How natural disasters like Hurricane Florence can impact trucking

Natural disasters like Hurricane Florence can affect the trucking industry.

As Hurricane Florence took aim at the East Coast, residents, businesses, and governments struggled to prepare for the aftermath. As citizens stripped store shelves of water, bread, and other non-perishables, governments changed the direction of major roadways, and roads became impassable, the entire trucking industry was affected.

This situation is not unique. Every time a large natural disaster looms or strikes, the trucking industry faces uncertainty and rushes to adapt. In some cases, as with Hurricane Florence, some regulations are lifted in advance of the storm to allow for safe passage and delivery of relief items.

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How to Protect Your Moving Company When Switching Insurance

Follow these three tips when switching moving company insurance.

As a smart business leader, you’ve taken the steps to get insurance for your moving company. You know that you have enough coverage. But lately, you’ve been looking into other insurance carriers.

You’ve explored getting better moving company insurance for lower rates. Still, you’re hesitant. Switching commercial auto insurance is a big move. You don’t want to get caught in a bad position.

Here’s what you need to know to protect your moving company during the transition to a new insurance company.

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In-House Truck Maintenance: Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Trucks?

Find out how much long-haul truck insurance costs.

12 years. That’s how long the average truck has been on the road today. Many are closer to 20.  Each year a fleet will only replace 1 truck for every 70 trucks in service.

It’s thanks in part to well-built trucks, dedicated drivers, efficient management and a focus on the importance of maintenance.

Let’s take a look at how your in-house truck maintenance can help you keep those trucks performing and paying you back as a business longer.

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How to smoothly transition to a new commercial auto insurance company

We've got some tips to help you switch to new commercial auto insurance.

Each year, commercial trucks travel nearly 400 billion miles combined. That’s a lot of miles we’re putting on our trucks and our drivers. Proper commercial auto insurance helps protect your business while you’re working hard to get things from here to there. And getting the best rates and coverage is important. That’s why when the time is right you might choose to switch carriers and get new truck insurance. But there are some things to consider to ensure you stay protected and have a smooth transition.

Let’s take a look!

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How much does semi-truck insurance cost?

Truck insurance cost depends on many different factors.

Semi-truck insurance generally costs between $13,000 and $23,000 per year per power unit. But this is a simple answer that we give without knowing many of the details about your business that can affect your semi-truck insurance rates, such as:

  • Your drivers and their MVRs
  • Your location and radius of operation
  • Your SAFER score
  • Your truck
  • What you haul/What contracts you have
  • How many years you’ve been in business

Many details about your business affect your rates, so you could be at the lower end or the upper end of that range – or not within the range at all. Insurance rates differ so much from business to business, which is why it’s essential to get semi-truck insurance quotes.

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6 Things Every Fleet Manager Should Know About Disaster Planning

Disaster planning for your fleet

Disasters can come in the form of hurricanes, tornadoes, or forest fires. Other disasters are man-made, like vandalism, arson, electrical fire, or even terrorism. FEMA (the government agency that handles disaster relief) estimates that as many as 60% of businesses don’t re-open after a major event like this.

In most cases, it’s not by choice. They’ve lost everything.

That’s why fleet disaster planning is so important for the trucking industry. It allows you to keep your business running (when possible) and quickly recover from a major event.

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