We've all heard the phrase 'If the wheels aren't turning, you aren't earning', but how do you stay in the know when you pull up to that rest area or truck stop for a refuel? Staying on top of industry happenings, technology, trends and news is just as important as paying close attention to the sign that reads double nickels over the I-10 Basin Bridge in Louisiana. We've compiled a short list of the absolute must follows in the trucking world to help keep you connected and up on transportation industry news while you are on the road.
1. Road Dog Trucking
Road Dog Radio, channel 146 on your Sirius/XM receiver, is a great way to stay up on transportation industry news, weather and to listen to(or even participate in)industry talk radio programming-all from the comfort of the driver seat.
2. The George and Wendy Show
George and Wendy Parker's forum for drivers is a great digital meetup and place to share stories and information. Be sure to like them on Facebook and follow their journey through their blog series on Overdrive Magazine.
3. Follow Your Brands on Social Media
Check out your company and rig's manufacturer and the social media pages of a few other brands you see out on the highway. Social media channels and digital hubs for brands like Peterbilt, Werner, Mack, Schneider, Swift among others always have information that will keep your rig and your driving career in top form.
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5. Get To Know Your Trucking Magazines and Associations
Overdrive Magazine, CCJ Journal, Women In Trucking and OOIDA all provide transportation industry news and platforms to connect with others in the industry. Don't let the name fool you, Women in Trucking serves both men and women who are either involved in the industry, or want to be part of one of the largest networks of transportation professionals in North America. The organization is known for giving the growing number of females in the transportation industry an chance to share insights and opportunities.
Matt Manero combines his business brilliance with more than 20 years of hands-on experience in transportation equipment finance. Today, he is a CEO leading four companies that generate over $100,000,000 per year in business with a base of more than 10,000 clients.
Matt launched his first business, Commercial Fleet Financing, Inc., in 1995 with a phone, a folding table and the unyielding confidence of a single client, a trucker. Fast forward 20 years: Commercial Fleet Financing, Inc. made Inc. magazine’s Top 500/5000 list of fastest growing companies in America in 2014. Matt is the creator and personality behind CFFnation.com, the first and only online video network featuring original programming for and by innovators, operators, movers and shakers of the transportation industry.
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