At some point, if you’re successfully following your plan for you commercial trucking business, you will have to scale things up and add a new vehicle to your fleet. Such action can solve many problems and can save you time. However, in order to add the truck to your vehicle seamlessly, you will need to be prepared and have some information if you want to get the most return of investment.
As every industry, the trucking industry also has its own “language” and terms, which may sound like a gibberish to an outside listener. Of course, they are not gibberish. But if you are new to the trucking industry and especially to trucking insurance, you can get pretty confused pretty fast. This is why a bit of clarity is always a good idea. Specifically, when it comes to making the difference between the terms broker, motor carrier and freight forwarder authority. These can get confusing, but you need to know them in order to fully follow the rules if you operate or work under one of these.
Drug and alcohol testing is one of the many procedures and protocols by the Department of Transportation (DOT) which are created and integrated in order to assure the safety of commercial drivers and people on the road, in general.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has a lot of tools in order to ensure safe driving behavior behind the wheel of a commercial truck. One of those tools is the Safety Measurement System (SMS). The SMS is part of the FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. The ultimate purpose of this system is, of course, to make the roads safer.
Getting the right commercial truck insurance is often connected to a lot of research and price matching. Sure, you need to find the best commercial truck insurance for your business, but is the price the main factor? Well, it shouldn’t be. As everything else in life – sometimes the cheapest things can cost you a lot. And this goes especially for trucking insurance – buying the cheapest policy doesn’t always mean you’ve done the best for your business.