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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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What Is Box Truck Insurance?

Box trucks are a game changer in the short-haul transportation industry. This is how it works, a box truck will pick up loads from warehouses, distributors, and depots and deliver them to their specified drop-off location.

Since these trucks typically haul expensive materials and equipment, they need to be adequately insured in case of an accident or collision. In the event of a loss, being underinsured can put you in a difficult situation where you end up in deep financial trouble.

Additionally, the insurance sector is regulated by the government and some form of liability coverage is required for transportation businesses. This is because truck drivers experience more risk due to the nature of the job and the size of their vehicle. Not to mention, it’s difficult navigating a commercial motor vehicle on congested highways with reckless drivers present.

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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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DOT number

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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Reefer Unit

The Most Common Reefer Unit Issues

Along with being an important way of transporting different types of perishable cargo, reefer units also require a lot of maintenance. If you fail to properly maintain your reefer truck then you’ll likely run into many issues. These mechanical failures can result in spoiled cargo and wasted time and money.

Truck drivers are responsible for inspecting their reefer units and scheduling regular maintenance. So, if you wish to arrive at your destination with your cargo intact you should keep an eye out for the following reefer unit failures.

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The Effects of the Truck Parking Shortage

Truckers have spent years and years complaining about the number of parking spaces available for trucks. Unfortunately, this dilemma is rather common among the nearly 4 million American truckers. Its become extremely challenging for truckers to find an authorized parking spot, especially in densely populated areas.

Although many trucking companies and organizations have advocated for more spaces available, they have yet to be successful. Moreover, the problem is only getting worse with time.

In this article, we’ll discuss the truck parking shortage happening now in the US. Also, we’ll touch on how its affecting the stress and safety of drivers.

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The Impact of Rising Gas Prices on Truckers

The rising gas prices have affected the trucking industry tremendously. Also, let’s not forget that they’re still struggling with labor shortages and supply chain disruptions due to the ongoing pandemic.

This recent surge in fuel prices is costing fleets tens of thousands of dollars in just a matter of a week. Even when diesel prices increase by 5 cents truckers feel the impact, so imagine it going up a whole dollar. 

The CEO of Swint Logistics Group fears these costs will ultimately end up on the consumer. If you think about it, every product we use is transported by truck. If it’s costing more money to transport goods then the price for these items will climb.

In this article, we’ll discuss how trucking companies are being hit hard by the surging gas prices and how it’s impacting fleets’ overall costs.

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