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 factoring programs in the country.

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Tips for Truck Drivers to Stay Awake on the Road

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Lack of sleep and driver fatigue is one of the largest causes of traffic accidents. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found through its research that you are twice as likely to be involved in a wreck if you haven’t gotten appropriate sleep and you are not well rested. And, for truck drivers, long trips and strange hours are just a part of the job, and it is easy to lose out on proper sleep. So, what can you do to stay as alert as possible behind the wheel? Check out these tips to maximize your attentiveness and stay awake on the job!

Drink water, stay hydrated.

Seems pretty simple, but yes, staying hydrated is one of the best ways to fight fatigue, according to WebMD. Be sure to keep a (full) water bottle with you throughout your trip, and if you need a snack, pick fruits and vegetables—they are full of water and natural sugars that keep your mind alert and awake.

Keep it cool.

Literally, keep the truck a little bit cold, just enough to be slightly uncomfortable. Cold temperatures make it hard to fall asleep, while warmer ones naturally make you drowsy. If you find yourself nodding-off, crank the AC or turn off the heat and let the cold wake you up and keep you out of harm’s way.

Do a bit of exercise.

Even during work hours, do a little bit of exercise to keep your body and your brain awake. When you are at rest stops, do some push-ups, sit-ups, jump rope, or even run a little bit. Doing this each time you stop will get your heart pumping and the oxygen flowing throughout your body, keeping you at your best. It also behooves you to work out on your own time. A physically active person gets better sleep at night, and is therefore more productive during the day time.

Pull over.

If you are so tired that none of those strategies can keep you awake, do yourself and the rest of the drivers on the road a favor—pull over and rest. The risks of driving while fatigued definitely do not outweigh the benefits.

Implementing those tips should assure you safe, alert driving. Why not stay safe as you fund your trucking company? Avoid the hassle and the risk of bank loans, and consider letting. We can help you increase your cash flow invoice factoring. With non-recourse freight factoring, your fleet, no matter the size, can grow and expand.

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. You want to consider if your fuel card will give you limitations based on locations in the U.S., the amount of control you can have over your drivers with a card or if you want a corporate card to name a few.

Looking for the best fuel card for your fleet might be a little stressful but don’t worry about doing research; we looked for you and compiled a list of the best fuel cards for truckers!

Here are the top 4 fuel cards for truck drivers:

Comdata

Comdata provides nationwide coverage. There are over 600,000 sites that accept the Comdata card because it’s used the same way as a debit card. Comdata allows drivers to use one, single card for fuel, sales transactions, oil, tolls and other additives. There is a Comdata app, which allows users 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! This card is available for private and commercial fleets and gives you access your money by issuing a Comchek from your fuel card any time by phone or by using the app. Comdata also has 24/7 customer service support in case you have any issues or concerns.

EFS (Electronic Fuel Services)

EFS provides coverage throughout the U.S. and Canada. They offer 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 important items such as tires, oil, lubricants, parts, maintenance supplies, equipment and road-side assistance. EFS entitles you to the cash price posted at the pump.

With the EFS fraud prevention services, you can cancel lost or stolen fuel cards and request a new one any time. Like Comdata, they offer 24/7 customer service support

Fleet One

Fleet One provides nationwide coverage, as well as service in Puerto Rico and Canada. 90 percent 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 more.

Fleet One has over 180,000 sites and allows users to carry a balance on their cards and view it online. They offer multiple fuel options (gas, diesel, CNG, E85) and discounts of up to 7 cents per gallon. Fleet One serves small and large businesses alike, with up to 15 percent of a budget reduction

They provide detailed online reporting about fleet activity, fuel use, expenses, scheduling, 24/7 customer service support and more.

Fuelman

Fuelman provides nationwide coverage and focuses entirely on commercial clients and fleets rather than consumer fuel cards.

They offer two different types of fuel cards:

  1. Fuelman FleetCards are valid at 50,000 member stations in the Fuelman Network and provide roadside assistance, real-time alerts, and sizable gas discounts
  2. 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

The 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 and have the ability to cover both local and regional fleets of all sizes with 24/7 customer service support.

save time and moneyOther Contenders

  • ARCO
  • Wex Cards
  • 360
  • BP Business Solutions
  • Chevron & Texaco Business
  • Valero

 

Factors to consider when picking a fuel card:

What are the restrictions or limitations?

Some fuel cards are limited by regional use or certain locations. If your fleet typically functions within certain states or regions, make sure the fuel cards you’re considering are easy to use in those areas.

Would a credit card be better?

Another decision is whether it would be better for you to just use a corporate card for your fleet. These offer a lot of flexibility, but doesn’t cater specifically to truckers with fraud protection and other aspects, to name a few.

Fuel cards for truck drivers give you discounts at thousands of truck stops and gas stations across the nation. The question isn’t “Should I use a fuel card or not?” The question is, “Which fuel card is right for me?” 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!

Like fuel cards are made specifically for truckers, freight factoring should be on your terms for your company. We can help you find the best freight factor for you,at rates you desire.

In Need of a New Class 8? Now is the Time to Buy

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Are you in the market for a new big rig? Stats have shown that used truck sales have tanked in the past two months. With this being said, the price of trucks are continuing to fall rapidly. This could be the perfect opportunity for your trucking company to get a new (used) truck.

Trucks built in the years between 2012-2014 have dropped in value by 13.6 percent. Experts say that a large amount of it could be because of the usual decline seen around the summer months since they are very busy for truckers. Although, this low is the worst it has been in a while. Both auction and wholesale has been the worst for used truck sales. While this is bad for sellers of used trucks, this is the time to cash in for trucking companies.

Is this a cause of the change in rules and regulation in the trucking industry? Ever since the e-log mandate, there have been trucking companies closing down left and right. Company owners can’t keep drivers, nor can they find new drivers to take their spots. The problem is, many trucking companies cannot afford to cover the e-log devices for all their trucks. Many owners are even retiring early as a result of all the new rules. It comes at no surprise that used truck sales have declined rapidly following these new developments.

Summer has just started. Does your trucking company need an additional truck to cover all of the loads you are getting? If you are an owner operator or a trucking company that has had a successful year, right now might be the best time to purchase another class 8. If you are business doesn’t have the working capital to cover a new truck right now, we can help. We can get your trucking company set up with invoice factoring for trucking. We can get your business advanced payments on your loads and get your business on track. Our network of freight factoring companies have various rates and perks. We match you with the best factoring company in our network based on your trucking business and needs. Whether it fuel advances or fuel cards, we’ve got you covered.

The Millennial Potential: Attracting a Younger Generation to the Trucking Industry

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Since the economy’s recovery from the 2008 financial crisis, the trucking industry has experienced increases in not only its popularity, but also its demand for employees. More recently, trucking companies’ demand for drivers has reached an all-time high as they continue to expand their businesses, resulting in a shortage of almost 40,000 drivers.

Trucking companies are starting to realize that this overwhelming number will only continue to climb if they do not tap into the potential of alternative pools of prospective employees.  In fact, one of the most valuable pools to the trucking industry consists of people between the ages of 18 and 34: The Millennials.

Millennials are found abundantly in the workforce, counting for every one in three employees, yet trucking companies find that they are having a difficult time reaching out to and attracting this up-and-coming group.

Why?

Millennials are changing the way people think about the workforce. With a greater interest in technology, contemporary views about workplace standards (dress codes, hierarchical business practices, etc.), and a want to feel like they are contributing to the bigger picture, this younger group is redefining what it means to be successful—something the trucking business has struggled to keep up with.

According to the American Trucking Association, the median age of truck drivers is 49. This aging workforce, consisting primarily of baby boomers, has tended to stray away from these more contemporary practices throughout their employment. With thoughts of retirement looming over its employees’ heads, however, the trucking industry has made strides to begin to incorporate these new techniques into their employment strategies as an attempt to attract a younger audience. In doing so, freight companies hope to lessen the shortage of drivers, and consequently the turnover rates of their current employees.

Jobs in Trucking for Millennials

In order to see results, trucking companies have recognized that they must make certain changes to their current hiring process. Foremost, the qualifications to be a truck driver are extensive and difficult to meet. While hundreds of applications for drivers are sent to these businesses, many are turned away on the basis that they simply do not meet the standards expressed by the qualifications—the most inhibiting being the 21+ age limit.

Recent legislation has worked to reduce the age limit to 18, which would allow for an entirely new mass of applicants who have not yet settled into a job. In fact, younger applicants could be the key to reducing the shortage insofar as they are just as capable as older drivers and less likely to hold criminal records or unclean background checks that would prevent them from being hired.

Furthermore, the trucking industry must make efforts in re-branding the freight business as a whole. By selling the business as one that holds great opportunity for both individual and holistic improvement, they are more likely to captivate the attention of a younger generation who seeks employment in fields that are fast-paced and contemporary.

Perhaps the trick for making the trucking industry appeal to Millennials is to make it for Millennials. Stripping itself of archaic practices and revamping an industry that is inevitably linked to the older generations will add substance to the job, allowing potential employees to view it as an opportunity to travel and meet new people rather than just moving freight. The ATA’s course of action lists a few ways in which the trucking industry has made efforts toward remodeling its business already.

With growing opportunities comes growing business. Invoice factoring helps trucking companies keep up with the fast pace without financial burden. Contact us for more information about how factoring can help revamp your business!

Move Over Self-Driving Car, Make Way for Self-Driving Truck

Otto, a company founded by ex-Google engineers put self-driving mechanisms inside a Volvo truck this past week. Anthony Levandowski, Lior Ron, Don Burnette, and Claire Delaunay, alongside former employees of Tesla and Amazon, decided to take the self-driving technology on a new route.

According to The New York Times, Levandowski has harnessed a dream for making a self-driving car for years. He left his former job at Google to focus solely on the project. Currently, Otto houses three Volvo trucks that Levandowski and his team have added cameras, radars, and spinning laser sensors to. The Otto team has decided to focus on trucks more than cars because of the cost. A brand new big-rig costs about $150,000. With this price point, it makes it easier to justify the added technology that racks up the bill as well. Otto is looking to either offer the technology as an upgrade or subscribed service that carriers can get for their drivers.

If you are a truck driving reading this in horror about the possibilities of lost jobs, you are not alone. But, Otto is not looking to decrease trucking jobs for hard working drivers. Instead they want to work WITH drivers to make it easier, and faster to get to their destinations. It is obvious, that not every road would be safe to the self-driving feature on. With that being said, Levandowski poses the possibility of having the car scan the terrain, and then when there is, say 500 miles of open roads, the driver can take a nap. This way, there is no stopping needed, the trucks will get to their destinations faster, and the drivers will be well rested and ready to take over when they awake.

Otto has theirs eyes set on owner-operators, as their first consumers. Drivers who own their own trucks will be able to make more shipments in allotted amount of time, and in return make more money. While they do welcome any and all to jump on their self-driving truck bandwagon, Otto knows it’s going to be a long shot.

Levandowski tells The New York Times, “It will take a very time to transition three million people. However, it’s also the nature of progress.”

A New World With Sleeping Drivers 

How does this story make you feel as a driver/carrier? Still scared? Like Levandowski states, it will take a LOT to get everyone on board, especially government and highway regulators. But, if it does come to fruition, would your business be happy to take a rest while the truck does the work? There is a lot to be talked about in the coming years over self-driving trucks.

Could your trucking business use more working capital for fuel and payroll? We can help. We can get you partnered with the best trucking factoring company for your busy trucking business. Simply let us know what rates you are looking for, and we can get you what you need!

Traffic and Congestion Costs Truckers Billions

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From our previous articles and your experience on the road, you know that there are a ton of costs associated with being a trucker—tires, repairs, gasoline, insurance… the list goes on.

But did you know that aside from being a major headache, traffic, too, can take a significant toll on your finances?

The Traffic Tariff

Traffic is annoying. It can turn a five hour trip into a ten hour trip, it causes accidents and it tests everybody’s patience. But now, there is also reason to believe that it costs billions of dollars.

A new study by the research group TRIP found that motorists in Wisconsin waste over $6 billion per year waiting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. This is consistent with previous studies that discovered that the United States’ trucking industry loses nearly $50 billion each year as they are caught in traffic all across the nation. That equates to 728 million hours of delivery time spent sitting in traffic jams each year, or to 264,500 commercial truck drivers getting paid to do nothing for an entire week, according to Forbes.

What causes the traffic?

Both the studies on the Wisconsin traffic problem and the greater American traffic issues blame the crumbling transportation infrastructure. According to Forbes, the American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that the government needs to invest over $1.7 trillion into roads and bridges by 2020 in order to revamp the highway system. The U.S. has long ignored its deteriorating roads and freeways, and as a result, traffic cannot flow efficiently, causing major congestion and costing truckers a pretty penny.

You would be surprised at how much money you waste sitting in traffic as a professional truck driver. You would also be surprised at how much money you can save by using freight factoring—call us today, speak to our factoring experts and start combatting the costs of traffic congestion!