Author: Hotshot Warriors

What to Expect During Your DOT Physical

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires drivers to get regular physicals to make sure they can be safe on the road. Here is what to expect.  Who Needs a DOT Physical?  If any of the following apply to you, you must get a DOT physical and carry a DOT medical certificate when you drive a commercial vehicle: You are paid to operate a motor vehicle that holds nine to 15 passengers; you drive the vehicle more than 75 miles from where you report to work; you operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes.   You operate a motor vehicle with...

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The 10 Busiest Interstates in the United States

Since the inception of the United States Interstate System in 1956, it has created more traffic congestion than any of the designers imagined. It costs tens of billions of dollars to keep existing interstates and bridges maintained.  United States traffic officials warm the 47,182-mile system has areas of high stress. Here is a list of the 10 busiest U.S. interstates, according to the Federal Highway Administration‘s statistics.   1.) I-405  Interstate 405, or more commonly known as “the 405” is a major interstate highway that runs from northern California to southern California. To paint the picture for how busy it is, in...

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The 15 Things Every Trucker Should Know How to Do

Driving a truck for a living is no easy task, and there is a long list of important and essential information and driving skills that every professional driver should have.  There are some truck driving schools that teach truckers this, but most of the time truckers learn on the job by actually doing everything. Here is a list of the fifteen things it is essential all truckers should know how to do.  1.) Handle a Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspection  2.) How to Plan the Route Efficiently  3.) How to Handle Safety Risk Deliveries  4.) How to Talk to...

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Gatormade 30K Tri-Axle Gooseneck Review

The Gatormade 30K Tri-Axle Gooseneck trailer is apart of Gatormade’s elite series, and it is equipped with great features. It is engineered to carry the maximum payload that is available for gooseneck trailers, and it would serve a hotshot trucker well. Weight Specifics  The 30K Tri-Axle has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 30,000 pounds. It also has a gross axle weight rating (GAWR) of 10,000 pounds per axle. The gooseneck trailer does have three axles.  Gatormade Ramps  The 30K Tri-Axle has 40-inch wide 4-Beam triple spring ramps. Gatormade pioneered their Big Ramp system. They come standard on all their...

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5 Tips to Prevent Distracted Driving

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is an agency in the United States Department of Transportation that regulates the trucking industry in the United States. The FMCSA’s main concern and top priority is safety.  One top concern the FMCSA has is truckers and distracted driving. Distracted driving is operating a vehicle while being engaged in another activity. Nowadays it typically involves the use of a mobile phone or some form of electronic device. You are all the more likely to cause an accident when you are driving distracted because it is dangerous.  Here are some tips to prevent distracted driving and...

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