Tag: Bob Caffee
The quest for no-idle, mostly maintenance-free power
Owner-operator Chad Fowler’s “Solar Peterbilt” eliminates any need to idle the semi-truck since it provides all electrical needs during downtime.
March 10, 2020
Partners in Business
Panel talks controlling costs and other best practices for owner-operators
This GATS session of Overdrive’s Partners in Business addressed the broad topic of best practices for owner-operators. Controlling costs is perhaps the most effective strategy for success in trucking, panelists noted — not only does every saved dollar go directly to the bottom line, but many costs fall in areas owner-ops have the most control over.
September 2, 2019
First-ever Expediter of the Year award delivered at industry expo
Donating the $500 prize that came with the award to the St. Christopher Fund, Robert Burton, who hauls leased to V3 Transportation, embodied one of the giving quality his wife lauded him for in her nomination of him for the award.
July 17, 2017
Owner-operator walk-and-talk with Anne Ferro
Several operators took the opportunity the Trucking Solutions Group’s health walk at MATS represented to walk-and-talk issues with FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro.
March 23, 2013
Expedited advantage, part 2: Pay
In a poll of owner-operators at OverdriveOnline.com, more than 60 percent of respondents called the potential for better income the chief attraction of expediting. More on pay in part 2 of this series.
November 16, 2012
Expedited advantage, part 1: Equipment, carriers
The time-sensitive freight niche could be one of the last profitable bastions of irregular route long-haul, offering fuel mileage and other reduced costs, more income on fewer miles and load and lane novelty.
November 14, 2012
The haps at MATS: Rounding up driver-led efforts
I’ll make an attempt, at least. So much is going on at next week’s trucking show in Louisville it will be next to impossible to catch it all in this space today, but here are a few of the highlights folks have reached out to me about these last few months: Health walk-and-talk, blood driveAs […]
March 16, 2012
Let the (fuel-mileage) games begin!
When owner-operator Henry Albert proposed that he test speed’s effect on fuel mileage on his blog Feb. 22 by dropping his top speed from 65 to 60, he sparked a wellspring of commentary from his readers. At first, he marveled at all the reaction. In the end, however, it’s easily explained: simple, quantifiable results are […]
February 27, 2012
Intent v. interpretation: Questions raised by new hours rule
The intent is not living up to the interpretation of language in the hours of service final rule, Rich Wilson of Trans Products / Trans Services told me this morning. Just one example of the disconnect (notwithstanding the one I wrote about last week) was noted by owner-operators Linda Caffee and Henry Albert of […]
January 6, 2012
Two calls this week highlight driver advocacy efforts in D.C.
Scott Grenerth with Trucking Solutions Group today Those of you who’ve read this blog with any regularity are probably well familiar with Fikes-leased owner-operator Scott Grenerth (pictured with a new custom-designed bike at the Great American Trucking Show this past August — Grenerth is also coproprietor of the rideandroll.me site cataloging biking trails in proximity […]
November 2, 2011
Insurance that Fits
After a truck payment, insurance is often the biggest fixed cost for owner-operators, particularly those running under their own authority.
August 5, 2011
Ferro on detention: ‘Shippers should be held accountable.’
If you missed the open call the Trucking Solutions Group’s member owner-operators held with FMCSA administrator Anne Ferro last week, you missed a lot. The wide-ranging conversation ran the gamut of topics from cross-border trucking to hours and detention concerns. About the last of which, it was heartening to hear, Ferro noted that she in […]
May 10, 2011
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