TCA Urges Congress to Keep 80,000 Pound Weight Limit

The Battle over Trucking Weight Limits

In September of 2015, U.S. Representative Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) sparked controversy within the trucking industry as he proposed an increased weight limit for six axle trucks on American federal interstate highways, suggesting that the current 80,000 lbs. limit be raised to 91,000 lbs.

The proposal was introduced in a version of his proposed Safe Trucking Act. Ribble believed that raising the federal weight limit would increase industry-wide productivity and improve highway safety, overall, as fewer trucks would be on the road. Today, Ribble and others are still calling for the weight limit increase.

Why do Ribble and others want the change? Supporters of the movement point out the numerous safety benefits of having less semi-trucks on the road. Commercial actors are excited about the increased efficiency in transportation. Practical proponents also point out that, in most states, it is commonplace for trucks to surpass the 80,000 lbs. standard while on local and state-operated roads, and that upping the weight in the average truck would come at no cost to the government— the Department of Transportation has confirmed that such an increase would not place any additional stress/wear and tear on the interstate highway, giving the initiative additional credibility.

Who Wants the Change?

Since 2015, the issue has been raised repeatedly in Congress. It has the backing of several interest groups in the transportation industry, such as the Coalition for Transportation Productivity. The American Trucking Associations also backs the bill, while other prominent groups, such as the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), do not.

Why Does the TCA Oppose the Increase?

The TCA is opposed to the bill because, as they see it, changing the maximum weight of six axel trucks would essentially cause a de-facto mandate for all fleets to update their equipment—any truck with fewer than six axels will become instantly obsolete, inefficient.

Retrofitting current fleets that aren’t capable of hauling 91,000 lbs. would be an expensive undertaking. Many small trucking fleets don’t have the cash to drop everything and make the upgrades. Why is this a problem? In not upgrading their fleets, they would hardly be able to keep pace with their competitors that can retrofit their fleets and haul more freight—after all, which business wouldn’t chose the fleet that can haul 91,000 lbs. of cargo? The six axel trucks, which could carry an additional 13.75% of a typical truckload, would totally wipe out all of their less efficient competitors. Companies would have to hire less trucks in order to transport more freight, and those that cannot keep with the times would quickly go out of business.

The TCA has recently written Congressmen/women, imploring them to table the conversation of raising the weight maximum for interstate trucking. So far, it is unclear how the entire drama will play out. Anyhow—if you do not have a six axle truck, you may be facing an upgrade, if legislation raising the weight maximum passes. Do you have the cash flow on hand to cope with the changes that will become necessary? Do you currently have the cash flow to shoulder unexpected expenses? If not, give us a call—we offer a score of services that are intended to help small trucking fleets/owner-operators like yours increase their cash flow, avoid debt and expand.

 

The 5 Snowiest Highways in America

The Eastern United States has just been slammed by the record-setting winter storm Stella. Large swaths of the country have been issued blizzard warnings, hundreds of flights have been cancelled and the mayor of New York has even warned his constituents against spending too much time outside in the cold.

In honor of the blizzard, we have decided to compile a list of the snowiest highways in the United States—if you are on the road towards the end of this winter and early spring, beware of these interstates!

I-90

I-90 is, by far and away, the snowiest interstate in the United States. It skirts Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and Lake Michigan, feeling the full wrath of the lake-effect snow. Interstate 90 passes through Erie, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo—all four of which contend for the snowiest city in America each winter, and all four perennially receive one hundred inches of snowfall. The road doesn’t get any clearer after you exit PA, either—the snow will stick with you as you pass Cleveland, South Bend, and Chicago, straight through to the Rocky Mountains and in Washington state. Brrr.

I-80

Interstate 80 runs almost parallel to I-90, just a hundred or so miles to the south. Starting in New York City, I-80 runs through the mountains of Pennsylvania, through Pittsburgh and heads up to Cleveland and the Great Lakes. All three cities receive a ton of snowfall each year, and the snowy mountains of PA add an extra-treacherous touch to the highway. From there, it heads West, through the Colorado and Utah—notorious for their snow, mountains and great skiing. From NYC to Utah, there is a ton of snow covering I-80 each year.

I-81

Although 81 runs deep into the South, where it doesn’t snow too much, it starts up on the New York-Quebec border, eventually running through Watertown and Syracuse. That section of up-state New York gets piled with snow for nearly five months out of the year and makes live miserable for snow-plowing services.

I-96

I-96 is a small highway, traversing only Michigan, however it rests in the heart of the Great Lakes. According to The Weather Channel, Michigan is one of 14 states in the U.S. that has gotten between five and ten thousand inches of snowfall in the last 30 years—I-96, nestled between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, experiences every inch.

 I-5

Interstate 5 runs from the American border with British Columbia to Tijuana, Mexico. Not surprisingly, Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana don’t get too much snow. However up north, the highway sees plenty of winter conditions in Washington and Oregon, the only two states (other than Alaska) that have seen more 10,000 inches of snow since 1985.

While it is officially spring, and the winter weather is outbound, the northernmost parts of the United States should see a few more snowfalls before summer rolls around. It is important to recognize where the dangerous road conditions will appear and remain prepared to weather any storm. The same is true of your finances—do you have the cash flow necessary to make it through unexpected expenses? If not, take a look at freight factoring. With freight factoring, you can up your cash flow, avoid debt and make sure that you are never caught in a financial storm.

A Trucker’s Guide to the Risks of Distracted Driving

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Distracted driving has become one of the greatest dangers to motorists on American highways. As handheld technology continues to develop and become more sophisticated at a breakneck pace, the average driver is progressively more tempted to avert their eyes from the road and play with their phones, radios, etc. As a professional truck driver or small trucking company owner, you’ve doubtlessly heard a great deal about the perils of distracted driving—but what is distracted driving, exactly, and how many accidents are caused by distracted driving?

What is Distracted Driving?

According to the federal government, distracted driving is “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” Anything that prompts you to look away from the road, take your hands off of the wheel or impair your focus on changing traffic conditions is considered to be a driving distraction. Some of the most common distractions on the road include:

  • Texting
  • General smart phone use
  • Reading
  • Hair brushing
  • Makeup application
  • Eating and drinking
  • Watching videos
  • Navigating with a GPS program
  • Operating a car radio or audio player

There are, in theory, an infinite number of things that can distract you from save driving, but those listed above are the most common causes of distracted driving accidents. But just how big an issue is distracted driving, exactly?

Distracted Driving Statistics

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes for fatal accidents on American highways and roads. Here are some fast facts that will give you some idea as to the scope of the problems that distracted driving causes:

  • In 2014, distracted driving caused 3,179 traffic deaths and 431,000 injuries, according to government figures.
  • Mobile phones are now commonplace among the U.S. population, making distracted driving all the more common. Our society is constantly sending and receiving messages. In fact, Americans send nearly 2 trillion text messages per year—as smart phone sales continue to proliferate throughout the population, a larger and larger percentage of those text messages will be, unfortunately, sent by drivers.
  • Deaths caused by distracted driving occur most often among drivers aged 15-19.
  • As of 2014, 2.2% of drivers on the road at any time could be seen visibly playing with handheld devices or texting, and that percentage is gradually increasing.
  • An AT&T study suggests that as many as 70% of drivers in the United States use their smartphones behind the wheel. 40% of drivers check social media while driving, 30% browse the internet and 10% even go so far as to video chat while driving.
  • The average driver averts their eyes from the road for a whopping five seconds when they send text messages, per government figures.
  • Texting while driving is said to be 6 times more likely to cause a car accident than drunk driving.
  • 94% of American drivers support laws that forbid texting while driving, according to Edgar Snyder and Associates.

The morbid list of distracted driving statistics goes on and on. What is the takeaway? Distracted driving is a deadly problem that is plaguing our highway. So what can you, as a truck driver/small trucking company owner, do to mitigate the risk of being involved in a distracted driving accident?

Distracted Driving Prevention for Truckers

There are two sides of every distracted driving accident— to make sure that you don’t cause an accident because you were distracted, consider these tips:

  • Always keep your cell phone in the glove box of your big rig.
  • Make sure that your GPS is calibrated and correct before beginning your journey.
  • Pull over when it’s time to eat. Eating while driving causes more wrecks than you may think—and you could use the rest, anyhow.

And on the flip side, to ensure that you don’t fall victim to a distracted driver, think about trying these things out when you see somebody on the road that is clearly texting or checking Twitter:

  • Take the license plate number and call the highway patrol. While they probably won’t get caught, if they are constantly on their phones or engaging in distracting activities, a highway patrolman might just catch them, and that, in turn, might just save a life.
  • Establish a firm rule for your fleet, and make your other drivers pledge to avoid distracted driving.

Taking steps to eliminate distracted company is good for your safety, society and your small trucking company. Make sure that you do not take unnecessary risks when you are out on the road. Do you also want to avoid unnecessary risks in your trucking company’s finances? If so, contact the factoring experts at EZ Freight. We will make sure that you find the funds necessary to guarantee the survival of your growing fleet.

10 Winter Trucking Safety Tips

Winter Trucking Tips

Driving an 18-wheeler across the country can be exceptionally difficult during the winter months. Major snow and ice storms can be very dangerous for truck drivers to venture into to deliver their loads from place to place. It’s important for truckers to alter their driving to be extra cautious during dangerous conditions. Good maneuverability skills can save your life when sliding down an icy hill or off of the road. There are many risks involved when driving in bad weather and knowing conditions are unsafe makes all drivers on edge and more cautious. Some of these risks include reduced visibility, icy roads, snow drifts, more ‘stop time’ and the unpredictability of other drivers. Truckers must be smart and know when they can push through to keep driving or when the conditions are too bad and they must take a break. Drivers who choose to be on the road during bad weather are not only putting their own lives in danger but other drivers as well. Separate yourself from the rest of the pack by considering yourself a professional. Professionals exercise preventative safety skills to protect themselves and others at all times while on the road.  Here are 10 safety tips as a reminder to be extra careful this winter:

10 Winter Safety Reminders for Truckers

Be prepared

Always be prepared for winter weather and any challenges that it may bring. Make sure to have an emergency kit with these items if you were to get stuck or stranded in freezing temperatures: Blankets, extra warm clothing and coats, a flashlight, healthy and energizing food, water, windshield washer fluid, ice scraper, jumper cables, traction mats and at least a half a tank of gas at all times. If you do happen to get stranded, it’s always best to stay in your truck until help arrives. Always have a plan on what to do if you run into this type of problem while driving through a winter storm.

Keep a safe distance behind other drivers

It’s important not to drive too close behind other drivers, especially in winter weather conditions. If the person in front of you was to come to a fast halt, you may rear end them if you were following too closely behind. It’s often difficult to stop quickly when driving on snow and ice, keeping a safe distance in between you and other drivers helps to prevent accidents in snowy weather.

Make sure your trailer lights are visible

To ensure that other drivers are not tailgating you, make sure your trailer lights are not covered with snow or ice, decreasing visibility of you to other drivers. Always check your taillights before leaving a rest stop and keep tools handy for when you may have to dust them off. Not only is it helpful for other drivers to see your back lights but it’s the law as well. You can get pulled over and sighted if your rear lights are not visible.

Beware of ice on bridges

Bridges always ice faster than the normal roadways because the freezing air surrounds the surface from above and below. Bridges have no way to trap heat so ice forms extremely fast. Roads only loose heat from the top surface and will not ice as fast as open bridges. Drivers should be extra cautious when crossing a bridge in winter weather conditions. Even if it’s a sunny day and the roadways just look wet, be cautious of black ice at all times.

Drive slow

Altering your normal driving speed during winter conditions is always a good idea. Driving at a slower speed will give you more time to react if something occurs. For example, if you were to start sliding or hit a snow drift, you’ll be able to maneuver your truck better the slower you are going.

Obey all road rules

Road rules and speed limits are important at all times, especially when driving conditions worsen. Speed limits are set because those rates were tested and determined safe for drivers. Other road rules such as using your blinkers and whether or not to pass are important in blizzard conditions as well.

Don’t stop on the shoulder of the road

Especially when visibility is low, never stop in the shoulder of the highway. Other drivers cannot see you or may mistake you for a moving vehicle and can easily run into you.

Don’t be afraid to stop

If you’re debating getting off the road, you probably should. Driving in a snow storm can make visibility extremely low and you don’t want to put yourself in or other drivers in danger. Stopping for a few hours to wait out the storm is worth it. Be sure to listen to weather reports and warnings and use your best judgement.

Do not use the jake brake on icy roads

The jake brake is an extra tool available for truckers and is primarily used for slowing down a big rig in certain situations. The jake brake is a good tool to use to slow down in normal conditions, but not on snow or ice covered roadways. When your trailer is not straight on the road, too much breaking can cause it to spin out of control.

Make other drivers aware of your presence

You can be cautious at all times but something can happen in the blink of an eye and be caused by another driver. Radioing to other truckers that you are going to pass them in snowy conditions is a common courtesy that others will appreciate. If visibility is bad you may want to drive with your hazard lights on so other drivers can better see you.

Professional truckers are always prepared for winter weather conditions. Use these 10 tips as a reminder of how important it is for truck drivers to plan ahead for the winter months.

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Newly Released ‘Uber Freight’ is Making Waves in the Trucking Industry

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Uber is a name known across the country as the savior for needed car rides, and more recently, food delivery. Now, Uber is trying to conquer the trucking industry. On December 26th, Uber launched a new site, Uber Freight. The site leaves a lot of questions unanswered as it only features a moving picture of a truck, and a place to enter an e-mail for shippers and carriers. Carriers can sign up to carry, and shippers can send their freight without needing long term contracts.

Uber Plans to Partner with Otto Trucks in the Near Future

The work in progress company called Otto, features self-driving trucks that may be making a partnership with Uber far into the future. Self-driving trucks and cars have been a popular topic of discussion between big companies like Google, Amazon, and the like. While there is still work to be done, both Google and Otto have had self-driving vehicles on the road in recent weeks.

In October, Uber promised to have self-driving Otto trucks on the road by 2017. When that will happen is still up in air. For now, Uber Freight will be operated by real drivers. Then self-driving vehicles will start to “learn” from experienced drivers with their advanced technology. While the thought of autonomous trucks on the road seems like a very real thing for the future, there are some hurdles to overcome. One large one, being the government. The government will have to figure out exactly how to regulate these self-driving vehicles.

It is worth noting, it will be a long time before these self-driving cars will actually be driving solo. There will be a lot of software training with an accompanying truck driver in tow. For now, truck drivers don’t need to worry. Otto trucker will still need to be monitored by a human. Instead of driving, the trucker can work as an operator for the Otto truck, ensuring it makes it to its destination.

Besides government hurdles, there are still errors to overcome in the Otto trucks. To name a few, their struggles are changing lanes at slow speeds, and seeing red lights. With that being said, winter weather conditions and out of the normal happenings such as a car explosion could throw off the cars/trucks very easily. It’s a long road ahead.

Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, says that Uber Freight is going to save trucking companies time and money by having real-time pricing, cutting out the middleman of a freight broker. Uber Freight delivered it’s first truck of freight last week. It was a load of beer going from Fort Collins, Colorado to Colorado Springs which spanned 120 miles. The self-driving vehicles stress their ability to see what humans can’t.

What Does This Mean for Your Trucking Business?

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Tweet Your Way to Trucking Success: 4 Social Media Ideas for Trucking Companies

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Trucking Companies: Why tweet?

Social media has assumed such an omnipotent role in everyday life that businesses of all types—trucking included— must have a twitter/Facebook marketing plan if they are to remain competitive. Having a strong “social media game” provides a venue to show your customers the personal aspects that sets your trucking company apart from the rest. Looking for twitter tips for trucking companies? Check out these four suggestions and start tweeting your way to trucking success.

Social Media Tips for Trucking Companies

1.Your trucking company goes everywhere—so share it!

As a trucking company, you and your drivers are constantly moving about the country—share your experiences with your followers, clientele and perspective business partners! There are a handful of fun ways to engage your social media community with your drivers’ travels. Have them post photos as with signs at the state line, rarities from the road or encourage them to engage your followers with the “Guess Where” game. Get the public invested in your drivers’ journeys.

2. Fascinate your followers with some facts and figures

Perhaps start a weekly twitter campaign that shows off all of the flashy facts and figures associated with your trucking company. How many miles did your fleet drive this week? How many states did your company visit? How many rivers did you cross? People love “mind-blowing” stats like that, so it might behoove your company to start taking note of those metrics.

3. Tote your trucking testimonials

A great way to up your twitter game as a trucking company is to tweet the positive feedback from some of your satisfied customers. If you provided especially great service to your clientele, ask for them to go on the record and recommend you. Tweeting testimonials of your trucking company’s success will help to give your business a positive reputation.

4. Respond to feedback

Always, always, always respond to those who tweet at you or comment on a status (unless they are clearly robots). If you want to make your social media presence engaging and personable, then you must interact with those that reach out to you.

Give those four tips a try and see if your twitter game can improve the image of your trucking company. Customers from all industries like to know that they are doing business with a personable, friendly and engaging counterpart—so make sure that you embody those qualities! Are you also looking for a way to up your financial game? Are slow paying customers and industry expenses slowing down your productivity? If so, then freight bill factoring might be something to look into. Contact Easy Freight Factoring today and start managing your finances efficiently.

Owner-Operators: Pimp Out Your Big Rig

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Tricked Out Trucks

The semi-truck is more than simply a truck driver’s office—it is where he or she works, sleeps, eats and travels. There are very few other professions in which one spends days, or even weeks, of their lives in one room. It is thereby crucial that the inside of a sleeper truck is comfortable and accessorized.

So how can truckers pimp their semi-trucks and make sure that they can make the most out of the long trips? Check out this list of must haves for drivers that want tricked out semi-trucks.

Pimp Out Your Semi

Mini fridge—the mini fridge is a must-have for any tricked out semi-truck. Long hours spent on the road means that a trucker will inevitably need to store some food and drinks—why not do so in style? There are plenty of unique mini fridges out there for fans of all types of media, movies and genres, like the Iron Man Mini Fridge that can both refrigerate and warm your food, depending on what you need. If you love the Marvel films, the Iron Man Mini Fridge is a great way to trick your truck.

Rugs—putting a rug in the back of the sleeper will help to give your truck a more “homey” feel. Luckily, it is easy to trick your truck with a cool rug, especially if you are a huge sports fan. For the NFL alone, there are tons of different rug patterns to choose from for each team.

Flags—hang a flag over the rear wall of your sleeper. Flags are the easiest way to decorate any wall, and for truck drivers that are also veterans, it is a great way to show off your patriotism.

Seat covers—get a nice, printed seat cover to make the “office” portion of the sleeper comfortable and attractive.

Wall games—for when you want to just kick back and engage in some therapeutic, light physical activity, think about putting a dart board or a Nerf basketball hoop in the back of the truck.

Wireless surround sound speakers—just about all truckers have some type of portable television or laptop with which they watch movies at the end of a long day’s haul. Why not trick your semi-truck by installing a wireless set of surround sound speakers? While it is not too hard to reach a volume that fills up a sleeper cabin as it is, when your favorite movie’s volume is coming at you from all sides, it takes the movie watching experience to the next level and will help you unwind after hundreds of miles of work.

There are tons of ways that drivers can pimp out their semi-trucks. It is important that their sleeper cabin is comfortable and filled with entertaining decorations, appliances and games. Are you looking for a way to trick your finances, too? Slow paying customers and outstanding invoices can make starting a trucking company or working as an owner-operator a near-impossible task. Get in touch with us today to find out about the best freight factoring programs in the country.

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Eco-Friendly Trucking Proves to be on the Horizon

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Semi-trucks are a demonstration of man’s ability to invent and innovate—most of us take for granted the sheer power of the machines. Not so long ago, it would have been inconceivable that one vehicle could carry 80,000 pounds efficiently and quickly.

However, as impressive as the modern truck may be, there is a striking flaw in their design—they are big time gas guzzlers. Trucking’s huge dependency on fuel is quite an issue. Everybody in the industry knows that gas is very often the single biggest expense that trucking companies and owner-operators incur throughout their business operations. And, in the interest of the collective good, the fuel inefficiency of trucks is a problem because it contributes a great deal to our country’s problems with pollution. Such problems may soon be a thing of the past, though, as Nikola Motor Company has just unveiled a remarkable breakthrough in fuel efficient trucking.

The Dawn of Environmentally Friendly Trucks

We may be on the verge of seeing environmentally friendly trucks on our nation’s highways. The new Nikola One Class 8 truck has achieved 100% zero emissions while hauling loads up to 80,000 pounds. Their electrically powered truck is the first of its kind that can drive for significant lengths on one charge (up to one thousand miles). Previous models that were experimenting with eco-friendly trucking only had a range of a few hundred miles, according to Trucking News Online.

According to Nikola Motor’s CEO, their new truck will only need fifteen minutes of recharge time between 1,000 mile stretches—a testament to the incredible engineering that went into this undertaking. Many have already placed orders for the Class 8 trucks for when they are mass manufactured and made available to the public.

The Nikola Class 8 truck is the most fuel efficient truck that the industry has seen so far. It has gotten a warm reception by trucking companies and owner-operators, and if it performs well in the coming years, we can expect to see a gradual transition to environmentally friendly trucks all throughout the United States.

Engineers in the trucking industry have found an incredible way to make fuel efficient trucks. Would you like to follow suit and find a way to make an efficient financial situation? For the time being, you do not drive a Nikola Class 8 truck—which means that you are doubtlessly grappling with the costs of fuel, along with all of the typical expenditures of a small trucking company. But we have a solution for you. Ask us about fuel advances for truckers, increase your cash flow and make your finances as efficient as possible.

 

Top 15 Healthiest Snacks for Truck Drivers to Take on the Road

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When you’re always on the road, it’s easy to let your stomach do the shopping in truck stops and convenience stores. But, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice nutritious foods every time you need a quick snack.

These 15 healthy snacks keep you feeling full and satisfied between meals without making you loosen your belt buckle.

  1. veggies and hummusVeggies & Hummus — This snack is perfect for filling you up and keeping you full. Better yet, two tablespoons of hummus with a handful of your favorite veggies (carrots, red peppers, and snap peas are especially delicious!) only adds up to about 100 calories. You can’t go wrong with this tasty snack since it contains tons of iron, Vitamin C, fiber, and protein. *Snacking Hack: put two tablespoons of hummus at the bottom of a travel mug and layer your veggies on top vertically to make for easy eats on the road.*
  2. snacksHard Boiled Eggs — The incredible egg is a perfect source of protein, amino acids, and lecithin, which help to transport and metabolize fat to build muscle. With only about  70 calories and 5 grams of fat per egg, you can’t go wrong with these guys. Plus, hard boiled eggs are really easy to prepare at home, then take on the road. Don’t want to make them yourself? No worries. Most truck stops sell pre-cooked eggs in their refrigerated section. If you do make them yourself, just make sure to keep them in a cooler during your drive. No one wants a cabin smelling like sun-baked eggs!
  3. fruitsDried Fruits — Dried fruit is the perfect remedy for a sweet tooth. Dried plums and dried apricots are especially good sources of fiber. Researchers even discovered that fiber-rich dried fruit favorably impacts blood sugar and keeps you feeling satisfied longer. When shopping for dried fruits, keep in mind that some have a lot of added sugar. Try to opt for brands that are as natural as possible.
  4. almondsMixed Nuts — Here’s the thing: Dry roasted, unsalted nuts are excellent sources of protein BUT they contain a high calorie count and fat content. Good news though, the fat in nuts is monounsaturated (aka HEALTHY fat). Not only do mixed nuts contain a bunch of minerals that help energize your body, but they also could reduce your chance of heart disease! Plus, they’re easy to eat on the road and are perfectly nonperishable. If you’re watching your sodium intake, go for unsalted varieties.
  5. applesApples — I could go on for years about an apple’s health benefits. But, I’ll control myself and just name a few. Apples are rich in antioxidants and fiber, which help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. As if that weren’t enough, apples have also been proven to wake you up just as much, if not better, than coffee does. With their natural sugars and carbohydrates, apples allow your body to wake up and stay energized longer. Apples make the perfect on-the-road snacks because they can hold their own really well. They don’t require refrigeration and their bodies aren’t soft and easily squished. So, whether you
    need a sugar fix, a filling snack, or pick-me-up, reach for an apple.
  6. meatJerky — You don’t have to give up meat on the road, and jerky is the perfect way to get it. But, let’s be sure to be a little picky when we’re shopping for these salty snacks. Opt for low-sodium beef or turkey jerky made by a natural brand. Avoid the sugar heavy, super salty brands that are popular in stores. Jerky is an excellent source of protein–a one ounce serving contains 9 grams of protein!
  7. tunasTuna Pouch — Speaking of protein, tuna is loaded with it. With no need to refrigerate or drain these pouches of tuna, these make for easy protein fixes (about 16 grams per serving!) while on the road. Tuna is also great source of  selenium and Omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart and eyes. Eat it just with a fork, or put it on some crackers.
  8. musclesEnergy Bars — Energy bars are a great option for a snack or a meal replacement. Be wary that many energy bars contain high amounts of sugars and not very many health benefits. Check out Cooking Light’s list of healthiest energy bars, so you chose the right kind. With their convenience and protein and fiber contents, they make the perfect tie-over snack.
  9. pepitasPumpkin Seeds (Pepitas) — Never thought of these, did ya? Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of whole-food protein, containing about 7 grams per serving. Even better, none of their 5 carbohydrates are sugars, meaning they’re a healthier protein option than others. Gentlemen, good news: You can use this crunchy snacks as a testosterone-boosting zinc source.
  10. waterWater — Okay, I know it’s not a food. But, it’s necessary to mention. Staying hydrated with water will make your body thank you throughout the day. So, ditch the soda! Drinking sugars instead of eating them makes your body think it’s still hungry. Whereas, water and water-rich foods help you feel full. Water speeds up metabolism, keeps your muscles, skin, and organs healthy, and helps with digestion. Overall, water is the best option to satisfy your thirst and keep you going.
  11. cheeseString Cheese — If you have a cooler to store them, keep these around. String cheese is a good source of protein with very little carbohydrates, so it’s a good option to reach for when hunger strikes. Try to opt for reduced-fat versions to reduce your calorie intake. Plus, string cheese’s calcium levels will keep your bones and teeth happy and healthy.
  12. chocolateDark Chocolate — That’s right, chocolate made the list. If you want to indulge, dark chocolate is the way to go. Now, hold on, before you start jumping for joy, remember that this only counts if you go for anything with at least 60 percent cocoa content. The intense flavors of this dark chocolate will keep you satisfied with less than one ounce. Not to mention, research shows that eating dark chocolate reduces risk of heart disease, helps influence metabolism, and even lowers body fat. How can it get better than that?
  13. kaleKale and Bean Chips — Freeze! Put down the potato chips. If you need something salty and crunchy, kale chips and bean chips are the way to go. Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on Earth, containing nearly every vitamin in the alphabet. Kale chips have a lot less carbs than potato chips and are just as tasty (I promise). If you want something a little more crunchy and substantial, go for black bean chips. These snacks have about 4 grams of protein per ounce and are great paired with low fat dips.
  14. yogurt3Yogurt — Think Greek or Icelandic, here. Comparably, these yogurts contain tons of calcium, protein (over 20 grams per serving), and probiotic bacteria. They’re made by straining away extra liquid, so they are delightfully thick and creamy. Toss some plain or vanilla Greek or Icelandic yogurts in your cooler and add fruits to them to cut back on sugar intake.
  15. celeryCelery — We already talked about how healthy water is for your body. Lucky you, celery is 95% water, meaning it is comprised of practically no carbs. This versatile vegetable is chalk-full of vitamin K, which is a pro at bolstering bone health. Not only is it great by itself to satisfy hunger cravings, but it also the perfect vessel to smear nut butter for extra protein.

Want more tips? Check out Body Building’s top 26 healthy snacks for both on and off the road.

Freight factoring keeps your wallet full, while these snacks keep your stomach full. After all, maintaining a healthy diet is just as easy as maintaining solid finances. Check out how truck factoring can get you on the road to a healthier cash flow. 

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Top 4 Fuel Cards for Trucking Companies

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Fuel cards are used by trucking companies all over the country regardless of the size of their fleet. These handy cards are a trucker’s key to saving money at the pump no matter where the road takes them. But, with all the fuel card options out there, it’s hard to know which card offers the best benefits for your fleet. Don’t worry about doing research though — we looked for you!

Here are the top 4 fuel cards for truck drivers:

 

Comdata

  • Comdata provides nationwide coverage
  • 600,000 sites accept the Comdata card because it’s used the same way a debit card is used
  • Use one card for fuel, sales transactions, oil, tolls, and other additives
  • Comdata app allows you to manage your funds, find a fuel station, and rate locations where you have purchased fuel
  • Like Fuelman, Comdata fuel cards can be used anywhere MasterCard is accepted — that means you can use it for things like groceries, too!
  • Available for private and commercial fleets
  • Access your money by issuing a Comchek from your fuel card any time by phone or app
  • 24/7 customer service support

EFS (Electronic Fuel Services)

  • EFS provides coverage in the U.S. and Canada
  • Offers 10 cent per gallon discounts at all Pilot/Flying J locations
  • Low transaction fees for fuel purchases, cash advances, ATM withdrawals, money transfers, and balance inquiry fees
  • EFS offers discounts on many important items, including tires, oil, lubricants, parts, maintenance supplies, equipment, and road-side assistance
  • Entitles you to the cash price posted at the pump
  • Fraud prevention services allow you to cancel lost or stolen fuel cards and request a new one any time
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Fleet One

  • Fleet One provides nationwide coverage, as well as service in Puerto Rico and Canada
  •  90% of fueling locations in the U.S. accept these fuel cards (including BP, Gulf, Sunoco, 7-Eleven, Circle K, ExxonMobil, Marathon, Sheetz, Citgo, Speedway, and many more!)
  • Over 180,000 sites
  • Allows users to carry a balance on their cards and view it online
  • Multiple fuel options (gas, diesel, CNG, E85)
  • Discounts of up to 7 cents per gallon
  • Serves small and large businesses alike
  • Up to 15% budget reduction
  • Provides detailed online reporting about fleet activity, fuel use, expenses, scheduling, and much more
  • 24/7 customer service support

Fuelman

  • Fuelman provides nationwide coverage
  • Focuses entirely on commercial clients and fleets rather than consumer fuel cards
  • Two tiers of cards available:
    • Fuelman FleetCards are valid at 50,000 member stations in the Fuelman Network and provide roadside assistance, real-time alerts, and sizable gas discounts
    • Universal Cards are available at five times as many fuel and service stations because it can be used anywhere that MasterCard is accepted and is ideal for larger, widespread fleets
  • Fuelman app tells you where to find the closest station that offers Fuelman services
  • This is a good fuel card option for companies that operate across state lines because they have coast-to-coast coverage
  • Covers local and regional fleets of all sizes
  • 24/7 customer service support

Fuel cards for truck drivers give you discounts at thousands of truck stops and gas stations across the nation. Start saving money on supplies you need to keep your fleet up and moving. Whether its fuel, truck parts, or tolls, you’ll be surprised at the savings you’ll earn every mile!