How To Get New Loads

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Robin F.'s Comment
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Just coming out of school, were new owner/operators. Need to find out how to get new loads. Do not need home time want to stay on the road all the time plz. help

Rick S.'s Comment
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Hi Robin.

This forum is dedicated primarily to people just getting into the industry - and they're going to be company drivers - dispatched by the company.

There are other forums on the internet (truckers report), where you can get betting answers to this.

The only thing I really can say is - I certainly hope you didn't come out of school and buy a ring - WITHOUT EXTENSIVELY RESEARCHING THE INDUSTRY.

Your question is not one I would expect to hear from someone who's done their due diligence. And the depth of any possible answers I could give to your question, would be SO FAR OUT OF THE SCOPE of this sites intentions - that I'm not going to even attempt to answer them here.

Rick

David L.'s Comment
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Wow! Your post sounds a bit like "I just bought a restaurant. Can somebody tell me how to cook?"

With no experience I don't think even Landstar will take you on. Your best bet might be to lease back to one of the large carriers like Swift, Schneider, Werner, or Prime. The question you asked shows you don't know about brokerage or getting your authority to haul - or plates or permits, etc.

Really, I'd call one of the big guys and ask about signing on with them.

Good luck.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Wow! Your post sounds a bit like "I just bought a restaurant. Can somebody tell me how to cook?"

With no experience I don't think even Landstar will take you on. Your best bet might be to lease back to one of the large carriers like Swift, Schneider, Werner, or Prime. The question you asked shows you don't know about brokerage or getting your authority to haul - or plates or permits, etc.

Really, I'd call one of the big guys and ask about signing on with them.

Good luck.

Even the "big guys" are going to want a year of better of OTR - before just "signing on" someone.

Insurance requirements are similar for newly licensed CDL holders - regardless of whether you own your rig or not.

I did all the research a few years ago - and there's NO WAY you will get INTERSTATE trucking liability - with no experience. When I looked at this - running just florida was going to cost $12K a year for year one, florida only.

The REASON WHY the training companies can take on students/newbies - is that they're running so many units, that the risk gets "spread out". Even still - you have to have a pretty sparkling MVR to get on, even with them.

Going out as an O/O, right out of the gate - is not for the faint of heart OR WALLET. I researched the industry TO DEATH, had freight connections and a solid business plan - PLUS THE CAPITAL to try and pull it off - and OPTED NOT TO.

There's too many obstacles and things to learn BEFORE you lease, much less PURCHASE.

If you haven't bought the truck yet - DON'T. Go drive someone elses equipment and learn the ropes and the industry - and more important - if THE LIFESTYLE IS REALLY FOR YOU.

Purchasing is STILL one of my "dreams" - but if I do hit the road - it's going to be with a "starter company" for at least a year, and maybe yet another year or two running for another company as a "company driver" - before I decide to sink all my savings into something like that.

There are a few "old timers" here - that WERE OWNERS, that are now COMPANY DRIVERS. There's a REASON FOR THAT.

Rick

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

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