Trucking Nation Podcast: 10. Trucker Hacks, Smart Parking, and Trucking Associations

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For more information on anything you heard in the podcast, it’s all below, enjoy 😉
Trucking Associations
There are a couple different types of trucking associations; state and national. Your state associations are a great resource for information services, government representations, consulting services, and training. Your national trucking associations, like OOIDA and WIT, provide you with benefits and programs on insurance, health, business, retirement, and so much more. They also fight for truckers in government on important legislative and regulatory issues. 
News Review
Ryder is offering 15 brand new truck specifications to better meet needs of female drivers. Ryder sees the increase of women joining the trucking industry and wants to stay in it. They believe women entering the trucking industry could very well be the answer to solving the ‘driver shortage’ issue.
I touched on this issue in a previous podcast and released a great article on vaping. They did a Vaping Survey to give some numbers on how many truckers have tried vaping. There is a nice personal touch with a few stories from truckers on how vaping has changed their life. Then a doctor has some input at the end. All in all, it is a fantastic article breaking down the use of vaping by truckers and how it could be a better alternative for drivers than cigarettes. 
The FMCSA has started a six-month feasibility test 75 northbound in Tennessee, near Athens. I was very intrigued by this article because that is basically my hometown. SmartPark is this new tech being tested where drivers can make reservations for parking – so fancy. They are converting old state highway patrol truck inspection stations to create more parking for truckers where they can reserve a space in a safe area. The overall aspect of this sounds amazing and I will be following how it all works out and update you soon.
I brought in a special guest, Jason Snow, to update you on what’s going on in the sports world and offer some very interesting food for thought. He also had some very interesting ideas about Valentine’s Day
Trucker Hacks for Dealing with a Bad Day
Bad days happen, but you don’t have to let them bring you down. Check out some great Trucker Hacks for dealing with those bad days and how to stay more positive. 
Valentine’s Day
I had to through in a quick reminder that Valentine’s Day is almost here. Snow had some great ideas for special things you can do for your special someone. His best advice was to
1. Not Forget
2. Keep it simple and from the heart. 
Thank you for coming back and giving this little ol’podcast a listen. I’m trying a few new things to freshen up the Trucking Nation Podcast, so be sure to come back next week. You never know what could happen. Don’t forget to try your free trial of and see how easy it is to take your business management to the next level. Remember you get what you give in this world, so try to be kind and enjoy the ride. I will talk to you soon – Misty Noel. 

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