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PIB TIP: SPEC YOUR TRUCK WISELY. Your paycheck will show whether you chose a truck with a big engine and a lot of chrome versus a truck engineered to meet your business needs and help you succeed. Weight and maintenance are in sharp contrast between a wannabe show truck and an aerodynamic truck that is efficient for business. The aerodynamic truck yields greater load capacity, more comfort, less noise and higher profit. The Partners in ...

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PIB TIP: CONSIDER AN APU. A recent survey shows the average owner-operator idles more than 5 hours a day, in all weathers. That’s the equivalent of 18,000 yearly miles on the engine, says Argonne National Laboratory. Cutting that idling to zero eliminates 18,000 miles of wear, extends your oil-drain interval and saves nearly $4,500 in fuel costs with diesel at $3 a gallon. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants ...

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PIB TIP: LIMIT IDLE TIME. Alternatives to idling, which can cost $120 per week if your truck idles eight hours daily, include use of an extra blanket in cold weather and window screens on warm days. For about $80 you can buy a remote starter with a temperature sensor that starts the truck at a specified temperature. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator ...

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PIB TIP: REDUCE AVERAGE SPEED. It’s easy to get into the trap of driving fast. But speed is the main reason for increased fuel consumption and reduced profit. Experts agree that every mile per hour driven over 60 mph reduces fuel economy by one-tenth of a mile per gallon. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and is sponsored by Schneider ...

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PIB TIP: CONTROLLING FUEL COSTS. You can make the wisest business decisions about fuel when you know your fuel economy, expressed in miles per gallon, and your fuel cost per mile. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and is sponsored by Schneider National Inc. and Freightliner Trucks.

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Aug. 27: Partners in Business

You won't find a better two-hour presentation about running an owner-operator business than the Partners in Business seminar by Overdrive and ATBS, sponsored by Freightliner Trucks and Schneider National.

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Randy Houser to headline at GATS

Bluegrass band The Grascals will open for Houser at the Great American Trucking Show.

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PIB TIP: AVOID FRIVOLOUS SPENDING. The average ATBS client nets only 32 cents for every dollar of gross revenue, hence, 68 cents per dollar earned goes toward vital business expenses. Heeding that ratio can help you resist a frivolous spending spree the next time you have a big settlement check. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and is sponsored by ...

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Aug. 19: Evaluating Prospective Carriers

As part of Truckers News’ How to Become an Owner-Operator series, we are offering a free webinar Thursday, Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. (CST) to help you evaluate your options. Our featured speaker is Richard DeForest, ATBS vice president of fleet sales.

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PIB TIP: FIXED AND VARIABLE COSTS. A fixed cost is determined and does not change from month to month. Any expense related to time, such as a tractor payment, insurance payment, permit and license fees, is a fixed cost. That cost will be the same every day whether your truck is driven one mile or 600 miles. A variable cost – such as fuel, tires and maintenance – is related to how much you drive. ...

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