Truck Driver’s Appreciation Week

revHeader(This blog post was originally published in September 2015 and was updated September 2018)

This year, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 13-19, 2018 and we would like to use this time as an opportunity to express our appreciation to the 3.5 million plus professional truck drivers that are responsible for transporting over 10.5 billion tons of freight each year.

One of my first recollections of the industry and its drivers is from elementary school, riding the school bus home each afternoon. It was a daily thrill when we passed one of the large tractor trailer trucks on the road and all of us on the bus would wave madly out the window to catch the driver’s attention and gesture for them to blow their horn. The drivers always knew just what we wanted and would dutifully oblige by giving us a big smile and reaching up to pull the chain that sounded their massive horn. The drivers were always friendly and made us all smile on our way home.

I didn’t realize then that these were the very people that delivered the food to our grocery store shelves, the latest shoes and clothes we all wanted or the medicine and supplies to our hospitals and pharmacies. I had no idea that some of them may have already driven hundreds of miles by the afternoon or that they wouldn’t be able to return back to their homes for several days.

Below are facts and figures we’ve gathered about the industry that we hope you enjoy.  Though often in the background and at times underappreciated, America’s professional truck drivers are the ones who keep delivering.

Trucker miles driven daily

An over-the-road driver logs an average of 500 miles each day.

Collectively, approximately 421 billion miles are traveled by truck drivers each year, and 152 billion of these miles are from class 6-8 trucks.


More than 80% of US communities depend solely on truck drivers to deliver their products.


Truckers deliver 40 million boxes of chocolate each Valentine’s Day,
257 million Roses for Valentine’s Day,
46 million Thanksgiving Turkeys, and
33 million Christmas trees each year.

70% Americas FreightIn 2018, over 70% of America’s freight was hauled by truck. Rail came in a distant second at 11.4%, followed by Pipeline at 10.3%, Water at 6.1%, and Air 0.1%.

Of the 3.4 million truck drivers,  5.8% of them are female
Ryder has partnered with to help encourage the industry to be more welcoming to women drivers. Women in Trucking  is a non-profit organization founded to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles they can encounter when working in the trucking industry.

Since 2003, trucks have seen an 88% drop in Sulfur Dioxide Emissions and a 32% drop in particulate matter.

If you connected all the loads delivered by trucks in 2013, the chain would stretch from the Earth to the moon more than 11 times.


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Cargo Securement and RoadCheck 2017 – Preparing Your Drivers for Increased Enforcement

What is RoadCheck?
RoadCheck is an annual event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), North America’s leading commercial vehicle enforcement organization. During June 6-8, 2017, 13,000 CVSA and FMCSA inspectors conduct roadside inspections at more than 1,500 locations. The goal of this event is to increase safety and security on the highways and reduce the number of crashes involving commercial vehicles.

Each year, International RoadCheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is cargo securement. While checking for compliance with safe cargo securement regulations is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA is highlighting cargo securement safety this year as a reminder of its importance to highway safety.


Who Needs to Comply?
All commercial motor vehicles (trucks, buses, and motorcoaches), plus all CMV drivers of those vehicles, could be subject to a roadside inspection.

Why is Compliance So Critical?
Last year, during Roadcheck 2016, 17.8% of all the vehicles inspected were placed out of service. Are your vehicles inspection-ready? And your drivers, too? If not, either or both could be placed out of service. And that can lead to a multitude of negative consequences, including delayed shipments, lost revenue, a tarnished company image, loss of customers, DOT penalties, and a hit to your CSA BASIC scores.

RoadCheck 2016 Results:
• Total inspections — 62,796
• Vehicle out-of-service rate — 17.8%
• Driver out-of-service (OOS) rate — 4% NOTE TO REVIEWERS: OOS for drivers was 4%. OOS for drivers of Level I inspections was 3.4%
• Tire/wheel violations in relation to all vehicle OOS violations — 18.5%
• Brake-related violations in relation to all vehicle OOS violations — 45.7%
• Hours of Service (HOS) violations in relation to all driver OOS violations — 46.8%

That’s just a sampling of 2016’s results. Are your vehicles and drivers inspection-ready?

7 Training Resources You Should Be Sharing With Your Drivers:
Below are our top picks from industry safety expert  J.J. Keller for educating and training your drivers to help you protect your safety reputation, CSA BASIC scores, and bottom line.

Tractor trailer vehicle inspections video book jjk 48861

1. Tractor Trailer Vehicle Inspections Video Book Use this on-the-go, portable video training book to prepare drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles for conducting pre-trip, on-the-road and post-trip inspections on standard CMVs. Drivers will also learn when a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) is required, and how to accurately complete one.


Semi trailer inspection procedure poster

2. Semi Trailer Inspection Procedure Poster: A handy walk-around sequence poster with at-a-glance easy-to-understand instructions.


Out of Service Criteria Handbook JJK 11727

3. 2017 North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Handbook and Pictorial Edition: Prepare for roadside inspections and help improve CMV safety with this must-have CVSA handbook detailing criteria that can prohibit a motor carrier or driver from operating a commercial motor vehicle until the condition is corrected. Includes a full set of CVSA Inspection Schematics.




4. Roadside Inspections: A Driver’s Guide – DVD Training:  Valuable information specifically targeted to help drivers and carriers pass roadside inspections. Helps drivers understand the following:
– Roadside inspections – who conducts them and why
– The Six Levels of Inspections
– How drivers should prepare their vehicles for inspection
– CVSA out-of-service criteria
– Results and consequences of a failed roadside inspection


5. The CSA Handbook – A Complete Guide for CMV Drivers: The only handbook that covers all information CMV interstate truck and bus drivers need to operate successfully under CSA. Provides fingertip access to explanations of the seven BASICs, severity tables, and tips for avoiding the most common violations. Explains how to prepare for roadside inspections, rights during inspection, what not to do, and steps to take after inspection.


6. Cargo Securement Handbook For Drivers – with Sliding Calculator This must-have handbook provides need-to-know securement guidelines on the proper use of blocks, ropes, chains, bars and more for flatbeds, dry vans, reefers and other widely used types of trailers to help you properly secure your cargo and maintain compliance. Also features a Cargo Securement Tiedown quick reference.

You’ll also find critical information on:
– General cargo securement requirements
– Commodity-specific securement requirements
– U.S. FMCSA cargo securement enforcement policy
– Frequently asked questions and much more!


Cargo securement flatbeds dvd training program JJK 19071

7. Cargo Securement Flatbeds DVD Training Program:
Helps drivers understand pre-trip and en route responsibilities related to cargo as well as how cargo securement and CSA are related. Covers direct and indirect tie-down methods, restraining capacity of tie-down devices, and how they affect cargo securement.
Are your vehicles inspection-ready? And your drivers, too? If not, either or both could be placed out of service. And that can lead to a multitude of negative consequences, including delayed shipments, lost revenue, a tarnished company image, loss of customers, DOT penalties, and a hit to your CSA BASIC scores.

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Ryder Fleet Products New Distribution Center To Open Mid-December

Ryder Fleet Products is growing!

At Ryder Fleet Products, we aim to provide our customers with the latest advancements in truck technology and product lines so we endlessly research new technology and product lines to offer. We also know how vital it is that you receive these products in the quickest way possible; and to help shorten this transit time, we have increased our number of distribution centers over the last year from three to five.

To continue our commitment to growing a strong nationwide distribution network, as well as keeping with our mission  to be the “supplier of choice for aftermarket parts, shop supplies and safety items for light, medium and heavy duty vehicles”, we are relocating one of our distribution center warehouses to one that provides us with more space to expand. We are happy to announce that Monday, December 14, 2015, will be the grand opening of our new distribution center in Ontario, CA. This space will replace our warehouse in Santa Fe Springs, CA.

During this transition, items normally shipped out of the Santa Fe Springs location may experience shipping delays as we ship from an alternate warehouse. Customers serviced from our other warehouse locations will not be affected and we are working diligently to keep the disruption to our customers at a minimum.

We look forward to being able to provide you with an even better service from our new location. For your reference, below is a list of our distribution centers:

Lawrenceville, GA (665 Raco Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Douglassville, PA (447 Old Swede Road, Suite 101, Douglassville, PA 19518)
Ontario, CA (5461 Santa Ana Street, Ontario, CA 91761) This location replaces the Santa Fe Springs, CA location
Carrollton, TX (1212 Trend Drive, Carrollton TX 75006)
Portage, IN (6750 Daniel Burnham Drive, Suite C, Portage, IN 46368)

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