How to Start a Trucking Company

Why Trucking Insurance is Important

Insurance is a trucking company’s backbone. You cannot roll without it. The FMCSA requires proof of liability insurance for your Operating Authority/MC Number application. Most shippers require proof of insurance before they will trust your company with their freight. As long as your insurance is in place, you have a working trucking company.

Why do your customers care about insurance?

Insurance is one of the most expensive purchases for a trucking company. The premiums require a large amount of upfront cash and the monthly payments can be in the thousands. So why do you need something that is going to cut into your profits? Protection. Insurance protects not only your business but your customers’ as well.

When a customer gives you freight to haul, they are trusting you with their business. Your customer needs that freight to reach its final destination in pristine condition because that freight represents their profits. Damaged freight could put your customer out of business. Having insurance shows your customers that you are able to protect their interests in case of an accident. It also protects yours since you will not have to pay for total damage costs out of pocket.

Insurance Planning

Insurance takes a great deal of planning. Most insurance companies will not issue you a policy until you have had your CDL for at least 2 years. If you do find an insurance company that will take a risk on you sooner, the premium will probably be very high. Most insurance policies want you to pay an up-front premium that is 25% to 30% of the total policy cost. Working with TAFS Factoring allows you to apply for a business loan to help cover that big down payment.

A best practice for making your insurance payment is to set aside a portion of money from each invoice you receive. Doing this yourself can be stressful. Did you set aside enough money? When is the payment due?

Insurance is a big part of the trucking industry. It not only protects your company but your customers’ companies as well. As long as you have a good policy in place and continue to make your payments, you have the ability to keep rolling.

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