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Posted:  2 days ago

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Intro, and a possibly naïve question

Hi James,

If you're just coming into the field, learning how to drive a semi just to see what it's like, then go right ahead and go for it, be careful and have fun with the experience.

If you're actually considering a career, I'm afraid you are coming in with unrealistic expectations as most people do. People give all the positives and none of the negatives. They don't tell you that most local routes require you to start at 3am, they don't tell you it's 14 hour days, snow, public bathrooms, and generally an unhealthy lifestyle.

Posted:  2 days ago

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OS&D or Whatever Your Company Calls It

Yes, I agree with RD. Try finding a food bank.

I've had multiple overages and I found out that even if you go and offer people free stuff, they'll become skeptical and downright angry because they think you're trying to scam them somehow.

Posted:  6 days, 6 hours ago

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Trying to start a new career. I need some advice.

Im sorry, I meant 10 years of work history, my mistake.

Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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Trying to start a new career. I need some advice.

Hi jb.

From my understanding carriers want 10 years of experience because of something to do with terrorism.

Some psycho stole a truck in Europe stole a truck and ran into a bunch of people and it turned out he was a terrorist and now we all have to suffer.

You could try a lesser than desirable company, get trained, drive for 6 months, and go somewhere else. Try western Express, cr England, or Stevens if you haven't already.

Posted:  6 days, 12 hours ago

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The O/O lifestyle

I wanted to put a post up for maybe those people who wonder what the difference is between an owner operator and a company driver. Disclaimer, this isn't to brag about how much money I made, or how one way is better than the other, but just my experience in the last couple weeks and how I handled the winter weather.

I started at home in Chicago, and I saw that the weather was going to go from 30 to below 0 for weeks, so I decided to book a load to Texas. I found a load going to Dallas and one right after going to corpus christi. Corpus is right on the gulf, and I figure id rather be there than in 0 degree weather.

I delivered the loads, and stayed in corpus for a couple days cause I didn't want to go back to Chicago and it was still cold in the rest of the country. One day I woke up and it was forecasted to snow at the beach, so that was a big red flag, so I dead headed myself to Laredo and found a load to ocala Florida.

Got in front of the storm and made it to ocala, stayed there for a couple of days. Still cold in the rest of the country, so I drove up to the middle of Georgia kinda looking for loads, but not really looking that hard because that's when the weather really went crazy, but was kind of thawing out.

One morning I woke up at 3am and saw that there was a load going to Dallas that was paying about twice as much as it should be so I called the broker and grabbed the load. From Georgia to Dallas you had to go through i20 and there were shut downs and ice everywhere so I went around to Memphis, which was a 2 hour detour but looked a lot safer, plus I had time on the load.

Lastly, on the way to Dallas, I found a load going back up to Chicago, but it wasn't paying hardly anything, but I called the broker and ended up getting a better, but still cheaper than I wanted to get back home now that the weather is more humane than it was.

Did I make a whole ton of money?, no especially from all the sitting. But I don't drive through any snow and I went to places where I generally wanted to go.

That being said, I'm going home because I have to finalize my taxes with my cpa that I paid $800 to do my taxes this year, and also to renew my plates, which costs $1600. All those expenses I have to pay.

If you're in this for the money, stay company. If you want to put up with a lot of crap to have a little more freedom and you can save money then maybe you can consider being an owner.

Cheers and stay safe!

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Working on local O/O w/ own authority. Worth it?

Hi doctor who, I think you are a bit confused when it comes to having your authority. When you have your authority you have to go out and find your own freight. You also can not lease to another carrier.

It sounds like you want to buy a truck and lease on to someone else's authority and run their freight doing regional/ local . I know someone who does that but he has a sleeper because sometimes his load takes longer than a day and he has to spend the night out.

It is doable, but like you said you have to look around what companies are around you.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Do you think there is a truck parking shortage?

Corey,

You sound like a politician who has no idea what you're talking about.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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CDL Medical Certificate - license cancellation?

Call Springfield. They have a dedicated phone number for cdl med. Try (217) 785-1181

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Any Federal Law for Right on Red?

Illinois was giving out tickets for people not coming to a complete stop on a right hand turn with their red light cameras.

Pretty sure you have to come to a stop.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Career-ending accident; don't let this be you.

Hi Dave. Sorry for what you're going through. That is sure a lot to handle.

As far as your load, there should be some responsibility put on the shipper to load the freight correctly in a safe manor. I had a similar load of drums off liquid where they had to put it down the center to spread the weight out and they had me strap every drum individually as they loaded it. It took 6 straps and even then they moved quite a bit.

As far as a career in trucking it's still possible, but it won't be easy. I jackknifed a company truck and totaled it, then went out and bought my own truck and after 3 years of keeping my nose clean, my insurance is at a level as if I didn't have a wreck.

Good luck with your plans for the future.

Posted:  1 month ago

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So I got a warning yesterday!

Donna,

Unfortunately, you ran into a bad cop. There's no way he would write a citation for 1-5mph's over. There are laws that give you a margin of error to account for any error between whatever they used and your actual speed.

Now, if you drive for a big company, i would check your DAC report after a month or so to see if they put anything on there. Unfortunately, speeding is such a taboo word that it doesn't matter what it is, just using the term makes you a bad person.

Behind the scenes, since you didn't get a citation, having a warning on an inspection doesn't affect you personally. It will however effect the carrier's CSA score. You CAN somewhat contest the warning by doing a DataQ, but that's something the carrier has to do. I've never done it myself, but i'm assuming it's a bunch of red tape and jumping through hoops.

I got a warning in Georgia last year for being in the left lane, but since i'm a one truck carrier, the points didn't effect me as much. My insurance still stayed about the same. If you work at a big carrier, i'm sure the points all add up.

It's crappy, but it's just the way the system is set in place. I respect law enforcement but there's always bad ones with the good.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Been debating trying lease op with Western Express.

Hi Harvest,

I will come here and take the side of o/o's, at least slightly. The majority of o/o's buy a used truck that's slightly out of the factory warranty for around $60k. They do not go out and buy a brand new truck. The reason being that your going to get killed on depreciation. Your going to spend $150k on something and in 5 years it's going to be worth $60k. You just lost $90k or around $18k a year on your equipment. Is it worth it?, i guess it depends on who you ask. When i trained and the students told me they were in it for the money, i'd say there's about a 10% chance they'll last for a month. If they say they're not for the money but they love the freedom then maybe they may last in the industry.

Eugene,

The catch is that being an o/o is that you will have to do about 5 full time jobs to run your truck. You'll be negotiating for loads, you'll be dispatching, you'll be driving, you'll be accounts payable, you'll have to handle all the back office. All these jobs are full time paid jobs at companies. And you'll just get burnt out after a while. There's just so much someone can take. Sure you can pay people to do them, but they'll take a cut. Take enough cuts, and you might as well drive for company.

Rainey,

Congrats on your success on the broadcasting. There's two things i would say to you. First, the end goal (imo) is to have a paid off equipment. Looking at someone's numbers while they're in the middle of paying it off is kind of flawed. You should be looking at people that are operating at a time past their lease, not year one or two when they're struggling with payments. Also, the reason why people don't give you their numbers is because they don't want others knowing what their doing that's making them successful. I don't tell people the lanes i run or where the freight is that i know of. Running the numbers this year i ran for $1.55 a mile empty and loaded. If you made it through the covid shutdown you did very well this year in trucking.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Biden suspends new oil and gas drilling permits on federal land

I was doing my taxes and noticed that this time last year diesel was really high compared to what they are today. I fueled up in Texas for around $2.80/ gal.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Thinking about starting my own trucking business

Andy,

Since you have the capital and not the knowledge, why not find someone with the knowledge and not the capital.

Fund their venture in exchange for some kind of dividend.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Best Clock Management Strategies?

Rob,

Thanks for the clarification. I still go by the old rules because i don't know if my ELD is updated with the new rules or not and i'm not going to spend hours on the phone calling Timmy from India trying to find out the info.

Be safe out there.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Best Clock Management Strategies?

Hi,

One thing to note about the split birth is this. This is the way i think about it. You have 11 hours to drive in a 14 hour period. That means you have (3) three hours of, what i call "do whatever you want time". 3 hours. That's it.

In a 8/2 split, you will have to spend 2 hours of that 3 hours in a dock or in some that's not you don't want to spend that time. Which means for the rest of the day you have ONE hour of "do whatever you want".

If in OS's example you started your clock, drove half a mile to the shipper, then spent 2 hours waiting in off duty, that's great right?, wrong.

You now have one hour left on your clocks until your at the mercy of your 14 hour clock (which 30 min's of that has to be a break) during the next 10.5 hours so i hope you like driving a lot and don't stop.

Posted:  2 months ago

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HOS Scenario

I would not have used pc time at the receiver. It's not worth trying to save 10-15 min. After your delivery, you can pc to a safe haven.

Because pc time is recorded as off duty, in this specific case it is better just to complete the 10.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Good lease to own companies?

Thanks for the numbers rainy. With those numbers I don't understand how a solo lease operator could do it. Also, why is he running for .40? That's company pay. I thought mega were paying around 1.00 for lease. Anyways...

PJ- I know your happy where you're at, but you were saying something about insurance costs. It is high, but only for the first couple years as long as you keep your nose clean. My first year was 26k, second year 18k, third year 9k.

Id actually be up for a conversation on how you're doing leased on to a mega cause I was thinking about buying a newer truck and trying to get the numbers to work. Anyways, have a great Christmas and be safe.

His fixed costs were $1600... Student salary, workers comp, employer taxes, student's health benefit (employer portion) fuel, tolls, "settlement prep" $225, QC, NavGo, phone app, accounting service, prepass... $1500 for fuel. Excess mileage.

A bunch of codes I dont know off top of my head. I have a chart ... But yeah... Its a lot.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Good lease to own companies?

So, you have the settlements to from the lease op? He grossed 9600, and netted 2400.

What are his expenses that total over 7k for one week?

This will blow your mind...i have lease Op friends making between 48 to 52 cpm solo profit before taxes. I average about 56cpm as solo

As a team trainer...i averaged 64cpm this year.. My lease friend averaged 40cpm as a team trainer.

Last week we got only 100 mile difference. He made 38cpm as a team trainer. I made 58cpm PLUS my benefits, workers comp and 401k. Most have none of those

I have the pay settlements to prove it.

His revenue was $9600 something but after expenses it was $2400ish. I made $3300 as a company driver.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Bad start with new company???HELP

Get a copy of your DAC report and see what's on there.

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