The goal is to make you think about driving around trucks by telling interesting stories from the road that will (hopefully) drive the point home. I also share comments from listeners.

    TD146: Personal Safety For Truckers

    TD146: Personal Safety For Truckers

    Boy oh boy, have we got a good show today. We’re going to talk about personal safety tips for truckers and some of you are going to be a part of it.


    But before that we’ve got news stories about truck drivers and protestors, inspections and ELD coercion, more deadline extensions, and electric trucks.


    We’ll also talk about health issues including sleep apnea and amputees getting CDLs. Marijuana use is on the rise too, which makes sense with the insane changes to liability insurance the government is trying to make.


    We’ll also discuss the government owning part of a major trucking company through a controversial bailout deal and how changes in routing could change the future for truckers.


    Top it off with a few emails from you and we’ll wrap it up.


    Listen to the podcast version or read the full article and the podcast show notes on AboutTruckDriving.com or search for Trucker Dump in your favorite podcast app.


    Be sure to check out the 25% off ebook combo pack for Trucking Life and How to Find a Great Truck Driving Job while you're there.


    This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:



    Pilot Flying J app - Check out all the awesome features of the Pilot Flying J app.


    Volvo Trucks - Check out the new Volvo Dynamic Steering on the VNL and VNR series and watch the all the videos on the Volvo YouTube page.

    Links mentioned in the news segment:


    Surviving a Level 3 driver inspection: Are you ready? from OverdriveOnline.com


    Truck driver safety a top priority amid nationwide protests from FleetOwner.com


    ‘He didn’t get the signal’: Trucker arrested for driving into MN protests released without charges from OverdriveOnline.com


    Staying safe during civil protests when avoidance not possible from OverdriveOnline.com


    Wyoming DOT closing 10 rest areas, eliminating 80 truck parking spaces from OverdriveOnline.com


    The irony of e-logging and coercion: Complaints on a steady rise since mandate from OverdriveOnline.com


    FMCSA Says Congress Can’t Make Them Delay HOS Changes, Expects Rollout To Proceed As Planned from TheTruckersReport.com


    Truck Driver Training, License Renewal, Medical Certification Waivers Get Another Extension from TheTruckersReport.com


    Evidence emerges of stricter approach – and confusion – around sleep apnea screening from OverdriveOnline.com


    Trucking Law: Severe physical setback might not end career from OverdriveOnline.com


    For further information on the SPE, call the program in Washington, D.C., at Call 1-202-366-4001 or email FMCSAMedical@dot.gov.


    Marijuana Use Top Finding in First Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Report from TruckingInfo.com


    Rise in marijuana use among truckers expected to continue from OverdriveOnline.com


    Amendment Passed To Double Mandatory Insurance Minimums for Truckers To $2 Million from TheTruckersReport.com


    Liability insurance hike: Guess who would benefit? from OverdriveOnline.com


    YRC getting $700 million government bailout for nearly 30% stake in fleet


    from OverdriveOnline.com


    Trucking Company Charged With Defrauding Defense Department Gets $700 Million Bailout Just 12 Days After Former CEO Confirmed In New Federal Post from TheTruckersReport.com


    California passes ‘first-in-the-world rule’ to ban sale of all new diesel trucks by 2045 from CDLLife.com


    House Democrats Will Call for 100% Clean Cars by 2035 from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    West Coast Utilities Offer Plan for Charging Stations Along Interstate 5


    from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    DOT Launches AV Test Initiative from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    FHWA Grant Supports Automated Truck Corridor on Interstate 70 from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    Industry Trends, Driver Preference Pave Way for Hub-to-Hub Routes from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    Links mentioned in the main topic:


    Learn more about Tasers


    Taser requirements state-by-state


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    TD145: Being An Oversize/Overweight Load Truck Driver

    TD145: Being An Oversize/Overweight Load Truck Driver

    If you've ever been interested in how oversize/overweight loads work, you're in luck. Today we talk to Travis Jellison, who has pulled loads as heavy as 230,000 pounds, 16 feet wide, 15.5 feet tall, and 120 feet long. Yikes!


    In the news segment, we discuss how the coronavirus is affecting the trucking industry with regards to the loss of work and restaurants, and Hours-of-Service adjustments, including the upcoming HOS changes. We also look at technology such as electric vehicles and it's lack of infrastructure, CDL skills testing, and how 5G networks could help the trucking industry.


    Freight brokering gets its fair share of talk time, and we hit on truck parking, truckers and medications, toll hikes, and gross injustices like the prison release of a bad trucking CEO and what is considered a preventable accident when it comes to the CSA.


    In the feedback segment, we hear from Daniel, Evan, two Davids, and Aron all join the Trucker Dump Slack group. Driver Dave has an encounter with a duck, and Ben talks about buying grass for his boss. We also hear from Robert, who tells us about his unique trucking job.


    Listen to the podcast version or read the full article and the podcast show notes on AboutTruckDriving.com or search for Trucker Dump in your favorite podcast app.


    Be sure to check out the 25% off ebook combo pack for Trucking Life and How to Find a Great Truck Driving Job while you're there.


    This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:



    Volvo Trucks - Check out the new Volvo Dynamic Steering on the VNL and VNR series and watch the all the videos on the Volvo YouTube page.


    Pilot Flying J app - Check out all the awesome features of the Pilot Flying J app.

    Links mentioned in the news segment:


    FMCSA Extends HOS Emergency Declaration for Second Time from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    Trucking Sheds 88,300 Jobs in April from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    TD144: Is Truck Driving A Recession-Proof Job?


    A third of small fleets shut down as COVID-19 guts freight market from OverdriveOnline.com


    Iowa Driver Among First in US to Use Technology for CDL Skills Test from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    Next Generation of Wireless Technology: 5G Holds Promise from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    Coming hours of service reforms skip 14-hour pause, include 7/3 off-duty split and 30-minute break changes from OverdriveOnline.com


    TD139: Understanding The 2019 Proposed Hours-Of-Service Changes


    Updated HOS regs to take effect late September from OverdriveOnline.com


    Infographic: What’s changing in federal hours of service regs from OverdriveOnline.com


    Quick takes: Readers mixed on hours of service changes’ impact on their own operations from OverdriveOnline.com


    Carriers’ right to review what the shipper paid for a brokered load from OverdriveOnline.com


    FMCSA: Brokers Aren’t *Technically* Breaking The Law, And We Might Not Do Anything Even If They Were from TheTruckersReport.com


    Amazon, already a mammoth middleman, squeezes into trucking brokerage from OverdriveOnline.com


    Electric Truck Integration Poses Challenges for Fleets, Study Shows


    Electric-Vehicle Charging Startup Amply Power Secures $13.2 Million from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    Truck Crashes That Weren’t Preventable Won’t Count Against Your Safety Score, But What’s “Preventable” May Surprise You from TheTruckersReport.com


    Crazy crash eligibility examples from fmcsa.dot.gov


    Trucking Law: When meds can sideline your commercial driving


    Contact Dr. Alexander E. Underwood of the KT Health Clinic by email at mail@kthealthclinic.com or at Call 1-417-832-8678.


    Infamous Arrow Trucking CEO Released From Prison Early from TheTruckersReport.com


    New Jersey Highway Tolls to Rise up to 36% from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    TravelCenters of America begins reopening dine-in restaurants from FreightWaves.com


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    TD144: Is Truck Driving A Recession-Proof Job?

    TD144: Is Truck Driving A Recession-Proof Job?

    I’ve heard lots of people say that truck driving is a recession-proof job. But if that’s true, then why am I laid off from my trucking job right now? We’ll discuss the issue and hopefully get to the bottom of it once and for all.

    But like a good appetizer before the main entree, we’ve got lots of news to cover, including recalls from three truck manufacturers and pulling back the reins on emissions expectations. And of course, there’s still lots of Corona-related stories, including rules extensions, Real IDs, government helping truckers, and Coronavirus fraudsters.


    I’ll also share some trucking-related COVID resources, as well as things you can do to protect yourself in these trying times. And what would life be without listener feedback?


    Listen to the podcast version or read the full article and the podcast show notes on AboutTruckDriving.com or search for Trucker Dump in your favorite podcast app.


    Be sure to check out the 25% off ebook combo pack for Trucking Life and How to Find a Great Truck Driving Job while you're there.


    This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:



    Pilot Flying J app - Check out all the awesome features of the Pilot Flying J app.


    Volvo Trucks - Check out the new Volvo Dynamic Steering on the VNL and VNR series and watch the all the videos on the Volvo YouTube page.

    Links mentioned in the news segment:


    Brake light issue prompts recall of more than 13,000 International trucks from OverdriveOnline.com


    Over 450,000 Kenworth And Peterbilt Trucks Recalled, Ranging Over 12 Years Of Production from TheTruckersReport.com


    ‘People are desperate’: Fraudsters target vulnerable truckers with COVID scams from OverdriveOnline.com


    FMCSA Extends COVID-19 Emergency HOS Exemptions For Trucking from TheTruckersReport.com


    Real ID enforcement deadline delayed from OverdriveOnline.com


    Stakeholders Tell Congress, Governors: CDLs, Permits Need to Be Processed from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    ATA Admits Truckers Will Get Laid Off While Megacarriers Fight To Flood Market With New Drivers from TheTruckersReport.com


    FMCSA Issues Guidance for Drug Testing During Emergency from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    Driver-Led Petition Calls For More Protections For Truckers During COVID-19 from TheTruckersReport.com


    Feds to distribute 800,000 masks to truckers from OverdriveOnline.com


    FMCSA Extends Sleeper Berth Waiver For McKee Foods from OverdriveOnline.com


    New registry gives drivers info on med examiners offering DOT exams, COVID tests, telemedicine options from OverdriveOnline.com


    Trucking Law: When illness or fatigue dictates you shouldn’t drive from OverdriveOnline.com


    Paul O. Taylor of the TruckersJusticeCenter.com or at Call 1-855–943-3518.


    FHWA Permits Food Trucks at Rest Areas During Coronavirus Crisis from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    Food Trucks Hit Snags in Securing Permits for Rest Stops from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    A US truck-stop giant is furloughing 2,900 workers as the coronavirus continues to clobber the trucking industry from BusinessInsider.com


    New owner-op-focused guide to CARES Act benefits from OverdriveOnline.com


    Trucking Through Coronavirus from OverdriveOnline.com


    Trump to Cut Back Obama-Era Emissions, Fuel Economy Requirements


    Links mentioned in the main topic:


    Top 27 Recession-Proof Jobs & Careers - Do They Exist? from MoneyCrashers.com


    TD143: Coronavirus Trucking


    TD136: The Emotions Of Changing Truck Driving Jobs


    Links mentioned in the listener feedback segment:


    Nate listened to TD126: Why Podcasts Are The Best Media For Truckers and asks if there was a place to download free audiobooks.


    Kristoffer bought my book, Trucking Life: An Entertaining, Yet Informative Guide To Becoming And Being A Truck Driver and now he wants more frequent podcasts.


    Andrew simply writes to check on me and to find out ho

    • 1 hr 47 min
    TD143: Coronavirus Trucking

    TD143: Coronavirus Trucking

    Well, you can probably guess what today’s podcast is all about, and unfortunately it ain’t fluffy kittens. Nope, for today’s main topic I’ll be rebroadcasting an episode of the Payload Podcast where JT Peters talks to an epidemiologist about Coronavirus and how it relates to us truckers.


    But before that, we’ve got lots of news on how this pandemic is affecting the trucking industry; including suspended and forced rules, how truckers are gaining new respect, and some clarification on the $2.2 trillion stimulus plan. And of course, what you should do if you think you’ve got the virus.


    But it’s not all about the Corona. We’ve got an update on new HOS rules, autonomous trucks, truck parking, and new high-tech maintenance ideas. Also, a major data breach and tips for being in an accident.


    In the feedback segment, we’ll talk about ignorant commenters, under 21 truckers, tailgating, and kitchen utensils.


    Listen to the podcast version or read the full article and the podcast show notes on AboutTruckDriving.com or search for Trucker Dump in your favorite podcast app.


    Be sure to check out the 25% off ebook combo pack for Trucking Life and How to Find a Great Truck Driving Job while you're there.


    This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:



    Pilot Flying J app - Check out all the awesome features of the Pilot Flying J app.


    Volvo Trucks - Check out the new Volvo Dynamic Steering on the VNL and VNR series and watch the all the videos on the Volvo YouTube page.

    Links mentioned in the podcast:


    Paccar Recalls 35,671 Peterbilt Trucks for Fire Risk from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    Worldcometers COVID-19 statistics


    Multiple Hits to Economy Likely to Trigger Recession, Analysis Shows from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    Chinese Plants Ramp Up Again as Rest of World Reels from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    Senate OKs Historic $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Rescue Package from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    All You Wanted To Know About Those Tax Stimulus Checks But Were Afraid To Ask from Forbes.com


    US Department of Transportation Expands National Emergency Declaration for Commercial Vehicles Delivering Relief in Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak from FMCSA.gov


    Frequently Asked Questions Related to the FMCSA Emergency Declaration 03/19/2020 from FMCSA.gov




    States Suspend Weight Limits for Trucks Involved in Coronavirus Relief from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    FMCSA demands truck stops must stay open 24 hours from TruckNews.com


    FMCSA waives CDL, medical certification renewal regs until June 30 from OverdriveOnline.com


    Risk Remains Low for Coronavirus Transmission on Packages from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    Step by step: What you can do if you suspect COVID-19 symptoms on the road from OverdriveOnline.com


    Options on the road for a speedy coronavirus consult from OverdriveOnline.com


    Showers of Praise Greet Busy Truckers from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    How America Is Thanking Truckers During the Coronavirus Crisis from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    CVSA Postpones Roadcheck Due to Coronavirus Crisis from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    TWIC card now satisfies requirements for hazmat endorsement from OverdriveOnline.com


    Final Trucking HOS Rule Sent To White House For Approval from TheTruckersReport.com


    Truck Parking Bill Could Mean $755 Million For New FREE Truck Parking from TheTruckersReport.com


    Starchy Robotics ends remote truck experiment, shuts down operations from FreightWaves.com


    Autonomous Tech Company Locomotion Signs Deal With Wilson Logistics from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    TuSimple Expands Autonomous Trucking Program With UPS from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    How Smart Tire Technology Is Changing Fleet Management from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    Fleets Move Toward Predictive Maintenance to Prevent Breakdowns, Reduce Expenses from

    • 2 hr 16 min
    TD142: Being An Expedited Truck Driver

    TD142: Being An Expedited Truck Driver

    On today’s show, we’ll be continuing the series where we highlight unique trucking jobs. This time Joshua Knode will tell us about expedited trucking and how it differs from a typical truck driving job. Lots of great information and fun stories in here, including rock bands, mercenaries, and a late night talk show host!


    But before we get to that, we’re going to learn about a new trucking podcast, truck-only lanes, truck-only tolls, dangerous parking, and an early roadcheck safety blitz this year.


    We’ll also hear about a new trade agreement, ELD yard moves, internet scams, 18-year-old truckers, trucks with no drivers, and how $50 and some elbow grease could save your life.


    And we’ve got a few quick emails about recruiting and of course, tailgating.


    Listen to the podcast version or read the full article and the podcast show notes on AboutTruckDriving.com or search for Trucker Dump in your favorite podcast app.


    Be sure to check out the 25% off combo pack for Trucking Life and How to Find a Great Truck Driving Job while you're there.


    This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:



    Pilot Flying J app - Check out all the awesome features of the Pilot Flying J app.


    Volvo Trucks - Check out the new Volvo Dynamic Steering on the VNL and VNR series and watch the all the videos on the Volvo YouTube page, including the one about the Balancing sidewinds feature.

    Links mentioned in the podcast:


    The Trucking Podcast has changed it's name to Trucking After Hours


    The ‘Over the Road’ podcast from Overdrive and PRX’s Radiotopia


    Thieves Are Breaking In To Truck Cabs So Often At These Two Truck Stops So Often That Truckers Are Being “Urged” To “Use Extra Caution” from TheTruckersReport.com


    Roadcheck inspection blitz set for early May from OverdriveOnline.com


    Georgia planning first-in-nation truck-only interstate lanes from 11alive.com


    Connecticut guv temporarily backs off truck tolls from OverdriveOnline.com


    Supreme Court won’t hear OOIDA’s challenge to increasing PA Turnpike tolls from OverdriveOnline.com


    Trump’s USMCA trade pact retains cross-border trucking program, expected to bolster freight demand from OverdriveOnline.com


    No Steering Wheel, No Driver, No Problem: Feds Approve First Ever Truly Driverless Vehicle from TheTruckersReport.com


    US Senate Bill to Allow Interstate Truckers Under 21 Touted at Hearing from TTNews.com


    Cybersecurity 101: Hackers aim for owner-operators with malware attacks from OverdriveOnline.com


    Trucking Law: How to properly log a yard move from OverdriveOnline.com

    Contact Paul O. Taylor from TruckersJusticeCenter.com or at Call 1-855–943-3518.


    $50 and a little install work could save your life: Trucker Scott Carlson’s close call from OverdriveOnline.com


    Trucker Grub: The Outpost Cafe


    Links in the Feedback segment:


    Eli has few thoughts on recruiters after reading TD135: Trucking Recruiters… Friend Or Foe?


    Richard scolds me very gentlemanly about TD95: 4 Reasons That Trucker Might Be Tailgating You.


    jj perkey left his thoughts about TD95: 4 Reasons That Trucker Might Be Tailgating You, but wound up making us all think about treating each other with civility when we have differing beliefs.


    Show info:


    You can email your comments, suggestions, questions, or insults to TruckerDump@gmail.com


    Join the Trucker Dump Podcast Facebook Group


    Join the Trucker Dump Slack Group by emailing me at TruckerDump@gmail.com


    Got a second to Rate and/or Review the podcast on iTunes?


    Download the intro/outro songs for free! courtesy of Walking On Einstein

    • 2 hr 31 min
    TD141: Women In Trucking With Ellen Voie

    TD141: Women In Trucking With Ellen Voie

    Today we’ve got an interview with Ellen Voie from the Women in Trucking Association, which is a non-profit organization that aims to help and promote women truckers. Dudes, don’t tune out. This is a discussion you need to hear too.


    But before we get to that, we’ve got a month’s worth of news to catch up on that includes a major southern corridor opening back up, mirrorless trucks, deaf truckers, and sexual harassment. We'll also look into what happens to your ELD data and what happens after a trucker has a stroke or seizure. Of course, we’ll also catch up with what the government is up to, including truck tolls, GPS apps, EPA guidelines, and I’ll give you an update of the California Lease-Operator debacle. And we’ll finish up with a couple of stories that involve truckers in pain.


    To close out, we get a two-fer yummy Trucker Grub from driverchrismc and we only have a few quick emails from Daniel, Brandon, and Steve since we knocked out most of the feedback in the last mega-episode.


    Listen to the podcast version or read the full article and the podcast show notes on AboutTruckDriving.com.


    Be sure to check out the 25% off combo pack for Trucking Life and How to Find a Great Truck Driving Job while you're there.


    This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:



    Volvo Trucks - Check out the new Volvo Dynamic Steering on the VNL and VNR series and watch the all the videos on the Volvo YouTube page, including the one about the Blowout Assistance feature.

    Links mentioned in the podcast:


    I-59/20 bridges in Birmingham set to reopen from OverdriveOnline.com


    Senators call for more truck info on phone GPS apps from OverdriveOnline.com


    Connecticut governor proposes trucks-only tolls plan with Rhode Island tolls lawsuit still unresolved from OverdriveOnline.com


    FMCSA grants waiver for mirrorless camera systems from OverdriveOnline.com


    ABC test laws are coming: Can the owner-operator model survive? from OverdriveOnline.com


    In push for stricter truck emissions regs, EPA also presses for ’50-state’ program from OverdriveOnline.com


    EPA wants public input on new emissions rules from FleetOwner.com


    Hurry to submit your comments about the new emissions rules by February 20, 2020!


    A gold rush for ELD data from OverdriveOnline.com


    New research under way on prevalence of sexual harassment in trucking from OverdriveOnline.com


    Group seeks regulatory relief for deaf truckers from OverdriveOnline.com


    Trucking Law: What happens after a stroke or seizure from OverdriveOnline.com


    Trucker Attacked By Security Guards Beats Assault Charge, Keeps Fighting Back from TheTruckersReport.com


    Trucker Gives Birth In Truck Stop Bathroom from TheTruckersReport.com


    Women in Trucking Association


    Become a member of Women In Trucking


    Call Women In Trucking at Call 1-888-464-9482, or find them on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, YouTube, and Pinterest.


    Show info:


    You can email your comments, suggestions, questions, or insults to TruckerDump@gmail.com


    Join the Trucker Dump Podcast Facebook Group


    Join the Trucker Dump Slack Group by emailing me at TruckerDump@gmail.com


    Got a second to Rate and/or Review the podcast on iTunes?


    Download the intro/outro songs for free! courtesy of Walking On Einstein

    • 2 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

2014EJ ,

Todd doesn’t know what he’s doing!

Trucker Dump is an awesome resource for anyone beginning, want ing to become a trucker, or just interested in trucking! Todd has a unique sense of humor, kinda midwestern quirky Uncle type! Todd is honest, upfront, and on point! He is very thorough about the subjects covered and doesn’t care if it makes the podcast longer as long as he covers all bases! He is very receptive to feedback and goes the extra mile to answer questions! He is very willing to help anyone interested in the trucking industry! If you want to be or are just starting out in the industry I recommend that you subscribe and listen to the The Trucker Dump podcast! His sound quality and editing are top notch, even if he does apologize 12x’s an episode for the reefer van running during the episode(I ve never heard it).

TIK TOK CAN GO TO HELL ,

He’s not the stereotypical truck driver

If you’re looking for info based on facts, Todd’s your guy. If you’re looking for cursing, look elsewhere. Todd is clean....to the point of dork. He’s the kind of guy to sit and have a cup of truck stop coffee and enjoy a conversation, that doesn’t always have to be about trucking.

ShadowDragonYin ,

Excellent Podcast

I just started this podcast a few days ago, I am now in episode 102. So far I have to say Todd you are an excellent and snarky Podcaster!! Keep up the good work!!

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