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Truck Driver Charged With Murder

Truck Driver Charged With Murder

A truck driver has been accused of multiple murders. From “Large -Marge” from Pee-Wees Great Adventure to the “Joyride” franchise, truck drivers have a haunting stipulation about them.

Well, sometimes the horror of the big screen comes to life. Barry Clark Baldwin was found and charged with multiple accounts of murder.

Between 1990-1993, Baldwin is suspected of murdering three individuals in association with him being a truck driver.

Evidence led to the arrest of Baldwin due to having similar routes throughout that time. Later, in custody, Baldwin admitted to the killings of three women. DNA tests matched that of the victims which also led to the arrest of Baldwin.

Links to Other Murders: A Truck Driver Homicide

Interrogators say that Baldwin may hold clues to other unsolved murders along those same routes.

Baldwin has openly discussed with officials the process of the string of these murders.

One victim, who was so badly mutilated that no record of her can be found, was nicknamed “Bitter Creek Betty”.

The truck driver was caught by matching DNA from a shopping cart in a walmart after being followed by police.

The truck driver has been under prosecution before. A report from one of his victims says that he tied her up, gagged her, and abused her. She got away and pressed charges. The charges were ultimately dropped and Baldwin was sent on his way to continue his murders.

Truck drivers are currently the heroes of the road. With almost everyone serving for the greater good, it makes it extremely difficult to look over how current DNA testing can help identify murderers even over 30-years after it happened. For some, they can rest knowing the story of their daughters disappearance has been solved and the case closed. For others, they await answer.

Baldwin is being held without bail in Black Hawk country jail. He is cooperating and did not challenge his extradition to Tennessee. There he will await trial.

Relief for Truck Insurance and Leases

Relief for Truck Insurance and Leases

Truckers are petitioning for further relief due to closures. Insurance rates have taken a nosedive as many truck drivers simply aren’t driving right now.

Due to the current issues stemming form COVID-19, many drivers are currently out of business, but they are still paying out large quantities of money to insurance policies. This has forced many to take their trucks off the road.

Relief From FMCSA and DOT

For truck drivers currently on the road, many are experiencing relief in the form of less restrictions. This has given many a larger opportunity for many truck drivers.

For starters, drivers are no longer forced to stop driving after the 8-hour mark. This has helped not only get drivers where they need to go faster, but it also helps small towns and grocery stores across the country receive the proper food, water, medication, and other necessary supplies. For small towns, the sight of a truck driver means that their local shop will be restocked.

Insurance Hasn’t Helped in Relief

Many insurance agencies are still expecting non-working drivers to pay their insurance which has forced them to either take their truck off the road and look for other means of work while under lock down.

For those leasing their truck, they are still obligated to pay off their agreed upon lease. This has put another large scale hit to many owner-operators across the nation. Some drivers are hit twice as hard. They have had to take their truck off the road. They have also needed to give that truck back by either returning it or by having it repossessed. This has led to a number of drivers who had previously been in good standing to forfeit their careers and potentially move to something else. With the current issues facing the country, the opportunity to work has been cut in half.

Truck Drivers Push Forward For COVID-19

Truck Drivers Push Forward For COVID-19

Truck drivers have stepped up their game since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. With many bare shelves across America the industry has had to step up its game. Due to the required demand of goods, many are left working long hours and distances in order to meet public demand.

Truck Drivers and The Empty Road

Traffic accidents are the number 1 reason US roads are so dangerous. Due to self-isolation protocols, this has left them empty. So empty, that some truck drivers have been able to make record time getting from place to place. No, this does not mean that they are speeding, but due to fewer cars on the road, they have had a pretty easy time. This provides truck drivers with a clear and open road. Free from traffic jams and unnecessary accidents.

Longer Hours for Truck Drivers

Where the trucking industry used to have restrictions of the hours they were able to drive per day, these restrictions have been lifted. Due to the high demand for products, the government has pushed a few things back. One of them is the restriction on the standard 8-hours of driving. In order to make their deliveries on time, truckers are now able to drive upwards to 14 hours per day. This is to cut down on wait time between their cargo being shipped and it’s delivery.

Inspections Have Been Pushed Back

This time of year has the trucking industry on edge. This is when inspectors are sent out in droves to randomly select trucks and pull them over for inspection. Now, as most trucks and their drivers have clean records and are deemed operatable, there are a few that aren’t. This is why these inspections are to occur. As of right now, the demand for more truck drivers is greater than any other point in US history. With so many leaving due to retirement, the industry has had a hard time pulling in new recruits. On top of that, the panic-buying craze that many have become accustomed to has put the toll on drivers even further. With so many truck drivers now overextending themselves, plus the current emergency that the country is facing, these inspections have been pushed back to June.

Increase Demand Means Increase Benefits and Wages

With the current state of things, many trucking companies have pushed for higher wages and benefits for their drivers. This not only gives the ones currently on the road a higher incentive to get the job done, but it also allows those looking for a new career path to look into the trucking industry. If you are thinking of becoming a truck driver, there are plenty of online resources in order to gather further information. Right now is the perfect time to sign up and help the country fight against COVID-19!

Electric: Putting Mechanics Out Of Work?

Electric: Putting Mechanics Out Of Work?

The electric car movement has shifted the industry in more ways than one. With fewer moving parts comes fewer variables to look out for. Thus, the days of making a moderate living in the mechanical world have shrunk. We are going to take a look at a few high-level inquires as to how the industry will shift once EV’s become the main market.

Electric Will Leave Oil Changes Behind

Standard combustion engines utilize an enormous amount of fluids in order to maintain the function of the engine. No oil in your car? Well, there can be some problems that come from that if you continue to use it dry. Oil changes have been a prominent function of auto repairs since their inception.

With an electric car, this concept goes out the window. With most people either paying to have an oil change or simply doing it in their backyard, oil changes are one of the most common forms of engine maintenance.

Fuel Line Repairs

Without the use of fossil fuels, there is no need for this part of standard combustion engines. Electric currents will instead travel through wires. No need for tubes and vacuums when there is nothing that needs to be transferred from the gas tank (which also does not exist).

Much like an oil change, if there is a significant leak in any lines, it can cause major harm to the engine. If you consistently run without having these issues repaired, then you may not have a car for very long. This again will no longer be much of a factor once electrics hit the large scale market.

Electric Won’t Kill ALL Mechanic Jobs

Basic maintenance needs are still prevalent. Even if the world was completely switched over to electric vehicles, there will still be a need for repairs. Tire rotations, brake replacement, coolant flushes, and many other factors will still be utilized in order to create safer driving conditions, but the common and more basic maintenance will go by the way-side.

Trucking AI: Lowering Insurance

Trucking AI: Lowering Insurance

Trucking AI has been on the mind of many businesses. With the current trucking crisis, many businesses are looking to fill the gaps that retiring drivers are leaving. With a shortage of new drivers looking to fill these roles. The attention of Tesla’s new smart truck has caught the eye of many looking to make the switch. With the new prospect of self -driving trucks on the horizon, many insurance agencies are asking the question: What will insurance agencies do with self-driving trucks?

Trucking AI = Limited Driver Interaction

The whole idea for fully-operational vehicles is that they do not require a driver. Since insurance agencies are able to create a policy based on the previous driving records of the operator, this might not necessarily be the case in the near future. So where does the variable sit for insurance agencies?

Trucking AI Will Decrease Insurance Policies

The AI industry will first see its accessibility within the consumer vehicle market. Once it establishes itself with a proven track record, then you will start to see more and more semi-trucks utilizing self-learning algorithms. These new methods for transportation have already played their hand within the industry. The idea of utilizing a self-learning algorithm for consumer vehicles has created a small rupture for insurance agencies.

Tesla Selling Its Own Insurance

Super smart-car company: Tesla, has already begun selling its own form of insurance for their own cars in overseas markets. With countries like China and India holding 17 and 18 in the top 25 worst drivers per country in the world, the automaker has its sights set on providing the responsibility in care for the future. Still, what are basic insurance agencies going to do when people get behind the wheel and no longer need to worry about texting and driving?

Trucking AI Development With Insurance Agencies

The idea of a self-driving car is to improve the safety conditions of the road. If, statistically, a driver makes safer and more practical choices while driving, then for obvious reasons they should remain the figurehead for road safety, but if AI becomes a more effective solution (which it is now becoming) then for all intents and purposes they should be the staple in safe and effective driving. With AI piloted vehicles now provided a much safer place for roads, the necessity for insurance is going down.

Who Is At Fault For AI Accidents?

It is unfortunate that most insurance agencies rely on a post-accident issue. With self-learning algorithms now in the mix, who is really at fault if an accident were to occur? Is it the driver? Or is it the car itself? Many newer versions of the Tesla will be able to pinpoint the exact time and steps the drivers took prior to an accident. If the driver is at fault, then the insurance agency would come after him or her. If the car is at fault, then Tesla or another company would potentially be liable (provided they do not have their own insurance over their vehicle line). All-in-all the overall cost to operate a vehicle will go down exponentially. This will act as a reflection of potential safety standards.

Self Driving Cars: Not Ready for LA

Self Driving Cars: Not Ready for LA

Self driving cars have been the focal point for the automotive industry. More so, for the Uber/Lyft side of the road. With the development of newer and improved technologies, comes the importance of safety, reliability, mileage and many other factors that make the roads a safer place. Unfortunately, it looks like cities like New York are in much better circumstances to handle self-driving cars. For places like LA, it may take longer for these vehicles to arrive on the scene.

Self Driving Cars in New York City

The impact that these have on areas like New York City as opposed to LA can be seen in the layout of each city. Where New York focuses on tightly compact living areas (it’s on an island), Los Angeles has utilized a far greater urban sprawl. Yes, you still need to get on the highway to get places in New York City, but if you’re looking for an uber ride, then you probably aren’t traveling the crazy distances to get to where you need to go. For LA, this is another matter, you pretty much take the highway everywhere. This will create further implications fora car battery life, car longevity, and the AI of the vehicle.

Los Angeles Variables.

On top of driving long-distances, LA traffic is ranked some of the worst in the country. Self-driving cars will be put to the test in more high traffic areas, and you can’t get any more high-traffic than Los Angeles. With the city ranking some of the highest in the country in terms of traffic accidents, as well as the mortality rate for drivers, it makes sense that self-driving UBER/ Lyft vehicles are going to have a harder time developing the necessary safety protocols to maneuver the city.

It Will Happen, Just Not A Soon As We Hope

Listen, we all want self-driving cars. We thought we would have them by now, or at least hover-cars. The Jetsons may have lied to us about what we would see in the new millennium, but they weren’t that far off either. All it takes is some patience and understanding and you’ll have the taxi ride of your dreams in no-time.

AB5: The Independents Fight Back

AB5: The Independents Fight Back

AB5, a bill that would turn private contractors into permanent workers has been facing harsh backlash from the CA community. Uber/Lyft drivers, along with contract truckers have fought for the ability to keep their flexible jobs.

AB5: Not Just for Drivers

This law doesn’t just slam drivers. AB5 looks to target freelance journalists and many others who run their own operations. All of whom identify as “Freelancers”. The goal is to turn a sharp “gig-economy” into full-time jobs. The entire freelance economy is at stake and will not allow gig-workers to operate their positions without becoming a member of the company.

The Biggest Issue

The major issue within the bill states that a company can hire a contractor if “the duties are outside of what the company offers.” So a company that sells protein powder can hire a contract plumber to fix their pipes, but cannot hire a freelance protein salesman. Now, that sounds interesting, but how many freelance positions become hired with other companies that specialize in what they do. This is the largest issue with the trucking industry and Uber/Lyft. The entire company relies on freelance drivers who want to set their own schedule their own hours of operation. Owner-Operators fall into the same company. They jump from trucking company to trucking company who specializes in, well, trucking. Can we start to see the problem?

Independent Contractors are Pushing Back

Many individuals have found these new rules to impede on their livelihood. As much as the idea of turning temp contractors into permanent workers, many have established themselves in the gig economy. Being able to set your own schedules allows for having the time to get daily tasks done. Family emergency? You can make up the hours after. You are in control of your own times, and AB5 takes that freedom away.

AB5: Uber/Lyft Drivers Taking to the Streets

This issue is familiar to everyone. The state hasn’t necessarily found a way to adapt effective methods to improve the standard of living for its citizens. Instead, they decided to paint a broad brush stroke which over encompasses many industries and their workers who aren’t willing to be permanent employees. Many have taken to the streets of Los Angeles, San Diego, and other highly mobile cities in order to protest the bill which would impact their livelihood detrimentally.

Nissan Skyline: You Will Never See One

Nissan Skyline: You Will Never See One

The Nissan Skyline is one of the coolest cars ever built.

It’s 2002, my friends and I are 13 years old. We’re sitting in the theater watching 2 Fast 2 Furious. As we are sitting there listing off all the cars, one stood out to us most of all. We couldn’t figure out what it was, but it was driven by Paul Walker’s character. We spent most of the movie taking wildcard guesses at to what it could be. Smartphones weren’t invented yet so we couldn’t just have an immediate answer. When we got home, we hopped on the internet (still running on dial-up) and found that it was a Nissan Skyline GT-R 34 and we would never ever get to see one in real-life.

The Nissan Skyline In America

The United States put strict regulations on the safety and emissions standards of consumer vehicles. This meant that anyone looking to be “the first kid on the block” to have their dream car was severely limited to specific make and models. One of the largest reasons the Skyline never hit the US market was simply because Nissan didn’t have the exportation of the car in mind when they developed it. In order for a vehicle to be rated and analyzed in the US, 4 must be sent for crash testing and emissions rating. Nissan simply didn’t want to crash 4 of the most beautiful cars in the world.

Right Hand Drive

Where US vehicles are designed with the driver on the left, the Skyline was developed with the driver on the right. The amount of money that would be invested into redesigning the vehicle would have been astronomical, and seeing as how the intent was not to export it, Nissan didn’t give it much afterthought. As for why they decided to go with a right-hand vehicle, I still don’t know. I can’t find out, and it sucks.

Eliminating a Grey Market

In the past, cars were largely imported at a significant discount in order to avoid retailer mark-up. Someone looking to purchase a car used to be able to go overseas, test drive the vehicle, then purchase it and pay to have it shipped back home. This would still (most of the time) come out as a cheaper alternative than purchasing a vehicle from a dealer (who would mark up the price). The US Government didn’t see this as a viable (or legal) option for consumers and they wanted Americans to purchase from American dealers. Thus, creating the safety and emissions standards discussed above would bottleneck “car guys” into purchasing only the coolest cars that the Government deemed cool. Sorry guys.

Nissan Skyline Was Too Powerful for US Roads

Going back to 2002, online forums of the time had pointed out that the Skyline was too powerful for US roads. That was more than 15 years ago, and back then it was true. A twin-turbo supercharged RB26DETT engine meant it could outrun any Crown-Vic and could easily blow away most other cars for its time. It pushed out approximately 275 horsepower, but throw in the nitrous tanks that Paul Walker had in the movie and you had something that nothing could catch. That was back in 2002. Today’s Skyline features a whopping 600 horsepower engine. This does confirm that the US doesn’t want vehicles that are greatly faster than its own police force on the road.

What You Should Know About Auto Transport Insurance

What You Should Know About Auto Transport Insurance

What is auto transport insurance and why is it important? Simply put, auto transport insurance covers damages to your vehicle in the event of accidents, thefts, and other potential dangers. However, when shipping a vehicle from one place to another, you want to ensure the policy provides the proper protection for your vehicle.

It should be noted that the amount of auto transport insurance varies with each shipping company. For example, some transporters hold themselves entirely responsible for any potential damages accrued during transport. While others may include a disclaimer in their contracts refuting them from any and all possible damages.

Therefore, you should always verify the shipping company’s insurance policy before agreeing to anything. We’ve compiled a short list of things you should know about auto transport insurance.  

Ask for Proof of Insurance

Firstly, it is required by law that all auto shipping companies have a valid insurance certificate. Ask for proof up front. Then, inquire about anything relating to the policy. For example, find out if it covers damages while in transit. Also, it is important to know whether the entire car is covered, or just parts. Additionally, you’ll want to know if you are required to pay a deductible should damages occur.

Get it in Writing

Furthermore, before signing anything, get it in writing. In the event of some unforeseen circumstances, you will be protected by the recorded document.  

Notify Your Auto Insurance Company

Sometimes your own auto insurer will cover the vehicle while in transport, depending on your policy. However, never assume this is the case. It’s always best to ask. Inquire about your policy when it comes to auto shipping. Or, whether you are required to notify your insurance company or not.

Remove Loose Items from the Vehicle

Apart from this, damage to the interior of a vehicle isn’t usually covered by the shipper. Therefore, you should remove all loose items prior to shipping. This will reduce the risk of damages to the inside. Not to mention, you also reduce the risk of theft, which isn’t covered by most shippers either.

Pre-Inspection

Moreover, a thorough inspection of the vehicle will take place prior to transport. The reason for this is to notate any existing damage. If you can, be present during the inspection. For evidence, take pictures to record its condition prior to shipping.

The Bill of Lading

Upon delivery, the owner will need to fill out the Bill of Lading. This is a report of the vehicle’s condition after transport. Search the vehicle, including the undercarriage. Also, start the engine to ensure there are no signs of mechanical damage. Importantly, once you sign the Bill of Lading, the services are rendered complete. So, if you discover an issue afterwards, the shipper will not be held responsible. However, in the event damages are found, write it on the Bill of Lading and have the driver sign the report. Then, contact the shipper regarding reimbursement.

Is there anything else one should know about auto transport insurance? Comment below.

5 Celebrities Who Were Once Truckers

5 Celebrities Who Were Once Truckers

Living the Hollywood dream is one’s fate of leaving their small hometown in the hopes of making it big on television. Well who would have thought that Hollywood’s most well-known faces were once truckers before they shot to fame. Here’s a list of 5 celebrities who were once truckers you might have seen on TV:

ELVIS PRESLEY

Yes, that’s right the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll wasn’t always singing his famous ballads to crowds across the states. During his late teen years, Presley was a truck driver for Crown Electric Company while trying to fill his aspirations as a singer. After auditioning for a band, he was told to give up his dreams and focus on trucking instead. Well we are glad how that didn’t turn out!

LIAM NEESON

Before his breakthrough roles, Liam Neeson worked as a driver for Guinness Brewery. After spending many years on the road, he decided to pursue his acting career. Which ultimately landed him in famous roles in films such as, “Taken” and “Schindler’s List.” Of course, we can’t forget about his heavy coarse voice that was casted in “Narnia.”

JAMES CAMERON

With Avatar 2 set to release in the future, director James Cameron wasn’t always known for his big box office hits such as, “Terminator,” “Titanic,” and “Avatar.” During his time on the road as a trucker, Cameron aspired to join the film making industry and taught himself every aspect there is to learn about special effects. If the time spent teaching himself special effects isn’t valid enough, just look at his box-office hits!

ROBERT DUVALL

Before being nominated for seven Academy Awards in his groundbreaking performances or films such as; “The Godfather,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and “Apocalypse Now.” Robert Duvall was a truck driver for a period of time, who would fill his free time taking acting classes with students who were soon to be famous themselves, Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman to name a few.

JASON ALDEAN

Country music artist Jason Aldean was out on the road before creating music hits. In his teens, Aldean was driving across the state of Georgia for Pepsi Beverage Company delivering their products across stores. The time spent on the road has had an impact on his music career as he recorded eight successful albums with one of the songs being about time spent on the road.

Well there’s your top list of 5 celebrities who were once truckers. Overall, many people come from different backgrounds and credit their humble beginnings that shaped them to who they are today. Do you have any special talents you like to showcase to your friend and family? If so, let us know in the comments below!