Max Heine

Zachary Bell

I would know my costs and question anything that pays less than $1.50/mile plus fuel surcharge. That's roughly 2 times the "operating costs" for a aerodynamic tractor/trailer combination that gets 7 MPG on flat ground in ideal conditions. I would also minimize deadhead, and track my fuel mileage to the HUNDREDTH of a mile on pen and paper (or using an app such as Kevin Rutherford's Gauges for Android). Staying in a good lane helps maximize ...

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Joseph Rookie Graham

Stay in a good lane, make sure you can reload out of there with minimal deadhead mileage. Most importantly know your operating cost and don't waver on your it

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David Holt

When you're offered cheap freight tell them there rate sucks and call someone else. I'll travel half way across the country empty before u see cheap freight on my trucks. Cheap freight can rot on the dock for all I care.

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Dex Jones

The lighter the better, try to do the least dead head, and keep in mind your fuel costs and maintenance on your truck and trailer. Keep an eye on your down time, and the type of terrain you are driving thru as well as areas that are known for traffic jams and back ups.

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Why this safety technology doesn’t work

When compared with other diversions inside the car, “interacting with the speech-to-text system was the most cognitively distracting,” the report said.

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‘Best thing that ever happened’ to former owner-operator team

Many owner-operators succeed as a leased operator. But it’s worthwhile noting what the Carpenters learned about operating under their own authority and expanding beyond one truck.

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What has a Chevy rear end, a German engine and gets 60 mpg?

Glenn Russell doesn't inhabit the Pride & Polish section here at the Great West Truck Show in Las Vegas. Still, he's in a custom vehicle world of its own -- a homemade frame supporting and 18 wheels minus 15. He's crafted it around a Deutz air-cooled engine. "It's got a 2003 Chevy S10 rear end with disc brakes," he says. "It tops out at 75 mph, cruises at 65." Russell built the three-wheeler for diesellife.com, which sells ...

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Credit loosening, income rising for owner-operators, says ATBS

Institutional investors are looking for places to put their money, which is good news for owner-operators who've been hamstrung by tight credit since the recession.

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California regulations drive out owner-operators

Owner-operators are being driven out of business and the market value of used trucks has been hijacked by the ever-tightening emissions regulations in California, said a panel this week.

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PHOTOS: What to drive when the broom’s broken

Dean and Theresa DeSantis are showing a 1985 Peterbilt 359 at the Great West Truck Show in Las Vegas that, perhaps thanks in part to its longevity, has acquired two names. "The truck is Old No 7," said Dean DeSantis. "It was the seventh one we bought." That was back in the 1980s, when he and his wife built a small fleet. They sold the assets in 1993, but kept the truck and the company ...

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