I have been writing transportation insurance for quite a while and one of the things that I hear most from my customers is, “Why is the premium so high when I am not a new driver?” Great question. There isn’t a clear answer though. You will find that the world of trucking insurance can feel cruel toward you and your business, whether you are starting out or have had a trucking business in the past and are now returning. Sometimes life happens and we must move with it. Tough decisions need to be made.
Tow truck drivers have a tough time – not just because of the dangers of assisting others, but because of the lack of widespread knowledge about their trade. Therefore, we took to Reddit to ask the towing community what they want customers to know. We’ve gathered 10 of the most important tips that tow truck drivers want customers to know for their tow to go speedily, safely, and smoothly.
If you’re a trucking business, you know that there are a lot of regulations you need to follow – and a lot of organizations and programs you need to know about. Safety is a big deal, and there are many oversights and organizations that oversee safety for motor carriers and commercial vehicles. If you feel that all of this is overwhelming, don’t worry – you’re not alone. One organization that you might be wondering about is the CSA. We’re put together a few frequently asked questions about the CSA to help break it down.
As a tow truck operator, you’ve seen a lot of cars and sticky situations. But sometimes, there’s a driver with a car model that you’re not too familiar with. You don’t want to risk damaging the car, but you also don’t want to leave a customer out to dry. Luckily, there’s an app for everything these days, including ones to help you tow any car the right way. Here are some towing resources that offer a quick guide on where to hook a car.
Truckers are expected to adhere to a lot of regulations. One of the big “breaking news” events in the trucking world as far as regulations are concerned is the Clearinghouse. There’s a lot about the Clearinghouse that you have to know, and it’s totally understandable if you have a bunch of questions. We’ll go over a few common FAQs about the new Clearinghouse.
Truckers are subject to many rules, and one of the latest regulations to make a buzz in the trucking world is ELDs. The ELD rule is a big deal, and though it’s been in effect for a while now you might still have some questions about it. What is the rule? Does it affect you? And, well, what exactly is an ELD? We’ve put together some of the “need-to-know” information about ELDs.
The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) is tasked with keeping the roads safe, and they regulate motor carriers and commercial vehicles. Since they’re focused on upholding safety standards, they’re able to intervene if those standards aren’t being met. There are different ways that they can intervene, but one intervention method is a warning letter. If you’ve received an FMCSA warning letter, your first instinct might be to panic. But – what exactly are you supposed to do about it? What does it mean? We’ll explain what you need to know about that warning letter and other types of intervention.
If you have a trucking business, your vehicles cover a lot of ground. And sometimes that ground is within the borders of one state, and sometimes that ground takes truckers through multiple states (or even countries). So – with that in mind, there are a couple of words that are often tossed around in the trucking world: intrastate and interstate. What’s the difference? Aside from the definition, what differentiates an intrastate business from an interstate business? We’ll explain the implications of intrastate vs. interstate in trucking.
So, everyone wants to think that their truck is safe and sound. It’s a truck – who would steal a truck? Well, a lot of people. Truck theft is more common than one might want to think. But the thing is that you depend on your truck for your work, and it would be a real problem if someone stole it. There are a few steps that you can take to reduce the chance of your truck being stolen.
When you work in trucking, you’re subject to many, many regulations. The goal of these regulations is to keep the roads safe for all drivers – CMV drivers and passenger cars alike. That’s the reason that the SMS (Safety Measurement System) exists. It’s a way for the FMCSA to keep track of a motor carrier’s safety record. How do they do this? They use data from different sources and organize it into seven different categories, called BASICs. We’ll go into more detail.