CVSA’s Brake Safety Week Scheduled for Aug. 22-28, 2021

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently scheduled this year’s Brake Safety Week for Aug. 22-28, 2021. This annual event emphasizes the importance of ensuring sufficient brake systems in commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Specifically, the event highlights the role that brake maintenance and efficiency play in reducing brake-related CMV accidents on the road.

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The Insurance Act Attempts to Increase the Minimum Insurance Requirement by 556%

how the insurance act can affect you

There is no denying that the rate of trucking insurance has skyrocketed over the years. Despite these increases, many insurers are experiencing huge losses. It shows that the insurance industry, particularly associated to transportation, continue to face the challenging time.

The latest INSURANCE act HR.2687 is an attempt to increase the minimum insurance requirements for all trucking companies. Presented by Chuy Gracia –  U.S. Representative, the legislation is applicable to all commercial motor vehicles.

Insurance legislation aims to protect the families involved in truck crashes from financial devastation. It has stirred a debate among truckers.

If you belong to the trucking industry, learning about how the new INSURANCE act HR.2687 will impact you.

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The Top Pickup Trucks Hitting Showrooms in 2021

Pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and other large automobiles are en vogue in 2021.  Diminutive vehicles with little space are declining in popularity as more Americans gravitate toward pickup trucks.  However, choosing between the best trucks on the market is not easy.  Let’s take a look at some of the top candidates for purchase and lease hitting the market in 2021.

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DOT Monitoring Services with Truck Insurance Quotes

DOT Monitoring

The trucking industry is heavily regulated and one slip can cost your company more than a little money. The government expects you to know and keep track of every DOT violation that crops up. When do they expect you to run your business? It would be nice if your company had someone looking out for you to warn you when unaddressed violations are about to become your worst nightmare.

Guess what? That’s what Truck Insurance Quotes does for our customers. Keep reading to learn more.

How Does Truck Insurance Quotes Provide DOT Monitoring?

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Our free DOT monitoring service tracks violations so that we can help our customers stay on top of their obligations. When you maintain a clean record with the DOT, it impacts your truck insurance in a positive way.

Nobody likes bad surprises. If you’ve had DOT compliance issues come up, it helps to know about it before the DOT comes knocking at your door. It doesn’t take much for things to go south if a driver thought they received a warning instead of a fine or the DOT officer wrote down the wrong information. No matter how careful you are, you can’t be everywhere at once.

Truck Insurance Quotes uses FMCSA’s DataQs system to provide DOT monitoring at no charge to our clients.

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What is the FMCSA?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was created as part of the Motor Carrier Improvement Act of 1999. The FMCSA falls under the Federal Highway Administration and works to reduce accidents and injuries involving commercial motor vehicles. The administration regulates commercial motor vehicles including half a million trucking companies, thousands of Interstate bus companies and over 4 million CDL drivers.

As part of this mission, the FMCSA carries out the following responsibilities:

  • Enforcing trucking safety regulations
  • Identifying high-risk drivers and companies
  • Innovating safety information systems
  • Maintaining equipment standards
  • Raising awareness

One of the ways the administration raises awareness is through the DataQs system.

What Do You Know About DataQs?

DataQs Provides a way for trucking drivers and companies to review federal and state data regarding pending violations. The system also provides a way to appeal violations with incorrect or incomplete information.

If you would like to challenge FMCSA roadside inspection reports or correct information in crash reports, this is the easiest way to do it. Although there is no direct impact on court cases, by fixing the information in DataQs, you can then challenge the court case backed by corrected FMCSA information.

Our DOT monitoring service alerts trucking companies when violations are recorded and notifies you so that you can act accordingly.

Are You Looking for Better Truck Insurance?

Choose the truck insurance company that can protect you and your drivers. Truck Insurance Quotes has knowledgeable transportation insurance agents to help you find the most comprehensive coverage for the risks you face every day. Give us a call or message us on LiveChat for fast answers and to get a free quote.

4 Ways Carriers are Attempting to Woo Young Drivers

truck driver shortage

Currently, there’s a record truck driver shortage of about 60,000 drivers. There are many reasons for this shortage, which include the high average age of current truck drivers, high industry freight volumes, and high school kids that are increasingly attending higher education institutes rather than immediately entering the workforce. What’s more is that carriers still have to be selective with who they hire, as there are qualifications and other considerations that drivers need to meet to perform their jobs safely and effectively.

However, as the trucking industry is so critical to keeping America’s economy moving forward, a failure to address these driver shortages could have significant ramifications. It’s why many carriers are now investing more time and effort into attracting younger drivers. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the ways they’re doing this.

4 Ways Carriers Are Attracting Young Drivers

1. Get Social

While carriers are increasingly working with truck driving schools and even attending high school career fairs to get in front of America’s youth, another still largely untapped avenue for marketing to young drivers is social media. More people are on social media today than ever before, and many use it to find jobs or network as well. By advertising positions on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, carriers are able to tap into a much broader pool of potential candidates. Marketing on social media can also help attract untapped demographics of potential drivers. For instance, only about 6 percent of all truck drivers today are women.

2. Debunk Driving Myths

Many are under the impression that truck drivers are never home and it’s a profession for those who haven’t settled down or started a family. While there is a fair amount of travel for drivers depending on their roles, work-life balance today is better than ever. By emphasizing this, carriers are able to dispel certain myths and attract more candidates.

3. Communicate the Importance of Truck Driving

Many youngsters join the military because they see it as their calling and view the cause of defending their country as something bigger than just any job. While truck driving may not be up there on the scale of defending a nation, the economic importance of the trucking industry cannot be downplayed. Drivers are essential workers that move more than 70 percent of the country’s total freight and generate $700 billion in economic activity. As long as the trucking industry is going, America is going.

4. Raising Pay, Benefits

Employment decisions for younger generations largely still come down to earnings and earnings potential. More carriers are beginning to step up and show drivers how lucrative a career it can be. For instance, the National Transportation Institute reported drivers earning higher-than-average salaries in 2019, and guaranteed pay on the rise. The likes of signing bonuses, annual increases, performance bonuses and enhanced benefits packages are all areas where carriers are stepping up in an effort to entice more young drivers to join their teams.

Whether your drivers are young or old, rookies or veterans, one constant is the importance of proper truck insurance. For insight on the right insurance to protect your business and your drivers, contact us today.

What’s happening with truck driver turnover with COVID-19?

Truck driver turnover during COVID

The coronavirus pandemic has definitely led to a lot of changes and challenges – there’s no denying that. Pretty much everyone and everything has been affected by the pandemic. One thing that was impacted by COVID-19 is the driver turnover rate in the trucking industry, an interesting effect of the virus: the turnover rate in the trucking world dropped during the second quarter. 

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CVSA International Roadcheck continues

CVSA International Roadcheck

The CVSA had postponed their International Roadcheck because of the pandemic. However, they have rescheduled the International Roadcheck, and it’s going on now. It started on Sept. 9th and will continue through Sept. 11th. (Attention has been able to shift back to inspecting drivers and vehicles now that safety standards and Out of Service criteria.)

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