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Poll shows nine in 10 Americans support bill leading to younger drivers in interstate commerce

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The International Foodservice Distributors Association commissioned a Harris Poll among over 2,000 Americans. (The Trucker file photo)

WASHINGTON — Nearly nine in 10 Americans support the DRIVE-Safe Act, newly re-introduced bipartisan legislation supporters say will help address the nation’s shortage of truck drivers.

The DRIVE-Safe Act modernizes federal law and updates safety standards to provide younger drivers with the opportunity to enter the trucking industry by driving interstate commerce.

According to a recent Harris Poll commissioned by the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA), 86 percent of Americans expressed support for the DRIVE-Safe Act after answering questions to gauge awareness and understanding of the driver shortage and current federal law.

The Harris Poll survey was conducted online from March 5-7, 2019, among 2,015 U.S. adults ages 18 and older .

“This legislation paves the way for the new drivers needed to sustain a safe and efficient supply chain for the more than one million restaurants and foodservice outlets in the U.S.,” said Mark Allen, president and CEO of IFDA. “This bill creates opportunity while reinforcing a culture of safety far and above current standards to provide the next generation of drivers with the critical skills they need to operate a truck in the 21st century.”

The survey further showed that more than nine in 10 Americans (95 percent) believe that the current commercial truck driver shortage has an impact on U.S. consumers, and a majority believe higher shipping costs for businesses/consumers (71 percent), delayed/slower shipping times (70 percent), and increased costs of consumer goods like groceries and restaurant meals (58 percent) are happening as a result of the shortage.

According to the American Trucking Associations, the growing driver shortage is reaching crisis levels, as 70 percent of the nation’s freight is carried by commercial trucks.

According to a recent estimate, the nation needs an additional 50,000 truck drivers immediately, a shortage that is expected to grow to more than 174,000 by 2026. While 48 states currently allow drivers to obtain a commercial driver’s license at 18, federal law prohibits these adults from driving commerce across state lines until they are 21.

The DRIVE-Safe Act would create a two-step program to allow younger drivers to enter the industry safely.

Formally named the Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy Act, DRIVE-Safe enhances safety and training standards for newly qualified drivers 18-21.

Under the legislation, once a driver qualifies for a commercial driver’s license, they begin a two-step additional training program with rigorous performance benchmarks.

Drivers must complete at least 400 hours of on-duty time and 240 hours of driving time in the cab with an experienced driver.

Every driver will train on trucks equipped with new safety technology including active braking collision mitigation systems, video event capture, and a speed governor of 65 miles per hour or below.

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  1. Jay Evans

    April 6, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    If the money was better there would be more drivers. I don’t consider 1,200.00 to 1,500.00 over the road good pay when I can make that and be home with my family every night and I don’t have to put up with all the bull of E logs 65 mile hour trucks. Companies think instead of paying there drivers putting satellite TV and radios in trucks make up the pay Give me a truck that will do the speed limit no matter what state I drive where I can get my miles. 65 is not a safe speed if all other traffic is doing 75 or 80 anyone that thinks so should have there head examined.

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The Truck Boss Show – The Benefits of Trucking Associations

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Truck Boss team discusses the journey of the U.S Capital Christmas Tree, Women in Trucking Bipartisan Bill, as well as demonstrate some simple and easy to use RoadPro products. Isela also dives into the benefits of being a part of your local trucking association with Oklahoma Trucking Association CEO, Jim Newport.

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Viewpoint – The Art of Losing

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The Art of Losing

Young adults today (millennials) grew up in an “everyone gets a trophy” society; one most agree is absurdly useless. How can you ever appreciate winning if you never lose? How can you know what to work harder on if you never come up short?

I’m a competitive person. A really competitive person. I actually thought I hid this fairly well but…apparently not. As my friends are apt to point out. So I like to win, I do. And when I had a son, I knew he’d be an athlete. I hoped he’d be a good one but either way, he would play sports. I was a big believer in keeping boys occupied with good activities to prevent them from seeking to fill time with bad ones.

So Chase started playing soccer at the age of 4. He had a short-lived baseball career when he was 8 (too slow of a game). He played some flag football for the fun of it. He moved into lacrosse when he was 10. Granted, I put him into soccer—which he loved right away—but the rest of the sports were at his request. When he asked to play hockey I drew the line, telling him he was outfitted to play four sports. We were not adding another one. Particularly one that expensive.

Interestingly, when he played baseball is where we first encountered the “we don’t keep score” mentality. I didn’t even understand the words the coach said. No score? How do you know who wins? “Everyone wins here,” he said, although I could tell even he choked on the words. “We want the kids to learn and have fun without the pressure to win.” Really? That implies that working to win is negative. Or that losing even if you worked hard is negative. Not in my mind—this is how you get better. It’s what makes you a stronger character: lose with dignity, be gracious in winning. But you cannot do those things if you don’t keep score.

So, we kept score. Not just me, not just my husband. Evvvvvvveryone at the field kept score. Including the kids. And when they won, we taught the boys to rejoice but don’t be obnoxious. If you lose, think about, talk about, and work on weaknesses. But doing all that doesn’t automatically mean you win the next time. Sometimes you have to lose and work on a lot before the winning comes.

But guess what that did? It taught Chase and his friends not only how to lose a game and not fall to pieces but how to cope with failing a test, with getting turned down for a date, not getting the job, not being accepted to your school of choice, and more.

Life is full of letdowns. Character is how you handle them. It’s also full of successes—when you work to achieve.

When Chase was a sophomore in high school, he was the only starting sophomore player on his HS lacrosse team. They were good and were expected to win the State Championship. They played and won game after game. They dominated lesser teams, they scraped by powerhouses, but they always won. As the playoffs approached, we started hearing murmurs of not only going the distance but doing so undefeated. It would be an incredible season, quite the feather in their caps on top of a championship and a ring. But they had a few more games of regular season to play and one of them was against their hometown rival, a good team but nowhere near the caliber of my son’s this particular year. And when we played them, we lost. Horribly. We were the better team but had the crappier attitude. Arrogance got the better of us. They pulled out of their shock at losing by the 4th quarter and rallied but it was too late and in the end, we lost by 3.

The team was stunned but humbled. They reined in the attitudes and got back on track, going on to win the rest of the regular season and the State Championship. It was an amazing experience for us all but if you ask Chase to this day, he’ll tell you that he firmly believes they would not have won the Championship had they not lost that one rivalry game. It was the reality check they needed to actually pull off their goal. Better to have happened then than at that final game had they entered it overconfident from an undefeated season.

Losing is never fun but there’s an art to it—a way to take it and let it motivate and propel you to ultimately win a bigger prize. Believe it.

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Tips when you’re driving on black ice – Bleach and Kitty Litter

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Christopher and the Trucking Review Channel are back on the road, this time on I-80 in Wyoming with some tips for driving on black ice.

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