Carriers are the backbone of the transportation and logistics industries. They routinely overcome various obstacles to keep economies moving forward. They meet freight handling requirements, make tight deadlines for loading and unloading, manage risks related to traffic delays, navigate volatile weather and vehicle failures and cope with rising fuel prices. These are common challenges all carriers face at some point. A quality carrier rewards program can help avoid and reduce the impact of these disruptions.
Big third-party transportation companies offer rewards programs to save carriers time and money and increase efficiency. At the same time, these programs help transportation companies build better relationships with the carriers that haul freight for them. These programs are generally free to join and offer plenty of benefits, such as discounts on new tires, vehicle maintenance and the latest technologies, roadside assistance, savings on fuel and more.
Whether you’re an independent carrier with a single vehicle or a company with a fleet of vehicles, utilizing even one or two of these benefits can significantly improve your profitability. In other words, if you’re not taking advantage of a rewards program offered by the company you’re hauling for, you’re throwing free money away.
Here are the top five benefits of Carrier Rewards Programs:
1. Fuel Card Program
A fuel card program is a great way to save on an everyday, unavoidable expense. Depending on your rewards tier and performance rating, you can save 1¢ to 4¢ per gallon on top of regular fuel program discounts. The more you haul and the higher you score as a carrier, the more you save.
The Hurtler Fuel Card benefits owner-operators, small fleet owners and large fleet owners equally, and is accepted at over 9,000 stations in North America. Carriers can save an average of up to $1,000 per month on fuel, but depending on your Hurtler Extra tier, you could save more.
Carriers save on average 41 cents* per gallon with the Hurtler Fuel Card. The savings may vary with other transportation companies, but Hurtler’s benefits for carriers are among the industry’s most competitive.
*As of March 2022
3. Maintenance and Roadside Assistance
4. Tire Program
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration truck tires can last for three to five years if maintained properly. But, maintenance is not the only factor determining the tire life; a truck that carries light loads can go 30,000 to 50,000 miles on new tires, while a truck that carries heavy loads may require a tire change after 15,000 to 20,000 miles.
Several other factors can cause added wear and tear on tires — for example, driving on poorly maintained roads, harsh weather conditions and aggressive driving, like braking and accelerating abruptly. Despite the high cost of new tires, never delay replacing tires until the wear and tear becomes a safety issue.
A good carrier rewards program like Hurtler Extra offers substantial discounts on tires, so that carriers can keep their vehicles in great working condition and earn more income. Hurtler’s discount program covers truck and trailer tires purchased from leading brands, including Bridgestone, Goodyear, Michelin, Continental, Yokohama, Cooper and more, all backed by manufacturer warranties.
Recent data shows that carriers in Hurtler’s Silver, Gold and Platinum tiers can save up to $35 per tire!
5. Discounts on Technology
As more state-of-the-art in-cab technology becomes available to commercial drivers, one of the job’s greatest safety hazards — distractions while driving — is improving. Research from Virginia Tech Institute shows that distracted drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a road accident, either by causing the accident, or reacting too late to avoid it.
Carrier rewards programs that offer discounts on electronics recognize the important role of technology in a driver’s safety environment. Bluetooth headsets, GPS, dash cams and other safety devices go a long way in eliminating distractions — and save you money, too.
These are just a few of the many reasons to join a Carrier Rewards Program. Most important, though, is the peace of mind these programs offer: knowing that the company you haul for is supporting the independent carriers in their network and cares about building those relationships. If you’re looking for carrier rewards that will maximize your earning potential, consider Hurtler.
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