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    Learn the dangers of underinflated tires and how to avoid them

    A recent study by Continental Tires revealed that 34% of fleet drivers regularly ride on underinflated tires. Continental’s survey pointed to a lack of driver knowledge about the risks of driving on underinflated tires and a lack of education on how to monitor and maintain tires as a culprit of this. This is epitomized by the survey’s other finding that only 50% of fleet drivers know the optimal inflation level for their tires. In an attempt to combat this problem, here are some of the risks associated with driving on underinflated tires and some measures that truck drivers can take to ensure this does not happen.

    Risks of driving on underinflated tires

    Reduced Traction and Poorer Steering -Underinflated tires will not grip the road as well as tires that are fully inflated. This means that vehicles can be more challenging to steer, particularly in wet conditions or driving on imperfect road surfaces. This presents a real danger to road users. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, there are around 33,000 accidents each year due to tire-related issues. Underinflated tires are one of the most commonly cited issues of this kind. Increased Chance of Tire Blowout- When a tire is underinflated, pressure from the road transfers from the supple tread of the tire to the more brittle tire sidewall. As the tire’s sidewall is not designed to take such pressure, this can lead to tire blowouts. A sudden blowout on a highway can be very dangerous. Blowouts are estimated to cause 2,000 accidents each year in the US. Furthermore, blowouts can also lead to long periods of driver downtime and mess up schedules. Poorer Fuel Economy - Low tire pressure increases the amount of friction there is between the tire and the road. This means that it takes more fuel to move a vehicle at the same speed than when tires are properly inflated. Although this may not affect a driver too much, improving fuel economy is one of the biggest priorities of fleet managers and operators. This is because fuel consumption typically takes up 60% of a fleet’s total operating costs.

    How can Truck Drivers Ensure their Tires are Always Fully Inflated?

    Knowing your tire inflation specifications - Given that 50% of truck drivers do not know the pressure that their tires should be inflated at, just knowing this basic information will help you be more responsible about your tires than most of your colleagues. You can find out your truck’s optimal tire pressure by looking at the vehicle’s driver manual. Generally recommended tire pressure is between 35-40 PSI, but this can vary from truck to truck. Measure your Tire Pressure at Least Once a Month - Since some air will always be leaking out of tires, it’s essential to check your tire pressure at least once every four weeks. You can measure tire pressure with a tire pressure gauge. This tool costs less than $15 and is small enough to be kept in your truck’s glove compartment. As the heat caused by driving (particularly highway driving) causes tire pressure to increase, you should always measure your tire pressure when your tires are “cold.” A “cold” tire has not been driven on for at least 2 hours. Although most trucks will be fitted with a tire pressure monitoring system, this will only alert you when a tire has deflated below 25% of its optimal pressure. This is far beyond the point where steering and fuel economy are affected, so it’s well worth regularly measuring tire pressure manually.

    Keep an Eye out for Outerwear on your Tires

    If you drive underinflated tires for an extended time, the outer edges of your tire will wear faster than the middle of the tread. This is because more pressure is exerted on the outside of tires when underinflated. Remember, is why underinflation can lead to blowouts. We can often feel outerwear if we run our hand over the tread of our tires. You should be able to notice the tactile sensation of tire treads being shallower on the outside of the tread than in the middle. If this is the case, then it’s worth measuring your tire pressure to see if tires are underinflated, as well as being more diligent with keeping your tires inflated in the future. - Written by Mike Skoropad
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    Our New Nevada Campus for Professional Truck Driver Training

    Advanced Career Institute is excited to open a CDL Training facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. We saw an opportunity to help train the next generation of professional truck drivers and we could not be happier to expand our training locations. Our Las Vegas campus is located at 4020 E Lone Mountain Rd Suite 100 North Las Vegas, NV 89081. Our staff is ready and excited to work with our students!

    Las Vegas CDL Training Facility

    Picture of ACI Las Vegas Campus Building Our new campus is designed to give our students the best facility to practice their skills and start their careers in the trucking industry. Students will begin their CDL training by expanding their knowledge about the trucking industry, equipment, and regulations in our newly updated classrooms. Students will then get the chance to practice their driving skills and backing maneuvers on our four-acre paved training yard. For anyone looking to obtain their Class A CDL in Nevada, look no further. ACI's admissions and training staff is ready to help new students get signed up and started on their journey to a great trucking career.

    What To Expect During Truck Driver Training

    We have new classes starting every couple of weeks! Students will be able to have a CDL license and a new career in their hands a just a couple of weeks. Our 4-week program is 160 clock hours of training. Our trainers will first prepare students to take their written CDL permit exam. The remaining in-classroom training will be used to learn rules and regulations and the ins and outs of your vehicle. Students will then move onto yard training where they will get behind the wheel of one of our beautiful trucks.

    How to Get Your Class A CDL in Nevada

    1. Make sure you meet all of the requirements necessary to get your Commercial Driver's License.
    2. Contact Advanced Career Institute's Las Vegas Campus to sign up for training.
    3. Next, obtain your CDL permit. As previously mentioned, when training with ACI, we will help prepare you to take your CDL permit exam during your first two weeks of classroom training.
    4. You will need to submit a driving record check. Our admissions staff will help you with this step.
    5. Complete your 160 hours of training with ACI and schedule your CDL exam.

    If you are ready to start training for your Commercial Driver's License in Las Vegas, Nevada, we are ready for you! Give us a call today! 702-463-5050

       
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    What's Next for the Trucking Industry?

    Its no question that COVID has had an impact not only on the trucking industry but every industry in America. From small businesses to corporations, everyone has had to adapt and find a new normal. The trucking industry adapted and became a key piece that held our economy together during the months of quarantine. Going into the new year, it was clear that 2021 was going to be a rebound year for freight and the trucking industry according to FTR Transportation Intelligence. With this in mind, let’s look at some reasons the trucking industry can be thankful post-COVID.

    The Rise of E-Commerce

    E-commerce has rapidly grown since it first began, but especially since March of 2020 when COVID impacted in-person shopping habits. Overall, online shopping grew 44% during 2020 in comparison to 2019. This resulted in a significant increase in products that needed to be shipped and delivered via trucks. E-commerce and online sales are expected to stay high this year. They may drop slightly compared to 2020 due to fewer COVID restrictions, but the current volume of online shopping has become the new normal. In 2021, truckers can expect to continue to have plenty of loads to haul due to this rise in e-commerce. Traditional brick and mortar stores are also beginning to fully open back up, meaning truckers will have deliveries to stores added back to their routes as well.

    Remote Work is Here to Stay

    Working remotely was a huge adjustment many companies had to make in 2020. This actually greatly benefitted truck drivers because there was less traffic on roads and deliveries were made easier. Some companies even reported deliveries were made 3x quicker by truckers during this time. With how successful remote work proved to be, many companies are now allowing workers to stay and work from home in the future. This will continue to help make travel safer for truckers even after COVID because working from home has now become the new normal.

    Contactless Technology

    One of the more efficient upgrades we saw during the pandemic was the number of companies that added a contactless or paperless approach to their business models. New technologies were implemented due to the highly contagious nature of the virus. Electronic contracts and bills are quicker and more efficient than traditional paper. Contactless pick-up and delivery services now give truckers more options when they are on the road. Drivers no longer have to walk from their trucks to security stations or warehouses and now have the ability to do almost everything online.

    The 2021 Year

    Areas that are likely to continue to see strongholds and growth are grocery stores and retail carriers. The demand is still high for both industries and will be for the foreseeable future. Another industry that is going to continue to grow is final-mile delivery and medical carriers. With the continued rollout of the vaccine and medical supplies, in addition to the rise of e-commerce mentioned earlier, both should have a strong presence in 2021. If you are a new truck driver looking to get started in the industry, it would be a good idea to talk with your potential employers about the industries they are working within.

    A Changing Industry

    The trucking industry post-COVID will be different than it was before. Luckily many differences seem to be for the better. The trucking industry has shown it has the ability to adapt to the changing needs of its communities and continue to succeed no matter what obstacles are thrown it's way. If you have chosen a career in the trucking industry, chances are that no matter what happens to the economy, truck drivers have to continue trucking. One thing that won't change in the industry is the need for professional drivers. The shortage of truck drivers continues to grow, and carriers will always need new drivers. Advanced Career Institute is proud to help train the next generation of professional truck drivers through our CDL training programs. If you would like to join an essential and growing industry, contact us today by filling out the form or calling 877-649-9614!
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    The eyes and ears of our nation’s highways

    Human trafficking has been a hot topic in the news lately, but it’s been a persistent issue for centuries. Even with an unsettling 40 million victims of human trafficking, countless individuals are still blinded to the matter. Unfortunately, truck drivers see it occurring in plain sight. In hopes to build awareness of the ongoing problem with human trafficking, January was named National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. We encourage you to take a look at how you can participate this month.

    What is Human Trafficking?

    Human trafficking is the exploitation of human beings through force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of commercial sex or forced labor. The following information is from dosomething.org and Truckers Against Trafficking.
    • Globally, human trafficking brings in $150 billion a year for traffickers.
    • The National Human Trafficking Hotline received more calls from California than any other state followed by Texas and Florida.
    • 2,692 of those calls made to NHTH were by truck drivers.
    • About 50,000 people are trafficked into the US each year, most often from Mexico and the Philippines.
    • 1,296 human trafficking victims have been identified by the transportation industry.

    Truckers Against Trafficking

    Truck drivers have shown they are in business to save lives. Truckers Against Trafficking was established in 2009 to empower the trucking, bus and energy industries to take a public stand against human trafficking. Currently, 1,014,367 truck drivers have completed their Certified Trucker Against Trafficking program. Over the years, TAT has received recognition from the U.S. Congress and the United Nation’s 100 Best Practices list for their dedicated success. Plus, they have partnered with numerous motor carriers, trucking industry associations, government transportation agencies, truck stops, travel plazas and law enforcement.

    Hero of the Highway

    Millions of truck drivers have become the eyes and ears of our nation’s highways, like Kevin Kimmel. In 2015, Kimmel saved a woman from modern-day slavery. At the time, he was pulling into a truck stop to sleep, and saw a distraught young woman through the darkened window of an RV. He decided things didn’t look right and called local law enforcement. When the police arrived, they found the 20-year-old woman malnourished and frightened. The woman had been kidnapped two weeks prior, and because of Kimmel, she is free.

    Drivers Encouraged to Participate in #WearBlueDay

    National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is recognized on January 11. The Blue Campaign, a public awareness campaign created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, hosts several events and educational activities. One of their largest initiatives is #WearBlueDay. To participate, take a photo of yourself dressed in blue and share your photo on social media with the hashtag #WearBlueDay. If you’re looking for other creative ways to raise awareness you can view their full list here or take a look at how other truck drivers have helped combat human trafficking.

    3 Ways Truck Drivers Can Make a Difference

    1. Get Certified. If you’ve received your CDL training, join Truckers Against Trafficking’s army of transportation professionals working to disrupt human trafficking. The Truckers Against Trafficking test is free for all truck drivers. You can get certified online or see if your organization offers training.
    2. Follow your instincts. Call or text the National Human Trafficking Hotline to report a tip if you ever believe you may have information about a trafficking situation.
    3. Don’t turn a blind eye. If you witness any suspicious activity notify the truck stop employee or call local law enforcement.

    If you are interested in becoming a hero of the highway, learn more about how to become a licensed CDL Truck Driver. America is depending on you!

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    Life as a trucker is more and more favorable for women with the chance of equal pay!

    As the labor market tightens, many women are looking to infiltrate male-dominated industries in search of higher and equal pay. The American Trucking Association has reported a booming 234,234 female truck drivers, a 68% increase since 2010. Many are citing competitive pay as their motive for entrance into the industry. The workplace culture of the modern truck driver can be against the grain for many women.This is partly why the industry's employees are currently only 8% female. However, don't forget, that number has increased by 68% in the past 9 years. Noticing the discrepancy between the amount of male and female truckers, Ellen Voie began the Women In Trucking Association in 2007. She wanted to create a network of female truck drivers and to encourage a more diverse representation of women in the profession. While helping the general public better visualize female truck drivers, Voie hopes that other women will be encouraged to get licensed as well. The association continues to raise awareness of the specific issues, such as equal pay, to help bring more women to the industry. They also want to focus on the encouragement of more women in executive and managerial positions. If you are a woman, 0r know a woman, interested in getting started in the trucking industry, here are some facts you can share with them about the opportunities trucking provides:
    • Truckers' pay is determined by load, hours and mileage. Therefore, gender, ethnicity or age does not affect your earning potential.
    • The advancement opportunities for a truck driver are endless and all depend on your personal hard work.
    • With more women grasping at the opportunity for equal pay, we can predict a climbing rate of female employment nationally and is a small part of acting against female poverty in the United States.
    • In addition to pay opportunities, as a trucker, you will get the freedom to travel and see the beautiful country
      Does this sound like an opportunity that fits your interests? Do not wait any longer! Contact us for more information on how to achieve your goals.
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    Refresh your trucking skills and get back on the road!

    Career changes and job advances happen to everyone no matter what industry you are in. Trucking is no different. Maybe the trucking industry is calling you back home. Even if you've been out of the trucking business for a while, we can help restart your career with a CDL Refresher Course. ACI can update your skills and make sure you are confident enough to get back behind the wheel.  Check out the reasons you should enroll in a CDL Refresher Course.

    Tailored to You

    Our CDL Refresher Course can be tailored to fit your individual needs. We understand that everyone may have different skill levels and therefore needs a specific course structure.
    • 3-week course: This behind-the-wheel only course is designed for students who already hold a California CDL permit, but have little to no experience behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle.
    • 2-week course:  For this course, CDL permitted drivers should have little to moderate driving experience before starting the course.
    • 1-week course:  Students who take this course have moderate to above moderate experience driving and a CDL permit.

    Short Time Commitment

    We know that you have already been through extensive training when you first obtained your CDL. Here at ACI, the purpose of our CDL Refresher Course is to help update your knowledge and experience behind the wheel. That is why our courses will be a maximum of 3 weeks to get you back on the road.

    Location Options

    The ACI CDL Refresher Course is available at all four of our locations: Visalia, Fresno, Merced, and Bakersfield campuses. Therefore, you can find an option that works best for you and your schedule.

    Feel Confident

    All of our CDL refresher courses are designed to help students feel prepared to take the behind-the-wheel CDL exam. There is no shame in asking for a little bit of help. ACI is here to fit your needs and help you fulfill or get back to your career goals. Contact us today to get back behind-the-wheel in a short amount of time.
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