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Nov 2022

Don’t forget bill of lading, trailer numbers before hitting the road

Form and manner violations are easy to avoid The attributes of a good driver go beyond driving ability and punctuality — paperwork is important too. A driver is only as reliable as their logs are accurate. Robert Kaferle, Reliance Partners’ vice president of safety, reminds drivers to tighten up when it comes to form and manner violations, making sure to update their trailer numbers and […]

Oct 2022

Worry-free cross-border shipping now a reality

Don’t let theft hold you back from opportunities south of the border The potential for lucrative foreign investment tempered by concern about crime is shaping Mexico’s future in a peculiar way. From a glass-half-full perspective, nearshoring and an influx of manufacturing have bolstered Mexico’s economic prospects. Forbes reports that Mexico garnered $11.9 billion in foreign direct investment during the first quarter of 2021, the largest […]

Oct 2022

Staying warm key to surviving winter emergency

‘You need to be doing something, but really sometimes doing nothing is the best thing’ Winter is just around the corner, bringing with it colder weather, snow and ice — are you prepared? While the leaves are still orange and red and the breeze just slightly cool, truckers may not want to think about the sub-zero conditions or frigid, icy and snow-packed routes that many […]

Oct 2022

Keep right — or you’ll be left with lane violations

Lanes can change as quickly as the traffic around you When behind the wheel of a truck with a 50,000-pound payload, situational awareness is crucial because no two days are the same on the highway. Whether it’s a change in traffic patterns, weather conditions, time of day or some other variable, each trip has its own challenges, which means to go without incident requires drivers […]

Oct 2022

Roadcheck results: Brakes and tires once again top the charts

More thorough pre-trips encouraged for drivers to identify issues within their control The Roadcheck results are in: Tires and brakes once again sidelined more drivers than any other vehicle violation. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck, which took place over a 72-hour period in May, saw inspectors conduct 58,287 North American Standard Inspections, of which approximately 62% were Level I inspections and 21% […]

Sep 2022

Consider the job beyond what it pays

There’s nothing wrong with chasing better pay, but it’s not always an end-all solution To raise or not to raise driver pay? That’s a question the industry has been asking for quite some time and one that continues to divide drivers and carriers. It goes without saying which side supports what. There’s an argument for both sides. Nonetheless, it’s a sticky situation. But Reliance Partners […]

Sep 2022

Bringing drivers and dispatchers together helps dispel misconceptions

Limited interaction between drivers and dispatchers fosters skewed perceptions You sip your morning coffee preparing for another long day on the road when you get the call from dispatch, and what you hear upsets you. It’s not the destination, the customer or the load itself that has you frustrated. It’s the internet video you hear in the background. That may seem insignificant, but it leaves […]

Sep 2022

Reliance Partners earns Inc. 5000 listing for 7th straight year

Company places No. 2,138 on list of fastest-growing privately held companies in US Make it seven in a row for Reliance Partners. The trucking insurance provider is an Inc. 5000 company yet again. The Chattanooga, Tennessee-based company this year ranked 2,138 on the exclusive list of fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States. Reliance has grown over 278% in the past three years. “We’re […]

Sep 2022

Safe Drivers Receive Much-Deserved Fanfare at Truck Driving Championships

America’s best truck drivers met in Indianapolis for safety spar The 85th National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) concluded last month in Indianapolis, IN, setting the bar once again for truck driver safety and proving just how rewarding hard work can be. This year in Indy, the victory lap honor went to FedEx Express driver Roland Bolduc from the sleeper berth class, winning his second Bendix […]

Aug 2022

Brake Safety Week Now Underway

CVSA carrying out North American standard inspections through Saturday Drivers, don’t forget that roadside inspections last through Saturday. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual Brake Safety Week is in full swing throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada, so taking care of any brake-related issue now should be a top priority or else it could cost you. Reliance Partners Director of Safety Robert Kaferle […]

Aug 2022

Apprenticeship Pilot Program Introducing Interstate Trucking to Young Drivers

3-year program allows 18-20-year-olds to drive interstate under supervision Do teenagers belong in a big rig? That’s the age-old debate. One side says yes, pointing to the driver shortage, while the other disagrees from a safety perspective. But it appears that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is ready to put it to the test, giving those fresh out of high school a chance to […]

Aug 2022

Insurance FAQ: What Exactly is DataQs?

FMCA’s program allows motor carriers to dispute violations Do you DataQ? The answer should be yes, especially considering it could take you off the hook for a number of violations. Let’s face it. Everyone makes mistakes from time to time — even those writing the tickets. If you receive a violation that you feel is without merit, don’t let it go unnoticed. DataQs allows users […]

Aug 2022

Fleet Safety Can Be as Easy as Rocket Science

Think of your safety program as the engine, company the rocket Fleet safety isn’t rocket science. But for the sake of the argument, let’s pretend it is. Think of your company as a rocket and your drivers as the astronauts. When the countdown to launch begins, their training and trust in the engines will determine the success of the mission. Your engineering better be top-notch […]

Jul 2022

CFO Calls Trucking Comparisons to 2019 ‘Hollow Victory,’ Expects Bumpy Road Ahead

Speculation is growing as to whether another downturn in trucking is imminent as industry leaders draw comparisons to 2019, a notoriously difficult year for freight. Thom Albrecht, Reliance Partners CFO and chief revenue officer, doesn’t expect the market to dip as much as it did three years ago but said it’s prudent to remain on edge. And while comparisons will always be made to previous […]

Jul 2022

Insurance FAQ: How Can I Get a Better Rate?

Rates are largely determined by factors within the control of the motor carrier When it comes to shopping for an insurance policy, it’s natural to be curious about the bells and whistles. But what potential buyers really want to know is how much it’s going to cost. Reliance Partners Director of Safety Robert Kaferle hears it all the time, “The question I always get is, […]

Jul 2022

Never Disregard Patterns of Safety Violations

Drivers’ risk factors go hand in hand with frequency of recklessness Everyone makes mistakes, but how many is too many? Brian Runnels, Reliance Partners’ vice president of safety, urges fleets to be watchful for patterns of reckless behavior, disregard for safety compliance or insubordination from their drivers. He notes that drivers’ risk factors go hand in hand with their frequency of recklessness and that gross […]

Jul 2022

Planning early the only way to ensure a parking spot

Leave more time to find parking at the end of your shift It’s late and you’ve had a long day — time to call it a night. Thankfully, a couple of truck stops are just ahead. Much like a sailor spotting land, the first sight of tall, illuminated signs down a highway is a welcoming beacon for weary drivers. You know that just below the […]

Jul 2022

Come one, come all: Logistics offers everyone a fresh start

Innovative industry isn’t just for gearheads anymore Both layoffs and resignations have fueled the ongoing exodus of American workers from their current jobs to something entirely new. If you’re in the market for something more dynamic than a typical desk job with high growth potential and relative stability, look no further than logistics. On a recent appearance on FreightWaves’ WHAT THE TRUCK?!?, Graham Gonzales, Director […]

Jun 2022

In the trucking industry, saving pennies can add up

Each department plays a vital role in improving the bottom line The miles may be long in trucking, but the grind also occurs at a more granular level. “Trucking is a business of ‘a little goes a long way,’” notes Reliance Partners Director of Safety Robert Kaferle. Everything from contracts to fuel charges and driver pay can be drastically affected by just a nickel or […]

Jun 2022

On the roadside, don’t forget the safety triangles

Make your truck and trailer as visible as possible to passing motorists Well, it’s finally happened — engine trouble. Thankfully, you make it to the shoulder without any issues. Now what? Hopefully, you know how to handle simple repairs or know whom to call when a breakdown requires more skills than you possess. But in the meantime, do you know how to keep yourself safe? […]

Jun 2022

Cross-border trucking interest heats up as Laredo event draws record crowd

Conference brings ‘top technology players and 3PLs in the cross-border market to the No. 1 inland port in America’ While Los Angeles and Long Beach may have the splendor of larger-than-life container ships, the inland port of Laredo, Texas, has proven to be just as capable — if not more efficient than its ocean counterparts. The inland port’s prowess was on full display last month […]

Jun 2022

Drivers, what’s in your toolbox?

Don’t let minor problems turn into bigger issues Even in the age of roadside assistance, trucking still requires you to get your hands dirty every now and then, so having the right tools on hand is a must. As supply chain expectations grow even larger, tolerance for delays is growing thinner, which means that even minor delays must be dealt with. Though it’s best to […]

May 2022

Keep watch for cyberattacks this Memorial Day weekend

Be wary of emails asking to click a link or provide sensitive information Keep an eye out for cyber abnormalities through Memorial Day weekend. Such attacks are known to strike during holidays. Graham Gonzales, Director of Strategic Accounts at Reliance Partners, joined WHAT THE TRUCK?!? to encourage all members of the supply chain to ramp up their security efforts as pulling off a cyberattack is […]

May 2022

Reliance Partners Ranks In Top 100 Commercial Insurance Agencies By Hales

 Chattanooga, Tenn. – Reliance Partners, a fast-growing insurance brokerage, has been named as one of the top 100 commercial insurance agencies in the United States by the Hales Report. The “Hales Top 100” list is based on 2021 revenues from the largest agents and brokers in the US and represents $60.4B in total revenues.  Reliance ranked 82nd overall and ranked 2nd for growth in the “Private” […]

May 2022

‘Better pay — and?’ Money isn’t everything to high-quality drivers

Know what your drivers want better than the recruiters luring them away Carriers are learning that it takes more than a bigger paycheck to persuade today’s drivers to stay on board. The competitive market has driven fleets to offer a greater number of benefits, giving drivers the power of preference in the job search. Reliance Partners Director of Safety Robert Kaferle says benefits are gaining […]

May 2022

Apathetic safety compliance can be deadly

Heeding safety rules and regulations is the job of motor carriers and drivers alike Consider this a warning to all who feel nonchalant about safety: Inaction can be just as damning as wrong action. Take, for instance, allowing disqualified drivers behind the wheel. You may feel confident in their driving abilities, but consider the consequences if something bad happens. Ignoring red flags can come back […]

May 2022

Heads up: International Roadcheck is imminent

CVSA will focus on wheel ends this year Drivers take note: International Roadcheck is May 17-19. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual inspection is only a few days away, but that’s just enough time to take care of a few loose ends. Reliance Partners Vice President of Safety Brian Runnels encourages drivers to be a bit more thorough with their pre-trip inspections and to […]

Apr 2022

SMS scores: What are they and how are they calculated?

SMS assesses motor carriers based on 7 Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories What’s an SMS score and how am I rated? Is a higher score more desirable? Reliance Partners Director of Safety Robert Kaferle answers these questions and more as he dives into carrier performance metrics on this episode of WHAT THE TRUCK?!? If you’re unsure what an SMS score is, then this is […]

Apr 2022

Defensive driving key in squelching distracted driving

Distracted driving can happen to anyone at any time and it happens a lot more than you think April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which means it’s time to have serious discussions with your drivers. Distracted driving can happen to anyone and at any time — and it happens a lot more than you think. The National Safety Council estimates that eight motorists are killed […]

Apr 2022

Miscalculating your truck’s market value can have costly consequences

When purchasing physical damage coverage, remember that the price paid for the vehicle probably isn’t its current value With the scarcity of new trucks and trailers nearly doubling auction prices for late-model used trucks, it might be best to make do with what you’ve got. In February, the average sleeper tractor sold was 69 months old with 452,369 miles for $110,686. In fact, prices for every model year […]

Mar 2022

Proactive safety measures reduce stress and violations

Why not take steps to prevent violations before they occur? What’s the point of a safety department if risk mitigation isn’t valued? That’s what Reliance Partners Director of Safety Robert Kaferle argues in a recent appearance on FreightWaves’ What the Truck?!? Kaferle urges carriers to focus less on their CSA scores but instead aim to reduce violations. He reasons that safety scores only tell you where to […]

Mar 2022

Mexico increasingly attractive for US shippers, manufacturers

Rise of nearshoring, increased cross-border trade put spotlight on what Mexico has to offer Economic growth in Mexico has caught the attention of many U.S. manufacturers and shippers looking to nearshore or take advantage of Mexico’s improving transportation networks and young, educated workforce. It seems that Mexico and the U.S. share more than just a border. “A lot of companies that went to China, Thailand […]

Mar 2022

Trucking 101: Trip planning makes all the difference

Trip planning involves utilizing your time properly to maximize productivity On paper, trucking is pretty simple: Carry a load from one point to another. But reality isn’t so easy. For all the obstacles to overcome and hurdles to jump over, the best way to get from point A to point B safely and on time is through proper trip planning. Reliance Partners Vice President of Safety […]

Mar 2022

Going the extra mile to safely ship seafood across the border

The cold chain must never be broken Running a cross-border business is hard enough, but even more so when seafood is in the mix. Now you’ve got to worry about spoilage in addition to cargo theft and other risks. Phillipe Katkhouda knew that he couldn’t run a successful cross-border shipping business without strict adherence to risk mitigation, so when he entered the industry in 2017, […]

Mar 2022

All-risk coverage, visibility tech turning heads in Mexico

What’s happening south of the border is hard for US shippers to ignore The Mexican freight landscape of today is changing rapidly. The country’s reputation for logistics lawlessness is quickly being tamed by visionary industry leaders willing to invest in visibility technologies and comprehensive cross-border insurance solutions to spur Mexican freight opportunities. Mark Vickers, Reliance Partners’ executive vice president of international logistics, recently connected with Antonio […]

Feb 2022

WHAT THE TRUCK?!? dives into Reliance Partners’ Usage-Based Insurance

Reliance Partners offers Usage-Based Insurance for primary and excess cargo, truckload, less-than-truckload, and trailer interchange Don’t you wish securing freight insurance were as easy as booking loads? Reliance Partners thought so. The trucking insurance and InsurTech leader now offers utilization or Usage-Based Insurance (RUBI) coverage that can be booked on a per-load basis. This new way of booking ensures you receive just the amount of coverage […]

Feb 2022

High school CDL curriculum incorporates interactive fitness program

The Trucking Fitness Company has given a California high school free access to driver fitness app The best way to live healthy is to start habits early. That is the goal of one Patterson, California, high school truck driving instructor, who has revamped his curriculum with a fitness app to emphasize the benefits of staying active and eating well as a truck driver. “We want […]

Feb 2022

Trucking 101: Reality doesn’t always meet expectations

Trucking offers great opportunities, but life on the road isn’t for everyone Commercial trucking, like any job, has its ups and downs. The road is smooth for the most part, but it can become bumpy at times and turn unexpectedly. That said, the industry is known for its welcoming atmosphere, attracting drivers of diverse backgrounds. What’s more, pay has been increasing along with other benefits, […]

Feb 2022

Mexico free trade zones worth exploring for stateside international shippers

Through FTZs and IMMEX, shippers are realizing time and tax savings It’s no surprise that the U.S. West Coast ports have seen such horrendous congestion — everything seems to funnel through Southern California. The Port of Long Beach reported last month that it moved more cargo in 2021 than any year on record, handling 9,384,368 twenty-foot equivalent units. This represents a 15.7% year-over-year (yoy) increase […]

Jan 2022

Trucking 101: Returning to the basics

Reliance Partners’ new series will explore safety and soft skills In a technology-rich and automated industry, it’s easy to take certain aspects of the job for granted. But what if your GPS loses signal? Would you know how to get to your destination on time? Situations like these are merely bumps in the road if you’ve come prepared. It’s never too late to learn truck […]

Aug 2018

Reliance Partners Named to Inc. 5000 List

Chattanooga, Tenn. August 15, 2018 – Reliance Partners, LLC, a commercial insurance agency announced today that it has been named to the annual Inc. 500|5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Reliance Partners secured the number 591 spot on prestigious list, ranking as the fastest-growing property & casualty insurance agency in the United States and the 10th fastest-growing company in the state […]

Jul 2018

Liquor Liability Insurance – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

If you own an establishment that serves alcohol, but you have no idea what liquor liability insurance is, you need to read this pronto. In simplest terms, liquor liability is a type of insurance that covers you for any liability arising from selling, dispensing or otherwise serving alcohol. Let’s assume, for the sake of example that there’s been a bar brawl in your establishment. Liquor […]

Employment Practices Liability Insurance

Employment Practices Liability insurance is a coverage plan for employers to safeguard their financial concerns arising from claims made against them by employees. Generally, referred to as EPLI, these insurances are to cover the employer in events of allegations raised against the employer or the company on issues such as employment malpractices, sexual harassment, and wrongful or forced terminations. The Need for Employment Practices Liability […]

Cyber Liability Insurance – Why You Need It

In the past few years, cyber liability insurance has become increasingly popular due to the growing number of cyber security incidents, such as data breaches, hacking, extortion, data destruction and denial of service attacks. Unfortunately, in the event of a cyber incident, such as a data breach, your business may be liable for damages, especially if cybercriminals manage to steal your customers’ data, such as […]

Jul 2018

New Venture Truck Insurance

The truck industry is one of the volatile markets today. It is crucial that you have a new venture truck insurance policy to cover liabilities that come in losses and damages. Any start-up company needs insurance cover for primary auto liabilities and physical damage coverage. Make sure you go through comparison shopping to help in settling for the best option. Why You Need Insurance Coverage Being […]

Jul 2018

Business Owners Policy (BOP)

Designed specifically for small business, a business owners policy (BOP) is a type of business protection insurance product that combines a several basic protection insurance products, including commercial property, business interruption insurance and general liability insurance, into one policy. Because a BOP is a consolidated insurance product, it typically costs less than the sum of its individual components. In other words, it is cheaper to […]

Jul 2018

Garage Keepers Liability Coverage – What You Need To Know

When you drop off your car at an auto repair garage, you do not only expect it to be fixed, but you expect it to remain safe while in the custody of the garage keeper. A general liability policy does not cover damage to vehicles that do not belong to the insured party. This is where the garage keepers liability coverage comes in. Here is […]

Jun 2018

Moving and Storage Insurance

The trucking industry is one of the most volatile markets and is prone to several problems like industrial and occupational accidents; however, one of the most important liabilities that can emerge is loss or damage to the goods being carried and transported by the trucks. This is where moving and storage insurance comes into play. Rough handling, improper coordination are just a few of the […]

Jun 2018

Agriculture Equipment Insurance

Agriculture Equipment Insurance In modern farming, a farmer or ranch owner is more dependent on his agriculture equipment insurance to function well and increase output than he or she is on the weather or other natural elements. All equipment should run smoothly around the clock to ensure the success of your farm or ranch. However, it is nearly impossible to negate the chances of equipment […]