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This month, we will be attending the Mid-America Trucking Show Booth #76125. Check out the schedule below – and if you are heading to this show, make sure to stop by our booth and say hello!
The Mid-America Trucking Show
March 22nd – 24th at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky
The Mid-America Trucking Show is the largest annual heavy-duty trucking event in the world. This show attracts attendees and exhibitors from throughout the United States and across the globe. More than 1,000,000+ Square Feet of exhibit space, educational seminars, and special events. There will be over 1,000 exhibitors representing leading companies from the US and abroad.
Quality attendees include:
German Parra – Director of Marketing
Zac Schoen – Assistant Manager of Tax & Accounting
Gavin Teevan – National Director of Business Development
With the holidays upon us it’s time again to wish the Happiest of Holidays to drivers throughout this great nation. As many of us are extreme, last-minute shoppers we, here at Quality, thought we would put together a goodie bag of suggestions. Whether they’re on Santa’s nice list or the naughty one, these gifts are sure to put a smile on your loved truckers face.
As drivers spend so many countless hours over the road and away from home it is important to have good entertainment available in your off-hours.
Portable DVD players are a great and inexpensive gift for the hard-working trucker in your lives. With red-box being nearly nationwide at this point drivers can rent dozens of new movies every week and return them in-between stops.
For this special edition of the Employee Spotlight series we get to know Liz Edmunds, Customer Success Manager, with our ELD Department. Liz has been a member of the Quality Team since 2015. Liz is one of the most energetic members of our staff and has been focused on helping drivers get compliant with the new ELD mandate on December 18th of this year.
School: Indiana University / Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Major: Business Management
Role at Quality: Customer Success Manager – ELD
Favorite Sports Team: New England Patriots
If you could sit down with anyone for dinner, who would it be and why? My grandfather, he passed away when I was only 7. As an adult I’ve learned a lot more about him and wish I could’ve asked him things I wouldn’t have thought of when I was still a kid. He was a fighter pilot in WWII and I [...]
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In this addition of our Employee Spotlight series we sit down with Jennifer Roberts, Customer Service Manager at Quality. Jennifer has been a member of the team since joining Quality in March of 2012. She is known for her energetic and enthusiastic attitude. Prior to taking on the role of Customer Service Manager, Jennifer has spent time in Operations, Leasing, and Finance. She is a cornerstone of Quality’s success and we couldn’t be happier to have her on the team!
School: Ramsey School of Technology
Major: Communication Management
Role at Quality:Customer Service Manager
Favorite Sports Team: Indianapolis Colts
If you could sit down with anyone for dinner, who would it be and why? Nikola Tesla, he was an amazing genius and I would have loved to pick his brain.
Celebrity Lookalike:Camryn Manheim – Emmy Winning Actress from The Practice
Favorite place you’ve traveled:Gulf Shores Alabama, specifically the Fort Morgan area because it’s surrounded by beaches and [...]
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In America, you are innocent until proven guilty, unless you are a professional truck driver. As a professional driver, the burden of proving yourself to be in the right is all too common.
In the last few years’ cameras have become an increasing staple of the trucking industry. While there are a lot of gimmicks and snake-oil marketed to drivers, cameras are very useful and can offer lots of benefits.
Understanding Your Options
There are two types of cameras drivers can purchase to help cover them on the road; both offer different benefits and some possible negatives. Front facing cameras are extremely popular because they offer a similar perspective to the one the driver sees. These are mounted either on the dashboard, looking forward, or placed inside the grill. Driver facing cameras are much more controversial and offer a mixture of benefits and negatives.
The life of a truck driver is full of big decisions and long lasting consequences. In no other industry are decisions as “make or break” as in the world of heavy-haul trucking. Drivers face a variety of big decisions: equipment, carrier, and what type of freight they will haul. Once all these important decisions are made, drivers have one last choice they must make: will they be more or less successful running as a team?
Team and solo driving afford drivers vastly different lifestyles. The solo driver endures long hours, lots of stress, and a lot of hard work. Team drivers share the same difficulties, but must additionally be wary of another person’s needs, personality, and most importantly, their work ethic. This article will explore some of the Pros and Cons of team driving to help you decide if this option is a good fit for your career.
With the holiday season fast approaching, we all find ourselves feeling a little more rushed; the transportation industry is no different. As ice and snow build up on our roadways it’s important to follow some simple and safe tips for operating in hazardous winter conditions.
The first and most important step is preventative maintenance. We strongly urge drivers to make a checklist of potential problems as well as regular maintenance items to check. All drivers, regardless of weather, should regularly check:
Wiper Blades – Are they in good condition? Do you have a spare set in the event they need to be changed unexpectedly over the road? Checking wiper blades one monthly takes less than a minute but can keep you safe and rolling.
Fluids – Are all your necessary’s at least half way full? Do [...]
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The Electronic Log Device (ELD) mandate is less than 3 months away! If you are unfamiliar with the upcoming mandate, the ELD rule is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and in turn, make it easier, faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording. The mandate was first published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in December 2015, this is Phase One. In Phase Two, officially going into effect on December 18th, 2017, carriers and drivers can use AOBRDS that are installed prior to December 18th, 2017 or self-certified and have registered ELDs with FMCSA. Finally, Phase Three is after December 16th, 2019, where all drivers and carriers are subject to the rule must use self-certified ELDs that are registered with FMCSA.
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As a fleet manager, there’s generally a lot on your plate. Not only do you have to keep up with the state of your vehicles and the performance of your drivers, you will also need to manage the business aspects of owning a trucking company. With owning your own business, the tax and accounting aspect is extremely important. This often involves complex tax and accounting tasks. If you’re weighing the cost of professional financial services against their potential benefits, we have some information that will help.
As an owner operator, a lot of the decisions that need to be made are ones that only you can make and tasks only you can perform. Tax preparation and accounting is something you can delegate. Business taxpayers spend an estimated 24 hours preparing each tax return. In [...]