189 Nov 25
There’s a lot of freight out there these days. In fact, there's so much that shippers have started relying more and more on LTL to get goods to market – goods that shippers used to ship only when they had a full truckload. [More]
1 Nov 19
For small carriers and owner-operations, the playing field has leveled in a lot of ways. For the mega-carriers, the nationwide driver shortage has made keeping drivers more important than finding loads, while brokers have had trouble finding truckload capacity this year. That's led to a lot of available freight, so how can you make sure you’re not leaving money on the table? [More]
4 Nov 11
By now you’ve probably heard that the FMCSA is looking into raising the minimum amount of insurance that carriers are required to have on their trucks. An Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was filed last month, with the FMCSA claiming that the current minimums of $750,000 for general freight and $1 million for hazardous materials were too low, but they haven’t made a decision on what the new minimum might be. [More]
Sep 24
It’s a point we’ve made plenty times before, but driving is just a part of the trucking business. Another part of the business is IFTA, which requires that carriers file fuel taxes four times a year. In order to file, you have to keep detailed mileage and fuel records, which includes saving all fuel receipts (or tickets for bulk fuel purchases), odometer readings, dates, and miles/kilometers for the state or province you traveled through. You also have to keep these records for four years. [More]
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.

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.

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.

May 22

Staying on top of driver logbook issues is one of the primary duties you have as a trucking company owner. Self-auditing this important record is one of many steps you should take to ensure that you’re in compliance with DOT regulations. Making sure you comply with these rules is more important than ever since the passage of the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010).

4 Apr 15

How many times has one of your trucks arrived at a shipper or receiver before the designated appointment time, only to sit for several hours or even a day beyond the aforementioned delivery time?

Mar 05

There’s an old saying that goes something like this: “take care of your own business; otherwise someone else will take care of it for you.” This is certainly true when it comes to self-auditing the driver logbook. As the owner or manager of your trucking company, you’re the person who bears ultimate responsibility for the accuracy of all logs.