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Dial-A-Truck (DAT) Solutions recently conducted a survey of 257 truck carriers and 50 freight brokers to gain insights into the issue of driver detention. Of the carriers surveyed, 84% reported that detention is one of the top 5 problems affecting their business. To contrast that finding, only 24% of the freight brokers that responded found […]

The Department of Labor released a new report in August that examines the dangers of being a truck driver. The report, “Truck Driver Job-Related Injuries in Overdrive,” included the shocking statistic that 1 in every 6 American workers who die on the job is a truck driver. Driving a truck professionally is risky in ways you […]

No one is more aware of the importance of durability and keeping costs down when it comes to replacement tires than commercial drivers or fleet owners. Retreads can save up to 50% off the cost of a new tire; retreads keep more money in the pockets of commercial truck owners. Despite the myths surrounding retreads, […]

Clean-air mandates that were imposed by the federal government in 2007 and 2010 are proving to create challenges for truck maintenance technicians. North American heavy-duty trucks have installed diesel particulate filters, or DPFs, and selective catalytic reduction, or SCR, which have become the standard over the past decade. These clean-air systems have been shown to […]

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently cited news sources reporting over 1,500 explosions in the past several years caused by Electronic Smoking Devices. These include e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, e-hookahs, personal vaporizers and electronic nicotine delivery systems. Exposure of sensitive, flammable, or combustible materials to these devices can (and has) caused severe injury to large numbers […]

As freight growth slows and an oversupply of shipping capacity develops, it’s having a mounting effect on profitability for large and small carriers. While an as yet undetermined number of small carriers teeter on the brink of insolvency, larger carriers are cutting their fleet size in an effort to cut costs and protect equipment utilization. […]

Cargo theft is on the rise as a result of the summer holidays. With labor day drawing closer (and many holidays thereafter), it’s time to focus on the issue. Weekend thefts already make up nearly half of reported cargo thefts, and holiday thefts are 40% higher than thefts that occur on non-holiday weekends. Last year, […]

One minute meetings with Encompass Risk Solutions are quick, free, and impactful. How often do you get in and out of meeting with useful information in 60 seconds? Today we’re talking cost control. Most transportation companies have significant room for improvement in this area. So find out what you can do about it in our […]

Logistics have become a competitive advantage for businesses. Mobile technology allows companies to create efficient routes, monitor driver performance, and allows companies to increase the number of deliveries they can make in a day. With cloud-based route planning, businesses can take their logistics to the next level with unprecedented customer service and economies of scale. […]

There has been a lot of confusion among shippers and brokers about what CSA 2010/SMS means in terms of vetting carriers and transportation liability. Separating fact from fiction will help you understand the best way to protect your next delivery. Vetting Carriers Some shippers believe it is their responsibility to investigate potential carriers by using […]