Jan 30, 2011 at 10:05 AM CST
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My thought is that trucks in general have done their fair share to keep costs to the consumer low. What's the overall thought of when this is going to turn for the trucks? My thought is we aren't anywhere near a recovery for trucks in general. We are fighting rising commodity prices, fuel prices, driver shortages and increasing goverment regulation with no great change in rates on the horizon. We have been asking for 20% increases since Jan 1 and always ask for FSC on any load we haul on top of any previous rates. What are you doing?
Replied on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 11:04 AM CST

I have done several things
I stay away from freight if it don`t pay a certain amount per mile.
Another thing is I try and maximize my miles by staying away from "short" runs in general that tie up my truck most of the day for a little amount of money.I am looking for th elonger runs.
I slowed down and I am getting 1 -1.5 mpg more on my fuel,and I cut my truck off to save money when I can.I also explain to brokers why I can`t haul certain loads for them ,the pay is too little and the costs to me are too high,especially fuel.One year ago I hauled their load,but today,I just can`t do it because their prices are the same as 1 yr ago and the fuel is 50 cents or more higher.

so,if I am goi9ng to go broke,I aqm going to do it the easy way - stay at home and not do it hauling for nothing

Replied on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 11:13 AM CST
I do the same thing, I have a base rate that I will run for and if I can't get it I don't go. The length of haul doesn't matter to me. I figure I have to make a certain amount per hour for the truck, so if its a short haul and only one load it has to meet my requirements or they can find someone else. I provide a proffesional service, always on time, clean, and everything in working order and expect to be compensated the same. Hopefully everyone would have the same theory on running thier trucks and the rates would go up to where they are supposed to be. Just my two cents.