How to find Trucking Contracts Today

Published on: 01/21/22 11:48 AM


Finding trucking contracts on your first day is difficult, but it’s not impossible. If you are thinking about starting your own fleet or becoming an owner operator, there are skills that you need to develop to help you increase the odds of receiving long term contracts from reputable shippers. In this article, we will discuss where to start looking for your first contract as well as how to talk to shippers to increase your network for long term success. Communicating…


How Much Fuel Does Idling Use for Diesel Engines?

Published on: 12/13/21 3:35 PM


Idling a diesel engine does not save you money on fuel. Matter of fact, depending on the size of your fleet, you could be wasting thousands of dollars every month. The average heavy duty diesel engine burns around .8 gallons of fuel per hour. Multiply that by the average down time for drivers (40 hours a week) with the current cost of diesel fuel and you have a large portion of your income going out the exhaust pipe. This subject…


Should Your Fleet Use Low Rolling Resistance Tires?

Published on: 10/21/21 12:38 PM


It is becoming commonly accepted wisdom among fleet operators that commercial vehicles should be fitted with low rolling resistance tires to improve fuel economy. While it is true that low rolling resistance (LRR) tires can lower a vehicle’s fuel consumption by up to 10%, they usually cost around 50% more than standard tires of the same size.  Therefore, your decision to kit out a fleet with LRR tires should depend on how much of a priority decreasing fuel economy is…


Jump Start a Car in 3 Steps

Published on: 10/5/21 3:04 PM


1. While both vehicles are off, attach the RED (+) POSITIVE claw onto the RED (+) POSITIVE terminal of the working battery. Now, attach the other RED (+) POSITIVE claw to the RED (+) POSITIVE dead battery. 2. Attach the BLACK (-) NEGATIVE claw onto the BLACK (-) NEGATIVE terminal of the working battery. Now, attach the other BLACK (-) NEGATIVE claw to a non-painted metal surface of the car with the dead battery (A nut or bolt on the…


I Ran Out of Gas, Now What?

Published on: 07/27/21 2:27 PM


STEP 1: Don’t Panic STEP 2: Steer to the Side of the Road STEP 3: Turn On Your Hazard Lights STEP 4: Determine Your Location STEP 5: Call For Help What Do You Do if You Run Out of Gas? It may seem like it’s something easy to prevent, but running out of gas is common for drivers. We all live busy lives and get distracted, so remembering to fill up the gas tank could take a back seat. If…


How to Use a Runaway Truck Ramp Properly

Published on: 10/27/20 1:11 PM


When driving down a steep hill, you may have noticed the long off ramps to nowhere on the side of the highway. The ramps you are seeing are called truck escape ramps and they could be the only factor that prevents a horrendous emergency for heavy duty vehicles. How Do I Use a Truck Escape Ramp? 1. Remain Calm Hopefully you are not attempting to read this article while currently flying downhill without any brakes, but the first step (if…


Prevent Supply Chain Fraud or Pay the Consequences

Published on: 10/1/20 2:44 PM


Identity theft within the trucking and commercial fleet industry has been a thorn in the side of organizations for decades. This article will discuss the new and old techniques thieves are using to steal your personal information while you are out on the road as well as tips to help prevent massive losses to your organization from carrier theft. This way you will be familiar with what to look out for during your shipments. Common Identity Theft within Fleet and…


RPA and Fleet Management: A Helpful Guide

Published on: 09/14/20 2:36 PM


Robotic Process Automation (RPA for short) is the concept of using artificial intelligence “bots” to replace monotonous tasks within your fleet management organization. Usually these tasks are time consuming when completed by a human. Therefore, fleet managers could potentially save time and money automating these tasks and allowing human employees more time to focus on other important jobs. RPA for Fleet Management You may be asking yourself, “what specific jobs could an RPA bot automate?” The answer could be different…


Should You Purchase an Extended Warranty for Your Heavy Duty Vehicle?

Published on: 07/21/20 3:09 PM


When purchasing a heavy-duty vehicle, owner operators and fleet managers have many decisions to make. One of these decisions includes the purchase of an extended warranty. If you want to protect yourself from insanely expensive repair costs down the road, then purchasing a service contract (extended warranty) may be your best bet. So, what should you do? This week we dive into the benefits/drawbacks of purchasing extended warranties. In this article you will learn: What is an OEM? What is…


FMCSA Extends CLP Waiver Until September 30, 2020

Published on: 06/26/20 12:24 PM


Due to the continuation of national emergency in the United States, the FMCSA will be extending the waiver for CLP drivers to continue operating commercial motor vehicles without the need for a CDL driver to be sitting in the front cab. CDL drivers will still need to be somewhere in the cab to maintain the compliance according to the waiver. The waiver extension will start on July 1, 2020 and end on September 30, 2020. The waiver also continues to…