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What documents are required in a truck driver's DOT permit book?

Jun 1, 2023 2:01:55 PM / by Mike Riegel posted in Trucking, Growth, FMCSA, Business Management, IFTA, CDL, Hours of Service, Insurance


When it comes to trucking, one rule of thumb that remains constant is "be prepared." Among the numerous documents that help a truck driver stay prepared on the road, the Department of Transportation (DOT) Permit Book holds an essential place.

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How much do BIT Air Scales cost and what value do they bring fleets?

May 26, 2023 10:14:26 AM / by Mike Riegel posted in Safety, Overloaded, Blue Ink Tech, Truck Scale, Fines, Fleet, Growth


Being in the trucking industry one thing that drivers always have to look out for is making sure their gross and axle weights are legal. Getting overloaded can cause a lot of wasted miles and lost drive time if the only way you can get your weight is to drive off-site to a scale miles away.

We get thousands of requests from carriers and drivers who want to be able to easily get their gross and axle weights on their phones, tablets, and back office. One of the first questions people ask are "how much do the air scales cost?".

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Shifting Gears: A Beginner's Guide to an 18-Speed Transmission

May 23, 2023 1:58:02 PM / by Mike Riegel posted in Trucking, Fleet


Learning to drive a truck with an 18-speed transmission can seem like a daunting task, especially for new drivers. Having a basic understanding of the gears and switches can give you a leg up before CDL school, and with some practice you'll master shifting and floating gears. Correctly and efficiently shifting gears will extend the life of your truck and save you lots of money in fuel and maintenance costs over time

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Understanding Runaway Trucks and the Role of Runaway Truck Ramps

May 19, 2023 7:19:31 PM / by Mike Riegel posted in Safety, Overloaded, Maintenance, Trucking


What Makes a Truck Run Away?

A "runaway" truck typically refers to a heavy-duty truck that is unable to slow down or stop due to a malfunctioning or overstressed braking system. There are several reasons why this may occur:

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How to change a tire on your semi truck and trailer

May 16, 2023 10:00:00 AM / by Mike Riegel posted in Tires, Safety, Fines, Maintenance, FMCSA, DOT


If you drive an semi truck, you know how important it is to maintain and replace your tires regularly. Driving with damaged or worn-out tires can lead to accidents, costly repairs, fines and delays in your delivery schedule.

In this blog post, we'll provide a comprehensive guide on how to change a tire on an semi, discussing the required tread depth, tire issues, and leaks to look for during a pre-trip inspection.

We'll also compare the pros and cons of brand new tires vs. recapped tires and discuss proper inflation methods, and why maintaining adequate tire pressure is crucial for your truck and trailer.

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