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Posted:  6 days, 19 hours ago

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Endorsements questiom

In my opinion I would not get them unless you are going to use them, but that's just me.

The only one id get is tanker. I was told that some shippers require you to have it before you can pull drums of liquid in a van.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Truck Insurance Question

Hi Carlo,

For me the insurance rate comes first. Then, the quickness of the service that they provide. There had better be no delays and broken promises from the start. If I can't get a hold of my insurance agent in one day, or they ignore me then I would change companies immediately because they have a lot of responsibility on their end. Every year at renewal, it's their responsibility to submit proof of insurance to the FMCSA. They also have to submit proof to any broker that request it (which should be done within 10-15min). Remember, you'll be filling out new carrier packets for the brokers and they need the proof of insurance promptly because you won't be able to take the load until they have all your info.

Make sure you have the minimums which is 1 million auto liability and 100k on cargo.

Hope this helps.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Leasing Operating Authority

If you reactivate it, it will be treated like a new authority and probably won't help with insurance rates. Plus you'll have to start all over with the brokers and their requirements.

Im not sure how you got that many trucks onto a new authority's first year, I thought there was a limit.

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.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Paperwork and company drivers

So today a receiver handed me my bills and I took one look at it and told her it wasn't mine. Turns out she gave mine to another driver that was just pulling out of the lot. Thankfully we flagged him down.

I know as company drivers you're pounding out the miles and trips and things might blend together, but please have a look at the bills, make sure it's going to the right place. Make sure pickup numbers match, signatures are present and everything is good to go before moving on to you're next load. Do it as if it was part of your pretrip.

For o/o's the details of the trip are far more important than the sheer amount of miles and the amount of hours that we run and this could have become a real issue.

Thanks and happy trucking.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Fuel cards and company credit cards

Nastc fuel card. And I cash flow everything I don't use credit cards.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Angled parking

I use the setup where front of my trailer is in the middle of a spot then I go out at a 45 degree angle.

If you do that type of setup, then you need to pull up 3-5 additional feet before you go out at a 45. That's how I do it.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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New truck driver, Help please! Given ticket for non-compliance and violation

Hi roadrunner,

I would tell your husband that if wants to continue with his driving career he needs to take it more seriously with more focus.

There's absolutely no excuse for blowing past a weigh station. There are signs for miles with blinky lights with neon open/ close signs.

As far as chains he knew enough to have them, but not the right number. It's really unacceptable.

You need to contact the legal service you paid for to see if they can help you.

Also, most companies will blacklist you from getting a job in trucking if you do not pay back your loan or meet your obligations from other companies.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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New Class A CDL

Hi Andrew,

Here's the thing I figured out about showers. You should ask to train with a company driver and not an o/o to increase the chance that person isn't a dirty slob.

As a company driver the company pays for your fuel and each fuel up basically equals a free shower. If you train with an o/o they , someof the time, have to pay for a shower out of pocket. And not only that, has to pay for two showers, I believe.

A company driver trainer has no excuse for not showering every day to every other day. I know I did.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Paying to park

Had a rough night. Tried backing into two spots and couldn't make it in because of inconsiderate people parking everywhere. Even had someone trying to help me.

Left and went to another truck stop tried two more spaces and couldn't get in. Totally frustrated, went in paid for parking.

It's been a while since I had a hard time backing but somedays it happens.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Atlanta Today

That is so sad.

I just went through atl last night at midnight and they had 285 on the west side all tore up under construction.

When I go through there everything gets shut off in the truck and off of cruise control until I get through. It's such a dangerous place.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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My first accident!

Hi Donna,

Be lucky you're not an o/o. I had a similar situation where I put one tire into the grass and got stuck. Saw the tow truck hook me then moved me one foot up, and two feet back into concrete and it costed me 350 bucks, lol.

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Why does everyone want over the road experience?

Hi Mike,

I trained a female with years of experience driving a tri axle dump truck. Unfortunately, you're going to have to go through the training as a new driver like everyone has said.

The good news is that she already had truck driving in her blood and was way ahead of the learning curve that I didn't have to teach her much and she's one of the few students I've had that's still driving today, so don't give up if you want to go otr.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Does OTR actually mean OTR

Hello,

One thing you can try to do is to ask for home time in a region where you want to go to and explore and is far away from where you are now.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Owner operator

If I buy a box truck tomorrow, and lease onto your company, what can you guarantee in writing for pay? If you don't want to talk about it in public, I can shoot you my email and we can discuss.

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Owner operator

I am an o/o. I own both truck and trailer free and clear, titles in hand. I run under my own authority.

And if you think I'm dumb enough to go look at holiday freight rates, you're out of your mind.

Are you an owner operator?.... these are people running their own trucks .... go to truckstop.com and check the rates

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Cornelius

If class b trucks are making 100k running loads for 2 bucks per mile why aren't the highways packed with box trucks and sprinter vans?

I don't get those rates with a 53.

If you're talking about short 50 mile hops paying that you're just misleading people.

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Just asked an owner , the rates are between $1.8 to $2.20 per miles depending of the area, same for sprinters

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theyb have to provide me with their profit and loss statements

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I agree with Old School. That means nothing. They're not publicly held companies. They're not obligated to release any financials under oath. They can just make those numbers up.

Turning $250,000/year in revenues is massive for a straight truck. Are these teams? What kind of mileage pay are they getting?

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Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Owner operator

Cornelius

If class b trucks are making 100k running loads for 2 bucks per mile why aren't the highways packed with box trucks and sprinter vans?

I don't get those rates with a 53.

If you're talking about short 50 mile hops paying that you're just misleading people.

Just asked an owner , the rates are between $1.8 to $2.20 per miles depending of the area, same for sprinters

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theyb have to provide me with their profit and loss statements

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I agree with Old School. That means nothing. They're not publicly held companies. They're not obligated to release any financials under oath. They can just make those numbers up.

Turning $250,000/year in revenues is massive for a straight truck. Are these teams? What kind of mileage pay are they getting?

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Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Owner operator

Jared,

It has been a down year for trucking and it's projected next year also. The rates are real low right now. Keep saving and check back next fall.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Tips for TNT driving?

Honestly your trainer should not be letting you drive nights. When I trained the students were not allowed to drive past midnight. It's just unsafe.

Sleeping in the bottom bunk helps a lot if you're not doing it already.

If it was me id have a talk with your trainer and if he still wants you to drive nights I would get another trainer, but that's just me.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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So you want to start your own trucking company?

Danny, factoring companies are nothing more than glorified payday loan sharks. Notice the 100 pages of legal papers you have to sign to get started?

They will also want to be listed as #1 beneficiary under any truck loans in case of the shipper not paying.

Some people use them because they find their services useful. Also, this is the year 2020. If someone says they take longer than a week to pay, than I'm not pulling for them. Plain and simple.

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