The Importance of Trucking

Have you imagined what would happen if truck drivers stopped working for a few days?

The world would come to a screeching halt according to Ricky Rodriguez, a truck driver who works 14-hours a day hauling steel and lumber throughout the Midwest. According to another trucker Paul Marhoefer (who hosts the podcast Over the Road), it would send the entire nation into a frenzy.

If this happened, the shelves in the grocery stores would be empty, we would run out of gas, and hospitals would run out of supplies. You’ve probably witnessed shortages like these throughout the pandemic. However, if truck drivers stopped working completely for a few days the shortages would be on a much larger scale.

If you’re unaware of the importance the trucking industry has in our nation, then keep reading.

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Yokohama Launches 2 New Commercial Tires

Recently, Yokohama Tire expanded their commercial lineup to include two new products. The renowned company launched the 124R and 505C tires, which are available all across the U.S. Moreover, both tires meet the standards and performance criteria for driving in severe snow conditions.

Whether you’re a trucker or own a fleet, learning about Yokohama’s new commercial tire selection is a must.

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Do I Need a DOT Number?

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Companies operating commercial vehicles to haul cargo or transport passengers need to register with the FMCSA and obtain a USDOT  number.

Also, truckers carrying hazardous materials or hauling different cargo quantities and types through intrastate travel are required to get a safety permit and a DOT number.

Authorities require a DOT number when monitoring and collecting a company’s safety information during compliance reviews, inspections, audits, and crash investigations.

Keep on reading to find out why you need a DOT number, what states require it, and how to comply with federal regulations.

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How Much Does a Truck Accident Cost?

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Determining the cost of a truck accident and how it may impact your business is essential. Even a minor crash can be financially detrimental. When determining how much an accident costs, it’s important to remember that the cost varies from incident to incident. It’s very hard to determine or predict the exact amount, but a number of factors can affect it. Here we will discuss the direct and indirect costs of a truck accident and how it can affect your reputation.

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Why You Need Uninsured Motorist Coverage for Your Truck

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Accidents on the road are far too common, especially among truck drivers. Given the type of vehicle they’re driving and the cargo they’re hauling, you can see why accidents happen frequently.

Given the amount of accidents that occur, you would think the drivers would have proper insurance coverage. While that’s certainly the case most of the time, there are exceptions. If the at fault truck driver doesn’t have insurance or they’re underinsured, you’ll be in a tough spot. Regardless, here’s what to do if you ever find yourself in this situation.

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Commercial Auto Insurance vs. Personal Auto Insurance

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Personal auto insurance covers most four-wheel vehicles such as trucks, vans, and cars that are for personal use only. However, if these vehicles are for business use then commercial auto insurance is required. All businesses require some sort of insurance for their vehicles.

Commercial auto insurance is required in the trucking industry because it offers unique coverage that personal auto wouldn’t. Specifically, it  protects against the many risks involved with operating a large truck carrying expensive goods.

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What to Do When a Receiver Rejects a Cargo Load

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Oftentimes, when a receiver rejects a cargo load, it costs a significant amount of time, fuel, and transport products. From the viewpoint of sustainability, it may negate some prior fuel efficiency and cost savings.

It doesn’t end here, some carriers may end up canceling their next shipment. As a result, they’ll need to spend a lot of time and effort in rerouting. It can very well hold up the entire disposition process of the trucks for months in many cases.

Moreover, if you look at the problem from the perspective of shippers, even a single product rejection incurs additional shipping costs and may cause the entire truckload to go to waste. To make the matter worse, this may strain the relationship with the carriers and receivers.

Getting your cargo load rejected by the receiver can be a headache if you don’t know how to deal with it. Here is what you need to know.

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Love’s is Celebrating Truck Drivers in September

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Did you know Love’s Travel Stops is all set to celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation during September 12th through the 18th?

The renowned company plans to give away more than 14 million rewards points in September. The appreciation week will include hundreds of winners (on a daily basis). It will also reward one person with 1 million reward points at the end of the month.

It doesn’t end here as the company announces some amazing deals, including delicious snacks, drinks, and food for free for the truck drivers. Drivers who are a rewards members can also get some of the special deals such as a free oil change.

Whether you’re a new truck driver or have been in the industry for years, learning about My Love Rewards can help you win plenty of exciting prizes and gifts.

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