Progressive rolls out Smart-Haul program for ELD-based truck insurance

Progressive recently launched an ELD-based insurance program.

Progressive Insurance recently rolled out a new program called Smart Haul® that gives qualifying truckers a discount on their commercial truck policy for signing up and sharing their Electronic Logging Device (ELD) driving data. The program provides a three percent discount for sharing ELD data. According to Progressive, most customers save an average of $1,384 a year with the Smart Haul® program. But, should you sign up?

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More women are becoming truck drivers than ever before

The number of women in trucking could be seeing a rise.

The Women in Trucking Association (WIT) and the National Transportation Institute (NTI) recently revealed research that highlights the growing number of female truck drivers entering the industry. Hundreds of individual firms and fleets responded to the joint surveys, providing key details on the rise of women in trucking and in fleet management.

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How UPS Significantly Lowered Its Accident Rate

UPS has lowered its accident rate.

In the US, on the job fatalities rose 7% last year. The transportation industry accounts for a whopping 40% of these fatalities. That far exceeds any other industry.

As important as it is to prevent a fatality, that’s not the only cost. Injuries, property damage, damage to your own trucks, potential downtime and increased insurance premiums cost you.

You have trouble keeping your trucks and drivers on the road. Here’s how UPS has been tackling this problem head-on. And these are the results.

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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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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 9th-15th

Check out these commercial truck insurance myths.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is coming up. The second week of September (Sept. 9th-15th) is set aside as a special time to recognize the hard work and dedication of the 3.5 million professional truck drivers around the country.

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Alabama community college to offer CDL class just for women in trucking

A college in Alabama will offer a CDL course just for women in trucking.

A conversation that comes up a lot in the trucking world is the fact that there is a major shortage of truck drivers in the United States. There are many potential solutions – hiring millennials as truck drivers, offering higher wages, providing better benefits or perks. Some point out that only 6% of truck drivers are women and suggest that if companies were able to hire more women in trucking, it could help alleviate the shortage.

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The electric truck from Tesla – What you need to know about this futuristic rig

Tesla has recently unveiled the Tesla Semi, an electric truck.

Electric vehicles have become quite the trend lately – they’re quiet, sleek, and eco-friendly. But what about an electric…semi truck? Is it even possible? Tesla CEO Elon Musk says “yes.” And not only that, he actually did it. Tesla has created an entirely electric truck. But what is this vehicle really about? What’s the big deal about the Tesla Semi? We’ll explain the basics about this very snazzy semi.

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How to get more millennials to drive for your truck business

Recruiting millennials may help combat the truck driver shortage.

It’s not exactly a big secret that the United States has a huge shortage of truck drivers. It’s estimated that the industry is currently functioning with 50,000 fewer drivers than it needs. Much thought has been given to potential solutions to this problem, and one solution is hiring more millennials as semi-truck drivers. The word “millennial” gets tossed around a lot when it comes to recruiting, which makes sense: they’re the largest age group in the workforce.

The concern with trucking is that because the average age for a truck driver is about 55, there will not be enough young people interested in trucking to enter the industry and replace them. But it’s proved to be quite difficult for truck businesses to recruit and hire millennials. We’ll explain why that is, and we’ll also offer tips to help you recruit and retain young drivers at your business.

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North Dakota bill could lead to a study about truckers quitting over ELD mandate

A new bill out of North Dakota would require the Dept. of Transportation to study the effect of the ELD mandate on the trucking workforce.

The ELD mandate has generated a lot of discussion and protest in the trucking world, to say the least. The mandate, which went into effect in December of 2017, required truckers to have an ELD, or electronic logging device, in their vehicles to track their hours of duty.

Electronic Logging Devices were meant to promote a safer workplace for truckers and they were supposed to help trucking businesses improve safety. The goal was to make tracking, managing, and sharing Records of Duty Status (RODS) data easier and more efficient. An Electronic Logging Device syncs up to the engine to automatically track drive time.

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