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Meet K&J's Four SDTDC Competitors! May 18 2018

Post by: K&J Trucking

The South Dakota Truck Driving Championships are coming up this weekend and K&J has four, yes FOUR drivers competing this year! We did quick interviews with each competitor to get their story on how they came to K&J and how they feel about the competition on Saturday!

The South Dakota Truck Driving Championships are coming up this weekend and K&J has four, yes FOUR drivers competing this year! We did quick interviews with each competitor to get their story on how they came to K&J and how they feel about the competition on Saturday!

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Is It Possible to Experience Financial Peace On The Road? May 15 2018

Post by: K&J Trucking

Unless you avoid talk-radio like the plague you've probably heard Dave Ramsey while you've been out on the road. If you have, then you likely know about the cash-based envelope system and his educational series Financial Peace University. While both are amazing resources that we highly recommend, you don't have to go full-on-Dave-Ramsey in order to see the benefits of budgeting. Learning the basics of budgeting is a great way to dip your toe into financial planning for your trucking business, and your life. Here are a few tips for a balanced approach to being a financially responsible driver or owner operator.

Unless you avoid talk-radio like the plague you've probably heard Dave Ramsey while you've been out on the road. If you have, then you likely know about the cash-based envelope system and his educational series Financial Peace University. While both are amazing resources that we highly recommend, you don't have to go full-on-Dave-Ramsey in order to see the benefits of budgeting. Learning the basics of budgeting is a great way to dip your toe into financial planning for your trucking business, and your life. Here are a few tips for a balanced approach to being a financially responsible

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Why Your Company Doesn't Want to Pay You Per Diem May 13 2018

Post by: K&J Trucking

"Per Diem", as it relates to how trucking companies pay their drivers, is a portion of their salary paid to the driver un-taxed, technically as a meal and expense reimbursement. 

Company drivers used to be able to deduct their per diem. As of the beginning of 2018 that has gone away. Some drivers want their company to continue to pay them a per diem, and some companies are doing so, but not all. Why do some companies hesitate to offer you a per diem?

"Per Diem", as it relates to how trucking companies pay their drivers, is a portion of their salary paid to the driver un-taxed, technically as a meal and expense reimbursement. 

Company drivers used to be able to deduct their per diem. As of the beginning of 2018 that has gone away. Some drivers want their company to continue to pay them a per diem, and some companies are doing so, but not all. Why do some companies hesitate to offer you a per diem?

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What's the Buzz About Electric Semi Trucks? May 8 2018

Post by: Brad Schipper

In the last few years there has been a lot of buzz about electric trucks, including autonomous trucks. There is hype, and the hype is creating interest. The hype is also creating a little bit of dialogue between competitors.

No matter where you fall, whether with Tesla, Nikola or one of the half dozen other companies trying to get in on the electric game, you have to admit, electric trucks are exciting. But are they really going to be the truck of the future?

Rather than simply getting caught up in the excitement, we are taking a hard look at the feasibility of electric trucks. We sat down with K & J's Brad Schipper to hear his thoughts on the future of electric; and he had some great questions.

In the last few years there has been a lot of buzz about electric trucks, including autonomous trucks. There is hype, and the hype is creating interest. The hype is also creating a little bit of dialogue between competitors.

No matter where you fall, whether with Tesla, Nikola or one of the half dozen other companies trying to get in on the electric game, you have to admit, electric trucks are exciting. But are they really going to be the truck of the future?

Rather than simply getting caught up in the excitement, we are taking a hard look at the feasibility of electric trucks. We sat down

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The Excellent Road Adventures of K & J's Brad and Bonnie Hendriks May 3 2018

Post by: Carrie Anderson

Can marriage while out on the road together actually work? Brad and Bonnie Hendriks know it can. They've been trucking together for five years and they still love it. Whether working 24 hours a day 7 days a week with your spouse sounds like a dream or a nightmare, you have to admit it is certainly unique. The Hendriks, owner operators with K & J, shared their feelings about team road life for anyone considering hitting the road with their significant other.

Can marriage while out on the road together actually work? Brad and Bonnie Hendriks know it can. They've been trucking together for five years and they still love it. Whether working 24 hours a day 7 days a week with your spouse sounds like a dream or a nightmare, you have to admit it is certainly unique. The Hendriks, owner operators with K & J, shared their feelings about team road life for anyone considering hitting the road with their significant other.

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New Truck Features Make Life on the Road Easier April 26 2018

Post by: Jeff Watkins

Who doesn't like to drool over the latest truck features? Seriously. We want to meet that person.

For the rest of you, we sat down with Jeff Watkins from Sioux Falls Truck and Trailer and got the details on five brand new ad-ons that promise to make life on the road even better.

Who doesn't like to drool over the latest truck features? Seriously. We want to meet that person.

For the rest of you, we sat down with Jeff Watkins from Sioux Falls Truck and Trailer and got the details on five brand new ad-ons that promise to make life on the road even better.

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Are You Legal with FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act)? April 20 2018

Post by: K&J Trucking

Whether you are an independent contractor or working for a large trucking company, the Sanitary Transportation Rule requires all covered truckers to have food safety training in order to stay in compliance. Not sure if you qualify? Keep reading for more information.

Whether you are an independent contractor or working for a large trucking company, the Sanitary Transportation Rule requires all covered truckers to have food safety training in order to stay in compliance. Not sure if you qualify? Keep reading for more information.

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How South Dakota Trucking Companies are Fighting for Your Rights in D.C. April 17 2018

Post by: K&J Trucking

In the spirit of truckers heading to Washington, we wanted to share about our own fearless leader Shelley's trip to D.C. this past fall. Shelley, along with representatives from other small South Dakota truck lines, went to Washington D.C. to meet with the federal Department of Transportation. Senator Rounds arranged the meeting and attended part of the meeting until his duties called him away. Staffers from his office and the offices of Thune and Noem were also in attendance. During their meeting, South Dakota trucking companies had the chance to make their voices heard—especially when it came to issues surrounding the ELD Mandate. Continue reading to hear what they talked about and what you can do to move forward! 

In the spirit of truckers heading to Washington, we wanted to share about our own fearless leader Shelley's trip to D.C. this past fall. Shelley, along with representatives from other small South Dakota truck lines, went to Washington D.C. to meet with the federal Department of Transportation. Senator Rounds arranged the meeting and attended part of the meeting until his duties called him away. Staffers from his office and the offices of Thune and Noem were also in attendance. During their meeting, South Dakota trucking companies had the chance to make their voices heard—especially when it

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Have You Heard About the Proposed Changes to Hours of Service? - The REST Act April 10 2018

Post by: K&J Trucking

 

We've known that the 14 hour rule was problematic since it was first introduced, but it isn't until the last few months that we've really felt the full impact of the legislation. Since the ELD Mandate went into effect in December of 2017 we have heard that drivers are more tired than they've ever been. This exhaustion comes because the inflexibility of the 14 hour rule. But change is in the air.

 

We've known that the 14 hour rule was problematic since it was first introduced, but it isn't until the last few months that we've really felt the full impact of the legislation. Since the ELD Mandate went into effect in December of 2017 we have heard that drivers are more tired than they've ever been. This exhaustion comes because the inflexibility of the 14 hour rule. But change is in the air.

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How to Figure Out if Trucking is Right For You April 3 2018

Post by: K&J Trucking

 

It is interesting for us to meet new drivers and hear about their career path. We have drivers who are fresh out of CDL school and always knew they wanted to be on the road because their family was in trucking. We have drivers who are in their second or even third careers! Some of our drivers are former military servicemen; some are former pastors; but all of them have a story. They all had to go through the process of discovering if trucking was the right path for them.

 

It is interesting for us to meet new drivers and hear about their career path. We have drivers who are fresh out of CDL school and always knew they wanted to be on the road because their family was in trucking. We have drivers who are in their second or even third careers! Some of our drivers are former military servicemen; some are former pastors; but all of them have a story. They all had to go through the process of discovering if trucking was the right path for them.

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