Trucking News and Information

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Podcasts for Truckers

I just started listening to a lot of Podcasts related to the trucking industry.  I hadn’t really listened any podcasts until about 3 months ago and found a great one called S-Town and some TED Talks.  I figured there should be some good ones for trucking and did a search and started listening. Here are a few of the ones that I found that were pretty good. TalkCDL – The Trucking Podcast from Truckers for Truckers Ask a trucker / Truth About Trucking Red Eye Radio Lets Truck with Kevin...

UBER Freight to Sponsor Concert at GATS

Should be a good show and I would like to see what UBER Freight is up to.  I think this may be the first time I have seen a Freight Broker sponsored a truck show event.  I have been listening to some pod casts and it seems like Uber Freight is getting good reviews from truckers who are using it. FROM GATS – https://truckshow.com/ On Friday, August 25, we’re excited to partner with Uber Freight to have Tony Justice, Jayne Denham and Bill Weaver help truckers Take a Load Off with GATS and Uber Freight. The party starts at 5:15 p.m. at Eddie Deen’s Ranch, just across the street from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, and will run until 8, with free barbecue sandwiches! Admission to the concert is free with a ticket, and tickets will be available at the Uber Freight booth in Lobby B of GATS, near the main entrance to the show floor.    ...

Why is Trucking Going to be Amazing

Three things that will make trucking an excting industry. Technology – New tech is getting released everyday that will help a lot Small business Growth – Back bone of the economy and why we are such an economic powerhouse in the world. Automated The opportunities for smaller companies to compete on the same field and soon have an advantage over large trucking companies is coming. As trucking is successful the economy that is driven by trucking is also going to be huge also. With new technology coming out all the time big companies are not able to adopt it and are slow to react to marketplace changes.  Smaller trucking companies are able to take advantage of new technology.  ...

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What Do Truck Drivers Make

Most companies pay OTR(over the road) drivers a per mile rate. This can be anywhere 28-41 cents depending on the skill level of the driver. That is for long haul drivers. For local and shorter haul the driver is usually paid per hour. Usually 15-20 dollars.

Do the 3 OClock-Hustle

Get your 3 o’clock hustle on! This is an excellent time of the year to score some really high-paying loads, and to be the one who saves the day for your customer. I am getting excited, because it’s been two years since we’ve seen such strong demand for trucks, and that demand is incredibly important when you get ready to hustle. What is the 3 o’clock hustle? When demand is high, truckers get less excited about hauling at the current market rate, and a lot of freight deliveries get rescheduled to the next day. As pressure continues to build, and rescheduling is no longer an option, that’s when 3 o’clock becomes hustle time. You’ll know it’s hustle time when there are more team runs posted than usual. You might also see what looks like the same load posted by multiple brokers. That’s because shippers lose patience with that one broker who failed to bring a truck to the dock, and the shipper may give that same load to several brokers until one of them can secure a truck. You can save the day If you’re a carrier and you want to hustle in this high-demand market, remember that it is your responsibility to save the day. If you have a good relationship with a broker, you can save the day by committing to the load, so your broker is the one who wins the shipper’s business. Other carriers might decide that the load that pays the most is the one that needs to be saved the most. I personally have benefited in the past two years from relationships I’ve...

Uber Freight Wants To Get Into Trucking – This is what they should do

So everyone has heard that Uber has actually entered in to the transportation space by starting up a freight brokerage company call Uber Freight.  They use some software and have literally become the Uber of Freight themselves to match drivers with freight.   I am speculating that the software is awesome and based on the comments I have read on blogs is that drivers really like it the convenience of the app. I think Uber can do a lot better then a freight brokerage and I can only assume that they have some better plans then to simply operate a freight brokerage business with some technology attached to it. I think Uber should buy an LTL carrier. They have a crazy 70 billion market capitalization and people want them to make some big moves.  They should by SAIA or AAA Cooper or maybe even go big and buy XPO Logistics.  There are a lot of options out there. Here is why… 1st LTL is local and long haul all in one. They can use their app to work with local drivers to make pick ups and deliveries.  Uber is really good at local because it is has so much experience with ride sharing.  They could use people with straight trucks to to make pick ups and deliveries.  Presumably for a lot less then operating and owning their own fleet. 2nd – Uber freight could use its app to send the freight over the road to each of the other hubs.  They can use the app to assign Freight  to driver standing by ready to go to a certain place.  This also trains...