You can’t pay the truck driver who drives your rig. In fact, you can’t even afford to pay him enough so that he is able to drive you around all day long. For this reason, you are going to have to come up with some budgeting solutions. You need to have a worksheet to keep track of all the expenses that your driver incurs every day.
Now, this is not something that is going to be easy to do unless you have some money to burn. Unless you have tons of extra cash that you aren’t using, you’re going to have to do most of the heavy lifting yourself. But, it will be much easier if you can devise a worksheet and make sure that you know how much you’re spending each week on truck driver expenses.
The first thing that you need to look at is how many drivers you have on your rig. A more than usual number of drivers means more expenses. Your truck driver expense worksheet should include all the drivers on your rig, as well as their average miles driven per week.
Next, take a good look at your vehicle allowances for each driver. You may be paying for more than you need to, so make sure that you don’t add in extra costs that you may not have to. Check to see what the average costs of fuel, car maintenance, and other driving related costs are each week.
Finally, you need to look at your driver expenses for each trip. You may be paying for driver reimbursements each time you send them out. Check into these costs so that you are not leaving any money on the table. If you have several drivers, you may find that one driver will be throwing a lot of money away.
It’s important to remember that you are not responsible for these expenses and that they cannot be replaced by a single dollar bill. That being said, it is not impossible to find ways to make sure that your driver is not wasting money on those unnecessary expenses. Even if you pay the same price for gas that everyone else is paying, you can lower the cost by putting a stop to all of the ridiculous driving habits that the drivers have. Pay attention to the things that they do wrong and avoid them.
You should also check into how often each driver is out of town. If it is often and not at all, you will need to factor that into your driver expense plan. If your truck driver spends half of his time on the road not at home, you should also factor that into your budgeting plan. Find out what all theof the costs are when you visit the port or visit the customer service center.
Lastly, once you have your driver expenses down and a good handle on how much you can spend every week, you should try to cut down some of the other costs that you are paying. For example, you may be paying for the food that the drivers eat. By cutting down on those expenses, you will find that your truck driver expense budget will be much easier to manage.