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6 Things To Consider Before Hauling Hazardous Materials In Tankers

Hauling a chemical tanker is dangerous, as you would expect, but it also has quite a few other challenges you wouldn’t expect and need to consider. Before getting behind the wheel and pulling a chemical tanker here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about hauling hazardous material.

  1. Does chemical tanker pay more than other types of trucking?

Hauling chemical tankers may pay a little bit more per mile than most other types of freight, but you may find that you don’t get quite as many miles as you can in other types of freight. In the end, pulling a hazardous tanker really isn’t going to pay more than most other types of freight. Some believe that the people who really understand the idiosyncrasies of this industry – and how to get more done, see more money being made.
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The Smartest Approach to Increasing Your Earnings Driving a Truck

Truck drivers get paid by the mile – a unique aspect of truck driving. You get paid for the distance you go not the time you put in. But there’s actually a little more to it than that. Here are 6 specific tactics to consider – to gain more miles and in return earn a better pay cheque.

Safety First

The bottom line is – if you’re not safe, you won’t be around long. Trucking requires an extremely high level of attentiveness when it comes to safety. Always complete a thorough pre-trip inspection, keep plenty of following distance in front of you, manage your time well, keep calm and don’t give stress a chance to cloud your judgment. Plan your routes ahead of time so there are few surprises. Try not to be lethargic, be diligent. It will save you a lot of time and headaches in the long run.
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Tesla Storms The Trucking Industry Revealing Battery-Powered Truck

Tesla is setting out on another quest: to remake the multi-billion-dollar trucking industry.

Tesla unveiled a prototype for a battery-powered, nearly self-driving semi-truck that the company said would prove more efficient and less costly to operate than the diesel trucks that now haul goods across the country. And of course, it will emit no exhaust.

Mr. Musk claimed it would have a single-change range of 500 miles, greater than many analysts had expected and enough to serve on many typical trucking routes.
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Will there be a new generation of truck drivers?

According to industry experts, a crisis is looming in the transportation industry and at the center of it all is a shortage of drivers.

New Generation of Drivers

“[American Trucking Associations] were estimating up to 80,000 by 2020”, said Lane Jacobson, president of the Southern Alberta Truck Exposition Association. “Now they’ve corrected that number and they’re saying shortages of over 200,000 drivers in North America by 2020.”

The Canadian Trucking Alliance says in Canada, the labour shortage could reach 48,000 by 2024. It’s a reality many don’t want to face.
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Nine ways to simplify truck fleet management – Work smarter, not harder

There are plenty of fleet management solutions out there, but how many are actually suitable for fleets running heavy-duty trucks? The good news is that truck fleet management is now easier thanks to advancements in technology.

Here are nine ways Telogis truck fleet management software can help you to run a more profitable and productive fleet:

  1. Paperless compliance: HOS logbooks and DVIRs to improve reporting, maximize uptime and reduce admin costs

Many drivers struggle to keep up with the paperwork- and human error plays a factor in Form and Manner errors in logbooks.
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Customization and Flexibility are key factors in the Tank Trailer industry.

The last available Tank Truck Industry Market Analysis done for the National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) by the American Trucking Association (ATA), published in March, 2015, offered interesting findings:

  • In 2013, the tank truck industry hauled 2.48 billion tons of freight, which equaled 25.6% of all truck freight (9.68 billion tons).
  • The largest commodity group for all tank truck freight was petroleum products (gasoline, diesel, and aviation fuel), which equaled 1.22 billion tons or 49.2% of all tank truck tonnage, followed by sands at 419.9 million tons (15.2%), and chemicals excluding fertilizers and cryogenics at 240.9 million tons (9.5%).
  • In 2013, the tank truck industry generated $34.5 billion in revenue, which equaled 5.1% of all truck revenue ($681.7 billion).
  • The commodity group that generated the most revenue for for-hire carriers in 2013 was chemicals, excluding fertilizers and cryogenics, at just under $7 billion, or 28.3% of all for-hire tank truck revenue. Closely following chemicals was petroleum products, which brought in $6.8 billion in revenue in 2013, or 27.5% of all for-hire tank truck revenue. Cements were a distant third at $2.3 billion, or 9.5% of the total.
  • In 2013, the tank truck industry operated 163,670 tractors, or 10.9% of the roughly 1.5 million of all over-the-road tractors in the US.

Transcourt Chemical Tanker

“The study offered first-rate economic market intelligence that never before existed leaving most to rely on anecdotal guesstimates about our unique industry at best”, said NTTC President Daniel R. Furth. “Now industry players can really gauge the varied service segments and their respective market shares and apply this intelligence to planning and operations. Moreover, the study gave us a solid baseline to track market trends by commodity types over time as new commodity flow information becomes available.”
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3 Ways to Manage Stress on Long Drives

Though some truckers wouldn’t admit it, transporting freight long distances can be very stressful. Demanding dispatchers, demanding receivers, and a plethora of timelines and conditions to adhere to is a recipe for stress. This can be accelerated if the driver is dealing with personal issues, or if they’re encountering some erratic traffic on the way to their destination.
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