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Barb Zearley

Barb Zearley

With 15 years of industry experience, I am self-motivated, customer-oriented and attentive to achieve customer goals and satisfaction.

Toll Booths of the Future

By: Barb Zearley / Posted on: October 18, 2019

If you drive the major highways anywhere in the United States, you are certainly aware of toll highways. Tolls not only increase the cost of passenger car trips but also impact the freight cost to transport products by truck throughout the United States. The toll money collected from toll payments helps pay for road maintenance, rest areas, grass mowing, road salting and snow removal (in the northern states). States are rapidly investing in toll booth modernization and the implementation of cashless toll booths, E-Z Pass technology and license plate photos are all ways to reduce toll collection costs and increase the flow of traffic for all vehicles. 

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Winter is Coming Soon

By: Barb Zearley / Posted on: September 27, 2019

Monday September 23, 2019 was officially the first day of autumn. It won’t be long before overnight temperatures in the northeast drop into the 30’s and begin to impact vehicle operating performance. The winter season will soon follow and bring us the annual snow, ice, and freezing rain that will make travelling on the highways an adventure.

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Driver Shortages on the Rise

By: Barb Zearley / Posted on: August 29, 2019

The increase in truck driver shortages could be a serious problem for the U.S. economy in the future. Driver shortages were up 20% in 2018 and this trend is continuing in 2019. Within the next decade, United States industries could see the highest driver shortage in U.S. history.

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The Price We Pay for Corn

By: Barb Zearley / Posted on: July 9, 2019

As the summer driving season shifts into high gear, consumers are well aware of gasoline prices and the impact the price will have on their summer travels. Although gasoline makes up 90% of the gallons we purchase for our vehicles, the product that makes up the additional 10% (Ethanol) can have a big impact on the price we pay.

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Rules of the Road

By: Barb Zearley / Posted on: May 13, 2019

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