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Benefits Of Solo Driving

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Whether you’ve recently decided to become a truck driver or have been exploring the great North American roads while hauling a trailer for decades, it’s always refreshing to get a new perspective on the benefits of a solo trucking career.

Although there are thousands of people who choose to drive in a fleet as a part of a team, there are distinct advantages to exploring the open road on your own.

Plenty of space

As a truck driver, the cab is your personal space. You keep your clothes here, food, blankets, and will likely sleep there during the majority of nights while on long hauls. It's your home away from home, and inviting someone into it can be hard for certain people.

When you ride with a partner, you have to separate the space available, create boundaries and rules so that you are not getting in each other's ways or on one another's nerves, and ensure that your personal habits aren’t annoying the one you’re with. Often times having someone else in the cab with you is like up-keeping a relationship that you never get a break from, which can be overwhelming to some drivers.

Shorter distance trips

Driving with a partner has the advantage of allowing for longer trips since a second driver allows you to split up the duties and safely travel further distances without having to stop the truck. Of course, when you have a partner you will be expected by most companies to take on these longer shifts.

When going solo, it’s dangerous to take jobs that require immediate travel cross country, which will lead to getting booked for shorter trips; allowing you more time at home with your family.

You won't have to learn another person's patterns

Living with someone takes time to get used to because everyone has their own patterns and styles. If you're both clean people that enjoy order in your living space, then a partnership could be great.

Unfortunately the reverse can be said if you are opposites.

Driving alone completely avoids this issue, because no matter how you choose to keep your cabin or your lifestyle on the road, you'll only have yourself to deal with. This can also work for when you want to take breaks, stretch your legs, or for making decisions on what routes you decide to take.

Scheduling is up to you

When you're planning a trip, you have to plan several days in advance. Will you be gone for three days, or five? You're not sure until you find out where you'll be going. Working with a partner means finding a time when both of you can work together. That also breaks down to how much the two of you want to work.

A workaholic would be happy to work every day of the week, but others may only want to work a few days on and then a few off. The solo driver makes their schedule without a concern for anyone else. They work when they want and stop when they're tired without worrying if someone else will be okay with their schedule.

Whether you have a partner or are hitting the open road alone, a trucker’s job all starts with having the right equipment. Contact our team today to discuss the latest options in truck leases.
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Surprising Statistics About Truckers

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Every time you get on the highway, you are bound to drive alongside a trucker at some point. Still to this day, semis are relied on heavily for the transportation of goods; when it comes to shipping products from one place to the next, the national interstate system is just as crucial as sea and air.



Those of us who spend a majority of our months in a truck are generally unfazed by the average statistics surrounding lengths of time on the road, but there are several stats and facts about our industry that remain surprising.

Here are a few intriguing facts about the trucking industry at large, some of which even seasoned drivers may find hard to believe:

Facts You Probably Did Not Know About Trucking:

In an industry that employs close to 9 million, one-third of these individuals are the long-haul truckers you see daily on the road.

There are also roughly 15.5 million semi-trucks currently in operation, with a portion of them being full-size tractor trailers.

The vast majority of truckers are owner/operators, meaning they are contracted out by companies and are usually paid on a per-mile basis. As well, there are 1.2 million of these businesses operating in the United States.

Annual revenues for the industry amount to in excess of one-quarter of a trillion dollars per year for the entire field; trucking companies listed as ‘For Hire’ generated revenue nearing $100 billion, which is significantly higher than their air travel counterparts that amount to roughly one-fifth of that number.

If you were to line up all of the U.S. and Canadian commercial trucks, they would be long enough to reach the moon; this goes to show just how much cargo is being moved across country lines every single day.

Of course, it takes a lot of fuel to make all of this happen. This is in the ballpark of 52 million gallons of diesel per year.

There is much more to the trucking industry than most people realize. What often goes on behind the scenes is unnoticed, but nonetheless extremely important. You will probably never think of the field the same way again.

Whether you’re looking to rent a truck for the first time to break into the business, or you’re seasoned at renting, Truck Loan Center has something to suit your needs. Contact our expert team today and see what we can do for you.
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America's Truck Driver Shortage - Business Insider

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In Self-Driving Cars, a Potential Lifeline for the Disabled

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Top 10 Car Maintenance Mistakes Most Car Owners Commit ...

When your car performs at its best,you're unlikely to think that something wrong might happen to it, especially if it's anew one. However, thinking that way might take a toll on your four-wheeled companion.
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Manual Locks: A Love Story

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Vintage cars bring back happy memories at Potsdam car show - WatertownDailyTimes.com

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Truck wanted in Loveland shooting like dozens in Larimer

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Why Truck Drivers Could Be The First Casualties Of The Robot Age - Co.Exist

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7 Car Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

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Every driver is looking for ways to make their life easier. From protecting your car from damage to saving time in the morning, these simple life hacks are a great way to make your day-to-day drives more comfortable and easier!


Keep car interior clean:



Garbage has a tendency to build up in cars. Parking slips, receipts, and fast food wrappers are all common culprits and the best way to keep them from piling up is to have a dedicated garbage can in the car. A plastic cereal container lined with a garbage bag is the best solution to any driver’s garbage problem.

Change keys with ease:



Getting keys on and off of your keychain can be a pain, literally. Instead of fighting with your keychain, use a staple remover to pull apart the ring. Place the teeth between the rings and press down, they will pull apart, allowing room to slide keys easily on and off.

Car door protectors:



Styrofoam noodles are not just for having fun in the pool anymore! Protect your car doors from damage in the garage but cutting a noodle in half and attaching it to the wall where the doors might bang against it. If you have two cars, you can hang one in between to prevent their doors from denting each other.

Keep takeout food warm:



If you frequently pick up takeout on your way home from work, use built in seat heaters to keep the food warm on the rest of the trip home. This way, the food will stay hot and fresh and you won’t feel rushed if you get stuck in a bit of traffic.

Keep track of your car in parking lots:



For those who have trouble keeping track of where they left their car, there is an app for that! Handy apps like iCarPark allows drivers to input the location of their car in indoor or outdoor lots. By using GPS, notes, and image capture, there are many apps that keep track of your parking spot so you don’t have to.

Solar defrosting:



For drivers who live in colder climates, the winter months can be an extra hassle. Park your car facing east to save yourself time in the morning by letting the sun defrost your windshield so you don’t have to stand in the cold painstakingly scraping ice off.

Dual USB charger:



In an age when most electronic devices are charged via USB, it hardly makes sense to purchase a number of different car chargers for iPads, smartphones, or GPS devices in your car. Instead, buy one of these incredibly useful dual-USB chargers and have the flexibility you need without all those extra chargers and wires.

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