2014 Green Truck Summit: March 4-5, Indianapolis, IN
The Green Truck Summit is held in conjunction with the NTEA Work Truck Show, and is described as the industry’s premier conference in clean vehicle technology. The event showcases all the latest advancements that are pointing to the future of clean operating commercial vehicles and actually lets conference attendees take them for a spin.
This year’s summit takes place Tuesday, March 4 (8:00AM-6:15PM) and Wednesday, March 5 (8:00AM-10:45AM) at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN.
Check Out the New F-650/F-750 From The Work Truck Show!
Ford announced a completely redesigned F-650 and F-750 in their medium-duty commercial truck line.
Ford debut the trucks at the 2014 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN.
The redesigned vehicles will be available in 2016 and feature a second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel.
NTEA Work Truck Show Runs March 5-7, 2014
The Work Truck Show is North America’s largest work truck event, allowing industry exhibitors to show off over 500,000 square feet of innovations in trucking equipment, break-through designs and new vehicle prototypes by leading semi truck manufacturers.
Volvo Trucks Totally Epic Van Damme Commercial Inspires Comedian Thomas Lennon
Jean-Claude Van Damme, also known as the King of Awesome, recently did his signature splits in between two moving Volvo trucks in a promo showing off Volvo’s new steering technology for commercial trucks that uses a hydraulic-electric hybrid system that allows for fast, accurate cornering.
Was it awesome?
Let’s just say it takes a lot for someone to make waffles only the second best thing to come out of Belgium.
Thomas Lennon Recreates the Splits on Instagram
Yes, Van Damme is just that cool. Now, for insurance purposes, we can’t say that we encourage anyone trying to imitate his stunt and do the splits in between two moving trucks, but we can say that we might have enjoyed that video a bit too much around the office…in fact, we have a little bit in common with comedian Thomas Lennon, who also seemed to have fun putting his spin on this stunt from the comforts of his office.
Click the image or click here to watch his take on Van Damme’s stunt via his Instagram account.
So anyway, please, please, do not try to recreate this stunt. It could very likely affect your insurance premiums.
(Although it will definitely affect your levels of tremendousness, greatness and toughness.)
There can only be one Jean-Claude Van Damme, “King of Awesome,” but that won’t stop us from being as good of a stuntman as Thomas Lennon around our office.
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Since driver safety and security is the focus of the trucking insurance industry, we at Royalty are starting a new series of helpful safety tips for truck drivers.
It’s a great safety tip to always slow down before a turn, signal properly achieve a slow enough speed where you can safely accelerate through the turn.
An equally important safety tip is to AVOID ATTEMPTING TO POP A WHEELIE with your roughly 80,000 pound, or 40 ton semi truck.
This is dangerous enough on a motorcycle, which, to compare, weighs about 500 pounds.
American Transportation Institute Reports Hours of Service is Top Concern
The annual American Transportation Institute Top Industry Issues report was released this past week, and the top issue reported by truckers and others in the industry was the change to the hours-of-service.
This issue has been gaining animosity since its inception on July 1st, and 30% of people voted for it as the most pressing problem.
Following HOS issues is the FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, earning 18% of the vote, and driver shortage, with 13%.
Find out more about these issues by checking out ETrucker’s take on the subject.
This past weekend, truckers converged on Washington D.C. in an attempt to end the government shutdown. The idea was to slow down traffic, just as Congress had turned the government into a gridlock. They also hoped to reverse recent changes to truck industry laws that limited the hours of operations.
Although their intentions were noble, the results were pretty mediocre. Not many drivers showed up and some who did reported that the cost of fuel made the deter far from lucrative.
Freight Capital published a solid article this week about the 5 common mistakes that small business owners make while building their business. These mistakes can stunt the growth and cause unnecessary debt to accumulate.
Some issues involve not having enough confidence in your business, like charging too little for your product or service. Other problems arise from being over-confident, like hiring extra employees without having enough funds to pay their wages.
Although these are aimed at new business owners, they are also relevant from owners with a few notches in their belts. Reviewing these tips will help remind you how to successfully run a business.
The bill requiring the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association to provide formal regulations pertaining to truck driver sleep apnea, rather than mere guidelines, passed the House vote 405-0.
Diagnosing and treating obstructive sleep apnea costs the FMCSA around $1 billion each year. The change in policy is supposed to help determine if those expenses are necessary and find ways to gradually reduce them.
What are the best truck stops in America? Check out USA Today’s list of the ten best truck stops , then let us know which one they missed.
Some truck stops are just a disgusting outhouse and a crummy vending machine. Forget bells and whistles, these places would be lucky to have toilet paper and a decent candy selection.
Fortunately, there are also amazing stops with everything you could need, and then some. Privately owned truck stops are even better! The nice folks who own and operate them know that truckers could stay anywhere on the route, so they try to go above and beyond with service and amenities.
What makes a rest stop so enticing? Is it the food selection? The comfortable mattresses? Local landmarks and entertainment?
Leave your opinions in the comment section. Where is your favorite place to stop?
This week is Truck Driver Appreciation Week, and all of us over at Royalty wanted to say thanks.
Truck drivers are the unsung heroes of the American industry and economy. Without your efforts, we wouldn’t have any way to transport goods, meet product demand, get food to the supermarkets, receive that trinket we ordered on Amazon, or achieve any of the other basic daily routines that we take for granted.
Before working here, I never thought much about how the shirt I bought at the mall got there or how the avocado I slice in my quesadillas traveled to my plate. But now I have a better understanding of the cross-country routes, the all-night drives, and the treacherous terrain that truck drivers deal with to make my life easier.
So thank you. Without your efforts, Americans would not get to enjoy the cushy lifestyles we have become accustomed to.
Inspectors from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will inspect around 30,000 during the week to make sure they meet regulations. Last year, 15.3% of trucks and buses checked were put out of service until their brakes were replaced.
This photo is just too cool not to share. Something we stumbled upon via the @MackTrucksInc Twitter account today.
And they’re right. It’s not mixing a smoothie. (That’d be one big smoothie.)
Cool Photos for Driver Appreciation Week
Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2013 is coming up this September 15th-21st, but drivers have already taken to Twitter to post some photos in honor of driver appreciation.
Some of the bigger trucking companies on Twitter have been re-tweeting photos with the hashtag #DriverAppreciation all day. Check out these tweets from Flying J:
Flying J @flyingjtravel
Professional Drivers, tweet your photos from the road using #DriverAppreciation each Wed. in Sept. Winners receive 1,000 MyRewards points!
If you’ve been in the commercial trucking industry for long enough, you know your truck insurance premiums can be one of your largest expenses.
Not only is your commercial vehicle extremely high-dollar, but the gravity of accidents involving commercial trucks can lead to astronomical cost of damage in the even of accidents—all things that can contribute to hiked commercial truck insurance rates annually.
Granted, truck insurance rates are going to climb whether you’re the best driver or the worst—sometimes the cost of operations and current economic conditions will just lead to price increases.
But running your motor carrier or independent business efficiently and safely isn’t enough to avoid unnecessary increases.
Here are 7 tips for the best truck insurance rates whether you’re talking about semi truck insurance for independents or motor carrier insurance policies for trucking companies. These are things you actively do to keep your rates low and avoid truck insurance increases to the best of your ability.
Every truck driver knows that one of the pitfalls of his profession is the tremendous distance he must travel away from his home and family. You accept this separation as a part of your job, but still try to stay as close to your loved ones as possible.
Raymond White, a truck driver for 20 years working for Southern Refrigerated Transport (SRT), would keep in touch by calling his girlfriend, Cathy Rossi, every morning while on the road. On July 15th, she realized something was wrong when she didn’t receive his regular call.
In an attempt to reduce costs to the trucking industry, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced plans to eliminate the requirement that drivers report no defects to their truck and trailers. If the measure goes through, it could save the industry an estimated $1.7 billion dollars in paperwork.
Under the current rules, drivers perform an inspection before and after each trip and report their findings. Along with being tedious, these inspection filings were costly to drivers and their employers.
This past May saw post-recession highs from the American Trucking Associations’ truck tonnage index, up from the previous high in December 2011. This continues the trend of rebounding from the 2008 economic collapse.
Why, then, are so many people in the trucking industry cautious about celebrating too soon?
Everyone knows that truckers have their own lingo, completely foreign to an outsider. Royalty Truck Insurance wants to know: What does the phrase “Cowboy Cadillac” mean when truckers say it on their CB radio?
If you have an answer to this question, visit our Facebook Trucker Slang Contest page and enter your answer and email for a chance to win! 1st Prize wins a $250 Flying J gift card, while 2nd and 3rd take home a copy of Ice Road Truckers: The Most Dangerous Episodes on DVD.
Obamacare, officially known as The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, was signed into law in March 2010, but reaches full implementation on January 1, 2014. The effects of the upcoming healthcare expansions are profound and will make an immediate impact on the trucking industry.
The new healthcare plan, a 2,500-page law book, includes two major updates, along with many minor changes. We will cover them briefly for your convenience.
Last month, the for-hire trucking industry added 11,700 jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor’s preliminary data.
Due to the increasing demand for truckers, many new drivers are being trained every day. They review the basics and are instructed in safe driving, but in the rush to send them out on shifts, new truckers often miss out on learning the common courtesies of the industry.
Here is a helpful guide to trucking etiquette while on the road.
The American Trucking Associations enlisted House of Representatives members Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), Thomas Peri (R-Wis.), Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), and Pete DeFazio (D-Ore.) in their efforts to postpone the hours of service (HOS) changes set to take effect on July 1st. The Representatives sent a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association asking to delay the changes until a decision is reached in the March 15th oral presentation before a three-judge panel in the District of Columbia Circuit.
Despite a nearly 10-percent national unemployment rate, the trucking industry is still unable to fill numerous open positions. This anomaly is starting to grow from an inconvenience into a serious problem for all society.
The impact of truck drivers on society is more profound than the average citizen would realize; most people don’t think about how the milk gets to the supermarket, or who brings the new shoes to the department store, or who delivers the materials to actually build the aforementioned buildings.
After two years of unsuccessfully trying to be heard, the American Trucking Associations announced on Tuesday, January 22, that it had filed papers with the U.S Supreme Court, who will hear their case against the city of Los Angeles.
The dispute revolves around the Clean Trucks Plan that the city of Los Angeles implemented five years ago, in 2008, with the intention of reducing truck emissions at the Los Angeles Port, the busiest port in the country. The case, American Trucking Associations vs. City of Los Angeles, boils down to whether or not cities and states have the authority to dictate pollution laws on long-haul truckers.
Because they are traveling between states, there is reason to believe that trucks should not be impeded by a single state’s governances. Federal law states that no local regulations may affect the “price, route, or service of any motor carrier,” allowing them to maintain their schedules and minimize costs.
Of the changes, the four most heavily criticized by the ATA are financial capability requirements, off-street parking, maintenance regulations, and placard requirement. All four, argues the ATA, have very little to do with air pollution.
The fight has less to do with reducing air pollution and more to do with the ability of Los Angeles to impose regulations on the trucking industry that create economic difficulties for shipping businesses.
A U.S. District Judge upheld the provisions in 2010 and last year the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, except for a regulation restricting independent contractors. The particular rule disallowed independent truckers from working at the port, thereby forcing them to become employed by the company they shipped for, but was found to be beyond the power of ordinary city governances and was overturned.
The trail is tentatively planned for the spring of 2013, with a ruling to come by July of this year.
Diesel prices have declined for the seventh consecutive week, and 12 of the past 13 weeks, and the trend has had positive effects on the trucking industry. Lower gas prices leads to cheaper shipping, increased work hours, and extra hiring opportunities.
In order to celebrate the accomplishments of Royalty Truck Insurance company in 2012, including an ever-expanding client base, we want to present you with out top 5 favorite blog posts from 2012.
These choices encapsulate the news, policy changes, and absurdities of the previous year. Enjoy!
In June 2007, the History Channel premiered Ice Road Truckers as its latest reality TV show. The program followed truck drivers who cross dangerous terrain, such as frozen lakes and mountain passes, in order to complete their deliveries. The show is currently on its 6th season and continues to be a ratings success for the station.
Ice Road Truckers had an additional effect beyond earning money; it created fan interest in the trucking industry. Enthusiasts saw the long, deadly journeys as heroic and wanted to earn a living as a trucker.
The increase in demand causes stress while rushing to meet deadlines, which is compounded by the dangers of icy roads and snowstorms.
To help you out during the Holiday Season, here are some tips to keep you safe, your truck operational, and your deliveries on schedule.
With Thanksgiving coming tomorrow (Happy Turkey Day!), the holiday season is about to kick off. For most this is a time of joy, but for others, it is pure stress. My experiences towards the holidays are conflicted.
Working at a grocery store as a teenager, I hated the week before Thanksgiving. People acted insane as they scrambled to gather ingredients for stuffing, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, and other holiday favorites. Customers loaded up their carts until they almost overflowed, forcing me to furiously speed-bag and load pound after pound of groceries into cars in the rain.