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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Proper Corporate Structure for Trucking Companies

All corporate structures begin as C-Corporations. However, this type of structure has downfalls, such as double taxation. In this blog post, we will discuss why we recommend trucking companies convert to an S-Corporation structure. S-Corporations Advantages S-Corporations have many advantages over C-Corporations, such as: S-Corps do not pay federal income tax Low or no State Tax […]

July 1 SOLAS Changes to Impact Trucking Industry

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After many years of advocating for a change to the Safety of Life at Sea treaty (SOLAS), the World Shipping Council’s efforts have paid off. On July 1, 2016, containerized cargo loaded onto a vessel must have a verified weight. History of SOLAS 1914: First version of Safety of Life at Sea, an international treaty […]

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 […]

Best Audiobooks for Truckers 2016: Mystery & Thriller

Winter is over, which means it’s now construction season here in Minnesota. So, we’ve decided to bring the Best Audiobooks of 2016 post back to get you through the bumper-to-bumper congestion. This week’s list is bound to keep you on the edge of your driver’s seat since the genre is mystery and thriller. The List: Rogue Lawyer, by John […]

Food Haulers to Again be Affected by May 31 Rule

The seventh and final rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2005 is set to be published May 31st, 2016. Overview The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) filed its rule on the protection against intentional adulteration on December 20th, 2013. According to Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, “The goal is […]