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Who Has Your Blind Side When it Comes to Business Risk?

October 12, 2015 By: Chris Tanke, HNI Tags: Blogs, Fleet Management

If you’re a football fan, you know that the role of the left tackle is to protect the quarterback from the pass rushers coming in from his blind side. Typically the defense positions their most dangerous pass rushers on the blind side of the quarterback to maximize the potential for [...]

Young Truck Drivers Lead the Push Toward Automated Manual Transmissions

September 28, 2015 By: Joe Puff, NationaLease Tags: Blogs, Fleet Management

If demography really is destiny, then it seems logical that a technology that’s most familiar to a growing generation will take precedence over the tried and true. Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) use is growing by about 2 to 3 percent per year. What’s behind that growth? First and foremost, every [...]

Could BMI Be the Best New Risk ID Metric for Truck Drivers?

September 22, 2015 By: Chris Tanke, HNI Tags: Blogs, Fleet Management, Safety

In the world of risk management, we are always looking for those metrics that serve as leading indicators for predicting and preventing that next loss from happening. In trucking, one common way to analyze a driver’s risk profile is his MVR (motor vehicle record).  It stands to reason that if a [...]

‘Jason’s Law’ is a Start, But Truck Drivers Still Face Off-highway Dangers

September 8, 2015 By: James Sweeney, Adcomgroup.com Tags: Blogs, Safety

Maggie Stone is used to double takes when she climbs down from the cab of her Peterbilt 379. Women truckers are a minority and women who haul livestock, like Stone does, are a rarity. But while Stone is fine with surprising people, she wears a 9mm handgun on her hip [...]

Hiring Inexperienced Drivers is a Risky Business for Truck Fleets

August 16, 2015 By: Denise Banks, HNI Tags: Blogs, Fleet Management

Maybe you’re thinking about hiring a driver with less than two years CDL experience, and if so, you’re not alone. Many truck fleets today are motivated to put a driver in a seat to get the truck moving. This is something clients often ask us about, and may become more prevalent if [...]

Can Your Truck Driver Qualification File Stand Up to an FMCSA Audit?

August 10, 2015 By: Don Jerrell, HNI Tags: Blogs, Fleet Management, Regulations

Within the last couple of years, there have been some changes in what needs to be included in your driver qualification files. As a result, many truck fleets struggle with determining what truly needs to be in the files and what doesn’t. And what with input from HR professionals, insurance [...]

No Longer a Fad, CB Radios Still Used by Veteran Truck Drivers

August 4, 2015 By: James Sweeney, The Adcom Group Tags: Blogs, Technology

Sign on to most any truck driver forum and you’ll see questions from new truck drivers about a specific piece of technology — the CB radio. Of course, those raised on satellite TV and smartphones seem to regard the CB as a sort of technological artifact, like rotary phones.“Do I really [...]

The Top 10 Ingredients of a High-performing Truck Driver Scorecard

July 28, 2015 By: Andrea Tarrell, HNI Tags: Blogs, Fleet Management

Data and analytics always have the potential to radically change the game in trucking, and one of the most effective applications is through a driver scorecard or visual dashboard. And what is it exactly that comprises a successful driver scorecard? Here’s a quick and dirty list covering the 10 things that [...]

Melton Truck Lines Develops HQ that Really Works for Drivers

July 16, 2015 By: Megan Young, HNI Tags: Blogs, Fleet Management

From an onsite restaurant that sources local ingredients to a state-of-the-art fitness facility, Melton Truck Lines’ new headquarters shows the company is in the fast lane to growth. The new facility promotes employee health and engagement — both considered among the biggest problems facing many players in the trucking industry. [...]

High Turnover Spells High Employment Practices Risk for Your Fleet

July 9, 2015 By: Janine Tracy, HNI Tags: Blogs, Fleet Management

Seeing high turnover in your fleet? While you are likely well aware of the costs involved with recruiting and onboarding a new employee, high turnover may also be exposing you employment practices liability for which you may not have coverage. Why does a heavy turnover lead to risk? The two [...]