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Annual Roadcheck inspections delayed for 2020, learn more today

Is the 2020 CVSA Roadcheck still happening?

Each spring, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance partners with state departments of transportation around the country for the annual Roadcheck safety inspection blitz. There has been a more than a fair amount of uncertainty circulating these days which has led to a lot of industry people wondering, ‘Is the 2020 CVSA Roadcheck still happening?’ Yes, it is. However, the industry group had originally planned to run the nationwide safety inspection program from May 5-7, but they are delaying the effort until later this summer. Let’s take a look at a few things you should know. Read the rest of this entry >>

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If you plan to keep working, you better plan to disinfect your truck

How do I sterilize the cab of my semi?

To say the last few weeks have been fraught would be a major understatement. Businesses are closing, people are being laid off and there is just a general feeling of uncertainty. Even with all of that going on, we still need to earn a living and truck drivers are more important than ever before. If you’re wondering, ‘How do I sterilize the cab of my semi,’ the product experts working at the Patriot Truck Sales showroom have done a little bit of research. These tips are easy to follow and are largely common sense. Our team still thought a casual reminder might be helpful. Let’s take a look at what they found. Read the rest of this entry >>

Finding a new truck seat doesn’t have be a pain in the neck or the back, or anywhere really

How do I pick a new semi-truck seat?

There is a lot to consider when a new owner/operator is outfitting a truck purchase. Sure, elements like the engine, transmission and fuel economy are very important, but we’d like to make a counterargument that the driver’s seat requires the most attention. Like any truck component, seats wear out and need to be replaced. If you’re wondering, ‘How do I pick a new semi-truck seat,’ the product experts at Patriot Truck Sales have a few tips that might be helpful. An unsupportive seat can lead to a number of issues like muscle pulls and strains that could lead to missed work. If you’ll be looking for a new seat in the future, here are some things you’ll want to consider. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Truckers like you are the first line of defense against human trafficking

How can truckers spot human trafficking?

If you have watched the news recently, you have probably heard about human trafficking and the horrors it inflicts on its victims. Law enforcement on the local, state and federal levels has undertaken huge efforts to combat this modern-day form of slavery. Believe it or not, one of the police’s best allies is truckers because they are on the road all the time and these criminals are constantly on the move. We need every set of eyes looking out for the signs this series of crimes are taking place. So, how can truckers spot human trafficking? Our team of product experts has done a little research to help you get the knowledge you need to play your important role as a truck driver. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Don’t leave any money on the table when you’re doing your taxes this year

Tax Deductions for Owner/Operators

Now that the glow from the new year has worn off, it’s time to turn our attention to filing income taxes. One of the things we like to talk about with our new customers is the importance of controlling expenses and a major element of that is making sure that you take advantage of all tax deductions for owner/operators. Our financing team did a little research and spoke with some experts to put together a list of some areas where trucking business owners can claw back a few extra dollars. It’s important to note, this blog was not written by a tax professional and is for informational purposes only. You should speak with a licensed tax professional to discuss your particular situation. Let’s take a look at what our team found. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Are you thinking about being an owner/operator? Consider these things.

Should I become an owner/operator?

Something we talk about a lot at Patriot Truck Sales is the importance of truckers to our country. Almost without exception if you eat it, drink it, wear it or plug it in, that item spent some time in the back of a semi-trailer. If somebody visits our facility and is asking themselves, ‘Should I become an owner/operator,’ we have quite a few thoughts on the subject. There are a few great things about being an owner/operator that we think people need to consider. There is no doubt that being your own boss and running any business is going to be a challenge, but there is something special about the open road being your office. Let’s take a look at why this might be the career for you. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Adding endorsements to your CDL could equal significant bumps in pay

Is getting a HazMat license worth it?

The idea that an owner/operator is only making money when their truck is hauling cargo is pretty straightforward. What separates successful operators from the rest is finding ways to command higher per mile wages. That could mean having various types of trailers like vans or refers. However, adding more endorsements to your commercial driver’s license can also be a path to making more money. So, is getting a HazMat license worth it? Certainly, hauling hazardous materials like chemicals or racing fuel will come with some perks, but there are also some other issues an owner/operator will need to consider. Patriot Truck Sales reached out to some of our industry contacts for a little help with the subject. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Are you ready for winter driving in a tractor-trailer?

Winter Driving Tips for Owner/Operators

We are just a few days away from the official first day of winter. However, it appears Mother Nature is well ahead of schedule judging by the less-than-pleasant weather we have been seeing impact many parts of the country. Since many Patriot Truck Sales customers are relatively new to the professional trucking industry, our team of product experts thought it would be helpful to discuss from winter driving tips for owner/operators. Driving through snow and ice in a semi isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. Drivers who aren’t accustomed to these conditions can find them intimidating. Having a plan and knowing what to expect ahead of time can take some of the stress out of the equation. Read the rest of this entry >>

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These tips will help you more safely drive at night

Professional trucker tips for driving at night

Despite all of the advances our society has made, tractor-trailers continue to play an integral role in our nation’s economy. Nothing would get anywhere if it weren’t for people like you doing your job. One skill that comes with driving experience is safely navigating roads when the sun goes down. We reached out to some of our long-time customers to put together this list of professional trucker tips for driving at night. Many of these are just common sense, but it’s also important for everyone to get the occasional reminder. Let’s take a closer look at what our team found in the course of their research. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Don’t throw those old paper graph logs just yet

What do I do if my ELD malfunctions?

If an owner/operator hasn’t installed an electronic logging device in their tractor, time is running out to make the technological leap. With all of the importance placed on these devices, drivers around the country have been asking the same question, ‘What do I do if my ELD malfunctions?’ The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a few guidelines about the steps that can be taken in the short term. However, it’s very important to point out that it looks like very leeway will be given to drivers who don’t keep their ELDs up to date and functioning properly. If yours goes on the fritz, here is what you can do. Read the rest of this entry >>