Being Aware of Your Mental Health

By: Brandon Baxter - Staff Writer
Posted: May 6th 2024 8:00AM
Driving a commercial vehicle can certainly be a lonely job, and it can be all too easy for mental health hurdles and challenges to creep up on a driver as the miles roll by. Extended time away from family and friends and long periods without human interaction can be detrimental to anyone's psyche. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and with renewed emphasis being placed on folks and their mental health these days, here are some ways drivers can help maintain their own ment...

Expedite Your Career

By: Brandon Baxter - Staff Writer
Posted: Apr 29th 2024 8:00AM
A common conversation topic among professional truck drivers is the notion of no longer driving for someone else, but rather following their dream of becoming an independent contractor and thus one's own boss. So, how does one go from career steering wheel jockey to being their own head honcho? Well, let's consider the ways. How It Typically Starts Most folks begin their working lives in a low-level type of job. Maybe it's as a server in a sit-down restaurant, or as an order ...

Lawyers that Represent Expediters for Downtime Losses

By: Kelsea Eckert
Posted: Apr 16th 2024 7:00AM
In the trucking industry, it is quite common for people to hear about suing truck drivers for injuries or damages, but did you know there are lawyers who represent truckers for business interruption?...

Living Large in a Tiny House

By: Kelly Plumb
Posted: Apr 15th 2024 4:16PM
Let me introduce myself. I'm Kelly Plumb and I have been driving trucks for the past 12 years with my husband and business partner Dave. More recently, we added our trucking doggo Rocky to the team. We started by transporting campers in a one ton Dodge dually. Within a very short period of time it became obvious that 2 people living in a pickup truck was not going to work. We bought a second pickup truck. We each drove one. After about a year of doing that, we upgraded to a m...

Let's Go Team!

By: Brandon Baxter - Staff Writer
Posted: Apr 8th 2024 8:00AM
Career truck drivers tend to prefer the solitude of the open road. Who wouldn't? You get to take your work with you and make money wherever you go. No one to answer to (other than perhaps dispatch and the Department of Transportation), and you're touring the countryside while getting paid to do it. What's not to like about that? However, as gratifying as driving solo can be, it's often accompanied by the risk of losing out on extra cash by limiting oneself in earning capabili...

Defining Expedite Freight

By: Brandon Baxter - Staff Writer
Posted: Mar 18th 2024 8:00PM
Expedite freight has seemingly always been unapologetically classified as time sensitive material, which is certainly true from a purely logistical standpoint. However, to think of it in terms a lifelong long hauler might need to have it explained is a little more complicated than that. With this in mind, let's get a grip on what it actually means to be an expediter! From the Driver's Perspective Hurry up and wait. This phrase is perhaps the best way to describe the nature of...

Get Down with Downtime

By: Brandon Baxter - staff Writer
Posted: Mar 11th 2024 8:00AM
Using your downtime effectively is an important key to both managing and maximizing your ability to stay ready when that next load offer comes your way. Like most of us, it's probably very easy to slip into old habits or routines that can be time-killing and counterproductive. So, here are some suggestions of what you can do with your time as you prepare for your next trip. Meal Prep In today's society, especially in a greater health-conscious setting, more and more people ar...

How to Screw Up Your Claim 101: A Beginner's Guide

By: Kelsea Eckert
Posted: Feb 15th 2024 1:09PM
Navigating the world of insurance claims can be daunting, even for experienced claimants. If you're unfamiliar with the process, there are plenty of opportunities to make missteps that can harm your chances of receiving a full settlement....

Becoming your Own Boss

By: Brandon Baxter - Staff Writer
Posted: Feb 12th 2024 8:00AM
"I will do today what others won't so I can do tomorrow what others can't." This quote by the all-time great, Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver, Jerry Rice captures the essence of just what it takes to become successful as an expediter. How? Well, just think about it for a moment. Whether you're an owner-operator or a 1099 contract driver, you are a business owner. YOU are the boss. Sure, you may have clear instructions from the carrier, broker, or shipper, on how a loa...

Dividing Up the Pie with Limits Issues

By: Kelsea Eckert
Posted: Jan 15th 2024 9:51AM
On a scorching summer day in Dallas, Texas, you're maneuvering your hefty truck down Interstate 20. Suddenly, a chatty 18-year-old girl collides with you while on her phone. Everyone emerges unharmed, but your truck bears a hefty $20,000 in damages. You promptly file a claim with her insurer, State Farm, only to be told that they can't compensate you just yet. "Why the delay? Clearly, it's her fault!" State Farm mentions a potential "limits issue." Understanding Limits Issues...

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