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Regional, OTR, or Vocational Trucking: What’s Right for You

Friday, September 7th, 2018
Three types of trucking - Regional Over the Road Vocational Trucks

Regional, OTR, or Vocational Trucking: What’s Right for You

Truck driving is a popular occupation and it’s important to weigh your options and find what the best fit is for you. There are three main types of trucking:

  1. REGIONAL – This typically involves day trips – often a maximum of one or two nights out. A driver may run areas anywhere from a few city/counties to a few states.
  2. OVER THE ROAD (OTR) – A long-haul otr driver can spend weeks at a time on the road, with coast-to-coast loads.
  3. VOCATIONAL – Vocational drives take care of specific jobs or tasks. This category includes anywhere from dump trucks, end-dumps & side-dumps, belly dumps, refuse (garbage trucks and roll-offs), concrete trucks, service trucks, rail trucks- and the list goes on. These types of rigs are often found in construction sites, oil fields, landfills, and more.

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Truck Maintenance Checklist for Winter

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Checklist for Winter Truck Maintenance

With the coldest months of winter upon us, it’s important to prepare your trucks for extreme cold temperatures. Extreme cold may impact the aftertreatment system heat management, which could impact the efficiency of your truck if not maintained properly.

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Find Out How to Get Behind the Wheel of a Commercial Truck

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Steps to becoming a commercial truck driver

Anyone considering a career in commercial trucking will need to go through the proper training and education. There are several important steps to becoming a commercial truck driver that interested parties will need to take before getting behind the wheel. (more…)

How Does Traffic Congestion Affect Commercial Trucking?

Friday, July 14th, 2017
How does traffic congestion affect commercial trucking?

Traffic jams are incredibly irritating for many Americans. As long as we have driven cars, it seems as though we have all been driving to the same place at the same time. This leads to traffic congestion and stress for many drivers. All of this traffic has a significant impact on the commercial trucking industry. So how does traffic congestion affect commercial trucking? (more…)

Warranty Options When Purchasing Pre-Owned

Thursday, December 8th, 2016
Used Peterbilt models

By Bill Maki
Used Truck Manager
Allstate Peterbilt Group

Recently, a host of companies offering extended warranties on pre-owned units entered the used truck market. Most of these programs include a limited mechanical breakdown warranty and require an inspection. So, how do you know if an extended warranty is worth the additional cost? Or which type is best for you? (more…)

Tips to Keep Your Truck Running in Cold Weather

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

By Dana Dagen
Regional Service Manager
Allstate Peterbilt Group

Being in the trucking industry, we are all more than aware of the headaches cold weather can create for drivers and maintenance managers alike. Most industry veterans are very familiar with the havoc that winter can cause for a truck’s fundamental components. However, many of us are not as comfortable with the newer technology of the engine and aftertreament systems that are ever evolving. (more…)

Planning for the Next Round of Emission Regulations “GHG Phase 2”

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

By Tom Wentworth
General Sales Manager
Allstate Peterbilt Group
Have you ever thought it would have been nice to have a “do over” on how you planned for 2007 and the first DPF trucks required by the EPA? If so, Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 may provide you with your chance. By the time you read this president Obama will most likely have signed the latest emission reduction proposal into law. It may be worth a quick google search of the topic which will provide you with dozens of articles detailing the new requirements. (more…)

Maintenance Recommendations for Aftertreatment Uptime

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

By Tony Rich
Service Technician
Allstate Peterbilt Group

If you have 2010 or newer units in your fleet, you already know there are additional requirements for maintaining the aftertreatment system. But, are you aware of the recommended maintenance schedules for ALL of the components? Staying ahead of these practices will not only help you increase uptime, but prevent significant repair costs. (more…)

Four Questions You Should Always Ask when Buying a Used Truck

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

By Bill Maki
Used Truck Manager
Allstate Peterbilt Group
The time has come… you are ready to purchase your “new” used truck! Do you know what you should be looking for when evaluating a truck? After all, this is a critical decision and you want to be sure you are making the best choice for you and your business. Before purchasing a used truck, you should always ask the following four questions: (more…)

Commercial Truck Rentals Give Your Business Flexibility

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

By Brady Mork
Rental Manager
Allstate Peterbilt Group
Whether you are an Owner Operator or run a large fleet, your primary goal is to make sure that your contracted freight gets to its final destination, on time! Now for the hard part; with all the disruptions that trucks and trucking companies will encounter, some good and some bad, how can you help to ensure that your freight gets to where it needs to be when it needs to be there? (more…)

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