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Staying Healthy on the Road – Tips for Truck Drivers

Posted on December 16, 2015

Staying Healthy on the Road – Tips for Truck Drivers

Truckers log long hours behind the wheel, only stopping to refuel and grab a bite to eat before heading out again. That type of sedentary lifestyle can lead to weight gain and health problems, increasing the risk of diseases like diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart problems. Not only do these risks put drivers in danger of an early death, but they’ll also feel lethargic during those long hours. Drivers don’t have to lead unhealthy lifestyles. In fact, with a little preparation, they can eat healthy and stay more active, even when...

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Will New House Bill Raise Gas Taxes for Drivers?

Posted on November 18, 2015

Will New House Bill Raise Gas Taxes for Drivers?

In the aftermath of the House’s passage of the $325 billion highway bill, the transportation industry is waiting to hear what the cost will be. The bill, designed to improve the nation’s roadways and transit systems, has one major hurdle left to overcome. No one has resolved the issue of how the government will pay for all of this work. The most commonly-proposed solution is to raise the gas tax. Since the last time the federal gas tax increased was 1993, an increase has been proposed multiple times but it has remained at 18.4 cents per...

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Selecting a Transportation Management System – 5 Steps

Posted on October 29, 2015

Selecting a Transportation Management System – 5 Steps

Today’s savvy businesses manage their customer relationships using customer relationship management (CRM) software. The solutions have become such an integral part of running a business, it becomes difficult to remain competitive without it. But for a business’s fleets and deliveries, a transportation management system (TMS) is a great way to keep a competitive edge. Despite the growing reliance on automation in business today, many transportation firms still haven’t settled on a TMS. In fact, according to Logistic...

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Best Practices for Working with a 3PL Provider

Posted on August 28, 2015

Consumers and businesses rely on trucks getting shipments from one place to another in a timely manner. To make sure that happens, most companies work with third-party logistics (3PL) providers. With these services, shippers have the confidence of knowing operations will run like clockwork, freeing them up to focus on other things. If your shipping organization is considering working with a 3PL provider, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are a few best practices you should take into consideration to ensure your partnership with a...

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Trucking Safety an Ongoing Battle for Trucking Companies

Posted on August 27, 2015

Trucking Safety an Ongoing Battle for Trucking Companies

At any given time, motorists find themselves surrounded by one of the 130 million semi trucks registered in the U.S. They’re on the road in the daytime, as well as late into the nighttime hours. As a recent Star Tribune article highlighted, the trucking industry has serious concerns about the safety of the trucks on the road. A variety of factors come into play, from the condition of the trucks themselves to the ability of each driver to navigate tricky situations. At SAV Transportation Group, we are strongly committed to safety, helping...

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Less Than Truckload vs. Truckload: What You Should Know

Posted on August 21, 2015

For transportation-based shipping providers, managing fleets is top priority. As shipments are transported from one location to another, it’s important to find a way to keep things running smoothly. For that reason, many businesses work with third-party logistics (3PL) providers to manage everything. If every shipment was enough to fill an entire truckload, this would be easier. But businesses have a variety of shipment sizes, ranging from just a few items to an entire truckload from one day to the next. For this reason, logistics providers...

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Fleet Failures highest in 3 years

Posted on May 19, 2015

During the 4th quarter of 2013 fleet failures were the highest in 3 years. A total of 335 fleets with just under 8000 trucks failed during the period and over the year of 2013 just under 22,000 trucks left the road. Cost and regulatory pressures took their toll even though freight demand increased. Typically failures spike when drops. If capacity and demand trends continue pricing for truckload may see increases in the neighborhood of 6-8%.

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4 Winter Driving Tips for Truckers

Posted on March 16, 2015

4 Winter Driving Tips for Truckers

While the worst of winter may only hit isolated areas of the country with each incident, truck drivers often experience all of it. Spending their workweeks on the open road means driving through rain, snow, and ice on a regular basis. So many businesses rely on truck drivers to get items from one point to another, even the worst snowstorm generally doesn’t slow them down. But every winter, truckers brace themselves for the obstacles the weather will present. Whether you’re a new driver or preparing for your 20th anniversary of winter...

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3 Apps for Truck Drivers

Posted on March 16, 2015

3 Apps for Truck Drivers

Drivers spend hours on the open road, often only accessing the Internet through a smartphone. At the same time, they’re expected to keep costs low while making good time throughout each trip. Luckily, there are numerous apps available that can make that easier. All a driver needs is a mobile device and a good wireless carrier. While there are a variety of apps that can be used to stay in touch with friends and family while on the road, these apps are specific to helping truckers get from Point A to Point B as efficiently as possible....

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Weekly DOE Update for 1/5/2015

Posted on January 5, 2015

Weekly DOE Update for 1/5/2015

On-Highway Diesel Fuel Retail Prices*

  • 3.137 – U.S.
  • 3.204 – East Coast (PADD1)
    • 3.287 – New England (PADD1A)
    • 3.303 – Central Atlantic (PADD1B)
    • 3.109 – Lower Atlantic (PADD1C)
  • 3.102 – Midwest (PADD2)
  • 3.045 – Gulf Coast (PADD3)
  • 3.139 – Rocky Mountain (PADD4)
  • 3.220 – West Coast (PADD5)