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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 >>

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Expenses need to kept in check in order for a business to thrive

How can I reduce my trucking business expenses?

Regardless of almost any other factor, the most common reason any business has to close up shop is that there isn’t enough money on hand to keep operating. When an owner/operator is doing their books, it can often feel like more money is flowing out of the business than flowing into their pocket. If you’re looking for an answer to the question, ‘How can I reduce my trucking business expenses,’ a few Patriot Truck Sales got together to reach out to some of our successful customers to see how they keep control of bills. Let’s take a look at what they found. Read the rest of this entry >>

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What can I do to make sure my truck completes every trip?

Best Tips for Avoiding Tractor Breakdowns

The axiom, ‘Time is money,’ should be the prime operating principle for any owner/operator. Nothing will cost more time or money than a breakdown. To be sure all truck drivers have or will experience some kind of mechanical failure or a tire blowout at some point in their career. It’s just the nature of our business. However, there are some proactive steps drivers can take to keep their rig in the best possible condition. A few members of the Patriot Truck Sales product expert team reached out to some of the service experts in our repair shop to ask them about their best tips for avoiding tractor breakdowns. Let’s see what they had to say. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Some items may have shifted during transit, here’s how to avoid that

How do I avoid shifting cargo in my van trailer?

There are a lot of hazards drivers face when they’re working. While many of them can be hard to avoid, making sure your cargo is properly secured is something that a driver can and must control. In fact, at the end of the day, Department of Transportation regulations say that the driver is ultimately responsible for securing their cargo – even if the trailer was loaded by someone else. Something that all drivers should be asking before they pull away from a loading dock is, ‘How do I avoid shifting cargo in my van trailer?’ Patriot Truck Sales reached out to a few of our customers and industry professionals to pick up a few tips and tricks. Let’s take a look at what we found. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Owning your own truck isn’t much good if you don’t have work

How do owner/operators find loads to haul?

When someone is an owner/operator, they are not only the company’s best driver, they are also the bookkeeper and the lead mechanic. Most importantly they are responsible for finding work. So, who do owner/operators find loads to haul? There are a few ways to find cargo that needs to be hauled, some will work better for some people than other methods. Regardless of which method a business owner chooses to find work, it’s always worth considering some alternative ways to find loads to haul. After all, a truck is only earning money when its wheels are turning. A few Patriot Truck Sales product experts spoke to some industry experts to find this information. Let’s see what they found. Read the rest of this entry >>

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As a driver you will be drug tested, do you know the rules when you get picked?

Rules for drug or alcohol testing for truck drivers

Having a commercial driver’s license is quite different from having a regular driver’s license. One of the major differences between having a CDL and civilian license is random drug testing. The rules for drug or alcohol testing for truck drivers carry serious consequences because of the potential for tragedy if someone is using either substance while driving. Drivers can be called in for a random drug test even if they aren’t working that day and missing or delaying the test can cause the driver to have their license suspended or revoked entirely. Here are a few common questions new drivers have about the process. These are just general questions. Always follow your company’s rules or what your state law requires. Read the rest of this entry >>

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This is what you should do when you get pulled over in your truck

What should I do when I get pulled over in my tractor?

Anyone who has been driving for any measurable period time has probably of time knows the terrifying feeling when they see a police car behind them with their lights activated. No driver wants to get a ticket, but for professional drivers, the consequences can be even bigger. Obviously, all drivers have a responsibility to drive safely so traffic moves smoothly. When an owner/operator gets pulled over, they are losing precious time. It’s understandable that someone might be frustrated with this delay but flying off the handle or being disorganized isn’t going to help the process at all. If you’re a new driver and are wondering, ‘What should I do when I get pulled over in my tractor,’ the Patriot Truck Sales team found a few tips that might be helpful. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Everyone needs a friend but when does two become a crowd?

Is having a co-driver a good idea for owner/operators?

An owner/operator is only earning money when their truck is in motion. The desire to make better time and push the limits are exactly why hours of service regulations have been implemented. Since it’s not safe or feasible for drivers to be behind the wheel 24 hours a day for several days at a time, more and more businesses are advocating for a team driving dynamic. So, is having a co-driver a good idea for owner/operators? Well, like anything else in life, there are a lot of solid arguments on both sides of the issue. It might be a great idea for some operations and less attractive to others. Some of the Patriot Truck Sales product experts reached out to some industry professionals to get some insight into the question. Read the rest of this entry >>

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New drivers have some unique challenges to face in their first year

What challenges do first-year truck drivers face?

If you’re thinking about taking a chance on yourself and buying a truck to become an owner/operator, you won’t find any bigger fans than the people who work at Patriot Truck Sales. When someone visits our showroom to buy their first truck, a question we wish we got asked more often is, ‘What challenges do first-year truck drivers face?’ It’s pretty easy to understand that being a truck driver will involve long hours alone in an area that might be completely unfamiliar. But what can a new driver expect from an employer? About how much can they expect to make? Let’s take a look at some questions that you might not have thought to ask. Read the rest of this entry >>