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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Women in Trucking

The shortage of truck drivers has become one of the most prominent challenges for the trucking industry. According to the latest report from the American Trucking Association, currently, the industry is short by 60,000 truckers, which is a nearly 20 percent increase from last year.

The association has warned that if this shortage continues, it may increase to 160,000 by 2028. To meet the rising demand for truck drivers, the niche acknowledges the requirement to hire more truck drivers. Currently, the industry has only 47 percent women drivers.

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How Much Does Insurance for a Used Truck Cost?

“How much does insurance for a used truck cost” is one of the common questions drivers ask before they buy. Though the cost of these trucks is often low, the price you pay every year varies depending on factors like driving history, the state you live in, and cargo type.

For instance, if you have operators with impeccable driving history, you may need to pay $10,000 to $15,000 per used commercial truck. Here is a quick overview of different types of coverage commercial truck drivers hold.

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5 Helpful Tips to Save on Operational Costs

Managing operational efficiency by cutting costs is one of the important parts of a fleet manager’s job. Though it’s not something new for the experienced trucker, factors like supply chain disruptions, lost workdays, and decreasing operational costs have made it a significant issue.

That is to say, with plenty of overheads such as asset maintenance and fuel charges, fleet managers need new ways to reduce operational costs.

Here we enlist five ways you can optimize your operational expenses.

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How to Lower Your Truck Insurance Rates with Technology

Did you know that unwarranted lawsuits, damage from crashes, and costs that come with transporting goods has spiked significantly?

This has caused commercial transportation insurance to rise, making this subject the biggest concern for fleet leaders. According to the American Transportation Research Institute, increasing insurance costs is the fifth largest issue truckers face.

Due to an increase in claims being filed, most insurance carriers have increased their premium rates. Increasing insurance premiums has gradually turned into a trend over the years.

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The FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Linked to Driver Shortage

The driver shortage in different parts of the US has become a persistent problem. This complicated issue ultimately ties into multiple lifestyle choices according to Bob Costello, Chief Economist of American Trucking Associations.

The trucking industry is experiencing a significant shortage of truck drivers and needs an additional 60,800 truckers to progress. The booming industry will need more than 105,000 truckers by 2023 if hiring efforts do not improve.

Costello identified many factors worsening the shortage of drivers, including the pandemic’s effects on vehicle and driver schools. Many fleet companies are also not willing to pay drivers their desired amount. Also, some will often cancel the contract if drivers visit their homes frequently.

Another major factor that Costello associated with the driver shortage is Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse from the FMCSA. It’s the database that contains information regarding drug and alcohol violations of commercial drivers. Though ATA considers FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse a beneficial step, it has impacted the driver pool.

If you run a truck fleet, learning how FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse contributes to the issue of driver shortage is beneficial.

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Minneapolis Bans Larger Trucks from Parking on Their Streets

The legislative body of Minneapolis has imposed a new restriction banning larger trucks from parking on the streets. The restriction aims to improve protection measures for citizens. Modifying an existing ban on parking, the city council wants to make zoning districts safe for residents. It’s a citywide ban that includes all larger trucks.

The newly placed ban seems to be a good decision for the residents of the city. However, it might cause a lot of trouble for truckers. Let’s delve into the details to determine the impact of the ban on truck drivers.

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Brake Safety Week is August 22nd-28th

The US’s commercial motor vehicle authorities placed more than 1,151 vehicles out of service due to rule violations. During a one-day inspection in May, 8,658 trucks were evaluated according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. They had a similar inspection in Mexico and Canada. The authorities inspected more than 10,091 vehicles and found 1,273 out of service; particularly for brake-related breaches.

The safety alliance announces the dates for brake safety week each year publicly in advance. This year’s break safety week will take place August 22nd to the 28th. 

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5 Safety Tips for Commercial Drivers

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With the number of cars on highways increasing, the Federal Motor Safety Administration stresses using safe driving tips and techniques. According to Meera Joshi- Deputy Commissioner FMCSA, trucks and heavy vehicles are essential. They play an important role in keeping stores supplied with food and medicines and transporting people safely to their destinations.

However, driving a big rig on the highway can be dangerous in many ways. Therefore, you have to be skilled to ensure that you are properly aware of all the tips and tricks of driving large trucks. You have to be vigilant while you are on the road. As a commercial driver, you’re responsible to operate courteously and safely while obeying traffic signage and speed.

Hence, you should drive with full attention and be fully compliant with state and federal rules. Mentioned below are some of the ways you can keep yourself safe if you’re a commercial driver.

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