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It seems obvious that truck and fleet owners should want to carefully maintain such expensive tools with regular preventative maintenance (PM). What may not be as obvious is that PM can save “an estimated 12-18% cost savings over reactive maintenance programs,” according to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
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Maintaining proper air pressure – It may seem like an obvious task, but it’s one that’s often left undone. A 2003 survey by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found only 50% of the tires checked were within 5% of their recommended pressure. In order to determine and maintain proper inflation, you should:
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Myth: ELDs shut trucks off when they reach the maximum hours of drive time.
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Tires blow when they suddenly lose air. Improper inflation is the number one cause.
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Uber, which acquired the self-driving technology company, Otto, began running autonomous trucks on Arizona highways this spring.
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Is the shortage really that bad? Bob Costello, chief economist of the American Trucking Associations says ‘yes, it is.’ He reports that the U.S. transportation industry was short 36,000 truck drivers in 2016 and expects that number to rise to over 63,000 by the end of this year.
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Since competition for carriers will only get fiercer, the benefits of becoming a shipper of choice are evident. Preferred shippers will be able to stay ahead of the competition by offering competitive rates, high-quality carriers, flexibility, consistency. Here are 5 Ways to Become a Shipper of Choice:
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The basic exemption (as defined by 49 CFR 395.1(k)) “provides exceptions from the HOS rules, during planting and harvesting periods as determined by the State, for the transportation of agricultural commodities (including livestock, bees, and other commodities) within a 150-air-mile radius from the source of the commodities. The same provision applies to the delivery of supplies and equipment for agricultural use from a wholesale or retail distribution point.”
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According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 70.7% of fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred in clear weather and 14.5% in cloudy weather. Rain was present in just 6.2% of the accidents; snow and fog in less than 2%.
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Drivers need to sleep. And use the restroom. And eat. And they need to do it without fear of racking up hours of violations. That’s what personal conveyance guidelines are supposed to address.
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