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Top 10 Freight Markets for Contract and Spot Freight

Top 10 Freight Markets for Contract and Spot Freight

2/24/2017, DRIVE Smart, Mark Montague, Comments (0)
For the last six weeks, rates have been sliding on the spot market despite strong volumes for the January-February period. The culprit may well be weakness in contract markets in the Southwest region of the United States.
Van Rates Might Be Close to the Bottom, if They Aren't There Already

Van Rates Might Be Close to the Bottom, if They Aren't There Already

2/20/2017, DRIVE Smart, Matt Sullivan, Comments (1)
Van and reefer rates have still been on a steady decline since the December peak, which is part of the normal seasonal pattern. The national average for flatbed rates has been trending the other way, and there are signs that van rates might be close to the bottom if they aren't already there.
Where to Find Loads in the Slow Season

Where to Find Loads in the Slow Season

2/10/2017, DRIVE Smart, Matt Sullivan, Comments (2)
February is the slow season for freight, and it may feel like your business is at a crawl right now. The good news is that spot market rates and volumes have held up better so far than they did around this time a year ago.
5 Threats to Capacity in 2017

5 Threats to Capacity in 2017

1/30/2017, DRIVE Smart, Pat Pitz, Comments (0)
Overall, 2016 was a year of relatively loose capacity. Don't count on the same for 2017. A number of looming factors could put a squeeze on capacity in the coming year. Here are five to consider.
You Can Influence the Regulations That Affect You

You Can Influence the Regulations That Affect You

1/27/2017, DRIVE Smart, Ellen Voie, Comments (1)
If you listen to professional drivers in a truck stop or on a social media site, it won’t be long before they start complaining about one or more of the regulations affecting them on a daily basis. From electronic logging devices to hours of service and drug testing clearinghouses, drivers are impacted by the rules that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates.
5 New Regulations that Could Change Trucking

5 New Regulations that Could Change Trucking

1/18/2017, DRIVE Smart, Sarah Allen, Comments (0)
With the new ELD mandate going into effect in less than a year, trucking companies will be dealing with a very different regulatory landscape. All interstate motor carriers will be required to have their trucks equipped with electronic logging devices by December, and truck drivers will have to switch over to electronic logbooks for their HOS logs.
Are You a Risk Taker?

Are You a Risk Taker?

1/11/2017, DRIVE Smart, Ellen Voie, Comments (2)
Imagine you wake up at 3 am. to a fire alarm in your hotel room on the 15th floor. The announcement from the loudspeaker instructs everyone to exit the building immediately, without using the elevator. What do you do?
What Questions Should You Be Asking a Potential Carrier?

What Questions Should You Be Asking a Potential Carrier?

1/4/2017, DRIVE Smart, Susana Hatfield, Comments (3)
Something often overlooked when deciding to go with a new carrier are the costs to actually switch carriers. And when you look at gross revenue instead of pay per mile, your revenue will probably be the same as at your current carrier. You might already have a list of things to ask a carrier before you get hired. But are you asking all the right questions?
Top 5 Tips to Keep Your Drivers Safe This Winter

Top 5 Tips to Keep Your Drivers Safe This Winter

1/2/2017, DRIVE Smart, Ana Hernandez, Comments (0)
Do you know what to do with your truck when cold weather strikes? Are you prepared when bad weather hits while you’re on the road?
Are High Freight Rates in December the New Normal?

Are High Freight Rates in December the New Normal?

12/14/2016, DRIVE Smart, Matt Sullivan, Comments (0)
There have been strong signs of growth in the spot market since May, but it had mostly been a slow-and-steady climb. That changed a couple weeks ago. December started with the highest week of volumes that we've seen on the spot market in the past two years.
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