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Editorial: How Will The Coronavirus Affect the Trucking Industry? March 21 2020

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The world in going through unprecedented change with coronavirus*, but unless you've been living off-grid in a commune, you know about the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, that originated in the Wuhan province of China and has been making its way to every country in the world.

In the U.S., cases are now confirmed in every state causing a nationwide panic. Businesses have employed disaster protocols, neighborhoods have been self-quarantined, and toilet paper is sold out nearly everywhere. People are even joking they won’t drink Corona beer because they are afraid of contracting the virus.

While contamination is the first concern to come to mind for many, the virus—and the fears it creates—has larger effects on the trucking industry. So what does this mean for us?

In short, we can expect a volatile year.

The world in going through unprecedented change with coronavirus*, but unless you've been living off-grid in a commune, you know about the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, that originated in the Wuhan province of China and has been making its way to every country in the world.

In the U.S., cases are now confirmed in every state causing a nationwide panic. Businesses have employed disaster protocols, neighborhoods have been self-quarantined, and toilet paper is sold out nearly everywhere. People are even joking they won’t drink Corona beer because they are afraid of contracting the virus.

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Avoid Coronavirus: 10 Tips for Trucker Health March 18 2020

Post by: K&J Trucking

We know trucker health is important. While many companies are asking employees to work from home to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, as truckers we simply don’t have that option! In addition, the nature of our job can mean more exposure to people from all areas of the country. Here are our top 10 tips to stay healthy and protect yourself from the coronavirus/COVID-19 (and other viruses) while on the road.

We know trucker health is important. While many companies are asking employees to work from home to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, as truckers we simply don’t have that option! In addition, the nature of our job can mean more exposure to people from all areas of the country. Here are our top 10 tips to stay healthy and protect yourself from the coronavirus/COVID-19 (and other viruses) while on the road.

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Trucking for Newbies: What Are Lumpers? January 8 2020

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Lumpers. To be honest, if you didn't grow up in trucking it sounds like a made-up word. When you get into the refrigerated trucking industry like K & J, you will encounter lumpers on a daily basis; yet it is a word virtually foreign to those outside the industry. Today we will cover all your questions about lumpers: who they are, why they exist, who pays them, and who hires them.

Lumpers. To be honest, if you didn't grow up in trucking it sounds like a made-up word. When you get into the refrigerated trucking industry like K & J, you will encounter lumpers on a daily basis; yet it is a word virtually foreign to those outside the industry. Today we will cover all your questions about lumpers: who they are, why they exist, who pays them, and who hires them.

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How Does the FMCSA Make Rules in Trucking September 10 2019

Post by: K&J Trucking

Many drivers, and most people who work in trucking, have no idea how rules like hours of service or the ELD mandate are made by the FMCSA. We have a passion to change that because we believe that having this knowledge is vital to our livelihoods. We've divided this article into two parts. The first part is a quick overview and the second is a deeper dive into the process. 

We encourage you to read both and share this information with others in the trucking industry. 

Many drivers, and most people who work in trucking, have no idea how rules like hours of service or the ELD mandate are made by the FMCSA. We have a passion to change that because we believe that having this knowledge is vital to our livelihoods. We've divided this article into two parts. The first part is a quick overview and the second is a deeper dive into the process. 

We encourage you to read both and share this information with others in the trucking industry. 

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The FMCSA's New Proposed HOS Rules August 19 2019

Post by: K&J Trucking

This past Wednesday, the FMCSA (the regulatory body that makes rules for the trucking industry) released their hours of service recommendations after months of anticipation.

This past Wednesday, the FMCSA (the regulatory body that makes rules for the trucking industry) released their hours of service recommendations after months of anticipation.

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Stories From The Road: Rick Meyer August 8 2019

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We believe that everyone you meet on the road has a unique story to tell. Rick Meyer is no different. He came to K & J three years ago as a company driver after a series of difficult business ventures. In the time we've worked with Rick Meyer we have learned that no one is a stranger, just a friend he hasn't met. Meyer sat down with us to share his story.

We believe that everyone you meet on the road has a unique story to tell. Rick Meyer is no different. He came to K & J three years ago as a company driver after a series of difficult business ventures. In the time we've worked with Rick Meyer we have learned that no one is a stranger, just a friend he hasn't met. Meyer sat down with us to share his story.

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Meet the Dispatchers at K & J Trucking August 6 2019

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The key to a good driving experience is working with a great company with great dispatchers. We recently had a new driver ask us a lot of questions about our dispatch team before he agreed to come on board. We weren't at all annoyed, in fact, we thought he was on to something! Determining your fit with a trucking company is about more than how much they pay per mile, it is about understanding how working with them will impact your daily life. And for better (in our case) or worse, your dispatch team has a lot of impact on your daily life.

The key to a good driving experience is working with a great company with great dispatchers. We recently had a new driver ask us a lot of questions about our dispatch team before he agreed to come on board. We weren't at all annoyed, in fact, we thought he was on to something! Determining your fit with a trucking company is about more than how much they pay per mile, it is about understanding how working with them will impact your daily life. And for better (in our case) or worse, your dispatch team has a lot of impact on your daily life.

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Building a Legacy: Multi-Generation Trucking Families July 31 2019

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It used to be common to see sons following fathers into the trucking business, but nationally the number of second-generation truckers is shrinking. Is the multi-generational trucking family dying off? We talked to several multi-generation drivers to hear their stories, as well as their suggestions to attract younger generations to the industry.

It used to be common to see sons following fathers into the trucking business, but nationally the number of second-generation truckers is shrinking. Is the multi-generational trucking family dying off? We talked to several multi-generation drivers to hear their stories, as well as their suggestions to attract younger generations to the industry.

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Summer Truck Maintenance Made Easy - with Lou Charette July 22 2019

Post by: K&J Trucking

Summer is very obviously here, so we wanted to remind everyone of some basic summer maintenance to keep your truck in top working order! We once again turned to our Head of Maintenance, Lou Charette and he shared the regular maintenance tasks drivers should consider this season. Please keep in mind, while you can probably check some of these items yourself, you may need to talk to a paid mechanic for others. 

Summer is very obviously here, so we wanted to remind everyone of some basic summer maintenance to keep your truck in top working order! We once again turned to our Head of Maintenance, Lou Charette and he shared the regular maintenance tasks drivers should consider this season. Please keep in mind, while you can probably check some of these items yourself, you may need to talk to a paid mechanic for others. 

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Why a Good Trucking Dispatch Team Matters July 8 2019

Post by: K&J Trucking

Ask someone who has had to learn the hard way, and they will definitely tell you that not all dispatch teams are created equal. There are many ways that trucking dispatch affects drivers out on the road and during home time, so it is a great idea to understand how dispatch works before getting behind the wheel for a company. Here is an explanation of the various styles of trucking dispatch, and some of the ways your dispatch team can impact your driving experience.

Ask someone who has had to learn the hard way, and they will definitely tell you that not all dispatch teams are created equal. There are many ways that trucking dispatch affects drivers out on the road and during home time, so it is a great idea to understand how dispatch works before getting behind the wheel for a company. Here is an explanation of the various styles of trucking dispatch, and some of the ways your dispatch team can impact your driving experience.

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