The Industrial Age brought about new technologies in the field of manufacturing. Prior to this time in history, most goods were produced individually, one at a time, by hand, by people, and while time consuming, most often times the quality was superb.
Getting a great paying load is the goal of most drivers, but that is just part of the equation. Of course, you have to get the load to meet your financial needs, but then comes the most crucial part, successful execution.
Driving for a fleet owner is not without it’s perks. As an owner - operator, I get approached by drivers often. While they will have many questions about becoming an owner - operator, often times they overlook critical aspects of taking the risks that are involved if they were to buy a truck.
My first Expedite Expo is now behind me. What an event! I had been reluctant to take time off from work to attend in years past as it meant I would lose income for that time period and I am running a small business.
A lot of changes have taken place lately, or will soon, for the trucking industry. Of course, even when no major changes are looming on the horizon for truckers, they can usually find something about the industry that they do not like, and are more then happy to voice their opinions on the matter to anyone who will listen.
Truck parking has been an issue for quite some time, leaving some drivers few options when it is time to stop for breaks. This can lead drivers to park in questionable areas. Most drivers try to plan ahead, but unforeseen delays in route can often put a driver in a position to get creative when it comes to parking. Finding adequate safe parking can be a challenge, but there are always better, safer options than parking on the shoulder of the interstate for a ten hour break.
What does the future hold for Fleet Owners(FO)? When the economy is down, fleet owners are an easy, and cost effective way, for drivers to get in the seat, but when the economy starts to move forward, drivers may find ownership more attractive. Recently our economic outlook has started to look up, something it has not done in quite a while.