A hazardous material is defined as any biological, chemical, radiological or physical compound that has the potential to cause health risks, bodily harm or damage to humans, animals or the environment.  The certification process for earnign the CDL Hazardous Materials Endorsement requires training, testing and a criminal background check for issuance in the State of Texas. Read more

Any time a passenger vehicle is involved in a collision with a semi-truck, it makes the news because of the collateral loss and the injuries associated with a small vehicle impacting a large, heavy truck.  Some of the most life-threatening injuries occur on our highways, when civilian drivers and trucks collide.

In 2015, there were 6.3 million truck collisions that resulted in a fatality, injury and property loss in the United States?  According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there was a 2% increase in the number of large truck and bus accidents that resulted in fatalities in 2016.  However, that number is 15% lower than the record year of 2005, where 5,231 fatalities were reported.

Today, the number of commercial trucks on American roads has continued to increase, rising almost 2% from 2015 to 2016. More trucks on the road has meant a statistical increase in accidents, which resulted in recent legislative safety changes and the mandatory ELD (electronic logging device) regulations which were implemented in 2017.

Unfortunately for decades, the trucking industry has been plagued with misconceptions about the rate of accidents and ownership for injuries and tragic instances of loss of life, as a result of a truck accident.  In this article, we’re going to dispel some of the myths about the accident statistics and share why professional CDL drivers operate some of the safest vehicles on our highways. Read more

Did you know that the average passenger vehicle can get as much as 30 miles per gallon?  For commercial truck drivers, the fuel economy isn’t anywhere close to that, with many trucks averaging 6 to 8 miles per gallon. Fuel costs for owner-operators and trucking companies have in recent years, represented up to 20% of operating costs, which was already a significant financial burden that may also be contributing to smaller profit margins, and by proxy fewer Americans interested in truck driving as a business opportunity.

Right at the time, when the American economy is rebounding and the supply versus demand gap for CDL drivers has never been wider.  And it’s about to get worse for the trucking industry.

New standards are being imposed inside the global oil market, in an effort to reduce sulfur emissions.  However, the new production restrictions have industry experts predicting a spike in diesel costs, that may see a 20% to 30% further increase at the pumps, according to the International Energy Agency. Read more

Professional CDL truck drivers are essential to the maintained growth of the American economy.  Did you know that 71% of freight tonnage that is moved across the United States (consumer and commercial goods) is delivered by cartage companies and truck drivers?  The trucking industry is key to American economic growth.

In 2017, over 10 billion tons of freight was delivered by 3.5 million American truck drivers. In fact, the trucking industry employs over 7 million people in the United States, and 80% of communities depend on truck drivers for the delivery of everyday goods. And that does not include up-stream business functions and related industries that rely on trucking and transportation logistics.  Source: Time.com

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The average age of an American truck driver is 50 years old.  While the trucking industry looks for ways to recruit new drivers to pursue a lucrative career as an owner-operator, some seasoned truck drivers are pursuing employment again, after retirement.  There are more opportunities today than ever before, for cartage drivers to earn a lucrative income.  As an owner-operator, the advantages are numerous, including the ability to schedule your own hours, and operate your business with significant tax deductions.

All cartage companies are actively recruiting drivers to meet the growing national demand for freight services.  If you are retired, getting back on the road as a licensed CDL driver requires some re-training and education on new safety standards, but the training is relatively fast, and inexpensive. Read more

At Canal Cartage, we offer a family oriented and team environment for our owner-operator truck drivers.  We believe that the income potential as a private owner-operator provides a rewarding and lucrative opportunity for drivers, while balancing the lifestyle and scheduling flexibility that truck value and appreciate.

There is a big difference between being an hourly employee for a trucking company, versus operating your own vehicle as a business, and many advantages.  We will explain why our team of lease contact owner-operators gain an advantage over standard hourly drivers.

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The State of Texas, and the commercial cartage industry, take the safety of the public, drivers and the integrity of safe delivery of goods and commodities very seriously.  Our record and reputation for quality cartage services is routed in public and driver safety.

Mandatory Training and Education Prior to Licensure

Before enrolling in a truck driving educational program, drivers must first possess a valid Social Security Card for U.S. work authorization, and then provide:

  • A valid drivers license (Class-C)
  • Present without warrants or pending criminal charges.
  • Be at least 18 years of age or older
  • Submit to drug testing and provide a clean drug screening result
  • Provide a medical examination report certificate
  • Submit a complete driving abstract, to establish a safe driving record
  • Pass a Department of Transportation Physical Exam

During the course of driver’s education, students engage in both classroom and lab (in-truck) training, to gain real-world and hands on experience.  They are also required to demonstrate mechanical aptitudes for the safe operation of the truck, as well as education regarding highway and traffic law, and safety procedures. Read more

Security Measures That Protect Customer Freight and Cargo

A recent article in Overdrive magazine, provided some good news for the American trucking industry.   In 2017, the number of cargo theft incidents dropped by 15%, compared to reported theft in 2016.

In a report and survey conducted by SensiGuard, there were a total of 649 reported cargo thefts in the United States in 2017, with an average loss of $146,063 per case.  Another report by CargoNet, indicated a slightly higher number, with 741 cargo thefts in 2017.   In both research studies, theft rates and cargo loss was higher in the third and fourth quarters of the year, when consumer goods shipping is highest, during the holiday season.

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The commercial trucking industry is responsible for moving more than 70% of domestic freight tonnage annually and is the lifeblood of the American economy. Over 10 billion tons of freight is shipped every year, thanks to qualified and safe licensed commercial drivers, and there are almost 3.5 million registered heavy-duty Class 8 trucks on the roads today, and almost four million licensed drivers.

There are not many industries that can match the demand that there is currently, for experienced freight and commercial truck drivers in Texas, and the United States. That’s why more Texans than ever before, are pursuing training and licensure to join the fast-growing industry, that offers job security in virtually any region in the United States.  If you are looking for a high-growth career, that offers the entrepreneurial benefit of small business ownership (owner/operator), commercial transport may be a good fit for you.

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Did you know that driver fatigue can be more dangerous than impaired driving, when it comes to the safe operation of any vehicle (including freight transport trucks).   The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCS) and the U.S. Department of Transportation, have moved to improve road safety, reduce loss, and protect drivers better, by focusing on limiting driving durations, to combat truck driver fatigue.

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