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What’s the Big Hurry? Slow ‘er Down and Keep ‘er Moving

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Most NTB drivers have a goal of over 3,000 miles per week or 100,000 miles in a year because it’s a well-known fact that if your truck is sitting idle, you aren’t making money. Waiting for a load to be ready, a route from dispatch to be assigned or a traffic backup to clear can seem like wasted time when you get paid by the miles driven. However, hurrying to make up for lost time won’t necessarily have the intended result. At NTB, our message is to get there safely while getting as many miles in as possible. Read More

Women In Trucking—What’s Keeping You From Becoming A Driver?

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Monday, November 9, 2020

There are a few hurdles for everyone who wants to enter a career in truck driving—CDL school, driver training, and then researching and applying to companies you feel would be a good fit. Then there are the challenges drivers discover in the first year of driving—being away from home, finding time for family, and learning how to maneuver a big rig to stay safe and accident-free Read More

The Decrease of Daylight

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Monday, October 26, 2020

It happens twice every year—the switch from standard time to daylight saving time in the spring and back again come autumn. Add to that the decrease in daylight hours and driving between time zones and it can all be pretty disruptive to sleep patterns and mood. It can even be a bit confusing when it comes to logging time. Read More

Driver Logs—How Logging Time Has Changed

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Monday, October 19, 2020

With the move from paper logging to electronic logging devices (ELDs), recording driver data has changed a lot over the years. With the recent advent of ELDs, logging hours of service has been made much easier and more accurate. Read More

Below, Behind, In Front of Your Truck

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Monday, October 12, 2020

For NTB’s seasoned drivers, this is a reminder. For our new recruits and hires, this is what we want you to know. G.O.A.L.—What does it mean and why is it important? Read More

How to Safely Handle a Tire Blowout

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Monday, October 5, 2020

It goes without saying that avoiding a tire blowout with daily inspections and good maintenance is the best way to deal with potential problems before they happen. NTB Trucking wants our drivers and new recruits to have some good tools in their belts, including knowledge about dealing with the unexpected. Read More

Sustainability in Trucking

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Monday, September 28, 2020

In a world where the importance of watching our consumption of non-renewable resources has become more recognized, NTB does its part by being a SmartWay Transport participant. We believe that to be good stewards of the earth, we must take care of it. Read More

Comfort in the Cab

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Many NTB drivers prefer a neat truck cab with few items inside. Comforts might include fresh bedding every week, an extra pair of socks in case of rain, and a good book to read before nodding off during a sleep break. We have a few suggestions that can make a truck cab, which acts as a driver’s office and home, a bit more comfortable and homey. Read More

Rolling Into Autumn

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Monday, September 14, 2020

It’s starting to feel like fall in the Midwest and with that comes the last pushes by road crews to complete work before the snow falls, shorter daylight hours, and a wind-down of mind and body in preparation for winter. How does the coming of fall and winter affect NTB drivers? What are some good methods to ease into fall? Read More

Work-Life Balance

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Monday, September 7, 2020

It may come as no surprise that a career as a truck driver can mean being away from home both day and night. So, how does one strike a balance between work and life if the cab of the truck acts as your workspace and home space five out of seven days a week? Read More

How Difficult is it to Become a Truck Driver? It’s More About Being a Truck Driver

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Monday, August 31, 2020

So, you’re thinking about getting your CDL-A and starting a career in truck driving? It sounds great – the open road, new sights, and cities, the independence you’ll feel as you drive. While all of these benefits are part of it, there are some things you should consider to make sure you are a good candidate for a life on the road. Read More

Brake Safety Week August 23-29

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Issues with braking are obviously a big deal. This year’s focus during Brake Safety Week will be on hoses and tubes. Read More

Stress—How to Decompress Quickly

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Monday, August 17, 2020

How does a person behind the wheel of a truck maneuvering up to 80,000 pounds of weight manage that primal acute stress response? Read on as we offer a few methods to quickly get that heart rate down and the mind focused on the task at hand. Read More

Logging—Know the Logbook Rules

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Monday, August 3, 2020

While the rules are learned when studying for a CDL, they aren’t included in the test, and it is nonetheless very important to your safety to remember them. With that in mind, we are providing some good resources so that you can know and understand the logbook rules. Read More

From the Driver’s Perspective—Notes From Some Seasoned Drivers

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Monday, July 27, 2020

At NTB, we understand that a new career as a truck driver can leave a person with questions and a certain amount of anxiety. From obtaining a CDL to actual miles behind the wheel, it will likely take a year or more before a new driver has the skill to take on a new route with confidence. Read More