Important things to know about drug and alcohol testing for truck drivers

As a truck driver, it's important to be aware of drug and alcohol testing requirements.

There are many protocols and procedures in place that can help to assure the safety of commercial drivers and all other people on the road. One of those categories of procedures involves drug and alcohol testing. Here is what you need to know about that type of testing for commercial drivers.

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4 common reasons for truck accidents

These are four common reasons for truck accidents.

Truck drivers go through extensive training in order to do their jobs. Getting a CDL and operating a big rig isn’t easy. Of course, truck drivers get paid to, well, drive, so they put a lot of time and effort into getting trained to drive such a large vehicle. But even the most experienced, well-trained truck driver can be involved in an accident. When truck accidents happen, it’s important to look at the cause. According to the FMCSA, the major pre-crash event that led to 73% of fatal large truck accidents was another vehicle, person, object, or animal either in the truck driver’s lane or drifting into it.

So, clearly, not all accidents involving trucks are the fault of the truck driver, and accidents are caused by many more factors than just those listed below. And some accidents can be caused by factors completely out of the control of the truck driver, such as the actions of the driver of the other vehicle. However, understanding these four causes of truck accidents can help you train your team and ensure you take steps to protect the public, your organization, and your financial standing.

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What is the MCS90 Endorsement for truck insurance?

The MCS90 might seem a little complicated.

In 1980, the federal government passed legislation called the Federal Motor Carrier Act that required motor carriers to show proof of financial responsibility to cover claims initiated by third parties. The purpose of the law was to protect individuals from financial loss when involved in an accident with a motor carrier that did not have enough liquid assets to pay personal injury, property damage, and other claims. The act requires all motor carriers to demonstrate proof of the ability to pay up to a statutory minimum.

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What kind of insurance do delivery drivers need?

Delivery drivers need to make sure they have the right insurance coverages.

Are you a delivery truck driver? Do you deliver packages for Amazon or Walmart?  If so, then it is important to make sure you have the right insurance coverage. Your personal automobile policy will not provide adequate coverage if you do delivery on the side. You are at risk of a great loss if your delivery vehicle is not properly insured. So, what kind of insurance coverage do delivery drivers need? Here is a guide.

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What is the FMCSA’s Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP)?

The FMCSA has a Pre-Employment Screening Program.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) keeps driver safety records contained within a program it calls the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). The data contains the safety record of each individual commercial driver, industry service provider, and carrier. Anyone with the proper credentials can access the MCMIS website 24 hours a day. This federal program is separate from driver data kept by individual states. Most state governments refer to driver data as a motor vehicle record (MVR). We’re going to explain a bit about the FMCSA’s Pre-Employment Screening Program.

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What is a DOT Number and Who Needs One?

Do you need a DOT Number to operate your truck?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires a Department of Transportation (DOT) number for trucks and other carrier vehicles that meet certain criteria. These typically pertain to weight, whether the vehicle carries paying customers, and whether the carrier vehicle routinely crosses state lines. In addition to the federal regulations, 37 of the 50 states require a DOT number. (The FMCSA has a list of the states that require a DOT Number.)

It can be confusing, especially as a new operator, to understand if the regulation pertains to you and whether you need to obtain a DOT number. We hope that the FMCSA regulations below will bring more clarity to this issue for you.

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4 tips for selecting the best long-haul truck drivers

It's important for truck drivers to be aware of the risks of driving such a large vehicle.

If you are a fleet owner, then you probably know that there is a truck driver shortage. You might try to solve this issue by lowering your hiring standards or using quick or aggressive recruitment strategies. However, this strategy will likely lead to poor driver retention.

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How to recruit and keep good truck drivers

It can be difficult to recruit and retain truck drivers.

Recruiting and keeping good truck drivers is difficult for most fleet owners. There is currently a shortage of qualified truck drivers. According to the American Trucking Organization, the trucking industry needs to hire at least one million truck drivers over the next decade to meet the current demand

So, how can you recruit and keep talented and safe truck drivers? Here are some of the best tips and tricks for finding new truckers and reducing turnover.

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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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24 inspirational quotes for truck drivers

Check out these 24 inspirational quotes for truck drivers.

Being a truck driver isn’t easy. The job is demanding, and the long hours on the road can get tough when you’re away from home on your own. To help you out if you’re feeling a bit blue, check out these 24 inspirational quotes from inspirational people. We’ve made a list of some nuggets of wisdom, motivation, and inspiration.

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