Partners in Business
Dozens of sites provide other information tailored to truckers. OverdriveOnline.com provides up-to-the-minute news on trucking and links to many services, such as load matching, fuel prices by state, street-level truck routing, ads for used equipment and an online job search with hundreds of featured carriers.
Overdrive parent company Randall-Reilly Media and Business Information this year launched an application for the iPhone (with Blackberry and Android versions on the way) that links users with the deals offered via www.TruckStopCoupons.com, a great source for discounts on numerous items sold in truck stops, from food to GPS devices.
The Fuel Surcharge Index website (www.fuelsurchargeindex.org) presents fuel price information along specific lanes. And for the cost of a subscription, operators can calculate their own fuel surcharges based on fuel prices along a specific lane.
Truck Net (www.truck.net) provides a forum for thousands of truck drivers through dozens of specialized bulletin boards, including one for owner-operators. HotShot Hauling (www.hotshothauling.com) does much the same on a smaller scale devoted to the Class 3-5 hauling niche.
Truck stop chains such as Flying J (www.flyingj.com) and Petro (www.petrotruckstops.com) list their amenities, provide important links and directions, and even list their daily diesel fuel prices. Companies such as ProMiles (www.promiles.com) provide truckers with accurate routes and mileage.
Federal and state governments have websites that allow you to pay taxes online, research regulations and report possible violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (www.fmcsa.dot.gov) site has links to all trucking regulations as well as pending rulemakings. n
This is excerpted from the 2010-2011 Partners in Business manual, produced by Overdrive and owner-operator financial services provider ATBS. The next Partners in Business seminar will be Aug. 27 during the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. To order a manual, call (800) 633-5953, Ext. 1301. Visit www.PIBlive.com for seminar videos and other information. The program is brought to you by Freightliner Trucks and Schneider National.