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A truck drives during the sunny season

Running a trucking business is no easy feat. Your trucks are always out there, dodging potholes, navigating construction sites, and braving unpredictable weather. All sorts of unexpected events happen, like fender benders, spills, or even cargo getting ruined because of circumstances out of your control.  

In this blog, we provide five tips to help you set up your haul and hit the road. If you’re an experienced trucker, we’re sure you have your preparation routine down pat—but you may still learn something new today. If you’re a new trucker, then this blog is certainly for you. 


Commercial Truck Maintenance 

Don’t forget to complete all of the pre-trip truck inspections and address any issues before hitting the road. This includes checking your engine, fuel tank, brakes and tires.  


To inspect a commercial truck, start with the engine compartment. Check the radiator, air compressor, steering gearbox, water pump, alternator, belts, hoses, and wiring. Visually inspect the fuel tank and battery area for cracks or leaks and verify battery levels. Lastly, inspect the tires for tread, cuts, and proper air pressure.  


Having a well-maintained commercial truck not only increases general safety, but also lowers your trucking insurance premium!   


Speaking of maintenance, a vehicle is only as good as its driver! Be sure you’re maintaining your own body and health too. Trucking can take a toll on anyone’s physical and mental well-being. After all, getting sick may take you off the road completely - and during peak shipping season, that can hurt your wallet. 


Emergency Preparedness for Long Hauls 

Don’t compromise on the emergency kit! You never know what can happen on the road and it’s best to be prepared. While you're checking on that, go ahead and make sure you have an adequate insurance policy in place too. 


Not only will trucking insurance keep your assets safe in case of emergency, but it will also ensure you get the help you need as soon as possible. 


Compliance With Trucking Regulations 

Licenses, permits, CDLs—oh my! Missing any of these could turn your smooth ride into a regulatory rollercoaster. Don't let paperwork be your downfall; make sure everything is up to date. Remember, even your insurance might raise an eyebrow if you're not playing by the rules. Common trucking regulation violations include:  


Hours of service rules. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets limits on the consecutive hours that a trucker can drive, as well as the number of hours that you can drive in a seven-day period. 

Weight and cargo. Make sure your truck is properly loaded and that the weight is balanced to avoid costly accidents.  

Qualifications to operate a vehicle. The truck driver hiring process must include checks of driving records and medical histories, as well as drug tests. 


Truck Driving Safety Measures 

They say the best offense is a good defense, and that holds true for trucking too. There are countless measures that need to be taken to protect yourself, your truck, and its contents on the road. When you're on the road, remember to: 


Be sure to monitor the weather and practice safe driving techniques, especially during bad weather conditions.  

Take breaks and check on your truck after long driving stretches.  

Inspect your truck before driving again.  


Cargo Insurance for Truckers 

Ensuring the safety of your cargo is a real-life game of Tetris. Properly securing your cargo is essential for job completion, but accidents can still happen. With cargo insurance, you're protected in case of damage or loss. Whether you're transporting sand, refrigerators, or dreams, Zinc has you covered. See all the types of hauls Zinc covers here


Armed with this knowledge, we trust you're feeling relaxed, rested, and geared up for this trucking season. Remember that proactive practices are the unsung heroes of the road. It's not just about getting from point A to B but doing so safely and securely. 


So, buckle up, maintain your truck, prep for emergencies, follow the rules, and drive safely. As you embark on the long drives and countless hours on the road, Zinc is here to ensure you are fully prepared for a successful trucking season. 

Protect Yourself on the Road With Trucking Insurance 

Protect your rig and cargo like a superhero—get in touch with Zinc today and hit the road with peace of mind!


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This blog post does not provide insurance advice and is intended for information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional insurance advice from a licensed representative. Never ignore professional insurance advice because of something you have read in this blog post. Contact your licensed representative if you have any questions about your insurance policy.

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