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Pick a carrier who invests in you

Make sure you get a carrier that is interested in you for the long haul; one you can make money with and that treats you well. Darrell Titus | Owner-operator, TNT2 Trucking Co.

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Check the CSA report

Check the CSA report for one thing. If it's bad go to your next pick.

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Pick a hobby like photography

Get a basic DSLR camera and go out for a shooting session whenever you see something interesting.

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Be smart about resting

Managing decisions on the road like rest and drive times are the key.

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Keep separate account for truck

Think of the truck as a separate person. The truck gets 16 cents per mile for every hub mile traveled. The only reason money can come out of that account is for truck expenses, such as truck service and repairs.

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Tap into ambition

Ambition is the answer, and maintenance. Hard work and a ship-shape rig lead to many benefits. Donnie Slate | Fleet management | Timplex Corp.

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Do your own maintenance

Get to know your truck inside and out. Learn to do the work yourself and you will do a better job and save money in the long run. I am a female owner-operator and work on my truck as often as I can. If I can do it, you can, too. Jackie Wormley | Owner-operator | Landstar Ranger

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Save for retirement

It'll be what you make it. Ignore "end of the industry" announcements. Save for retirement. John Batson | Owner-operator, Bluebird Capacity Services LLC

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Get oil changed regularly

I use Mobil Delvac in all my engines. And make sure oil changes are done on time.

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Track truck maintenance

Keep a record of your truck maintenance. It is a good reference for tracking things like tire wear, parts that have been replaced, or proof of repairs to show prospective buyers should you sell your truck or trailer.

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