Trucking Essentials

Time to prepare: The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's 30th annual International Roadcheck, billed as the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, takes place June 6-8. The special emphasis this year is cargo securement. To avoid surprises, we've got some insider tips from a long-time inspector - and some driver thoughts about those tips.

The two most important things to consider when becoming a leased owner-operator are the company you lease to, and the maintenance of your truck. Without either of these in place, you won't be able to operate a successful business.

Only those who work in the trucking industry really understand what we mean when we say "driver fatigue."

It isn't just being tired, or bored from driving the same highways for hours on end. It's the overwhelming physical and mental exhaustion that comes with life on the road. 

If you are thinking about becoming an owner operator in the trucking business, there are several things you ought to consider. It's a major decision that shouldn't be taken lightly.

Almost every truck driver, whether a newbie to the trucking scene or a seasoned vet, has at one time or another, dreamed of owning their own big rig, and hitting the road to make the big bucks.

Some truckers will simply not work as a company driver. They want the independence, freedom and profits, that comes with being an owner operator.