What exactly is the stuff you want to learn before becoming o/o?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by elamigowapo, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    I sort of agree with this but ....

    here is a little modification of it.

    Finding the best rates come far behind the other things, as an owner you need to sell yourself and your truck to find the best work and best revenue and that comes first. If that makes any sense?
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  3. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    Aboslutely that hits it right on the head
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  4. elamigowapo

    elamigowapo Light Load Member

    Apr 18, 2017
    I’m thinking about running under another company’s authority once the time comes such as Mercer I’m sure that will help out a lot I know it’s not 100% o/o but it will do. Once again it’s my plan if all plays in my favor don’t go bashing me please.
  5. Gdog66223

    Gdog66223 Road Train Member

    Dec 30, 2017
    Coal Town
    Were not gonna bash you unless you come off with something ridiculous, like you wanna be an O/O, but have a credit score of 400 and just got your CDL...
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  6. chimbotano

    chimbotano Medium Load Member

    Apr 21, 2013
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  7. otterinthewater

    otterinthewater Road Train Member

    May 10, 2018
    Santa Barbara, Ca
    Good question. Thank you.
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  8. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

    Apr 11, 2019
    Fairbanks Ak
    Starting out was a company driver for a year or even more is better and can give you a leg up if you intend to eventually become an oo.
    Learn to drive to where you keep the truck out of the shop, learn your truck and and keep an eye on it. If you have to have the clutch adjusted every 6 months figure out why.
    keep a list from day one of where you pickup and deliver , the name of the shipper and reciever and what the load was. Also how they were to deal with on each end. As a company driver you will likely not know the rate unless you are driving on percentage, buut you will know how long it took them to load you and what their attitude to trucks in general was. I scratched lots of shippers, recievers and brokers off of my list. life is too short to deal with pricks.
    By keeping this list you will also record which areas kept you the busiest and which areas to stay out of, unless you are getting enough going in to deadhead out, which I never had a problem doing. I dead headed out of Alaska at least a third of the time, I always counted on deadheading out, getting a load was icing.
    Do not haul just for fuel to get to a better place, I never could figure out why someone would pay someone to haul their freight, unless they were a friend or something.
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  9. GreenPete359

    GreenPete359 Road Train Member

    Oct 21, 2017
    Driving my recliner
    Learn about the mechanics of the truck. Even if you can’t work on it, know what’s wrong with it. Exploratory time at a dealership will sink you!

    Pay attention to your permit book, know what’s needed to do the work you plan to do.

    Pay attention to freight lanes.

    Learn as much as possible about the office aspect of things. Watching your disp. dealing with both customers & brokers alike.

    Watch fuel prices & learn how to best conserve it.

    Shake as many hands as possible, don’t be forgettable, don’t be memorable either. Lol. The relationships you build now may very well become your customer base when you have your own truck.

    Never ever burn a bridge.

    Get your time in with that mega, then get yourself to a smaller company. 100 trucks max, now you can really learn the office side of things.

    Talk to o/o’s ask questions. Avoid Lp drivers. Their decision making abilities are questionable to say the least.
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  10. elamigowapo

    elamigowapo Light Load Member

    Apr 18, 2017
    Thanks seems like solid advice!!
  11. elamigowapo

    elamigowapo Light Load Member

    Apr 18, 2017
    A big reason why I want to become an o/o is because I want to control the days I work so profit is obviously in the sights but also my time. I do not like the idea of being out for three weeks at a time.
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