Becoming an owner operator in the trucking industry will provide you with the opportunity to create your own future by selecting your own freight, and choose how much money you’ll make doing it. With some experience already in your back pocket, becoming an owner operator can be the perfect choice for your career.
- Always look for a trucking company featuring owner operators with years of experience. If you’re talking to other drivers, you’ll get a good idea about which companies these are. And Landstar is one of them.
Know how to maintain your equipment. You don’t have to do the work yourself, but you should still understand what the mechanic is doing. You don’t want to get ripped off, so the best way to check their work is if you know what you’re checking. If you’re uneasy about them then leave, but just make sure you document everything they did to your truck.
Make sure to keep maintenance of your truck and overhead to a minimum. To do this, drive carefully and slowly. You’re not trying to drive the most miles possible for a fixed rate anymore. If you chose a company that lets you to get the highest rate per mile per load that is available to you, you won’t have to go crazy with the speed. Ideally, you should average about 60 M.P.H., and make sure to take it easy on your brakes in favor of using your engine brake.
Make sure the mechanic working on your truck is ASE certified. The mechanic you get to work on your truck should ideally be working at an authorized dealer. Smaller shops usually only give warranties through their shops, while big chains have warranties that are valid at any of their locations.
Take the stress and work out of searching all the owner operator companies and look to Landstar, a 100 percent owner operator–based organization that’s totally committed to your success.