The Ultimate Guide for Employers for a DOT Background Check

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DOT and FMCSA background check requirements are confusing. We get it. Is it a urine test? Or maybe it was a drug screening and physical? And what did the DOT say about 30 days: was it after or before my new hire starts working for me? If you’re anything like us, we had these questions […]

7 Tell-Tale Symptoms of a Failing or Bad Intake Manifold Gasket

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You might not know it, but intake manifold gaskets are a vital part of every diesel truck operation. This one-of-a-kind part acts as the connection point between the manifold and the engine block. The intake manifold gasket forms a seal between these two components. The gasket helps maintain proper engine performance. When it fails, engine […]

What’s the Best Semi Truck (and Truck Brand) for My Fleet?

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Congratulations! If you’re thinking about the best semi trucks, chances are you’re considering investing in one. Whether you have a solid nest egg to sit on or are exploring your options, a question comes up. How do you know what the best semi-truck brands and semi trucks are in the trucking industry? With so many […]

11 Key Safety Tips For Truck Drivers (To Come Home Safe)

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46,270: the number of estimated traffic fatalities that occurred in the United States in 2022. According to Statista, that number is eclipsed only by 2021’s record-setting high of nearly 47,000 traffic deaths. With more than 330 million people living in the United States today, there are more vehicles than ever on today’s roads. That means […]

Engine Overhaul or Replace? How to Know When It’s Time to Do Each

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Uh-oh. The check-engine light turned on. And the engine is jumping, sputtering, and smelling that funky gasoline smell again. This could mean you’re having issues with the engine in your vehicle. Fortunately, if you’re reading this, your engine might need a replacement or overhaul. What exactly is the difference between the two, though? And how […]

The Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) and Form Made Simple

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Fleet managers and carriers have different responsibilities. That’s why they might not always see eye to eye. While they may not always agree on the best way to use these reports, they certainly can both agree on one thing: the driver vehicle inspection report (DVIR) is crucial for running a safe, productive fleet. For all […]

Drivers: Must-Know Warning Signs That Your Transmission Has Problems

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It’s late at night. You’re driving on the interstate with a cup of your favorite beverage when you start to feel a lurch. Your engine’s been doing that an awful lot lately. I know I didn’t plow through a patch of ice just now, because it’s the middle of July, you might be thinking. Why […]

What’s Causing My Truck To Leak Oil (Reasons, Effects, and Fixes)?

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Your handy truck is emitting a funky smell. It’ll go away, though, right? Is it time to bring it to the shop?  If you’ve ever asked or thought of any of these questions, your truck is likely showing signs of a classic oil leak. While you might want to write off the small puddle under […]

What to Expect for Your Annual DOT Inspection (and How to Pass It)

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The dreaded DOT inspection: it’s an annual affair for an inspector — and a nail-biter for commercial vehicle drivers. Don’t sweat it. Certified Fleet’s got your back. If you’re wondering about the 5 W’s (who, what, where, when, and why) of DOT inspections — and how to pass this inspection with flying colors — come […]

How Much Does a DOT Truck Inspection Cost?

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The annual DOT truck inspection is something that every fleet manager is familiar with. It comes around every year like clockwork. But still, even managers with years in the business tend to feel a little stressed every time they roll around. It’s normal to want your vehicles to perform well during inspections. Especially since a […]