Upcoming Trucking Events

Attention all drivers and supporters! Here is a compilation of some of the largest trucking  events that are being held around the US throughout the year.

 

Mid-America Trucking Show

March 26-28 Louisville, Kentucky

The Mid-America Trucking Show had its first event in 1972, and is the largest annual heavy-duty trucking industry event in the world. This show has over 70,000 attendees and over 1,000 exhibitors from all over the world. The show is held every year at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, KY. With over 1.1 million sq.ft. of exhibit space, there is never a time an attendee has nothing to do.

Fleet Safety Conference

July 13-15 Schaumburg, Illinois

Driver safety is the main concern for fleet managers and stakeholders. At this conference experts have been assembled to explain some of the latest challenges and trends in safety to educate you on how you company’s fleet can avoid risk and minimize liability. When you attend you’ll hear from industry experts during keynote speeches providing you with a first-rate education. You will have the opportunity to have networking sessions with others who can bring a fresh perspective to your current fleet program, and this can lead to cutting costs without increasing risk.

Expedite Expo

July 24-25 Wilmington, Ohio

This is the only trade event that focuses exclusively on the expedited trucking industry. Where do you come to learn about the newest trucks, career opportunities, and products geared specifically to owner operators and drivers? Here of course! There is a large variety of events so there is something for everyone. Also there is free parking and admission! The event is completely open to the public making it difficult for people to say no about going to the event.

National Truck Driving Championships

August 11-15 St. Louis, Missouri

The National Truck Driving Championships is hosted by the American Trucking Association that attracts over 2,000 cheering friends, family, colleagues and spectators. This event includes 415+ top professional truck drivers from around the US being tested in a written exam, a driving course and a pre-trip inspection. If you’re looking for a fun time and exciting experience, this will be the place to be!

 

 

Technology: Apps You Can Use

All businesses change with the times, and in this day and age you can’t go anywhere without seeing some sort of technology. Trucking is no different. Within the last decade, mobile technology is on the rise and continues to grow. There are many reason why the trucking industry has embraced mobile technology that runs on cell phones, smartphones, tablet computers, and other handheld devices. Not only does these technologies help the drivers, but it also helps with fleet management solutions without spending loads of money.

In a recent survey by uShip, over 6,000 owner/operators reported how they use this mobile technology on the road:

  • 57% used their phones more throughout the day than they did last year
  • 37% used their phone to book loads, and 35% used them to bid on loads
  • 33% used mobile apps to monitor the weather, gas prices, and traffic conditions
  • 20% use social networks to keep in touch with family, friends, and colleagues.

Here are some of the top mobile applications that trucker use daily.

Co-Pilot Live Truck

This application gives truck drivers a voice-guided GPS navigation system that is customized specifically for truckers. The driver will enter in the loads specifications (size, weight, and load type) and the app will locate a route that will work for this particular load. This app goes a step further and downloads the maps onto the phone itself that way, in the event of no signal or wifi, the driver have instant access.

FatSecret Calorie Counter

Non-truck drivers know how hard it is to eat right on a regular basis. As a truck driver, your hours are long, access to restaurants are limited (due to parking), and time is tight, so eating right is even more of a challenge being behind the wheel. This app can locate most restaurants with sufficient parking and can look up the nutrition information for the food.The app will also track total daily calories, fat, and carbs. when you are at a gas station and grab something small, all you have to do is scan the barcode and the information will pre-populate.

FleetSafer Mobile

This app allows the user to put his/her phone in a mode so when they are driving and receive a text or email, an automated reply is given saying “I’m driving” message. Once you are able to respond you simply turn off the mode or app.

Skype, WhatsApp Messenger, Facebook

All of these apps are used for staying in contact with others. All of these apps are free and are popular to use. You can find just about anyone that uses at least one of these!