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The Debate: Side Guard Rails on Trucks

After its recent exposure in the media on CNN, the issue of underride guards has resurfaced as a topic of interest amongst drivers, carriers, and lawmakers. Side guard rails are not currently mandated in the US and the opinions on that appear to be split. Many certainly agree that underride guards are an effective solution for protecting people from injury and death during truck collisions. However, there are other considerations that need to be made in terms of the substantial monetary costs and challenges associated with these rails that are borne by carriers and truckers. It’s a dilemma that the industry is certainly grappling with. 

So, where does that leave us?

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Topics: Truck Safety, Side Guard Rails

How to Run a Lean Trucking Company!

Are your slow-paying customers bogging your freight company down? As you probably know, trucking customers generally submit payment around 30 to 45 days after delivery.

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Topics: Freight Factoring

The Importance of Broker and Shipper Credit Checks

It’s a scenario that happens all too often: finally invoicing a customer for a delivered load only to not get paid on time or, even worse, to not get paid at all. This continues to be a significant burden on both truck drivers and fleets. Instead of spending your valuable time building your business, establishing relationships with brokers and shippers, and maximizing your roll time delivering loads, a large chunk of your time is now spent chasing down unpaid accounts and dealing with the additional stress associated with not having enough cash flow. 

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Topics: credit checks

Thinking Of Starting Your Own Trucking Company?

Have you ever thought about starting your own trucking company? It’s not uncommon for drivers to consider striking out on their own and becoming their own bosses. It’s a new year and anything is possible. So, what’s it going to take to become an entrepreneur and start your own trucking business? Here are some tips from our partner Evilsizor & Associates who specializes in helping trucking companies big and small deal with all things paperwork related to the FMCSA and USDOT:

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Topics: Start A Trucking Company

Roadside Assistance for Truck Drivers: Protecting Your Business

With a new year upon us, there’s no better time to reassess your business needs and create plans to protect your most important assets. After being in the business for more than 20 years, we know that it doesn’t matter if you operate just a couple of trucks or manage an entire fleet of hundreds -- protecting your investments and your bottom line have to be a priority. So, what does that look like? For starters, we recommend you look into solid roadside assistance plans that suit your business needs.

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Topics: Grow Your Fleet, Start A Trucking Company

How To Find Loads For Your Trucking Company

Finding profitable freight is arguably the single most important activity that an owner-operator can do to promote success in their trucking business. It doesn’t matter if the country is going through a recession, a pandemic, or an economic boom -- your truck needs to keep rolling if you want to get paid. So, how do you find profitable loads? Let’s look at some of these ideas:

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Topics: 123Loadboard, Finding Loads

Key Trucking Industry Issues to Follow Us Into 2021

It goes without saying that 2020 was a challenging year. We’re taking a look back and shining a spotlight on some key trucking issues that we think will continue to impact drivers and fleet owners into the New Year:

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Topics: Trucking Trends

Truck Drivers Giving Back This Holiday Season

The holiday season has always been a time where people come together to give back to their communities. Whether it be donating money to a charity, volunteering with a goodwill organization, or making food for friends and families, the holidays are meant to be a time when communities share kindness and cheer wherever it is they hang up their hats.

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Topics: Giving Back

The Smart Move: Virtual Training for Truck Drivers

When it comes to ongoing driver training, companies have slowly started to add technology-based training techniques to their roster in an effort to supplement in-person training methods, which have historically been the preference amongst most fleet owners we know. The pandemic, however, is accelerating the transition to online training and learning. And, we think the change is a good thing.

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Hiring Military Veterans Can Help Beat The Driver Shortage

It’s no secret that the U.S. truck driver shortage is expected to more than double over the next 10 years as the industry struggles to replace aging drivers. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed shippers to accelerate products through their supply chains faster, thus increasing the demand for drivers even further. And, so in an effort to hire more drivers and effectively fill the void, many fleets are turning to the idea of recruiting U.S. military veterans as drivers.

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Topics: Driver Recruitment Best Practices, Hiring Military Veterans