Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Car Shipping Women of America

Women are definitely a bigger presence in the car transporter business in the United States of America in the century of the environment. Finding data and information on the exact number of women that are currently working in the industry is a difficult task, but statistics collected by the United States Department of Labor indicates that there were about 1,319,000 women working in the transport industry of America in 2008. This would mean that about 15 percent of the workers transporting goods in the United States in 2008, were women, but this of course tells us nothing about how many women are actually in the business of moving cars to destination in America. The data provided by the Department of Labor also indicates that almost 5 percent of these women-of-transport are drivers, which is about 166,000 female transport drivers.

How many of these women truckers are driving an auto transport? This is a difficult question to answer considering we could find no actual data on this question. Companies in the business of transporting cars in the United States of America will certainly have data on this subject and it's probably only a matter of time before somebody compiles this information. Sources did indicate that there are currently 139,343 women registered in the United States as an owner of a transport company, but the number of these professional women that are working in the business of transporting cars wasn't included.

The one thing we would bet on is that women are going to become an even bigger presence in the transport and vehicle shipping business in the United States of America in the years ahead in the century of the environment. This is going to change the transport industry in ways that should make the trip fun, entertaining and possibly quite enlightening.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Auto Shipping Rates Being Discussed?

The future of auto shipping and the American transport industry is being discussed by professionals that showed up for the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas this week. The discussions have primarily centered about the new truck and transport technologies that are coming down the road in the months and years ahead in the century of the environment in the United States of America. In addition to the warp speed at which changes are appearing in the transport industry of America and the smart transports and environments in which these transport vehicles will be operating in decades down the road.

America heavy-duty car shipping vehicles on the transport roads and highways of the future will detect the hills and slopes on the route ahead. This allows drivers to use features like cruise control to maintain the momentum of their transport vehicle as they approach a big hill, without having to gun the engine and use more fuel than required, and to keep the engine running evenly on the flat parts of the route. At present we have seen some of this technology and its benefits in Predictive Load Management or PALM technology, which can achieve optimum engine cooling using software that detects the slope of the road ahead. This allows for regulation of the cooling of the engine of car carriers, which can take some of the load off of the engine and increase its life expectancy. The future of the transport industry of America is starting to look a little different and according to sources taking part in the discussions, things are starting to get a little exciting!

Friday, August 27, 2010

A New Bumper for Car Transport Vehicles

The auto shipping rates you charge customers could begin to look a little light if you constantly have to pay for little accidents to your transport vehicles. The new Aero Guard bumper can save you repair costs down the road and according to the maker Hendrickson is a bumper that has taken about four years to develop and design. Utilizing a unique combination of materials and a design process that has made it possible to incorporate large structural ribs into the thermoplastic injection molded parts of this new bumper, the Aero Guard bumper is the heavy-duty transport vehicle manufacturing industries first aerodynamic and lightweight non-metal bumper designed to have excellent fuel economy. Hendrickson has also indicated that the new Aero Guard bumper provides cold-impact durability down to minus 40 degrees, while staying strong, helps to keep the engine cooler, and improves ground clearance of the vehicle transport in question.

Hendrickson announced this news to the transport industry of the United States in a press conference on Wednesday, just ahead of the Great American Trucking Show, which starts today in Dallas. American professionals in the business of shipping cars overseas will most likely be on hand to take a look at the new Aero Guard bumper, so drop on by and say hello to other American truck lovers and transport professionals, and enjoy some of the entertainment that organizers have planned for the Great American Truck Show. This could be your chance to have a look at a bumper that could save you a little money down the road and make some new friends and contacts in the transport industry that could lead to profitable deals down the road.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Professionals That Ship Cars Will be There

If you're an American car transporter you want to be in attendance at the Great American Trucking Show being held in the Dallas Convention Center this week. On hand to entertain you and provide you with information on the latest in the transport industry of the United States of America will be a host of exhibits by transport professionals and live entertainment to keep your spirits up and energy in your step. There will be free parking on a lot across from the Dallas Convention Center for your convenience, so stop by and take part in the show and enjoy the entertainment on hand. This is your chance to have a little fun with other truck lovers, talk with other transport professionals from around the United States, and share some good times with Americans that love nothing better than to have a good time with friends, while checking out some great looking trucks.

What kind of entertainment will be on hand for American car shipping professionals to enjoy? The Midnight Trucking Radio Network will be on hand with more live entertainment and daily opportunities to win cash and other prizes, which will include the lively talk of Midnight Trucking Radio Network hosts, Eric Harley and Gary McNamara. The organizers of this event say that people on hand will be able to talk with the entertainers on hand, and the Rising Star theme will once again be inviting truckers to stop by the booth and register for an opportunity to win cash and other prizes. Auto transport professionals on hand that want to get a little exercise during the event can even enter the Too Hot to Trot 5k walk or run being held on Friday, and they can even stop by and talk to Jasmine Jordan, the special guest at this trucking event.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

More Car Carriers Being Ordered?

American professionals in the business of shipping cars overseas will be glad to hear that one manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks has recently announced that it would be putting about 125 more Americans to work in the days ahead in the century of the environment. Mack already has about 750 Americans on its payroll at its Macungie plant and employs an additional 1,000 Americans that live in the Lehigh Valley area, according to sources close to this news. Add these new employees to Mack's roster at this facility to the 75 workers that were recently recalled to this plant in June and it appears things are starting to heat up at Mack's Macungie Plant in anticipation of producing more Mack trucks at this facility.

At this point the number of new employees that Mack expects to hire in order to take care of its ramped up production in its Macungie Plant is still in doubt and they could find that they need more workers to handle things at this plant. Mack has stated that they have received a very warm reception from American vehicle shipping professionals and all customers towards their new EPA 2010-compliant trucks, and a recent upswing in orders for their products that meet or beat the most stringent environmental regulations in the world. Great news for Mack, the Americans that will soon be returning to work, and the new employees of Mack that will soon be added to the roster at their Macungie Plant.

American auto shipping professionals that implement Mack trucks in their operations will be smiling when they hear this news about more Americans being put to work and others returning to work producing the trucks America needs in the months and years ahead in the century of the environment. Hopefully this trend continues and down the road we hear of more Americans returning to work in the truck manufacturing plants of the United States and new workers being added to the truck manufacturing industries roster.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Educating Future Car Shipping Professionals

Auto transport professionals around the United States of America will be happy to hear that United States Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has just announced that America will be putting more money to work training the transportation professionals America will need in the years ahead in the century of the environment to make sure the transportation needs of America are provided for. America will be investing about $13.8 million in grants to eight American University Transportation Centers around the United States to help them create and conduct advanced research and education programs to address the transportation challenges America will face in the coming days.

The money will be provided by the Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) and will help the eight American University Transportation Centers in question do research work that supports the current work being done by the USDOT on the car hauling transportation systems of America.

This investment in the transportation industry of America is good news for the vehicle transport industry of the United States as this kind of investment is integral to the future of the transport industry of America. Educating the new transportation professionals of America is a essential element to creating a 21st century transportation system that will allow the United States to lead the world in green transport technologies and systems. This announcement will also help take the United States further down the road to a more modern transportation system and keep the United States in the lead in the development of new transport systems and professionals to keep the trucks rolling.

Monday, August 23, 2010

American Car Haulers Want Changes Made?

Car shipping prices in the United States will vary from firm to firm and service to service, but one thing is staying strong and consistent in the car hauling industry of the United States of America as we head into the second decade of the century of the environment. The partnership between the American Trucking Associations and the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is still going strong, but the latest reports around the American transport industry indicate that the American Trucking Associations think work still needs to be done on improving CSA 2010.

Reports have the ATA recently sending a letter to the FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro asking for a timetable to be created to establish a new process within the current CSA safety measurement system to help make sure a car transporter can only held accountable for crashes they actually played a part in causing. Apparently, the letter in question asked the agency to look at putting in place a system that would allow for a better and more accurate assessment of the actual causes of crashes.

This is great news for American auto transport professionals that have been looking at CSA 2010 and wondering if they were going to be held responsible for the crash types the ATA thinks should be reviewed. Hopefully, the administrator of the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration agrees with the ATA's point of view, and begins looking at making the changes to CSA 2010 that the association is asking for in the days ahead in the century of the environment.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Car Carrier's Using a Cummins Engine

Car carriers on the car shipping streets and highways of the United States could be utilizing a Cummins engine with a VanDyne SuperTurbocharger in the future. Cummins and VanDyne SuperTurbo have recently announced they would begin working together on the development and eventual implementation of more Class 8 trucks using VanDyne SuperTurbochargers as part of America's Super Truck program. A program that sees the costs of developing the super trucks of the future shared between the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the private sector of the United States of America, the Super Truck program is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act designed to ensure innovation and technology development in America.

Sources indicate that this agreement between Cummins and VanDyne SuperTurbo is fantastic news for the auto transport industry of America and if this partnership is successful in developing more Cummins engines utilizing a VanDyne SuperTurbocharger, sources also indicate that this idea could help to decrease the carbon wheel-print of the transport industry of the United States, in the years ahead in the century of the environment. Apparently this technology will capture the waste heat created in the exhaust and add it to the power available for the Cummins engine in question, which can increase the fuel efficiency and horsepower in the engine, and subsequently reduce the total amount of CO2 these Cummins engines will produce.

When can we expect to hear some news from this partnership about new Cummins engines with VanDyne SuperTurbochargers going into full production? The work of this partnership is just getting started according to sources, so we should probably be patient, and hope that in the future this idea helps manufacturers of internal combustion engines meet future CO2 reduction targets for their engines.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Car Transport Bridge Being Repaired

Car transportation firms that were planning on using the Interstate 55 bridge in Arkansas this week to conduct car shipping duties will need to find another route to take as this route is currently being made safer for auto shipping transport vehicles to use. Road construction engineers and crews recently found a few problems that they're currently fixing during a routine inspection of the Interstate 55 bridge that will require this popular car transport route be closed for a few days. This work will prevent possible problems due found during the routine inspection and it should make Americans and car transporters in America happy to know that the road and bridge inspectors are out on the transport roads of America doing their jobs and that the Interstate 55 bridge will soon be safer for the job of transporting cars to destination in the United States of America for years to come in the century of the environment.

The Interstate 55 bridge runs between West Memphis, Arkansas and Memphis, Tennessee and according to sources is used by numerous transport vehicles on a daily basis, so this news, while it might require a few changes in the business of professionals shipping cars to destination in America, is actually good news in that the bridge will be safer once the work is complete. This news will mean that the Interstate 55 bridge will be closed to auto transport in alternate directions starting Monday, August 9, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and continuing through until Thursday, August 12. Plans call for the outside southbound lane to be closed first and then once that work is completed the work crews will more over and do the work on the outside northbound lane, according to sources at the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Help for Drowsy Car Transporters

Car shipping professionals conducting auto transport on the automobile transport roads and highways of the United States of America that implement Takata Electronic's SafeTrak 3 product on their car transport vehicles will be glad to hear that Takata Electronics has announced they're adding a new driver alertness feature to their SafeTrak 3 system. The new feature add to Takata Electronic's SafeTrak 3 system apparently detects, monitors, and even alerts users of erratic driving that could indicate the driver needs to take a rest or weaving within lanes that could indicate inadvertent lane departures. This new feature is a great addition to Takata Electronic's SafeTrak 3 vehicle monitoring software that tracks the time of day, number of alerts, and variability in the driving performance of car hauling transport drivers. It should also help users better understand their own driving patterns and make adjustments to improve overall road safety of the auto shipping services they provide, according to sources.

Car transporters face a host of distractions while on the roads and streets of the United States of America conducting vehicle transportation services and this can include drowsiness and Takata Electronic's SafeTrak 3 system algorithims can help operators better manage their driving so they know to stop for a rest, what time of day it's in the region they're currently operating and measure their driving performance in real time, according to sources. The new driver alertness feature they just added can also diagnose a driver's inattention by monitoring the vehicles performance within the lane and then provide an alert to let the driver know to take a rest or pay more attention to the task at hand. Simply put using Takata Electronic's SafeTrak 3 system can save possibly save lives, improve the efficiency of your car transport services, and possibly even cut costs somewhere down the road.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Auto Transport Drivers Will be Welcome!

Car shipping professionals conducting car transport services on the vehicle transportation roads of Missouri will have a new place to stop when out on the highways of America that will be able to provide them with everything they need, once they finish renovating and expanding the current facilities. The Joplin Petro located at Interstate 44 and Highway 43 Exit 4 in Joplin, Missouri is currently undergoing a massive refit and expansion, according to car movers around the United States of America and sources at the Joplin Petro.

What kind of changes are they making to the Joplin Petro that will enhance the services this truck stop already provides? Plans at this point apparently include a new 15,000 square foot Super Truck Showroom that will feature two semi trucks turning on tables, an elevator, wall of light and thousands of chrome accessories to delight the heart of the trucking enthusiast. They'll also have a Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Express, a cutom vinyl and embroidery shop, new restrooms, doors that will automatically open to allow you access and some new eye-candy to make the experience a little more entertaining.

Reports indicate that the renovation work has already been completed on the Joplin Petro Fuel Center and the Iron Skilled Restaurant, which was actually redone in 2009. Car transporters conducting auto shipping duties in Missouri won't be able to stop by and check out the renovated digs until sometime early in 2011, according to the latest sources, but they definitely have something to look forward to that will probably put a smile on their faces when they first see it.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Car Movers & CSA 2010

Car transport professionals conducting auto shipping duties on the automobile transport roads and highways of the United States of America that have been wondering where they stand in the pending Safety Measurement System that will soon be implemented across the continental United States may soon be able to find out where they stand. The United States Federal Motor Carrier Administration has recently announced that they'll soon unveil the next part of CSA 2010 and starting on August 16 professionals in the business of shipping cars in the United States will be able to take a look at where they stand in the eyes of the new Safety Measurement System and the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This means according to the FMCSA that American car movers will be able to see how they are performing in each of the seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories, or BASICs.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been strongly suggesting to motor carriers of late that they might want to visit the website to become familiar with the new Safety Measurement System will work and preview their data, once it comes on line. This will give American car transporters a chance to find out where they stand and make changes to address any safety compliance issues and become a safer operator, according to the FMCSA.

This news is also joined by the notification by the FMCSA that they intend to stick to the schedule they first announced for CSA 2010. This means that by the end of 2010 warning letters will be sent out to car transporters in the United States that will be asked to come in for a quick inspection. They intend to implement this new system state by state throughout 2011 as each state gets up to speed with the changes and sometime next year the FMCSA expects to have a proposal for a new method of determining safety fitness ready for publication.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I-80 Will be Closed to Car Transport Services

Car transport professionals that need to conduct auto shipping duties along the eastbound I-80 lanes after 11 p.m. on Wednesday between exits 401 and 405 might want to find another car shipping route to take, depending on their particular circumstances, as traffic along this route will be detoured through Lincoln until about 6 p.m. on Thursday morning. American car movers that need to move cars in a westbound direction along the same stretch of the I-80 will also need to be aware that these lanes will be closed after 11 p.m. Thursday and will reopen on Friday morning, at an unspecified time.

This lane closure is actually good news for transport vehicles that need to use the I-80 as they'll be completing infrastructure work on overpasses and bridges in the Lincoln area that should make the business of shipping cars to destination along the I-80 easier to complete in an efficient, reliable and cost-effective manner. The lane closures will depend on the weather at the time of the planned closures, according to the Nebraska Roads Department, so if the weather is bad, we can probably expect the work to be delayed a little? Should the weather be good though you can expect road construction crews to be at work at the prescribed times on Thursday and Friday.

The lanes should be opened to traffic relatively quickly though and the road crews in Nebraska have a reputation for getting the work done on time, so we should probably expect the work to be done on time and the lanes opened to traffic at the times indicated.

The Nebraska Roads Department has also indicated that the eastbound lanes between the 56th Street and Waverly interchanges will close Monday night at 11 and will reopen Tuesday morning, if everything goes as planned. Tuesday night the westbound lanes on this same stretch of road will be closed to traffic and they'll be once again opened to transport vehicles on Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Car Transporters Rejoice!

Owner operators conducting car shipping services for an American car transportation firm in Ohio will be glad to hear that the Ohio Department of Transportation has decided it's time to invest in the road transportation infrastructure of Ohio's bridges. The Ohio Department of Transportation recently announced that it would be investing about $88 million of its current fiscal budget on paying for the replacing of the aging Jeremiah Morrow Bridge, which is located between Columbus and Cincinnati in the beautiful state of Ohio and connected via Interstate 71. This is great news for auto shipping firms with large loads that need to use this bridge, because the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge is currently closed to trucks of large size and weight, and this bridge is an important transport route for transport vehicles in Ohio.

Sources surrounding this affair indicate that the Ohio Department of Transportation has found a service provider to help during the construction of the project, which will include the replacing of the existing deck trusses with concrete cast-in-place segmental box structure trusses using the balanced cantilever method of bridge construction. The construction of this replacement for the aging Jeremiah Morrow Bridge is expected to take about four years, so it won't be anytime soon that this bridge will be open to large transport vehicles. It's also expected to have no effect on the current flow of two lanes of traffic in either direction and the 60,000 vehicles a day that travel on the bridge, according to sources at the Ohio Department of Transportation, which is nice to hear.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Car hauling cost control tips

One of the most important aspects of building a successful small business conducting car transport services on the auto transport roads and highways of the United States of America and being a professional owner operator is controling the costs of your business. You need to track all expenses, large and small, and conducting the required planning, budgeting of your business, and cost control measures will keep your car shipping vehicle on the road and profitable on the transport roads ahead in the century of the environment for Americas' car transportation specialists. Keeping a proper record of all costs involved in your auto shipping business will also give you an accurate picture of your business operations and allow you to manage your costs and income in a feasible and realistic manner.

Make sure you have a detailed written budget that reflects the expected income and expenditures in your business operations for each month of the year. Also, at the end of each month, take the time to look over your budget, and compare actual costs of your business operations with the expenditures you have budgeted for, and if you were over budget, take the time to figure out why, and make changes for the next month.

Separate your business expenditures and personal costs and set up a feasible and realistic budget for both, which in many cases could include putting your personal costs on a monthly allowance and sticking to it like glue. If you need to take money out of your business each month in order to meet all of your financial obligatons at home, you'll need to figure out exactly how much you need, and take the time and implement the discipline necessary to make it possible.

Implementing a few tips and hints on how to control the costs of your automobile transport business will help you keep control of how much you spend and put more money back in your pocket. Firstly, try to use your credit cards as little as possible, unless you're absolutely able to pay off the balance every 30 days, which will allow you to avoid interest charges on your business costs. Secondly, always consider the state fuel tax amount when you buy fuel, because each state adds a per gallon fuel tax, and you can often save money, since the difference in per gallon fuel tax can vary from as much as 3 cents to 30 cents, depending on the state. Thirdly, make sure to take care of equipment maintenance, which can help reduce the cost of costly breakdowns and repairs to your transport vehicle, and always check tire pressure at spots during the trip to ensure maximum life on your tires and increase the fuel efficiency of the service you provide. Part of this battle to take care of your equipment is making sure to avoid excessive braking to reduce wear and tear on your transport and maintaining the speed limit in order to maximize fuel efficiency. Sources around the car hauling industry also indicate that if maintenance and repair costs are 15 percent of your gross business income, it might be time to look at some new equipment.

Always be conscious of looking for the best price on all costs involved in your vehicle transportation business and keep an eye on costs like sales tax and those involved with shipping and handling. This will help you stay in control of the costs involved in your business and help you stay on the road to car transportation success in the United States of America in the century of the environment.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Car Movers Compare Fuel Efficient Truck Tires

Car movers conducting car shipping services on the streets and highways of the United States of America looking for another possible way to save a little money should check out the possible savings provided by using Yokohama fuel-efficient truck tires for heavy duty car transport vehicles. The best and newest way to check out the possible saving using Yokohama truck tires could have for your auto shipping services is probably Yokohama's new interactive, online tool that's located on the Yokohama Tire Corporation's website. Yokohama Tire Corporation announced Thursday the launching of their new website designed to help automobile transport firms find out how they can possible save a little money down the road in terms of fuel efficiency. Called the Yokohama Fuel Savings Calculator, the new interactive tool performs side by side comparisons of Yokohama's fuel efficient truck tires against Yokohama's competitors.

The fuel savings are apparently shown in three ways, which includes things like Annual Fuel Savings per Car Transport Vehicle, Annual Fuel Savings for Fleet, and Annual Gallons of Fuel Savings. A great way to compare the fuel savings of Yokohama's Zenvironment truck tires and new 1010ZL truck tires and Yokohama's complete line low rolling resistance truck tires certified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay Program. Reports even say Yokohama's Fuel Savings Calculator shows you the total amount you can reduce the carbon wheel-print of your auto transport services by using Yokohama truck tires.

This new Fuel Savings Calculator is a bold move by Yokohama and a confident one that will certainly help sales, provided Yokohama truck tires are as good as advertised? If professionals in the business of shipping cars in the United States of America see that they can save significantly money by implementing Yokohama low rolling resistance truck tires in their operations, we could certainly see more Yokohama truck tires on the transport vehicles of America in the months and years ahead.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Auto Shipping with Properly Inflated Tires

Car hauling professionals out on the roads and highways of the United States that have been looking at the tires on their car transport vehicle after conducting interstate car shipping duties wondering what road monster has been attacking your tires can relax. Your tires haven't been attacked by some unknown force, but by the constant attack of the dynamic physical forces acting on the rubber of the tires. Physical forces that are made worse by things like misaligned axles, unbalanced tire rotation, loose wheel bearings, and other things. Taking the time to make sure all of these aspects are taken care of can save you wear and tear on your truck tires and the time and money required to constantly replace them.

If you do need to replace your truck tires, take the time to examine them for wear patterns and talk to an expert in tire wear to see what they think, if you can find one. The truck tires that you need to replace after being on the roads of America will tell you what you need to know to increase their life expectancy, if you take the time to listen, so listen to what they have to say, and you'll benefit financially.

A tire-failure study done by the American Trucking Association's Technology and Maintenance Council recently reported that according to the results of their study about 90 percent of all tire failures can be traced back to improper tire inflation. Auto shipping professionals who take the time to regularly check the pressure of their truck tires can therefore reduce the possibility of a tire failure significantly, just by making the act of checking the pressure of their truck tires a regular part of their routine. Sources around the auto transport industry indicate that wear patterns produced by underinflated truck tires tend to exhibit several types of wear that depend on the tire type and wheel position. Watch for wavy and abnormal shoulder wear on rib tires, irregular wear rates on inner ribs, and increased wear on alternating lugs on lug-type tires, which could be indications of your truck tires running underinflated.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Essential Car Transport Road Tool

One piece of essential car shipping equipment that every car transport professional needs to take on the road with them is a Rand McNally Motor Carriers Road Atlas. Rand McNally just updated the Motor Carriers Road Atlas, with a new version that according to Rand McNally includes new maps and content essential for car transporters to take with them on their road trips. An indispensible road tool that you should always have in the cab of your car hauling vehicle, the new Rand McNally Motor Carriers Road Atlas is the commercial transport drivers helping hand when they need to find their way to destination in an efficient and reliable manner in the United States of America.

Rand McNally worked closely with professional transport drivers out on the transport highways of the United States to make improvements and additions to this edition that are designed to help transport professionals navigate the transport roads of America. They have apparently added things like completely revised state and province maps, including updated mileages, additional suburb, town and small city names, and better urban area representation to help transport professionals navigate the transport routes of America in the years ahead in the century of the environment. Updated highway maps show the newest truck roadways as designed by the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) or highways that have been designated for transport vehicles and the new city maps include insets of downtown areas.

Rand McNally didn't stop there as the new edition has redesigned maps that more accurately display the curvature of the roads and are easier to read. The updated charts include more than 800 changes that have been made to truck-specific state contact information, such as operating authority contacts, emergency police and even vehicle registration. The new Rand McNally Motor Carriers Road Atlas also features roads and information to assist over-the-road trucking operations, such as detailed coverage of the state-designated truck routes and STAA-designed routes, and even updated coverage of the rules and regulations concerning the transport of hazardous materials.