What do you do when you don’t think anyone is watching? For professional drivers, aside from driver facing cameras, usually you are not watched as closely as employees at a store, manufacturing plant, warehouse, etc. It is mostly up to you to decide what you do or how you do it.
Elogs. Yes, another article about elogs, but this one is a little different, I hope. I am a solo driver running and have been running elogs for a while. If you run team, you probably do not have to worry about some of the restrictions that come with the elogs. As a team you can simply switch drivers, given your co-driver has had enough off duty time to begin driving again, and keep rolling. As a solo, it seems planning your trip is even more crucial.
Whether you drive a cargo van, sprinter, straight truck or tractor trailer, overweight loads are a possibility each time you go to pick up a load. Along with overweight loads can come overweight fines. There are a few ways of dealing with overweight loads once you have been caught at a weigh station. Depending on the state, you can adjust the load, slide one or more axles, or remove the excess weight, if over gross. Some states will give a fine and send you on your way, other states dictate that the excess weight be removed so that you can scale legal before proceeding.
Companies moving offshore, layoffs, slow economy. We hear these same stories almost everyday. We hear that if a company moves its’ operations to Mexico or any other country, a portion of the U.S. population will claim that they will not buy their products any longer. What is the real impact on these corporations? Probably not as much as you think. Although the intent to boycott these companies is valid, the follow through just doesn’t seem to be there.
Your cost per mile, if you have figured it, will tell you how much you need per mile to break even and make a profit. You may figure your expenses as per day pay, whatever your method is for figuring your expenses, you know, or should know, what you need to cover your costs to operate. There are many factors involved and each driver’s CPM is different. So now you have your numbers, you know what YOU need to run a load. Now the load offers come.