If you’re in the trucking industry, the possibility of having an accident is probably a very real fear. Crazy things happen on the road all the time, and driving a truck is not easy. In the course of a split second, what started out as a normal drive can take a horrible (metaphorical) turn and become a bit of a disaster. We’re going to explore one such story. It involves a tanker truck and some milk.
No truck driver wants to consider the possibility of their rig bursting into flames. But, unfortunately, it happens. Fire can be very destructive, and it can gobble up a truck with no problem. The thought of your loyal truck on fire is a scary one. But that’s exactly what happened to four truck drivers last week at an Indiana truck stop.
Last week, Oklahoma and Texas experienced some extreme weather – to put it mildly. There were high winds reaching sustained speeds of 67 miles per hour, and the highest wind gust clocked 84 miles per hour. The wind in Texas was so strong that it ripped trees from the ground, downed powerlines, blew roofs off of houses, and damaged buildings.
It even toppled a few semi-trucks, this one among them.
If you have flatbed trucks, you spend a lot of hours on the road – and let’s face it, the road isn’t always the safest workplace. Whether you’ve got a couple of trucks or you manage a fleet, it’s important to make sure that your trucks are protected by the right flatbed truck insurance. But that begs the question – what insurance do you need for a flatbed truck? We’re going to go over four coverages you can consider for your business.
If you have car carriers, it’s important to get the right car hauler insurance to protect your business. But it might seem like a very complicated can of worms. To help you out with making heads or tails of auto hauler insurance, we’ve put together a list of 10 things that it’s important to know about.
If you have dump trucks or run a dump truck business, there’s a lot that you have to juggle. One aspect of your business that might have you feeling a little overwhelmed is the dump truck insurance part of things. You probably have quite a few questions about the insurance you need for your business. We’re going to answer four frequently asked questions about dump truck insurance so you have a place to start when considering dump truck insurance.
If you’re a trucker, you face a lot of risks. Some of them are pretty apparent – getting into an accident, facing severe weather, something going wrong with the truck itself. But one risk that might not be so clear is the loss of your cargo. For-hire truckers don’t own the cargo they’re hauling, and that means that their standard liability policies may not cover the load they’re transporting if something happens to it en route to its destination. Cargo can be very valuable, and you might be responsible for very high losses if your cargo is damaged. (Not to mention that your relationship with your clients could be damaged.) That’s where cargo insurance can come to the rescue. We’ll explain how cargo insurance works.
You might be a one-man operation or you might have multiple drivers working for your tow truck business. But either way, you need someone to coordinate the towing jobs. Someone has to get the trucks where they need to go, right? And that’s why you need a top-notch dispatcher (or a top-notch team of dispatchers) to help you keep your tow truck business running smoothly. Here are 7 skills that are essential for dispatchers.
It’s that time of year again for tow trucks to break out their winter weather gear. The roads are getting a little icier, a little dicier, and a lot more accident prone. So, it’s important when you’re coming to the rescue of a stranded or crashed vehicle that your tow truck is prepared for the special kinds of hazards you can face in winter weather. Check out our winter tow truck gear guide to keep your tow trucks and drivers safe in colder weather.
It’s no secret that towing isn’t exactly the easiest industry to get into. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to launch a successful tow truck business and keep it growing and thriving – there’s a lot that goes into running a successful towing business. We caught up with two towing veterans to ask for their advice on running a towing business – Bob Lantis of First Call Towing (based in Alabama) and Charles Hopper of Hoppers Tow and Recovery, LLC (based in Mississippi.) Check out what they had to say about running a towing business.