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 […]

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 […]

ATRI Releases Findings on Fleet Fuel Economy and Usage

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On Monday, October 17, 2016, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released the results from its investigation into fleet fuel economy and fuel usage. Nearly 100 fleet managers provided their views on current and future trends in fuel-saving technologies, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of alternatives fuels. These fleets operate just over 114,500 […]

Becoming an Owner Operator: Load Boards

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Last month’s Becoming an Owner Operator blog post explained the advantages and disadvantages of being on a master insurance policy. This week’s post will discuss load boards. Load Board Flashback. Before the new age of technology, load boards were physical screens found in truck stops. These screens displayed a seemingly endless scroll of available loads, along with […]

Be Prepared to Stop: A World Without Trucks

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Many of those not working in the transportation or trucking industries do not realize the importance of trucks, and truckers, to our daily lives. Filmmaker Jennifer Clymer recently finished Be Prepared to Stop, a documentary depicting the necessity of truck drivers and trucks on the road. Be Prepared to Stop Clymer made the film in memory of her […]

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 […]

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 […]