Tim Brady

Business editor

Timothy Brady owned his own trucking operation for 23 years and has over 33 years of trucking experience. He retired from truck driving in 2003 after totaling 2.5 million accident- and ticket-free miles. Brady is a published author and award-winning columnist, speaker and business coach. He provides information, training and educational presentations for small to large trucking companies, logistics organizations and community groups. He’s the Business Editor for American Trucker Magazine; the “Answer Guy” for trucking education website TruckersU.com, partner and Business Editor for Write Up The Road Publishing & Media, and a freelance journalist for multiple print and online publications.

Spotlight on an American Trucker: September 2017

“I’ve been in the trucking business since 1994. When I applied to Mayflower Transit, I was only 24 years old. I haul a combination of electronics, trade show equipment, appliances, and office equipment. I enjoy taking pictures on and off the road. It’s not about the type of haul that I carry; it’s about the places, the cities, the famous landmarks that I get to visit. Just simply enjoying the view!”

10 Techniques required to be successful in trucking

Many trucking techniques are kept under wraps because of the solitary nature of the business—a trucker is provided with a truck, a set of keys, a product or item to haul, a place to load, and a location where he needs to deliver the load. All of this creates an atmosphere where sharing knowledge with others is limited. So, here’s a list of 10 ways that can help make the job simpler and more financially beneficial to the trucker, the shipper, the receiver, and the trucking company owner.

Wholesale vs. Retail

Has the time come for your micro- or small motor carrier to haul retail freight instead of wholesale freight? What’s the difference?

‘Wholesale freight’ is comprised of brokered loads wherein the company that selects the shipper’s freight also finds the carrier to haul said freight, with the freight broker receiving a percentage of the line haul and possibly other fees for services or fuel surcharges. The shipper pays the freight broker, who in turn pays the trucking company that hauled the freight.

Spotlight on an American Trucker: August 2017

I’ve been in and out of trucking for more than 30 years; full time since 1995. I have been with Hunt Transportation for the past 12. I became an owner-op by purchasing a 2006 International 9400 Eagle. The truck had six miles on it brand new. I am a U.S. Marine veteran and display it proudly. I joined the Marines in 1979 and completed active duty with an honorable discharge in1983. I saw combat action in Lebanon from1982 to 1983.


Spotlight on an American Trucker - July 2017

Running Hard Trucking first started doing business in 2008. The  focus of the company is to bring individualized, consistent service and a high level of professionalism to each of its customers.  

Q: Make and model(s) of trucks and/or trailers you use in your business.  
A: We have a 2013 Freightliner Cascadia and we just bought a 2008 Utility trailer with a newer Thermo King unit.

Think Outside the Truck

As a business owner, you must always be aware of every cost in your trucking operation. But cutting costs and expenses too deeply is something you need to consider when it comes to the success of your trucking operation.

Protecting Your Investment

Whether you are a trucking start-up or a seasoned small carrier, insurance is both a necessity and a nuisance with which to be reckoned.

As a licensed transportation insurance agent, I’ve found more times than not a carrier’s owner isn’t as prepared as he/she needs to be with the necessary information required for the lowest insurance quote.

Spotlight on an American Trucker: June 2017

McKinley Huey, top left  with sons Daniel, center, and Amos, returned to his home in Kenton, TN, and started Huey Farms at the end of World War II. He had farmed with his father prior to the war, and then in 1976 sons Amos and Daniel joined their father growing corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton. Today, the Hueys farm over 6,000 acres around Kenton, the same area they’ve farmed for nearly a hundred years. McKinley passed away this May at age 101.

Spotlight on an American Trucker: May 2017

Jim’s Equipment Transport & Services is a Disabled Veteran’s Business Enterprise started by Jim Roberts in June 2013. The business focus is local and long distance transporting: hotshot cargo, RV trailers, boats, small equipment, trailer towaways, along with automobiles. The company specializes in transporting high-end collector cars and motorcycles along with commercial vans. The equipment includes two Ford 350 pickup trucks, along with a 35-ft. two-car wedge gooseneck trailer, an Interstate Motorcycle trailer and an 8-ft. enclosed Cargo Trailer.

Driving forces

If there’s one truth to running a small- and micro-trucking business, it’s that there is, and will be, uncertainty. Meaning that with all the best-laid plans, there will be hiccups and events that require a re-evaluation of those arrangements. These can involve weather, mechanical breakdowns, canceled loads, lost customers, new customers, or economic downturns and upswings.

Spotlight on an American Trucker- April 2017

Working for someone else and making their dreams come true was not what Prentice Woods envisioned for his life, and it’s taken longer than he’d hoped to take the step to being an owner-operator.  A person can let fear keep him from moving forward, or he can “use that same fear as fuel,” he says. He drives a 2007 Freightliner Columbia and pulls a 2015 Great Dane Air Ride 53-ft. dry van. Even with just his single truck and trailer, he thinks of his business as a trucking company—a starting point, “but it will not be where I end.”

Spotlight on an American Trucker - March 2017

Cliff Robertson has been around trucking his entire life, having spent many summers of his childhood riding shotgun with his dad. He’s been driving for 25 years and has been leased to X-Treme Trucking for the last three years.  He drives a 2017 International LoneStar with an ISX 475 Cummins and pulls drop-and-hook flatbed, drop-deck and Conestoga trailer freight, both full truckload and LTL, including over-dimensional and general freight. Robertson often handles multi-load jobs when a customer has hundreds of loads moving in the same direction.    

Volume pricing and the micro carrier

Trucking hauling rates are volatile and ever-changing—and based on multiple influences. Some of these influences are controllable and others are not, with the majority fitting into the noncontrollable category. There are fuel prices, costs of doing business, driver pay, etc. Then there are broad market forces, competition for loads, other specific market forces such as availability of loads to the number of available trucks to haul them, and weather. All of these will impact the hauling fee you must calculate to remain profitable.

Shutting the doors

Here’s a topic most business people don’t think about: How do I go about getting out of the business I own if circumstances are such that it becomes necessary? The reasons can be as varied as the people who own trucking companies.

Walking away is never a good option, and running away is guaranteed to have a bunch of folks willing to chase you down. Planning is everything in a small business, and the same holds true if it becomes necessary to close the business.

Spotlight on an American Trucker: Bob McKinley, owner-operator, leased to Climatic Carriers LLC

Owner-operator Bob McKinley’s first job was working for his grandfather, driving a GMC box truck for the HVAC wholesale distributor in Southern Michigan. After 10 years in the HVAC business (including a short stint repairing AC units in Iraq working for Halliburton), McKinley went to trucking school. He hired on with Swift’s flatbed division and spent two years there before moving to a small, local company in his hometown of Coldwater, MI. There he learned how to handle tankers, end dumps and even some hopper bottoms.

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