Ashley Thompson



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Truckers Share Their Worst Mistakes Made As Rooky Drivers

by Ashley Thompson on December 27, 2018

It's every drivers worst nightmare - making a mistake, while you're hauling a load. It's even worse as a rooky, but it happens to everyone. Read below for some of the worst rooky mistakes drivers have made while working as professional drivers: I was helping out a Wal-Mart dedicated account ... read more

Category: Trucking Stories

Righting Your Rig: Getting Your Overturned Tractor Trailer Upright

by Ashley Thompson on December 19, 2018

Inevitably, mistakes can happen when you're rolling the open road. And that means accidents. One of the scariest, most dangerous results can be a semi rolling, causing potential fires, injuries, fuel leaks, spilled cargo, and more. It's a mistake you hope not to make, but in the event that you ... read more

Category: Tips and Tricks

United In The Fight Against Prostate Cancer

by Ashley Thompson on September 13, 2018

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month, and we here at FinditParts are proud to announce our partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation in the important fight against this deadly disease. For the rest of 2018, we are committed to the Prostate Cancer Foundation's (PCF) community fundraising initiative, Many vs. Cancer, ... read more

Category: Press/Company News

Best Food To Store In Your Truck

by Ashley Thompson on September 6, 2018

Credit: Shopping for groceries when you're on the road can be difficult, and lead to unhealthy choices for the sake of convenience. But eating healthy doesn't have to be inconvenient at all! With this list of easy to prepare, easy to acquire foods to stock on your truck, you ... read more

Category: Tips and Tricks

How To Keep Your Truck Cab Clean

by Ashley Thompson on August 30, 2018

Spring is right around the corner, and after a long, harsh winter your cab may be a little unkempt. While regularly cleaning your cab is best, Spring cleaning is the perfect time to give your rig a thorough clean-out, and a little organization can help sustain your efforts. Follow these ... read more

Category: Tips and Tricks

Top 10 Essentials for Life on the Road

by Ashley Thompson on August 23, 2018

Life on the road isn't easy - it means long hours, time away from home and livin' life in the confines of your cab. But, it can all be made a little easier with some simple essentials. Here are the top ten must have's of any highway hero: Trucker's Top ... read more

Category: Tips and Tricks

Top 5 Tips Trainers Give Truck Drivers

by Ashley Thompson on August 16, 2018

Learning to drive an 18-wheeler isn't as easy as you might think - it's much more than simply learning how to stop or make a turn. Trucking is truly a lifetime skill that many long time drivers have refined over the years. The foundation for good trucking skills is largely ... read more

Category: Tips and Tricks

Tips For Driving in the Fog

by Ashley Thompson on August 9, 2018

Winter and Spring are two of the worst times of year for foggy driving conditions. With the land being very cold, and then moist, warm air moving over it, fog is an unavoidable encounter when you live life on the road. Because of this, it is important for truckers to ... read more

Category: Tips and Tricks

Top Tips For Great Sleep On The Road

by Ashley Thompson on August 2, 2018

Getting enough quality sleep while you're doing long haul trucking isn't just an essential for your health, it's essential for your safety. According to a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) study, fatigue was the blame for 31 percent of fatal-to-the-driver crashes, making that the single largest factor in these deadly ... read more

Category: Tips and Tricks

Top 10 Interview Questions Truckers Need to Ask

by Ashley Thompson on July 26, 2018

It's a mistake you'll make at least once in your career as a trucker, and one that you'll quickly wished you hadn't - we're talking about asking questions in interviews. So often we're concerned with finding somewhere that's we're compatible with job-wise, and forget to consider that the we should ... read more

Category: Tips and Tricks

Trucking Pre-Trip Inspection Guide

by Ashley Thompson on July 19, 2018

As a professional driver, your pre-trip inspection is a critical step in ensuring your truck is road worthy before each long haul. The inspections should be quite comprehensive, and for some can be quite difficult to remember, especially if you're in pursuit of your commercial driver's license (CDL). To that ... read more

Category: Tips and Tricks

Healthy Tips for Truckers

by Ashley Thompson on July 12, 2018

Long haul drivers travel long distances frequently and can be away from home for weeks at a time. For many, it's a rough job that can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle, as the very nature of the work is sedentary and somewhat monotonous. As a result, many look to stimulants ... read more

Category: Tips and Tricks

10 Things Truckers Learn In Their First Year

by Ashley Thompson on June 28, 2018

The first year as a professional driver is often the hardest to handle - you're still learning the ropes, and you're low on experiences that can help you navigate life's many potholes. Luckily, there are seasoned vets who can share what it's like that first year to help give you ... read more

Category: Trucking Stories

Beat The Heat - On The Road In Warm Weather

by Ashley Thompson on June 21, 2018

The temperatures have peaked, the pavement is hot and the smell of sweat and BBQ fill the air. It's Summer! While it's nice to see the sun and spend time with family on summer vacations, those that have to work in summer months face heat hazardous that can make professional ... read more

Category: Tips and Tricks

How To Combat Road Rage

by Ashley Thompson on June 14, 2018

Just because you're a professional driver doesn't mean your immune to frustrations and anger produced from dealing with other bad drivers and road hazards. Whether you're yelling at the person in front of you for going 20 miles under the speed limit, or you're honking at the car in front ... read more

Category: Tips and Tricks

How To Deal With Being Away From Home

by Ashley Thompson on June 7, 2018

Extended time away from home is a primary concern for a lot of truckers - it means long stretches of time away from loved ones, and a sudden shift in the lives of your family's day to day routine. For both parties, the one on the road and the one ... read more

Category: General

What Do You Look For In A Trucking Company?

by Ashley Thompson on May 24, 2018

You've decided to jump into trucking, and have your CDL all set to go. You're ready to start earning, and are eager to hit the road. There's just one question left to answer: what trucking company will you work for? When looking at trucking companies and comparing their businesses and ... read more

Category: General

How to Stay Alert on a Long Haul

by Ashley Thompson on May 17, 2018

Long haul truck drivers work long, grueling hours to reach their final destination and the road can be a bit boring after a while. It's not always easy to know what the signs of being drowsy are, but it's important to know what to look for and how to handle ... read more

Category: Tips and Tricks

How do you pass the time when you're waiting to be unloaded?

by Ashley Thompson on May 10, 2018

It happens to everyone - you show up to make your delivery, and there's a wait to get you unloaded. While it is surely frustrating for everyone who encounters this scenario, each driver handles that time differently. Here are some of the ways professional drivers pass the time while they're ... read more

Category: Trucking Stories

America's Best Truck Stops For Truckers

by Ashley Thompson on April 26, 2018

As any seasoned highway hero will tell you, not all truck stops are created equal. While many will suffice for pit stop purposes, there are a few with amenities that make it feel like a little home away from home. Whether it's extra attractions like a museum or casino, or ... read more

Category: General

Tips to Avoid Trucking Burnout

by Ashley Thompson on April 19, 2018

Trucking is a tough job, and it's easy for drivers to face burnout given their grueling work schedule and constant pressure to deliver. On top that, truckers are often alone, away from family, and dealing with a whole host of issues not typical of any other job (weather, accidents, etc.). ... read more

Category: Tips and Tricks

Top Slow Cooker Recipes For Truckers

by Ashley Thompson on April 12, 2018

Eating healthy on the road can be difficult - most of your food choices that are convenient and cheap consist of fat, sugar, salt and loads of preservatives that leave you feeling sluggish and sleepy. Add in a hefty bill for dining out all of the time, and you're looking ... read more

Category: Tips and Tricks

FinditParts Customer Service - Complete Customer Satisfaction

by Ashley Thompson on August 21, 2015

Great customer service is a top priority here at FinditParts and we strive every day to ensure that each customer's needs are addressed as thoroughly as possible. We recognize that you, our customer, are our best asset and to that end we dedicate ourselves to see that each order culminates ... read more

Category: Customer Service

Meritor Champ Truck Series - FinditParts is a Proud Sponsor of Truck 88 & Driver Mike Morgan

by Ashley Thompson on June 21, 2015

Team FinditParts is proud to announce our sponsorship of 88-Mike and the Powershift Performance team in the Meritor Champ Truck Series! Truck #88, the "Mackvader" is driven by "88-Mike" Mike Morgan, who has placed first and second in two of the three Meritor Champ Truck Races that have taken place ... read more

Category: Meritor

Pick A Part - How to Get the Heavy Duty Truck Part That's Right for You

by Ashley Thompson on June 10, 2015

How to pick a part that's right for you. That is a question we get on a daily basis here at FinditParts , and luckily we've always got an answer. Our online catalogue of parts has over five MILLION heavy duty truck parts for you to choose from. When it ... read more

Category: Customer Service

International Trucks - FinditParts Provides Parts Worldwide

by Ashley Thompson on June 10, 2015

Repairing international trucks can be difficult - parts availability and sourcing can be tough when shopping from abroad. However, we here at FinditParts strive to make that process a whole lot easier. To start, we have a catalog of over five million heavy duty truck parts to meet all of ... read more

Category: Customer Service

Meritor Service Point Program - ISG's Earn Meritor Stamp of Approval

by Ashley Thompson on April 6, 2015

In early 2015, Meritor, the industry leading after-market heavy duty truck parts supplier, launched the Meritor Service Point Program . Initially tested with positive results in Europe, this innovative educational and support program is new to the US and Canadian markets and promises to augment the relationship between Meritor and ... read more

Category: Meritor

Top 5 iPhone Apps for Truck Drivers

by Ashley Thompson on April 22, 2013

Life on the road can be stressful, and truck drivers have a lot of information to sort through, as well as strict rules and regulations to be followed. To help give truck drivers a smoother ride, app makers are coming out with ways to help make the job less complicated ... read more


Paradigm Shift in the Automotive Industry

by Ashley Thompson on April 18, 2013

The changing paradigm in marketing for automotive and related companies is becoming increasing focused on engagement through social media. The effects of trickle-down marketing have never been more evident than today in the automotive industry, as major brands are creating new marketing opportunities for all the businesses down the food ... read more


Introducing the FinditParts Business Line of Credit

by Ashley Thompson on April 16, 2013

Los Angeles, (April 16, 2013) -David Seewak, President and CEO of FinditParts LLC, announced that, the number one e-commerce website for the truck parts aftermarket,, is launching the FinditParts Business Line of Credit to provide a flexible payment option for its customers in its industry leading 3 million parts ... read more


David Seewack Opinion Section of Transport Topics: "Lighting Tech for Better Trucking"

by Ashley Thompson on April 8, 2013

Lighting Technology Has Improved the Trucking Industry David Seewack, CEO of Did you know that lighting is responsible for 19% of the world's electricity consumption? The technological advancements in lighting are changing the world in so many fascinating ways and it's becoming increasingly more evident in the trucking industry. ... read more


Top 5 Ways Technology is Changing the Trucking Industry

by Ashley Thompson on February 14, 2013

The trucking industry is utilizing technology to adjust to the increasing demands of fleet owners, drivers and maintenance professionals. "Technology is creating an eco-system that will forever change the industry", says David Seewack, CEO, As technology is further implemented, the trucking industry is poised to see a surge in ... read more


Do Surveys Matter? Yes - Here's Why

by Ashley Thompson on February 6, 2012

It seems like you can't shop anywhere, whether online or in retail establishments, without being asked to fill out a survey or answer questions on one of those "How are we doing?" cards. And yes, we rely on this data as well, having already asked for your feedback on our ... read more


From David Seewack, CEO,

by Ashley Thompson on December 16, 2011

Over the past few months, thanks in large part to our loyal customers, has experienced growth in every key area that is critical to the success of an online marketplace. We're also fortunate to be working in the heavy-duty truck parts market. As so many other industries have suffered, ... read more


The Trucking Industry Wins on Election Night

by Ashley Thompson on January 11, 2011

November 2 may not have been a happy night for Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, but those who make their living in the trucking and transportation industries were almost as happy as Republicans when the votes where tallied. Why? Because several state transportation-related initiatives were up for public consideration, and ... read more


Delivering Christmas to Washington

by Ashley Thompson on January 7, 2011

Every year, enormous decorated trees are unveiled in places like the White House and New York's Rockefeller Center. To casual observers their appearance is just another part of the Christmas magic associated with the season. But behind the scenes it takes more than elves to get these mighty spruces to ... read more


It's Still Not Easy Being Green

by Ashley Thompson on January 3, 2011

Once again, the government has set its sights on the heavy-duty trucking industry, with the goal to make transportation more efficient, and reduce its impact on the environment. This time the objective is new fuel-efficiency standards, set to become law by 2014 at the earliest. Before then, several details must ... read more


Take A Trucker to Dinner

by Ashley Thompson on January 3, 2011

This September, the United States honors truckers with National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (September 19-25). Canada has its own variation on the same theme with National Trucking Week (September 5-12). The Canadian event pre-dates the one in the lower 48, and seems to be a more distinctive tribute to those ... read more


Obama Tells K. Neal to Keep On Truckin', Disses Joe Biden's Driving

by Ashley Thompson on October 25, 2010

When the President of the United States acknowledges our industry, we should listen. It happened earlier this month, with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with employees of K. Neal International Trucks. After touring the facility in Hyattsville, Maryland with Stephen Neal, the dealership's president and CEO, ... read more


Kelly: Melting Ice (and Hearts) on Ice Road Truckers

by Ashley Thompson on August 26, 2010

Quick- who's the most famous resident of Wasilla, Alaska? OK, that was too easy. But who's the second most famous? If you're a fan of Ice Road Truckers , you already know the answer. It's Lisa Kelly, the gorgeous driver now taking on the challenges of hauling heavy cargo over ... read more


Disaster in the Gulf Revives Alternative Fuels Debate

by Ashley Thompson on July 30, 2010

Well, that didn't take long. The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has already had a significant impact beyond the creation of a tragic environmental disaster. Oil companies are once again being portrayed as heartless robber barons who care more about profits than public safety, California governor Arnold ... read more


Possible Delay with CSA?

by Ashley Thompson on July 26, 2010

Most heavy-duty trucking companies have July 1 circled on their calendar, as a reminder of the implementation of CSA 2010. However, it now appears that companies will have the rest of the summer to get their files and fleet in shape, as the program may not begin until the fall. ... read more


Keeping Older Fleets Running

by Ashley Thompson on March 19, 2010

New economic polls and market watches are issued seemingly every day. We are bombarded with so many conflicting predictions that it sometimes seems like recession-related studies are one of the few growth industries left. Heavy-duty trucking has also witnessed its share of prognostication, both dire and optimistic. After digesting enough ... read more


Want to Stimulate the Economy? Fix the Potholes!

by Ashley Thompson on February 18, 2010

According to a CNN poll released last month, nearly three out of four Americans think that much of the money spent in the federal stimulus plan has been wasted. Of course, most of us didn't need a poll to reach that conclusion. The stimulus, aka the American Recovery and Reinvestment ... read more


Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week 2010

by Ashley Thompson on January 28, 2010

We're just back from Las Vegas after attending our first Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week convention, and what an amazing four days it was. All of us here appreciated the opportunity to meet so many of you who have visited our site in the past year, and to meet new aftermarket ... read more


How's Business?

by Ashley Thompson on December 17, 2009

"It's the economy, stupid" was a famous campaign slogan back in 1992, back when we all incorrectly thought politics couldn't get any more contentious. It's also the reason so many companies are in trouble now. Theoretically, the heavy-duty truck parts industry ought to survive whether the bulls or the bears ... read more


All Hail Fredonia

by Ashley Thompson on September 16, 2009

To movie buffs, Freedonia is the name of the fictional country that is the setting for the 1933 Marx Brothers classic Duck Soup. But for executives in nearly every prominent trade, including the heavy-duty truck parts industry, the Freedonia Group is recognized as one of the top international business research ... read more


Safety Saves Money when Buying Heavy Duty Truck Parts

by Ashley Thompson on September 2, 2009

Whatever one's personal political beliefs, perhaps most of us would agree with the theory that governments, whether federal, state or local, are much better at talking about getting something done than actually doing something. Since talking about solutions doesn't solve anything, and new laws or changes to old ones are ... read more


It's Not Easy Being Green - Or Is It?

by Ashley Thompson on July 19, 2009

For a long time, the environmental movement was limited to a small minority of socially responsible activists (sometimes derisively referred to as tree-huggers) who proudly separated their garbage into paper and plastic while the rest of us could barely hit the trash can. On what day do we celebrate Earth ... read more


More Than the Sum of its Parts

by Ashley Thompson on April 16, 2009

Chances are that Find it Parts is not the first online parts source you've explored. To those of us who measure our time in this business in decades rather than years, it seems like yesterday that the task of finding, buying and selling truck parts was a strictly local enterprise, ... read more