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Everything You Need to Know About IFTA

The International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) is a reciprocity agreement between the lower 48 states of the U.S. and Canada’s provinces related to fuel usage and tax payments for motor carriers. According to one report, the IFTA saves millions of dollars per year in business admin costs—so it pays to get it right.

In this post, we’ll help you gain a better understanding of IFTA and the implications it may have for your fleet. We’ll also explain how fleet management software can simplify the whole process.

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4 Cost Savings from Smarter Driving in Fleets

Seeing speeding cars cutting corners and running red lights may look exhilarating in movies, but this type of driving doesn’t have a place on real-life roads. In real life, this is called aggressive driving, and it can pose serious problems to your fleet.

Curtailing aggressive driving in fleets may seem like it’s easier said than done—especially since, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA), 80% of drivers have admitted to aggressive behaviors on the road at least once in a given year.Read More »4 Cost Savings from Smarter Driving in Fleets

Click Mouse, Make Money – Owner Operators and Load Boards

A good article about how flatbed drivers Ed and Salena look for loads and enjoy the freedom of being Owner Operators. I always appreciate Salena’s blog with her perspective on the trucking industry.  In this article Salena discusses how they find loads using a loadboard and the freedom this provides in terms of making their own load choices.

Original Article Salena Lettera Daily Rant Blog 

Most of you know we are owner-operators and pull a flatbed trailer. Our freight ranges from building materials, to containers, to military equipment, to aircraft parts to honeybees. We’ll haul just about anything they can put on a flatbed if the price is right.

And although finding freight isn’t hard, it is a little bit of an art. Knowing where the freight is, knowing how much time is involved loading, knowing if it’s going to a good area, deciding whether deadheading (driving empty to pick up) is going to be worth it. These are all learned. Ed is a master at this – you can throw a load and a rate at him and he’ll know immediately if it’s worth doing. Me? I’m not as quick with the figuring, but I’m pretty good now too.

We have a few agents who will call us outright, if we’re in the area, to offer us a load before they post it. They know us, they’ve worked with us before, and they know we deliver – no pun intended. Most of the time though, we find our loads on the board. “The Board” is the load board where the company we’re leased to posts their loads. If you enlarge the photo below (click to enlarge), you’ll see a real example of freight that’s available to us.

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7 ways to cut your fleet insurance costs – protect your CSA scores

After a truck payment, insurance is often the biggest fixed cost for owner-operators. Whether you’re leased or running under your own authority, there’s plenty you can do to reduce costs when updating existing policies or shopping for new ones, while also protecting your fleets CSA scores.  


Mind the deductible.You can raise your policy’s deductible to lower the premium, but independents should weigh their risk in an accident with multiple claims. For example, separate $2,500 deductibles on a tractor, a trailer and cargo easily could come into play at once, yielding a $7,500 bill. Leased operators should know if their carrier holds them responsible for a certain amount of carrier liability or cargo deductibles in a loss.

Keep credit history clean. Credit reports often are pulled by underwriters to determine owner-operator insurance rates. Pay your bills on time, and follow other practices to maintain a high credit score.

Include aftermarket items in stated value. When you determine fair market value during policy updates, use online and dealer resources to help determine aftermarket add-ons’ real effect on your rig’s resale value. Also, enhancements that would lower the insuror’s exposure, like deer catchers and anti-theft devices, can bring rate discounts.

Account for safety. Don’t be shy about communicating a strong safety record during any rate quote or policy update.

Use technology to protect your CSA scores and improve Safety. Affordable electronic log apps like smartphone based BigRoad is a good first step toward proactively managing your driver logs, CSA scores and reducing your compliance liability

BigRoad eLogs app

Compare rates. As with anything you buy, it’s wise to compare rates periodically. Before changing insurors, see if your current one offers a discount for staying with the company.

Update business information. Type of freight, miles driven and area of haul are factors that affect the accuracy of your rates.


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Trucks waste $27B/year due to congestion – fleet tracking can help

Many fleets are finding that real time tracking with traffic alerts for drivers and dispatchers can help reduce getting caught in traffic. Though traffic congestion in U.S. cities has remained relatively stable in recent years, delays are still costing commuters and truckers hefty sums, according to an annual study – with an estimated $27 billion worth of time and diesel fuel wasted by trucks alone in 2011 due solely to traffic jams.  

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