Evernote - The Pinnacle of Productivity Apps- A Joey Slaughter Blog

Evernote - The Pinnacle of Productivity Apps- A Joey Slaughter Blog

Evernote is a very popular app within the business community, however truckers can find it useful as well.  Think of it as a notebook that you always carry and it has every important piece of information that you may need at all times.  There are pay versions of this productivity app, but I’ve found the free version sufficient so far.

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Truck Parking Solutions May Be on the Horizon- A Joey Slaughter Blog

Truck Parking Solutions May Be on the Horizon- A Joey Slaughter Blog

We all know that truck parking is one of the most pressing problems that our industry is facing.  Major surveys conducted in the past few years, always list the parking shortage near the top.  Many of the other problems on the list are regulatory in nature and cannot be solved by the private sector, however, the parking problem is one that can be mostly solved without government involvement.

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Otto-Bringing Monumental Changes to Trucking- A Joey Slaughter Blog

Otto-Bringing Monumental Changes to Trucking- A Joey Slaughter Blog

Maybe you’re like me and the name “Otto” just appeared in your newsfeed out of nowhere. The only Otto I knew of was Sarge’s dog in the Beetle Bailey comic strip. However, in this case, Otto is the company that just announced their entrance into the trucking industry. They are not only a technology company vowing to contribute to the great quest for autonomous trucks, but they’ve announced their intent to retrofit existing trucks already in operation.

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Quick Tips to Avoid Road Rage- A Joey Slaughter Blog

Quick Tips to Avoid Road Rage- A Joey Slaughter Blog

Road rage news stories can be found every day.  I ran across this story recently where two drivers in Michigan became angry at one another due to one’s tailgating.  They pulled over and shot and killed one another.  One of the motorists even had family members in the car to witness this insanity.  “Here lies John Doe, killed because of tailgating”.  How sad that will look on their tombstones.

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Bereavement Logistics: Problems of the Trucking Life- A Joey Slaughter Blog

Bereavement Logistics: Problems of the Trucking Life- A Joey Slaughter Blog

My father passed away in March of 1999 and I was recently reminded of how I found out about it. Like most of you, I’ve learned a lot of important news while away from home and behind the wheel. Back in 1999, I didn’t have a cell phone yet, but I did have a trusty beeper. My wife and I had a plan that if she needed me and it wasn’t an emergency, she’d beep me then put our home number in for me to call. If it were important and needed me ASAP, she’d enter our home number followed by 911. Sure enough, on the evening of March 8, 1999, I was hauling gasoline and headed toward Virginia with a load when I received the 911 message. I pulled into the first gas station I saw that had a pay phone. She told me the news and I was shocked since he was only 55 years old.   At that point, I still had to deliver the load of haz-mat, but thankfully this was short haul and I didn’t have far to go. However, with the bereavement process already starting, I had to really concentrate on my job, making sure the load was unloaded safely and correctly. After everything was done, I was able to go home.

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