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Keeping Cool In The Summer Heat

This summer is a scorcher with some parts of the country seeing weekly triple digit temperatures as the norm. Keeping yourself cool while also maintaining your truck’s health is of utmost importance. Just like cars, trucks can suffer from breakdowns when operating in extreme heat. So, what can you do to keep yourself and your truck cool in the face of heat waves?

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Topics: Truck Maintenance

The Cost Of Traffic Congestion On The Trucking Industry

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Topics: Route Optimization

Electric Trucks, Emissions Savings, and Your Bottom Line

*Photo courtesy of Teslarati

We’ve seen and heard all about the electric trucks making their way onto our roads and into fleets in the name of increasing MPG and reducing fuel costs. But, have we considered all the variables in the debate between diesel versus electric power? As much as we’d like to make the comparison simple and straightforward, it’s anything but.

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Topics: Fuel Efficiency, Electric Vehicles

Things To Consider When Shopping For Commercial Vehicle Auto Insurance

Besides cost, there are a number of different factors to consider when comparing commercial auto insurance providers. It’s important to interview a variety of insurers so that you can adequately determine which provider best fits your needs. Here are some things to consider while shopping:

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Topics: Safe Driving

Thunder Funding Named As One Of 2018’s Best Places to Work in San Diego!

Thunder Funding has recently been named as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal! We sat down with John Downing, the President of Thunder Funding, as he shared how Thunder prioritizes employee engagement, fun, and workplace empowerment.

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Topics: 2018 Best Places To Work In San Diego

How Enforcement Inspection Data Can Improve Operations

Thanks to sensors, telematics devices, and of course, ELD’s, fleets now have a plethora of data available to them at any given time. However, the sheer amount of data you now have access to can be overwhelming -- unless you have a solid system in place to help you interpret and act on it. If all this information is used correctly, carriers have the ability to operate more efficiently than ever before.

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Topics: Big Data

Supply Chain Disruptions In Trucking

The Amazon-effect and last mile delivery are admittedly huge issues that consistently pop up when discussing supply chain challenges. Having said that, we’ve identified three other challenges that, while certainly less disruptive, still have a significant impact on the efficiency of your operations -- and, cannot be ignored.

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Topics: Supply Chain

The ATRI’s Top Research Priorities For 2018

It’s a brave new world out there and the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has identified its six key research priorities for 2018. The ATRI created the following list of priorities in March, which only just recently got approved by its board of directors. Change in the trucking industry is upon us (think Big Data, city planning, and autonomous vehicles to name a few) and having additional research to formulate best practices on how to address these areas of concern is always a good thing.

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Topics: The Future Of Trucking

The Basics Of Defensive Driving

 

If you’ve been in the trucking business for as long as we have, we’re sure you’ve also heard your fair share of success stories...and, sad stories. More times than we care to count have we been driving home only to hear a grim news report over the radio telling listeners about an overturned trailer blocking the highway with its load spilled everywhere and the driver being raced to the hospital for unknown injuries. It’s reports like this that remind the industry of the importance of ongoing driver training for even the most seasoned and experienced of drivers.

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Topics: Safe Driving

Top 5 Reasons Why Truck Drivers Get Pulled Over

Besides following too closely, speeding, and using a handheld device, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 scenarios where truck drivers get pulled over. While not every violation results in a citation, truck drivers who commit these behaviors are at high risk for getting pulled over and receiving violation warnings, which will likely be evaluated in the FMCSA’s safety systems. 

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Topics: Truck Driver Training, Safe Driving