Trucking Insurance 101: Non-Trucking Use Liability

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Owner-Operators that lease onto a Motor Carrier are typically protected by that carrier’s liability coverage. But what about a trip to the bank, helping a friend move, or driving to a trucking show? If you are driving your rig for personal use, and not to further the business of your motor carrier, you are not […]

Trucking Insurance 101: Auto Liability

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This year, Truck Writers has chosen Trucking Insurance 101 as its blog series. The goal is to help educate those within the trucking industry on the various required and optional trucking insurance coverages. Our first blog post discusses Auto Liability. Auto Liability Coverage In order to operate, all trucking companies must have Auto Liability coverage. This coverage […]

A Closer Look at Operation Safe Driver 2017 Results

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The Operation Safe Driver Program aims to combat the number of deaths and injuries resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles through educational and enforcement strategies in an effort to improve the driving behaviors of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner, either in or around commercial motor vehicles. Here is this year’s breakdown […]

11 Tips for a Safer Trucking Operation

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The number of people killed in crashes involving medium- and heavy-duty trucks in 2016 increased by 57 over the previous year, according to data released by the National Transportation Safety Board. For the last year, our Trucking Safety Tip of the Month series aimed to help educate those within and outside of the trucking industry about […]

Trucking Safety Tip of the Month: Inadequate Surveillance

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The results of the Large Truck Crash Causation Study indicate that roughly 14 percent of large-truck crashes occur due to commercial motor vehicle drivers’ inadequate surveillance. At Truck Writers, we realize that roughly 80 percent of crashes involving a truck are caused by passenger vehicles. However, as our country works toward zero deaths, we need to […]

Trucking Safety Tip of the Month: Unfamiliar Roadways

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According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study, 22 percent of large-truck crashes occurred when CMV drivers were on unfamiliar roadways. Truck Writers recognizes that roughly 80 percent of crashes involving a truck are caused by passenger vehicles. However, as our country works toward zero deaths, we need to work on also eliminating the other 20 percent. […]

Brake Safety Day 2017: How to Pass Inspection

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Brake Safety Day lands on September 7th this year. The previously week-long campaign was condensed by the CVSA in 2017. The Sept. 7th blitz will be a follow-up to the unannounced brake inspection spree that occurred on May 3rd. During the surprise blitz, 9,524 inspections were conducted throughout the U.S. and Canada. The inspection led […]

5 Tips to Keep Your Truck Cool in the Summer

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It’s a 90 degree day in the middle of summer. You approach the rig you left parked in direct sunlight, and now you’re paying the consequences. Hot air, hot steering wheel, hot everything. While we can’t change the weather, we can offer a few recommendations to make your driving experience a bit more comfortable. Here […]

Top Questions: Do I Need to File for a DBA?

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In an effort to help those within the trucking industry better understand trucking insurance, Truck Writers publishes its Top Questions posts. These posts are inspired by real questions submitted through our Ask the Expert portal. This post will cover when a truck driver or trucking business should file for a DBA. What is a DBA? Every business […]

The Importance of Reading Your Operating Agreement

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The operating agreement between a motor carrier and an independent contractor is the lifeblood of the relationship. At stake are many legal and regulatory issues; not to mention the mutual profitability of both parties. What is an Operating Agreement? In simple terms, the lease/contract defines the parties involved and what the obligations are of each party. […]