Last updated 4 days ago
By most accounts, working for a trucking company is a tough job. You spend long hours on the road, you don’t always make it home for the weekends, and you might not make very much at first. Buying your own rig and becoming an owner operator, however, is a whole different story. Here are some of the advantages of going into the trucking business for yourself:
Once you become an owner operator, there won’t be any administrators, coordinators, or other middlemen to claim some of the money from your jobs. Since you’re your own boss, all of the money from your jobs goes directly into your bank account. The average salary for a company truck driver is around $40,000 a year, while owner operators earn upwards of $150,000. However, owner operators also incur more job-related expenses.
To succeed as a company driver, you must accept whatever hours your company gives you. Sometimes, this may mean that you spend weekends away from your family. As an owner operator, you have the freedom to choose which hours you work. If you’re going to make enough money to support yourself, however, you need to have great discipline.
Variety of Jobs
As a company driver, you have very little say over which jobs you take. Owner operators, on the other hand, get to hand-pick their jobs. If there’s a certain stretch of freeway that you dislike, for example, you don’t have to drive over it ever again. Becoming an owner operator is a good excuse to transport only the kinds of cargo that you’re comfortable with, and to become a specialist that companies ask for by name.
If you’re going to become an owner operator, you’ll need to own your own rig. Whether you decide to buy a LoneStar, TerraStar, or ProStar, you’ll find it at Peterson Trucks of San Leandro. We just starting selling commercial trucks in 2011, and we’ve already started making a name for ourselves. Call us at (888) 712-8236 or visit our website to find out how we can help you become an owner operator.
Last updated 11 days ago
Since your truck’s tires are the only parts that touch the road, they’re arguably the most important. If something happens to one of your tires while you’re transporting a load, you could endanger yourself, other motorists, or your cargo. For help keeping your rig’s tires in good shape, consider the following tips:
Ensure Proper Installation
When it’s time to get new tires, it’s very important that you have them mounted by a professional. Tires that are mounted improperly will wear faster, increasing the chances of a devastating blowout. It’s also important for a professional to ensure that the wheels are all mounted concentrically on the hubs.
Balance Your Wheels
For your commercial truck’s tires to wear evenly, the weight throughout the wheel and tire must be distributed evenly. If you notice that some of your old tires have a distinctly different wear pattern, or if your rig starts vibrating at speeds higher than 40 mph, your wheels could likely use some balancing.
Opt for Regular Alignment
Driving over a pothole or curb could cause your front end to go out of alignment. If your truck insists on veering right or left even when you’re holding the steering wheel straight, you have alignment issues. Taking your truck in for regular alignment can help reduce irregular wear and improve fuel efficiency.
Maintain Proper Inflation
One of the most important parts of driving a commercial truck is paying attention to the level of tire inflation. Under- or over-inflation can cause irregular wear and lead to dangerous blowouts. Under-inflation can also reduce your truck’s fuel efficiency. When checking your tire pressure, remember that certain cargo loads may require more air pressure than others.
At Peterson Trucks, we have all sorts of ideas on how you can improve your truck’s performance. If you’re looking for a LoneStar, TerraStar, TranStar, or another stellar commercial truck, Peterson Trucks of San Leandro is the place to go. Call us at (510) 895-8400 to speak with a representative, or visit our website to view our selection of on-highway vehicles.
Last updated 16 days ago
The Commercial Driver’s License, or CDL, is required for any driver who is working in the commercial trucking industry. In order to receive a CDL, a driver must pass a rigorous examination. The CDL program was created to ensure the safety and productivity of every driver out on the road. To highlight the importance of the CDL, here is a look at the history of the Commercial Driver’s License Program.
Before the CDL
The CDL was not always required for commercial truck drivers. In the early 1980s and before, anyone with a standard motor vehicle license was able to drive a commercial truck. Drivers were not tested for their skills or knowledge surrounding commercial truck operation. With very few regulations surrounding who was eligible to drive commercial trucks, many states reported high incidents of traffic accidents involving commercial trucks.
Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act
In response to concerns raised about the safety of commercial trucks, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act became a new law in 1986. This law was designed to increase the safety of commercial vehicles by requiring each commercial driver to obtain a CDL. This law also created standards surrounding who was eligible for a CDL license.
The CDL Today
Thanks to the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act, commercial trucking has now reached an outstanding level of safety and quality. Today, all commercial truck drivers are required to possess a valid CDL. In addition, drivers may also study for special CDL endorsements, which permit the transport of hazardous or sensitive materials.
To learn more about the trucking profession, contact Peterson Trucks. Our friendly sales staff will be happy to tell you more about our commercial truck inventory, including our terrific lineup of TranStar, ProStar, and Maxxforce vehicles. For more information about all of the quality commercial trucking services we have to offer you, contact our Northern California location by calling (510) 895-8400.
Last updated 24 days ago
Life on the road can be tough if you don’t have the right rig. If you’re in the market for a new luxury truck, you should consider the elegant and powerful International LoneStar. This truck boasts the best HVAC system in its class, a spacious cab and bunk, and numerous other attractive features.
This video offers a close look at the International LoneStar truck in action. When you click play, you’ll hear the roar of the engine as the truck makes a right turn and comes to a complete stop, and you’ll catch good views of the elegant rig from all angles.
If you’re interested in the stylish International LoneStar, call Peterson Trucks at (510) 895-8400. We also have the DuraStar, TerraStar, and other high-quality commercial trucks. Visit our San Leandro location to learn more.
Last updated 1 month ago
At Peterson Trucks, we are thrilled to provide our customers with flexible and affordable financing options. Our commercial truck dealership is proud to offer Navistar Capital, which is one of the most highly rated financing programs available. When you choose Navistar Capital for your financing needs, you will have several options to choose from. Navistar Capital offers Retail Finance Contracts, Fair Market Value Leases, Terminal Rental Adjustment Clauses, and FMV Rebate Leases. When you visit our commercial truck dealership, our friendly and knowledgeable financing team will help you select the Navistar financing option that is perfect for your needs.
To learn more about how you can finance your next commercial truck purchase, contact Peterson Trucks by calling (510) 895-8400. Our friendly finance department will help you get behind the wheel of the perfect truck for your business needs. We are pleased to offer our Northern California clients with a full range of top quality commercial trucking services.