Oct 8–Day of Aurora

So, Every Year, On this day– October 8th, I celebrate the day of Aurora for my daughter’s birthday by posting a blog post just for her. Happy Birthday Aurora, Keep that Northern Light shining bright. Daddy Loves you. PS… Your Birthday present is on the way– weekends don’t seem to count on the 5day schedule […]

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FMCSA, What they do, and what they are

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Their website states: As the lead federal government agency responsible for regulating and providing safety oversight of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), FMCSA’s mission is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. FMCSA partners with industry, safety advocates, and state and local governments to keep our […]

Investors should pay attention to the Trucking Industry

Recently found on Madison.com: Trucking Business Investment Interview with Transport Topics With the recent influx on technology investment to bring the industry to the tech basin (see: Tech Crunch); More investors are interested and finding their way into this sector of demand and shipments.  They are understanding the basis but without the technical knowledge of […]

Electronic Log Books-

Everyone from law-makers, lawyers, DOT officials, to the public; cries out “safety safety safety.”  From the never stopping lawsuits against carriers, to the few bad apples in the crowd of the industry professionals that cause the major regulations and burdens associated with the ever elusive dark corners of the asphalt world. However, let ME state […]

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Days of Trucking Past- Remembering History

I always get a kick out of listening and learning of the history of trucking from the drivers, owners, managers, dispatchers, and mechanics that were operating before my time.  Yes, there are a few around. I am always listening to the clues, and how the mentality of the industry was prior to the current status. […]

The Numbers Never Lie

“The numbers never lie!” The wise and seasoned accounting personnel, as well as business owners, shareholders, and stakeholders around the world shout to the rooftops. “The Numbers never lie!” Even in business, either as a fleet owner, owner-operator, independent, CEO, and even down to the business of one’s self—I will agree– The numbers never lie. […]

Realizing the Why

This morning was another one of those mornings–you start thinking and the words just start pouring out. Unable to slow my thought, or keep everything the way it was presented, largely due to me driving into work, then having the phones go- 90 to nothing since the doors where open. Some things unrealized Some thing […]

Elon Musk–Tesla and Innovation of Industry

This morning as I drove in– I started to think about Elon Musk and how Tesla and Innovation of the Industries especially the innovation of the Industries– that actually transform into multiple industries of innovation through our technological sophistication and evolution. I started almost writing this article in my mind—clearly– not being able to write […]

Teaching the Public, Driver Education

Parents with teenager’s, know they want their kids safe, secure, and healthy.  However, when it comes to teaching the fundamentals of the operation of a vehicle; even the parents are not sure who what when and where they should start and finish with the education and proper operation of a vehicle. So many do not […]

Dispatching the Art of Trucking

What is dispatching? dis·patch alsodes·patch(dĭ-spăch′) tr.v.dis·patched, dis·patch·ing, dis·patch·esalsodes·patched or des·patch·ing or des·patch·es 1. To relegate to a specific destination or send on specific business. See Synonyms at send1. 2. a. To complete, transact, or dispose of promptly: dispatch an errand. b. To eat up (food); finish off (a dish or meal). 3. To put to death summarily. n. 1. The act of sending off, as to a specific destination. 2. Dismissal or rejection of something regarded as unimportant or unworthy of consideration: “[his] breezy dispatch ofanother Establishment fiction writer” (Christopher Hitchens). 3. The act of putting to death. 4. Speed in performance or movement. See Synonyms at haste. 5. (also dĭs′păch′) a. A written message, particularly an official communication, sent with speed. b. An important message sent by a diplomat or an officer in the armed forces. c. A news item sent to a news organization, as by a correspondent. (Source: The Free Dictionary- Dispatching) Just to have a second definition: Inducement paid by a vessel operator to a shipper, consignee, or chartrer for completing the loading/offloading operations in less than the allotted time. Also spelled […]

So You want to build a Trucking Business

So you have considered all your variables, and you want to own a Carrier…….also called a trucking company? We Don’t Sugar coat shit around this place, so here is the reality! Lack of Sleep is guaranteed. NO CDL, NO PROBLEM Some customers will try to not pay you. Some drivers will try to break you […]

Basic numbers of Trucking Operations

Basic numbers and how the money flows, within a trucking operation.  This is based on average numbers, from the knowledge I have within the industry.  We use mileage and most common freight bill amounts on average.  We are also breaking down the standard mileage starting point, amongst the carrier group.  Looking at a load Mileage, […]

Trucking Agency- Fleet operations

The Trucking Agent, or Agency; also called Carrier Agent, is the contracting party to manage an operation as an agent for the Trucking company, or Carrier.  These people typically operate independent of the Main Carrier, and are owned by the Agent, and given permission to contract with their trucks and customer base. These Agents or […]

5 Smart Investments for a Driver and their future.

Every magazine, since I could read a descent one about finance and investment, claims to have the answers for every single situation that may arise for the future of each and every individual. Well, this article is not that. To be honest, I refuse to do that. However, what I will do is tell you […]

Financing your truck purchase

Lets talk about a few options to finance a truck for an owner operator. The Lease- Option Route- You see this advertised all the time from big carriers that usually own a dealership, as a complementary business to the Carrier. “Zero down, Lease operator, come today and be a Owner Operator for XYZ Carrier.” These […]

Then and Now

Our industry has changed quite a bit over the years, mostly within the past 10-15 with the ever increasing use of technology to increase efficiency and make the industry a bit more competitive over the transportation sector. Let’s face it technology is here, and it doesn’t look like it is going anywhere. After talking and […]