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Weigh In on the Hours of Service Regulations

The Problems with Current HOS Regulations

For anyone in the trucking industry, especially our hard-working truck drivers, the current hours of service (HOS) made it more difficult than expected. Here are the problems, as reviewed on FleetOwner. It's great that people are listening. We need to make it work for everyone, especially our truck drivers.  

Hours of Service Regulations is Waiting for Public Input

So many of us in the trucking industry have been waiting for the final hours of (HOS) regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposals are waiting for public input. The clock is ticking, so be sure to slow down, or "back 'em up," and help make these rules work for all. 

We know that safety is a priority for our FMCSA, but they must also include the difficulties our truck drivers face with such tight restrictions. Safety was compromised when truckers had to try to make their destination within the proper time frame to stay compliant. They cannot control Mother Nature or holdups along the roads and highways. 

It's about Courtesy and Safety 

Along with our truck drivers, everyone driving along the roads and highways must play a major role in keeping one another safe. We need our truck drivers to reach their destinations, and all of us want to get where we're heading. It's simply a matter of courtesy, as we travel across America's busy roadways. 

The Responsibility of the Trucking Industry

Trucking companies, big and small, should maintain their equipment, and keep the well-being of everyone on their mind when traveling the busy highways. Fleet managers and product receivers must realize that there is nothing gained by pressuring truck drivers to meet deadlines, especially dealing with Mother Nature.

Better late than never is how we must accept this demanding profession. Drivers should not be required to try to maneuver through dangerous weather conditions. Look what just recently happened in Iowa

The Responsibility of Other Motorists on Highways and Roads

It's got to be a 50/50 relationship between our truck drivers and other motorists traveling the crowded roadways. There are ways other vehicle motorists can help our truck drivers, and all of us, avoid accidents. Think how frustrating it is to sit for over an hour waiting for an accident to be cleared. Not to mention the people we possibly lost to someone's careless driving. 

  • Don't cut them off on any road, at any speed. They cannot stop as quickly as a car, van, or pickup.
  • Don't try to jump in front of an eighteen-wheeler going 70 mph from an emerging ramp. You don't have the right of way.
  • Tailgating a big rig could land you under the semi-trailer. 
  • Be courteous when you see a trucker's blinker. They have a lot to move over, and they will let you know how much they appreciate you. You will see their sign of gratitude. 

Country Supply, Inc.: Dedicated to Keeping Semi-Trailers Safe for the Roadways

Located just south of Chicago, we're a one-stop-shop to handle everything our truck drivers may need to get their load back on the road. Call us, or come on in for all of your semi-trailer needs. We're here to do everything we can to keep America on the move. 

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