Packing the right clothes
We have found that we need to keep at least one set of good clothes in the truck. We stay out long enough that we never know what we might get ourselves into. If we meet up with someone and want to go out for a nice dinner we something different than jeans and a t-shirt.
Too Darn Cold
In the morning, if not under a load, I make my coffee, grab my laptop and set it on the steering wheel. The steering wheel is telescoping and very east to adjust for comfort in typing. This works out perfect unless it is sub zero.
Snow and Ice
What a week after all of our sun in California! We took a load into Wyoming and then headed for Minneapolis, but did not get that far. We had a offer to run a short load over the weekend just south of Albert Lea, MN
Cost Per Mile
We are always told to know our cost per mile (CPM). What are our expenses for each mile we drive? Which is the right way to figure this? How do we arrive at this number? The questions go on and on. Is there a right or a wrong way?
Progression of the Walk
This past year a group of drivers started The Trucking Solutions Health Group which was to be a few truckers sharing ideas on how to become fit on the road. We partnered up with Driver Health and from there things have gone crazy and we are not looking back.
Where is the BATHROOM?
The morning can be an emergency happening when you cannot locate the truck stop and the bathroom. I am often asleep when we stop for the night and I have no clue where we have parked. Sometimes when I step out of truck I can see the building, but most often not!
We just delivered a few race engines to Toyota Racing Development in California, which got me thinking of some of the neat loads we have hauled. We have hauled envelopes to our box being completely full of tires. We have hauled many things that have made us laugh and wonder why.
Wind Wind Wind
We have been enjoying the sunny warm California weather for the past few weeks, but our luck has ended. We have been in the wind and the rain lately. We accepted a load leaving the Los Angeles area going up north and have had to leave with the roads flooded.
My stress level starts to go up when we are on our way to pickup or unload for a customer. How hard with the customer be to find? Do we have accurate directions on roads a truck is legal to drive on? Are there low tree branches or overpasses?
Truck meets Plane
We finally had our first load where we were able to unload directly into a charter jet! One of the bonuses of having a lift gate and pallet jack is we were also able to save the day as there were no forklifts in the area to move our freight to the plane.