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Carrie Anderson

Writer, marketer, wife, mom and friend. I love coffee, puppies and telling stories.

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Trucking App Review: Stride Tax February 12 2019

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Tired of trying to keep track of a bunch of receipts while on the road? It is no fun using your downtime organizing piles of receipts and punching numbers into Excel spreadsheets—unless that's your thing, in which case, carry on!

But if you're the type who doesn't love the tracking side of the trucking business, the Stride Tax app might be a good fit for you. Keep reading for our review of the positives and negatives of this free smartphone app.

Tired of trying to keep track of a bunch of receipts while on the road? It is no fun using your downtime organizing piles of receipts and punching numbers into Excel spreadsheets—unless that's your thing, in which case, carry on!

But if you're the type who doesn't love the tracking side of the trucking business, the Stride Tax app might be a good fit for you. Keep reading for our review of the positives and negatives of this free smartphone app.

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How to Avoid Predatory Attorneys in Trucking January 27 2019

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Are huge accident settlements like the 90 million dollar Werner case shocking you? There is a disturbing trend we have noticed that continues to prove true. Predatory attorneys are hunting for these big ticket accident cases in larger numbers. There are a few factors that play into these attorney decisions. To learn more about the epidemic, keep reading.

Are huge accident settlements like the 90 million dollar Werner case shocking you? There is a disturbing trend we have noticed that continues to prove true. Predatory attorneys are hunting for these big ticket accident cases in larger numbers. There are a few factors that play into these attorney decisions. To learn more about the epidemic, keep reading.

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6 Common Myths About Women in Trucking January 25 2019

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The number of women in the trucking industry is growing, but not as quickly as it should, especially given the current driver shortage. Female truck drivers currently make up about 7% of the industry in the United States, meaning that they are disproportionately underrepresented. At K & J Trucking, we are proud that more than 10% of our drivers are women; but what we want to see the number grow, both in our company and across the industry.

In this piece, we take a moment to focus on the myths about female drivers and why they are so misleading. 

 

The number of women in the trucking industry is growing, but not as quickly as it should, especially given the current driver shortage. Female truck drivers currently make up about 7% of the industry in the United States, meaning that they are disproportionately underrepresented. At K & J Trucking, we are proud that more than 10% of our drivers are women; but what we want to see the number grow, both in our company and across the industry.

In this piece, we take a moment to focus on the myths about female drivers and why they are so misleading. 

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How to Get Your Truck Ready for Winter January 24 2019

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Winter is a brutal time for all of us, and even though our diesel beauties are designed to be tough, they still need a little pampering from time to time. While it's currently right in the middle of winter, it is always good to maintain preparedness, right? With that in mind, here are some quick suggestions to make sure your tractor is ready for whatever winter throws at you!

Winter is a brutal time for all of us, and even though our diesel beauties are designed to be tough, they still need a little pampering from time to time. While it's currently right in the middle of winter, it is always good to maintain preparedness, right? With that in mind, here are some quick suggestions to make sure your tractor is ready for whatever winter throws at you!

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Which End of Year Purchases Make the Most Sense for Your Trucking Business? December 21 2018

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We all want to pay fewer taxes, right? Well, if recent conversations with your tax accountant have you concerned about your tax burden in 2018, this is the list for you.

We've gathered up some of the best year-end trucking purchases we'd recommend you get in before tax season. 

We all want to pay fewer taxes, right? Well, if recent conversations with your tax accountant have you concerned about your tax burden in 2018, this is the list for you.

We've gathered up some of the best year-end trucking purchases we'd recommend you get in before tax season. 

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Rig Rant Video Series: John Kemp November 20 2018

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Last month we introduced a new video series, Rig Rant. In this K&J-exclusive series we jump in a truck with members of the K&J Trucking family and learn more about their life, their job, and what it is really like at K&J.

Today we are releasing John Kemp's episode where he dishes on the best chain restaurants, his funniest trucking experience, and how he ended up in a truck at the ripe age of 15!

Last month we introduced a new video series, Rig Rant. In this K&J-exclusive series we jump in a truck with members of the K&J Trucking family and learn more about their life, their job, and what it is really like at K&J.

Today we are releasing John Kemp's episode where he dishes on the best chain restaurants, his funniest trucking experience, and how he ended up in a truck at the ripe age of 15!

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From IT Professional to Trucker, John's Story August 9 2018

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In John Hall's previous career he was a technical writer and IT professional, creating manuals and training pieces and working on computers. Now he controls his own schedule and has an ever-changing view through his "office" window. Curious how an IT guy embraced the trucking lifestyle? We asked John to tell us his story in his own words.

In John Hall's previous career he was a technical writer and IT professional, creating manuals and training pieces and working on computers. Now he controls his own schedule and has an ever-changing view through his "office" window. Curious how an IT guy embraced the trucking lifestyle? We asked John to tell us his story in his own words.

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The Excellent Road Adventures of K & J's Brad and Bonnie Hendriks May 3 2018

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Can marriage while out on the road together actually work? Brad and Bonnie Hendriks know it can. They've been trucking together for five years and they still love it. Whether working 24 hours a day 7 days a week with your spouse sounds like a dream or a nightmare, you have to admit it is certainly unique. The Hendriks, owner operators with K & J, shared their feelings about team road life for anyone considering hitting the road with their significant other.

Can marriage while out on the road together actually work? Brad and Bonnie Hendriks know it can. They've been trucking together for five years and they still love it. Whether working 24 hours a day 7 days a week with your spouse sounds like a dream or a nightmare, you have to admit it is certainly unique. The Hendriks, owner operators with K & J, shared their feelings about team road life for anyone considering hitting the road with their significant other.

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The Double-Edged Sword of Going OTR - Four-Wheeler Goes OTR November 7 2017

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It is time for some real talk. Of all the lessons I learned during my OTR experience with Summer (read more about why here), this was probably one of the most powerful. So if you don't like mushy, gushy stuff, if you don't like being getting real, you can skip this blog. It's okay. I understand. But if you can handle it, buckle up. 

It is time for some real talk. Of all the lessons I learned during my OTR experience with Summer (read more about why here), this was probably one of the most powerful. So if you don't like mushy, gushy stuff, if you don't like being getting real, you can skip this blog. It's okay. I understand. But if you can handle it, buckle up. 

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Why Truckers Are "Jerks" - Four-Wheeler Goes OTR October 21 2017

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I'm just your average car driver, or in trucker lingo, a four-wheeler. But I recently went OTR to learn more about what it is truly like on the road. Before my trip with Summer I felt like when I was in my car I owned the road; I quickly learned that I had just been borrowing it from a big rig. 

When you are driving 80,000 lbs down a highway at 68 mph, you are definitely the king of the road. Most four-wheelers assume that when we are inconvenienced it is just because truckers are jerks. But I learned, they are usually "jerks" for good reason. 

I'm just your average car driver, or in trucker lingo, a four-wheeler. But I recently went OTR to learn more about what it is truly like on the road. Before my trip with Summer I felt like when I was in my car I owned the road; I quickly learned that I had just been borrowing it from a big rig. 

When you are driving 80,000 lbs down a highway at 68 mph, you are definitely the king of the road. Most four-wheelers assume that when we are inconvenienced it is just because truckers are jerks. But I learned, they are usually "jerks" for good reason. 

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