Becoming an Owner Operator: CDL 101

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Welcome to Part 2 of our Becoming an Owner Operator series. Assuming you’ve read our previous post on the personal considerations one must take before committing to a life as an owner operator, you’re next steps are obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Step 1: Pass the DOT Physical Before you can even apply for a commercial learner […]

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 […]

Becoming an Owner Operator: Personal Considerations

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With a driver shortage continuing to plague the trucking industry, now is best time to become an owner operator. However, whether you’re an individual considering a career that allows you to travel across the country, or you’ve been driving a motor carrier’s rig your whole life, there are many things to consider and tasks to accomplish before […]

What’s in Store for the Transportation Industry in 2016

What’s in store for the transportation industry in 2016? Experts seem to agree to disagree on how infrastructure, regulation and security will impact commercial fleets. Here are the top five predictions for 2016. Driver Shortage Will Continue: Fixing the driver shortage will take time, and there is no quick fix for 2016. Few new drivers, […]

I-35E HOV Lane Laws Cause Concern Among Truckers

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On January 4th, Minnesota’s I-35E HOV lanes opened to traffic. Unlike most cities, tractor-trailers can use the lanes as long as two people are visible in the cab. The required visibility of two individuals worried team truck drivers since the two alternate between driving and sleeping, meaning only one driver would typically be visible in the cab since […]

Alcohol, Speeding and Distractions Cause Most Trucking Fatalities

With 2015 vehicle fatalities up from 2014, commercial fleet owners need to determine and resolve potential safety issues within the organization. National studies have shown that most vehicle fatalities are caused by impaired driving, speeding and distracted driving. Distracted Driving Issues Commercial fleets that have installed safety monitoring equipment have discovered some common issues when […]