There is a reason people say, ‘the future is now.’ 


While self-driving cars often take the spotlight, the development and use of autonomous long-haul trucks have the potential to revolutionize the transportation industry on a global scale.  


From increased efficiency and lower operating costs to improved safety and reduced carbon emissions, self-driving trucks promise to be the solution to several ongoing challenges and the driving force bringing the transportation industry into the future.  


But are there already self-driving trucks on the road? Should CDL drivers be worrying about losing their jobs to a machine? Keep reading to find out the reality behind self-driving trucks and what they mean for the future of truck drivers around the world.  


A Little Background 

The automation of vehicles has come a long way in recent years, starting with the initial introduction of advanced driver assist systems, or ADAS, which includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warnings, electronic stability control and adaptive cruise control. 


Although most modern trucks now come equipped with ADAS, that is still quite different from the fully autonomous vehicles promised by several prominent technology and transportation companies.  


However, companies like EASE Logistics have already decided to take this technology one step further.  


In early 2023, it was announced that EASE was the chosen host fleet partner for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and DriveOhio’s Rural Automated Driving Systems (ADS) project. Soon after, drivers on Ohio roadways might have spotted two colorful semi-trucks equipped with AI vehicle-to-vehicle communication, a leader and a follower truck nicknamed ‘Tom’ and ‘Jerry.’  


For now, this leader-follower model, also called platooning, is essential to evaluate and perfect the technology. When in platooning mode, the lead driver controls speed, braking, and acceleration, while ‘Tom,’ the staffed and connected follower semi, is programmed to match ‘Jerry’s’ movement exactly.  


EASE is part of an impressive list of companies that have been using breakthrough technology to move the industry one step closer to fully automated freight runs.  


In December of 2021, innovative company TuSimple made history by becoming the world’s first company to operate a fully autonomous semi-truck on open public roads without a human on board. The truck naturally interacted with other motorists, navigating traffic signals, emergency lanes, on-and-off-ramps, and highway lane changes. 


Companies like TuSimple, Tesla, and Waymo are all continuing to test out new models and demonstrate their capabilities in real world scenarios, although none have taken the leap to conduct regular, fully driverless freight runs.  


What are the Benefits? 

With the likelihood of future breakthroughs on the horizon, it is important to understand the benefits offered by self-driving trucks.  


Increased productivity and efficiency are major benefits most developers point to. Fully autonomous trucks do not have to follow the FMCSA guidelines for regular break times, making runs more time and fuel efficient.  


Regulated safety measures have convinced some developers that self-driving trucks would decrease the likelihood of accidents and collisions. Using sensor systems and programmed defensive driving, a computer could detect things earlier and would not become tired or distracted. 


Jobs created by the need to continuously develop, program, and test new trucks. In fact, a recent Department of Transportation-funded study estimated that between 26,400 and 35,100 jobs would be created by automating long-haul trucking, while leading to minimal layoffs.  


Potential Challenges 

Something as revolutionary as self-driving vehicles cannot come without their own challenges, especially for those fearing this has the potential to disrupt their way of life.  


Job displacement is the main concern of truck drivers around the world fearing autonomous vehicles will decrease the need for actual drivers. However, due to the ongoing truck driver shortage and the perpetual need for drivers at the first and last mile stages of pickup and delivery, experts believe layoffs will remain minimal.  


Public perception is a large factor standing between innovative breakthroughs and actual real-world application. A recent study by AAA revealed that only 9% of Americans trust self-driving vehicles, while 68% expressed fear about the technology. This distrust is only seeming to grow with more announcements, making it difficult for companies to launch fully self-driving trucks without fearing public backlash.  


Looking to the Future 

There is no way to know for sure what will be the future of self-driving trucks, but experts predict that autonomous trucks may arrive sooner than fully autonomous cars, with commercial vehicles potentially operating as early as 2025. 


Aurora Innovation, a software company founded in 2017 by former employees of Uber, Tesla, and Waymo, has plans to deploy up to 100 fully autonomous trucks in 2025, while additionally beginning to sell their fleet to other companies.  


Although there has been some legislative pushback by labor rights organizations in California, 23 states have already authorized the testing and deployment of driverless vehicles. While public perception remains mostly negative, it could potentially improve as more successful autonomous vehicles continue to launch.  


For over a century, the transportation industry has been essential to the global economy and way of life. Today, companies from around the world are pushing boundaries to expand the scope, efficiency, and safety of this important field with the development of fully automated trucks.  


For more information on the future of trucking and to find out about exciting developments in the industry, be sure to check out more posts on our blog and follow us on social media! 

For the last 30 years, the Worcester family of Harrington, Maine, has led a mission to honor fallen veterans each holiday season by laying wreaths on gravestones across the nation. What started as a small family venture, aided by a local trucking company and a handful of members from their community, has now grown into a nationwide event taking place annually on Wreaths Across America Day.  


This year, millions of volunteers from across the United States dedicated their time on December 16th to honor over three million veterans under this year’s theme of “Serve and Succeed.” Taking place at local, state, and national cemeteries in all 50 states, with over 4,225 participating locations, Wreaths Across America has become a powerful symbol of this country’s deep respect and appreciation of each and every fallen soldier.  


Keep reading to learn all you need to know about Wreaths Across America, how truckers and their loved ones have played an essential role in supporting this growing tradition nationwide, and what you can do to get involved in next year’s ceremony.  


A Timeless Mission Becomes Tradition  

Although the Worcester family first began their efforts to honor fallen soldiers in the Arlington National Cemetery in 1992, it wasn’t until over a decade later, in 2005, that this small project of compassion and respect caught on at a national level.  


After photos of the wreaths at the Arlington Cemetery went viral in 2005, the Worcester family’s efforts quickly grew until the nonprofit Wreaths Across America was founded in 2007. With the simple mission of “Remember, honor, and teach,” the movement placed over 100,000 wreaths, helped by over 60,000 volunteers, the following year.  


Since then, the organization has grown exponentially. Each year, on the Congress-recognized National Wreaths Across America Day, volunteers, donors, and truckers make it possible to honor these brave women and men by carrying out the Worcester family’s original mission. 


Drive My Way employee Casey Fletcher’s family spent this year helping out at the Wreaths Across America ceremony at a local veterans home.

The Importance of Truckers  

Truck drivers have been an essential part of the Wreaths Across America mission since the first event in 1992, when the Worcester family was aided by James Prout, owner of local Maine trucking company Blue Bird Ranch, Inc. Prout helped transport all of the wreaths that year to the Arlington cemetery, a role that hundreds of thousands of truckers have now carried on every year since.  


These CDL drivers and transportation companies are responsible for carrying millions of wreaths to each participating location across the country as part of Wreaths Across America’s “Honor Fleet.” Truckers also play a large role in the “world’s largest veteran parade” that happens each year to honor the first trip the Worcester family took in 1992 from Harrington, Maine, to the Arlington National Cemetery.  


Now, a procession of truck drivers, local law enforcement, WAA staff, and volunteers make the journey annually on Wreaths Across America day, while stopping at schools, monuments, and veterans’ homes and communities along the way to talk about the Wreaths Across America mission and the importance of honoring the sacrifice made by every fallen soldier.  


For many truckers, the mission of WAA is also especially personal. With over 25% of veterans pursing a career in truck driving, CDL drivers across the nation go above and beyond to make sure this tradition continues each year.  


At many carriers, it’s common to find drivers who are devoted to veteran affairs year round. NFI Industries employee Jason W. has been involved with Wreaths Across America for the past 3 years, and has made it a goal to travel to the Arlington National Cemetery.  

“It’s things like this that I’m humbled and honored to do,” said Jason W. “It reminds me that even with all the chaos that’s going on in our country right, there are truly people that still care, and our service to our country wasn’t done in vain.”  

How To Get Involved 

Does this sound like the sort of mission you’d love to be a part of? There are many ways to be involved with Wreaths Across America, whether as a volunteer, a trucker, or a donor. Mark your calendars if you’d like to participate in next year’s Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, December 14, 2024. 

The wreath-laying is usually just one part of a moving ceremony of celebration, acknowledgement, and respect.


If you’re interested in supporting transportation, WAA makes it easy for you to sign up to haul a truckload of wreaths in next year’s ceremony. For those looking to volunteer by placing wreaths on site, you can simply register in advance to find out the next steps. If volunteering your time or truck isn’t possible, but you still are interested in supporting the Wreaths Across America mission, consider donating to sponsor a wreath or help out with transportation costs.  


Wreaths Across America also continues to grow each year. If you know a fallen soldier you’d like recognized, or there’s a memorial cemetery that still hasn’t made the WAA list, please reach out to someone on the sponsorship team 



What are your goals for work in 2024? Hoping to make more industry connections? Try out the newest technologies in trucking? Make your voice heard on legislation affecting truckers nationwide? 


The best way to get ahead of the game at work and meet innovative thinkers in the trucking industry is to attend some of the many conferences, hiring events, and celebrations that will be taking place across the nation throughout 2024. 


Most conferences and events take place over the course of a few days and can be a large investment of time and money. This means that it’s important to start planning early and discuss your options with your employer. Many 2024 events have already opened for registration, so it’s time to mark your calendars and get ready for show time!  


Midwest Truck & Trailer Show (Feb. 2-3, Peoria, Illinois) 

As one of the earliest truck shows to happen each year, this event provides a chance to network with fellow drivers, suppliers, and employers, while learning about the newest technologies and trends in the trucking industry. Coinciding with the Midwest Trucker Association’s Annual Conference, this free truck show can be a great break from the conference’s informative seminars, or a fun day for the whole family! 


The show is free and open to the public, but click here for more information on vendors, exhibits, and the conference.  


Mid America Trucking Show (March 21-23, Louisville, KY) 

There’s a reason this conference’s tagline is “experience the entire industry.” With over 850 exhibitors, 58,000 attendees, and more than 40 featured events, this is a conference you definitely don’t want to miss. Best known for its extensive, interactive exhibit displays, the Mid America Trucking Show brings together the best of the best in the trucking industry to show that the future really is now.  


You can find more information on registration and upcoming exhibits here 


Salute to Women Behind the Wheel (March 22, Louisville, KY) 

Hosted each year by Women In Trucking, this event takes place at the Mid America Trucking Show and celebrates all female CDL drivers and their growing contributions and successes in the trucking industry. Featuring speeches, an annual award show, and WIT’s “Door Prizes for Donations” that raise money for scholarships, this feel-good event is free and worth a visit for any female truck driver.  


For more information on the event schedule and exhibitors, click here 


Truckload Carriers Association Truckload Conference (March 23-26, Nashville) 

Join a crowd that’s likely to be more than 1,500 people next year at the annual Truckload Carriers Association conference. With an exhibitor hall featuring over 120 game changing products, this conference is a great way to meet industry experts and learn game changing driving practices.  


Registration recently opened and space is sure to fill quickly, so be sure to check out more information here 


2024 Walcott Truckers Jamboree (July 11-13, Walcott, Iowa)  

As one of the most fun celebrations of the trucking industry nationwide, this annual event put on by Iowa 80, the world’s largest truck stop, is a must-see. While it’s not a traditional conference, over 175 exhibits make this a great destination to discover innovative technologies and see how far the industry has come while perusing the antique truck display. There’s also an Iowa Pork Chop Cookout, live country music, and even a truck beauty contest! What more could you ask for? 


Admission and parking are free, but be sure to check out more information here 


Accelerate! Conference & Expo (Nov. 5-8, Dallas, TX) 

Hosted by the Women In Trucking Association, this fast-growing conference offers an annual chance to learn more about current transportation and supply chain issues and what resources exist to help women and other underrepresented communities in the trucking industry feel supported and heard. Featuring more than 70 educational sessions and an extensive exhibition hall, this unique conference provides all the tools for growth and success in this dynamic industry.

You can find more information on the 2024 conference and how to register here 


Manifest: The Future of Logistics (Feb. 5-7, Las Vegas) 

Learn more about the future of the supply chain and evolving trends in logistics at one of the most exciting conferences of the year. With a stacked list of speakers, informative workshops on a range of subjects, and nightly entertainment, this event is essential for any driver looking to get ahead of the curve.  


Registration has already opened for the public, so click here for more information on the agenda, venue, and how to register.  


There are many conferences and industry events taking place throughout 2024, and these are only some. Local, regional, and national conferences all offer distinct opportunities to learn from like-minded individuals who are pushing the boundaries of the trucking industry each day.  


If there’s a conference you believe we left out, or if you want to learn more about other industry opportunities in 2024, be sure to reach out to us on social media or read more on our Truck Driver Blog 

Are you happy at your job? What could make you happier?

These were some of the questions answered by over 500 truck drivers nationwide as part of Drive My Way’s 2023 Driver Happiness Survey. The results of this survey were recently released in a report now available to be downloaded as a PDF from this page.  


If you’re unhappy in your current position, you aren’t alone. The survey responses highlighted the issues facing today’s truck drivers, and the factors that could increase driver satisfaction rates across the nation.  


In 2023, only 51% of surveyed drivers said they were happy at their job. Younger and newer drivers especially expressed less satisfaction than older, more experienced drivers, with only 44% of drivers with 1-2 years of experience saying they were happy in their current position.  


These surprising results revealed that driver happiness nationwide has decreased since Drive My Way’s last happiness report in 2019, when 54% of drivers said they were happy in their positions. Today’s drivers are also now nearly twice as likely to look for a new job than those surveyed in 2019.  


When asked what employers could do better to increase satisfaction rates, many drivers agreed on two things: compensation and communication. Communication is seen as especially important by female drivers and new employees, with twice as many women as men reporting that communication was the one thing employers could improve.  


To download Drive My Way’s Driver Happiness Report on the state of satisfaction among professional truck drivers in 2023, just click to this link and enter your information. 


Drive My Way is a truck driver recruiting platform completely focused on drivers and their needs. We match company drivers and owner operators with CDL jobs based on more than 20 personal lifestyle preferences. If you believe we could help you reach your career goals, or you’re interested in being a part of our next Driver Happiness Survey, be sure to visit our driver platform here and sign up for our email alerts.  

Each year, NFI Industries recognizes and celebrates its drivers across the country who have gone above and beyond to reach impressive industry milestones.  


At events held nationwide throughout 2023, NFI celebrated 25 drivers who have driven at least one million accident-free miles as the most recent inductees in its Million Miles recognition program. Six drivers were also honored with a spot in the NFI Haul of Fame wall in Camden, NJ. This title is only given to drivers who have driven two million safe, accident-free miles or tenured 20 years with NFI.  


NFI takes great pride in all of this year’s recognized drivers, saying: “It’s truly an impressive accomplishment to travel accident-free for one million miles and two-million miles, and it is a direct result of commitment to safety day in and day out. This achievement exemplifies the dedication each of these drivers have to being safe. The focus required to earn this honor is truly inspiring.” 


Terminal managers, directors, and vice presidents from NFI joined the drivers and their selected guests to spotlight the honored drivers at celebratory events held in multiple locations throughout the country. At each banquet, NFI terminal managers gave speeches to honor their drivers and the impact of their achievements, and the drivers received awards in recognition of their hard work and accident-free driving records. 


These events are not the only times that NFI makes safe driving a top priority. NFI’s Behavioral Safety Team encourages safe driving practices in all of the carrier’s drivers by working with different operations on safe behaviors to start from day one. NFI also rewards drivers with quarterly safety bonuses to ensure drivers maintain these core company values year round.  


However, reaching such milestones is no easy feat, and these drivers had some advice for those starting out in the field or looking to improve their safe driving records.  


“Don’t try to cut corners,” said Haul of Fame Driver Robert D. of Cedar Rapids, IA. “Never be in a rush. If the circumstances require you to go slow, you can’t worry about cars behind you getting upset. Your responsibility is to get back home safely.” 


“Remain patient, and plenty of rest,” said Million Miles Driver Gregory N. of Minooka, IL. “No load is worth your life or someone else’s.” 


When NFI asked the drivers what legacy they wanted to leave when they retire from trucking, their responses revealed the dedication and thoughtfullness required to achieve this kind of impressive record.  


“I’d want my legacy to be that I was a positive person, worked hard, and didn’t complain,” said Million Miles Driver Michael K. of Wilmington, NC.  


“I’d want mine to be that I was a good, hard working driver and a professional coach,” added Million Miles Driver Edward D. of Plainfield, CT.  


Here are the names of the rest of these impressive drivers who work hard to make our roads a safer place:

2023 Haul of Fame Inductees: 
Terrence E. (Inducted in Chicago) 
Bernard S. (Inducted in Chicago) 
Randall R. (Inducted in the Southeast) 
Russell H. (Inducted in the Northeast) 
George K. (Inducted in the Northeast) 
Peter L. (Inducted in the Northeast) 



2023 Million Mile Drivers (Inducted at Chicago Banquet) 
Thomas C. 
Steven C. 
Marty C. 
Robert Davis 
Robert Dickinson 
Casey D.  
Michael F.  
Lenora H.  
Gregory N.  



2023 Million Mile Drivers (Inducted at Southeast Banquet) 
Randall B. 
Jawan B. 
Bobby D.  
William S.  
Howard R.  
Lowell S.  
Eugene C.  
Michael K.  
Richard R.  



2023 Million Mile Drivers (Inducted at Northeast Banquet) 
Edward D.  
Juan D.  
Henry P.  
James W.  
Jeffrey J.  



2023 Million Mile Drivers (Inducted at California Banquet) 
Elias O. 
Larry D.  

Congratulations to all of these drivers for their amazing accomplishments, and all the drivers nationwide with impressive safety records that are making our roads safer!  


Operation Safe Driver Week takes place every year to create awareness around safe driving habits for both passenger and commercial motorists. In honor of Operation Safe Driver Week taking place July 9-15, 2023, the team at Drive My Way compiled this list of essential tips for truck driver safety from pre-trip planning to post-trip inspections.   

When it comes to protecting yourself on the road, there are several factors to consider before you leave, while you are traveling, and once you reach your destination.  

Prior to Hitting the Road  

Truck driver safety starts before you even turn your rig on and get out on the road. By following these tips before you leave, you can help set yourself up for a successful haul.  

  1. Prioritize Your Health: Regardless of what happens on the road, you will be better prepared to handle whatever comes your way by ensuring you get enough rest prior to leaving. By taking good care of yourself, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly, you will be physically and mentally ready for your next trip. 
  2. Have a Game Plan: It is important to take time before your trip to plan your route, check weather forecasts and road conditions, make note of any areas with construction or low bridges, and plan for any alternate routes should adverse conditions occur. If you are traveling a route that is known to have high winds for example, it is important to remember to stay close to the shoulder and reduce your speed. It is also important to know when to wait out poor conditions rather than pushing through and putting yourself and others in danger. Now is also the time to make sure your rig is up to date for maintenance, and you have an emergency kit on board.
  3. Create a Comfortable Environment: No matter the distance, you want to make sure you are comfortable for the trip. We recommend having good music/podcast to listen to, plenty of water and healthy snacks, and making adjustments to your seat to ensure you are as comfortable as possible. Mapping out locations for your breaks will also help you stay on track and avoid being behind the wheel for too long at once. 


Truck Driver Safety on the Road  

Once you have begun your trip, there are several ways to ensure that your drive is as pleasant as possible, with few complications.  

  1. Pay Attention to the Little Things: While there are basic practices that every trucker knows like the back of their hand, it is also a good reminder to pay attention to the routine behaviors such as doing your pre-trip inspection, wearing your seatbelt, turning headlights on at appropriate times of day, using turn signals, and checking your mirrors. Some of them items seem so routine that they may get missed, especially if you are feeling fatigue, but they are something police officers are heightened to checking during Operation Safe Driver Week, and during summer travel in general, so it always good to be take note.Rookie drivers are especially susceptible to these types of errors, so whether you are mentoring a new driver, or working a team driving job, it is always helpful to remind your partner. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has several tips like these to help truckers stay safe on the road.
  2. Stay Alert: It is vital to stay alert during your drive to ensure you are able to handle changes as they come on the road. Whether it is safely changing lanes, watching blind spots, driving in construction zones, or practicing defensive driving, you will want to make sure you are alert and ready to handle evolving conditions. Defensive driving equips you with the tools needed to stay as safe as possible, reducing the risk of an incident by taking control of how you show up to the day’s drive. Unlike offensive driving, defensive driving allows you to let others adjust their driving based on your actions, rather than you reacting to them. This can reduce road rage, as well as reduce questionable liability in accidents with four wheels.

Staying alert also applies to stops just as much as it does while driving. Single drivers, especially women, are often targets on the road, so it is important to take note of your environment, report strange people or incidents to the proper authorities, and avoid truck stops that are not well-traveled.  

  1. Maintain Speed and Distance: The foundation of safe driving is consistency, so maintaining your speed and distance will go a long way in creating a safe drive for not only yourself, but for all the other drivers on the road with you. According to the FMCSA, two significant factors in large truck crashes include drivers traveling too fast for the conditions and drivers following too closely. Other common moving violations include:
  • Improper lane changes 
  • Improper turns 
  • Failure to yield to right of way 
  • Reckless driving 
  • Failure to obey a traffic control device  
  • Railroad grade crossing violations  

Safety Doesn’t Stop at Your Destination  

Even after you reach your destination, there are several truck driver safety tips to consider. 

  1. Check for Safe Parking: Once you get to your destination, make sure you have a safe spot to pull into before parking your truck. A previous truck may have even left a path that you can follow to safely park your rig. Once you have parked, make sure that your headlights are turned off and that you have locked everything up. 
  2. Take Care Unloading Freight: Your cargo may have shifted during the drive, so it’s important to take care when opening the door. If you are lifting any items, make sure to bend and lift with your knees to avoid throwing your back out. It is also vital to remember to check for workers and other drivers before closing doors or moving your truck away from the dock. 
  3. Inspect Your Truck and Call It a Day: Every company requires post-trip inspections, so it is important to complete these before retiring for the day. Items on these inspections may include checking for flat tires, checking fluid levels, ensuring all headlights are working, etc. You may also need to record any damage that your rig sustained during the trip, especially if you encountered poor weather conditions, such as hail or high winds. For new truck drivers, these steps are especially important as you familiarize yourself with your truck and completing hauls. 

Operation Safe Driver Week is an opportunity to remember these truck driver safety tips to ensure safe hauls every time you get out on the road.  

electric semi-truckManufacturers and the industry at-large are viewing electric semi-trucks as the next big thing, already pouring billions of dollars into the effort. As a driver, you’ve probably heard about this phenomenon but may not know much about the trucks themselves or how they’ll impact the industry. Here’s what the future holds for electric semi-trucks.  

What is an Electric Semi-Truck?

An electric semi-truck is any semi that runs on batteries, specifically lithium-ion-cobalt or ion phosphate batteries. Despite that major difference from a diesel rig, driving an electric semi-truck is more or less the same. Manufacturers also claim that these trucks will cost less to maintain than traditional diesel trucks over the lifetime of the vehicle, and they’ll be much quieter than a standard diesel rig. 

What’s the Latest on Electric Semi-Truck?

Though there are a number of manufacturers out there pumping money into electric semi-trucks, it has yet to take over the trucking industry. That’s not to say that electric trucks only exist in theory right now. Large carriers have already bought electric semis for their fleets and are using them today. Freightliner recently announced that their electric eCascadia trucks have hit a combined one million miles on the road. 

Why are They Being Developed?

Concerns over humans and their impact on the earth have been growing steadily for decades, and many fingers are being pointed at the auto and transportation industries specifically for their heavy reliance on fossil fuels. Manufacturers see the tide turning and want to be on that first wave to capitalize on this new market for electric, sustainable trucks.  

Who are the Big Players?

1. Tesla

Back in 2017, Tesla announced their own electric semi-truck, simply called “Semi” but the trucks have yet to see the road, with the company pushing back production dates multiple times. As of right now, the trucks are set to go into production in 2023. These missed deadlines haven’t stopped companies from placing orders, with Walmart Canada placing an order for 130 trucks in 2021. According to Tesla, the Semi will come in two models, one that can travel 300 miles on a single charge, and one that can travel 500.  

2. Freightliner

Freightliner’s two main electric trucks are the eCascadia and the eM2. The eCascadia is your standard rig, suitable for carrying a 53’ trailer. The eM2 is an electric take on Freightliner’s classic box truck. Both trucks can travel up to 230 miles before needing to be charged.   

3. Volvo

Volvo’s electric semi is called the VNR. The truck is similar to the Freightliner eCascadia but has Volvo’s signature sleek look. According to Volvo, The VNR can travel 275 miles on a single charge, outperforming Freightliner slightly. Volvo recently had the largest order of electric trucks to date come in and aim to have half of the trucks they sell be electric by the year 2030.  

4. Nikola Motors

You’ve probably heard of the other manufacturers, but maybe not this one. That’s because Nikola is a startup company founded in 2014. Nikola states that their electric-semi, the “Tre” can travel up to 350 miles on a single charge. 

Will Electric Semi-Trucks Overtake Diesel?

Probably, but not for a while. Just as electric cars are taking more and more of the market share, it’s plausible that electric semi-trucks will do the same eventually. While they’ll steadily get more and more popular, it’ll be a long time before they overtake classic diesel trucks. 

The biggest reasons are their high sticker price, scarce availability, and OTR limitations. Right now, electric semis are only recommended for last mile and short-haul deliveries, not regional or OTR runs. This is mainly because a nationwide infrastructure of charging stations doesn’t exist for electric semi-trucks yet. 

Even if a carrier does pony up for the cost of an electric truck, it’s not just the truck that will cost you money. There’s a whole infrastructure, including electric grids and charging stations that need to be implemented as well to ensure the trucks will run smoothly. While manufacturers say electric semis will cost less in the long run, those initial costs are just too much for most fleets to justify spending on a new technology. Until these issues are in the rear-view mirror, electric semis won’t be overtaking diesel.  

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matt wilsonDrive My Way announces that Matthew Wilson joins its team as a Digital Marketing Specialist. Drive My Way matches CDL truck drivers and owner operators with jobs based on their qualifications and lifestyle preferences.

Matt brings a background of marketing and visual communication to Drive My Way. As a recent graduate from John Carroll University, Matt has previous experience in radio production, event and project planning, social media coordinating, and digital marketing campaigns.

“We are thrilled to have Matt join our team,” said Kerry Marinchick, Drive My Way’s Marketing Demand Generation Manager. “Matt brings relevant digital marketing and communication experience to Drive My Way and will help us continue to expand our digital footprint in the trucking industry.”

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Drive My Way is disrupting truck driver recruiting by treating the driver as a consumer in the employment relationship. Drive My Way is a next-generation recruiting marketplace powered by a patented and proprietary platform that matches CDL truck drivers and owner operators with jobs based on their qualifications and personal preferences. Our driver-centric technology lets both the driver and hiring manager know how well they match to each job before entering the hiring process. Drive My Way is making truck driver recruiting personal again by creating meaningful connections for employers to turn into lasting relationships. Employers partner with Drive My Way to start recruiting for retention.

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Kilie EricksonDrive My Way announces that Kilie Erickson joins its team as Account Executive. Drive My Way matches CDL truck drivers and owner operators with jobs based on their qualifications and lifestyle preferences.

Kilie brings over a decade of experience in driver recruitment and retention to Drive My Way. As both a former driver recruiter and experienced sales professional, Kilie has a unique understanding of the struggles employers face while recruiting drivers and creating innovative solutions. In her previous role, Kilie excelled as the National Recruiting Director at PTS Worldwide. In that position, she fostered driver relationships and streamlined the recruiting and onboarding processes.

“As a professional who has experience in all sides of the industry, we couldn’t be more delighted to have Kilie join our team,” said Beth Potratz, CEO of Drive My Way. “She is the perfect person to welcome prospects to Drive My Way as we help them make hiring personal.”

“Personal connections and meeting the client’s needs are at the foundation of every strong customer relationship.” said Kilie. “Drive My Way is fundamentally changing trucking through meaningful relationships with employers and drivers.”

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Truckers move America. Last September, we wrote a piece called, “Imagine a World Without Trucking.” Well, because of the coronavirus, a lot of the United States is grinding to a halt or trying to change gears to work remotely. Thankfully, there’s one group who isn’t slowing down. Truckers, this is for you. 

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU TRUCKERS!

We’ve been with you through job changes when many people didn’t recognize your value. Now, the truth is even more clear—America runs on truckers. From groceries, to medical supplies, to clean water and so much more. We couldn’t keep going without you. Thank you, truckers.

As you put in long hours on the road, here are a few things to help you keep going.  

Finding Food

There is no single list of restaurants that are staying open, but Feed the Truckers has a good list started. If you’re looking for a hot meal on the road, try a Texas Roadhouse or one of these local joints. They’ll bring a takeout order to your truck. Many fast food chains are also allowing drivers to walk through their drive thru window. 

Major truck stops are also doing their part. TA/Petro is still allowing you to reserve showers and place take out orders from Iron Skillets. Pilot/Flying J also has showers and laundry open and all restaurants are available for take out. Love’s travel stops will keep their stores and facilities open, but food is only available as a drive through/carry out order. 

Many local restaurants have also taken to social media to offer parking, restrooms, and food to drivers. The Facebook Page Trucker’s has a lot of offers for help coming in from all parts of the country. From coast to coast, Americans are stepping up to help the drivers who are helping us. 

What food should drivers be eating?

We also spoke to Kristin Kirkpatrick, a nutritionist who has appeared on Dr. Oz and The Today Show. She shares advice for the best food and snacks for truck drivers during COVID-19.

Keeping the Cab Clean

Your cab is your house. Many Americans are on stay at home orders, but your home is cruising the highway at 65 mph. Make sure you have what you need in your truck. To protect yourself from coronavirus as much as possible, take a few extra cleanliness measures.

wash hands

1. Wash your hands (the best one we heard was to “wash ‘em like you were cutting jalapenos and have to change your contact lens!”)

2. Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow (because no one touches their face with their elbow)

3. Avoid contact with others or stay 6’ apart whenever possible

4. Clean & disinfect frequently touched surfaces, especially if you’re slip seating. 

Get some gloves and clorox wipes and make sure you clean steering wheels, seats, dashboard, shifter knobs, grab handles, CB microphones, cell phones, ELD screens and buttons, keys, clipboards, tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, cups, desks, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

HOS & COVID-19 Relief Loads

Truck drivers are operating under a Declaration of Emergency. That means hours of service regulations are waived. Since the HOS are not in effect, FMCSA does not require drivers to maintain a logbook. If you are keeping records with an ELD, you can make a note in the record to show that you were driving under the emergency declaration or record the time as “authorized personal use” which you will then need to note as emergency declaration drive time. Your employer may also have a specific policy. The FMCSA has a good FAQ section on what are essential loads and other common questions. Truckinginfo also has answers to common driver questions. 

What if I’m Actually Losing Loads?

Your current work depends on the loads you usually carry. While some truck drivers are working around the clock, others were unfortunately displaced due to the Coronavirus.

If you have been displaced from your job, we have resources to help you navigate the transition. Drive My Way can help you find a new trucking job that matches everything you’re looking for.

We match truck drivers to jobs based on professional qualifications and personal lifestyle preferences. Search our jobs or give us a call at 800-411-5840. We’ll help you get back on the road.


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