Author: platinumdrivers

Why Might a Semi Truck Overheat?

Repairing Broken Semi Truck that Overheated

Do you drive a big rig or semi-truck? It’s summertime and temperatures are soaring to triple digits in many places. Can a 100-degree day be good for a truck? Probably not! What are some reasons why a semi-truck might overheat? Impeded Thermostat If your truck has a partially open or stuck shut thermostat you might… Read more »

How Truck Drivers Can Avoid Feeling Burned Out

Truck Drivers Avoiding Burnout

Like any job, trucking can get “old” and “tiresome.” When you do the same thing, over and over, for 40 to 90 hours a week, it can lead to burnout. Did you know that burnout is defined in the dictionary as “physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress?” Long Haul Burnout If the… Read more »

What Should Truck Drivers Do During a Snowstorm?

Semi Truck Driving in Blizzard Like Conditions

Truck drivers sometimes encounter bad snowstorms. If and when you’re a trucker and you’re faced with the task of driving through horrific winter conditions, what should you do? How should you handle driving during a snowstorm? Adapt to the Weather Quickly Well, like any situation, you learn to adapt to whatever comes your way, right?… Read more »

How to Stay Healthy in a Sedentary Job

Truck Driver

People who do a job where they stand on their feet for eight hours a day often envy people who don’t, such as truckers. Indeed, most truckers spend a good chunk of their time on the job sitting in the driver’s seat, watching the road, and getting their cargo to the places it needs to… Read more »

A New Bipartisan Bill Could Help the Truck Driving Industry

Smiling Truck Driver giving two thumbs up

The trucking industry was having difficulties before the global pandemic. It was getting harder and harder to find qualified drivers who weren’t on drugs and wanted to actually work. A lot of older drivers were retiring and the young ones weren’t rushing to join the industry to replace them. Furthermore, the need for more trucks… Read more »

What’s It Like Working With a Truck Driver Placement Agency?

Businesswoman inviting new drivers to the truck driver placement agency

If you’re a truck driver, you could seek out jobs on your own, but that can sometimes be a hassle– a frustrating hassle. Thankfully, there are driver placement agencies like Platinum Drivers, a company dedicated to driver placement. A staffing agency exists to match up truck drivers with trucking companies who need truckers. The agency… Read more »

How to Become a More Efficient Truck Driver

Truck Driver putting truck in cruise control

Are you a truck driver who’d like to be a more efficient truck driver? How can you achieve that goal? Scheduling For starters, effective route planning (and scheduling) can make truck driving more efficient. Planning certain routes can help reduce the number of miles driven while also increasing fuel efficiency. It can also lead to… Read more »

How Truck Drivers Can Prevent Tire Violations

Closeup of tire on semi truck

If you drive a truck you know that you don’t want to violate vehicle maintenance rules. Therefore, you’ve got to be on the lookout for a regrooved tire on the front of a truck, an underinflated tire, weight carried exceeding the tire load limit, exposed fabric, ply or belt material on the tire, sidewall or… Read more »

What Should You Do After You Graduate from CDL School?

A man in a truck on a CB radio.

If you’re going to drive a big rig (a large commercial truck) then you’ll need a commercial driver’s license, also known as your “CDL.” What’s considered large? A truck weighing more than 26,001 pounds or towing a unit weighing over 10,000 pounds. CDL Requirements Depending on which state you live in, in order to get… Read more »