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5 Aug 17

Potato chip image by Leonard J. Matthews

A truck full of potato chips from Oregon to Texas turned out to be the worst load of this owner-operator's career. First, he learned that the potato chip bags in his trailer couldn't withstand altitudes above 6,000 feet. Then the snow started.

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Aug 17

A DAT customer called me on my cell phone recently, for help deciding whether or not to attend the 2017 DAT User Conference (DUC) in Portland from October 23-25. I explained that the conference was organized around three themes:

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Aug 16

The minimum bond requirement increased from $10,000 to $75,000 on October 1, 2013. That's why the majority of freight brokers have bonds that are up for renewal on October 1. If you're paying too much for your broker bond now, check out Integro Insurance, with a special discount for DAT customers.

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2 Aug 16


We expected the sizzling hot freight market to cool off a little, and it did. An 8% drop in load posts last week pushed load-to-truck ratios down, and average rates also declined a few cents per mile, compared to record highs of the previous two weeks.

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Aug 15

It’s been a busy few months on the regulatory front. It's hard to keep track of which proposed regulations are still moving forward and which have been shelved. Here's an update on some of the regs we've been tracking.

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1 Aug 14

The solar eclipse will traverse the country from West to East on Monday morning. The sky will go dark and stars will be visible, along the path of the "totality," as the moon blocks all light from the sun except a circle of brightness around the edge. Highways in eight states could be gridlocked for hours.

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2 Aug 11

Many industry experts predict that ELDs will have a 3% to 5% impact on carrier productivity overall, but the impact will not be spread evenly among all carriers or all loads. Small fleets will be affected the most, and length of haul will be a factor, as will any activity that causes a one-day trip to spill over into a second day.

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Aug 09


July ended and August began, so you might have expected a quiet week. Nope. Load posts edged down on DAT load boards, but national average rates rose 3¢ per mile for vans and flatbeds, while reefers added 4¢.

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Aug 09

This week the FMCSA withdrew an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which could have dramatically increased the number of truck drivers referred for sleep apnea testing.

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1 Aug 04

The FMCSA recently clarified that it's the age of the engine, not the age of the truck, that counts toward an exemption from the ELD mandate.

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