Aug 18

As you know, the trucking industry is highly competitive. You may have gotten into the business because you love to drive, but in this industry, the businesses that thrive are the ones that realize that trucking is a business, and driving is just a part of it.

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Aug 15

The Great American Trucking Show is upon us once again. Most of the time it depends on whether or not you've got a load going the right way, but if you're heading to Dallas for GATS this year, here are some ideas to really make the most of your time (and your miles of walking).

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36 Jul 23

In response to suggestions from our winter member survey, we’ve added options that will benefit those with smaller weight capacity trailers or room to spare in their full-size rigs for less-than-truckload (LTL) loads. Now these loads are easier for you to find and profit from.

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2 Jul 18

When demand for trucks is high, rates go up too. Now is a great time to re-evaluate your current contracts and consider new business opportunities. Even if you are in a long-term contract, do not assume you cannot re-negotiate your rate.

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Jul 17

Sometimes you only hear about the special events an over-the-road (OTR) trucker misses – college graduations, weddings, family barbecues. And that's always regrettable – the only way to work around those occurrences is to get a good relationship with dispatch and make sure you and the home office both hear about events in plenty of time to do some planning.

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Jul 17

Flatbedders face all kinds of logistics challenges: how to safely load, secure and transport unusual items that, because of size, shape and weight can only be transported on a flatbed or stepdeck trailer. And while there isn't an app for loading and securing these specialty-type flatbed loads, the FMCSA does have specific regulations that must be followed.

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Jun 17

One of the main reasons for self-auditing a driver logbook is to catch bad habits before they turn into fines, tickets, or even accidents. Despite your best efforts, though, sometimes bad things happen anyway. So, in this post, let’s look at what you should do if one of your trucks is involved in a wreck.

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Jun 17

A wise man once said, "If the wheels aren't turning, you're not earning." So when you're trying to run a successful trucking operation, staying healthy so you can keep moving is vital. While you can't avoid everything, you can avoid common issues that increase your risk for food-borne illness when you're on the road and at home.

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2 Jun 17

Flatbedding is one of the most physically demanding jobs a trucker can take on. What makes a trucker endure these challenges? What makes them pull a skateboard, drop-deck or removable goose-neck trailer? What are the benefits and drawbacks of running flatbeds? In this and future blogs, I'll interview real flatbedders of all different stripes to find the answers.

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5 May 22

Previously I discussed what to do when a DOT or police officer gives you a traffic citation or notice to appear. What's next? As quickly as possible afterwards, write down every detail, starting from five minutes before your alleged violation to when the officer drove off.

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