A fellow Team Run Smart member, Linda Caffee has written an article on the importance of keeping a “permit” book for reference when stopping for a road side inspection or scale house visit. I also keep a "permit" book  myself which helps keep state, permit and registration information handy and organized.

Along with and organized “permit” book, inspectors appreciate when you can show them the required information easily and quickly. It’s also important to keep a clean, tidy and organized truck inside and out.

For me, it’s important to always keep the outside of my truck clean and presentable. Having the truck clean makes a good impression when you pull into a scale house. There are times when you can’t have the truck clean due to weather conditions or time constraints. Weather permitting; I make it a habit to wash my truck and trailer every weekend.

During an inspection or if a customer should walk up to you in the truck, I find it important to have the inside clean. When I open my door, I don’t want soda cans, coffee cups or anything else to come spilling out. Also, I don’t like anything lying on the dashboard. My goal is always to keep the floors clean, dash dust free and in general keep the inside orderly and organized.

I make sure to carry cloths, cleaners and various supplies in order to keep the inside of the truck presentable. I store a small shop vac under the bed which has helped me immensely over the years. I particularly like the brush attachment for cleaning dirt and crumbs between cracks, crevices and the gauge cluster.

Just recently, I added "Minimizer" floormats to help keep the floors clean.
They are a tray type design made to catch liquid off your shoes or spillage from a drink. To clean them, you just lift them out and rinse them off. They have helped keep my floors looking new.




The curved edge keeps dirt and debri contained. Just take out the dirty mat rinse with water. I use a brush to speed up this process. Slip the mats back into place and your ready to take on the elements once again.










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Henry Albert

Henry Albert is the owner of Albert Transport, Inc., based in Statesville, NC. Before participating in the "Slice of Life" program, Albert drove a 2001 Freightliner Century Class S/T™, and will use his Cascadia for general freight and a dry van trailer. Albert, who has been a trucker since 1983, was recognized by Overdrive as its 2007 Trucker of the Year.

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Cindy, if you are trying to reduce the hair and haven't tried already, I had a family member who used a shed-reducing brush with some degree of success with her two dogs. Somehow she said it helped brush out the undercoat which reduced shedding, as the dogs would travel with her everywhere. The one she used was called the FURminator, but there are several out there that are really good.

February 16, 2014 15:16:37 PM

They have a good selection of shop vac accessories at Home Depot and Lowes. That is where I got the brush because one did not come with mine either.

February 13, 2014 7:02:15 AM

My vac doesn't have the brush attachment. Wish it did because I hate dusty gauges.

February 12, 2014 18:29:40 PM

My biggest thing is trying to keep the dog hair to a minimum. I have no intentions of kicking the dogs out so I guess I can live with some hair.

February 12, 2014 13:25:34 PM

I completely agree Henry. Sadly I must confess that during fire season my truck gets looking pretty bad inside and out. Not garbage and clutter but dirt and dust. We have an air line plumbed inside the cab to blow out the worst of the dust. The cab gets cleaned when we have time and the outside of the truck usually gets washed between fires unless we go from one fire directly to another fire.

I agree with you too Linda. A dirty truck is very unsettling to me and it always makes me feel better when I can get it washed and shining again.

February 11, 2014 8:19:45 AM

I am a very clean person. I can't stand seeing dust anywhere on my things. I think I should get some of those "Minimizer" mats for my truck.

February 10, 2014 16:08:50 PM

Those floor mats are VERY nice and I agree with a clean truck it not only makes the officials happy it keeps me calm. A clean and uncluttered living area keeps my mind uncluttered.

February 10, 2014 7:16:57 AM