Becoming an Owner Operator: Master Insurance Policy

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Our last Becoming an Owner Operator post discussed the different trucking insurance coverages an owner operator needs. These differ depending on whether s/he decides to lease onto a motor carrier or operate under his or her own authority. This post is for those who have leased onto a motor carrier and are exploring their insurance options. It […]

Protecting Your Storage Tank System from Flooding

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In the month of July, Minnesota experienced some serious rainfall. So much, in fact, that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) issued a notice on how to prevent water from entering a storage tank system. Tips to Prevent Water from Entering Storage Tank System Ensure tank fill caps are in good condition. Water can easily leak […]

Becoming an Owner Operator: Trucking Insurance

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Last month’s Becoming an Owner Operator post discussed the advantages and disadvantages of leasing onto a motor carrier and driving under your own authority. This post will build off of last month’s by explaining how the way you choose to operate your trucking business determines which trucking insurance coverages you will need. Trucking Insurance: Leasing onto a […]

Top 3 Questions on Bobtail/Non-Trucking Coverage

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Oftentimes, trucking insurance is about as easy to comprehend as why the universe exists. It’s in place for some reason, and we are glad it is, but all the minute details get in the way of our proper understanding of it. In an effort to help those within the trucking industry better understand trucking insurance, we […]

Charity Spotlight: Truckersfinalmile.org

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The charity, truckersfinalmile.org was founded by Robert Palm, a 30-year over-the-road veteran, to “reunite North American truck drivers and their family in times of crisis.” Current Programs The charity currently offers assistance to North American truck drivers through the following five programs: Death of a truck driver. Severe injury of a truck driver. Major medical event of a […]

Becoming an Owner Operator: Financial Considerations

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You’ve taken into account the personal considerations (family, health, etc.) of becoming an owner operator and have obtained—or are on the way to obtaining—your commercial driver’s license (CDL). That means it’s time to tackle your finances and form a business plan that will ideally prevent you from going bankrupt within your first year on the road. Trucking Equipment […]

5 Factors Impacting Your Trucking Insurance Premium

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Background On March 1, 2016, WRAL Investigates reported that North Carolina Insurance Commissioner, Wayne Goodwin, is pressing state lawmakers to tighten regulations over commercial vehicle insurance. His reason being, out-of-state trucking companies claiming in-state residency to obtain North Carolina’s lower insurance rates. In fact, NC boasts some of the lowest vehicle insurance rates in the […]

Captive Insurance: Take Control of Your Insurance

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Often perceived as an option solely for Fortune 500 companies, captive insurance companies are becoming more accessible than ever for small- and mid-size companies. What is an Insurance Captive? For those considering joining a captive program, it is essentially an insurance company. The captive operates like a commercial insurer; however, the insureds are oftentimes key players in […]

Tax Deductions for Truck Drivers

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Did you know that truckers can usually deduct more than 100 items from their taxes? The IRS recognizes truck drivers take on an unusual amount of business expenses and offer multiple tax deductions. With tax season now in full swing, we here at Truck Writers want to make sure all truckers are aware of these possible […]