Partners in Business

TONIGHT: The latest on driver pay trends

Learn more about owner-operator and company driver compensation in a free webinar produced by Overdrive and Truckers News and sponsored by Freightliner Trucks.

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Roadside Attractions

An outlaw is riding into cowboy country, there's a new dame on the Dalton, tornadoes take down some rigs, truckers say not to human freight and other industry news items are featured.

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Vegas Pride & Polish awards Saturday

One of the biggest attractions of the June 9-11 Great West Truck Show is the Custom Rigs’ Pride & Polish truck beauty show.

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Great West Truck Show features seminars

Overdrive will host a free two-hour Partners in Business program presented by Kevin Rutherford June 10.

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LogBook

A cross-border plan is detailed, a Navy vet is named Back on the Road winner, owner-operator is named Goodyear Highway Hero, Trucker Buddy recognizes pen pals and more industry news items are featured.

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PIB TIP: USE OVERDRAFT PROTECTION. Most banks offer this service, which automatically draws from your savings or credit card account to cover a bad check. If savings, you obviously need to keep a good stash to make it work. Linking to a credit card is a less favorable option, but paid off quickly it’s still a lot less costly than bouncing a check. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants ...

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PIB TIP: HAVE A RESERVE ACCOUNT. The best owner-operators have at least $5,000 in reserve before they ever go into business. That amount should be maintained and increased, especially with a truck that ages. The purpose of the reserve account is to set aside money for large or unforeseen items that could put a large drain on your operating cash – major maintenance items, tires, quarterly estimated taxes and insurance deductibles, for example. The Partners ...

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PIB TIP: CREATE SEPARATE BANK ACCOUNTS. It’s important to open a separate bank account that will be used to manage the income and expenses of your business. All your income from your trucking business should be deposited into this operating account. Trucking expenses should be paid for out of this account. 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 ...

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PIB TIP: GOOD DRIVING HABITS PRESERVE TIRES. Speeding, hard braking, curbing and tight turns cause tires to wear faster or even develop irregular wear. On the other hand, steady acceleration, braking and steering can extend the life of your tires. 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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PIB TIP: PERFORM ROUTINE MAINTENANCE. Proper maintenance of tires, wheels, axles and the steering column also will help keep your tire costs down. Wheels naturally lose alignment and balance. Bushings, shocks, bearings and valve stems wear out. Checking wheel alignment periodically can pay big dividends. Whenever you start seeing a heavy spot or a flat spot, the tire has ceased to be centered on the hub. When you need to scrap a tire, inspect it ...

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