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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

Like the Difference Between Night and Day

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Monday, November 2, 2020

NTB Trucking has a new initiative starting in Lansing, Michigan—shared truck full-time positions. NTB has purchased new day cab tractors which will run as 12 on/12 off operations—two drivers per truck. These assignments, available immediately, will be 12-hour shifts with hometime every day. As is NTB’s guarantee for all drivers, these positions are five consecutive days followed by the same two days off every week. 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

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

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

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

Drop and Hook Versus Live Load

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Monday, August 10, 2020

If you are thinking about truck driving for a career, we have some information that might interest you. What is the difference between live load and drop-and-hook? Which is easier and results in better earnings for a truck driver? What does NTB offer for its drivers? 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

CVSA Operation Safe Driver Week – July 12-18

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducts Operation Safe Driver Week with an emphasis on one particular topic related to keeping America’s roads safe for everyone. This year, the focus is on speeding. Read More

4 Million Safe Miles—How One Driver Got It Done

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Monday, June 29, 2020

You must be thinking that is a typo. Surely, 4 Million Miles of truck driving, all without incident, couldn’t be possible. Well, it’s true, and NTB Trucking has the driver to prove it. Read More