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Top 5 Gadgets For Truck Drivers 2020

   

 

Inclement weather, challenging driving conditions, health and wellness concerns while on the road -- these are all things that truck drivers deal with every time they head out for a short or long haul. While it may not be easy being a trucker navigating through today’s driver landscape, there are certain things we CAN control that can increase our creature comforts and safety. Check out Thunder Funding’s top 5 gadgets for truck drivers for 2020:

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Topics: Trucking Technology, Trucking Lifestyle

Spot Rates and Freight Demand on the Rise

The trucking industry has seen a positive turnaround due to increased spot market rates and freight demand. As we mentioned in a previous blog, our load board partners noted that June saw some bounce back after the significant declines the industry faced in April and May due to COVID-19. And, while we typically expect rates and demand to drop off for July and August, spot freight has continued to its upward trend.

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Topics: Freight Volumes, Spot Rates

Recruiting Women as Truck Technicians

According to a 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics study, the trucking industry will need to recruit 67,000 new technicians by 2022 due to growth and to replace the men and women who are slowly starting to retire. Additionally, the study indicated the industry will need to potentially recruit another 75,000 diesel technicians just to keep up with market growth. Added on top of that, the economic boom in 2018-2019 led to a record number of commercial trucks sold. Why does this last point matter? Because newer trucks are so much more advanced compared to older models. Fleets are now going to need truck technicians who are technically sound enough to service these more sophisticated vehicles.

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Topics: Women In Trucking, Trucking Technology, Truck Technicians

COVID-19 Lessons Learned From Fleet Owners

This month we decided to take a look at how fleets have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. We think it’s safe to say the trucking industry has never experienced anything quite as disruptive as COVID-19. Yet, through it all, fleets have certainly learned some new lessons and many have become stronger and more resilient because of it. Let’s take a look at some of these lessons learned:

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Topics: Trucking Technology, Coronavirus

Freight Volumes Tentatively Increase To Pre-COVID Levels

Freight volumes are steadily surging, which have made many in the industry breathe a sigh of relief. However, rates are still suppressed, which is potentially due to the fact that the movement of goods is for warehouse and inventory redistribution rather than consumer-facing activity. Freight volumes during COVID has been a hot topic of discussion for many carriers.

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Topics: Coronavirus, Freight Volumes

Protecting Truck Drivers During A Pandemic

Photo Credit: Transport Topics

Truck drivers continue to be on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic as they tirelessly supply our first responders and essential service industries. So, you can understand why it’s important to not only know how COVID-19 is spread, but what truckers can do to prevent themselves from getting it, and the protocol they need to follow if they do contract it.

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Topics: Truck Driver Health and Wellness, Coronavirus

FMCSA Officially Changes HOS Rules

Image copyright: Wendell Franks 2012

The FMCSA finally issued a massive safety law change around driver hours-of-service (HOS) for our nation’s 1.9 million truckers on May 14. This change features four critical provisions the FMCSA says will not only increase driver flexibility, but also generate nearly $274 million in annualized cost savings for the U.S. economy and its consumers.

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Topics: hours of service, HOS

The Importance of Credit Checks: Know Before You Load

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way the trucking industry operates. Not only are fleets being extra vigilant to protect the safety of their drivers, they are also taking extra precautions to ensure all their hard work results in actually getting paid upon delivery of a client’s load.

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Topics: credit checks

The Changing Transportation Landscape During COVID-19

Image courtesy of: John Sommers II for Transport Topics

COVID-19 has quickly changed the way we work and the way we consume, thus transforming the nation’s economy as a whole. Few people are flying, purchasing and renting cars, taking cabs or ride shares, or commuting to work. 

Adam Jonas, the transportation industry analyst at Morgan Stanley Research, has shared a number of key ways he thinks the transportation industry is morphing during this pandemic.

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Topics: Trucking Trends, Coronavirus

Simple Technologies Can Help Truckers During Coronavirus

Image credits: Suppose U Drive

The coronavirus pandemic has made one thing clear as the trucking industry deals with supply chain issues across the country: The need for digital tools and resources is as essential for business as it is for staying fit and connected to loved ones. 

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Topics: Trucking Technology, Coronavirus