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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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    • 4.8 • 67 Ratings

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.

    TD162: Road Closures, AB5, DOT Bumpers, Sun Protection, Avoidable Tragedies, And More

    TD162: Road Closures, AB5, DOT Bumpers, Sun Protection, Avoidable Tragedies, And More

    Major road closures, government regulations on DOT bumpers, lease operators, and autonomous vehicles, plus protection from the sun, sadly, many deaths around the trucking industry, and more.


    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 855–943-3518 to learn more.


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



    News Links:


    Major Louisville interstate closure begins next week from CDLLife.com


    New Love’s brings 114 truck parking spaces to Arkansas from CDLLife.com


    CAT Scale Roll Out of Digitally Signed Scale Tickets from CDLLife.com


    3 Free Apps Every Trucker Should Have from AboutTruckDriving.com


    New Fuel Taxes Kick in July 1 in Number of States from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    NHTSA defends new standard for truck trailer underride guards from FreightWaves.com


    NHTSA’s Steven Cliff Says Agency to Scrutinize Auto-Driver Technology from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    Skin, Musculoskeletal Health Essential for Truck Driver from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    At least 50 migrants dead in alleged human smuggling attempt involving tractor-trailer from OverdriveOnline.com


    Several dead after passenger train derails in crash with dump truck from CDLLife.com


    Supreme Court will not hear trucking's AB 5 case, law will take effect for industry from OverdriveOnline.com


    Listener Feedback Links:


    TD156: The First 6 Months Of Trucking - Part 1 from AboutTruckDriving.com


    TD157: The First 6 Months Of Trucking - Part 2 from AboutTruckDriving.com


    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?


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

    • 50 min
    TD161: A New Era For The Trucker Dump Podcast... Hopefully

    TD161: A New Era For The Trucker Dump Podcast... Hopefully

    We kick off a new era of the Trucker Dump Podcast today where I attempt to take the podcast to a weekly schedule. Hey! Quit laughing!


    In this week's news we've got three recalls, both happy and unhappy Freedom Convoyers, the dates for this year's Brake Safety Week, a new FMCSA director on the way, the challenges of enforcing speed limiters, the Top 100 carrier list, carrier acquisitions, a revoked ELD, the logistics of war, and your chance to help the FMCSA define brokers.


    Trucker Grub takes us to some good home cooking on I-35 in Missouri, and of course, listener feedback from you!





    This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:



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


    Porter Freight Funding - So many services to offer, including Factoring, Dispatching, Freight Brokering, Fuel Cards, Insurance, and Compliance. Call 855–943-3518 to learn more.



    News links:


    Recalls announced for Kenworth, Peterbilt, International and Western Star trucks from OverdriveOnline.com


    ABS-, axle-weight-related recalls hit 200 Freightliner, Western Star trucks from OverdriveOnline.com


    Navistar recalls certain LT tractors due to improper battery cable wiring from FreightWaves.com


    Here’s what you can expect during Brake Safety Week 2022 from CDLLife.com


    Hutcheson clears another hurdle on path to FMCSA Administrator from OverdriveOnline.com


    OOIDA response to FMCSA Administrator nomination hearing from OOIDA.com


    Ontario Faces Challenges Enforcing Speed Limiter Law from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    Alert: If you use this ELD, the FMCSA says that you’re no longer compliant from CDLLife.com


    USA Truck acquired by DB Schenker from OverdriveOnline.com


    'People's Convoy' meets Republican Sens., Reps.; Owner-ops, small fleets recognized by broker from OverdriveOnline.com


    'People's Convoy' members sue D.C. for alleged free speech violations from OverdriveOnline.com


    5 facts about the logistics of war from FreightWaves.com


    2022 Top 100 For-Hire Carriers List Illustrates Growth of Large Fleets from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)


    FMCSA requests public input on defining ‘broker,’ ‘bona fide agents’ from OverdriveOnline.com


    Trucker Grub links:


    Bruce Phelps tells us about Toot-Toot Family Restaurant & Lounge in Bethany, MO


    Listener Feedback links:


    Donna listened to TD95: 4 Reasons That Trucker Might Be Tailgating You and shares her tip to get tailgaters off her a$$.


    Dakota Stott joined the Slack group and you should too!


    Nicholas is getting his truck driving career started and just wanted to thank me for the encouragement. Cool!


    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?


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

    • 57 min
    TD160: Really Late Trucking News

    TD160: Really Late Trucking News

    Well, I’ve been holding onto this episode with the hopes that I’d be able to include a main topic, but that’s still in the works. So I guess there’s no logical reason to keep hanging onto all this old news. Some of it isn’t all that relevant anymore, like the whole Canadian border thing and Covid news. But there’s also some more relevant topics here, including all the typical stuff like recalls, more safety blitzes (not the NFL version), moving forward with both the infrastructure plan and futuristic trucks, drug and health updates, and of course, all the things our government is up to.


    Additionally, Scott Gunter a.k.a. Killjoy gives me a chance to drool all over his submission for the Trucker Grub segment. This time around, most of the listener feedback segment consists of new drivers wanting to join the Trucker Dump Slack group, but two long-time listeners also pipe in on mechanical woes and YouTube videos.


    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 855–943-3518 to learn more.


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



    News segment:


    3 IRS Tax Code Changes Truck Drivers Need to Know from TheTruckersReport.com


    CVSA announces Roadcheck inspection blitz dates, OOS criteria changes from OverdriveOnline.com


    Kenworth, Peterbilt trucks recalled for methane warning system issue from OverdriveOnline.com


    3,500 Peterbilt tractors recalled for potential issue with side step from OverdriveOnline.com


    Daimler Issues Another Safety Recall for Western Star, Freightliner Models from TheTruckersReport.com


    Eaton-Cummins transmission joint venture hunts for last stick shift holdouts from FreightWaves.com


    Cummins acquiring Jake Brake company from OverdriveOnline.com


    Cummins will buy Meritor for $3.7B


    Diesel Fuel Expected To Rise As Wall Street Predicts $100 Per Barrel Crude Prices from TheTruckersReport.com


    2022 may be pivotal year for California’s green rules for trucks from FreightWaves.com


    J.B. Hunt enters long-term partnership with autonomous trucking firm from OverdriveOnline.com


    Outrider extends autonomous distribution yard work to backing up trailers from FreightWaves.com


    Ottawa declares state of emergency as OOIDA calls for end to border vax mandates from OverdriveOnline.com


    The People's Convoy drove from California to Washington DC to support trucker's freedom.


    ‘The People’s Convoy’ grows in size as protest leaves Oklahoma from the Washington Examiner


    7:36 video of my experience running with The People's Convoy


    Border, Ottawa protesters could lose CDLs, face prison, fines: Ontario premier from FreightWaves.com


    Police clear Freedom Convoy truckers, supporters from Ottawa from FreightWaves.com


    US to close borders to unvaccinated Canadian, Mexican truckers on Saturday from FreightWaves.com


    16 U.S. governors, two Canadian premiers call for end to cross-border vax mandate from OverdriveOnline.com


    KeepTruckin ELD now certified in Canada from OverdriveOnline.com


    Truckers using cocaine more than marijuana, study finds from FreightWaves.com


    OOIDA says report on drivers' drug use 'meaningless' from OverdriveOnline.com


    DOT eyes plan to allow oral fluid drug testing to ‘help combat employee cheating’ from CDLLife.com


    FMCSA updates vision standard for certain truck drivers from OverdriveOnline.com


    Hutcheson succeeds Joshi as head of FMCSA from FreightWaves.com


    Buttigieg prioritizing truck driver pay from FreightWaves.com


    Truck Driver Salary: Top Paying Jobs (By State & Freight Type) from TruckStop.com


    Is driver retention getting better? Stay Metrics’ latest data suggests yes from FreightWaves.com


    FMCSA seeks to improve complaint process for drivers, brokers from FreightWaves.com


    FMCSA, NHTSA set dates for major rulemakings from FreightWaves.com


    Buttigieg’s DOT rejec

    • 2 hr 24 min
    TD159: All Trucking News; All The Time

    TD159: All Trucking News; All The Time

    It’s been over two months since the last episode, so we’re skipping a main topic today to get caught up on a crap-ton of news. We’ve got several recalls, new emissions and inspection standards, autonomous and electric trucks, Teamster elections, the top 500 trucking companies, fixing the supply chain issues, tips for driving in bad weather or avoiding it altogether, and new places for truckers to park.


    We’ve also got big stories on the proposed vaccine mandate, lots of new legislation, and a trucker who got a major break on his sentence after a fiery wreck. And most importantly, we’ll start the show with some hand signals every trucker should know to combat human trafficking.


    We’ll point you to some good southern eatin’ in the Trucker Grub segment, and in the Listener Feedback segment, we’ll discuss everything from broken websites, to the future of trucking, to some clarification on the latest Hours of Service rules.


    This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:



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


    Porter Freight Funding - So many services to offer, including Factoring, Dispatching, Freight Brokering, Fuel Cards, Insurance, and Compliance. Call 855–943-3518 to learn more.



    Introduction:


    Universal hand signal for under duress from TikTok


    News segment:


    Western Star trucks recalled for electrical, steering issues from OverdriveOnline.com


    Great Dane trailers recalled over brakes issue from OverdriveOnline.com


    Great Dane recall hits 3,200 trailers from OverdriveOnline.com


    Power steering defect prompts recall of certain Mack trucks from OverdriveOnline.com


    Cummins recalls X12 diesel engines because of fire risk from FreightWaves.com


    Rear impact guards now included in annual DOT inspection checklist from OverdriveOnline.com


    Court reverses Obama-era trailer emissions standards from OverdriveOnline.com


    California Targets Heavy-Duty Vehicles With Roadside ‘Smog Check’ Inspections from TheTruckersReport.com


    New York, Massachusetts to end diesel truck sales by 2035 from OverdriveOnline.com


    TuSimple claims success on 80-mile driverless Class 8 pilot in Arizona from FreightWaves.com


    Robots outnumber human workers in this autonomous truck yard north of Denver from cpr.org and Shaun Coit @ChatAssassin


    Independent Truck Driver Lobbyist Blasts Lawmakers Over Workforce Solutions from TheTruckersReport.com


    Why we need to eliminate the overtime exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act to solve the driver shortage from ccjdigital.com


    White House Rolls Out Plan To Attract, Retain Truck Drivers from TheTruckersReport.com


    TD158: How Do We Attract The Next Generation In Trucking? from AboutTruckDriving.com


    Operators grade shippers, and the results get surprising from OverdriveOnline.com


    What do you think? Correcting the research record around retention/churn with the most important perspective from OverdriveOnline.com


    SCOTUS spikes Biden vaccine mandate but issue not fully put to bed from OverdriveOnline.com


    Vaccine mandate now in effect for cross-border truckers re-entering Canada from CTV News in Vancouver


    FMCSA extends COVID-19 emergency declaration's hours waiver through February from OverdriveOnline.com


    Congress approves $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill from FreightWaves.com


    What Truck Drivers Need to Know About $1 Trillion Infrastructure Package from TheTruckersReport.com


    DRIVE Safe Act becomes law: Here's what motor carriers need to know from OverdriveOnline.com


    Fatal crashes involving large trucks at highest level since 2005 from OverdriveOnline.com


    Study finds trucking accidents up after ELDs from OverdriveOnline.com


    FMCSA boss nominee Meera Joshi leaving post from OverdriveOnline.com


    America’s Ports Problem Is Decades in the Making from the CATO Institute submitted by Joseph Genalo a.k.a Flatbed Joe


    Truckers tired of taking blame for congestion crisis at California ports from FreightWaves.com


    Port challen

    • 3 hr 28 min
    TD158: How Do We Attract The Next Generation In Trucking?

    TD158: How Do We Attract The Next Generation In Trucking?

    Today we talk to Dave Dein, a co-founder of The Next Generation In Trucking Association, which is a non-profit organization who’s goal is to get more young people interesting in trucking and logistics careers. What they’re doing is pretty cool, so you’ll want to stick around for that.


    But first we’ve got more news than you can haul without a permit, including a dangerous social media game involving truckers, changes to the Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse that could affect your livelihood, more on autonomous vehicles, a proposed electric vehicle tax, a new device that fleets could use to restrict driver’s use of cell phones, and of course, a whole bunch about the impending vaccine mandate.


    Also, money for truck parking is back on the agenda, care packages for the troops are requested, warehouses are full, the problem at the seaports, more on the lease-operator legal issue, the history of the owner-operator, and legislating bathrooms for truckers. Yes, really.


    The Trucker Grub segment gets a retraction, and listener feedback features a whole mess of new Trucker Dump Slack members, gear recommendations, and me getting scolded. What’s new? LOL


    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 855–943-3518 to learn more.


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



    Links mentioned in the introduction:


    Video of Todd getting his birthday gift from his awesome Trucker Dump Slack Group members.


    Links mentioned in the news segment:


    Atlanta P.D. issues new warning about disturbing semi truck stowaway social media ‘game’ from CDLLife.com


    New Love’s opens in Illinois from OverdriveOnline.com


    123,481 Freightliner Cascadias recalled because steering linkage can separate from FreightWaves.com


    FMCSA tells states to ban drivers with drug, alcohol strikes from OverdriveOnline.com


    Fleet Operations Learn Increased Truck Driver Salaries About Retention, Not Working Overtime from TheTruckersReport.com


    The NoCell goal: Ending distracted driving by automatically shutting down the phone from FreightWaves.com


    Feds predict at least 200 automated vehicle crashes annually from FreightWaves.com


    Real-world autonomy: Navigating a traffic jam and a crash scene from FreightWaves.com


    Report: Electric vehicle tax could revive Highway Trust Fund from FreightWaves.com


    Trucking not exempt from Biden's vaccine and testing mandate, enforcement 'cutting us off at the knees' from OverdriveOnline.com


    Draft of vaccination rule released; trucking didn’t get an exemption from FreightWaves.com


    TCA urges members to contact lawmakers over Biden vax mandate from Commercial Carriers Jounal


    What happened in Vegas: TCA gathers for first time post-pandemic from FreightWaves.com


    Biden announces major supply chain shakeup for ports, carriers and retailers from Commercial Carriers Jounal


    Why Don’t U.S. Ports Operate 24/7? Ask the Unions from Competitive Enterprise Institute


    No more room at the logistics warehouse inn, Prologis says from FreightWaves.com


    Is the owner-operator model a legal minefield? Attorney weighs in from Commercial Carriers Jounal


    Illinois Rep Leads Push For $1 Billion In Additional Safe Truck Parking from TheTruckersReport.com


    Breaking Free: The history of the owner-operator in trucking from OverdriveOnline.com


    Canadian province looking to require bathroom access for truckers from OverdriveOnline.com


    OOIDA sponsoring 15th Truckers for Troops campaign from OverdriveOnline.com


    ATA’s Spear gets specific on vaccine mandate: Trucking should have an exemption from FreightWaves.com


    Bill intro'd in Senate that would exempt truckers from vaccine mandates from OverdriveOnline.com


    Labor secretary says most truck drivers are exempt from Covid mandate, handing industry a win from CNBC.com


    Trucker Grub segment:


    Dr

    • 3 hr 25 min
    TD157: The First 6 Months Of Trucking - Part 2

    TD157: The First 6 Months Of Trucking - Part 2

    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 855–943-3518 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 Tra

    • 3 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

45 40 Pavlo: ,

Great and excellent

You are very informative I enjoy listening to your episodes and I have went back and listen to as many as my phone will let me your last episode was talking about cameras in your trucks well let me tell you I have one in my truck and it goes off all the time it can’t tell if you put your seatbelt on or not it can tail if you get a blank stare sunglasses cover that up it will send a message back if I do not come to a complete stop at a stop sign I get I get wrote up if I have bad habits that is on the list and there is a bunch of them but my pay is good so I am staying there until I point out on the system so I think most of the drivers will be aggravated like I am but will stay at their job until they are booted out and it doesn’t matter how much you gripe

Pafastalker ,

Waste of time

This guy just likes to hear himself and thinks he’s funny.

douche you are ,

Great podcast

F the activist jerkoffs, keep on trucking

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