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09/09/2021
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Flatbed Trucking: How it Works, Rates, Pros & Cons

Dry vans and refrigerated trucks are some of the most common haulers in the U.S. because they can carry a wide variety of cargo types. But when freight is large and/or heavy, dry vans and similar trucks can’t always handle the job. This is where flatbed trucks come in. Flatbed trucks are important to many businesses and industries.

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08/31/2021
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11 Tips to Negotiate Better Freight Rates

As a carrier or owner-operator, rate negotiations can be frustrating. It takes valuable time and energy to come to an agreement that works for both you and the broker. But knowing how to negotiate freight rates or load rates is critical to a successful business. Good rates mean more money in your pocket and a

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08/27/2021
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How to Calculate Cost per Mile

Understanding how much it costs to keep your truck operating is the single most important financial calculation you can do for your trucking business. But it’s something that a lot of drivers and owner-operators don’t keep track of. Don’t be one of them! Knowing your cost per mile reveals your spending patterns and areas where

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08/24/2021
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A Broker’s Guide to CSA Scores: How Do CSA Percentiles Work?

Did you know that a CSA (compliance, safety, accountability) rating can make or break a carrier’s career? In fact, CSA scores are critical and can determine a carrier’s success. CSA scores are assigned to a motor carrier’s unique transportation number rather than their personal driving record. The lower their score, the better. When managed well, carriers with low CSA scores

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08/24/2021
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Owner Operator vs. Company Driver: Which is Right for You?

If you’re a truck driver or thinking of becoming one, you might wonder whether it’s better to be an owner-operator or company driver. Both have their pros and cons, and there is no single right answer for all drivers. At first glance, it may seem like it doesn’t really matter whether you become a company

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08/24/2021
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Owner Operator Lease Agreements: Everything You Need to Know

One great way for trucking companies to increase their transport strength is by retaining owner-operator drivers to expand their fleets. But because these drivers are independent contractors rather than employees, a formal agreement must be in place to ensure everyone understands what’s expected of them. This is where owner-operator lease agreements come in. A properly prepared

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08/12/2021
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Carrier Vetting: 7 Ways Brokers Can Verify Quality Carriers

As a broker, you probably already know how important it is to vet your carriers. You can be held liable if you hire a trucking company that is then involved in an incident while moving freight. When just starting out, you may not be sure of the best way to go about checking each carrier’s

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08/10/2021
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8 Biggest (and Necessary) Owner-Operator Expenses

Owner-operators can make good money, averaging more than $221,000 per year. But that’s calculated before the essential owner-operator expenses that are a necessary part of running a successful business. Truck driver expenses fall into several different categories, and managing them is vital to your success. Here’s what you need to know to accurately calculate your

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07/30/2021
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Safety Tips Every Truck Driver Should Follow

You probably learned a lot of truck driver safety tips while you were going through training. Yet with so much to learn, it’s only natural to forget some of your training once you get on the road. Safety is just as important on your 1,000th trip as on your first, so here is a refresher

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07/27/2021
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Truck Driver Essentials: 19 Must-Have Items for the Road

You chose trucking as a carrier because you like the flexibility, travel, and pay. Being a carrier can be a terrific career for these and other reasons. But planning is important when it comes to a successful trip. Truck driver essentials include items and tools that can prepare you for potential problems while keeping you

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07/26/2021
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Truck Driver Salary: Top Paying Jobs (By State & Freight Type)

No matter how much you might love being on the road, very few people get into a career without the expectation of making money. How much do truck drivers make a year? The differences in truck driver salaries can be immense. It depends on a wide variety of factors, from the certifications you hold to

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07/22/2021
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A Freight Broker’s Guide to Carrier Insurance Monitoring

As a freight broker, you are the go-between for shippers and carriers. You might already know that it’s important to require proof of insurance during the carrier selection process. But did you know that even if you have a carrier’s certificate of insurance on file, you might be still be held legally responsible if something

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