Owner-operators’ Top Challenges

A look in the mirror: Is Overdrive ‘fit for duty?’

| August 20, 2012

Readers respond to Overdrive's August 2012 cover story, "Fit for duty," about carrier efforts to recruit former military service members to driver ranks.

More O/O challenges: Image, health, parking…

| August 16, 2012

After primary reporting on owner-operators' top five challenges, sources offer their personal sixth -- from parking, training standards and health to driver image and industry unity to influence public opinion and regulatory direction.

Low rates, high fuel ’round the world

| August 13, 2012

U.S. trucking is by no means alone today with high-fuel-price, low-rate challenges.

Equipment: Probing sticker shock

| August 10, 2012

Reports from operators show roughly a 30 percent rise in new-tractor pricing between 2006 and 2012 model years. Find out how operators are reacting to that rise -- and some advice -- in supplementary reporting ...

Owner-operator challenges, No. 5: High equipment costs

| August 10, 2012

Rates aren’t exactly keeping up with the level of cost increase for equipment, a trend owner-operators have felt hard in the last several years.

Whence the great rates?

| August 09, 2012

Supplementing reporting on the No. 4 top owner-operator challenge -- freight rates -- here find an update on the state of pay and further anecdotes, information and perspective from trusted sources.

Rates and pay: Owner-operator challenge No. 4

| August 08, 2012

Based on a survey and Overdrive social media channels, owner-operator challenge No. 4 is low freight rates. Here find partial solutions from owner-operators, fleet representatives and others.

Driver on detention pay: ‘If all else fails, pray’

| August 07, 2012

Following August 2012 reporting on uncompensated detention pay, Overdrive readers weighed in on practical problems with collecting detention from shippers and receivers.

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