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Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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New chapter in my life

One thing i will caution you on is you will have a new entrant audit at around 3-6 months. You will need to submit 7 day logs and all the legal proof, so be prepared.

Your authority will become active once your insurance agent submits that portion to the feds.

The ifta sticker doesn't really mean anything. Make sure you have the actual license piece of paper that came with it. That's what you're going to have to show if you get inspected.

Don't worry. You'll be rolling in no time.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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New chapter in my life

Congrats PJ,

If you ever have any questions let me know. That's very exciting news. It will be very rewarding to look yourself up on the safer website and see your name attached to a carrier.

Just a word of advice. Work hard. Be reliable. Have integrity, ethics, and your word mean something. Good luck and have fun with it.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Sleeper berth splits

Wow, i'm so sorry. Thank you for correcting me Rainy and OS.

Haven't been on the road in almost two months. I guess your brain goes to mush when you don't use it.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Sleeper berth splits

You can do a 8/2 or a 7/3. The shorter break must be logged on the sleeper line, the longer break can be logged in any combination of sleeper or off duty.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Attitude

Hi Chris,

If your just a couple hundred pounds over on the axle weight, try putting it on your drive axles with your tandem adjustments and it will go down while your driving and burning fuel. Diesel is about 7 pounds per gallon so if you're 200 pounds over, it'll take about 30 min of driving to burn it off.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Good time to go o/o ?

Robert

When i say now is a good time, what i mean is soon in the next 3-6 months when equipment prices start falling. I don't mean sign on the dotted line tomorrow. Sorry about the confusion.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Good time to go o/o ?

Hi drivers,

I know this is an awful topic for this forum, but as you may or may not know, the freight market is coming down due to high supply and low demand of trucks. Also, fuel prices are the highest they've ever been. Many carriers will be selling and going out of business soon.

Now, imo, may be a good time to look into jumping into the market to be an o/o, if anyone is interested. You could get equipment once the prices bottom out and ride the rates up when they finally do go up.

If the time is not right for you and you still want to own your own truck, i would suggest you pay attention to what the market does in the next 6-12 months and maybe position yourself in the next downturn.

No hate, if it's not for you. It's definitely not for everyone.

I would say you must have the following if you're thinking about it as a path:

2 yrs experience minimum ( you won't get insured below that, and even at 2 years the rates are high) NO DEBT of any kind. $20-$60k in savings 2 credit cards with no balance driving wise - knowledge of split breaks

Have a nice day folks, and stay safe on the roads!!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Advice on an HOS situation, please

Hi matt,

A lot of those company loads have windows to deliver. Sometimes those windows can be days. From my experience, they give you the earliest you can complete a load even though there's days before they need to get it there. That's one thing i don't like about driving for company.

If i had to drive for company again, and i was in your situation, i'd give them an ETA over the computer, and if they don't seem to really care about it being there late, then i wouldn't sweat it either.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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HOS Suspended in GA

Hi Caroline,

Please keep in mind that even though HOS regs get lifted from time to time the driver still needs to be rested enough to operate a CMV. It's not a pass to drive for days on end.

Also, there are DOT officers that do not know about regs getting lifted and they'll write you up for it. And...good luck getting it taken off your record.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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What are some tricks of the trade for checking tire pressure?

Hi Noti,

You're going to need a specific tire gauge for truck tires. They sell them at truck stops. You need to wait until the tire is cold, so first thing in the morning is best or when you've been sitting for a while. Use the spec that's on the tire for the correct pressure to use.

As an o/o, i honestly use the tirepass at loves before i roll out in the morning. They charge 5 or 10 bucks to do the tractor tires. Most of the time, i just tip the guy 5 bucks and he doesn't charge me.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Directional dyslexia

Hi Dan, I don't know if this will help but I'm a visual person.

Put your hand out flat with your palm down in front of you. Your fingers is the front of the truck. Your palm is the rear of the trailer. Move your fingers to the right and your palm moves to the left and that's how your truck and trailer will move vice versa.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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First accident

Hi CM59,

You'd be surprised how little repairs costs if it's not a mechanical failure. A truck backed into me at a truck stop and ripped a hole in my hood. It only costed $1k for a dealer to bondo the hood up. So i wouldn't beat myself over how much putting a door back on would cost.

In the future, one thing you could think about is not tell your company and go to a TA and ask them how much the repair is going to cost. I've done that too. I drove out of a bay and bent the rim on a company truck. Instead of reporting it, i just told them i'd pay for it. The whole thing costed less than $300 and i didn't have to deal with anything put on my DAC.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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New Owner Op / Market questions

Davy,

The answer to your question is pretty complicated. What your describing is what happened last year in trucking. Everything was going up by small percentages and we were all passing it along to the consumer. Michael is pretty spot on when he said he was grossing $8k a week.

The problem is wages didn't match the inflation and now everything is coming to a head with gas prices crushing the consumer. You can only raise prices so much until there's no more to squeeze. Consumers stop buying, less freight has to be moved, and rates go down. It's just supply and demand.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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New Owner Op / Market questions

Hi Michael,

There's really no secret, inflation is high, gas is high, people arnt doing a lot discretionary spending. Therefore freight is low, supply of trucks is high, demand for trucks is low. You've been trucking for a while, where were you when the pandemic hit? I was in dallas and the rates got as low as .75 cents a mile. Imagine taking a trip from dallas to chicago for $700.

The people that are taking the loads are people that have paid off equipment. Personally, i haven't ran for 3 weeks and it's in my opinion it's going to take at least another month to really flush out the system. People that got into $250k trucks are going to find it really tough.

In an up market you go out and run for the money. In a down market you go out and buy equipment when everything is cheap.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Will this effect my next job search got truck stuck

Hi Ivan,

Wait a couple weeks and go to hireright website and get a copy of your DAC report and see what the carrier put on it. If it's listed as a preventable accident then you're going to have to disclose that in your job application.

Here's the website: https://www.hireright.com/

Posted:  2 months ago

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Starting My Own Trucking Company Advice

Derek,

Consider some things. First, insurance and the FMCSA will not allow you to expand that fast. You have a limit of putting on one or two trucks a year. They won't let you build a fleet right away. Secondly, the more trucks you have the more your insurance cost. A lot of the time you make more money having less trucks because of this.

Lastly, and most importantly, think about the liability. If any of your drivers get into an accident it effects you and your company a lot more than the driver. The driver gets a citiation and you can fire them, but if the accident is severe enough you and your company are getting sued, over something you had nothing to do with, so you're going to have to set up an LLC, and payroll and hope nobody will come after your personal assets. Not to mention that your CSA score is at the mercy of other drivers. Once your CSA score gets low enough, brokers won't work with you.

I would reconsider your idea of sitting at home and dispatching and soaking up revenue, at least at the start. Not until you've built a fleet and that takes years of experience, hard work, and dedication.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Starting My Own Trucking Company Advice

Hi Derek,

I'm glad to see you have such good goals at your age. The biggest suggestion i have for you, and i know its kind of cheezy, is to sit down and write a business plan. That means contacting insurance agents with vin#'s, getting a copy of ryder's lease, researching the lanes you want to run, where you're going to get your loads from, contacting ooida as to how much to get your dot and mc numbers, etc. And only after you have everything down on paper can you see if it's even worth it.

Secondly, you need to be free of any financial obligations. Car loans, mortgages, credit card balances, student loans, hospital bills. etc. No debt. Thirdly, you need to save up, in my opinion, 50-60k. Cash in a savings account. If you can save up more, the better. Fourthly, you need to keep an ear to the freight market. You don't want to come out on a down year and get crushed with low rates.

I will tell you, most owner operators buy a used 3-4 year old truck, pay it off and buy a trailer. The reason is the sheer buying power after paid off equipment will outstrip any security you think you are getting when you're in a lease.

Good luck on your plans and keep focused.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Got first citations/violations today... what now?

Hi Brandon,

I got a warning on an inspection for the same thing in georgia. I passed in the left lane with a sign that said no trucks and received a lane violation.

It gave my carrier a couple points on our CSA score and didn't effect our insurance premiums at all. Honestly, the industry cares about out of service violations a lot more than these little slap on the wrist things.

As far as the job hunt, you should have a copy of your MVR, PSP, and your DAC report. All can be got online with minimal effort. Some places weigh violations are much as citations so be prepared for them to count it against you. But if this is the only thing you have on your record for the past 3 years it shouldn't make or break anything. Good luck and be careful.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Do local CDL-A or B jobs use pre screens?

Hi Jeremy,

Usually a warning you get on an inspection isn't as bad as a citation that goes on your MVR.

As far as i can tell, warnings and csa scores don't raise your insurance premiums. Insurance mainly goes off the driver's MVR. However, what does get effected by a low csa score is the ability to get loads. A lot of brokers won't work with you when they look up your company and you have some out of services on your record.

I've also never heard of a driver on probation. They usually keep you or get rid of you.

Have a positive attitude and keep be careful out there.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Drivers, NEVER do this

If you see anyone out here driving unsafe or acting inappropriately get their dot number off their door and look them up on the safer website and call their company and see how funny their saftey department thinks it is.

Here's the website: https://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/CompanySnapshot.aspx

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