63% of Drivers Are Detained More Than 3 Hours per Stop

63% of Drivers Are Detained More Than 3 Hours per Stop

By Matt Sullivan, Marketing, DAT Solutions

Most drivers spend 3 to 4 hours waiting to get loaded or unloaded, according to a DAT survey of 257 carriers and owner-operators. Of the carriers surveyed, 54% of them said that they wait between 3 to 5 hours every time they’re at a shipper’s dock. Another 9% said that they wait more than 5 hours on average.

You don’t have to crunch a lot of numbers to figure out how that’s bad for business.

 63 Percent
The graph above shows responses from 257 carriers surveyed

 

Detention fees usually range from $30 to $50 an hour after the driver has been detained for more than two hours, based on responses those same carriers plus 50 brokers who were also surveyed. And that’s if the carrier is actually lucky enough to collect a detention fee.

Two-thirds of the brokers said that they only paid detention when they were able to collect a fee from the shipper or consignee. When a broker is able to collect from the shipper, they were twice as likely to pay detention fees to the carrier.

But those fees are just a drop in the bucket compared to how much that detention time actually costs trucking companies. One owner-operator cited a $1,900 loss due to two loads he was unable to accept because of a lengthy detention at a receiver’s dock.

 

Get the full survey results.

 

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Note: This article was adapted from DAT’s blog post on www.DAT.com. It was first published in June, 2016.

How to Get the Most Out of Our Free Trucker App

How to Get the Most Out of Our Free Trucker App

By Michael Tupper, Product Manager, DAT Solutions

If you use the DAT Trucker™ mobile app for Android, you probably noticed some big changes recently. We redesigned the app to work the same way that most other mapping apps do. More importantly, now DAT Trucker lets drivers find what they need faster and easier. Based on your location, you can find truck stops, rest areas, fuel prices, Walmarts, nearby loads, truck-friendly hotels and more.

We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback from new users who love the app, but truckers who’ve been using the app for a long time are telling us that they’ve had trouble finding the tools they used in the old version.

Everything is still there, and after you first get the app set up with your personalized settings, you can find what you’re looking for in one click.

 

My DAT1  

When you open the app, there’s a map based on your phone’s GPS location. The markers show locations that match your search results – just like in Google Maps. You can see everything at once, or choose whether you want to see truck stops, rest areas, Walmarts or more. Tap the magnifying glass in the top-right corner to search other cities.

If you tap the triangle icon circled in the screen above, you can choose which categories you want to search: Truck stops, rest areas, etc. The app will remember what you select and do the same search anytime you open the app, based on your GPS location. Once you have it set to your preferences, you’ll find what you’re looking for faster than you could with the old version.

My DAT2

 

If you want to see a list of search results like you did in the old version, you can tap “list” from the map screen. Tap on the sort options (circled in the picture), and you can sort the list by name, distance, fuel price and more. Also, this is often the most useful way to see search results if you’re in a place where the internet connection isn’t strong.

Trying to find a parking spot? From the list, you can get more details about each business. Tap on a truck stop to see how many parking spots they have and get info about showers, laundry, scales and much more. 

My DAT3

 

You can still search for nearby loads. Just tap on the main menu in the top-left corner and choose “Find loads nearby.” You might see fewer results than you used to because the old version showed loads for every equipment type. The new version shows loads that match the truck and trailer in your profile, so the loads are more relevant to what you’re looking for. 

You can also tap the DAT Trucker icon in the bottom right corner and choose what you want to do. For example, you can tap “Fuel up” and find the cheapest nearby diesel prices, or “Sleep” to find truck-friendly hotels.

Another advantage of the new version is that it lets our software developers make updates faster and make changes based on your suggestions. For example, many of you pointed out that we didn’t include landscape mode, which flips the display when you turn the phone sideways. That’ll be fixed in an update coming soon, so keep sending suggestions.

 

Get the DAT Trucker mobile app in the Google Play store or the Apple App Store.

 

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TruckersEdge® Load Board is part of the trusted DAT® Load Board Network. DAT offers more than 68 million live loads and trucks per year. Tens of thousands of loads per day are found first or exclusively on the DAT Network through TruckersEdge.

 

Note: This article was adapted from DAT’s blog post on www.DAT.com. It was first published in April, 2016.

Regulations Roundup: New Year, New Safety Ratings

Regulations Roundup: New Year, New Safety Ratings

By Matt Sullivan, Marketing, DAT Solutions

It wouldn’t be a new year without some new regulations, right? The FMCSA is planning another overhaul of how carrier safety is rated, which includes getting rid of the rating system that’s been in place since 1982.

Below are some of this week’s trucking news headlines.

Regulations Roundup

The FMCSA has proposed a new carrier safety rating program. The current system rates carriers as Satisfactory, Conditional, or Unsatisfactory. Right now, a majority of carriers aren’t rated at all. The proposed Safety Fitness Determination would only use the label “Unfit” for carriers that fall below certain safety measurements, based on roadside inspections and investigations. 

Read more at CCJ

 

Some CSA info has been made public again. The highway bill that was passed back in December led to the removal of CSA scores from public view. Some of that info is back up on the DOT site, including inspections and violation histories for the past year — but not without some technical problems.

Read more at Overdrive

 

Fatalities from truck crashes are down 40% in the past decade, according to the American Trucking Associations. 

Read more at CCJ

 

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About TruckersEdge®, powered by DAT®

TruckersEdge® Load Board is part of the trusted DAT® Load Board Network. DAT offers more than 68 million live loads and trucks per year. Tens of thousands of loads per day are found first or exclusively on the DAT Network through TruckersEdge.

 

Note: This article was adapted from DAT’s new TruckersEdge blog post. It was first published in January 18, 2015