Warm Weather Tips for Commercial Truckers

With spring finally here, temperatures are heating up all across the country.  Warmer temperatures bring some safety considerations that don’t necessarily apply during the colder winter months.

Increased heat can lead to faster erosion of your brakes. It’s important to remain vigilant of your vehicle maintenance all year round.

The same for your tires. Extreme heat increases the risk of a tire blowout. If your tires are underinflated, the risk is even greater. Be sure to continue to do all your routine inspections.

Summer means travel and vacations… and increased traffic. Be alert and aware of other drivers on the road.

Nicer weather and damage caused by snow plows results in more work zones. With workers on the roadways and heightened fines for traffic violations, slow down and use caution.

Summer months tend to have some nasty storms, whether it’s a thunderstorm, tornado, or hurricane. Roadways can quickly become flooded, visibility can plummet, and winds can gust. Know what’s ahead of you and pull over to wait until the storm has passed.

And always remember… Safety first! Your life and the lives of everyone else on the road are far more important that your haul.  Use caution, be alert, and know your limits.



Spotlight on Women in Trucking for Women’s History Month

It’s no secret the trucking industry has been facing a driver shortage for the last several years.  According to research from the Mineta Transportation Institute, women account for 50% of the employed population but only 15% of the transportation industry. Continuing to employ more women may solve more than just the driver shortage.

On average, female seat belt violations are 22% as compared to 78% for their male counterparts, 30% for speeding violations as compared to 70%, and 27% for signal violations as compared to 73%. The statics support the fact that female drivers overall are safer drivers.

The nonprofit WIT (Women in Trucking) has been advocating for female drivers since 2007. Women are needed in logistics and management as well as behind the wheel.

At Carbon Express, we value our female workforce and have had the distinct pleasure of working with Melissa Bencivengo, recipient of the 2019 Award for Women in Trucking. Melissa began her career with us just over two years ago and began with local and regional routes before expanding into the Midwest, Southern US, and Canada.  We are proud to have her on our team, and are always looking to hire employees with her eagerness and skill.

If you’re interested in a career with us, visit the careers link on our website to fill out an application, or give us a call at 973-328-0050.

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Safety Matters When Transporting Hazardous Non-hazardous Bulk Liquid

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the transportation of hazardous and non-hazardous materials through various acts & laws. These and other federal laws and rulings have created guidelines that companies must abide by if they want to transport hazardous and non-hazardous liquids, or dispose of them in an efficient, economical, and environmentally sound manner. Regardless of who is doing the transporting, if something is mis-handled it becomes the original shipper’s responsibility. Safety must always be of the utmost importance.

Bulk liquid transportation is the process of moving liquid materials such as oil, chemicals, coal, sludge, or water from one place to another. There are three types of bulk liquid transportation: non-reusable liquid transported for off-site processing, non-toxic liquid transported for specific purposes, and hazardous waste liquid transported for disposal. There are several environmental policies applicable to the transportation of hazardous waste.

Due to their dangerous nature, the majority of hazardous waste materials require special handling and shipping processes. Moreover, the transporting of bulk liquid non-hazardous & hazardous waste is a major concern because it involves the transfer of thousands of gallons of highly concentrated toxic substances each year.

Since the early days of Carbon Express, SAFETY has been a priority for the clients we serve, for our family of drivers, AND for the general public. Steve Rush, the founder and CEO of Carbon Express considers “Customers #1 and Drivers #1A”. His 56-year commitment to that credo earned the company the honor of being one of the “Top Companies in 2021” to watch. Some of the safety features of their specialized transportation trucks include:

  • Tank Inspection with every washing.
  • Routine Inspection of truck and trailer, hourly wages for drivers means no rushing through critical maintenance steps.
  • Driver dedicated hoses, meaning the hoses on each truck are the responsibility of the driver, hoses are never swapped.
  • Mandatory damage reporting.
  • Avoiding sleeper trucks to keep drivers well rested and more focused.

Our history of Safety First speaks volumes about Carbon Express. If you need to schedule the transport of hazardous or non-hazardous bulk liquid waste, contact our sales team at 973-328-0050 to discuss your needs.

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Precautions for Transporting Hazardous Materials in Colder Temperatures

The leaves have changed, the temperatures are dropping, and cold weather is just around the corner.  Here are some tips for staying safe in cold weather:

  • Make sure your trucks are up to date on all regularly schedule maintenance an are using fuel that has been treated and blended for low temperatures.
  • Keep all drivers up to speed on winter driving with refresher courses if needed, even those drivers operating out of warmer weather locations as their travel may take them to snowy regions.
  • Drive slower than the speed limit when necessary. Snowy or icy road conditions may be too fast for the legal speed limit.  Take as much time as necessary to safely arrive at your destination.
  • Don’t travel in a pack. Leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicles around you.  If it’s snowy outside and you can see the taillights of the vehicle in front of you, you’re traveling too close.
  • Always be prepared. It’s good practice to carry cat litter with you should your tires become stuck on ice.  Cat litter is environmentally friendly and will give you extra traction.  Carrying a hammer and putty knife can be helpful to make sure there’s no snow or ice packed around your air tanks.


It’s better to be prepared for any circumstance than to be stranded or suffer a breakdown during cold weather.  And with the changing weather patterns, even those drivers in more southern states should start considering cold weather preparations.

Our terminal network stretches from upstate New York down to central Florida, and we transport throughout the US, Canada and Mexico.  All Carbon Express drivers are intensely trained on how to transport hazardous materials in extreme temperatures. We take the safety of our drivers, the public, and our clients seriously all year round.