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There are so many great meals you can make on your truck with an Instant Pot. We are by no means endorsing Instant Pot, but we know that ease of use and quick meals are something all truckers could find beneficial.

Using an Instant Pot or a Crock Pot (Here's a link to one of our favorite slow cooker recipes: http://www.globaltransportinc.com/blog/post/slow-cooker-beef-stew-in-the-truck) can save you time, money, and it's a lot healthier than eating fast food or gas station food all of the time.

We compiled a list of some of our favorites, and we wanted to share with you!

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https://www.livinglocurto.com/baked-potato-soup-instant-pot/

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Back in June I wrote a blog about how to overcome failure (You can read it here: www.globaltransportinc.com/blog/post/turning-lemons-into-gold). Since then, I have seen a lot of people talk about how failure is a good thing. Several celebrities and self made millionaires have been posting blogs and using social media to talk about how they love failure and that they seek out failure. It really comes across as pandering and disingenuous. When you see posts like that you feel like “Of course they can fail, they are rich, they can afford it”. While that is true, failure can also work for you as long as you embrace it and you don’t fear it. You truly can turn failure into something positive. So what does it mean to embrace...

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There are a lot of new drivers on the road, and a lot of experienced drivers out there; and both groups could benefit from these 7 tips that we're going to share with you. These are tips about driving and your health on the road. Please let us know if we missed a big tip, or one that you feel is important that we didn't acknowledge.

1. Always communicate with your Dispatcher: Too often, drivers are afraid to tell their dispatchers if there are issues with picking up, dropping off, or even oversleeping. Your dispatchers are the people that have to talk to the customers and keep them updated. They need all of the information from you that they can get to ensure that you will continue to get loads from these customers.

2. Eating Healthy o...

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Most drivers have a slow cooker in their cabs. If you don't you may want to think about investing in one. We posted about slow cookers in this blog from a few months ago: http://www.globaltransportinc.com/blog/post/simple-cooking-simply-awesome With the cold weather upon us, we figured we'd share one of our favorite recipes for beef stew that you can cook in your slow cooker.

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew that you can make at home or in your truck!

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This month of December is always extra tumultuous in the trucking business.

The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are always a challenge. More freight to move.

Shorter times to do it. Fewer drivers wanting to be away from home.

This year we’ve added a significant new set of regulations that has everyone scrambling to find a way to do everything necessary.

Our answer to this is to do what we’ve always done. FOCUS ON THE CUSTOMER.

As a broker we have 2 primary customers. Those who provide freight. Those who provide trucks.

We have found if we listen to what those two groups need, we will succeed. It is hard

to remember this lesson when things get super hectic, but it is exactly what is needed.

So while many are rac...

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For most people, they just assume they'll get the holidays off to spend time with their family. For truckers, they have to make the deliveries as the shippers require. If you're an OTR trucker, your schedule is at the mercy of other people.
That doesn't mean you can't enjoy your holidays. Here are some tips to help make the holidays and working through them a little more bearable.

  • Schedule days with your family when you ARE home. If you celebrate Christmas but you won't be home until December 26th, see if your family members will celebrate with you. It's not ideal, but it's better than not spending quality time with the people you love.
  • Spread cheer. It sounds silly, but being kind WILL make you feel better. From the cashiers at the gas station to the dock managers, everyone else is stuck working, too. Buy some candy canes and pass them out to the people you encounter. You'll be surprised by how much small gestures like that can mean to people.
  • We wrote a blog about this; stay connected. Take advantage of technology. From Skype to FaceTime, Marco Polo to WhatsApp... there are a ton of free video and messaging services that make staying connected a lot of fun. Read more about the ways you can stay connected here: http://www.globaltransportinc.com/blog/post/technology-keeping-you-connected

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Spreading holiday cheer!

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As an OTR driver, or even a city driver that works long hours, it can be hard to stay connected with your family. Luckily, there are a ton of free apps that will make sure you can stay connected to your loved ones and not miss out on all of the important moments. If you have Apple products, you can use FaceTime to video chat with your friends and family. There is also a Skype app that is great because you can use the group feature and talk to multiple people at once (from your computer). We also like Marco Polo, which is a video messaging app, and it's free to use and will work whether or not you're connected to WiFi (but it will use your data if you're not on WiFi, which is the case for most apps). WhatsApp and Viber are also great text...

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Did you know that over 40% of OTR drivers have pets that ride with them?
There are quite a few benefits to having a dog or a cat with you on long trips, but the most important benefit is that you're more likely to stay alert because you have another living being that you're responsible for.
Drivers have said that they also feel more secure with a pet in the cab because they'll act as an alarm system for the driver.
Having a truck pet is also a way to feel connected and not so lonely on long drives, which helps relieve stress.

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OTR companions are great for so many reasons! Global Transport Inc. wholeheartedly supports having truck pets!

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Insurance Scammers are Awesome! (New 2017)

Dash Cam insurance scams, incredible compilation! Auto insurance scams are more common than you might think. This is why russians and asians need dashcams in cars. There are people that try and scam, but unfortunately for some it doesn't go according to plan. If you become a victim of car insurance fraud, you pay.

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Bills of Lading, also known as BOLs, come in all sorts of shapes and sizes but should all have similar information. This guide will break down the parts of the BOL so that you can be positive that you are looking at the correct information when you pick up a load.

  • Date: The date of the BOL is almost always the date the paperwork was printed. While most often this date is the same as the pick-up date, sometimes, it can be the day before.

  • Bill of Lading Number: This number is usually for the shipper reference to that they can keep track of the freight on their dock. This is often used as a pick-up number as well.

  • PO Number: This is the purchase order number and is used by the shipper and consignee to reference the shipment in their inventory system.

  • Shipper: This will be the address of the company you will be picking up from. Sometime there will be a phone number for this location as well but is not requires and often not on the BOL. Also can be noted and the “Ship From” or “Pick Up”

  • Consignee: This will be the address of the company you will be delivering to. Sometime there will be a phone number for this location as well but is not requires and often not on the BOL. Also can be noted as the “Ship to” or “Delivery”

  • Freight Charges: There will be 3 options checked here. The shipment will be marked:

  • Prepaid: Shipper is paying the freight charges

  • Collect: Consignee is paying the freight charges

  • 3rd Party: A third party is paying for the freight charges

PLEASE BE AWARE! If the company giving you the freight is a broker, the freight charges could be marked for any of these options. You will be sending your invoice to the broker unless they tell you otherwise.

  • Quantity: Be very careful when reviewing this part of your paperwork. Shippers can put the number of pallets, the number of cartons, or both. Also, just because a BOL will have a number of pallets on it, that doesn’t reflect how much space it takes up on the trailer. The skids could be stackable or oversized, and that will change how much space the freight actually uses on your truck.

  • Weight: The total weight of the shipment. Some BOLs will have several weights on it for varying item numbers but there should be a total weight on the BOL. Usually at the end of the item list.

  • Description: This should be a generic description of the product. The shipper might also have an item number listed here. Pay close attention to this. If you are told to pick up a load of steel and they load you with light bulbs instead then the shipper might be giving you the wrong freight.

  • NFMC: In the United States, each commodity or type of product is assigned a National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC). This code indicated to the DOT what type of freight you are hauling.

  • Class: The class of a piece of freight determines the overall density of the freight. This is commonly used by common carriers to determine how much space something takes up.

  • Signature lines: There should be 3 signature lines on the paperwork:

  • Shipper Signature: Signed by the shipper who loaded the truck. Will be dated with the date it ships. This will verify the freight shipped. If the driver is picking up at a location other than the shipper, this date might vary.

  • Driver Signature: The driver will sign this to verify they picked up the freight.

  • Consignee Signature: The consignee will sign and date this to confirm that the freight is delivered. The consignee is also responsible for added notes about any damaged or missing items on the shipment.

This is the basic information you can find on your BOLs. Keep in mind that BOLs are not all standard and come with a variety of information. If you don’t see at least this information on your BOLs then you should contact the company that gave you the freight and try to...

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