Leasing Vs. Buying in The Trucking Industry: What you Need to Know

Jonathan BelekBusiness Insurance, Commercial Auto Insurance, Risk Management, Trucking and Transportation Industry0 Comments

The trucking industry is the core of transportation of goods across the United States and beyond. While investing in these monster-sized vehicles can be lucrative in the long-run, they can cost a pretty penny upfront. The average yearly cost of operating a truck is currently set at around $180,000 according to The Truck Driving Institute. The great debate of “buying … Read More

Road Rage – it’s Real and It’s Dangerous

Joe PintoBusiness Insurance, Commercial Auto Insurance, Risk Management, Trucking and Transportation Industry0 Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” Road rage, according to the NHTSA, emerged as a label to “describe the angry and violent behaviors at the extreme of the aggressive driving continuum.” They clarify that “aggressive driving is … Read More

Rhode Island would be first state to impose carbon tax; trucking industry braces for higher costs

Jonathan BelekRisk Management, Trucking and Transportation Industry

A bill currently under consideration by the Rhode Island legislature would make the Ocean State the first to impose a “carbon tax” on fossil fuel production. This is important news for the trucking industry because if enacted as written it means gasoline and diesel fuel producers will be hit with a new tax which will be passed along one way … Read More

How to Get Your Truck Drivers to Actually Use Your Wellness Program

Jill GouletHealth Insurance, Risk Management, Trucking and Transportation Industry, Wellness Programs, Workers Compensation

Truck drivers have unique health concerns. An NIOSH survey found that 50% are smokers and 70% are obese. They’re prone to heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney failure, back problems, and motor vehicle accidents related to fatigue and stress. These problems can lead to a loss of their Medical Examiner’s Certificate and their CDLs. You want your staff to … Read More

Trucking companies (or companies that just use trucks): Make the most of your industry associations

Joe PintoCommercial Auto Insurance, Risk Management, Trucking and Transportation Industry

Strength in numbers. The power of a team. A built-in support system. No matter the size of your fleet, if you use trucks in any capacity, joining an industry association is a smart idea for your business. From big rig haulers to landscapers with a couple of light duty box trucks, the trucking industry has particular needs and a host … Read More

Trucking Risk Insights: Top 10 Vehicle Violations – 2016

Jonathan BelekRisk Management, Safety Training, Trucking and Transportation Industry, Uncategorized

Top 10 Vehicle Violations—2016 A roadside inspection is an examination of individual commercial motor vehicles and drivers by a Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) inspector to determine compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and/or Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs). Serious violations result in the issuance of driver or vehicle out of service (OOS) orders. These violations must … Read More

Trucking P&C Pro-File Newsletter – February 2017

Jonathan BelekBusiness Insurance, Risk Management, Safety Training, Trucking and Transportation Industry

New Study Links Multiple Health Conditions to Preventable Crashes It can be extremely difficult for commercial truck drivers to stay healthy on the job. Drivers often work long hours without rest, stay seated all day and don’t have access to exercise or nutritious meals. However, a new study conducted by the University of Utah School of Medicine found that drivers … Read More

High blood pressure — A hidden danger for your truck drivers

Jonathan BelekBusiness Insurance, Risk Management, Trucking and Transportation Industry, Wellness Programs

If you’re running a logistics business or division, you know how important it is to have reliable and healthy truck drivers. Although most health conditions are easy to diagnose and treat, there’s one in particular that’s tricky to spot — High blood pressure. That’s because high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) often doesn’t show any symptoms, and that’s a … Read More

Live and Drive Safely: 6 Essential Ways Truckers Can Stay Healthy

Marty SheaCommercial Auto Insurance, Trucking and Transportation Industry, Wellness Programs0 Comments

Trucking doesn’t lend itself to healthy lifestyles. You’re cramped into a small space, miles from home and familiar places. It’s easy to chow down a Twinkie because it’s quick or sip a triple-sugar coffee to stay awake. However, your health is the most important thing you have. Here are a few ways you can stay healthy on the road. 1. … Read More

Disruption Ahead: The Brave New World of Self-Driving Cars

Jonathan BelekAuto Insurance, Commercial Auto Insurance, Trucking and Transportation Industry

Like it or not, self-driving cars are coming.  A rapid increase in the use of “autonomous automobiles,” as industry savants prefer to call them, is seen by many as a foregone conclusion.  Following the early lead of Google, which has been developing the concept for over six years, virtually every carmaker in the U.S. market is working on some version of … Read More