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 […]

Prepare for CVSA’s Brake Safety Week 2016

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week will be during the week of September 11-17, 2016. Law enforcement officers across North America will conduct inspections on large trucks and buses. They will be looking for out-of-adjustment brakes, and brake-system and anti-lock braking system (ABS) violations. 2015 Brake Safety Week Results In 2015, out-of-service (OOS) violations […]

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 […]

Charity Spotlight: The Truckers Missing Child Project

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The Truckers Missing Child Project was started on Facebook by truck driver Dugal Trimble in 2012. Today, the page has nearly 6,700 likes and the twitter account (@TruckinActivism) has around 4,200 followers. When asked why he began The Truckers Missing Child Project in an interview with Truck News, Trimble explained, “I thought there needed to be some […]

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 […]

Factoring vs. Accounts Receivable Financing

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Freight invoice factoring and accounts receivable financing are oftentimes considered to be one-and-the-same. However, slight differences exist between the two that could affect your business. Freight Invoice Factoring. When you factor, you are actually selling your invoice to a factoring company. This results in a three-part funding structure: 70 to 95 percent of the value […]

Summer Health Tips for Truckers

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Trying to stay healthy and fit on the road is definitely a challenge. However, there are many social media groups dedicated to helping truckers achieve their health goals. Diet. If you’re one of those who thinks consistently cooking healthy meals in your cab is impossible, it’s time to think again. Summer is the best time to find affordable, […]

USDOT Numbers: What You Need to Know

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Along with the implementation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Unified Registration System (URS) has come a change to the way the FMCSA monitors trucking companies. In the past, trucking companies needed a variation of USDOT, MC, MX and FF numbers. With the new URS, trucking companies will only be required to have a USDOT […]

Becoming an Owner Operator: Leasing vs. Operating Authority

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To begin, there are two classifications of owner operators; those who are leased to a company and those who operate under their own authority. This post will discuss the differences between the two in an effort to help those of you just starting out determine what will work best for your lifestyle and financial situation. Leasing […]