Is Your Freight Broker the Real Deal?

It’s easy to simply search the internet for a freight broker and go with the first result. However, that can lead to you getting stuck with a broker that isn’t legitimate, that doesn’t take your needs into consideration, and who gives you non-competitive rates.

Want to know how to tell if your freight broker is the real deal? Do some simple research.

Does your freight broker have experience? How long have they been around? If your freight broker has been in the business for a bit, its likely they at least have a grasp of what they’re doing.

Have other people used this broker? Do they have reviews? Do you know anyone that has worked with this broker before? If you can’t find any reviews or anyone else that has used their services, you may be dealing with a bad broker.

Have you talked with someone that works there? If you’re only speaking through email and haven’t spoken to a real person at said brokerage, you may want to turn back. These are financial means, you don’t want to give your information to someone that you’ve never actually spoken with. It’s easy to get scammed, especially over the internet.

Make sure you do your research to find the best freight broker for you. Getting stuck with a bad freight broker can cause so many problems that you could go without.

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Improving a Trucker’s Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a trucker’s life is about 16 years below the normal life expectancy. With this bleak outlook, due to the health risks that come with the job, truck drivers should use all the resources possible to reverse this unfortunate course.

Tips to improve a trucker’s lifestyle


It’s hard for a trucker to stay healthy due to the lack of exercise available. Try to incorporate 15 minutes of walking at a truck stop to fight this problem.

Eating healthy

Eating healthy is just as important as getting exercise. Try to stock up the fridge in your cab with healthy foods instead of fast food and soft drinks. You can even bring kitchen tools, such as a blender, sauce pan, portable stove, and a slow cooker to cook your own meals.

Healthcare on the road

Since truckers often operate outside of typical business hours, it can be challenging to schedule an appointment at a doctor’s office. Instead, schedule a consult with a board-certified doctor, and he or she can prescribe medication sent to the nearest pharmacy.

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Scenic Trucking Routes

When you’re a truck driver, you’re bound to see many different roads. Some of them are pretty and some of them not so much. If you’re ever operating a truck in Idaho or Wyoming, then make sure to check out these beautiful scenic routes.

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7 Tips for Preparing Your Truck for Winter

Trucking is one of the few industries that is severely affected by the weather. Preparing your truck for winter can make the difference between being comfortable or miserable. Some common-sense precautions can make driving in winter a lot safer.

7 Ways to Winterize Your Truck

1. Install new wiper blades

Wiper blades are an absolute necessity for driving in bad weather. Buy a new set of wiper blades to avoid yours from falling apart. Pro-tip: don’t buy cheap blades. There’s nothing worse than having to replace a blade during a snow storm.

2. Apply MotorKote

Put some MotorKote on a cloth and rub it over anything that opens or closes, such as your doors, to prevent them from freezing shut. You can also put a few drops in the locks to help prevent freezing. Allow for some time to air dry the MotorKote before closing. Additionally, apply a thin coat on your wiper blades, in order to prevent snow and ice sticking to your new blades. Let it dry for a few hours then wipe off the excess.

3. Prevent your fuel from freezing

It’s a good idea to treat your fuel when the temperatures start to drop below freezing. This help prevent gelling or ice build-up in filters and fuel lines.

4. Lubricate the fifth wheel

When it’s too cold for traditional fifth wheel grease to spread easily, try to spray Silicone or Lithium Grease to lubricate the wheel.

5. Carry WD-40 or a similar spray lubricant

Don’t be in a position where you can’t get your padlocks off due to ice buildup. A few shots of this spray will help you defrost frozen locks.

6. Always have spare fluids

Check your tire pressure and all your fluids before heading out on a trip in winter. Due to the effects elevation and temperature has on air pressure and fluid pressure, it’s always wise to carry an air hose and spare fluids. Having these handy can mean the difference between getting back on the road or waiting for road service.

7. Create an emergency kit

Use a backpack or duffel bag to make an emergency kit that includes items such as a flash light, charging cords, battery bank, food, snacks, bottles of water, medicine and important documents. No matter your preparedness, you’ll always seem to forget something. Thankfully, many items can also be found at travel centers.

Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned driver, it never hurts to check out the precautions other truckers take. You may learn something new and be even more prepared. Moreover, it never hurts to carry more food and water than you think you may need.

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Road Hazards to Watch out for this Fall

When you have been trucking for a long time you become well-acquainted with the many road hazards you encounter every day. With every season comes different safety threats, and you can get so used to one season that as it rolls over to the next it is easy to forget which ones to be more aware of. Although you may believe that Winter is the most dangerous, Fall has its own set of threats to truckers as well. It is extremely important to remember the dangers that become more prevalent in the Fall to keep you and your fellow drivers safe this season.


Deer usually have their young during the late Spring and early Summer, leaving Fall as the season with the most grown deer running around. As the deer start to migrate around in search of food, a new Winter home, and water sources they will inevitably start to cross roadways to find these things. Although hitting a deer may not cause very much damage to you and your truck, it could potentially cause a lot of harm to the drivers around you. Truck drivers are some of the most highly trained and skilled drivers out there, so it is important to remember to do what you can to help the other, less experienced drivers on the road. How do you do this? Very easily by just keeping that extra eye out for stray deer and having a plan for yourself on how to handle the situation.

Tire Pressure

Cold weather can create challenges in regulating the tire pressure on your rig. Fall is one of the strange times in the year when it gets really cold at night and into the morning, and then the temperature gradually increases throughout the day continuing this frustrating cycle of cold and warm temperatures. If you have been out driving all day and your tire measures 100 PSI at 70 degrees Fahrenheit (F), over night the temperature could drop to as low as 20 degrees F and when you check again in the morning your tire pressure could be at 90 PSI. As a reference, for every drop in temperature by 10 degrees equates to a loss of two PSI. Most drivers believe that over-inflated tires are your worst enemy, when in reality under-inflated tires are much more dangerous. Before you go out on your route for the day this Fall, spend the time to double-check your tire’s PSI.

Earlier Sunset

Daylight saving time happens every fall sometime in early November. It is important to stay up to date on when these changes are happening to make sure you know to change your clocks as well. When this change happens every Fall, we switch our clocks back an hour, so 4:00pm will now really be 3:00pm, giving ourselves an extra hour until nightfall. However, this usually signals the time in the year where sunset will start to become earlier and earlier, giving truck drivers less daylight time to drive. Driving at night can be dangerous, but driving at night in the Fall can be increasingly difficult with other factors like deer, leaves, and inclement weather. You should plan ahead to either give yourself enough daylight to make your trips, or prepare yourself to spend more time driving in the dark.


The changing leaves are arguably the most beautiful part of the transition from Summer to Fall, but as all good things come to end the leaves will begin to fall and make their way onto the roads and highways. The combination of rain and leaves can be detrimental to safe driving as wet leaves can be as slick as ice and send you off track. Keep this in mind when driving on a roadway that has more leaf coverage and slow down when getting to this part of your route.

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Spend Summer Road Trips Eating Right

When you’re on the road for hours at a time, it’s easy to let fast food and truck stop meals persuade your taste buds. But, it’s not hard to eat healthy on the road! Check out these suggestions for some great on-the-go meals and snacks to tie you over between meals.

Fruits & Veggies

When reaching for fruits and veggies to take on road trips, aim for varieties that don’t bruise, stain, or spoil easily. If you opt to take dried fruits, make sure you turn for a brand that does not have any added sugar in it. Apples, clementines, carrots, and snap peas, for example, are all ideal for long drives.


If fruits and veggies aren’t your thing, don’t worry, there’s room for meat too. Beef jerky and nuts make perfect protein-filled snacks. They don’t require a refrigerator and they hold you over for long periods of time. Bring along some nut butter to dip your fruit in, too! For something to satisfy a little more completely, bring canned tuna or salmon to pair with crackers.

Sweet Tooth

Want something to balance the salty? Reach for some whole grain, fruit cookies, or chocolate covered nuts. You can even buy organic fruit snacks! These snacks will satisfy the sweet craving without making you loosen your belt.

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Driver Turnover Rate Hits a Low

According to the American Trucking Association’s quarterly turnover report, driver turnover rates for large truckload fleets have fallen to its lowest point since 2011. Large fleets are those with more than $30 million in annual revenue. In the fourth quarter of 2016, these companies saw a 16% decrease in turnover rates. Interestingly enough, however, turnover rates for fleets that make less than $30 million per year saw a similar decrease!

Check out overdrive’s article for more insight on this drop in turnover rates.

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What to Include in Your Winter Survival Kit

Many of us are rejoicing the mild temperatures of November so far. But, this warm weather is the best time to prepare for winter before freezing temperatures make prepping miserable. Not only should you take care of your truck by winterizing the diesel tank, replacing windshield wipers, and getting fresh snow tires, but you should also bring along a few essential items in case of an emergency.

What items are essential? Fill a plastic bin with these:

  • a windshield scraper
  • a small shovel
  • water
  • non-perishable snacks (energy bars are a good option!)
  • matches and candles, or a flashlight and batteries
  • a first-aid kit
  • a pocket knife
  • blankets
  • rope
  • road salt or cat litter
  • booster cables
  • a cell phone car charger

Stow these emergency items in your trucks cabin. By having them handy, you’ll be able to drive easy in rough conditions knowing that you’ll be safe if anything should happen. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

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Women Take the Trucking Industry by Storm

Now, women are getting into the trucking industry more than ever. While they only make up about 6% of the trucking workforce, the numbers are climbing. One company, Prime, has doubled the number of women in their workforce since 2011. What’s with the steady climb in the number of women truckers? The money and the low barrier for entry, mostly. Becoming a trucker requires some training and a quick CDL test, but does not require extensive schooling, which makes it desirable for someone who is trying to get a good paying job without the time commitment.

In addition to single female drivers, truck driving couples are becoming more and more popular. Women who are retired with an empty nest are hitting the road with their husbands. Trucking couple teams are able to see the country together and make a good salary while they do it. On average, truck drivers are able to make between $45,000 and $50,000 a year. With changes in technology and more safety regulations, women are able to complete the tasks involved with trucking that were difficult to do in the past. With the addition of power steering, no-touch freights, and single-sex showers, women don’t have to worry about as much as they used to.

The trucking industry is welcoming female truckers. In fact, women are encouraged to try out the business. With the shortage of truck drivers increasing every year, the industry says that women could be the key to alleviating the shortage. As the years go on, truck manufacturers are adapting their vehicles to be more managable for women drivers. Soon, it won’t be so rare to see a female behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler!

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