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Choosing A Trucking Career: OTR vs Regional vs Local OTR (Over-the-Road) Trucking, Regional Trucking, and Local Trucking are different segments of the trucking industry, each with its own pros and cons. Here's an overview: OTR Trucking: Pros: Long-haul opportunities: OTR truckers typically cover long distances, allowing them to explore different parts of the country and experience diverse landscapes. Higher pay potential: OTR drivers often earn more due to the extended periods away from home and the mileage they accumulate. Flexibility: OTR truckers have more flexibility in terms of scheduling and routes since they are not confined to a specific region. Cons: Time away from home: OTR drivers spend extended periods away from...
What to Expect from Truck Driving School: A Comprehensive Guide Introduction: Truck driving schools play a vital role in preparing individuals for a rewarding career in the transportation industry. They provide aspiring truck drivers with the necessary knowledge, skills, and hands-on training to operate commercial vehicles safely and efficiently. If you're considering a career as a truck driver, it's essential to understand what to expect from truck driving school, including the cost involved. In this article, we'll delve into the key aspects of truck driving school, helping you make an informed decision about your future. Classroom Instruction: Truck driving school typically begins with classroom instruction, where students learn...
There you go, up to $288k in incentives for each truck. MAX Range: 330 miles Charge time: 90 minutes Horsepower: 645 So, how many will jump on this money and take the risk? If you operated in California, would you be tempted? The Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and Tre fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) are both eligible for HVIP vouchers, making Nikola the first manufacturer to offer both battery and hydrogen-powered Class 8 trucks available through this incentive program. Created to support the transition from diesel to zero-emission transportation, California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) reduces the total cost of ownership on hybrid and zero-emission vehicles in the state...
In this video, I go on a semi rant about owner operators throwing money away. We get our own operating authority to do things independently, then we turn around and not only waste money on fuel purchases and other truck related purchases, but we then go and pay factoring companies, dispatchers, compliance companies, and the list goes on. In the end, you are probably losing more money than if you were leased to a carrier. Truck smarter, not harder.
https://www.youtube.com/live/DUHAFQ6jPcw?feature=share Day one of our trip from Joplin Missouri to Phoenix Arizona. Picked up load the previous night and went home so our trip starts out today in Northwest Arkansas and we stop for the night just west of Santa Rosa New Mexico.
A quick drive through Box Canyon Highway in a semi truck from Mecca, California out to Interstate 10.
Driving a semi truck into the caves at the Springfield Underground in Springfield Missouri. Tips for navigating a semi truck inside of caves, footage of multiple 18 wheelers going into and out of the caves.
Big Rig Dynamics 203, or here’s some things for y’all to ponder that’ll help you better understand why your rig handles as it does. If you drive the same truck all the time, you become very familiar with how it handles. And nothing changes that more than an axle or two of new tires. Why? Because new tires and their deep tread are much more prone to tread deformation under side loads, especially higher side loads (greater cornering g’s.) For many of you, you’ll never corner fast enough to notice, but those of us who can take advantage of the improved handling of stable, low center of gravity loads can really see the effects of this. Other than rolling straight down the road, the actual direction a tire is moving is never quite...
Unexpected events are what separate the men from the boys. This isn’t based on a real event, it IS the real thing. So I’ll tell a little tale: I was in Lexington, Ne waiting for my trailer at IBP. It was an ugly week, bunch of loads going places I wasn’t. So Kirby, my dispatcher, offered me a long delivery Amarillo that loaded that day. I jumped on it thinking I’d run through Elk City, Ok, where I’d spend some time with a friend and my brother. Wasn’t real thrilled about time off away from home, but it was by far the best option. So I’m watching the weather as I cool my heels knowing that IBP just might screw this up. (deadline ship was 2 days away!) There’s a winter storm bearing down on Kansas, freezing rain that night with a day of...
The most recent debate I was pulled into involved truck drivers transporting passengers. No big deal, right? It's Summer time, and the spouce, children, or another family member wants to tag along with you while you are working. There is nothing wrong with this, right? Wrong. The FMCSA requires that all passengers be authorized by the Motor Carrier. See below: §392.60 Unauthorized persons not to be transported. (a) Unless specifically authorized in writing to do so by the motor carrier under whose authority the commercial motor vehicle is being operated, no driver shall transport any person or permit any person to be transported on any commercial motor vehicle other than a bus. When such authorization is issued, it shall state...
I have been seeing these black tassels hanging off the mirrors of trucks, mostly trucks out of the Fresno/Bakersfield area of California. Produce trucks for the most part, dry vans as well. The trucks are driven by folks with a Middle East background. It was bugging me to the point I had to find out what it is and why it is there. Turns out, they are there because they are believed to protect the drivers from the evil-eye and ward of bad luck while on the road. I found this a bit interesting, and then went on to pursue why they have decorations inside their trucks. Not sure this is exactly the reason, but it appears that in the Middle East, truckers aren't much different than old school truckers here in the United States. Over...
Most articles on winter driving are overwhelmed with the same platitudes that really don’t teach you anything. You know, “Leave more space,” and “Park if you can,” etc, etc, ad nauseum. And so this posted with hope of helping drivers who want to learn, giving them a few tools to better themselves. Learning how to drive in the winter isn’t about those platitudes. Yes, leaving more space and being more gentle with your inputs are good ideas, but if you want to learn winter driving you need to know the ‘why’ of those ideas. That ‘why’ is simple in concept, and a tad more difficult in execution, and it takes time to develop an innate grasp of it. But it all comes down to what the Motorcycle Safety Foundation teaches as the ‘Traction...
When I initially purchased my truck and leased on to a carrier, I opted for a simple accounting solution. I would advise anyone who owns a truck and leased to a carrier to use the software that I linked to. I get no referral, just a very happy customer for a few years now. Fast forward to having my own authority, which I have had for almost a year now. Until now, I have continued to use the software mentioned above. It has worked fairly well, but lacked a few things I needed, such as invoicing and better customer tracking. It was great for expenses, but I was needing something more. What changed with my authority? Invoicing I now have to invoice my customers (brokers, direct shippers, etc) to get paid. While it is simple enough to...
Hey folks, Since so many of you have asked me to rearrange the furniture, I have decided to take some time out of my busy schedule to do a little rearranging for you. Freight Locators 3.0 will be removing the Wordpress system that many of you haven't even seen most likely, and moving the articles into the Xenfor article format, which is going to be our new homepage. This will allow commenting directly to the articles just as you would a forum thread, and will allow new articles to automatically show up within things such as "new posts" just as a forum thread would do when created. There will be more to this change in regards to adding new website features, but forum operation will remain exactly the same. Forum function is what is...
But that’s not really lying as much as it’s misinformation. The big lie that is taught is the whole “Rock in the Stream” idea. In multiple discussions, it’s come up over and over again as being part of the Smith System of defensive driving. So let’s take a peek: I know a lot of drivers mock the Smith System, but the reality is that if you’re a good defensive driver, you already use these ideas. I wasn’t exposed to it until I’d been driving almost 10 years, but I realized right off that these were the exact same tactics I’d used when riding my motorcycles. You largely operate as if you are invisible to other drivers. But I don’t want to get sidetracked, so we’re only going to talk about #4, the only place where the rock idea could...
I mean CDC as in Crappy Driver Commonalities. You didn’t think I was going to write anything about that other CDC did you? I think we’ve heard quite enough from those folks lately. No, this article is going to be about patterns I’ve witnessed among supposed professional drivers that I end up not thinking very highly of. Crappy drivers, and the things they have in common. “Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.” ― Mark Twain This just means that it’s very easy to look at what everyone else is doing wrong, while never looking at yourself and what you could be doing better. The pro Dash Cam crowd was like this in the early days. They were going to document everything everyone was doing wrong while completely ignoring the...
A while back, I started looking into a fuel additive I heard about called "Max Mileage". Unlike other fuel additives, this is a "fuel borne catalyst" and not something that is really new to the fuel additive market. Pittsburgh Power got a hold of it and simply increased it's popularity among the trucking industry after branding and bottling it under their name. If you or someone you know has ever run a fuel borne catalyst from a company called "betterdiesel", Max Mileage is the same product, simply branded under a new name. I found this out after searching for as much information as possible regarding the catalyst, finding my way to and talking to the folks at betterdiesel, then being referred to Pittsburgh Power since I had first...

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