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7 Tips for How to Improve Gas Mileage

By Kira Odlozil on Nov 22, 2022 4:55:09 PM

Businesses and trucking fleets are always looking for ways to minimize costs, especially when it comes to the cost of fuel. In order to keep expenses low, fleet managers normally look for the best price per gallon. Another strategy to consider as well is extending those gallons by maximizing vehicle gas mileage. Implementing better driving habits and staying on top of vehicle maintenance are some useful areas to focus on when deciding how best to impact fuel economy. Below are some helpful tips for how to improve gas mileage efficiency so that your business can lower costs while vehicles are on the road.

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What Is Hot Shot Trucking and Is It Right for You?

By Kira Odlozil on Oct 31, 2022 5:56:17 PM

If you're new to the trucking industry, you might've heard the term, hot shot trucking (or hotshot transport). But what is it exactly? Drivers that do hot shot delivery are hauling smaller, time-sensitive loads to a location as soon as possible. These are often shorter hauls that might include transporting agricultural or construction equipment, heavy machinery or other materials that are needed for a project. Many owner-operators choose to do hot shot delivery because of the low start-up costs and independence that goes along with it. While it might seem like a niche within the industry, this type of trucking is often in demand and can be a great career opportunity for many drivers.

Topics: Trucking Business
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How to Become a Truck Dispatcher

By Kira Odlozil on Oct 24, 2022 5:31:40 PM

Many people aren't aware of what truck dispatchers do or how important a role they play in the trucking industry. Dispatchers are responsible for ensuring that trucks are routed to the correct destination and that goods are delivered on time. They work with customers, drivers and other transportation professionals to make sure that shipments are handled efficiently. If you're looking for a career in transportation that makes use of management, customer service and communication skills, then consider a job as a trucking dispatcher.

Topics: Fleet Management
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What Does a Fleet Manager Do and Can Hiring One Benefit Your Company?

By Kira Odlozil on Oct 3, 2022 6:18:46 PM

Managing a fleet of drivers and vehicles isn't easy. There are many responsibilities involved, and most of these are time-consuming. Someone has to oversee drivers and vehicles on the road, monitor employee fueling, plan for vehicle maintenance and stay on top of driver and vehicle documents that need renewal. Trying to do all of this without a fleet manager can seem impossible, especially if your fleet is growing in size. That’s why hiring for this role is so important for many companies in trucking and transportation. A manager takes care of fleet-related tasks so that the business owner can focus on what they do best: running the business. Let’s take a look at some fleet manager responsibilities.

Topics: Fleet Management
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The Top 5 Benefits of Commercial Fuel Stations

By Kira Odlozil on Aug 29, 2022 5:19:36 PM

Drivers need a convenient and efficient way to fuel, but many gas stations are either too small or too crowded for larger vehicles. And sometimes, there aren't enough truck stops nearby for local and regional fleets to use those as an alternative. Plus, there is always fuel pricing to consider and whether or not you're getting the best deal over the long run. That's why many companies choose to use commercial fuel stations. They offer a number of advantages: convenient locations, wholesale prices, various products and site amenities designed for commercial vehicles and heavy equipment. These stations also enable greater control over driver purchases and fleet fueling. Let's explore the top benefits.

Topics: CFN
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What Is Cardlock Fuel and How Does It Work?

By Kira Odlozil on Aug 1, 2022 1:59:11 PM

Business owners and truck drivers often ask the question, "What is a cardlock gas station?" Maybe they heard the term in conversation with a co-worker or saw a location while on the road. Unlike retail gas stations that are open to the general public, cardlock stations are designed for business fleets and trucking companies to access. If you drive a commercial vehicle, then you know how difficult it can be to fit that vehicle into certain gas stations. The fuel island might be too narrow, and dispensers might run too slowly when filling up a large gas tank, wasting valuable driver time. Plus, a retail station doesn't always offer the best price or the most control over fueling. Cardlock locations are a great alternative because they're built for commercial vehicles. Fleet managers gain greater control over card transactions. Accounting teams gain greater insight into company spend. All of which makes this type of fueling a convenient and cost-effective option for companies.

Topics: CFN
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How to Start a Box Truck Business

By Kira Odlozil on Jun 21, 2022 5:17:16 PM

If you're looking for a career that gives you flexibility, keeps you on the go, and offers higher earning potential, then starting a box truck business could be a great fit for you. This type of business is growing in popularity because of its low overhead costs and entrepreneurial opportunity. Driving a box truck is a great way to get started in the trucking industry and doesn't require a lot of startup capital. And if you already own a truck, then you have a head start. By following the steps below, you can have your business up and running in no time.

Topics: Trucking Business
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7 Steps to Obtain Your Trucking Authority

By Kira Odlozil on May 5, 2022 4:47:12 PM

If you're a truck driver planning to operate in the United States, you'll need to obtain your trucking authority. Having authority gives you legal permission to operate commercial vehicles on public roads, either intrastate or interstate, as part of your business operations. Obtaining your authority is an important part of running your own trucking company in which you get to set your own schedule, choose your loads and control your earning potential, flexibility that many drivers prefer. In this blog post, we'll walk you through the necessary steps for getting your authority. Let's get started!

Topics: Trucking Business
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What Is a Fuel Card Program and What Are the Benefits?

By Kira Odlozil on Apr 13, 2022 4:39:48 PM

A fuel card program can be beneficial for small business owners, owner-operators and fleet managers that are looking for a better payment method for fuel purchases than cash, debit cards or credit cards. The problem with handing out cash, debit cards or credit cards to drivers is that there are no restrictions on what can be purchased. That’s a big problem, especially when you’re hiring a new driver. Not to mention, drivers often have to keep track of paper receipts in order to report those purchases to accounting teams, which can make things challenging. The good news is that there’s an easier way. With a fuel card program, you gain controls, reporting, convenience and cost savings with company fuel purchases.

Topics: Fuel Cards
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