If you were going to pick one thing that has been consistent throughout this year, what would you say? We’re going to say it’s been changes – a lot of them, both big and small! Luckily, trucking companies and their truck drivers are resilient and find ways of adapting to these ever-changing times. That’s why with a little bit of preparation the upcoming Hours of Service (HOS) final rules change doesn’t have to be a big deal. We’ve got a few tips and resources to help make this transition easy on you and your drivers.
The pavement. The wheels. The speed. There is a certain thrill attached to auto racing that only comes from hearing engines roar and watching souped-up cars skid the circular track. At Apex, racing is a pastime and a passion. Our CEO, David Baker, is a veteran driver with a decorated record in the racing circuit. But now there is a new face behind the wheel of the #56 Apex Capital Porsche 911 GT3, which is supported by Topp Racing. Meet Kenny Murillo.
Driving in the middle of a bad storm is dangerous for all motorists – from those steering sedans to those navigating SUVs. But it’s especially treacherous for truckers. Think about it: Truckers are maneuvering up to 80,000 pounds of steel and rubber through rainstorms, high winds, tornadoes, and blizzards. That means safety tips for truck drivers are super important. There are general safety precautions all truckers should take even if the weather is clear and sunny. In the event of extreme weather, however, truckers have another set of guidelines they should follow.
When you run any business, especially a trucking company, you spend money to make money. Running a trucking company and managing a fleet, whether it’s one truck or 100, comes with fixed and variable expenses. Planning and budgeting are key, but so is knowing when to save and when to spend.
A trucker’s office isn’t a desk in a cubicle. It’s a moving 18-wheeler that weighs about 35,000 pounds and rolls up and down the highways. And when truckers are off-duty, they can’t put out an “on break” sign. So, what do they do when they are driving the truck, but they are off the clock? That’s where personal conveyance comes in. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines personal conveyance as “an off-duty status. There are no impacts to the 11- or 14-hour limitations for truck drivers, the 10- or 15-hour limitations for bus drivers, the 60/70-hour limitations, the 34-hour restart provisions, or any other off-duty status.”
TWIC stands for Transportation Worker Identification Credential. This federal ID card is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for all workers who need access to secure areas of the country’s ports, vessels, and maritime areas. A TWIC card allows transportation professionals (such as truckers) and U.S. Coast Guard to enter and conduct business at ports, government ports, and any other government maritime facility.
Remember the days of CB radio and public pay phones? Now we have cell phones and mobile apps. How about the days of mailing stacks and stacks of invoices so that you can get paid for hauling loads across the country? Now we have email and image capture. The trucking industry has changed in the last decade and technology has been at the forefront of that change. At Apex, we’ve worked diligently to stay proactive instead of reactive, especially when it comes to implementing technological advancements designed to improve efficiency for truckers. Our goal has always been to make the process of getting paid faster for truckers. Meet five Apex experts that have seen more than 10 years of technological changes in the trucking industry. They have stories to tell about the way things were 10 years ago, the way things are today, and thoughts on how things will be tomorrow.
Closing out this decade has certainly been a roller coaster for the freight and trucking industry. After the freight boom of 2018, brokers and carriers saw a dramatic downturn for most of 2019 and unfortunately there were some carriers who didn’t survive it. For the carriers that did make it, learned valuable lessons on how to be prepared for the ups and downs of trucking. This year started out with a list of hot topics to watch in trucking. From changing regulations, technology improvements, to changing marketplaces – we covered it all!
Hey Everyone, It’s Hannah and Reghan with Apex Capital. Thanks, so much for joining us, we’re here because some pretty big news broke yesterday when the FMCSA officially published their proposal for hours of service changes. There are five key areas that they’ve focused on and we’re going to break down what those five areas are and then we’ll talk about what you can expect to happen next.
It can be a challenge to remember where you put your keys, let alone the many words, phrases, and acronyms that are used in the transportation industry. Whether you’ve been in the trucking business 10 years or just two, you know that there are many terms to remember. Think of this as your personal trucking dictionary or cheat-sheet to get you through the days when finding your keys is the easiest part. Here are a few common questions, as well as a refresher of 15 trucking words you should know.