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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Electronic record keeping and GPS

Hi lonny,

Il try to help, but take my advice with a grain of salt. There's a million ways to do things and you're going to have to find a way that works best for you.

As far as dvir, if you're talking about a post trip checklist, most paper logs have one on the back of every page that needs to be signed daily.

I've heard of electronics calculating your ifta, but I've always done it with paper and pen and now im used to it. You should download a form (the one I use can be found at https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/com-drv-vehs/mtr-car-trkr/mc-forms.aspx

Scroll down its called MV2687 under ifta reporting. I use a new sheet on every trip. Record the state, odometer, location of fuel, gallons of fuel at every stop.

I do not use any kind of prepass.

If you're going to be running intrastate(within the state) make sure you have all permits.

Il be honest, at this stage of the game you should not be asking about Gps's. You should be very proficient and comfortable at driving because one wrong move will end you.

Good luck man.

THANKS, sID

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Electronic record keeping and GPS

I am pretty new to the trucking gig and I have a lot of questions. I have a '94 Limited Edition W900L so I will be running paper logs. I am looking for suggestions on the best way to keep track of everything. DVIR. IFTA, etc. Should I do it all on paper if so where is the best place to get what I will need? I have heard some GPS will track the IFTA. Are there good GPS systems that will help keep me off of roads I should not be on? This whole thing is going to be over whelming for a 60 year old new guy and I want to keep things as simple as possible, but I also want to have my ass covered! I am not going to be full time over the road. More local and regional short run stuff. Also what are some of ya alls opinions on prepass devices? Are there any that work better than others. My dad was an OTR trucker his whole life. One of the best!! He died before I decided to give it a try so now I am just looking for some K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) advice from the ones who know what they are talking about, True Truckers! Thanks

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Fuel cards and company credit cards

To all who replied, I thought my question was pretty straight forward. Thank you to the couple of you who apologized for jumping the gun. I may be new to owner/operating, but I know how to pay my bills. The only debt I have is my house and it will be paid off shortly. I always pay my credit card off at the end of the month. I am just looking for advise on which cards give the best fuel discounts and such.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Fuel cards and company credit cards

Hi, I am new to the game of Owner/Operator. Looking for information on the best fuel and credit card to carry. Thank you

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Automatic Chains

Looking for some opinions on the auto chains. Are they worth the investment? How long do they last? Good for every state? ETC...ETC Thanks

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Last minute dispatch?

Do all companies wait until the last minute to call you for a dispatch? I have been doing some turns on a part time basis for a refrigerated company. They call me an hour or 2 before they want me to go out. Is this normal for the trucking industry? I would think they surely know more than a couple hours ahead of time that a load needs to go out!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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14 Hour Rule Status

Short answer is yes. It is important to manage your time properly. If you're tired, by all means stop and rest. However if you make napping apart of your routine, you'll find yourself out of hours quickly.

So does that mean if you are off duty at a shipper for a few hours that will also go against our 14 hours of on duty time? Thank you

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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14 Hour Rule Status

If you stop along a trip (other than the 30 min break) and go "off duty" to take a nap for a couple hours, does it still go against your 14 hours of on duty time?

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Trucking school certificates

Is getting a certification from a truck driving school worth the time and money? Does it really make a difference in finding a job? Especially for local or short haul jobs?

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Should a new driver take a 1099 driving job?

Thanks, Ya'll. I think I will go back and take the 160 hr full course schooling. I can get a grant from the county that I don't have to pay back and that way I'm not obligated to go OTR for anyone. Central Transportation in Denver said they hire straight out of school grads with certification and a letter of recommendation from the school. So there are probably other companies that will too. Thanks again to everyone. Lonny

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Should a new driver take a 1099 driving job?

Lonny, if you're interested in a local job, it depends on your area. For starters, you've got LTL (either linehaul or P&D driver), food service, intermodal, or perhaps construction gigs. That's the basic local offerings for most areas.

Here's a thread dedicated to local drivers and descriptions of types of local jobs.

The Local Thread

This site caters to mostly new drivers breaking into the industry by going OTR or truckload. But there are some of us who are experienced drivers and stick around to bring attention to local driving. I went to private trucking school and landed a job as a linehaul driver with a prominent LTL company. But my opportunity was based on my location. Location is key. Some prospective drivers don't even have local opportunities based on where they live. Location is usually more important than experience, because location dictates supply and demand (and therefore the amount of experience companies want to see for candidates).

Thanks, 6 String. I liked your "The Local Thread" article. Makes a lot of since. I just can't do OTR with everything else I have going on.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Should a new driver take a 1099 driving job?

Lonny, many companies will cover your tuition, and some even run their own schools. (Yes, you need to drive for them for a year or so to pay it off}

Check these out:

I went through Swift's Academy. Out of pocket only for my license fee, the DOT Physical and food at school. 1 year driving commitment.

Thanks, Errol. I have seen the offers from Swift, CR England and the likes. I am just not in a position where I can go OTR for training.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Should a new driver take a 1099 driving job?

I would recommend against it. There's a good chance, in fact, that you're either going to have to lease that truck or that company is actually designating their drivers as contractors illegally, which is pretty common in the industry. It's just impossible to audit every company in America.

Have you looked into driving dump trucks, maybe?

You're just going to have to work the various job sources hard and make a lot of phone calls. Check Craigslist daily. Check the newspapers. Talk to some staffing companies to see if they have anything. Check anywhere and everywhere.

You're taken an unorthodox way of getting into the industry and now you're looking for an unorthodox job for a new driver. You're going to have to dig deep to find something that will work for you.

Thanks, Brett. I am realizing I went about this all wrong. I have been welding plastic for 32 years and have my own small company. I just decided I wanted to do something different. My dad drove truck his entire life so I wanted to give it a try. The little school I went to to get my CDL didn't tell me that 18 hrs. wouldn't get me anywhere! I have considered going to Sage or US Truck School for either a 40 hr refresh course or a complete 160 hr course, but I'm not sure if that would be enough or not. Any advice on going back to school? The 1099 job I referred to is an end dump job. I have an offer for a belly dump job too, but it is also a 1099. I do look at Craig's List and Indeed every day as well as talking to many of the recruiters-brokers and staffing companies. I will continue my search. I have always been pretty lucky (blessed) to have things turn out just fine. Driving a truck is not something I have to do, just something I want to do. Any more advice you or others may have is very appreciated. Thank you, Lonny

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Should a new driver take a 1099 driving job?

Should a new driver take a 1099 driving job? I took a short 18 hr class and was able to pass the test to get my CDL class A license. That is about as far as I have been able to get. No experience, no drive. I know , I know, go over the road to get experience. I am 58 and pretty much set in my ways. To set to go OTR for 3-5 weeks with someone I don't have a thing in common with. That and the fact I have a small acreage with animals that I need to take care of, so OTR isn't really viable for me. Anyway, I have been offered a job locally for a small independent operation on a 1099 basis. Some things I have read say the 1099 is not a good way to go. But, I need to get a min. of 3 months to 1 year experience to get on with a reputable company. Looking for advice from someone that knows. Is it even legal to do the 1099 when you are driving their trucks and they tell you when and where to go? Thank you from an old "ROOKIE", Lonny

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