Are diesel prices rising faster than freight charges?

Are your freight charges keeping up with the diesel price increase?

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Let’s face it… we ALL were enjoying the super-low diesel prices over the past couple of years, right?

But, we knew that it wouldn’t last long. In fact, I’m sure many of you are still kind of surprised that it lasted as long as it did, huh?

Unfortunately, not ALL of us understand the diesel price roller coaster ride 🙁 I feel bad for the people who got into trucking, and thought that the diesel prices were going to stay so low.

They had so much confidence in the low diesel prices, that a lot of them went out and bought trucks — paying $2000+ per month truck notes — UH OH!

Needless to say, a lot of those new and small companies went out of business. They didn’t realize that, yes, even those big, bright, shiny rigs have mechanical issues… BIG truck note, or not! Continue reading “Are diesel prices rising faster than freight charges?”


Used trucks sales are up, yet driving jobs are down

Are you thinking of trading up your truck?Used Trucks

When my brother-in-law started his trucking company, last summer, my husband started on a hunt for a good, used truck.

The budget for a truck was around $15,000. At first, my husband thought that finding a solid truck, in that price range, wouldn’t be too hard.

Wow… was he wrong!

They looked at used trucks in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama before finding a 2001 Freightliner Century in North Carolina.

It has all the specs my husband was looking for — Detroit 12.6 motor, 10 speed, etc.

My husband and I drive a 2003 Freightliner Columbia with the same specs. We rebuilt the motor in November 2013. She now has about 300,000 miles on her.

It was interesting to learn that, even without rebuilding the motor, her value has increased tremendously! Continue reading “Used trucks sales are up, yet driving jobs are down”


The Feds are trying to team up with the states in trucking

so what’s the problem?

For years, we’ve known about California regulating some parts of trucking, however they want to, right?

For example, California wasn’t — and I believe still isn’t — on the same computer system, regarding Commercial Driver’s License records.

Now, California and a few other states, want to handle the meal and bathroom breaks, in their own manner.

It’s refreshing to hear that someone on the Federal level understands exactly how important it is, to NOT dock a truck driver’s pay in such an idiotic manner!

After reading this article, and watching the video, leave a comment below, about what you think of the docked pay situation. Thanks!


A “poison pill” truck driver pay provision tucked into a massive aviation reform bill came under fire from a leading Senate Democrat Thursday, but big trucking’s top lobbying group quickly defended the legislation, citing the industry’s need to operate on a single “coast-to-coast” system  rather than a “patchwork” of state laws.

At issue is language in the in the AIRR Act (HR 1441) that that spells out “Federal authority” over state and local laws.

Backers say the legislation is needed because some states (specifically California and its courts) have repeatedly failed to recognize that federal preemptions under the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 (F4A) apply to interstate trucking operations. As a result, trucking companies could be required to schedule and pay drivers according to the employment laws of each state in which they operate.

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Team truck driving: What will it look like in 10 years?

Will self-driving trucks affect you in your business?

Have you been keeping up with the news on self-driving trucks? Do you know that they’ve already been put In motion?

The trucking industry, overall, has been going through some serious ups and downs.

It sounds like every leg of the transportation industry is changing their outlook on what’s going to happen, in their specific part of the trucking industry.

Between fuel prices and new and revised Federal regulations, just about every Owner Operator and Motor Carrier are “walking on egg shells.” It’s a guessing game as to what move to make, these days.

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With that being said, let’s talk about these self-driving vehicles – tractor trailers – to be specific. How will these trucks affect truck drivers, in the (near) future? Continue reading “Team truck driving: What will it look like in 10 years?”


Are trucking companies teaming up to strip down?

It seems like trucking companies are buying other trucking companies, then closing the doors of the newly acquires company.

The only reason it seem like this is happening, is for the new Head Honcho to get the customer base of the other trucking company.

This would be fine, by me, if it didn’t mean placing people out of work. Did these employees get a heads up that they’d be losing their job?

The most recent situation, like this, is with XPO Logistics, who recently bought Con-Way Freight.

I’d like to hear your input. What do you think about this happening across the trucking industry? Please leave your comments and questions below. Thanks!

XPO Logistics Closes Seven Truck Terminals

Company extends cost-reduction effort at former Con-way Freight operation by shutting service centers in remote locations

An XPO Logistics less-than-truckload truck.
An XPO Logistics less-than-truckload truck. PHOTO: XPO LOGISTICS INC.

XPO Logistics Inc. has closed seven freight terminals in the former Con-way Inc. trucking network, extending cost reductions at the business it acquired last fall.

The shutdowns in what XPO said were remote locations follow the elimination of 190 jobs last week in what the company said were back-office areas of the former Con-way Freight less-than-truckload operation, which sells delivery services on trucks for multiple customers.

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Until next time… Be awesome and be SAFE!



Teaming up with Millenials in trucking

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Are you a recruiter in the trucking industry? Is it getting harder to recruit and keep younger, qualified drivers?

As with just about every other industry, attracting and retaining good talent can be such a challenge, right?

Here’s a good read that addresses just that problem. After reading it, tell me what you got out of the article, and what you would add. Thanks!

TeamOne Logistics Shares Top 3 Tips For Recruiting Millennials

ATLANTA, Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — TeamOne Logistics is a nationally recognized workforce expert for the trucking industry, currently serving customers in 87 locations, and employing 800 employees across 29 states.

They accomplish this by providing staffing agency assistance and solutions in expert logistics recruiting, improved employee retention,workers compensation and liability coverage, administrative systems and support, custom safety and compliance, and strategic and operational support.

If your company is looking to hire millennials, you need to be aware of what they look out for in a potential employer. This age group is unique for many reasons, especially when it comes to their work requirements.

TeamOne Logistics discusses the top three tips on how to recruit members of Generation Y into your company:

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So, how do you attract and retain your talent? Please share your input in the comments section below. Thanks!

Until next time… Be awesome and be blessed!



Hey Driver… I smell a VICTORY!

Driver… Have you heard the latest about the FMCSA?! Smells like those annoying CSA Scores are heading out the door (for now, anyway)… WooHoo!

What do you think about this whole situation? Leave your comment in the form below or email

Trucking groups: New carrier scoring rule violates FAST Act highway law provisions

The removal of CSA's SMS percentile rankings from public view presents one of three major problems with the agency's pursuit of a Safety Fitness Determination rule, trucking groups argue, as safety determinations were supposed to be at least in part based on the SMS' BASICs, per FMCSA's summary of the rule.

The removal of CSA’s SMS percentile rankings from public view presents one of three major problems with the agency’s pursuit of a Safety Fitness Determination rule, trucking groups argue, as safety determinations were supposed to be at least in part based on the SMS’ BASICs, per FMCSA’s summary of the rule.










A group of trucking industry stakeholders has issued a challenge to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking, publication of which is expected this month.

The coalition, which includes the National Association of Small Trucking Companies, the Western State Trucking Association, ASECTT and five others, on Tuesday sent a letter to members of Congress and, according to sources, FMCSA Administrator-elect Scott Darling, asking them to reconsider the rule given provisions of the December-enacted FAST Act highway funding law.



“Behind The Scenes” takes a closer at the trucking industry

A great article! This "Behind the Scenes" episode should be GOOD!

Advances in the Trucking Industry are discussed on “Behind The Scenes” with James Earl Jones for Public Television

A new segment for the popular series discusses trucking in detail.

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“Behind The Scenes”, with host James Earl Jones (star of dozens of Hollywood feature films and Broadway productions in his career), have announced that the popular program will cover the topic of advances in the trucking industry in an upcoming episode. The trucking industry has been on the forefront of technology in recent years, implementing a wide range of different advancements that have completely revolutionized supply chain management in the United States for the better.

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Many advancements in the trucking industry have had to do with an attempt to keep the roads safer for both truckers and pedestrians alike. Trucks are now outfitted with GPS systems, helping managers keep an eye on where their products are and whether or not the truckers themselves are maintaining safe driving practices. With advanced inventory control techniques, it is not easier than ever to monitor the movement of important stock as it makes its way across the country.

“Behind The Scenes” is distributed to Public Television Stations in most major markets around the United States – check the show’s site for additional information. As the program was designed from the beginning to be a completely independent production, it is not affiliated with PBS or APT in any way.


GREAT news for Owner-Operators!

Update on the truck driver shortage

According to this article, just in the past couple of months, 5,100 For Hire truck drivers were added… WooHoo!

A little birdie also told me that fuel prices are supposed to go down another $.10/gallon… YEAH BABY! Sounds like a GREAT time to be an Owner-Operator.

Yes, fuel is going to rise. Yes, once the election is over, the jobs are probably going to be unstable again.

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But why not milk it until the other shoe drops? It’s no different than when there’s a natural disaster. Just about any and every Owner-Operator is looking to rack up on that $3.50/mile, right?

It may not sound “pretty”, but it’s a fact of life… casualty brings money… BIG MONEY!

I’ll be keeping an eye on the For Hire trucking situation. I suggest you do, too. If you’re not already an Owner-Operator, you know the saying, “There’s no better time than the present!” GO FOR IT!

U.S. adds 292K jobs, for hire trucking gains 5,300

For the year, for hire trucking added 19,100 jobs. (The Trucker file photo)

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WASHINGTON — American employers added a strong 292,000 jobs in December, suggesting that the U.S. economy is so far defying global trends and growing at a solid pace.

The Labor Department says the unemployment rate remained 5 percent for a third straight month. More Americans started looking for work, and most found jobs.

The government also said employers added a combined 50,000 more jobs in October and November than it had previously estimated. Hiring averaged 284,000 a month in the fourth quarter, the best three-month pace in a year.


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Nearly 2,000 drivers could lose their CDL

Nearly 2,000 commercial truck drivers in Florida will have to retake their commercial driver’s license (CDL) exams if they want to keep their licenses, News 4 JAX reports. The move comes after a test administrator in Florida was arrested on identification fraud charges.


Last month, the state’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles sent letters to 1,997 CDL holders informing them that the skills test they previously passed to obtain their licenses may not have been valid, according to the report.

Drivers who received the notices must retake the exam before Jan. 19 or their licenses will be canceled.Type your paragraph here.

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Until next time… Be awesome and be safe!