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Celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

This year the week of September 11-17, 2022 is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week to honor the more than 3 million truck drivers in the United States.

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Topics: National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Why Merchant Cash Advances Hurt Your Trucking Business

We’re writing a follow up on our previous blog post because of the overwhelming response we received from our readers. Thunder Funding wants to be very clear that we do not condone many of the practices of Merchant Cash Advance providers, they can be predatory and really damage your trucking business by keeping you in a vicious cycle of debt which is extremely difficult to get out of.

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Topics: Merchant Cash Advance

The Trucking KPIs Every Growing Fleet Should Be Tracking

The move to using Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) may have been challenging at the outset, but fleets both big and small are slowly starting to comprehend the power of the data being collected -- and, it’s ability to improve the efficiency of operations in more ways than one. But, with the overwhelming amount of information being collected, how do you know which data to actually analyze and how to leverage that information to your fleet’s best advantage?

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Topics: Grow Your Fleet, Truck KPIs

Protecting Your Investment: Spring and Summer Truck Maintenance

As fleets and drivers transition out of winter conditions and move into the busier spring and summer months, trucks must also shift gears and undergo key maintenance checks to ensure they’re prepared for the rigors of the busy season ahead.

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Topics: Truck Maintenance

4 Smart Sleeping Tips for Truck Drivers

It's hard to argue against the fact that sleep is vital. Whether you're a truck driver, student, or computer programmer — sleep is crucial for your health and ability to do your job well. However, we often take it for granted and don't talk about it enough. As June is Men's Health Awareness month, we thought it would be helpful to not only discuss the importance of sleep but also share some tips on how to improve your sleeping habits.

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Topics: Truck Driver Health and Wellness

Bio-Monitoring And Telematics: The Future Of Driver Health Monitoring

*Updated June 2022

Today’s modern truck has the ability to collect and transmit information on many facets of its operation -- including your driving performance and any impending equipment breakdowns. And, with today’s technology advancing in leaps and bounds, the truck of the future will be able to do the same thing with you: read your vital signs and alert you and others to any impending health breakdowns. This is the future of driver health monitoring.

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Topics: Truck Driver Health and Wellness

Truckers, Your Mental Health Matters!

Did you know that the month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month? Here at Thunder Funding we understand how difficult the trucking business can be…the long hours, sudden equipment failure, brokers/shippers not paying you on time, the list goes on and on. Now suddenly you’re exhausted and find that your physical and mental health have declined. It’s no wonder that people in the trucking profession, on average, have more health problems and shorter life spans than people in other professions.

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Topics: Mental Health Awareness

Office Dogs On Wheels: More Drivers Taking Pets on the Road

 

*Updated May 2022

Celebrating National Pet Week by highlighting man’s best friend and his quest to become king of the road! More dogs, and other pets, join their owners on the road - over 60% of truckers are pet owners and 40% of pet owning truckers have traveled with their pet.

Here’s a look at a few things to consider when deciding if taking a pet on the road is right for you.

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Topics: Truck Driver Health and Wellness

Recap: Mid-America Trucking Show 2022

The Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) was last week (March 24th - 26th) in Louisville, Kentucky and we were in awe of the massive size of the show. With over a million square feet of exhibit space, 1,020 exhibitors, 72,584 attendees, and 40+ events, MATS was the biggest trade show the Thunder Funding Team was a part of since the beginning of the pandemic!

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Topics: Trade Shows, Thunder Funding

Celebrating Women In Trucking

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Thunder Funding wanted to reexamine the participation of women currently in the trucking industry. We first addressed the number of women truck drivers back in June of 2017 in this blog post: Cheering On More Women In Trucking Despite Stereotypes. In that blog post we pointed out that “The most recent survey shows that women constitute just 5.1 percent of truck drivers”.

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Topics: Women In Trucking, women's history month