We know that inflation, rising fuel costs, and fluctuation in consumer supply and demand in recent months are putting the squeeze on owner operators and carriers like you. Your expenses continue to climb, while some lanes have seen drastic declines in freight volumes and rates. Now it’s more important than ever for you to use technology in your day-to-day that saves you time and money. Every minute that you save with technology is another minute that can be used to find and book loads and keep those wheels rolling.
With Trucker Tools’ free technology for owner operators and carriers, you can save time and money by finding the information you need quickly, automating manual tasks, and booking loads and reloads in seconds.
1. Intelligence on Which Lanes Will Be Hot in the Future
Last year, we launched “Where’s the Freight?,” a three-times-a-week market report for owner operators and carriers. Published on our blog and social media channels every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, “Where’s the Freight?” tells you where demand and rates over the next five to seven day period will be high and low. With this information, you can avoid taking loads into markets where demand is likely to be low and get your truck(s) into markets before they heat up.
2. Quickly Find Loads with Your Fav Brokers
With Trucker Tools’ driver app and free carrier platform, you can search for loads with your favorite brokers in a matter of seconds. You can restrict your search to certain types of loads, specific lanes and other factors. Our driver app and carrier platform are connected to the software platforms used by brokers, which means you’re never looking at stale load data as you would load boards. Better yet, you can find out what loads are available right from your smart phone or computer — and without ever calling the broker.
3. Digital Rate Quotes and Load Booking
Once you find a load that you like in Trucker Tools’ free carrier platform or driver app, you have at least two choices: you can call the broker at the number listed on the load or you can instantly send a digital rate quote to the broker. If you send a digital rate quote, the broker will respond via email or with a phone call. A third option that you’ll see on some loads is Book It Now®. Loads labeled as Book It Now® loads can be digitally booked directly through the driver app or carrier platform. The ability to submit digital rate quotes and book loads with a few taps/clicks reduces the number of phone calls you have to field from brokers, saving you valuable time.
4. Reloads at Your Fingertips
Any time you search for a load with Trucker Tools’ free driver app or free carrier platform, you are shown nearby available reloads for the load. This information is invaluable because it tells you whether or not you’ll be able to get a reload coming out of the market before you commit to the load going into the market. Having instant access to reloads on every load allows you to calculate your potential net profit in advance, reduce deadheading and decrease the amount of time you spend looking for backhauls.
5. Save Money on Cargo Insurance
According to the American Transportation Research Institute, insurance premium costs have increased by 47 percent over the last 10 years. Trucker Tools has partnered with cargo insurer Loadsure to bring affordable spot market cargo insurance to the Trucker Tools driver app. You now can add Loadsure cargo insurance to loads in the Trucker Tools’ app on a load-by-load basis according to the value of the freight. Loadsure’s pay-as-you-go model ultimately can save you money by reducing your blanket cargo insurance coverage. Using Loadsure may even make it possible for you to eliminate your annual cover altogether.
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To download the Trucker Tools app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/carriers/trucker-tools-app/. To start using Trucker Tools’ free carrier software platform, visit https://bookaload.truckertools.com/.