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Company Truck Driver Pay Surges

Per-mile pay for company truck drivers surged in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same quarter a year ago, according to data from the National Transportation Institute (overdriveonline.com 6/12/18). Some fleets (6.25% — mostly midsize to large carriers), increased driver pay by 7 to 11 cents a mile compared to 2017’s first three months. Another Read More…

Let Them Eat Cakes . . . And More Cakes Off I-75 in Cleveland, TN

Eight years ago when the Great Recession hit the U.S. economy, Lee Epstein did something few entrepreneurs had the guts to do: he opened a diner in Atlanta that featured specialty cakes. That diner was so successful that he sold it and opened another. Then another. He then ventured into Tennessee and opened three more Read More…

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Top 10 Best-Selling Trucking Books Part 2 – The Top Five

Every year, Alibris.com — an online store that sells new books, used books, out-of-print books, rare books and other media through an online network of independent booksellers – releases its Top Ten list of best-selling trucking books. Following are #’s 5 through 1 (reverse order): #5 – 10 Steps to Owning Your Own Trucking Business Read More…

Overcoming Language Barriers in Trucking

  A trucker asked, “What are the language barriers you faced/witnessed in the trucking industry?” (Reddit – 5/16/18) Following are some of the edited responses: English is my primary language so I’m at a serious disadvantage when it comes to important trucker stuff, like buying lunch, buying fuel, talking to a warehouse monkey, explaining to Read More…

Diesel Prices Continue to Rise . . . Again!

According to Trucker.com (5/14/18), all 10 of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s reporting regions are seeing on-highway diesel selling at $3 or more a gallon for the first time since January 2015. The national average on Monday, May 14 rang up at $3.239, up 6.8 cents from the previous week’s $3.171. Usually, diesel in the Read More…

Truckers Turn Tables on Shippers

  Thanks to the surging freight demand and a shortage of drivers, shippers are rushing to make drivers feel welcome such as offering break rooms with restrooms, coffee, bottled water and a television. Plus, shippers that hinder rigs from quick turnarounds or treat operators shabbily are paying a premium (Transport Topics, 5/14/18). The increased leverage Read More…

Fatal Large Truck Crashes on the Rise

The FMCSA recently released new statistics that indicate that in 2016 (the most recent year data was available), fatal crashes and injury crashes involving large trucks and buses are on the rise. FMCSA’s data does not indicate who was at fault in these crashes. Following are some of the highlights from that report (published in Read More…

Keep Your Bottom Line in Shape with TBS!

We know that exercising budget discipline can be exhausting heart work and leave you with weighty monthly bills that can drag down your business. Why not pump up your bottom line by factoring with a proven workout partner, TBS! We offer timely, tailor-made, same-day payments plus award-winning customer service so your business never misses a Read More…

A Tex-Mex Surprise Off U.S. Route 75 in Sabetha, KS

  Located next to a gas station and from the outside, El Canelo Mexican Restaurant in Sabetha, Kansas doesn’t look like it offers anything distinctively tasteful for hungry truckers. However, order one of 150 menu items and when it arrives at your table, you know you’ve discovered autentica comida mexicana – authentic Mexican food. The Read More…

Six Strategies to Owner-Operator Success

  “Trucking is risky business,” writes American Trucker reporter, Tim Brady (4/20/19): Equipment is expensive to acquire and maintain; revenue is elusive (here one day; gone to a cheaper hauler the next); and the liability risk is astronomical, with drivers constantly one vehicle away from a lawsuit eleven hours a day. Plus, anyone with a Read More…

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