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.
Big rigs are fascinating. When you see a larger-than-life, shiny, and decked out truck with light bars or a custom paint job they really catch your eye. They sparkle down the highway. So, if you’ve got a truck, you want to show it off. You need to take great photos of that rig! A great picture can make your already captivating truck look super amazing.
Commerical truck insurance is one of the top 3 largest expenses for all trucking companies – whether they are seasoned or startups. Don’t have it? Well, you don’t run legally. Period. But there is a lot of misinformation regarding commercial truck insurance, especially when it comes to planning and pricing. We talked with trucking insurance experts John Mondics, President, and Jonathan Mondics, Vice President, of Plano, Texas-based Mondics Insurance Group, for a two-part series answering top-of-mind questions about factors that affect commercial truck insurance rates.
Whether you have been in business for years or you are a startup company, you know that trucking insurance is one of the top 3 largest expenses. Like fuel and maintenance, it’s a necessity. You don’t run legally without it. But there is a lot of misinformation regarding trucking insurance, especially when it comes to the planning for insurance and, of course, the pricing of insurance. So, we decided to lighten the load on the heavy topic. With the help of trucking insurance experts John Mondics, President, and Jonathan Mondics, Vice President, of Plano, Texas-based Mondics Insurance Group, we put together a two-part series answering top-of-mind questions about factors that affect commercial truck insurance rates. Part one focuses on the planning stage, the ramp-up to getting a quote and securing insurance.
With so many people in the trucking industry, you can guarantee there are some interesting world records out there. Between impressive equipment, to physical strength and longevity, here are some of our favorite trucking world records and truck drivers who hold world records.
Electronic Logging Device (ELD) was the buzzword of 2017 and 2018, right? The buzzing about ELDs has lessened a little in 2019, but that’s about to change with the upcoming deadline to switch from AOBRDs to ELDs by December 16, 2019. Love or hate ELDs, they’re here to stay. During the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) this year, we sat down with our ELD partner, KeepTruckin (KT), to talk about the AOBRD to ELD switch. Here is what Josh Tobin, Strategic Partner Manager at KeepTruckin, had to say.
Can you believe it? It’s almost time for the Great American Truck Show (GATS) 2019! GATS 2019 gets underway August 22-24 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas! GATS is one of our favorite events every year for a lot of reasons. It’s the annual Dallas truck show, so just a stone’s throw away from our home in Fort Worth! GATS is also one of the biggest trucking events every year, so we get to learn, shake hands, see friends, clients, and the entire trucking community. We get to give away some $$$. As one of the nation’s best freight factoring companies , we know cash flow, and we know trucking. That’s why our Blue Cash Crew plans to give away over $2,000 to many lucky GATS attendees found wearing our famous t-shirts!
Two and 12 – those numbers have a nice ring to them. We are so proud of two and 12. This is the second year Apex Capital is named one of the Healthiest Companies in America by Interactive Health. That means we take the health and wellness of our employees very seriously. What about the 12? Well, this is the 12th year that Apex is named one of the Best Companies to Work for in Texas. We call it our lucky dozen. That honor is quite special because it’s all about our employees. Sarah King, Apex’s Health and Wellbeing Manager, offered some thoughts about the Healthiest Companies in America award. Apex was one of only 151 companies in the United States to earn this award in 2018. That number went down from 184 companies in 2017, when Apex first won. And Shelley Goodrum, Apex’s Chief Human Resources Officer, has watched Apex grow through the years and she’s pleased to know that the Best Companies to Work for in Texas honor reflects keeping all employees happy during that growth.
Are you ready to get your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)? Trucking provides job security, good pay, good benefits, and great career opportunity. Trucking is a fast-growing industry. Eighty percent of all goods are moved by trucks, and the industry is looking to have a 21% increase by 2020. The median salary of a driver is about $67,000 annually and truck drivers often make more than some college graduates with only a fraction of the tuition and time spent in school. Truck driving school and CDL programs usually take about 7 weeks, which is great news for anyone who wants a trucking career and doesn’t want to spend 4 years in school to get there.
We all know what a contract is – a legally binding piece of paper that says I will give you this and you will give me that. We both sign on the dotted line and we’re locked in. But trucking contracts aren’t that cut and dry. In the trucking industry, contracts aren’t always the standard kind. In trucking there are essentially three types of contracts – verbal agreement, paper or digital, and non-compete or non-solicitation.