10 Questions Drivers Need to Ask About Truck Equipment

truck equipment ABCO trucks August 28, 2017

When the majority of your time as a trucker is spent on the road in a truck, it is important you are working for a company that takes care of its truckers. The company you work for should always be investing in good truck equipment and have policies in place that keep you comfortable and safe. Our ABCO Transportation recruiter Art Gahagan answers the top 10 questions drivers need to ask about truck equipment.

1. How Old is the Truck Equipment?

Always make sure the trucking company you work for provides newer and modern truck equipment.

“Our equipment is two years old or less. It’s important to keep our equipment up to date for our drivers.”

2. How Often is Equipment Replaced/Upgraded?

Drivers should look for a company that is consistently upgrading and replacing its equipment to keep your truck equipment up to date.

“Every two years. Upgrading and replacing equipment on a regular basis shows we care about our drivers.”

3. Do You Offer Automatic Only Transmissions?

These days, drivers prefer driving automatic only trucks. Who can blame them? The days of spending long days working a manual transmission truck are over.

“Yes, we only have a limited amount of day cabs with a manual shift. Automatic only is important for drivers today.”

4. Do You Offer Electric or Diesel APU?

Auxiliary power units, called APUs, operate accessory equipment such as air conditioning and heating systems for sleeper cabs. Diesel-powered CPUs have almost unlimited power when fuel is helping to run the APU.

“Diesel APUs. They produce a lot of power for cabs.”

5. Where Do I Need to Park the Equipment While on Home Time?

Sometimes it’s difficult for truck drivers to park their rig at their home. They might get a threatening letter from the homeowner’s association or not have the room to park the rig on their property. At ABCO, you don’t have to worry because trucks are parked at conveniently located terminals and facilities throughout the country.

“At ABCO, terminals are located throughout the country.”

6. What Speed Are Your Trucks Governed?

At ABCO, our trucks are governed at higher average highway speeds. It’s more difficult for truck drivers to pass slower moving trucks and vehicles when trucks are governed at slower speeds.

“Sixty-nine and 70 miles per hour.”

7. Are Your Trucks Equipped with E-logs?

A federal rule now requires truck operators to use electronic logging devices, which are also known as E-logs or ELDs. These devices eliminate paper logs. Learn more about the ELD mandate and how ABCO is equipping its systems for a smooth transition.

“Yes, all of our trucks at ABCO are equipped with E-logs.”

8. Do Your Trucks Have Inverters?

Inverters provide power from a battery bank quietly without idling the truck engine to supply power to your cab.

“Yes, our trucks provide inverters for drivers.”

9. Do Your Trucks Have Dash Cameras?

ABCO trucks do not have dash cameras.

10. Do Your Trucks Have Driver Cameras?

ABCO does not utilize driver cameras that watch drivers while they drive, eat and sleep in their cabs.

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Drive with ABCO Today

ABCO Transportation Is looking for new CDL drivers. ABCO embraces diversity and offers generous driver benefits, including competitive wages through a tier-based structure based on experience. We also offer safety and referral bonuses, mileage incentives and fuel network bonus opportunities. Drivers can also enroll in the company’s 401K plan after one year of employment.

ABCO drivers also have exclusive use to three company resorts in Fort Myers, FL, Astor, FL and Cashiers, NC. These resorts are available to drivers after six months of service.

Get in the cab of an ABCO truck today and work for a company that genuinely cares for its driver family. Contact us today so we can discuss our truck equipment and driving opportunities.