Partners in Business

PIB TIP: FINDING THE CHEAPEST FUEL. The real cost of fuel is the pump price minus the taxes. There are ways to save money on both the fuel you buy and the fuel taxes you pay. Learn what your carrier’s fuel tax policy is, and find out which states have the best diesel prices. Daily fuel prices by lane and fuel tax listing are on eTrucker.com and in motor carrier atlases such as Rand McNally’s. The Partners ...

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PIB TIP: CUT OUT-OF-ROUTE MILES. If you’re like many owner-operators, with 6 percent to 10 percent of your miles out of route lost to detours, side trips and just human error, you could possible cut them 3 percent. Doing so would save 3 percent on fuel, as well as on other variable costs such as tires and maintenance. Rethinking your route, minimizing side trips and getting better directions will pay off in savings. The Partners ...

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PIB TIP: PERFORM REGULAR PM. Preventive maintenance ensures your truck is running efficiently. Check your current miles per gallon at each fill, and if it falls off, determine the reason. Check often enough to catch low oil, a dirty air filter or an air compressor leak. Don’t use a higher-viscosity oil than you need. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, ...

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Learning from a crash course

Such opportunities will increase as the economy struggles to get on its feet, and trucking already is ahead of the curve. It’s easy in the flush of good times to forget lessons so clearly illustrated during hardship. It’s best not to.

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PIB TIP: USE OF AERODYNAMICS SAVES MONEY. Use all-position tires on the rear, and make sure they’re the same tread as the steer tires. Match the sleeper package to the application: When you’re pulling a tank or flatbed, for example, a flat-top sleeper is the most aerodynamic option. Keep your gross vehicle weight as light as possible. Even if you make up for weight savings with heavy loads, you’ll improve the fuel economy per pound ...

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Still ‘dressed for success’ — Henry Albert’s opening salvo at GATS PIB

Overdrive 2007 Trucker of the Year, independent owner-operator Henry Albert (pictured, right, with our current Trucker of the Year, Mike Crawford), delivered an opening salvo at Overdrive’s Partners in Business seminar Friday, Aug. 27, at the Great American Trucking Show in an address that elucidated the effects of a very-small adjustment in his  business that, Albert said, led to “increased business, new customers” and big revenue, generally, for his Albert Transport business. But, perhaps most ...

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Sept. 29 webinar: Load selection for profit

Trucking radio host and Overdrive columnist Kevin Rutherford will discuss how to make wise choices in planning your loads in Overdrive’s next webinar

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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: 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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