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Women In Trucking

Women In Trucking

Female truck drivers currently make up just 8% of the professional driver workforce, but their ranks are growing fast. In the years to come, you can expect to see more women in trucking industries across the board, from local and regional driving to long-haul and specialized driving. All of that said, getting the requisite training to become a truck driver can present unique challenges for women.

Tennessee Locations Parts & Service Specials – February 2023

Tennessee Locations Parts & Service Specials – February 2023

Check out this months Cumberland International Parts and Service Specials for our Tennessee locations!Brake Drum $149.99Brake Shoe Kit (Minus Bushings) $74.99Nashville parts counter 615-829-7860 Murfreesboro parts counter 615-427-4600 Lebanon parts...

Tennessee Parts Specials – January 2023

Tennessee Parts Specials – January 2023

JANUARY 2023 PARTS SPECIALS Check out the Cumberland International Specials for our Tennessee locations!Brake Drum $149.99Brake Shoe Kit (Minus Bushings) $74.99Prices and specials available while supplies last. Valid only for the month stated...

How to Become A Truck Driver

How to Become A Truck Driver

Becoming a truck driver begins with getting your professional truck driving certification, but before you can do that, you need to meet be sure that you meet certain requirements.

The Winter Weather Has Arrived!  Are You Prepared?

The Winter Weather Has Arrived! Are You Prepared?

This week the Midwest is getting its first dose of measurable snow and below-freezing temperatures. The front will bring cold temperatures as far south as Georgia. So, it is an excellent time to review with your drivers how to take care of their fuel during these times.

Are You Sharing Your Driver With Another Company?

Are You Sharing Your Driver With Another Company?

Multiple-employer driver means a driver who, in any period of 7 consecutive days, is employed or used as a driver by more than one motor carrier. This definition applies to a driver who regularly works part-time for two or more employers.

Toys for Tots – Florida Region Toy Drive!

Toys for Tots – Florida Region Toy Drive!

Cumberland International is a proud supporter of Toys for Tots Florida. You can drop off a new unwrapped toy at any of our 6 Florida locations until December 6th. All donations will stay local and go to children in your communities. Let's make a...

Haulin’ for the Holidays Toy Drive – Tennessee Region

Haulin’ for the Holidays Toy Drive – Tennessee Region

HAULIN’ FOR THE HOLIDAYS Haulin’ for the Holidays is a state-wide initiative by the Tennessee Trucking Association and its Young Professional Council to partner with TTA members and local charities to make holidays brighter for Tennessee children,...

Thank You Veterans

Thank You Veterans

More than a century after the interment of that unknown soldier, we continue to proudly observe Veterans Day each November. Here, we’ve compiled a list of Veterans that we wish to celebrate. Through their bravery, loyalty and willingness to put their lives on the line, we are able to experience FREEDOM!  Thank you to each and every Veteran!

Cumberland Receives Recognition from Women in Trucking

Cumberland Receives Recognition from Women in Trucking

Many women say they want employers with a corporate culture supportive of gender diversity, flexible hours, and work requirements to accommodate family and life balance, competitive compensation and benefits, training and continued professional development, and career advancement opportunities.

Do I Need a CDL License To Operate That Truck?

Do I Need a CDL License To Operate That Truck?

Answer: The regulations that address this question are found in FMCSA CFR 383.3 §383.3 Applicability. (a) The rules in this part apply to every person who operates a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate, foreign, or intrastate commerce, to...

Labor Department Proposes New Test for Employee Designation

Labor Department Proposes New Test for Employee Designation

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division has issued a proposed rule to redefine who is an employee as opposed to an independent contractor.  The proposed rule would apply to those legal areas where DOL has jurisdiction, such as minimum...

Preventing Driver Injuries This Fall and Winter

Preventing Driver Injuries This Fall and Winter

Slip/Trip and Fall injuries are drivers’ most common type of injury. Most of them occur during the winter months. Thousands of professional drivers are seriously injured annually due to not paying attention to winter conditions. Working on the ice...

Tis’ Deer Season. “Oh Deer!”

Tis’ Deer Season. “Oh Deer!”

It is Deer season, and now is the time to remind drivers of the dangers of animals on the roadway. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that 1.5 million deer-related accidents occur annually. Deer are struck in three out of four...

PREPARING FOR THE COLD WEATHER AHEAD!

PREPARING FOR THE COLD WEATHER AHEAD!

The first day of Fall was earlier this month, and now is the time to start preparing your operation for the cold weather ahead.  Your drivers should know what is required to keep their trucks running in winter. Fuel Additive Use during Cold Weather...

International S13 Integrated Powertrain

International S13 Integrated Powertrain

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Navistar continues its commitment to accelerate the impact of sustainable mobility with the introduction of the International® S13 Integrated Powertrain. Navistar unveiled the S13 Integrated Powertrain...

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 11-17, 2022

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 11-17, 2022

Nearly every aspect of daily life is made possible because a truck driver delivered the goods and resources people need. National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is an important time for America to pay respect and thank all the professional truck...

Applications Requested for Safe Driver Apprenticeship Program

Applications Requested for Safe Driver Apprenticeship Program

The application process remains open for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Safe Driver Apprenticeship Program (SDAP).  This is a three-year pilot program to assess whether 18-, 19- and 20-year-old drivers can safely operate...

Do I need a USDOT Number?

Do I need a USDOT Number?

This question comes up frequently from our customers and thought that this week we will address this.  This question usually is raised when we have a customer that is an INTRAstate carrier not subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety...

Idealease Safety Seminars

Idealease Safety Seminars

Idealease Will Present a Limited Number of Safety Seminars this Fall Idealease and the National Private Truck Council NPTC will again be hosting a limited number of safety seminars in the fall of 2022.  The one-day seminar this year will focus on...

Brake Safety Week is Aug 21 – 27th

Brake Safety Week is Aug 21 – 27th

CVSA-certified enforcement personnel will conduct roadside inspections on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week, Aug 21-27, to identify and remove CMVs with critical brake...

Hypertension and Drivers

Hypertension and Drivers

Driver Health Question: I have sent my driver for a DOT physical and the doctor has issued a three-month certification due to the blood pressure (hypertension) of my driver. Can my driver continue to be qualified by seeing the physician every three...

Driver Shortage Remains A Concern

Driver Shortage Remains A Concern

The pressure on the trucking industry to help satisfy America’s growing consumption increases every year. Between now and 2027, the amount of freight moved by trucks is expected to jump by 27 percent.

Brake Safety Week is Aug. 21-27

Brake Safety Week is Aug. 21-27

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced Aug. 21-27 as the dates for this year’s Brake Safety Week. Brake Safety Week is an annual commercial motor vehicle brake-safety inspection, enforcement and education initiative conducted by law enforcement jurisdictions in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. During Brake Safety Week, inspectors will conduct their usual North American Standard Level I and V Inspections and capture and report brake-related data to CVSA. The results will be released in the fall.

The Heat is On!

The Heat is On!

This crazy weather continues this year, and the Heat is setting record temperatures across North America.  Last week we discussed how the heat was impacting your trucks, today we will look at the impact to your drivers. What are you doing to...

TAPT Conference 2022

TAPT Conference 2022

TAPT Conference 2022  Tennessee Association of Pupil Transportation, better known as TAPT, held its annual conference at the Music Road Hotel & Conference Center on Monday, June 5th thru Wednesday, June 7th.  Cumberland International IC Bus...

PREVENTING A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT!

PREVENTING A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT!

A single-vehicle accident is any driving mishap where only one vehicle is involved. This can include veering off the road and hitting a tree, a rollover crash, or damage caused by animals or debris on the road. Bad weather, poor visibility, and...

SCHOOLS ARE LETTING OUT, PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

SCHOOLS ARE LETTING OUT, PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

With Spring already here, many of us are looking forward to spending more time outdoors. Many schools will be letting out in the next couple of weeks. There will be many children going to and from, and participating in, outdoor activities throughout the day. Adults, too, are taking advantage of the longer daylight hours, so let us all commit ourselves to stay alert and safe. Here are some safety tips for drivers I urge you to follow:

The last week of school is an exciting time for children, and they may become preoccupied and forget the rules of the road. Use extra caution when driving through school zones.
During those last few days of school, be aware that kids may arrive or leave school at different times throughout the day.
Remember that playground speed limits remain in effect year-round. Observe carefully when driving around playgrounds and parks. Small children are less predictable and harder to see than adults.
Watch for clues, a hockey net or ball in the road or on the sidewalk can mean kids are playing nearby. Pay attention and constantly anticipate the unexpected.
Always watch for small children as you’re backing up. Walk around your vehicle to ensure no kids or pets are behind it.
As you make your deliveries you will see children that would normally be in schools on bikes, skateboards, walking, etc. in parking lots, shopping centers, and crossing streets.