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The cost to operate a truck jumped 6% to $1.69 per mile

Apr 11, 2019 at 10:16 PM CST
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https://www.ttnews.com/articles/cost-operating-truck-6-169-mile-atri-report-says

On a percentage basis, driver salaries, benefits and bonuses account for 43% of the cost of operating a truck, fuel is 22%, lease and truck payments make up 16%, and repairs and maintenance are 10%. Other costs including vehicle insurance, permits, tolls and tires make up the remaining 9%.
Replied on Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 07:25 AM CST
How do you experienced people break down the cost to drive loaded compared to the cost to drive empty? I've been running alot more empty miles this year.
Replied on Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 07:25 AM CST
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WOW..1.69 a mile to operate a truck..funny how in about 1985 Yellow freight reported it costing 1.08 a mile not including wages...lets see what changed since then.. if im off on my figures please correct me..new truck about 65,000...fuel about 1.20.. since then inflation from then to today..about 6 times..trucks cost about 1/3 the cost of today..fuel is about 3 times more..and they try to tell you it costs about 1.69 to run a truck..all i can say is WOW..
Replied on Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 01:59 PM CST
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Originally Posted by: JEFF PEARSON
Quote: "WOW..1.69 a mile to operate a truck..funny how in about 1985 Yellow freight reported it costing 1.08 a mile not including wages...lets see what changed since then.. if im off on my figures please correct me..new truck about 65,000...fuel about 1.20.. since then inflation from then to today..about 6 times..trucks cost about 1/3 the cost of today..fuel is about 3 times more..and they try to tell you it costs about 1.69 to run a truck..all i can say is WOW.."

Jeff that is all very true,, but you left out driver pay which I remember for a rookie starting out was $0.14-$0.16 cents per mile and the speed limit was 55mph and bringing home $300-$400 a week was wow you got a dang good job and could put some in savings every week. Now a driver needs $2500-$3000 to be able to do the same things and put the same percentage in savings.Back then a driver pay was considered middle class now if your not making a minumium of $150,000 a year as a driver your not in middle class. Like dad always said rich get richer on the backs of the poor.
Replied on Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 06:01 PM CST
Originally Posted by: JEFF PEARSON
Quote: "WOW..1.69 a mile to operate a truck..funny how in about 1985 Yellow freight reported it costing 1.08 a mile not including wages...lets see what changed since then.. if im off on my figures please correct me..new truck about 65,000...fuel about 1.20.. since then inflation from then to today..about 6 times..trucks cost about 1/3 the cost of today..fuel is about 3 times more..and they try to tell you it costs about 1.69 to run a truck..all i can say is WOW.."

fuel cost for 1985 is a little high. I would say it was more like .85 cents to .90 cents in the midwest and truck at $65,000 sounds a little cheap. I would think it would have been $80,000 or more at that time. Although people could still buy cabovers at that time in just about every brand and they were maybe about $10,000. below a conventinal. Yellow's or YRC trucks were usually pretty plain stripped down trucks so you might be right.
Replied on Sun, Apr 14, 2019 at 06:56 AM CST
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OK, but this is 2019. They are talking about before the ELD mandate in the article. And they must not be including the cost of a trailer and it's repairs and maintenance.
Replied on Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 07:19 AM CST
Union pay was .27 to .30 cents per mile back then.

Replied on Sun, Aug 04, 2019 at 12:38 AM CST
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Oh my God I just read all these. b**** b**** b**** grow some balls, stick together,and WE.. can change this!! Let me be your Hoffa!!