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How to Be a Safety Mentor in the Transportation Business

A hardworking person can have a powerful influence on their team, especially when they’re working with someone new to the company or the trucking sector altogether. As the coworker of a new employee, consider yourself the most important role model during their first few weeks. Your attitude and your respect for company policies and safety procedures could greatly impact their overall performance!

The significance of serving as a safety mentor in your transportation business will be discussed in this piece. Let’s get started!

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A Summary of Truckers Liability Insurance

Truckers liability insurance is a kind of policy that safeguards transportation professionals in the event of a collision. Both property damage and any associated medical costs for injuries the other party sustained in an accident would be covered under this policy. Furthermore, if a truck driver is sued in the event of a collision, this coverage will assist in covering their legal expenses.

You should be aware that to operate legally, liability insurance is a minimum requirement for all transportation companies. This article will address the significance of truckers liability insurance, in addition to what is and isn’t covered, factors that affect your rates, and the dangers the trucking sector encounters daily.

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How to Avoid Nuclear Verdicts

Unfortunately, a serious truck accident might push your business dangerously close to bankruptcy. Incidents like these are frequently referred to as nuclear verdicts by insurance companies. This is when a jury grants the plaintiff in the case more than $10 million.

Alarmingly, due to the rise in deadly truck crashes, these instances have become more prevalent. Recent research indicates that the number of accidents rose by 43% between 2010 and 2019.

In this post, we’ll talk about how safety technology and monitoring methods can improve fleet safety as a whole. Let’s get started!

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CDL Drug Test Requirements

It’s usual to be perplexed about the requirements for CDL drug tests. In short, the FMCSA has created criteria for persons who operate commercial motor vehicles to submit to drug and alcohol testing. This covers drivers of passenger vans, buses, and big trucks since they require a CDL. These rules specify who gets tested, when they’re tested, and under what conditions.

Understandably, this is where things start to become a little unclear as the requirements can be somewhat challenging to comprehend. Don’t worry, we’ll explain who must submit to CDL drug and alcohol testing as well as when it’s required in this article.

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Questions to Ask Your Trucking Agent

When looking for truck insurance, it’s best to reach out to multiple insurance agencies so that you have various options to explore. This way, you can determine the best option for you and save a considerable amount of money on your insurance in the meantime.

When talking to a trucking insurance agent, there are several questions you should ask them to determine if they’re the best fit for you or not.

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Refrigerated Freight

Reasons to Switch to Refrigerated Freight

A refrigerated truck, also known as a reefer, is made to transport perishable items such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, frozen goods, and food. They’re designed to keep refrigerated freight cool and at their desired temperature for the duration of the transportation process.

Furthermore, there are numerous advantages to becoming a refrigerated truck driver in this day and age. In fact, many drivers are opting for temperature-controlled freight versus hauling standard non-refrigerated items.

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Commercial Truck Inspections

How to Conduct Commercial Truck Inspections

When driving a personal vehicle for everyday use, most drivers simply jump in and go. However, for commercial motor vehicles used to transport cargo or passengers, extra consideration should be taken to ensure that they’re safe and ready for the road.

Performing pre-trip inspections on your commercial truck can catch potential problems before they have a chance to endanger the safety of you and others on the road. Take care of problems right away to prevent future costs and delays.

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The Process of Applying for Operating Authority and DOT Numbers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires commercial drivers to apply for an identification number with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) as well as an operating authority (MC number) in some cases.

To obtain your identification number via the USDOT, you must complete an online registration form at the FMCSA Unified Registration System (URS). You’ll have to access the URS directly since the FMCSA stopped accepting paper registrations for first-time applicants in December 2015. You won’t need to pay a fee to complete your registration.

In this article, we’ll discuss the process of applying for your MC number and DOT number. Let’s get started!

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What’s a DOT Number and Who Needs One?

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 GVWR, whether you transport paying customers, and whether you operate across state lines. In addition to the federal regulations, 37 of the 50 states require a DOT number.

It can be confusing, especially if you’re new to the business, to understand if this regulation pertains to you or not. Therefore, in this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about DOT numbers. Let’s get started!

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