Midwest Peterbilt News & Views
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Countdown is on for AOBRD/ELD switch
From truckinginfo.com:
The deadline for drivers and fleets to transition from grandfathered automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) to mandated electronic logging devices (ELDs) is less than a year away.
The switch is mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA).
The ELD rule went into effect April 1, 2018; however, the use of AOBRDs installed prior to Dec. 17, 2017, was given a two-year extension.
While the functions of the AOBRD and ELD are similar, ELDs are more accurate and have more potential to be integrated into other fleet management solutions.
Industry experts say the benefits of accuracy and the ability to integrate it into a telematics solution to leverage the ELD data should motivate fleets to begin the transition long before the Dec. 16 deadline for ELD compliance.
More practically, as fleets that have already transitioned to ELDs discovered during the 2017 transition, implementation and training will likely take significantly longer than expected. Visit truckinginfo.com to read the full story. For more information on the FMCSA ruling, visit fmcsa.gov.


MPG talks diesel tech jobs at Neb. college career fair
Students at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska, had an opportunity to chat with alumnus John Robinson (center) about careers as a diesel tech during a college event Jan. 7. Robinson, a graduate of NCC, interned at Peterbilt of Sioux City and then was hired full time. MPG actively recruits potential employees at area job fairs and at pbtruck.com/Careers .


5 ways to prevent driving calamity in cold weather

1. Keep fuel tanks full
Your engine is your only reliable source of heat, so you need to keep it running. You stand a much better chance of surviving if you have enough fuel to last a day or two stranded at roadside.
2. Keep emergency rations
A couple of cans of soup or ready-to-eat canned food is useful if you have a means to heat it (don’t forget to buy pop-top cans or include a can opener in your emergency kit), but you can always use some alternate source of heat such as the defroster, the engine exhaust manifold, or a can of Sterno.
3. Be prepared to stay warm
A winter survival kit is a must for any driver on an irregular route where you don’t know where you might be going next. Winter coats, boots, etc. can be purchased cheap at Goodwill stores and used clothing shops. Don’t go without because of the high cost of new winter clothing.
4. Pack a winter tool kit
• Several small cans of Sterno (gelled alcohol used to keep food warm) or candles (good for a little heat and light), butane lighter, plug-in rechargeable flashlight
• Sleeping bag for additional warmth
• Anti-gel fuel additive
• Air-line antifreeze
• Windshield ice scraper
• A large bag of road salt or cat litter for traction
5. Have a survival strategy
If you find yourself stranded and isolated and not going anywhere because of foul winter weather, don’t panic. Take stock of the situation and assess your options – which are usually limited to waiting it out until the road is cleared or help arrives. Read the full article by Jim Park at truckinginfo.com.


Peterbilt of Sioux City has new customer parking lot

A new parking lot at Peterbilt of Sioux City, 4135 Harbor Drive, is available for customers needing to leave their personal vehicle before heading out on the road. The new black-top lot is on the outside of the fence on the north end of the building, near the truck hoist and Body Shop. See the Service Department for details.


Truck Shows and Special Events Schedule

 Winter 2018 - 2019  

53rd Annual Triumph of Ag Expo: Wednesday & Thursday Feb 27 -28, 2019

Spring 2019

Midwest Pride in your Ride: Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa May 3 - 4, 2019 Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life

SDTA Truck Driving Championships: Saturday, May 18, 2019 7:00 a.m. at Southeast Technical Institute, 2320 N. Career Ave. Sioux Falls, SD

Summer 2019

16th Wheel Jam Truck Show: May 30 - June 2, 2019 in Huron, SD at the state fairgrounds.

Oak Grove Truckers Jamboree: June 14 - 15, 2019 at the Oak Grove 70 Petro, I-70 Exit 28, Oak Grove, Missouri.

IMTA Truck Driving Championships: to be held June 13 - 14, 2019 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa.

30th Sandhills Ranch Expo June 19 -20, 2019 in Basset, Neb.

Walcott Truckers Jamboree: July 11 -13, 2019 The 40th Annual Jamboree hosted at the Iowa 80 Truckstop, I-80 Exit 284, Walcott, IA.

Made in the Shade Truck Show & Shine: July 20, 2019 David City, Nebraska. Butler county Fairgrounds

10th Annual Eau Claire Big Rig Truck & Tractor Show August 16 - 18, 2019. Northern State Fair Grounds, Chippewa Falls, WI.

DAKOTAFEST: Schlaffman Farm, 2300 Spruce St. Mitchell, SD August 20 - 22, 2019 Follow us on facebook at "Dakotafest".

 Fall 2019  

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week:
Sept 8 - 14, 2019

Husker Harvest Days: Sept 10 - 12, 2019 9000 W. Husker Highway, Wood River, NE