FMCSA New Hours Of Service Rules And The Effects On The Trucking Industry

Well Drivers, The July 01, 2013 implementation date of the new DOT / FMCSA hours of service rules has taken effect and been in place for one full week as of the writing of this blog post.

I wish I were able to report that this has some benefit to drivers or to the public but sadly, in calculating the numbers, it will cost the trucking industry as a whole billions of dollars. Of course, FMCSA will have their lobbyist cronies show that this has made the industry more money, made drivers safer, thus giving them the ability to get a much larger budget windfall for keeping the roads safe. ABSOLUTELY FALSE with no data to back it up.

The new regulations state that any driver must take a 30 minute break logged off duty, either at or prior to the completion of 8 hours on duty. This sounds good on its face, however, it has taken another half hour away from the 14 hour clock that starts and cannot be stopped from the time that you go on duty until you log off duty or in the sleeper.

But wait, lets go on into this prior to crunching the numbers so everyone sees the real cost in both dollars and safety.

The FMCSA also changed the sleeper birth provision from 34 consecutive hours off resetting the 70 hours per week you are allowed to work to 34 hours off only once in 7 calendar days but requiring it to contain at least two sleep periods from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. which means that, depending on what time your end of duty starts, it can take as long as 48 hours now to get your 34 hour restart.

This means MILLIONS of wasted hours away from home per year that we as drivers will have to suck up the loss on.

As of today, according to FMCSA, there are 3.5 million regulation truck drivers in the continental United States, meaning that the 30 minute mandated break alone will cost 1.75 million hours for every 8 hours worked by Americas Drivers.

Now, the 34 hour restart provision will cost drivers at least 12 hours out of a 7 day period for over the road drivers. So think about this, 12 hours per week X 3.5 million Drivers = 42,000,000 (yes forty two million) lost work hours per 7 days.

So, the 30 minute break provision will cost each individual driver 182 work hours per year and the 34 hour restart provision will cost each driver a minimum of 12 hours per week for a total of 624 hours per driver we will lose per year per driver.

This translates to a potential loss PER DRIVER of 806 hours per year.

If this doesn’t anger all of us enough to pull us together and shutdown, strike, slowdown, I don”t know what will.

My first suggestion is that we have an all out boycott of California, Florida, and New York. A few weeks of billions of dollars in produce rotting in wharehouses may make someone look at this again.

For all of you who say we cant afford to do this, figure out what as many as 806 more hours per year of sitting without pay does to your family.

We cant afford not to!!!!!


Boat Transporting In High Demand

Nearly anyone with a heavy and reliable pickup truck can make a reasonable amount of money by specializing in the pick up and delivery of boats. However, this is a much more specialized field than most would realize and will require some special preparations prior to a long haul, especially if the boat is on its own dedicated trailer.

First of all, one needs to make 100% sure that the boat trailer is legal and roadworthy. Due to the amount of time they are allowed to sit in one place, unused, trailer tires have a tendency to dry rot and if left unnoticed will lead to you being on the side of the road with a blowout and possible damage to both, boat and trailer.

Make sure the tie down straps are all solid and in good condition. This will keep the vessel from bouncing on the trailer and causing a great deal of damage if on rough roads.

Keep a transom saver with you to put on any boat especially with an outboard motor. This device is adjustable and supports the lower unit of the motor as such that any energy transferred from bouncing will go to the trailer rather than damaging the boat transom or the motor.

Make sure that the wheel bearings are well greased and keep a grease gun with you to re-lube them every 250 miles or so as this is likely the most common failure in transporting boats.

Be sure to use a hitch lock and make sure all of the locking mechanism works smooth as it should and that it is lubricated well.

Assure that all items inside and attached to the boat and trailer are well secured or stowed and that you have at least one spare tire.

Get your customer their new boat so they can get on the water and have fun!

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Motorcycle, ATV, Or UTV?

If you are thinking of buying or selling a motorcycle, ATV, UTV, or even more than one of each, it is always a great idea to shop around and get the best price.

I am a firm believer in buying in your local area when it is reasonable to do so, but many times you might save several thousands of dollars by buying from a dealer or individual that is many miles away.

You might even find a great price on an online auction such as Ebay.

Shipping need not be the primary concern if you ship your motorcycle or ship an ATV or ship a UTV on Whether it is new or used, crated, half or fully assembled, we have the hot shot haulers who will bid on a shipment within the lanes they are already running to fill space that would otherwise be empty on their trucks.

This helps you to save 50 to 70 percent on what a common carrier charges, which is a great savings to you, and it allows the transporter to fill empty space on a truck allowing them to make some money off of space that would have otherwise gone unused. It is a great scenario for both parties.

The really great part is that you list your shipment for free and the transporters can come in and bid on your shipment without seeing your contact information which keeps stress and sales calls from interrupting your busy schedule. When you get a reasonable bid you have the option of messaging the transporter through the ShipRightNow system and getting specific questions answered without ever exchanging personal information.  Once you are satisfied that you have the transporter that is right for the job, you accept their bid and at that time both parties get one another’s contact information to get the job done.

There are NEVER any hidden fees as with other services, whatever the bid is exactly what you pay.

Our service works with anything you wish to ship, cattle, horses, pets, automobiles, just anything.

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Low Cost Shipping And What It Means To Your Bottom Line


The trucking industry is no different than any business in its basic model, as the goal of any business is to minimize costs, maximize profits, and provide the kind of service needed across many different specialties while fighting ever increasing fuel and equipment costs.

Large companies are constantly advertising for new hire drivers as there is an incredibly bad shortage in the number of people who will work this hard although unemployment is at a ridiculous high and trucking jobs as a whole pay really good compared to working at local factories. The real sacrifice, you are gone a lot if you wish to make real money.

This has caused many trucking companies and independent transporters to become very specialized in one genre of trucking such as flatbed, liquid bulk, reefer freight (Grocery), Hot Shot, and the list goes on. By doing this, they can keep and maintain more specific equipment for the task at hand and also keep drivers who are trained in that type of  specialty hauling, giving them a much safer and well trained professional driver while giving the receiver a great service.

The one inherent problem with this is the fact that there are more dead head (empty) miles to be covered as it is difficult to always get a reload from the area a particular truck is delivering to. This is what makes an online shipping website very useful to both, shipper and transporter. We have the way for you to fill your trucks with items at a great price for both parties as the truck is running those miles already and does not have to await a dispatch for a reload.

Your one stop shipping destination makes it free, fast, and easy to list your Item or full load and have transportation service providers bid against one another to get you the lowest price on your shipping while allowing them to make the amount of money they require for the load. it is a win / win situation.

Best of all, you have no phone calls to worry about, no hidden fees, no stress as you would if you were to directly contact a shipping company.

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Getting Into Hauling Hot Shot Freight: Part Two

Now that we have established the equipment and tools that you will need to be a ltl or hot shot transporter, it is time that we look at the business end of this. If you cannot manage the business end of it, you either need to hire someone who can, lease on with someone so they are taking care of it, or do something else altogether.

There is a lot of money to be made in the trucking industry and it continues to grow day by day as more people require all types of goods. That being said, there is a lot of money to be lost if you do not plan trips ahead and closely manage fuel and maintenance costs as it is very costly to be any kind of transporter and MANAGEMENT IS IMPERATIVE.

Step one, know YOUR limits and the limits of your equipment. You can only do what you can do! If you try to overload yourself or your equipment, you will soon be facing downtime, mechanical issues, and worse yet, personal injury or injury to others so stay legal, run legal, and most of all BE SAFE! the motoring public is counting on you to do so.

When you get your DOT and MC numbers and permits you are constantly under the scrutiny of a large number of federal agencies and you must keep all of your logs, bills of lading, permits, etc. organized and ready for audit as it will make the audit process much easier on you and the auditor.

During the bidding process for a load be sure to factor in tolls as if you book a load tightly without factoring in tolls especially in New York, you will lose money very quickly. Plan your routes and know the cost of running that lane.

Plan for maintenance as you WILL have mechanical issues come up. As a rule I figure .12 cents per mile for maintenance, tires, oil changes and the occasional part failure.  This number might vary with different types of equipment but regardless, it needs to be set aside and only touched for maintenance events. As it builds and you have a good reserve in that account you can roll it into equipment upgrades.

Now, factor in the actual cost of fuel per mile. To do this I look at the highest fuel prices in the United states and work my average from it rather than using the daily national average. I do it this way as I find it is better for me when booking ahead of time as fuel prices constantly change and can seriously affect your bottom line. It can also give you some leverage when running states with lower fuel averages.

Now for the hard part, figure the average cost per mile it will cost you to STAY LEGAL, such as tags, permits, your required insurance, bookkeeping, etc. These will all likely be fixed monthly costs but must be figured at a cost per mile average so you will know exactly what your costs are.

The aforementioned items will give you the base cost just to move your equipment legally down the road.

It is now time to look at how much YOU need per mile to haul this load, which will be up to you and the area you live in and the lanes you will run, i cannot tell you in this blog what you need to make per mile over costs, but you cannot and will not make exactly the same profit on each item and each load.

Remember that dead head (unloaded) miles cost you money so it is imperative that they be minimized and factored into your costs.

Now that you are sure you want to do this and you are aware of the associated costs, it is time to start bidding on items for transport through

Remember that you are building a business and you must stay on top of it or it will quickly become overwhelming to you. Properly managed this is a very lucrative business and it is our hope that you will grow steadily and have a great future as an independent hot shot transporter.

Thank you, and the best of luck as you embark on your new journey.



Getting Into Hauling Hot Shot Freight – Part One

This is part one of a series i will be posting about how to make a great living by hauling hot shot freight.

Less than truckload trucking or hotshot trucking as it is more commonly called is a method of hauling in any type of truck, van, semi-truck , enclosed, flatbed, all types sizes and styles. It is actually an incredibly viable business that can reap huge financial rewards but only if properly managed and well planned.

In the example I am using for purposes of this article, I am assuming you have a one ton diesel dually pickup truck pulling a 36 foot dove tailed gooseneck trailer with twin or triple axles with trailer brakes, at least 36,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating, that will leave you able to haul 20,000 to 25,000 pounds of material on your truck and trailer fully loaded. There will be very few times that you will transport this much weight but better to have the ability to do so just in case.

You will also need to be equipped with a toolbox in which to keep all of the tools of the trade and you will need all of these tools to do this job right as your worst day will start when you realize you cannot properly secure any or all items on your trailer, and it may cost you a load.

The following is a list of steps to begin the process of doing this correctly.
1. If you do not already have your own equipment before going and buying equipment you will need to decide what you want to haul and if you want to lease onto a company or if you want to book your own loads. I personally recommend booking your own loads and keeping track of them 100% yourself as it is more money in your pocket although it is more stressful.

If leasing to a company there will very likely be specifications that they require so do your research.

Assuming you have truck and trailer already you will need a basic set of sockets and wrenches, a very good hydraulic jack with a 2 to 5 ton capacity, you will need two 20 foot tow chains and four boomers, and one dozen each of light and heavy straps you will also need 50 feet each of cord and light rope and 3 to 4 good tarps to cover any items to be protected from the elements.

Look at flea markets and garage sales and it is amazing how many of these accessories can be picked up very inexpensively.

Now onto the part about making money with all of this equipment!!!

There are a very large number of load boards on the Internet that you can join for a small monthly fee and keep items on your trailer most all of the time with the broker taking a large portion of your money. The problem with these types of loads is that they often get confusing, disorganized, and often end up costing you time and money.

By using a service like you look at loads along the line you are running and you bid on loads along that line so you do not have to go out of your way to pick up filler items for a complete load. The greatest part is that as you off load one item, you pick up another item a very short distance away. This keeps you from losing time, fuel, and better yet, keeps your truck loaded which is what we want to do. allows people to list items for hot shot transport at no charge for the listing. Hot shot transporters can then come in and bid to transport those items in a reverse auction format, at no cost to bid. If the shipper and transporter agree on a price, takes a very small percentage of the bid price on the load from the transporter. There are no other fees for the ShipRightNow service.

Please create a free account and start filling those trucks today. Please look for part two on 2-27-13

The Advantages of Hot Shot Hauling

With the skyrocketing unemployment rates in the United States and the uncertainty of the economy, no one can truly say what is going to happen with American jobs. Although it is a risk to start your own business, there is literally no better time than the present.

Or perhaps you are retired and wish to tour the country and get paid while doing so and not use up all of your retirement funds.
If this is the case, hot shot hauling might be right up your alley. Especially if you already have a heavy duty pickup truck and trailer.
There are many different specialities and many different types of trailers for different types of loads but overall a 30 foot gooseneck type trailer will afford you the length and weight capacity to haul a lot of freight for both individuals and companies alike.
When a company has a part break or a machine go down, they will pay great to get it picked up and delivered as soon as possible to avoid production delays and many times these items will only use a small portion of your available space.
With all of the online auctions and Craigslist many people are selling large items that need to be transported long distances and the most effective way to get it done is to list their items on and allow transporters to competitively bid against one another in a reverse auction format for their business. This allows transporters to keep their trailers loaded with many different items while giving the individual shipper the best price.
As with any kind of business you will need to seriously look into all of the legalities and requirements to decide if it is for you. If so, we are glad to see You take charge of your life!

Save Money On Shipping By Getting Competitive Bids

As a business owner or as an individual you will have the occasional need to have a large item shipped to you, or from you to another party.

At these times it can be really frustrating as you look through the endless number of trucking companies, the different types of equipment and services offered, and especially all of the different rates and added on fees.

Shipping does not have to be difficult or frustrating at all with Simply create a completely free account, List your item with all details and photos, and wait as transporters and hot shot truckers bid on loads in a reverse auction format, lower and lower to fill otherwise empty space in their trucks and trailers.

We save you money because the transporters can afford to bid lower as they are already running the route you are on and they can maximize use of the space available on their truck or trailer.

this creates an ideal situation for you to save money and for the transporter to cover more of their expenses.

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Sell your large items on EBay and easily ship them

As the arrival of springtime nears it is a great time to start cleaning out the garage and shed. We all seem to have a collection of stuff that we have acquired over time that we need to get rid of but the worries and hassles of shipping large auction items is just too much.

If you go through all of the hassles of calling freight companies and trying to sort through the endless amount of fees, extra fees, time delays, and the fact that the majority of them will need someone to bring the items to them and to pick the items up on the other end, you will quickly tire. That is where our service is here to save the day.

With ShipRightNow you simply register,  create a shipment for free, and our team of transportation professionals come in and bid competitively to give you the lowest price on transporting your item whether it be across town or across the country.

It is a very simple scenario, list your item, let transporters bid on your load, and accept the bid that you are the most comfortable with.

Very simple, very fast, 100 percent stress free. Ship it right,




Simplify Your Move By Packing Household Goods With Organization

Moving from one home or office to another can be a great challenge whether it is across town or across the country. If you let it become a worry ahead of time then it most likely will be and also will be on the receiving end when you unpack.

My first suggestion is to sit down, pour some coffee, get out a yellow legal pad, (or a laptop computer if you are not as old fashioned as I am), and start planning as far ahead of time as you can.

Don’t start calling moving companies yet! Relax and sip on that coffee or tea for a moment. Write down all of the items that you will need to keep in your possession at all times during the move such as deeds, titles, insurance papers, birth certificates, passports, any important papers and documents. Now on your paper write the number (1) beside that entry.

Do not write the contents on boxes of valuables, just assign a number of your choice and put it with the corresponding entry on your legal pad.  People too often write things like       ” Coin Collection” on their boxes making them a billboard for thieves as boxes are transferred from point to point.

Now that you have your papers and small valuables in mind to keep in your possession, lets start on other household items and determining what you will pack and how.  I like to save a little money on packing materials by packing all of our nice dishes in smaller boxes and using bath towels and washcloths between them. They need to be packed anyhow so take advantage unless it is some rarely used dishes that you do not intend to immediately unpack.

If you have drinking glasses that fit inside one another, a styrofoam cup between each makes a soft padding and you can wrap the outer portion in a towel, very quickly with no chance of damage or breakage during moving.

All larger items such as lamps, furniture, electronics, appliances, etc will need to be individually wrapped and/or boxed. I prefer to bubble wrap such items prior to the blanket wrap just to keep rub marks from happening and a little wall of defense during transport.

Now that we have in mind how we will do this, lets get that legal pad going and assign box numbers to each box and get anything not used regularly packed up and ready to go, so by the time you move, the absolute worst part of the job is complete and you know which boxes to keep with you at all times and which ones can go on the moving truck

Now, get length, width, height measurements and estimated weight of furniture and appliances, along with the number and sizes of loaded boxes that you will be sending on a moving truck and write it all on the legal pad. You will use all of this information when you hire a mover to transport your household goods..

Now that you have an exact count of boxes, furniture and appliances to be loaded and moved, you can be assured that since you organized well ahead of time you will get the best price on the transport by listing it on and letting transporters bid on your load..

Now you can relax, sip that coffee, and know that you saved a bundle of money, got the job done yourself and as long as you dont forget your legal pad and coffee mug you will be in great shape at the other end of the move.