TRUCKING EXPERT CORNER


Meet our expert

Here at Acuity, we specialize in all trucking, from owner -operators to large fleets. We understand the challenges facing the trucking industry, motor carriers, and drivers. Helping you meet these challenges successfully is a key focus of ours. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be here. I am Cliff J., Trucking Business Segment Specialist at Acuity.


Cliff J. is our Trucking guru

I bring over 30 years of trucking industry experience to Acuity. I worked my way up from driving to managing the safety operations of a transportation company, culminating in owning and managing my own regional trucking company. My main goal at Acuity is to help you, the motor carrier, the owner/operator and the driver better understand the insurance industry and help shape Acuity’s products and services to better meet your needs. I regularly provide ongoing trucking training to Acuity employees to help them understand the unique needs of those in the trucking/transportation industry. With over 30 years in the transportation sector, as both a company driver and as owner and manager of a trucking company, I have first-hand experience that helps me understand the challenges truckers’ face, and detailed knowledge of transportation regulations. My experience coupled with a background in insurance loss control can help answer and provide solutions to any issues that may arise.

Commercial truck insurance

At Acuity, we understand the unique insurance needs of your trucking business. From tractor-trailers to vans, and owner-operators to fleets, Acuity has the coverages you need to protect your business.


FAQs


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Having been in the trucking business many years, it was important for me to find a company I was comfortable working with that demonstrated ongoing honesty and integrity in their business practices. I believe I found that with Acuity. In addition, I believe we can revolutionize the relationship between the trucker and insurance company so both understand each other and can partner to obtain the best results possible.


The working knowledge I’ve gained in my 30 years of trucking industry experience allows me to understand our trucking customers’ real-world issues and provide information and training to Acuity employees to better evaluate trucking operations, help reduce their risks, and handle claims. I also assist in developing better products and services for our trucking customers.


Do your due diligence in putting together a good business plan is the best advice I can give. Understand who your customers will be and whether you can find a niche market that sets you apart from others. Consider your accounts receivable and operating cash flow. Will you have enough to buy diesel and pay for repairs, wages, and fees before your cash flow stabilizes? Ask yourself why a professional driver should work for you. What do you offer to meet a driver’s needs and promote a mutually beneficial and long-term relationship? How will your company successfully manage the regulations specific to the trucking industry and employees?  How will you instill safe operations within your company’s culture, so unnecessary and preventable losses do not occur and eat away at profits? Partner with reputable businesses for your fuel, tire, parts, and equipment dealers and  a strong insurance company that understands your industry. A comprehensive business plan will impact how you begin and finance your business and at what speed you may wish to grow.


I like to make a difference in people lives, so working to make Acuity the best insurance company for truckers is very rewarding for me. This reputation has to be earned every day through meeting people’s needs and helping them prepare for any eventuality.



RESOURCES


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Loss control

Acuity offers an extensive library of loss control resources to help keep your employees and company operating safely

Videos

Watch our helpful, to-the-point trucking videos featuring Cliff, our industry specialist!

Glossary

Does insurance lingo sometimes leave you guessing? Check out our glossary!


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    • Are you considering updating your company's heavy trucks and trailers and, if so, what factors do you use to make these decisions? One thing is certain, there is no right or wrong answer, as a crop farmer’s needs will be completely different than a regional general freight motor carrier.
    • In my role as Trucking Specialist with Acuity, I have the privilege of meeting a great many motor carriers. Though many are cutting-edge and understand their costs and effectively work to address them, others, including smaller firms, struggle understanding how to integrate safety into their operations and reduce claims, fines, maintenance costs, and driver turnover.
    • Depending how long you have been around the trucking industry, you may remember when dispatch records were recorded on paper by hand. Later, companies used computers and software such as Excel and QuickBooks that were more efficient than paper but still required data entry and time-consuming searches for records.

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