How to Increase Your Owner Operator Pay During Produce Season
Spring season is just around the corner and owner operator truck drivers across the country know this is the peak season for produce shipping. The ripple-effect of the season affects almost every sector in the industry, even those not directly related to produce shipping. Status Transportation became one the best trucking companies for owner operators by recognizing and seizing opportunities like these for its owner operators.
Load rates during produce season
During produce season it might be more difficult for shippers to find trucks readily available to haul non-perishable goods therefore creating a short-term truck shortage. Most truckers are running loads from farms to wholesalers or food manufacturing companies. As a result of this shortage, there is a rise in load rates across the board including loads not related to produce shipping. This is one of the seasons when independent truckers can have the highest paying owner operator jobs.
Preparing for the season
First of all, as a rule of thumb to be prepared for any season, you should make sure your truck is in tip-top condition by staying on top of your truck and trailer maintenance. Produce is a time-sensitive commodity that requires you to make sure you will be able to deliver on schedule. That being said, make sure to take care of any mechanical issues in order to avoid any unexpected mechanical breakdowns. Take some time to address any major repairs or maintenance so you can run confidently knowing your rig will be reliable when accepting one of these time-sensitive loads.
Vented dry vans
Drivers leasing to owner operator trucking companies don’t necessarily require to have a reefer trailer to transport produce. Vented vans allow for air to flow freely, enabling truckers to run loads that otherwise would require a reefer trailer. In fact, there are many goods that are transported in vented vans like corn, watermelons, pumpkins, potatoes, onions and nursery stock.
Adjust your running strategy
Increase your owner operator revenue by adjusting your running strategy accordingly. Communicate with your dispatcher ahead of time and plan a running strategy that will put you in the best position to run seasonal loads. Many owner operators tend to prefer one region of operation and stick to it based on the number of tolls, traffic or how close it is from home. In order to monetize from the spring season, it is important to adjust your region of operation.
According to a recent report by the United States Department of Agriculture, the top ten city destinations are:
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Chicago, Illinois
- Dallas, Texas
- Los Angeles, California
- Miami, Florida
- New York, New York
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Seattle, Washington.
Status Transportation reviews dispatching strategies on a continuous basis adjusting its game plan with the purpose of helping drivers to increase their revenue. The trucking industry is a fast moving environment in which you need to make quick decisions, so be open to new regions of operation, trust your dispatcher and move depending on what goods are trending and pretty soon you’ll see an increase in your owner operator pay.
Written by Erik Chavez (Status Transportation)
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