Trucking, Scary Dashcam

Trucking: This truck driver caught a ghost on his dash cam

Even though the connection might not be obvious, the trucking industry is no stranger to the dark and mysterious. Whether it’s a haunted truck stop or a disaster on the road, scary things happen all the time. It’s unavoidable in an industry that employs over 6 million people across the United States.

If you’re reading this article at night, you may want to close it out.

This week, we saw another example of a creepy occurrence captured on a truck driver’s dashcam at night.

Even if the trucker’s video doesn’t show a ghost, it’s extremely creepy

The video originally depicts something that looks like a human standing next to the road. In fact, most attentive drivers would go so far as to move their vehicle out of the way. This includes William Church, the driver who saw the ghost, who actually twitched the wheel to miss whoever it was.”

Church states that while he originally thought he had seen a human, a review of the dashcam footage showed that the figure did not appear to have an upper half. Despite the bottom half of the figure seemingly having two legs standing up, this one remains a mystery to this day.

Either way, it’s not something that you’d want to see while driving down the road. Best case, it’s some sort of animal or a reflection of one. Worst case, you just saw a ghost – a few feet further into the road and it could have caused any driver to swerve out of the way and crash.

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The best perks of being a Whiteline Express driver

Whiteline Express is one of the larger trucking companies in the United States – another finish in Freightwaves’ Top 500 For-Hire Fleets proved that. On that list, Whiteline Express finished 286th with 312 tractors and over 1,200 trailers.

The company continues to grow and improve over time.

Today, I’m going to list some of the best perks of being a Whiteline Express truck driver.

1. Driver Bonuses

The turnover rate in the trucking industry is currently over 90%, meaning that over 90% of drivers leave companies after less than a single year. At Whiteline, we try to lower that number as much as physically possible by making our employees happy.

One of the ways we do that is by creating some of the best bonuses in the industry.

One of our bonuses that flies under the radar is our referral bonus. Perhaps it’s the name, which sounds too much like reefer, that deters drivers from taking advantage of this. That said, it’s too good of a bonus to ignore.

Anytime I talk to a driver, I tell them to refer drivers. If you tell somebody to drive for Whiteline and they list you in their application, you will earn $0.12 per mile for every mile they drive in their first three months. That’s an average of over $3,000 per referral and all you don’t have to do anything more than refer somebody.

If you’re considering a move to another company, try referring other drivers to Whiteline Express instead. 

2. Pet & Rider Policies

When it comes to whether or not a trucking company will allow pets or riders, your chances can come down to a toss-up. In fact, fewer than half of trucking companies in the United States allow pets in their vehicles. A notable company on that list is Heartland Express.

Whiteline Express does allow pets and riders to ensure that our drivers are happy. Check out our favorite Whiteline dog, Suave.

3. Our Mileage Assurance Program

One of the biggest complaints that you see from drivers across the industry is that companies will not give them enough miles. After all, most drivers are paid per mile. No miles, no money.

Because of this, we have a Mileage Assurance Program at Whiteline Express. Our drivers will be paid for 2,500 miles as long as they hit 1,700 in any given week. This assures that they’re able to generate the income that they were looking for when they began working here.

Want to apply? Click here.


5 trucking industry facts you probably didn’t know

The trucking industry is arguably the most important sector in the United States. Without it, supplies would be non-existent and food would be scarce in certain areas. That’s why it’s so important to support trucking, especially for the future.

But with an industry as large as trucking, there are certain surprises that come along.

Some of these surprises come on the road, while some are on paper. Here are 5 trucking industry facts that you probably didn’t know.

Over 97 percent of trucking fleets operate 20 or fewer trucks

While there is an endless number of trucking fleets in the United States, most of them are very small. For perspective, over 97% of these fleets have 20 or fewer trucks. Over 91% have six or fewer.

This means that most fleets are microscopic and the mega-fleets are not as common as you might think.

There are 7 million employees in the trucking industry

This number can be slightly misleading, as only around two million of these employees are truck drivers. That said, a whopping five million work in the trucking industry in some capacity.

In total, over 2% of the United States population works in the trucking industry. That number doesn’t sound overly impressive, but this means that one in every 50 people works for one of these companies.

Trucking companies cap your speed to save fuel – and it helps a lot

If you ever wondered why so many trucking companies cap their trucks’ top speed, it’s much more simple than you might think. They want to save gas.

In fact, by capping the speed of these trucks at 65 MPH instead of 75 MPH, companies save 27% on fuel usage. While this may seem insignificant, it can save up to $200 per tank of gas.

Commercial trucks use over 20,000 gallons of fuel per year on average

Ever wondered how much gas you go through in a year as a truck driver? That number likely sits above 20,000 gallons, which can equate to over $100,000 in gasoline.

In comparison, a normal four-wheeler will only go through an average of 500 gallons of gas. Cheaper gas, too.

Trucking is one of the highest-earning blue-collar professions in the US

The number for average salary of a truck driver varies greatly. If you ask a trucker, they’ll probably claim to be making six figures. If you ask someone who isn’t in the industry, they’ll give you a drastically low number. Generally speaking though, that number sits around $60,000 per year, which is on the higher end up blue-collar professions.

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Around one-third of trucker drivers come from these 3 states

The trucking industry is, for lack of a better term, huge. It is estimated that there are 3.6 million truck drivers in the United States, according to the Census Bureau, which would make up over 1% of the country’s population.

That means that each state, on average, has around 72,000 truckers on average. But it’s not all even.

In fact, a very large percentage of truckers in the United States are spread among just three states, with major trucking hubs being in specific locations. Unfortunately, those locations aren’t overwhelmingly surprising.

Around one-third of truck drivers reside in either Texas, California, or Florida

The exact order goes like this:

  1. Texas
  2. California
  3. Florida

Coming in at number four is Pennsylvania, which is the fifth-most populated US state.

That said, these three states are also atop the list of most populated states in the US, so it’s no surprise that they lead the nation in truck drivers. But which state would you see the most truck drivers? In other words, which state has the highest density of truck drivers?

Three entirely different states have a higher density of truck drivers

As unsurprising as the last list was, this one might turn some heads. The highest density of truckers by state goes like this, according to Visual Capitalist:

  1. Arkansas
  2. Nebraska
  3. Wyoming
  4. Iowa
  5. North Dakota

So in simpler terms, the Midwest has a very high density of truckers in its lowest-populated states.

The state with the lowest density of truck drivers is New York, which is still among US states with the most truck drivers — this is likely because it is the country’s fourth-most-populated state. NY is closely followed in lowest density by Rhode Island, Connecticut, and, surprisingly, Massachusetts.

Whiteline Express’s primary states are relatively average, with Michigan, Ohio, and Texas all coming between a density of 1.1% to 1.3%.

Which state surprised you the most?

trucking, snowplow contest

Trucking: The best names from MN’s Name a Snowplow Contest

This year, Minnesota DOT held a “Name a Snowplow” contest and some of the names to come from it are… creative.

According to Minnesota Department of Transportation, over 60,000 people voted on their favorite name among the 60 options. They compiled some of the best and funniest names that were submitted and the winning eight will be on actual snowplows in the state of Minnesota. Here are those eight in order from first to eighth.

  • Yer a Blizzard, Harry
  • Blizzo
  • Clearopathtra (my personal favorite)
  • Better Call Salt
  • Han Snowlo
  • Blader Tot Hotdish
  • Scoop! There it is
  • Sleetwood Mac

More names were produced in this contest, for better or worse

The list does not stop at the winning eight, as Minnesota DOT released the full list of 60 names, their rankings, and how many votes each received. For example, the name that received the lowest number of votes was “As the Snow Flies.” Boring. Here are some other noteworthy names from the list.

  • Taylor Drift
  • Hippoplowtamus
  • Alice Scooper
  • Clark Blizzwald
  • I Came, I Thaw, I Conquered
  • Plower to the People
  • Blades of Flurry
  • Queen El-ice-abeth II

In reality, it’s just a contest to see who can come up with the worst snow-related puns with no lack of submissions. My personal favorites are “Clearopathtra,” “Better Call Salt,” Blades of Flurry,” and “Alice Scooper.”

Trucking, Winter

7 clothing tips for truckers to stay warm in the winter

Generally speaking, those who work in the trucking industry can stay warm pretty easily. Almost all trucks on the road have a heating unit and can maintain a comfortable temperature while truckers are driving from point A to point B.

That said, truckers can’t always stay in their trucks. Depending on where you work and specific circumstances, all truck drivers will spend some time outside of their vehicle. In the winter months, this can be excruciating. But there are things you can do about it.

Here are 7 things you can do to ensure a warm winter as a truck driver

1. Know your fabrics. The type of fabric that you wear makes a big difference. If you wear cotton, you’ll lose insulation value as soon as it becomes wet — this makes it a better middle layer than inner or outer layer. Wool, silk, and most synthetics, on the other hand, retain their insulation even when wet. These should be used for outer layers.

2. Wear at least three layers of clothing. An inner layer of wool, silk, or synthetic to wick moisture away from the body, a middle layer of wool or synthetic to provide insulation even when wet, and an outer wind and rain protection layer that allows some ventilation to prevent overheating.

3. Wear a hat or hood. Up to 40% of body heat can be lost when the head is left exposed. Wearing a hat or a hood is one of the most important things you can to do stay warm.

4. Wear insulated boots or another suitable type of footwear. If necessary, wear thicker than normal socks on cold days.

5. Keep a change of dry clothing available in case work clothes become wet or unusable.

6. Avoid wearing tight clothing other than the wicking layer. Loose clothing will allow for ventilation of heat away from the body.

7. Be aware of the wetting effects of perspiration. You’d normally think that you’re trying trap heat and get your body as warm as possible. This can backfire at times. If your body isn’t properly wicked or vented, trapped sweat can actually cause you to become colder and is often a bigger issue than rain or snow.

Saints Row 3 Trucking

How did this video game get this trucking detail so wrong?

Semi-trucks are well-represented in the media. There are countless films, commercials, and advertisements that feature 18-wheelers as a key piece in their storyboard. Truckers and semi-trucks are a huge part of pop culture and gaming is no exception to this.

Many of these games are hyper-realistic, like American Truck Simulator or any game in the Forza series. Generally speaking, these games do a good job of recreating semi-trucks down to specific details in the engine.

Sometimes, however, the creators of these games do a bad job. No — scratch that — sometimes, they do a terrible job.

Saints Row: The Third put all of the semi-trucks backward into the docks

If you haven’t already, go look at the image above from r/Truckers on Reddit. If you’re a trucker, you’ll immediately spot the issue.

That’s right, the trucks are somehow forward-facing to the docks in this screenshot of Saints Row: The Third Remastered. It’s unclear just how anybody would rationalize the positioning of these trucks, as it would be pretty much physically impossible to get them into the docks without backing them in. A Reddit user jokingly mentioned that the trailers might be double-sided.

Here’s the positive — sometimes games like this do things incorrectly on purpose. As an example, Grand Theft Auto V has stats that show each car’s acceleration, speed, and handling. These stats are known to be completely made up. Why? The developers thought it would be funny.

Let’s hope that this is another example of a gaming developer trying to be funny. Otherwise, it’s one of the sillier-looking mistakes that I’ve ever seen in a video game.

And the worst part? This game was remastered, meaning that the developers updated all of the graphics in the game. This means that they had the chance to fix this error and once again, left the trucks facing the wrong way into their respective docks.

Trucking, Bribe

Trucking: Former FMCSA employee was caught accepting a bribe

The United States Department of Transportation can be notoriously stingy. As a trucker, if you do a single thing wrong, they can and will make your life extremely difficult. The department is known for being extremely strict with rules and regulations.

Sometimes, this doesn’t necessarily apply.

In this case, Patrick Gorena, a former border investigator for the FMCSA,

Patrick Gorena was a border investigator for the Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Spoiler — he’s not anymore. In fact, it’s looking like Gorena never will be again, as he was recently caught accepting a bribe from an undercover law enforcement officer.

Patrick Gorena, a former DOT employee, admitted that he failed to report violations

Patrick Gorena originally put himself on the radar by demanding $3,500 from a trucking company. In exchange, he would look past violations that could potentially cause fines or even loss of DOT license. He would eventually be targeted by law enforcement, who would catch him accepting a $2,000 bribe from an undercover officer. This is what would lead to his eventual demise.

Extortion of this degree doesn’t seem to be very common in the industry in the United States. When it does happen, it seems like the perpetrator is always caught.

In Gorena’s case, he was caught and has pled guilty to extortion under color of law as recently as this week. Is your career really worth $3,500?

Truck Driver Wins Lottery

This truck driver just won $1 million lottery jackpot

A truck driver from Pittsylvania County stopped to get some food in Virginia. He would leave with $1 million… sort of.

According to the Virginia Lottery, a truck driver stopped at Mills Grill and Grocery for a BBQ sandwich. While he was there, he purchased two tickets for the state’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle. He won.

The truck driver, Tim Allen, said that it was his first time doing the raffle and described his emotions as “pure excitement.” But he’s not the only truck driver who has won the lottery this year.

Truck drivers have a history of winning the lottery

You’ve probably seen more than a handful of headlines that are very similar to the one above — that’s because it has happened many times before. In fact, it seems like truck drivers are always winning the lottery. Just look at the anonymous lottery winner from Illinois who won $1 million earlier this year. The driver claimed that he frequently drives through Michigan and always buys tickets when he’s in the state.

And perhaps that’s the secret to winning a lottery ticket — access. Truckers are constantly passing through new areas and stopping at gas stations and rest stops. Lottery tickets are, in all likelihood, staring them in the face at all times.

Just a few years ago, a truck driver from Brooklyn cashed in nearly $300 million after winning the Powerball. Taxes would reduce it all the way down to $114 million but still. That’s over $100 million.

Trucking Fires, Arson

The trucking industry has an arson problem

If you keep up with the trucking industry, you’re no stranger to the plethora of stories involving the arson of a trucking terminal, fleet, or shop. At this point, the total number of fire-related accidents in the industry is starting to seem suspicious. With each new debilitating fire, we seem to find a new suspect who began it.

The most recent victim was Gentry and Sons, a prominent YouTube channel and trucking company. Tim Gentry, the owner of the company and channel, recorded the fire and his reaction to the fire. It’s extremely sad to watch. As things stand, there is no known cause for the fire and no true reason to believe that it was done by an arsonist.

Still, it brings up an important topic that isn’t frequently discussed in trucking — why are there so many fires? To take it a step further, you could even begin to ponder why so many of these fires lead back to an arsonist, or someone who intentionally began the fire.

Why are people burning down trucks, fleets, and shops?

Most people probably remember the Michigan man who set fire to 25 Swift Transportation trucks over roughly a two-year period. If he is found guilty, he could face up to 20 years in prison. It turns out that this man, who would be identified as Viorel Pricop, had been involved in other criminal activity such as transporting illegal goods. Swift is the company that helped put him behind bars, giving him a reason to retaliate.

But he’s not the only one who has set fire to a truck recently.

Anthony Dick, a 39-year-old former Estes Express employee, set three small fires which eventually would cause damage to a handful of trucks and trailers. He is also facing legal issues. Dick claims that the fires were set “accidentally” but law enforcement contradicted this by stating that there is no way that the fires were an accident.

Just last month, Patrick Excavating and Trucking took serious damage by fire. Another fire devastated a trucking company in Iowa, causing up to an estimated $4 million in damage. The list goes on and on.

At some point, the question has to be brought up — should something be done about arson and fires in the trucking industry? It seems like every week, there is another company devastated by a fire.