Outgassing: The Silent Profit Killer

Outgassing: what is it and why should you care? The Trailer Experts over here at Pedigree are here to explain and give some advice.  This short article will explain one of the biggest reasons drivers are losing profits out there on the road and how to make the choices that will keep your money in your pocket.

Getting the Best Deal – Trailers With Carrier X4 Reefer Units

Buying a quality used reefer trailer is a great way to get the most value when you need to add to your trucking fleet.  There are a host of options in the trucking industry to choose from when searching for a used trailer.  How do you know you are getting the best quality at the best price?

Diesel Engine Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips

Regular semi-truck maintenance is crucial for getting the best value out of your big rig. Preventive maintenance can lower the long-term cost of ownership by reducing the need for costly repairs while helping you avoid time-consuming breakdowns and stay safe on the road. And your diesel engine, in particular, deserves an extra helping of TLC […]

Feel at Home on the Road with Semi Truck Accessories

Your semi-truck is your office, and it’s also your home when you’re on a run. While you’re focused on making on-time deliveries, avoiding traffic hazards, and logging your miles, there are many things you can do to have a pleasant driving experience. What can you bring along to stay comfortable and connected? Here are a […]

Strong Demand & Tight Capacity Drive Freight Market in 2018

As fall approaches, the U.S. freight market, including the demand for trucking, remains strong in the second half of 2018. Freight hauled by trucks is projected to grow 3.4% this year, according to the American Trucking Association. The ATA’s U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast predicts that freight moved by all modes will increase from 15.18 billion […]

Optimize Truck Fleet with Quality Used Semi Trucks to Address Shortage

The need for more truck drivers has become well-known in recent years, resulting in increased career opportunities and earnings potential for new and experienced drivers alike. But did you know there is also a shortage of trucks for hauling goods, which is also creating challenges throughout the industry? According to one recent estimate, in May […]

What to Look for When Purchasing Semi Trailer Tires

  When it comes to semi-trailers, a tire is never just a tire. Tires are typically the biggest equipment cost for semi-trucks in general, and trailer tires in particular play a big role in getting the best performance out of your rig. Keep reading for five key factors to help you get the best value […]

ELD Update: Challenges and Benefits

The federal ELD mandate, which went into effect in December 2017, means that truck drivers must now use an electronic logging device (ELD) instead of traditional paper logs to record hours of service (HOS) and records of duty status (RODS).

Tips for Selecting Semi Trailer Parts

Keeping your semi-trailer in road-ready condition is essential for trucking success. That means following a regular preventive maintenance program and replacing damaged or worn-out trailer parts when necessary. But how do you know if you’re getting the right parts for your trailer? Keep reading to find out what you need to consider before making a […]

Should You Switch to LED for Your Semi Truck Lights?

No one wants to imagine going down a road at night and being unable to see what’s in front of you. How could you tell if you were following someone at a safe distance, or what if someone had decided to run across the road?

Should Your Fleet Choose Wide Base Tires?

Most likely, you’re used to driving on dual wheels for your truck and trailers. It’s pretty common after all, and you may have never had a reason to consider using wide-base tires. However, you may be missing out on some major benefits of this type of tire. Before you make the switch to wide-base tires, […]

Follow These Tips for Better Semi Truck Fuel Mileage

  Follow These Tips for Better Semi Truck Fuel Mileage Truck driving is a great way to earn a living, but the cost of fuel can eat into your profits if you’re not careful. Fuel is the #1 expense that comes with operating a semi-truck, so minimizing fuel consumption while maximizing efficiency is a smart […]

Bad Weather Driving Tips for Semi Truck Drivers

Driving in poor weather conditions is never ideal, but when you have to reach your stop, it may be necessary. While we’d all prefer to avoid driving when the weather gets bad, it’s crucial to know how to maneuver your vehicle during these conditions. It can be scary enough to navigate a car during rain, […]

Semi Truck Breakdowns: What to Do and How to Avoid Them

It’s the moment no truck driver wants: something goes wrong and you’re stranded on the side of the road. While you may have prepared for this, sometimes even the most seasoned truck driver may be stuck on the highway from an issue with a semi-truck. While some truck breakdowns are caused by mechanical errors that […]

5 Advantages of Choosing a Used Reefer Trailer

There’s a lot to think about when you’re in the market for a reefer trailer. Whether you’re a newly minted owner-operator making your first purchase or a seasoned pro needing to replace an old trailer, you’ve got lots of questions to ask, inspections to complete, and documents to review. Another consideration you’ll have to make […]

5 Major Benefits of ELD Compliance

Switching over to be ELD compliant for your fleet may be a hard pill to swallow at first. Though mandatory by the law, the initial cost of an ELD may have you thinking it isn’t worth it, or you may prefer paper log books still. However, being ELD compliant helps you in more ways than […]

7 Questions to Ask When Considering a Semi Truck Extended Warranty

One of the reasons some will purchase a brand new semi-truck is that it comes with a warranty from the manufacturer. But what if you’re hoping to save some money by choosing a quality used truck? Some used semi trucks do come with a warranty but the terms will vary.

6 Tips for Purchasing New or Used Semi Trucks for a Fleet of Trucks

There’s a lot to think about then purchasing a semi-truck. And when you’re selecting vehicles for an entire fleet of trucks, it’s essential to make sure that each individual truck brings value to your business. So how can you get the most for your money when shopping for new or used fleet trucks? Here are […]

Keep the Road Safe for Everyone with These Truck Driver Safety Tips

Did you know that about ⅔ of on-the-job truck driver deaths are caused by traffic accidents? Nearly 700 truck drivers or passengersdied in crashes in 2012, and fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses cost the U.S. economy $40 billion in the same year, according to one estimate. On-time delivery is absolutely essential for keeping […]

ELD Mandate: What You Need to Know

Beginning on December 18, 2017, the ELD mandate went into effect, requiring most commercial trucks to maintain a digital log of their hours. While some trucking companies have had the required ELDs or other E-logs for some time, smaller fleets or independent carriers may have never dealt with ELDs before. The learning curve for the […]

What Are My Commercial Truck Insurance Requirements?

When you’re on the road, you have to be prepared for anything that could happen. Insurance helps you so that you can be covered for any accidents that may occur, preventing you from shelling out a ton of money for any on-the-road incidents. We know that having insurance is important, but what is required when […]

How to Buy a Semi Truck and Get Your Money’s Worth

When you step onto a lot to buy a semi-truck, what do you look for? Maybe there’s a certain brand you prefer or a few specifications you want, but what about everything else on that truck? Ignoring minor flaws can lead to big problems down the road, and choosing the wrong truck can be an […]

4 Tips for Buying a Semi-Trailer

If you’re in the market for a semi-trailer to go with your truck, there’s a lot to consider. For one thing, the trailer must be compatible with the truck that will be hauling it. Budget is also a major factor, but the lowest price rarely gives you the best value. It’s important to research typical […]

How to Get Financing for a Semi-Truck as a First Time Buyer

If you’re looking to buy a semi-truck for the first time, you have a lot of important decisions to make. Which commercial truck should you buy? Should you buy new or used? What specs do you need on your rig? Do you need a single truck or an entire fleet? And where should you buy […]

Buying a Semi-Truck: Should You Buy a New or Used Semi?

When the time comes to buy a new (or new-to-you) semi–truck, the choice may be hard to make. New trucks come with lots of perks, but what about used trucks?   If you’re feeling unsure about which kind of semi-truck is best for you, we’ve compiled a list of the pros and cons of each […]

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