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Truck Driving

The trucking industry has one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the United States. There are close to 3 million commercial truck drivers in the United States, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor counts, and the figure continues to rise. If you are considering a career change and want…

The Trucking Drug & Alcohol Policy of FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was created to minimize the amount of commercial motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths. To hold or obtain a commercial driver’s license , CDL, a driver must pass drug and alcohol tests periodically. Drug and Alcohol Testing • FMCSA regulations require CDL holders to pass…

Trucking Industry Terms

The trucking industry uses its own specific terms to communicate within the industry and to the freight industry at large. There are terms for all of the tools, gear, drivers and other workers who are associated with trucking. Just like any other industry, the trucking industry has borrowed terms from…

Freight Rate

If you are the owner of a trucking company, determining which rate to charge customers is a vital part of operating a successful business. Rating freight requires careful analysis of your company’s operating costs, including mileage of your trucks, fuel and vehicle maintenance costs, as well as fees charged by…

Truck Driver Training

The truck driving profession is one that is least hit by unemployment, and thus is a popular choice for many who need steady income and job security. Anyone can become a truck driver, however, getting the best training can be a challenge. Read on to find out more about truck…

Searching for Freight Loads

Truckers who own their own rigs lose money when they don’t have freight loads. Income is lost when the truck is not running or driven empty. Finding a freight load available near the location where the last load was dropped is essential. Working with a freight broker or online load…

Getting In-Touch with a Freight Broker’s Bonding Agent

When using a freight broker to arrange a load, verification of the broker’s surety bond is essential. You can get bond information online, but the FMCSA can’t tell you if the bond has pending claimants. The best way to determine satisfactory bond coverage is to contact the freight broker’s bonding…

Becoming an Owner Operator

An owner operator is a truck driver who owns his own truck and operates as an independent contractor for a variety of companies. An owner operator chooses his own loads, manages his own schedule and works for whomever he likes. The job can be rewarding financially, if the operator manages…

Interstate Trucking Authority

Interstate trucking authority, also called an operating authority, is a permit held by truck drivers who deliver goods between states. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration along with state transportation agencies in 38 states oversee interstate trucking licenses through a single state registration system (SSRS). This authority is only part…

Freight Broker Guiding Rules

Freight broker laws govern the transport of cargo from location to another. Freight brokers consist of individuals or companies that act as intermediaries to set up the necessary services for shippers in need of having cargo transported and companies that can provide the necessary services. Freight brokers work with companies,…

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