Minnesota Truck Parking Assessment System

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The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota published its final report on truck parking availability systems in January 2017. Truck Parking Background Truck parking can become a major safety concern when the driver lacks timely information on where there is available parking. Without this information, the driver is forced to decide between either […]

Trucking Safety Tip of the Month: Speeding

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Welcome to the second post in our 2017 blog series, Trucking Safety Tip of the Month. Last month, we touched on size regulations within the trucking industry. This month, we will discuss speed and the role it plays in traffic accidents. Speeding and Stopping Distance Did you know that a semi-truck takes about 535 feet to come […]

What to do if Your Trucking Insurance is Non-Renewed

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It’s 30 – 90 days before your trucking insurance renewal and you’ve just been informed that it’s been non-renewed. The good news is that a non-renewal typically will not negatively impact your ability to find insurance. This post will explain why you may have received this notice and what to do in order to keep […]

Transportation Industry 2017 – Political Outlook

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With the new year came a new president. President Trump took office on January 20th and is part of an administration that is sure to see some major changes unfold in the transportation sector over the next four years. Here are a few ways lives may be impacted by politics when it comes to transportation, especially in […]

Trucking Safety Tip of the Month: Size Regulations

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Truck Writers recognizes that roughly 80 percent of crashes involving a truck are caused by passenger vehicles. However, as our country works toward zero deaths, we need to work on also eliminating the other 20 percent. That’s why our 2017 blog series will be Trucking Safety Tip of the Month. Once a month we will provide a new […]

Trucking Insurance Renewal: 3 Things to Expect

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With the New Year just around the corner, it seems fitting to discuss renewal. Although, maybe not the type you’re thinking of. This post focuses on what you need to expect as your insurance renewal date approaches. 1. The Cost of Your Insurance May Increase. The ATRI showed that insurance premium costs rose from 7.1 cents […]

10 Steps to Becoming an Owner Operator

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For the last year, our Becoming an Owner Operator series aimed to help those interested in becoming an owner operator navigate the ins and outs of the trucking industry. Here are our 10 steps to becoming an owner operator: Step #1 Evaluate Your Personal Considerations Whether you’re an individual considering a career that allows you to […]

Final Rule: Entry-Level Minimum Training Requirements

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The FMCSA and DOT published the Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators final rule on December 8, 2016. The FMCSA believes this final rule enhances the safety of commercial motor vehicle operations on our Nation’s highways by establishing a minimum standard of entry-level driver training (ELDT) and increasing the number of drivers who receive […]

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 […]

2016 MN Freight System Plan: Trucking Overview

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This November, Commissioner Charles A. Zelle signed the 2016 Minnesota Statewide Freight System Plan. This Plan is an update to Minnesota’s first State Freight Plan developed in 2005. The 96-page document describes: Minnesota’s freight transportation system and its role in the state’s economy Current and emerging industry trends The performance of the freight transportation system Current […]