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Are Autonomous Trucks the End of the Road for Truckers?

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By Diane Tait
Autonomous vehicles are all the rage these days.You can’t turn on the TV or fire up an online newsfeed without hearing or reading about an auto manufacturer that is putting billions into developing self-driving car technology.Even Tesla is now spending big bucks to develop automated big rigs.With this in mind, the commercial trucking industry is in for a rethink on a massive scale in the not too distant future.The question is, how will this new technology affect the livelihoods of the 3.5 million professional truck drivers in this country.
1.Invasion of the Robo-Rigs? – Since 2017, the Internet has been abuzz about the coming age of the robo-rigs.These 18-wheeled behemoths are supposedly the vanguard of a myriad of other driverless commercial vehicles that are predicted to invade the highways and byways of this country within the next few years.The bad news is that with Fortune 500 companies ready shelling out billions to develop these automated monsters, the writing is o…

Can You Beat the Statistics on a Bike?

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By Diane Tait
Everyone’s looking to go green these days.Whether it’s switching from incandescent lights to compact fluorescents or buying hybrid cars to reduce your carbon footprints, many people are willing to change their habits just to try to help the planet.Some of us who are really interested in minimizing their impact on the environment choose to ride our bikes whenever possible, or even to commute to and from work via bicycle.While this is a noble gesture, it doesn’t come without some related risks.Let’s face it, when was the last time you saw a Schwinn equipped with seat-belts and air bags?Also, while Jacksonville has the perfect weather for nearly year-round bike commuting, it’s streets are anything by bike-friendly.Sure, there are narrow bike lanes on some streets, but that doesn’t mean that most motorists in town are vigilant when it comes to 2-wheeled vehicles, especially those with a top speed of 20 MPH.To give all you cyclists out there a fighting chance of surviving the …

Looking to Lower the Cost of Truck Ownership?

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By Diane Tait
Is it better to own or lease?That is the question.At least it is, if you drive a commercial truck.While many truckers dream of the day they can proudly proclaim themselves an owner-operator, the reality for many is the math doesn’t always add up.Let’s take a look at the metrics.
1.Can you say sticker shock? – To start with, semis don’t come cheap.If you’re looking for a bargain, you won’t find one in either a new or a used truck.Expect to pay $100,000 or more for a commercial truck.Add another $25,000 if you want to add a sleeper.Then there’s the cost of the trailer, which will set you back another $50,000 for a standard rig.Specialty trailers can cost you even more.While a used semi with a lower price tag might seem like a bargain, expect to pay higher maintenance costs.
      2.It’s a gas, gas, gas – If you want to own a big rig, you also have to feed it and it eats for forty.The reason I mention that number is to remind you that a typical 18-wheeler consumes 40 times as …

The Biggest Business Busters (10 factors that can scuttle your business)

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By Diane Tait


Being a business owner myself, I am always cognizant of trying to stay ahead of the curve by working on my business as much as I work in it.One of the things that stifles the development of many small businesses is blundering into a problem that can scuttle the ship of commerce before it ever reaches deep water.By that, I mean that there are a number of potentially catastrophic problems that can crop up that are capable of slowing or stopping a business in its tracks.Here are ten business busters all business owners need to avoid:

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