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– Hi Govind! Thanks for taking the time
out of your day to chat with me.
I really appreciate it.
– Hi Courtney, good morning.
– Good morning.
– Thanks for having me.
– No problem.
So let’s go ahead and get right into it.
What brought you to the trucking industry?
– What brought me to the trucking industry?
Very good question.
In the year 2005,
me and my brother
we wanted to start a trucking company.
We had a discussion and said
what do you do when you manage
a trucking company?
90% of the time, you’re managing
truck drivers, their routes,
and their entire schedule.
So we thought it would be very beneficial
if one of us could
really figure out
what happens on the road
and what is the life of a truck driver?
Plus, we needed financial help
to start a trucking company.
So, believe it or not,
my trucking career started as a truck driver.
So you really have a good grasp of
the ins and outs of the trucking industry
from the beginning to the end then?
– Totally, totally.
I guess I consider myself
having a good depth of knowledge
of this industry
That’s why I consider myself to be
a very good candidate
that can help solve the problems
that exist in the American trucking industry.
So how long did you actually work
as a truck driver, then?
– So, I did over a year.
I drove across all 48 states.
– So tell me Govind,
what were your days like when you
were a truck driver?
How were you optimizing them,
what was your schedule like?
– So, the schedule is all over the place.
Sometimes you are doing pick-ups at night,
especially when it comes to produce
out of California.
– And then what you have to do is…
you have to really go by this federal regulation
and the governing body is FMCSA
which is Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
So it has a rule
that each truck driver has to follow.
It’s called hours of service.
So what hours of service imposes is
a truck driver can be on duty for 14 hours
with a drive time of 11 hours.
So, you really have to control that.
You have to make sure that
you are not going over,
even by 30 minutes or 10 minutes,
because if you get pulled at the scales
or even by a highway patrol officer,
or any other officer
pulls you over,
the first thing they ask for from
truck drivers is log books.
So you gotta really make sure that
you’re following that log book.
I was driving mostly from California,
a city called Salinas
all the way to Atlanta, Georgia.
– Yeah, so you gotta work in the slots,
you know, an 11 hour drive time,
and then find a good place to take a rest.
Then, parking is a huge issue in trucking
when you’re on the road.
So what I used to do is
I used to start my day early
like, I would wake up
5 or 4 am, you know.
I’d use the restroom, 30 minutes
freshen up and then hit the road.
I’d take a break somewhere in the middle
and take a little nap
and I used to try
to be at the truck stop
like around 8 o’clock or something
depending on what state I’m in
so I can find good parking.
– So that’s what I used to do.
I know most truckers, they try to
drive at night
because there’s less traffic
but I’m not a night person
so I used to just start early
and in the evening make sure that I’m
at a truck stop finding good parking.
Then the next morning, hit the road again.
Well thanks so much for that
little bit of insight. I do
appreciate you taking the time
out of your day to talk to me.
And we’ll definitely catch up with you
more in future videos, but for now
thanks so much and have a great day!
– No problem and likewise,
it was great talking to you as well.
– You too Govind, goodbye.