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Why should you keep your trucking log updated?

Alaskan truck drivers are all required by federal law to keep a logbook while they're actively on duty. Though this isn't heavily enforced, it would still be greatly beneficial to you to keep up good habits by updating your logbook daily anyway.

The Balance states that logbooks are there to protect truck drivers like you. It's a way to keep track of where you go, what times you make your deliveries, the routes you take, and so on. These books can be hugely beneficial to you if you ever get into an accident, because it will show your maintenance records, whether or not you were keeping to your scheduled hours, and so on. This limits the potential arsenal that another driver has to use against you in court.

Additionally, you can actually face penalties for not updating your logbook. While the Department of Transportation won't check it every day and it might not be strongly enforced even within your company, it's still a federal requirement in the trucking industry. You will still need to periodically turn your logs in, and filling them out after the fact can lead to you supplying falsely remembered information.

This one small thing can one day mean the difference between you facing unfair accusations and being able to maintain and prove your own innocence. Moreover, it's the proper legal thing to do, and it takes so little time to actually accomplish. Start setting aside time daily to fill your log out, and you'll find yourself grateful for the habit someday.

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