5 Best Places to Find a Load Fast

Looking for a load? Here are the five best places to find a van load fast. The list is based on the markets with this week’s highest number of load posts on DAT load boards, combined with outbound load-to-truck ratios above the national average of 1.7 loads per truck. Continue reading


It’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week!

September 13-19, 2015: It’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. During this week Foley Carrier Services will be joining the rest of the country in celebrating the folk who drive the country’s economy. Continue reading


5 Things Truck Drivers Love

This week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. We’ve put together a list of five ways that carriers, brokers, and shippers can show appreciation and respect to a driver, including suggestions from the drivers themselves. Continue reading

Truck on Highway in Fall

Goodbye, MC Numbers. Hello, Unified Registration System

For decades transportation and logistics professionals have relied on docket numbers — primarily MC numbers — to identify companies in our industry. MC numbers were a handy way to search for trucking companies on public and proprietary web sites, including DAT load boards and DAT CarrierWatch. Continue reading


6 Things Freight Brokers Love and Hate

(by Mark Montague) Every call you make about a load is a potential negotiation. Knowing what brokers love and hate goes a long way in determining how successful those negotiations will be. Continue reading


Samsung Tests “Live View” Truck Camera and Display

(by Peggy Dorf) Let’s say you’re driving the family car, and you’re stuck behind a Class 8 truck. You want to pass, but you can’t see the road ahead. Depending on the road, the driving conditions, and the temperament of the driver, this scenario easily could become dangerous. Continue reading


Cheap Fuel Hurting Your Bottom Line?

When fuel prices are low, your costs go down. This is good. But all-in spot market rates have also gone down, partly due to lower fuel surcharges. Continue reading


7 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Freight Rates

Below is a list of some of the questions I get asked most often about the spot market rates you see when you’re searching for loads on DAT load boards. If you have a question that I didn’t include, please send it, and I can answer it on the blog. Continue reading


Load Volume and Rates Move in Opposite Directions

Rates moved in the opposite direction from load-to-truck ratios last week. Van and reefer rates declined while load volume and ratios for those equipment types increased. For flatbeds, rates rose while volume and ratio declined. Continue reading


Would You Drive 13 Miles for $395?

Say you’re making a trip that’s longer than 550 miles. That’s probably more than a one-day trip. Since shorter hauls typically pay higher rates per mile than long hauls, it might be worth taking a look at alternatives for that long return trip.  Continue reading