By Chris Polk

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I have been in and out of the Trucking Industry for nearly two decades. This podcast exists to help you learn from my many mistakes and capitalize on the lessons I've learned. From new drivers to Owner/Operators, there will be something for you here on the American Truck Driver Podcast.l
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Jan. 28, 2018 · transcript
JANUARY 28, 2018In this episode I want to tell you about some lessons I've learned over the last ten months.Also, I have a correction to make about my comments on the ELD mandate. 
Jan. 21, 2018
JANUARY 21, 2018On this episode, I was joined by Pete Emahiser, Owner and Operator of Tadmore Transportation in Toledo, Ohio. Tadmore is #980 on this years INC 5000.  He is a member of BiTA, The Blockchain in Trucking Alliance, and a Charter Member of TransRisk. Tadmore is in the TOP 5% of Brokers rated by Credit Worthiness and the highest Rated Broker in at least 100 miles as per DAT Reviews. Pete is also a Moderator for the Rate Per Mile Masters Facebook Group, the largest Professional Trucking Group on Facebook.We talk about what the blockchain is and how it can change how we do business in the trucking industry and the world. It was a really fun and interesting conversation, and I learned a lot. SHOW White Paper by Satoshi Nakamoto that explains the origin of the BlockchainBiTA Blockchain in Trucking Alliance Rate Per Mile Masters Facebook GroupTransparency 18 Industry Conference May 22-23, 2018 Atlanta, How the blockchain will radically transform the economy | Bettina WarburgFacebook Live video of the show.
Jan. 14, 2018
JANUARY 14, 2018In this episode I get us ready for 2018. There are a lot of exciting things happening in the economy and especially as it pertains to trucking.  SHOW NOTES:I have a donate button set up on the website. You can donate using Paypal or a debit card here.
June 21, 2017
JUNE 20, 2017I came across a piece of garbage propaganda piece published recently in USA Today. It gives us the tales of woe of Port Truckers in LA and the lease agreements they are "forced" to operate under. But who is to blame? The drivers? The companies? I think someone is being left out of the equation. The article from USA Today can be found here. 
June 14, 2017
JUNE 13, 2017The Supreme Court announced that they will not hear OOIDA's appeal to the ELD Mandate. This shouldn't be a surprise. The Federal Government ruled in favor of the Federal Government. You shouldn't be shocked that this has happened, yet many seem unable to grasp the concept that the Federal Government doesn't care about you. Let's talk about the real issue here, and it ISN'T the ELD. 
June 5, 2017
JUNE 5, 2017This is the story of my short time driving for Swift Transportation. 
June 5, 2017
JUNE 6, 2017This is the story of how my journey as an Owner Operator came to an end.
March 9, 2017
MARCH 9, 2017I'm back with an all new episode. It's time to address the real issue around our Hours of Service.I think we've lost our minds. People seem to have lost all their good sense and ability to reason over this electronic log mandate. In this episode, I will tell you that we NEED the electronic log if we're going to be forced to operate under such an inefficient and archaic system. I've been using one for five years and you won't get it away from me.
June 19, 2016
Fuel taxes are an important element of your profitability. It is very important to understand this issue so you won't end up losing money by buying fuel in the wrong states.IFTA Website with State Fuel Tax RatesAn overview:Before IFTA- Fuel taxes were collected by individual states. Trucks had to have fuel tax permits in each state, many having to display plates on their trucks for each state. Fuel had to be purchased in each state to cover the amount owed for traveling through that state.  After IFTA- When a truck purchases fuel in a state, the amount of tax charged per gallon is credited to other licensee’s account. When the IFTA return is prepared quarterly, the number of miles driven in the period is divided by the number of gallons purchased. This establishes the truck’s fuel mileage for the time period and is used to factor the tax owed based on the number of gallons burned in each state it was operated in.  It's about gallons, not miles.  Fuel taxes are one of the most misunderstood elements of operating a truck in North America. It is a rather simple formula, but can be confusing because all the states have different rates, which affects the pump price. The truck operator that correctly understands how to buy fuel in the most efficient way will see a significant difference in their operating costs.  Wholesale Cost- It is most important to understand that the WHOLESALE cost is the only factor consider when buying fuel. The pump price is completely irrelevant. What is the wholesale cost and how is it determined? The wholesale cost is the price of the fuel minus the IFTA fuel tax rate for that state. If the price paid for the fuel is $2.00 per gallon, and the IFTA rate is $0.30, then the wholesale cost is $1.70. There are states with rates as low as $0.175 per gallon (New Jersey) and others with a rate as high as $0.64 (Pennsylvania). This means that if the pump price of fuel in NJ and PA is the same, then there will be a difference of $0.465 per gallon!
April 11, 2016
With co-host Dan Babbit. I get a lot of questions about Landstar. Now that I've been here two years, I feel a lot more confident about answering them. There's also a lot of misinformation out there about Landstar that needs to addressed. Whether or not you lease to Landstar is your own decision. I just want to provide ACCURATE information so that you can make your best decision.We discuss and describe the freight network at Landstar, how the billing and payment works, and the pro and cons (in our opinion) of being leased to Landstar versus another company or having your own authority.One thing I always tell people is, "If you succeed at Landstar, it's your fault. If you fail at Landstar, it's your fault."

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