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Most Common Types of Flatbed Freight

Most Common Types of Flatbed FreightJust like other modes of transport, flatbed transportation can accommodate a variety of different loads. Depending on the time of year, using open-deck trailers will be your best bet for a multitude of different load types, from...

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Cross Border Shipping in the US and Canada

Cross Border Shipping from US to Canada/Canada to USIn the constantly changing landscape of international shipping, Canada consistently ranks among the U.S.’ top trade partners year after year. As a shipper, the opportunity to cross into Canada is accessible through...

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Cross Border Shipping in the U.S. and Mexico

Cross Border Shipping from US to Mexico/Mexico to USIn today’s dynamic world of global trade and international shipping, cross-border freight shipping plays a pivotal role in connecting markets. Moving freight into and out of Mexico, one of the United States’ largest...

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Tips for Your Pre-Trip Inspection

How to Ace Your Pre-Trip InspectionsInspections, inspections, and more inspections! Did you know an estimated 388,000 truck accidents are recorded annually in the US, making up about 6.5% of all reported vehicular collisions? When you consider the numbers, the value...

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Trucking Safety and CSA Scores

Trucking Safety and CSA Scores: Keeping our Roads SafeIn the trucking industry, safety is the top priority. Drive recklessly, let repairs lapse, or cause a collision, and you’re held accountable. The things you do, or don’t do, can affect CSA Scores. The Compliance,...

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Truck Stop Etiquette for Drivers

Truck Stop Etiquette That Every Driver Should KnowWhether it’s the end of a long day when you’re ready to take a break, or if you’re just looking for a quick spot to refuel, truck stops are the go-to for any long-haul driver looking for somewhere to pull in. Once...

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8 Things You Don’t See in Modern Trucks

8 Things You Don't See in Modern TrucksThe trucking industry has come a long way -- not just in the way freight is moving or the regulations, but the technology in the trucks as well. In the last several decades, we’ve seen improvements to safety technology, tracking,...

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Managing Stress as a Truck Driver

Managing Stress as a Truck DriverBeing on the road as a truck driver has many perks – a flexible schedule, the ability to travel the country, great benefits, and most of all, the ability to work independently. However, the job is not without its challenges, and one of...

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Winter Safety for Truck Drivers

Winter Safety for Truck DriversAs winter quickly approaches and we’re buttoning up to stay as warm as we can, flatbed truckers face the challenge of securing and tarping outside in the cold temperatures, ice, and snow. Whether you’re brand new to the industry, or...

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Understanding Freight Trends in Trucking

Understanding Freight Trends in TruckingThe trucking industry is responsible for carrying over 70% of the nation’s freight from place to place, which means almost every industry depends on freight companies to keep them running. However, just like every other...

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Home Time for Truckers

Home Time for Truckers

Home Time for Truckers: What You Need to KnowHome time is something every trucker looks at when deciding on a company to drive for. But first, what does home time mean in trucking? Unlike a traditional job, the weeks are not always broken up into workdays and days...

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The Smith System: 5 Keys to Driving Safe

The Smith System: 5 Keys to Drive SafeIn today’s climate where delivering freight quickly takes priority, it’s more important than ever that truck drivers are keeping safety at the top of their mind. From the moment you take your place behind the wheel to when you’re...

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The Best Apps for Truckers

The Best Apps for TruckersA smartphone is one of the most important tools a driver can have on hand. Mobile devices can be used to stay in touch with friends and family, navigate routes, be used as entertainment on breaks, and more. There are tens of thousands of apps...

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Top 5 Time Management Tips for Truckers

Top 5 Time Management Tips for TruckersIn a career as solitary as truck driving, you won’t have someone to tell you when to work, when to stop, and when to rest for the night. You’re trusted to schedule and keep track of your own hours, as long as you’re within the...

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Should You Become a Driver Trainer?

Should You Become a Driver Trainer?After driving solo for a while, you might be looking to learn something new and rewarding to take your truck driving career to the next level. Fortunately, many companies, including Melton, have opportunities for you – the most...

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Questions to Ask a Trucking Recruiter

Questions to Ask a Trucking RecruiterThere are hundreds of trucking companies out there looking for drivers like you, all with different policies, cultures, and more. If you’re just beginning your job search, it can seem daunting to know how to get the right...

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Preventing Sun Damage

Preventing Sun Damage as a TruckerTruck driving is a difficult job – hauling a huge trailer while dealing with potentially hazardous weather, other drivers on the road, and long hours is tricky enough. However, there are some risks that come with the job that you...

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What is Tarp Pay?

What is Tarp Pay? Any truck driver knows that fair compensation is extremely important in the industry. Truck driving is both a difficult and important job, so drivers should be paid fairly for the time and work they put in to keeping the U.S. moving. That’s why tarp...

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Owner-Operators vs Company Drivers

Owner Operators vs Company DriversThere are two types of truck drivers that are often discussed in the industry: owner operators and company drivers. But what do these terms mean, and what’s the difference between owner operators and company drivers? We’ve explained...

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Tips for Backing Up a Semi Trailer

How to Back Up in a Semi TrailerBacking up is a skill that both new and veteran truck drivers must continually focus and practice on.. Flatbed trucks require skill and training to maneuver, and there are many things to remember when backing a 53’ trailer into a...

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How Can a Truck Driver Eat Healthier?

How Can a Truck Driver Eat Healthier?There are many reasons why it can be difficult to manage a healthy diet as an OTR truck driver. With limited time for cooking and eating, lack of space in a cab for kitchen appliances and food storage, the convenience of grabbing a...

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Should You Drive with a Pet Rider?

Should You Drive with a Pet Rider?Driving across the U.S. all by yourself can be an isolating experience without someone to keep you company. Keeping in touch with family and friends is easier than ever today with new technology, but nothing beats having a loved one...

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A Guide to CDL Training for Veterans

A Guide to CDL Training for Veterans Wondering how many truckers are veterans? Or what percentage of truckers are veterans? According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, over 10% of employed veterans are directly employed in the transportation industry as of...

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Stay Organized as a Truck Driver

Stay Organized as a Truck Driver  Any OTR driver will tell you that the cab of a semi-truck wasn’t engineered to be spacious and luxurious. While drivers do have access to almost everything they’d need to be self-sufficient on the road, it has to all fit into a...

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Quest for Quality

Melton's Quest for Quality As the transportation industry develops and shifts, businesses continue to face ever-changing demands and expectations of consumers, employees, and industry partners alike. Attributes such as customer service, performance, and speed are more...

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