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A Snowplow Operator’s Guide to Safety

During this time of the year, snowplow operators are working tirelessly to keep roadways clear and ensure that they remain safe for travelers. However, operating a snowplow can present numerous hazards and operators must prioritize safety to protect themselves and others on the road.

This blog will delve into the significance of snowplow safety and offer practical tips for operators on how to stay safe while performing their duties.

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An Overview of What It Means to Be an Intermodal Truck Driver

Being an intermodal truck driver is one of today’s most rewarding, yet challenging and demanding careers. As a commercial vehicle operating at the center of three different transportation modes—ship, rail, and truck—it takes dedication and skill to successfully transport goods across states or countries. From managing changing regulations to understanding complex shipping systems, it pays off in reliability for those who choose this profession.

So if you’re considering taking on the position as an intermodal truck driver yourself or just curious about what it entails, read on! This post will provide you with an overview of all things that come along with intermodal trucking.

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How to Start a Successful Hot Shot Trucking Business

Starting a hot shot trucking business can be a rewarding and lucrative venture for those who are interested in the transportation industry.

Hot shot trucking involves the use of smaller, specialized vehicles to transport time-sensitive or urgent shipments. This can often include livestock, agricultural equipment, heavy machinery, construction materials, and so forth.

This type of trucking often requires the ability to be flexible and adapt to changing circumstances, as well as excellent communication and customer service skills. If you’re considering starting a hot shot trucking business, it’s important to thoroughly research and plan all aspects of your business. For instance, you’ll need to acquire the necessary equipment and obtain proper licensing and insurance.

Let’s explore how to be successful in this industry by laying out a detailed step-by-step guide.

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How to Winterize Your Semi Truck

Winter weather can be challenging for any vehicle, but it can be especially tough on semi trucks. The large size and weight of these vehicles make them more susceptible to potential hazards on the road. Commercial trucks, in particular, take longer to come to a complete halt and icy roads can impair a truck driver’s capability to control their vehicle. Not to mention that breakdowns can have a significant impact on delivery schedules.

To ensure that your semi truck can handle the challenges the winter presents, it’s important to take some steps to winterize it. In this article, we’ll provide four essential tips on how to winterize your semi truck. With these suggestions, you can spend less time in the shop and more time transporting your goods! Let’s get started.

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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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