Rent-a-Captives as a Trucking Insurance Solution

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Rent-a-Captives Rent-a-captives, as well as other captive and self insurance options, are great for trucking companies who are looking to stabilize insurance costs. However, since not all trucking companies are capable of undertaking the formation of their own captive, rent-a-captives are the ideal solution. A rent-a-captive is defined as “an arrangement whereby a capital base is accessed […]

What to Consider When Quoting Your Trucking Insurance Online

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Within the last couple of years, many consumers have turned to online quoting tools for their insurance needs. While online insurance quotes are fine for simple coverages, you may want to consider consulting an agent for your trucking insurance needs. The Appeal of Online Insurance Quotes The idea that you can “control” the insurance process […]

Top Questions: Deadheading vs. Backhauling

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In an effort to help those within the trucking industry better understand trucking insurance, Truck Writers publishes its Top Questions posts. These posts are inspired by real questions submitted through our Ask the Expert portal. This post will cover the difference between deadheading and backhauling. Deadheading vs. Backhauling Typically in trucking, the driver is hauling a load […]

Trucking Safety Tip of the Month: Distracted Driving

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Distracted Driving Statistics There are three types of distracted driving a driver can face while operating his or her vehicle—visual, manual, cognitive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these three types of distracted driving claimed 3,477 lives in 2015 alone. This is one of the reasons why Truck Writers’ 2017 blog series is […]

The Importance of Reading Your Operating Agreement

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The operating agreement between a motor carrier and an independent contractor is the lifeblood of the relationship. At stake are many legal and regulatory issues; not to mention the mutual profitability of both parties. What is an Operating Agreement? In simple terms, the lease/contract defines the parties involved and what the obligations are of each party. […]

5 Steps for Trucking Companies Toward a Better Safety Culture

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Many companies complain about high insurance costs, particularly workers compensation. However, investments of time and money into safety and loss control programs can pay off in the long run. Some trucking companies choose to rely on their occupational accident coverage, instead of investing in work comp insurance. However, the decision of whether or not to […]

Top Questions: When and How to Use DataQs

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Have you received a wrongful out-of-service violation? How about an incorrectly assigned crash? If so, DataQs is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) online system where you can request a review of FMCSA-issued data. Getting Started with DataQs First, it is important to know that DataQs is an online portal. The portal recognizes four levels of […]