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Bulldog Truck Sales, Atlanta, GA
678-212-1302 678-212-1302
Bulldog Truck & Equipment Sales is a BBB Accredited Truck Dealer in Cumming, GA

The Realities of a Trucker’s Life

Truck Driving

When it comes to being a truck driver, this occupation is more of a lifestyle than a job. Before even considering becoming a trucker, it will be important to understand the realities of the lifestyle and to discuss them with loved ones. Here’s what you need to know:

  • You will be on the road upward of 300 days per year. This requirement will significantly limit the time you spend at home, and it will impact the relationships in your life. At the time you begin, you may only be able to return home once every three weeks.
  • Once you start, it may be two years before you move into a regional driving position that allows you to return home weekly.
  • You may be expected to work 70 hours over an eight-day period.
  • Days can begin really early or can go very late. Many drivers like to drive with the light, while others prefer driving through the night to avoid heavy road traffic.
  • Most drivers are paid by miles driven.
  • Many truckers do not know what they will be paid until the end of the year.
  • In the first year, most truck drivers estimate $35,000 in income, and $45,000 – $55,000 after that.
  • Your salary can increase after a few years on the job if you become a trainer, or if you are willing to haul oversize freight or hazardous materials.
  • Most drivers are expected to cover 125,000 miles per annum. That breaks down to around 2,500 miles per week or 500 miles per day. You must think about all those hours on the road before committing to a trucker’s life.
  • There is an excellent opportunity to gain a unique view of the United States.
A trucker’s lifestyle is not for everyone, but it is for some. If you are interested in leasing a truck, contact Bulldog Truck Sales in Atlanta today.

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Tires for Your Truck

Truck Tires

Your truck requires three different types of tires. It is essential that you understand the position of your tires and how they handle to drive safely and perform better.

Steer Tires

Steer tires are the front two tires of your semi-truck. These are the most important tires on your truck because they are designed for the steer axle. Generally known as all-position tires, they perform well on drive and trailer axles. Steer tires influence handling, take a lot of scrubbing on curbs, and help to ensure a smooth ride. Tires in this position tend to wear out quickly. Since they are a significant factor for fuel economy, it is vital to have a premium steer tire. You want steer tires that will perform in all conditions for safety, comfort, and fuel economy.

Drive Tires

Sitting at the rear truck tractors on the drive or torque axles, drive tires are the most vital tire for good traction. Drive tires are located where the truck meets the trailer. These are the tires that are turned to make the vehicle move. These tires determine the truck’s grip on the road, so high traction tires are a must throughout the year to handle all types of weather.

Trailer Tires

These tires are specifically designed to withstand heavy loads and tough breaking. There are two common types of semi-truck trailer tires: bias ply and radial ply. Radial trailer tires have shorter cords that run perpendicular to the direction of travel, providing more flex and ground contact, which is good for traction, stability, and treadwear. The cords on bias ply trailer tires run at a 32-degree angle from the direction of travel and have stiffer sidewalls and shoulders.

The most important thing to remember is that your tires will wear down. The thinner the tread, the harder it is to stop. Make it a priority to check your tires regularly to inspect the tread.

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New Year, New Ride

New Yaer New Ride

Many people make New Year’s resolutions, goals, or choose a word for the year. Perhaps your goal for 2020 is to make a more substantial profit in your trucking career, and you’ve decided to roll into 2020 with a new ride. Here at Bulldog Truck Sales in Atlanta, Georgia, we are here to serve you with affordable truck leasing programs to get you on the road safely and in style.

Bulldog Truck Sales offers high quality semi-trucks for lease at affordable prices with attractive terms. Many people make the decision to get out of debt and stay out of debt when a new year comes around. It is truly an ideal goal to set. That is why Bulldog Truck Sales has a truck leasing program that is designed for those independent owner-operators who have experienced credit issues in the past. We specialize in providing affordable short-term leases to independent contractors with blemished credit. Our goal is to work with you to help you succeed as an independent owner-operator.

Our facility in Atlanta carries a large selection of late-model inventory. We have attractive terms to help you choose a new rig at a price that you can afford. All of our trucks are DOT ready and come with a one-year engine warranty that is included in the price. We want you to be successful, and we want to help you get into a truck that will allow you to earn money on the road. If you would like to visit our facility and schedule a test drive, call us at 678.212.1302 to speak with one of our representatives. You can complete a secure online application before you come if you would like to be considered for credit with Bulldog Truck Sales. We look forward to serving you and helping you get into a new rig for this new year.

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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Traffic

Winter Travel

Close to 100 million motorists are expected to travel 50 miles or more during the upcoming holidays. Family members who do not live close to one another enjoy gathering together during the holidays, and travel by motor vehicle is much cheaper than flying. With road congestion at its peak during the holiday season, the roads are often trickier to drive for truckers. Below are tips on how to navigate through holiday traffic and how to share the road with millions of others.

  • Prepare your truck for long-distance travel. It is important to remember that you need extra precautions during high traffic. If your truck is sitting idle for hours in traffic, your engine can take a beating. Make sure to check your fluids, your radiator, your cooling system, and your wipers before heading out on the road. Simple maintenance can prevent many problems.
  • Plan ahead. Before you hit the road, know your game plan. Know where you are going and how long travel time is expected. With extra vehicles on the road, it will be essential to know when your exit is coming up so you can prepare to merge. Unexpected lane changes cause thousands of accidents each year.
  • Be aware of changes in the weather. Winter weather can wreak havoc on the highways. As weather conditions change – many of which change quickly – it will be vital to watch for ice, snow, and standing water. It is also important for truckers to take wind conditions into consideration.
  • Slow down. With millions of more drivers on the roads, it is a good idea to simply slow down. Speeding becomes even more dangerous on crowded roads. Allow plenty of space cushion and reduce your speed.
  • Buckle up. Safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45%. This is an easy way to increase your safety during holiday traffic.
  • Drive respectfully. Yes, there are millions of bad drivers out there, but you do not have to be one of them. Take the high road and give respect to the other drivers around you. Chances are, your kindness will be paid forward.

The holidays are often a challenge to navigate with big trucks. There is nothing better than safe driving practices coupled with patience when you are behind the wheel.

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Driving With a 4-Legged Companion on Board

Keep Your Ride Clean

It is no secret that people here in America love their pets. It is not uncommon to see dogs on leashes, dogs in strollers, and even dogs in “puppy carriers” on any outing these days. While some people may roll their eyes, those who love their 4-legged friends want to take their companions with them everywhere. This often includes on the job.

Truck driving offers unique working conditions and opportunities that other professions cannot. With long hours on the road and days away from home, having a friendly companion to keep you company is often a great choice. It is even suggested that truck drivers who have a dog along for the ride are safer and happier on the road.

Choosing a perfect companion is no simple process because you can’t force a relationship. However, there are certain guidelines that you may want to follow for finding your perfect 4-legged riding companion.

  • A dog no bigger than 50 pounds is a general rule of the road. This size guideline allows you to have enough space for your companion and the food, water, bowls, and doggy bed he or she needs.
  • Consider the breed of dog carefully. While you may love a greyhound, these dogs require a lot of exercise. It is important to choose a breed that is “lazier” or one that does not require constant activity.
  • It is also important to think of how easy it will be to clean up after your dog. Short-haired dogs will leave less cabin clean-up than long-haired dogs that shed all over the place.
  • You will also want to make sure that your dog is fully trained before hitting the road. This training includes being potty-trained and obedient. Your dog will need to know where his or her space is and where he or she is not allowed.

Bringing a dog on board with you for work and travel can benefit you in many ways. Your health can improve, your mood can improve, and you can usually make friends very easily. Many trucking companies allow drivers to bring dogs along, but it will be necessary to check their policy before you and your canine hit the road. Once you get the OK, get ready to enjoy the journey with your new co-pilot.

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Get Your Truck DOT Ready

Keep Your Ride Clean

There are simply some things in life that you can always count on: death and taxes. If you are a truck driver you can add one more thing to that short list: the DOT. The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT or DOT) is a federal Cabinet department of the U.S. Government concerned with transportation. Its mission is to ensure that America has the safest, most efficient, and most modern transportation system in the world. Under this department, the DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that all commercial motor vehicles be inspected at least every 12 months. While some inspections are planned and known in advance, there are times when your truck may be inspected without prior warning. Being prepared for your truck inspection will help keep you on the road and making money.

The easiest thing you can do to get your truck DOT ready is to keep your truck tidy and in good working order. Here is a list of things on a Level 1 DOT commercial vehicle inspection checklist that you will want to regularly check to ensure they are operating safely:

  • Seat belts
  • Lights
  • Brake systems
  • Coupling devices
  • Wheels
  • Rims and hubs
  • Steering mechanisms
  • Exhaust systems
  • Fuel systems
  • Windshield wipers
  • Emergency exits
  • Electrical cables

You will also want to know where your fire extinguisher and triangles are, have your documents organized in a folder or binder for your inspector, and make sure your cab is clean.

One other thing to note is that how you treat the inspector will make a difference. Yes, being pulled over for an unexpected inspection can take you off guard. However, treating your inspector will respect will most likely have an impact on your inspection report. Be upfront and courteous. If a light has come on between your last stops, be upfront and honest about it. Inspectors know that a myriad of things can happen on the road. Honesty is always the best policy, and when you treat your inspector with respect, there’s a higher chance you will be treated in the same manner.

With a good attitude coupled with having your “house in order,” you can help yourself get ready, and stay ready, for any DOT inspections.

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Keep Your Ride Clean

Keep Your Ride Clean

Your truck was a large investment in your financial security. Your truck not only gets you from point A to point B, but it helps you to earn a living. One of the simplest things that you can do to maintain your truck for the long haul is to keep it clean. Yes, it costs money to keep your truck clean; but it costs a whole heck of a lot more to repair or replace it.

Taking care of your truck with regular cleanings extends its road life. There are so many chemicals put on the roads today that are extremely corrosive to your truck. While it may be hard to think about in August, many truck drivers drove through treacherous weather conditions last winter. De-icing chemicals are put all over the roads throughout the country to try to prevent accidents on the highways. If you did not give your truck a thorough washing after the winter season, the chemicals that were on the road are still hanging out on the undercarriage of your truck. The longer those chemicals are there, the more damage they do.

Does washing your truck take time and cost a bit of money? Yes, it does.

Does maintaining your truck save you even more money and precious time in the long run? Most certainly.

Learning how to properly clean your truck’s engine, undercarriage, body, and wheels can help to save you thousands of dollars from your own pocket. Hiring someone else to wash your truck may cost you a bit more, but it can also save you thousands of dollars in repairs.

A clean truck also makes inspections a lot easier for you and CSA inspectors. Built-up grime can cause you or others to miss chaffing lines, cracked and damaged components, as well as electrical problems. A clean truck is an easy truck to inspect!

Bulldog Truck Sales wants you to extend the life of your investment. Our trucks are of high quality when you get them, but it’s your responsibility to keep them that way.

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Ready To Get On The Road Again

If you’ve been considering a career in truck driving, Bulldog Truck Sales can help. We are a truck leasing company providing you with late-model, quality brand name trucks at affordable prices. Our leasing program is designed to help those independent owner-operators who have experienced credit issues in the past but are now stable and ready to get back on the road again.

If you’re one of the many drivers who are getting ready to get back on the road, Bulldog Truck Sales can help. Have you heard the recent good news for drivers as well? According to the American Trucking Associations, new data has been released in a Driver Compensation Study showing an increase in driver pay. The gains come as a result of a combination of scarce drivers and a rising demand for freight transportation services.

“The latest survey, which includes data from more than 100,000 drivers, shows that fleets are reacting to an increasingly tight market for drivers by boosting pay, improving benefit packages and offering other enticements to recruit and retain safe and experienced drivers.” –ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello

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Bulldog Truck Sales – Helping You Get On The Road Again

If you’re ready to get back on the road again after having credit issues, call or visit Bulldog Truck Sales today. Our lease plan includes a short term lease-purchase agreement, low fixed monthly payments, a two-year warranty, DOT inspection, and credit scores as low as 500 accepted.

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Safe Holiday Driving

Summer and fall host a variety of holidays that spark an increase in traffic and travel. July 4th and Labor Day are hosted in July and September. With July 4th being on a Thursday this year and Labor Day on a Monday, the chances of substantial weekend traffic increases. Did you sit in July 4th weekend traffic this year? As a truck driver, and sharing the road with holiday drivers, there are steps you can take to make you and the roads a safer place.

Be Aware Of High Travel Times

Summer and fall weekends are filled with people coming and from their vacations as well. The Wednesday before July 4th was be a big day of travel, and the Labor Day will be a massive day of travel as well. When you’re aware of these high travel times at any time of the year, you can plan your routes ahead of time. Morning and evening travel are also busy times on the road for holiday travelers. Christopher Elliot from Fortune explains, “Here’s the best way to beat Labor Day traffic the weekend,” as you consider travel plans for Labor Day Weekend this year.

Take It Slow, Steady, And Safe

As you plan your time on the road, be sure to leave yourself enough time, so you’re not tempted to speed or to exceed your driver hours of service. When your speed increases and exceeds the speed limit the chances of a crash triples. Keep focused on the road by not using your technology while driving and buckle up every time you sit in the driver’s seat. Did you know most drivers are not aware of your blind spots? Keep an eye on your blind spots in case other drivers are not. Lastly, dial 911 if you ever suspect or notice an impaired driver on the road.

Bulldog Truck Sales wants to get you on the road safely and at an affordable rate. We offer high quality, late model semi-trucks for lease at affordable prices with attractive terms. Come in and see us today.

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Maintaining Your Truck To Prevent Break Downs

“The higher the truck, the closer to God.” – Earl Dibbles Jr.

Truck driving is a fulfilling and complex job. You cover hundreds of miles in a machine made for covering those miles and hauling big loads. Staying on the road means you have the ability to continue earning money for you and your family. In order to keep you and your truck on the road, it’s crucial to maintain your commercial truck to prevent breakdowns.

When your commercial truck breaks down, it can lead to a significant loss of income for you. Waiting on the proper maintenance and repairs can keep you off the road. The cost of repairs can be overwhelming, and the downtime related to the breakdowns all add up and dig negatively into your profits. Avoiding setbacks is vital to every trucker’s job. You can do this by properly maintaining your truck for optimal use.

Accidents and unexpected things can happen with your truck, but there are steps you can take to help avoid them. You can do this by ensuring that your pre-inspection checks are complete. Also, keep your truck up-to-date on maintenance requirements for your particular truck. Every time you get back on the road perform your pre-trip inspections and get anything checked out and repaired before heading out on the road.

Bulldog Truck Sales wants to get you on the road safely and at an affordable rate. We offer high quality, late model semi trucks for lease at affordable prices with attractive terms. All our trucks are DOT ready and come with a one-year engine warranty included in the price.

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