Category: Trucker Health & Safety

October 18, 2018 123Loadboard

Hazmat Certification. Is it Difficult to Get?

The most desirable drivers are the safest and hardest to come by—and this includes hazmat drivers. Hazmat certification is a must for drivers who want to increase their earnings.

September 14, 2018 123Loadboard

Hauling food and beverage? Your truck is a magnet for thieves

One more factor that’s made it easy for thieves to steal food and drink is they have begun targeting large freight hubs. Any geographic location that has become a big distribution center where cargo is delivered or held and many short-haul routes begin, or end can be a juicy mark. It’s why some areas have become hot spots for cargo theft.

August 14, 2018 123Loadboard

Hobbies for truck drivers on the road

There are a few activities you can perform during the little time you spend not behind the wheel. Here are some hobbies you can pick up during times you’re on break.

June 8, 2018 123Loadboard

Night Driving: What to watch out for in the dark

Night driving can be a relaxing experience. Traffic is light and the night sky can be beautiful. But it can also be dangerous. More crashes happen at night, and studies have shown driving while fatigued can be worse than driving while impaired. Let’s not forget about reduced vision, among many other factors. It’s important to practice safe driving at night. Here’s what truck drivers need to watch out for in the dark.

March 26, 2018 123Loadboard

Ways Truck Drivers Can Avoid & Deal With Back Pain

The term “occupational hazard” was coined to refer to certain risks or dangers that were just an associated part of a job. Welders, for example, have to deal with the fact that the light of a welding torch can permanently blind the human eye. When it comes to trucking, muscle and back pain are inevitable occupational hazards for one simple reason.

January 17, 2018 123Loadboard

Ice Road Trucking: Risk versus Reward

Except for those in the trucking business, most people have not heard of ice road trucking. The name is pretty self-explanatory. Drivers face treacherous conditions, high levels of danger and brutal temperatures for one hefty paycheck. The question most drivers must consider is whether the risk is worth the reward. It’s helpful for drivers to take a realistic look at what ice road truckers face to determine if the pay validates the danger.

August 21, 2017 123Loadboard

Is Truck Driving One Of America’s Deadliest Occupations?

Traveling and seeing the country may be an added benefit for truck drivers, but that doesn’t discount the fact that truck driving a big rig is one of the most deadly occupations in America.

June 21, 2017 123Loadboard

Hauling Hazardous Materials: What is it worth to Truckers?

It’s long been argued that truck drivers aren’t paid nearly enough for the number of hours they’re behind the wheel, the time spent away from family, and the dangers that come with the job. While there are different ways for truckers to increase their salary, it’s always debatable whether the risk is worth the reward, especially when it comes to earning special certifications, like hauling hazardous materials.

May 26, 2017 123Loadboard

Highway Hypnosis – How Truckers Can Avoid White Line Fever

Have you heard about Highway Hypnosis, also known as White Line Fever? Ever pulled into your driveway and had the sudden startling realization that you have no recollection whatsoever of the drive home, just a missing gap in your memory for the route you took, the turns you made, the stops at stop signs, yielding to other cars when appropriate, and attending to all your other responsibilities while operating a motor vehicle?

February 22, 2017 123Loadboard

Guns. Should Truckers Carry Them For Protection?

Truckers are one of the driving forces behind making American’s economy run. Delivering in-demand and often expensive loads of supplies to a number of retail stores, restaurants, and others can be a dangerous job. But, traveling across the country as a commercial driver can pose…

February 3, 2017 123Loadboard

Right Turning Trucks and Preventing Cyclist Accidents

The battle between a truck driver and bicyclist rarely turns out well for the biker. The battle of the right-hand biker lane and the rights of right turning trucks has been a hot topic in many states. While there may be debate on who has the right-of-way, there is no arguing that bicyclists aren’t going anywhere, so sharing the road and learning the law is an effort all drivers…

January 6, 2017 123Loadboard

Sleep Apnea and The Effect on Professional Truck Drivers

The lifestyle of a truck driver is not for everyone and often sleep apnea is inevitable. The hours can be irregular and long. Drivers sit for extended periods of time with little physical activity and a diet high in sodium and fat thanks to the convenience of fast food. While this lifestyle isn’t glamorous, it is rewarding and…

September 2, 2016 123Loadboard

Diesel Fumes and The Effects On Truckers

The human body experiences both short-and long-term effects from exposure to diesel fumes. In the short-term, diesel exhaust can irritate a trucker’s eyes, nose, throat, and lungs

June 28, 2016 123Loadboard

Skin Cancer Tips – Truck Drivers and Skin Damage

Drivers are at a greater risk of skin cancer, with a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology finding more cases in the left arm and side of face in North American Drivers.

May 20, 2016 123Loadboard

Abused Driver Syndrome Causing Trucker Anxiety?

Owner operators are feeling the pinch of balancing financial factors, long-term company goals, and driver wellness. Unfortunately, they most often cut corners and abuse drivers. In an industry that is tens of thousands of drivers short already, however, abusing drivers is not only wrong, but also counterproductive.

April 19, 2016 123Loadboard

Driver Training Trucking Rules – Important Update

Many industry observers viewed the inconsistent training as dangerous to both truckers and other motorists. The proposed driver training rules are meant to enforce a consistent standard and reduce potential endangerments.

April 16, 2016 123Loadboard

Using Sensor Technology to Find Parking Spots

The states of Kansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin are teaming up and using federal funds to install a sensor system that will automatically detect where and when parking spots are open for truckers.

March 29, 2016 123Loadboard

Left Lane Driving. Should Truckers Be Allowed?

Advocates of increasing restrictions on truckers cite safety concerns, stating that truckers regularly using the left lane can lead to dangerous situations that put both them and other motorists at risk. However, some representatives of the trucking industry disagree.

March 16, 2016 123Loadboard

Overloading. Eliminate as Part of Risk Management

Overloading a truck makes it harder for the driver to control the vehicle in an emergency situation. It becomes harder to stop and longer braking distances are needed. Overloaded cargo shifts more easily which creates an imbalanced load.

February 12, 2016 123Loadboard

5 Common Types of Trucking Fraud Schemes

When you’re managing a fleet of drivers, you have a lot to juggle and some unethical folks try to take advantage of that fact. The good news is that there are ways you can protect yourself from these fraudsters by following some of these fraud prevention guidelines.

February 5, 2016 123Loadboard

Healthy Eating Tips for Truck Drivers

Making good diet and fitness choices while trucking often seems impossible, but there are different choices that trucker drivers can make. Here are five healthy eating tips to keep truckers on the road, without packing on the pounds.

January 27, 2016 123Loadboard

Staying Fit on the Road: 6 Trucker Workout Tips

It can be very difficult for a professional truck driver to stay fit on the road. However, all is not lost! While there is no perfect one-size-fits-all solution to maintaining truck driver health, here are six easy fitness tips for truckers to help maintain their overall health.

January 20, 2016 123Loadboard

Safety Tips for Truck Drivers On The Road

Every driver who has been trucking for any length of time knows the basic rules of the road for safety, but, every now and then, either a reminder or a new trucking tip can help. Here are 9 safety tips to make sure you get home home safely.

November 19, 2015 123Loadboard

123Loadboard Backs Vigo, a New Safety Device to Improve Trucking Safety

123Loadboard, a leading freight matching load board marketplace focused on helping truckers find loads and increase their loaded miles is stepping up their continued commitment to support technology designed to help truckers deliver their loads safely.

November 18, 2015 123Loadboard

Vigo, Device Designed To Help Keep Truckers Alert

Vigo is an innovative headset to be worn by the trucker. It is designed to analyze blink patterns and head movements to monitor alertness levels and then prompts the trucker to take action when drowsy and in need of a break.

November 17, 2015 123Loadboard

4 Reasons Why Every Trucker Needs A Vigo

On long hauls, fatigue may affect the driver’s motor skills, causing mishaps. These may be avoided if the driver stays alert by taking a break at regular intervals and use Vigo. VIGO tracks your alertness over time and nudges you to take a break when you need it.

November 15, 2015 123Loadboard

Movember Helping To Promote Health And Wellness

It’s no surprise that the trucking industry in particular has been a large supporter of the charity since the industry is predominantly male. Not only that, but males in the industry aren’t exactly poster boys for health and wellness.

July 9, 2013 123Loadboard

123Loadboard Increases Trucking Health Awareness at Tough Mudder Event

123Loadboard participated in Tough Mudder for a second year running to promote health and wellness in the trucking industry and raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.