The FMCSA does not leave you to wonder what lights are required where. They have a very detailed listing spelled out in part 393.
Take the time to learn the requirements. If you are inspected and lights are out or not present, you will be fined.
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Have you ever had to say that? I have, and after the third time it is annoying to me, as I am sure it is annoying to the person I keep asking to repeat themselves. Am I deaf? No. But as we age, our hearing naturally starts to decline. So why is your hearing more important? As a commercial driver, you are more likely to be hauling something dangerous. Even if your trailer is full of computers, you still have a tank full of diesel fuel. Up to 10 times that of a normal diesel passenger vehicle.
So when you are approaching a rail crossing, traveling down a busy interstate, or inside the city limits of a large city, being able to clearly hear all sounds is vital.
Take care of your hearing and be prepared for your next medical recertification.
What are you doing to increase your return on investment (ROI)? One area to consider is the installation of aerodynamic accessories. Sound corny? It's actually becoming the norm to see tractor-trailers with side skirts, gap reducers, and single wide tires.
If you are looking for ways to cut your fuel costs, consider adding aerodynamic accessories to your fleet.
Always do your research before choosing a financial service, including factoring. Trans Am Financial is owned by Trans Am Trucking, Inc., and only working with other trucking companies. That means they uniquely know your needs and how to best help you.
Are you familiar with factoring? I have to admit that prior to writing this article, I had not heard of it. Perhaps if I worked for a smaller trucking company I would have known what it was. Regardless, it's a way for smaller, or newer, businesses to obtain cash in hand much quicker than most customers pay their invoices.
In a nutshell, factoring is the sale of your accounts receivables for immediate cash. Sound straightforward? It really is. However, as with anything, "let the buyer beware." If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. So read over the contract carefully and make certain you know that fine print.
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It's quite interesting actually, given that this is a near nationwide phenomenon (excluding Arizona and Hawaii) yet there is no Federal documentation on how to handle DST. Of course, a great many drivers no longer need to worry about this thanks to e-logs.
However, J.J. Keller, a well trusted source on DOT matters, has provided a logical explanation. Simply put, you must log 25 hours for that day and then between the 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. time, document in the remarks section any duty of status changes that occurred.
Hopefully you already knew that DST did not give you tacit permission to drive an extra hour.
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What do you think of when you hear the word Alaska? I know what I think of, brrrr...cold.
It's true, Alaska is one of the most beautiful places on earth, but there is a lot more to that state then just a winter wonderland. For instance, the Anchorage Service Port is one the United States 19 National Strategic Seaports. You will also find ice roads and the Denali National Park.
I spend a lot of time here writing about freight haulers, but most everything is in relation to non-household goods freight. However, there are specific regulations in place for hauling household goods (HHG). For instance, did you know that a broker is either considered a property/freight broker OR a household goods broker?
Also, when determining fines for violations received while hauling HHG, there is a specific formula used in the HHG category.
Take a moment to learn more about the Household Goods portion of the freight haul business.
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Hopefully by now you are aware that you must perform your biennial update in order to maintain your US DOT number.
Are you familiar with the new Unified Registration System? It has been put in place in order to streamline a tedious process. No more forms to handwrite and worse yet, have to go and find a typewriter for. Everything is now done online. The time savings alone make this program worth it.
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Have you updated your FMCSA information? You must update your information every two years as part of the Unified Registration System (URS) regulation. This update is required even if no information has changed. Failure to do so can result in your USDOT number being deactivated and penalties anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000.