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.
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With the ELD Mandate quickly approaching, it is necessary to make sure that you and your drivers are properly prepared. If you are looking for an electronic logging device, look no further! Here at Quality, we have partnered with Geotab, a leading telematics company, to bring you an ELD device from a company you have come to know and trust. Geotab has manufactured a device called the Geotab GO7 to evolve and grow with your fleet, along with other changes and regulations in the future while still being affordable for fleets of all sizes.
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, accurately track faster, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. The mandate was first published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in December 2015, this was considered Phase One of the mandate. [...]
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A battle is looming on the horizon of the trucking industry. This future war has high stakes and promises to change trucking forever. Within the next 3 years’ competitors will vie for the right to put diesel-free trucks on the road. Nikola Motor Company and Tesla have both revealed their perceived future for trucking in the form of Hydrogen Fuel Cells (Nikola) and Electric Battery Powered (Tesla). Both these units ambitiously aim to replace diesel powered trucks in the coming years. While the results will not be known for years both offer lots of benefits and a few possible negatives.
Nikola Motors Hydrogen Fuel Powered Semi-Truck
Nikola Motor Company’s Nikola One (Sleeper) and Nikola Two (Day Cab) both have estimated release dates of early 2020. Hydrogen fuel cells fully power Nikola trucks, eliminating diesel dependency forever. Nikola Trucks claim double fuel efficiency from the standard 7.5 MPG (diesel) to 15.4 MPG of Hydrogen Fuel. Additionally, [...]
Comments Off on Driver Tech: The Benefits of Putting a Camera in Your Rig
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.
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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Purchasing a truck is a significant investment that if you’re not careful, can eat up your entire profit. But by being an owner operator, your truck is going to be your livelihood so getting a good truck is going to be important. The next decision will be deciding whether to purchase a new or used truck. Purchasing a used truck provides many advantages, the most obvious being that the cost could be substantially lower. Another advantage is that more owner operators have been purchasing used trucks compared to buying a new one, especially for a first-time buyer. With newer trucks, it is commonly known that after you drive off the lot, it automatically depreciates in value around 20%-40%.
However, if you are not careful, purchasing a used truck can mean that you are buying more risk than opportunity. One of the major disadvantages of purchasing a used truck is that used vehicles are most likely [...]
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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 [...]
Upgrading your fleet is a major investment, but it can be necessary depending upon the state and age of your existing equipment. You may find that replacing equipment with financing and leasing programs is a better investment than paying for numerous repairs to an older vehicle. This post will list reasons to replace a truck, for instance, if a truck is experiencing too many problems or is not compliant with modern FMCSA fleet rules. It will also point out the benefits of updating your fleet with high-quality vehicles, including access to warranties, leasing options, low mileage, and low monthly payments.
Technology Improves Safety
As the transportation industry slowly adapts to technology, there have been a lot of products and solutions developed in order to make sure drivers are remaining safe on the road.
Unfortunately, accidents are extremely common for truck drivers while they are out on the road. If you are a trucking company, preventing accidents and encouraging your drivers to be safe on the road should be your number one priority. As summer is winding down and cold weather is quickly approaching, taking the proper steps to make sure your drivers are staying alert and vigilant while driving is important. Implementing a safety program cannot only protect your company’s bottom line but encourage safe driving among your drivers and employees.
Driving a truck is an extremely dangerous profession. Tractor-trailers are about 20-30 times larger than most cars and trucks on the road and because of the dramatic increase in size, this can cause roads to become unsafe especially in dangerous weather. “Motor vehicle crashes cost employers $60 billion annually in medical care, legal expenses, property damage, and lost productivity. They drive up the cost of benefits such [...]
Many trucking companies allow drivers to take pets along for rides with them, with deposits or flat-fee structures. If your company currently allows this, learn how to leverage this perk to your benefit while finding new recruits. If your company currently allows this, learn how to leverage this perk to your benefit while finding new recruits. If your company doesn’t allow pets, consider these reasons to make a policy change. This post will discuss the benefits of pets and trucking, such as keeping drivers awake, alert, and happy on long, lonely drives. It will also help companies learn how to implement this policy in an easy, safe, and effective manner.
If you are a driver and are on the road a lot, it can be hard being away from family. Bringing a dog on the road will not only relieve stress but can give the driver a piece of home they may be missing. There [...]