Can Technology Help You Lower Your Trucking Insurance Cost?

The use of technology can help your trucking insurance

Did you know that litigation of truck accidents has increased significantly?

Whether you have a transportation company or a trucking fleet, managing insurance may be a daunting task.  We say this because legal settlements are on the rise and premiums are increasing.  Plus, the equipment has become more costly.  The new legislation has drastically changed the way people measure and understand safety.

With the insurance landscape shifting, drivers are opting for new technologies to keep themselves safe and lower their insurance. Technology plays a key role in enabling technology adapters to decrease risks in the driver’s seat.  Also, many auto insurance companies offer discounts to their policyholders for installing vehicle safety devices or demonstrating safe driving.

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How Do I Keep My Truck Drivers Happy?

Certain vehicles require the driver to carry a CDL.

Earning as a truck driver means long working hours and unwavering commitment and responsibility towards the job. Most truck drivers are fatigued and stressed due to the overwhelming pressure to stay secure while hauling heavy loads within the deadline.

Keep in mind that happy truck drivers are not only satisfied, but also more productive. If you run a logistics company, keeping your truck drivers happy should be your top priority.  After all, without a happy or productive driver, there is no way you can deliver things to your destination.

From keeping your safety scores clean and offering rewards, you need to do everything to keep your truck driver happy. Meeting your DOT inspection requirements and safety scores are two primary ways you can retain a driver who drives safely, is familiar with the routes, and works well with dispatch for the long term.

Here are some top-tier ways you can keep your truck driver happy and retain them.

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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.

Alabama to allow 18 to 21-year-olds to drive CMVs intrastate

18 to 21-year-olds will be allowed to drive CMVs intrastate in Alabama.

On May 15, 2019, the Alabama legislature passed a bill that would lower the age a driver can apply for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for intrastate truck driving from 21 to 18. The Senate passed the bill 24-0 while the House voted 96-1 in favor of passage. Governor Kay Ivey is expected to sign the bill with an effective date of February 17, 2020. Hawaii is now the only state that imposes a minimum age of 21 to obtain an intrastate CDL.

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What medical criteria are required to obtain a medical certificate? (And who needs one?)

Drivers of commercial vehicles need to get a medical certificate.

Drivers of commercial motor vehicles must undergo a physical examination to make sure they are medically fit for duty. If the truck driver passes the medical exam, the examiner will complete a medical examiner’s certificate, which can be submitted to the Department of Transportation. Below is some information to help you understand this certificate and determine whether you need it.

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Until I get my own operating authority, can I lease my services to a for-hire carrier with operating rights?

If you don't have an operating authority, you could work for a for-hire carrier.

One common question from truckers who have not yet obtained their operating authority (MC number) from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is whether they can still lease their services to a for-hire carrier that has operating rights. According to Section 376.11, the answer is yes as long as the trucker meets all FMCSA requirements.

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What hazardous materials require a Hazardous Materials Safety Permit?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforces a program known as Hazardous Materials Safety Permit (HMSP). The purpose is to increase safety for the driving public and commercial truck drivers. The FMCSA maintains a database outlining the types of materials that require truckers to obtain a permit before they can transport them. We include this information below.

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What is a trucking company’s CSP (Company Safety Profile)?

A CSP contains crash information about a motor carrier.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the federal Department of Transportation (DOT), retains safety information for every commercial carrier that drives on public roads. It also keeps a safety record for every trucking company or independent owner-operator. Although it stores several types of documents, the Company Safety Profile (CSP) is by far the most comprehensive.

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