Cell Phone Restrictions In CMV’s

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

Drivers need to remain focused and be aware of their surroundings, pedestrians, and other drivers. Using a cell phone while driving leads to unsafe actions such as: Following the vehicle in front of you too closely Maintaining an improper lane position Failing to recognize traffic signals or signs Reacting slowly to traffic situations Research commissioned by the FMCSA shows that …

Dispatchers – Helping Us Move Forward

Written by Stephanie Steffens

Dispatchers are an essential part of any successful trucking company. Depending on the size of the trucking company, dispatchers can have a multitude of duties. At Norsemen Trucking, our dispatchers work closely with our customers to establish freight lanes, bid on lanes, and organize with the customer the shipping and delivery of their freight. Once a load is ready to …

Spring/Summer Driving Hazards

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

The snow and ice may be gone but that doesn’t mean that driving risks have gone away with them. Spring and Summer can pose some very deceiving challenges on the roadway. It’s important we do not allow ourselves to relax and become complacent only because we are not driving in extreme white-outs or icy roads. Here are some reminders of …

Night Driving

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

In good weather, low beam headlights allow a driver to see about 250 feet ahead, while high beams allow 350 to 500 feet of visibility. Vehicle speed may need to be adjusted to ensure stopping within that distance. Dirty or poorly adjusted headlights can cut illumination by as much as one half. High beam headlights should only be used when …

Driving Drowsy? Try These 6 Tips

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

Driver fatigue impacts the transportation industry at every turn, from the role it plays to accidents to its impact on major rule decisions, like hours of service. The FMCSA recommends drivers follow these 6 tips to avoid driving while fatigued: Go To Bed – turns out our parents were right all along – there’s no replacement for a good night’s …

Defensive Driving

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

What is this, NASCAR?  No, it is the everyday reality of a driver on the roadway these days.  With everyone being in a hurry to get someplace it’s very important that you use your defensive driving skills.  Nobody wants to be in an accident but most of us forget how to avoid them to start with. A good defensive driver …

Making A Turn

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

One of the most frequent accidents for a commercial vehicle happens when they are making a turn.  No matter what type of equipment you pull it is all longer than any standard vehicle you would drive.  This causes problems not only for the commercial driver but also for standard vehicle drivers. If you have never driven a commercial vehicle you …

Operating In Weather Conditions

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

As if being a commercial motor vehicle driver was not challenging enough they go and add weather conditions to the daily challenges that are faced.  We would all love to have dry paved roads everywhere we travel, but unfortunately, this is not the case. If you find yourself driving in the rain, fog, snow, or ice here is some advice …

What Kind Of Pay Can I Expect Being A Company Truck Driver?

Written by Stephanie Steffens

When deciding on a career path one of the main things people look at is “What can I expect to make driving truck?”. There are many factors that go into this answer, such as region, freight type, years of experience, and driver type. With such a range in factors, it is hard to pinpoint an exact minimum and maximum salary …

Lowering The CDL Age – Good Or Bad Idea?

Written by Stephanie Steffens

This has been a hot topic for years. Currently, to be an Interstate Driver you have to be 21 years of age. What is being proposed is to change the requirement to 18 years of age. Many are banging on the maturity level of 18-year-olds; does your age determine how mature you are? They are also saying that they barely …