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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 >>

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Starting your own trucking business? Health insurance costs will come up in conversation

How do owner/operators get health insurance?

Unless we see some pretty drastic changes in our country, choosing the most comprehensive and most affordable health insurance plan will be among the most important decisions a self-employed person can make. So, how do owner/operators get health insurance? Well, like anything else in this challenging industry, there are few options. Patriot Truck Sales wants to make sure you’re as well-informed as possible when you’re first starting out. A few of our product experts were able to speak with an insurance industry expert so we could outline a few important pieces of information that our current and future customers might be able to use. The Patriot Truck Sales team can answer a lot of questions on a lot of subjects, but for insurance-related things, make sure to speak with a licensed professional. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Will your truck be ready to pass inspection during Roadcheck 2019?

What are inspectors looking for during Roadcheck 2019?

If you’re an over-the-road truck driver, getting stopped for inspections is just a way of life. Starting June 4, the frequency might increase as part of an international effort to ensure our roads and highways are as free from safety hazards as possible. So, what are inspectors looking for during Roadcheck 2019? According to some information the Patriot Truck Sales team was able to find, steering and suspension systems will be the inspectors’ primary focus. If it’s been a while since you’ve given these elements of your truck a close look, this will be a good opportunity for some reminders that could help you avoid lengthy delays and potentially costly fines. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment with us if you need a little help making sure your rig will be up to par. Read the rest of this entry >>

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A few small changes could equal big fuel savings; learn more today!

How can I get better fuel economy in my semi?

In order for any business to be profitable, it has to keep costs under control. As this principle applies to the transportation industry, owner/operators need to keep a close eye on fuel costs. If someone isn’t constantly asking themselves, ‘How can I get better fuel economy in my semi,’ their trucking business won’t be long for this world. A few of the product experts working at Patriot Truck Sales have reached out to some of their long-time customers and other industry contacts to help new owner/operators make better choices while they’re on the road to save as much fuel as possible. Hopefully, some of these tips will help you shave a few dollars off of your next fuel stop. Read the rest of this entry >>

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A few small changes can help you avoid big work-related injuries

How do truck drivers avoid injuries while working?

It’s never good when someone gets hurt. However, being an owner/operator broadly means that there is only one person to fill every role in the company. If someone is hurt and can’t drive their truck, there is no money coming in and that can have catastrophic consequences. So, how do truck drivers avoid injuries while working? Like anything else, doing a little extra work beforehand and having a plan will go a long way to preventing injuries and keeping drivers on the road where they need to be. The Patriot Truck Sales staff did a little online research and spoke with some experts to bring you a few easy strategies to keep you as healthy as possible. Let’s take a look, shall we? Read the rest of this entry >>

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The strongest people ask for help when they need it

How do truckers handle depression, stress and anxiety?

Anyone who has worked as a commercial truck driver for more than five minutes can reliably understand the physical toll it can take on a person. The long hours away from home only compound the stress that comes with running a small business. All of this is a perfect recipe for mental health issues. So, how do truckers handle depression, stress and anxiety? To be sure it can be a difficult hill to climb. Among the most important things to remember that if you’re experiencing feelings of depression, you are by no means the only one. A 2018 study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine from the National Institutes of Health found that truck drivers are more likely to experience depression more frequently than the general population. Let’s take a look at some things you can do. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Avoid potentially dangerous mistake when buying your first truck

How do I pick out my first tractor as an owner/operator?

If you’re considering jumping into the world of being your own boss and running a transportation company, your top priority is going to be picking out a truck. One of the biggest mistakes a new owner/operator can make is to approach buying their first truck the same way they pick out a personal vehicle. Answering the question, ‘How do I pick out my first tractor as an owner/operator,’ is easily in the top five most common conversations we have with people at Patriot Truck Sales. There are a lot of things to consider when buying a truck including how much you can spend, what kind of cargo you’ll be hauling and where you’ll be hauling that cargo. This is by no means an exhaustive list. However, these are good places to start a conversation. Read the rest of this entry >>

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You have to finish your homework before you hit the road

What documents does an owner/operator need to start?

Becoming an owner/operator requires more than that buying a tractor, hooking up to a trailer and hitting the road. Your first several steps on your journey to running a trucking business will involve copious amounts of paperwork and spending a fair amount of time on the phone talking to various government agencies. So, what documents does an owner/operator need to start? This is not an exhaustive list and you might need to do some different things based on the state where your business is going to be based and incorporated. Speaking with a lawyer and/or a professional business manager wouldn’t be the worst idea when you’re starting out. Read the rest of this entry >>