For commuters, toll roads can be a daily irritation and costly inconvience. For long-haul truckers, however, toll roads can significantly shift profit margins, especially for inexperienced owner-operators who are not yet familiar with best practices for calculating and dealing with toll costs.
The National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) most recent report on tolling showed that more than half of the United States — 33 states total, reaching from Alaska to Florida — have active tolling facilities. Another 9 states, including Oregon, New Mexico, and Tennessee have laws that authorize tolling despite having no current facilities. Continue reading “How to Prevent Toll Costs From Taking a Toll”
You drive a truck to make money. Pay attention to your living expenses while on the road so you’ll bring home more of your pay.
Plan ahead to meet your needs. Stock your cab with the right supplies, and you’ll save money on the basic human necessities listed below.
Continue reading “Use These Frugal Ways to Meet Your Basic Needs As a Trucker”
Do you know your destination?
What if you pick up a load and, as you are scanning the bill of lading, you realize that it tells you exactly what’s in the trailer but there is no destination. Would you start driving and hope to reach the destination? Of course not.
Continue reading “Dollars & Sense: Any Road Will Get You There If You Don’t Know Where You Are Going”
Escrow accounts have always been a hot button for owner-operators. Carriers’ negligence in disclosing items escrow money was intended to pay for has led to disputes upon lease termination. Occasional lawsuits challenged carrier practices, sometimes with positive outcomes for the owner-operators.
Continue reading “Escrow Rules: What You Need to Know”