Memorial Day 2017

by: Karol Smith on

Memorial Day is the day set aside to remember with gratitude and pride all those that served and died for our Country and our Freedom.

In observance of Memorial Day on Monday May 30, 2017, all BarOle Trucking, Inc offices will be closed. 

Our offices will re-open Tues, May 31st at 8am. 

May your day be filled with memories and peace. God Bless America!


by: Paul Gerou on

One month left to prepare for International Roadcheck

The Safety Fitness Determination rule would allow the agency to rely more heavily on roadside inspection data and violation data to determine carriers' safety fitness. Some carrier groups, however, argue the rule's issuance violates provisions of the 2015 FAST Act, which requires reforms to the CSA program.

CVSA’s annual Roadcheck inspection spree is one month away.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance‘s annual International Roadcheck inspection spree will be held in one month, June 6-8, across North America.

CVSA plans the 72-hour event each summer to “conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives.”

As previously reported, cargo securement will be the main point of emphasis for inspectors this year. While this is a normal part of CVSA’s Level I inspections, the organization says its inspectors will be highlighting cargo securement as a reminder to drivers and fleets of its importance.

CVSA offers cargo securement tips ahead of annual Roadcheck blitz

CVSA offers cargo securement tips ahead of annual Roadcheck blitz

Violations related to load securement include failure to prevent shifting and/or loss of load, failure to secure truck equipment, damaged tie-downs, insufficient tie-downs, and loose ...

To help prevent violations related to load securement during the inspection spree, CVSA says to make sure the load and all equipment is properly secured, and to inspect tie-downs to check for wear and damage.

Violations related to cargo securement include failure to prevent shifting/loss of cargo, failure to secure truck equipment, damaged tie-downs, insufficient tie-downs and loose tie-downs. The group has put together tips and a flyer for cargo securement in advance of the spree.

CVSA says an average of 15 trucks and buses are inspected every minute across North America during the 72-hour event. During 2016’s inspection spree, inspectors placed 21.5 percent of trucks inspected out of service, along with 3.4 percent of drivers, or 9,080 trucks and 1,436 drivers.

Stay Metrics and Luma are offering the trucking industry a complimentary training module on Level 1 inspections and the areas of cargo securement that officers will be targeting.

The online module provides a short, interactive learning and assessment. It will be available during the months of May and June at No login or registration is required.

Happy Thanksgiving

by: Paul Gerou on

We will be closed 


Normal business hours Friday 


Stay Safe on the Roads This Winter Season

by: Paul Gerou on

Check for Trucker Weather and Road Conditions


Truckers looking for the latest in winter road conditions, live traffic maps and weather alerts are advised to log on to

511 is the Minnesota Department of Transportation's (MnDOT) official traffic and traveler information site. MN 511 offers reports for interstates, U.S routes and state highways in Minnesota. It does not give information on county roads or city streets.

What are the available 511 resources for truck drivers and dispatchers?

At you can find:

  • The 511 app
  • Full-feature website: dynamic Google map and the "My Reports"
  • Map of statewide winter road conditions
  • Up-to-date Metro Traffic map
  • Weather alerts - dense fog, high winds, storm alerts
  • Streamlined website: static Google maps gives winter road conditions, road reports, traffic speeds, truck restrictions and cameras
  • Telephone: dial 511 for voice activated traffic information

Webiste Features:

  • Updates on winter road conditions, construction projects and road closures.
  • Traffic maps with traffic speeds, traffic incidents and camera images
  • Trucking restrictions including weigh stations and vehicle OSOW restrictions
  • Hands-free, eyes-free audio notification of traffic events while traveling
  • Weather alerts - dense fog, high winds and storm alerts.
  • Other states' road condition reports

ATRI wants truckers to weigh in on medical certification process

by: Paul Gerou on

ATRI wants truckers to weigh in on medical certification process

|September 14, 2016

doctor medicalA set of surveys were launched Sept. 14 by the American Transportation Research Institute and the Mayo Clinic to gauge the impact the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners has had on the driver medical exam process.

One of the surveys is intended for truck drivers, one for carriers and one for medical examiners. The NRCME was launched in 2014, which required medical examiners performing DOT physicals to take an approved course, pass an exam and be listed in the registry before issuing medical certificates. The rule also requires truckers to use an examiner in the registry to obtain their bi-yearly medical certification.

ATRI and the Mayo Clinic say the research will indicate how effective the NRCME process is in improving the DOT physical process, as well as making sure medical examiners understand the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s regulations and guidance for issuing medical certificates.

“Driver health and wellness continues to be a top industry issue and area of research for ATRI,” said ATRI President Rebecca Brewster. “The joint research with Mayo Clinic will shed light on how the medical exam process is working since the advent of the national registry.”

The survey for drivers can be found here. ATRI asks drivers in the survey about information regarding average length of haul, time with a CDL, any chronic conditions diagnosed by a physician or clinic, where the driver obtained his or her medical certificate and more about the medical exam process.


Driver Appreciation

by: Paul Gerou on

September 11 – 17 is Truck Driver Appreciation Week

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It’s Truck Driver Appreciation Week and we want to say thanks.


Thank you for keeping the world moving. Every day you’re on the road, you make a difference.

Drivers like you are critical to our business. Your dedication truly makes all the difference for companies around the world.

Visit our site to watch videos of your C.H. Robinson representatives saying thanks and connect with us on social media.



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The American Trucking Associations (ATA) and their Share the Road highway safety program launched a new Share the Road Instructional Video demonstrating safe-driving techniques. 

The primary focus of the new video and of Share the Road's entire campaign is to share information about trucks' blind spots. It also addresses the most prevalent dangerous driving habit - distracted driving. 

Professional truck drivers deliver tips and tricks for safe driving, including: 

  • Recognize blind spots: All four sides of the tractor-trailer have a blind spot. A good rule of thumb is "If you can't see the driver's face, the driver can't see you."
  • Wear your safety belt: Seat belts save lives. Day or night, front seat or back seat - wearing a safety belt can save your life.
  • Slow Down: Chances of a crash nearly triple when driving faster than the surrounding traffic.
  • Be alert in work zones: The spring and summer seasons are when work zones are most common. Reduce speeds and pay close attention to barriers and workers when traveling through these zones.
  • Keep your eyes on the road: Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. A car traveling at 60 miles per hour covers more than 500 feet in six seconds - even texting the word "Ok" is a major risk. Do not text and drive.

To view the video, click here

Another great way to get involved is to participate in the MTA's Share the Road program. We travel to participating high schools and teach their students through a hands-on safety demonstration how to share the road safely with trucks. 

For more information on MTA's Share the Road, click here or contact Bry at

FMCSA launches campaign to alert public on driving safely around trucks

by: Paul Gerou on

FMCSA launches campaign to alert public on driving safely around trucks

|August 15, 2016

fmcsa-blind-spotThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration launched Thursday, Aug. 11, a new campaign aimed at raising public awareness of how to drive around large trucks and buses.

Through the new campaign, dubbed “Our Roads, Our Responsibility,” FMCSA suggests several tips to drivers sharing the road with commercial vehicles. FMCSA’s suggestions are as follows:

  • Stay out of the “no zones,” or blind spots, around the front, back and sides of the vehicles
  • Pass safely and make sure you can see the driver in the mirror before passing
  • Don’t cut it close while merging in front of a CMV
  • Anticipate wide turns and consider larger vehicles may require extra turning room
  • Stay focused on the road around you and avoid distraction
  • Be patient driving around large trucks and buses

The agency created graphics to go along with the campaign, as well as compiled a list of state-by-state crash data involving commercial vehicles. FMCSA also created materials for industry stakeholders to use to promote the campaign to the public, including radio PSAs, billboards and social media content, all of which can be found here.

“Trucks and buses move people and goods around the country, contributing to our economic wellbeing and our way of life,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “These commercial vehicles also carry additional safety risks, so it’s critical that all road users understand how to safely share the road.”

FMCSA says nearly 12 million CMVs are registered to operate in the U.S., and these vehicles logged more than 300 billion miles in 2014. FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling said the campaign supports the agency’s mission of “reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities involving commercial motor vehicles on our roadways.”

The agency created graphics to go along with the campaign, as well as compiled a list of state-by-state crash data involving commercial vehicles.

More information on the campaign can be seen here.

Interstate Highway system turns 60

by: Paul Gerou on

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From Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau:

Today, the Interstate system turns 60.  On this date in 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Interstate Highway Act of 1956 into law from his hospital bed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., only two days after it was passed by Congress.  It didn’t give us a nation, but it certainly helped to ensure our 50 states were united. Back then, there were only 48 states – Alaska and  Hawaii were only territories then.

As the highway system grew, so too did the nation. Where better quality, high-speed interstates took root, businesses and suburbs followed. As you can see from this population density map spanning the decades, America’s population centers were as linked to interstates as they are today.  

Keep reading on the Fast Lane!

Winter Weather Driving Tips

by: Karol Smith on

Below we have some very sound tips from our friends at for winter driving in a commercial motor vehicle. 

Trucking requires full concentration on the road. Not only must commercial drivers contend with other motorists, dangerous weather conditions, and wandering wildlife, but they must do so while operating large rigs, often carrying heavy and sometimes dangerous cargo. One mistake carries possible huge repercussions.

To help stay out of harm’s way, consider the following safety tips when driving:

  • Do not tailgate. Be patient. Maintain proper space with the vehicle in front of you. According to studies, the most common vehicle trucks hit is the one in front of them,     due to tailgating. The bigger the rig the longer it takes to brake and stop.
  • Signal early when approaching an intersection, giving other motorists ample warning of your intended direction.
  • With so many blind spots on a truck, minimize lane changing. Check your side mirrors at least once every 10 seconds.
  • Use the truck’s flashers when driving below the posted speed limit for an extended period of time.
  • Give your truck ample time and space when slowing down for a complete stop. Use brake lights early. Most motorists don’t realize how long it takes for a rig to stop.
  • If you must idle the truck, keep windows cracked open to avoid prolonged exposure to fumes. Avoid idling while sleeping, loading, or unloading if possible. 
  • When pulled off to the side of a road, highway, or Interstate due to mechanical problems, always use flashers, reflective triangles, and even road flares to alert approaching drivers. Note: this is the first item that should be attended whenever pulled over on a public roadway.
  • Always have tire chains at the ready, especially when driving in mountainous regions.
  • Try to maintain a full fuel tank in winter driving to prevent water condensation from building in the fuel lines.
  • Maintain additional space with the vehicles in front of you when driving in rain or snow.
  • Operate below the posted speed limit when driving in wintry conditions.
  • Exercise caution when approaching bridges in wintertime. Bridges freeze faster than roads, creating difficult to detect black ice.
  • Slow down in work zones. Close to one-third of all fatal work zone crashes involve large rigs. Plus, you could lose your commercial drivers license if caught speeding in a posted work zone.
  • Take plenty of driving breaks, especially while driving cross-country, to help remain alert.
  • Don’t fight eye-fatigue. Pull off the road and take a nap. The consequences of falling asleep at the wheel, far outweigh those associated with arriving late. Make sure you have a good pair of sun glasses for sunny driving in snowy conditions. Driving on a sunny winter day will fatigue you faster than in any other season. 
  • Strictly adhere to commercial driver hour restrictions. By law you cannot exceed 11 continuous hours of driving. You could jeopardize your truck driving career if caught violating this law. 

For additional safety driving tips, consult your state's DCL Manual. You can grab one from any Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, or download a copy from your DMV’s website.

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