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Rand McNally Releases 2020 Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas

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CHICAGO — One of the best parts of summer is the succession of in-season favorites: strawberry season, blueberry season, watermelon season, cherry season, apple season.

It may not be mouthwatering, but professional truck drivers always look forward to the first day of summer, because it’s right around then that Rand McNally released updated editions of the guide that has been helping them navigate North America for decades, Rand McNally’s Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas.

The 2020 edition of the atlas – available in paperback, and a version with laminated pages and a spiral binding – was released June 18, and are available at travel centers, in bookstores on e-commerce stores, or you can pick them right off the tree, so to speak, at Rand McNally’s online store.

Despite all the technological innovations over the years designed to help drivers find their way, professionals still like to keep an updated printed edition on hand to provide the big picture and a fail-safe backup for truck-accessible routing, state trucking regulations, and cross-country tolling information.

“The Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas is an essential item that drivers keep in their truck cabs,” said Stephen Fletcher, CEO of Rand McNally, in a press release. “Although Rand McNally provides advanced fleet management and logistics technology, it’s also critical to our customers that we provide updated and upgraded atlases each year.”

This year’s atlases include:

  • Revised U.S. state and Canadian province maps
  • Updated restricted routes, low-clearance, and weigh station locations
  • An updated fuel tax chart, as well as revised state and province information including weight and size limitations, registration guidelines, and phone numbers and websites for state police and operating authorities
  • Hotlines for road construction and conditions
  • Updated toll-system contact information for each state, and
  • An updated review of Hazmat regulations.

In addition, the atlases feature fresh new covers that celebrate the truck and the open road.

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Trucker lets out a good belly laugh as he rolls past the weigh station

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Everyone needs to catch a break now and then.

We found this on YouTube.  It was posted by James Ewing.

We are also not sure if this is James in the video, but we love a good belly laugh!

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Dashcam catches multicounty chase of stolen semi

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Sheriffs in Ohio had to use stop sticks to finally end the chase with a big rig that led authorities on a multicounty chase.

Stephen Wolfe was charged with stealing the semi from a business in Michigan last weekend.

Courtesy: NBC4 WCMH-TV Columbus

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Pilot Flying J opens 28th Illinois location, this one in Marshall

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Employee stand in front of the Pilot Flying J location in Marshall, Illinois, which offers more than 64 truck parking spaces and a Truck Care Service Center with roadside assistance. (Courtesy: PILOT FLYING J)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Flying J continues to grow its presence in Illinois with the opening of a new Pilot Travel Center and Truck Care Service Center in Marshall this month.

The travel center features full amenities for area residents, the traveling public and professional drivers, while adding approximately 50 local jobs and other economic benefits to the community. The Truck Care Service Center includes a two-bay garage and will add approximately 10 jobs to the area, with up to six positions currently available.

“We’re committed to making a better day for people living, working and traveling through Clark County and across the nation,” said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J. “We continue to invest in new stores to bring convenience, quality, great food and amenities to those who are traveling the roadways.”

This Pilot Travel Center offers many amenities, including 12 gasoline fueling positions and eight diesel lanes with high-speed pumps for quicker refueling; PJ Fresh pizza and grab-and-go offerings prepared on-site daily, including salads, sandwiches, burgers, fruit cups and an array of hot and cold snacks; Pilot’s Best Gourmet Coffees, including bean-to-cup selections and cold brew; Taco Bell; Truck Care Service Center; driver lounge and five shower rooms; public laundry; Western Union; CAT scale; and everyday products for quick shopping needs

The new facility will be Pilot Flying J’s 28th location in Illinois, including travel centers and dealers, and it is expected to contribute $2.7 million annually in state and local tax revenues. In August, the company also acquired and rebranded a travel center in Vandalia, Illinois, adding a Denny’s restaurant to the Pilot Travel Center located at 10 Interstate Drive.

To meet the needs of industry traffic and provide repair services to professional drivers, the travel center in Marshall will provide more than 64 truck parking spaces and a Truck Care Service Center with roadside assistance. The Truck Care team is seeking ASE-certified technicians with diesel mechanic experience and offers career development, competitive weekly pay and great benefits. To learn more and apply, visit jobs.pilotflyingj.com/technician-and-shop-jobs.

In honor of Pilot Flying J’s history of giving back and commitment to fueling life’s journeys, the company is donating $2,500 to benefit the Marshall Community Unit School District C-2’s technology program.

“Pilot Flying J is honored to be a part of the Marshall community and to contribute to the local school district,” said Randall Fritz, travel center general manager for Pilot Flying J. “Our friendly team members look forward to serving our guests and providing a clean, all-in-one fuel stop with a variety of food, drinks, supplies and amenities.”

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