Polls

POLL: How far in advance do you negotiate your loads?

Independents, this poll probes the extent to which you pre-plan loads (negotiating a day or days ahead of time) or look to maximize rates by negotiating "the day of" the load.

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POLL: How many freight-rate negotiations do you conduct in a week?

Independents, how negotiation-heavy is your business when it comes to rates? This poll asks how many rate conversations you have in any given week with a broker or freight agent.

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POLL: Best day of the week to negotiate for and book a load?

Independents, in your experience, what day of the week yields the best rates during broker negotiations? Tell us in this poll -- further thoughts on the reasons why/anecdotes, sound off in the comments.

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POLL: What is your detention time worth?

How much is your time spent waiting at docks worth per hour? This poll looks at the range of what owner-operators and drivers expect from detention rates, such as they may be.

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POLL: Ever trained a driver?

This poll looks at the extent to which readers have been involved in pre-CDL driver training, whether through a formal or informal process.

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POLL: If any, which of these load services have you used?

This poll takes a survey of some of the load-matching-tech companies that have sprung up in recent years or have moved toward more automated technology platforms. Ever used one of these to successfully book a load? Tell us here.

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POLL: During your last inspection, were you asked to supply your med card?

With the recent change in rules around drivers' need to carry paper medical cards after 15 days beyond renewal, what are you seeing on the road?

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POLL: What mpg is your fuel surcharge based on?

With some carriers shifting upward the mpg their fuel-surcharge contracts are based on, what's behind your own calculations of surcharges, such as they exist?

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POLL: Percentage, mileage, hourly — what’s the ideal pay package?

Assuming an hourly rate for detention, what pay scheme do you view as most preferable: pay-per-mile, percentage or hourly packages?

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POLL: How often do you nap to recharge on the road?

This poll looks at the extent to which drivers utilize that tried-and-true recharge method on the road: the nap.

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