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An Old-School Driver Tries an ELD

Posted on 12/21/2016 by in Industry News

With the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate in sight, there’s still a lot of resistance from drivers. Still, many companies have started to install the devices, introducing them into their fleets slowly to spread out the cost, learn what they will mean to the way they operate, and get drivers accustomed to working with ELDs. Overdrive magazine recently ran a 7-part series by a veteran driver (pseudonym Wes Memphis) who was chosen by his company to make the transition from paper to electronic logs. His week-by-week assessment offers valuable information to fleet managers, dispatchers and drivers about what they can expect.

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Driver Detention: Issues in the Trucking Industry

Posted on 9/29/2016 by in Industry News

Not only are detention fees pricey on their own, the extra time drivers spend waiting around adds up to be a huge cost to them personally. In a survey conducted by DAT, 54% of the 257 carriers and owner-operators revealed they wait an average of 3 to 4 hours every time to get loaded or unloaded. What is causing these excessive detention times and how are they effecting drivers?

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Affordable Healthcare for Owner Operators

Posted on 6/17/2016 by in Industry News

As an owner operator, you not only deal with the driving aspects of the job, but you are also in charge of all the business aspects as well. It’s no longer just about driving; it’s about thinking like a businessperson and making decisions that will hopefully yield more profit for yourself. It’s also important to make sure that you are taking care of yourself and your family, which means having adequate health coverage.

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Prepare to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Posted on 6/17/2016 by in Technology Industry News

As the transition to mandated Driver e-Logs draws closer for the U.S. Trucking Industry, attention has increasingly shifted to both required equipment and the time needed to get up and running to ensure reliable tracking when the compliance date hits.

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Thinking Outside the Box

Posted on 6/17/2016 by in Industry News

Driver attrition is at an all time high. Companies are trying everything from pay increases to redoubled hiring, but the number of drivers, or lack thereof, continues to increase. With companies facing turn over rates from 90% to 106% it begs the question ‘what can be done to increase retention and recruit new drivers’?

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New Benefits Rolling in with Independent Truckers Group

Posted on 5/3/2016 by in Industry News legal services

We are all probably in agreement that the most important thing a truck needs to operate is a driver. You can fill it up with fuel, give it new tires, and change the oil, but without a driver, that truck won’t be going anywhere. Independent Truckers Group is joining the savings family to ensure that we keep the health of our drivers a priority.

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MORE than Ever Before with TA and Petro

Posted on 4/12/2016 by in Industry News maintenance TA/Petro TA Truck Service

As a very well-known name in the trucking industry, TA and Petro recently made an announcement to many company executives as well as to some of its loyal followers at this year's Mid-America Trucking Show. With hundreds of people crowded around the TA-Petro booth, it was revealed that TA Truck Service, Petro: Lube, RoadSquad™, RoadSquadConnect®, RoadSquad OnSite® and eShop® will be coming together under the single brand umbrella of "TA TRUCK SERVICE".

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2015 Trucking in Review

Posted on 2/25/2016 by in Industry News fuel Review

With another year in the books, 2015 proved to be a monumental year for the trucking industry. For starters, the annual U.S. trucking revenue topped $700 billion for the first time. This can be attributed to increased demand and higher rates, offset by lower fuel prices. While the average pay for long-haul truckers increased compared to 2013, the industry is still plagued with a driver shortage of roughly 48,000 drivers.

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Say Hello to New Savings with TA & Petro

Posted on 8/27/2015 by Sommer Stein in Industry News fuel maintenance

Change can be hard sometimes, but it's not always a bad thing. In fact, sometimes it's down right exciting! We are thrilled to bring you even more great ways to save with TA and Petro. In addition to the recent fuel increase on TA and Petro gallons, beginning September 1, 2015, FTS Plus+ members can now save on PM/DOT services and RoadSquad Connect breakdown services.

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Live a Healthier Lifestyle While on the Road

Posted on 8/25/2015 by in Industry News

Healthy eating and exercise are some of the hottest topics of discussion for people today. We know how hard it can be to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but this becomes especially difficult when constantly on the go. You may be surprised to find that with some minor changes to your routine, you can really improve your health and have more energy during the day.

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