September: What advice would you give a new owner-operator?

Be smart about resting

Managing decisions on the road like rest and drive times are the key.

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Never quit learning

Listen to those who have the least to say, because sometimes people don't have you and your ways in mind.

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Inspect your truck

Do all your pretrip inspections. Fix what is broken. Remember that other drivers are not professional drivers like you.

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Keep separate account for truck

Think of the truck as a separate person. The truck gets 16 cents per mile for every hub mile traveled. The only reason money can come out of that account is for truck expenses, such as truck service and repairs.

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Tap into ambition

Ambition is the answer, and maintenance. Hard work and a ship-shape rig lead to many benefits. Donnie Slate | Fleet management | Timplex Corp.

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Do your own maintenance

Get to know your truck inside and out. Learn to do the work yourself and you will do a better job and save money in the long run. I am a female owner-operator and work on my truck as often as I can. If I can do it, you can, too. Jackie Wormley | Owner-operator | Landstar Ranger

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Save for retirement

It'll be what you make it. Ignore "end of the industry" announcements. Save for retirement. John Batson | Owner-operator, Bluebird Capacity Services LLC

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