Trucking Safety Tip of the Month: Size Regulations

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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. That’s why our 2017 blog series will be Trucking Safety Tip of the Month. Once a month we will provide a new […]

Trucking Insurance Renewal: 3 Things to Expect

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With the New Year just around the corner, it seems fitting to discuss renewal. Although, maybe not the type you’re thinking of. This post focuses on what you need to expect as your insurance renewal date approaches. 1. The Cost of Your Insurance May Increase. The ATRI showed that insurance premium costs rose from 7.1 cents […]

10 Steps to Becoming an Owner Operator

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For the last year, our Becoming an Owner Operator series aimed to help those interested in becoming an owner operator navigate the ins and outs of the trucking industry. Here are our 10 steps to becoming an owner operator: Step #1 Evaluate Your Personal Considerations Whether you’re an individual considering a career that allows you to […]

Final Rule: Entry-Level Minimum Training Requirements

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The FMCSA and DOT published the Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators final rule on December 8, 2016. The FMCSA believes this final rule enhances the safety of commercial motor vehicle operations on our Nation’s highways by establishing a minimum standard of entry-level driver training (ELDT) and increasing the number of drivers who receive […]

Final Rule: Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

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The FMCSA and DOT published the Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule on December 5, 2016. The final rule was mandated by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). It seeks to improve safety by identifying CMV drivers who have committed drug and alcohol violations that render them ineligible […]

Top 4 Trends Driving Vocational Truck Design in 2016

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With 2016 dwindling down, let’s take a look at the four vocational truck design trends that took the market by storm this past year. #1 Automatics make their move Manufacturers have focused on maximizing driver comfort and minimizing fatigue to attract younger drivers to the trucking industry. The younger generations want to drive in a […]

How to Protect Your Truck from a Winter Freeze

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High winds, icy roads and below zero temperatures—driving a truck during a Midwestern winter isn’t easy. There is enough to worry about on the road, so why start your day scraping frost from your windshield? While we can’t stop Mother Nature, we can offer some tips for preparing your rig for an overnight freeze. Prevention: Cover your windshield wipers […]

2016 MN Freight System Plan: Trucking Overview

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This November, Commissioner Charles A. Zelle signed the 2016 Minnesota Statewide Freight System Plan. This Plan is an update to Minnesota’s first State Freight Plan developed in 2005. The 96-page document describes: Minnesota’s freight transportation system and its role in the state’s economy Current and emerging industry trends The performance of the freight transportation system Current […]

3 Ways to Maximize Your MPG this Winter

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When it comes to winter, you’re just not driving as many miles between fill-ups compared to the summer. Refiners of both gasoline and diesel fuel must change the composition in order to ensure your fuel doesn’t turn to gel. This results in a change in the fuels, which means less mpg for you and your vehicle. Here […]