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Truck Driver Shortage Inspired Teacher to Spend His Summer OTR September 24 2021

Post by: Jessica Mitacek

Dave Dein teaches at one of the first high school truck driving programs in the country in Patterson, California. In Dein’s course, students learn the basics of driving large commercial trucks and can even use a simulator to help them practice how to handle problems that can occur on the road. But last summer he got out of the classroom and into the truck to help with a severe driver shortage.

Dave Dein teaches at one of the first high school truck driving programs in the country in Patterson, California. In Dein’s course, students learn the basics of driving large commercial trucks and can even use a simulator to help them practice how to handle problems that can occur on the road. But last summer he got out of the classroom and into the truck to help with a severe driver shortage.

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Becoming an Owner-Operator: Financing Your First Truck September 17 2021

Post by: Jessica Mitacek

So you have decided to take the next step forward in your trucking career and become an owner-operator, congratulations! One of the first things you may be thinking about is how to go about getting your own truck. This can be both exciting and intimidating. You should take your time to find the right make, model, and specs to fit your needs, but also determine the right way to pay for it. It is essential to find a truck that fits your needs right now, even if it doesn’t have all of your wants. Staying within your budget at this stage is key to your long-term success.

So you have decided to take the next step forward in your trucking career and become an owner-operator, congratulations! One of the first things you may be thinking about is how to go about getting your own truck. This can be both exciting and intimidating. You should take your time to find the right make, model, and specs to fit your needs, but also determine the right way to pay for it. It is essential to find a truck that fits your needs right now, even if it doesn’t have all of your wants. Staying within your budget at this stage is key to your long-term success.

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Becoming an Owner Operator - Dan's Video Story August 27 2021

Post by: Carrie Anderson

Dan Cameron started at K & J Trucking over 16 years ago. Shortly after becoming an owner operator with K & J his dad received a difficult diagnosis that affected Dan's ability to stay in the truck. Here is Dan's story: why he came to K & J, why he chose to lease a truck, and why he has stayed for 16 years. 

Dan Cameron started at K & J Trucking over 16 years ago. Shortly after becoming an owner operator with K & J his dad received a difficult diagnosis that affected Dan's ability to stay in the truck. Here is Dan's story: why he came to K & J, why he chose to lease a truck, and why he has stayed for 16 years. 

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11 Things I Learned OTR: A Trucker Wife’s Perspective August 20 2021

Post by: Jessica Mitacek

Jean Gum, wife of K & J owner operator Joe, didn't expect to be shocked by much when she went out on the road with her husband. Joe has been driving for nine years and has always shared a lot of stories with her. But after spending three days and two nights out with him last year, Jean got to see what life on the road was like first hand, and there were a few things that she was surprised to learn.

Jean Gum, wife of K & J owner operator Joe, didn't expect to be shocked by much when she went out on the road with her husband. Joe has been driving for nine years and has always shared a lot of stories with her. But after spending three days and two nights out with him last year, Jean got to see what life on the road was like first hand, and there were a few things that she was surprised to learn.

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Mandatory Speed Limiters Legislation Back on the Table July 16 2021

Post by: K&J Trucking

Speed limiters have been under consideration for more than a decade, with the interests of large trucking companies and safety advocates clashing against those of owner operators and small fleets. And on May 25, House Lawmakers introduced new legislation that reignites an old debate.

Speed limiters have been under consideration for more than a decade, with the interests of large trucking companies and safety advocates clashing against those of owner operators and small fleets. And on May 25, House Lawmakers introduced new legislation that reignites an old debate.

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Worst Trucking Bottlenecks of 2020 May 7 2021

Post by: K&J Trucking

When you need to get somewhere, getting stuck in traffic is the worst. As you know, it’s more than just an annoyance for truck drivers, it lowers your ability to make money and deliver on time. Having to navigate frustrated motorists while carrying time sensitive loads and worrying about hours of service requirements can be a tough balancing act. Planning alternate routes and even adjusting the time of the day spent driving has become essential to an on-time delivery in some areas. But how do new drivers learn the places to avoid?

When you need to get somewhere, getting stuck in traffic is the worst. As you know, it’s more than just an annoyance for truck drivers, it lowers your ability to make money and deliver on time. Having to navigate frustrated motorists while carrying time sensitive loads and worrying about hours of service requirements can be a tough balancing act. Planning alternate routes and even adjusting the time of the day spent driving has become essential to an on-time delivery in some areas. But how do new drivers learn the places to avoid?

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Operation Safe Driver Week Happening July 11-17, 2021 April 28 2021

Post by: K&J Trucking

Mark your calendars and set your cruise control to the speed limit: the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week will be happening July 11-17 this year, with a focus on speeding.

Mark your calendars and set your cruise control to the speed limit: the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week will be happening July 11-17 this year, with a focus on speeding.

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Are You Ready? RoadCheck 2021 Is May 4 - 7 April 23 2021

Post by: Carrie Anderson

If you've been having trouble with your lights or your logbook, now is the time to fix it! The CVSA or Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has selected May 4-6, 2021 as the dates for the International Roadcheck. 

If you've been having trouble with your lights or your logbook, now is the time to fix it! The CVSA or Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has selected May 4-6, 2021 as the dates for the International Roadcheck. 

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What is the PRO Act? What It Means for Owner-Operators April 19 2021

Post by: K&J Trucking


On March 9, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the PRO Act in what could be seen as an effort to eliminate trucking’s successful owner-operator program.

On March 9, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the PRO Act in what could be seen as an effort to eliminate trucking’s successful owner-operator program.

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2021 Tax Tips for Owner Operators March 26 2021

Post by: K&J Trucking

 

Disclaimer: the article below is for informational purposes only. Make sure you talk to a tax professional for advice that fits your particular situation.

Tax season is a time that many of us dread, and it is upon us yet again. If this is your first year as an owner-operator, it may seem particularly overwhelming as you are looking at a major change from when you were a company employee. Instead of taxes being taken automatically from your paycheck, you now have the daunting task of calculating and paying taxes to both State and Federal agencies yourself. And if this isn’t your first rodeo, you may still not be looking forward to gathering the necessary information to prepare your 2020 taxes.

But never fear; we have prepared some quick tips for helping this process go smoothly for both new and veteran owner operators.

 

Disclaimer: the article below is for informational purposes only. Make sure you talk to a tax professional for advice that fits your particular situation.

Tax season is a time that many of us dread, and it is upon us yet again. If this is your first year as an owner-operator, it may seem particularly overwhelming as you are looking at a major change from when you were a company employee. Instead of taxes being taken automatically from your paycheck, you now have the daunting task of calculating and paying taxes to both State and Federal agencies yourself. And if this isn’t your first

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