Freight News Friday: Hurricane Florence, Rates, and #NTDAW


Did You Know?

The first drunk driving arrest was made on Sept. 10, 1897, in London, England, after George Smith rammed his taxi into a building.

The first laws against driving while intoxicated were not created in the U.S. until 1910.

Trucking Tip of the Week

It’s that time of year when weather starts becoming unpredictable. Make sure you’re prepared for the area you’ll be driving in. Rain can be expected throughout much of the country. Along the east coast, you can expect hurricanes through September. If you go north or into mountainous regions, snow is beginning to fall. Be prepared!

Hurricane Florence

Often in the days leading up to a major weather event, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and local Department of Transportation (DOT) offices will waive hours of service rules for truckers hauling certain goods. Fuel and emergency supplies are always high on that list. Check the jurisdiction you’re traveling to; make sure your freight is on the list of goods and if the jurisdiction is offering an exemption. Have all your documentation ready to prove you’re exempt. Read the FMCSA’s emergency declaration.

Rates

With Hurricane Florence hitting the east coast, expect rates for lanes into affected areas to increase. Truckstop.com’s rate analysis products show freight rates have increased over the past week in the areas potentially impacted. Refrigerated vans and dry vans have gained the most, but flatbeds have also increased this week. Due to the number of trucks going into these areas, rates out have dipped.

General News

This week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (#NTDAW). From the White House to the DOT to the average American, thanks have been given to truckers across the U.S. While most have little idea of the job you do and the importance of your role in our way of life, we here at Truckstop.com know and understand. We’re celebrating by giving away a Truckstop.com swag bag! Visit our Facebook page, tag your favorite trucker in the comments of a #NTDAW post, and we’ll enter them in a drawing to win a SWEET swag bag.

From all of us to all of you — THANK YOU!

#ThankATrucker

Regulatory Affairs Analyst Jeremy Feucht follows the latest political and legislative processes along with their potential effects on the trucking industry. He has worked in the U.S. Senate and has served as a member of Planning and Zoning, City Council, and Urban Renewal boards.