Author: Hotshot Warriors

A Hotshot Trucker’s Guide to Getting a CDL

A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is crucial for hotshot truckers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the rules and requirements for commercial drivers across the country. Each state has its own application process, but all states must adhere to federal requirements set forth by the FMCSA.  Why Do I Need a CDL?  While a CDL is not required of a hotshot trucker, it is encouraged to get one. You must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for the following of situations:  All single vehicles with a manufacturer’s weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more.  All trailers with a...

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4 Ways to Transition Into the Hotshot Industry

Starting a new career of any kind can be stressful – especially one in the hotshot industry. Here are four tips to make your transition as easy as possible.  1.) Familiarize Yourself With the Trucker Lingo If you choose to participate in a conversation on a CB radio or with other truckers, you will (more than likely) hear some unfamiliar terms being thrown around. Truck drivers have developed their own unique trucking language, which allows for covert discussions.  Becoming fluent in the language of truckers can be difficult because many terms are specific to certain types of drivers or situations....

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Big Tex 3XGN Super Duty Tandem Dual Axle Gooseneck Review

The Big Tex 3XGN Super Duty Tandem Dual Axle Gooseneck trailer from Big Tex Trailer is a great value in today’s trailer market. Big Tex manufactures their trailers using automated assembly-lines and robotic welding and cutting for precision and quality. Big Tex’s goal is to provide long-lasting service with each trailer.  Weight Specifics  The 3XGN has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 30,000 pounds. The gross axle weight rating (GAWR) of the 3XGN is 15,000 pounds (for each axle). The Big Tex team has certified engineers and technicians that have designed optimal trailers for maximum payloads and strength....

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Truckers & Road Companions

Truck driving can mean long trips and even longer days, and this makes a lot of truckers lonely. What better way to make the trek than with man’s best friend?  Yes, a lot of truckers have their four-legged companions hit the road with them. According to Factor Finder, 40% of truck drivers travel with their pets. Trucking with a dog make truckers safer and happier drivers. Here are tips to trucking with a dog.  Qualities for the Perfect Trucker Dog:  A dog that is no bigger than 50 pounds allows for extra space for food and water bowls. A short-haired...

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10 Nighttime Driving Tips for Truckers

Nighttime driving is inevitable in the trucking industry. Truckers are at greater risk when they drive at night. Drivers cannot see hazards, and they have less time to respond. Drivers caught by surprise are more apt to crash. The problems of night driving involve a combination of driver, roadway, and vehicle factors. Here are ten tips for truckers who are driving at nighttime.  1.) Keep a Cool Cab  If your cab is 75-degrees, it will put you to sleep. Be proactive and keep the temperature down cool, depending on your preference. If you start shivering or your fingers get stiff, you have gone too far. If it...

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