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9 Available Owner Operators in New Mexico

OriginTruck TypePayDest. #1Dest. #2NamePhone
Albuquerque, NMcall, , Armando Briseno Contact
Albuquerque, NMcall, , Curt Hill Contact
Hobbs, NMcall, , Craig Ply Contact
Albuquerque, NMcall, , Debra Mcmullin Contact
Las Cruces, NMcall, , Philip Buckley Contact
Albuquerque, NMcall, , Adam Doody Contact
Carlsbad, NMcall, , John Deacon Contact
Artesia, NMcall, , Dalus Dunn Contact
Albuquerque, NMcall, , James Schoefer Contact

New Mexico Available Truck Drivers

Work of a Truck Driver

Truck drivers are a constant presence on the Nation’s highways and interstates. They deliver everything from automobiles to canned food. Firms of all kinds rely on trucks to pick up and deliver goods because no other form of transportation can deliver goods door-to-door. Even if some goods travel most of the way by ship, train, or airplane, almost everything is carried by trucks at some point in its journey.

Before leaving the terminal or warehouse, truck drivers check the fuel level and oil in their trucks. They also inspect the trucks to make sure that the brakes, windshield wipers, and lights are working and that a fire extinguisher, flares, and other safety equipment are aboard and in working order. Drivers make sure their cargo is secure and adjust the mirrors so that both sides of the truck are visible from the driver’s seat. Drivers report equipment that is inoperable, missing, or loaded improperly to the dispatcher.

Once under way, drivers must be alert in order to prevent accidents. Drivers can see farther down the road because large trucks seat them higher off the ground than other vehicles. This allows them to see the road ahead and select lanes that are moving more smoothly as well as giving them warning of any dangerous road conditions ahead of them.

The duration of runs vary according to the types of cargo and the destinations. Local drivers may provide daily service for a specific route or region, while other drivers make longer, intercity and interstate deliveries. Interstate and intercity cargo tends to vary from job to job more than local cargo. A driver’s responsibilities and assignments change according to the type of loads transported and their vehicle’s size.

New technologies are changing the way truck drivers work, especially long-distance truck drivers. Satellites and the Global Positioning System link many trucks with their company’s headquarters. Troubleshooting information, directions, weather reports, and other important communications can be instantly relayed to the truck. Drivers can easily communicate with the dispatcher to discuss delivery schedules and courses of action in the event of mechanical problems. The satellite link also allows the dispatcher to track the truck’s location, fuel consumption, and engine performance. Some drivers also work with computerized inventory tracking equipment. It is important for the producer, warehouse, and customer to know their product’s location at all times so they can maintain a high quality of service.

Heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers operate trucks or vans with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). They transport goods including cars, livestock, and other materials in liquid, loose, or packaged form. Many routes are from city to city and cover long distances. Some companies use two drivers on very long runs—one drives while the other sleeps in a berth behind the cab. These “sleeper” runs can last for days, or even weeks. Trucks on sleeper runs typically stop only for fuel, food, loading, and unloading.

Some heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers who have regular runs transport freight to the same city on a regular basis. Other drivers perform ad hoc runs because shippers request varying service to different cities every day.

The U.S. Department of Transportation requires that drivers keep a log of their activities, the condition of the truck, and the circumstances of any accidents.

Long-distance heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers spend most of their working time behind the wheel, but also may have to load or unload their cargo. This is especially common when drivers haul specialty cargo, because they may be the only ones at the destination familiar with procedures or certified to handle the materials. Auto-transport drivers, for example, position cars on the trailers at the manufacturing plant and remove them at the dealerships. When picking up or delivering furniture, drivers of long-distance moving vans hire local workers to help them load or unload.

Light or delivery services truck drivers operate vans and trucks weighing less than 26,000 pounds GVW. They pick up or deliver merchandise and packages within a specific area. This may include short “turnarounds” to deliver a shipment to a nearby city, pick up another loaded truck or van, and drive it back to their home base the same day. These services may require use of electronic delivery tracking systems to track the whereabouts of the merchandise or packages. Light or delivery services truck drivers usually load or unload the merchandise at the customer’s place of business. They may have helpers if there are many deliveries to make during the day, or if the load requires heavy moving. Typically, before the driver arrives for work, material handlers load the trucks and arrange items for ease of delivery. Customers must sign receipts for goods and pay drivers the balance due on the merchandise if there is a cash-on-delivery arrangement. At the end of the day drivers turn in receipts, payments, records of deliveries made, and any reports on mechanical problems with their trucks.

Some local truck drivers have sales and customer service responsibilities. The primary responsibility of driver/sales workers, or route drivers, is to deliver and sell their firm’s products over established routes or within an established territory. They sell goods such as food products, including restaurant takeout items, or pick up and deliver items such as laundry. Their response to customer complaints and requests can make the difference between a large order and a lost customer. Route drivers may also take orders and collect payments.

The duties of driver/sales workers vary according to their industry, the policies of their employer, and the emphasis placed on their sales responsibility. Most have wholesale routes that deliver to businesses and stores, rather than to homes. For example, wholesale bakery driver/sales workers deliver and arrange bread, cakes, rolls, and other baked goods on display racks in grocery stores. They estimate how many of each item to stock by paying close attention to what is selling. They may recommend changes in a store’s order or encourage the manager to stock new bakery products. Laundries that rent linens, towels, work clothes, and other items employ driver/sales workers to visit businesses regularly to replace soiled laundry. Their duties also may include soliciting new customers along their sales route.

After completing their route, driver/sales workers place orders for their next deliveries based on product sales and customer requests.

Truck Driver Working Conditions

Truck driving has become less physically demanding because most trucks now have more comfortable seats, better ventilation, and improved, ergonomically designed cabs. Although these changes make the work environment less taxing, driving for many hours at a stretch, loading and unloading cargo, and making many deliveries can be tiring. Local truck drivers, unlike long-distance drivers, usually return home in the evening. Some self-employed long-distance truck drivers who own and operate their trucks spend most of the year away from home.

Design improvements in newer trucks have reduced stress and increased the efficiency of long-distance drivers. Many newer trucks are equipped with refrigerators, televisions, and bunks.

The U.S. Department of Transportation governs work hours and other working conditions of truck drivers engaged in interstate commerce. A long-distance driver may drive for 11 hours and work for up to 14 hours—including driving and non-driving duties—after having 10 hours off-duty. A driver may not drive after having worked for 60 hours in the past 7 days or 70 hours in the past 8 days unless they have taken at least 34 consecutive hours off-duty. Most drivers are required to document their time in a logbook. Many drivers, particularly on long runs, work close to the maximum time permitted because they typically are compensated according to the number of miles or hours they drive. Drivers on long runs face boredom, loneliness, and fatigue. Drivers often travel nights, holidays, and weekends to avoid traffic delays.

Local truck drivers frequently work 50 or more hours a week. Drivers who handle food for chain grocery stores, produce markets, or bakeries typically work long hours—starting late at night or early in the morning. Although most drivers have regular routes, some have different routes each day. Many local truck drivers, particularly driver/sales workers, load and unload their own trucks. This requires considerable lifting, carrying, and walking each day.

State and Federal regulations govern the qualifications and standards for truck drivers. All drivers must comply with Federal regulations and any State regulations that are in excess of those Federal requirements. Truck drivers must have a driver’s license issued by the State in which they live, and most employers require a clean driving record. Drivers of trucks designed to carry 26,000 pounds or more—including most tractor-trailers, as well as bigger straight trucks—must obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) from the State in which they live. All truck drivers who operate trucks transporting hazardous materials must obtain a CDL, regardless of truck size. In order to receive the hazardous materials endorsement a driver must be fingerprinted and submit to a criminal background check by the Transportation Security Administration. Federal regulations governing CDL administration allow for States to exempt farmers, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, some military drivers, and snow and ice removers from the need for a CDL at the State’s discretion. In many States a regular driver’s license is sufficient for driving light trucks and vans.

To qualify for a CDL an applicant must have a clean driving record, pass a written test on rules and regulations, and then demonstrate that they can operate a commercial truck safely. A national database permanently records all driving violations committed by those with a CDL. A State will check these records and deny a CDL to those who already have a license suspended or revoked in another State. Licensed drivers must accompany trainees until they get their own CDL. A person may not hold more than one license at a time and must surrender any other licenses when a CDL is issued. Information on how to apply for a CDL may be obtained from State motor vehicle administrations.

Many States allow those who are as young as 18 years old to drive trucks within their borders. To drive a commercial vehicle between States one must be 21 years of age, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), which establishes minimum qualifications for truck drivers engaging in interstate commerce. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations—published by U.S. DOT—require drivers to be at least 21 years old and to pass a physical examination once every 2 years. The main physical requirements include good hearing, at least 20/40 vision with glasses or corrective lenses, and a 70-degree field of vision in each eye. Drivers may not be colorblind. Drivers must be able to hear a forced whisper in one ear at not less than 5 feet, with a hearing aid if needed. Drivers must have normal use of arms and legs and normal blood pressure. Drivers may not use any controlled substances, unless prescribed by a licensed physician. Persons with epilepsy or diabetes controlled by insulin are not permitted to be interstate truck drivers. Federal regulations also require employers to test their drivers for alcohol and drug use as a condition of employment, and require periodic random tests of the drivers while they are on duty. A driver must not have been convicted of a felony involving the use of a motor vehicle; a crime involving drugs; driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol; refusing to submit to an alcohol test required by a State or its implied consent laws or regulations; leaving the scene of a crime; or causing a fatality through negligent operation of a motor vehicle. All drivers must be able to read and speak English well enough to read road signs, prepare reports, and communicate with law enforcement officers and the public.

Many trucking operations have higher standards than those described here. Many firms require that drivers be at least 22 years old, be able to lift heavy objects, and have driven trucks for 3 to 5 years. Many prefer to hire high school graduates and require annual physical examinations. Companies have an economic incentive to hire less risky drivers, as good drivers use less fuel and cost less to insure.

Taking driver-training courses is a desirable method of preparing for truck driving jobs and for obtaining a CDL. High school courses in driver training and automotive mechanics also may be helpful. Many private and public vocational-technical schools offer tractor-trailer driver training programs. Students learn to maneuver large vehicles on crowded streets and in highway traffic. They also learn to inspect trucks and freight for compliance with regulations. Some programs provide only a limited amount of actual driving experience. Completion of a program does not guarantee a job. Those interested in attending a driving school should check with local trucking companies to make sure the school’s training is acceptable. Some States require prospective drivers to complete a training course in basic truck driving before being issued their CDL. The Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI), a nonprofit organization established by the trucking industry, manufacturers, and others, certifies driver training courses at truck driver training schools that meet industry standards and Federal Highway Administration guidelines for training tractor-trailer drivers.

Drivers must get along well with people because they often deal directly with customers. Employers seek driver/sales workers who speak well and have self-confidence, initiative, tact, and a neat appearance. Employers also look for responsible, self-motivated individuals who are able to work well with little supervision.

Training given to new drivers by employers is usually informal, and may consist of only a few hours of instruction from an experienced driver, sometimes on the new employee’s own time. New drivers may also ride with and observe experienced drivers before getting their own assignments. Drivers receive additional training to drive special types of trucks or handle hazardous materials. Some companies give 1 to 2 days of classroom instruction covering general duties, the operation and loading of a truck, company policies, and the preparation of delivery forms and company records. Driver/sales workers also receive training on the various types of products their company carries so that they can effectively answer questions about the products and more easily market them to their customers.

Although most new truck drivers are assigned to regular driving jobs immediately, some start as extra drivers—substituting for regular drivers who are ill or on vacation. Extra drivers receive a regular assignment when an opening occurs.

New drivers sometimes start on panel trucks or other small straight trucks. As they gain experience and show competent driving skills they may advance to larger, heavier trucks and finally to tractor-trailers.

The advancement of truck drivers generally is limited to driving runs that provide increased earnings, preferred schedules, or working conditions. Local truck drivers may advance to driving heavy or specialized trucks, or transfer to long-distance truck driving. Working for companies that also employ long-distance drivers is the best way to advance to these positions. Few truck drivers become dispatchers or managers.

Some long-distance truck drivers purchase trucks and go into business for themselves. Although some of these owner-operators are successful, others fail to cover expenses and go out of business. Owner-operators should have good business sense as well as truck driving experience. Courses in accounting, business, and business mathematics are helpful. Knowledge of truck mechanics can enable owner-operators to perform their own routine maintenance and minor repairs.

ABIQUIU, 87510 Acme, 87413 ALAMOGORDO, 88310 ALAMORGORDO, 88310 Albequerque, 87102 ALBUQUERBUE, 87102 ALBUQUEREQUE, 87102 ALBUQUERQUE, 87101 ALBUQURQUE, 87102 ALCALDE, 87511 ALGODONES, 87001 ALTO, 88312 AMALIA, 87512 AMISTAD, 88410 ANGEL FIRE, 87710 ANIMAS, 88020 ANTHONY, 88021 ANTON CHICO, 87711 ARAGON, 87820 ARENAS VALLEY, 88022 ARREY, 87930 ARROYO HONDO, 87513 ARROYO SECO, 87514 ARTESIA, 88210 AZTEC, 87410 BARD, 88411 BAYARD, 88023 BELEN, 87002 BELL RANCH, 88441 BENT, 88314 BERINO, 88024 BERNALILLO, 87004 Bernardo, 0 Birmingham, 87402 BLANCO, 87412 BLOOMFIELD, 87413 BLUEWATER, 87005 BOSQUE, 87006 BOSQUE FARMS, 87068 bozeman, 87063 BRIMHALL, 87310 BROADVIEW, 88112 BUCKHORN, 88025 BUENA VISTA, 87712 Buford, 87102 CABALLO, 87931 CANJILON, 87515 Cannon A F B, 88103 CANNON AFB, 88103 CANONES, 87516 CAPITAN, 88316 CAPROCK, 88213 CAPULIN, 88414 CARLSBAD, 88220 CARRIZOZO, 88301 CARSON, 87517 CASA BLANCA, 87007 CAUSEY, 88113 CEBOLLA, 87518 CEDAR CREST, 87008 CEDARVALE, 87009 CERRILLOS, 87010 CERRO, 87519 CHACON, 87713 CHAMA, 87520 CHAMBERINO, 88027 CHAMISAL, 87521 CHAPARAL, 88081 CHAPARRAL, 0 Chappell, 88044 CHIMAYO, 87522 CHURCH ROCK, 87311 CIMARRON, 87714 CLAUNCH, 87011 CLAYTON, 88415 CLEVELAND, 87715 CLIFF, 88028 CLINES CORNERS, 87070 CLOUDCROFT, 88317 CLOVIS, 88101 COCHITI LAKE, 87083 COCHITI PUEBLO, 87072 COLUMBUS, 88029 CONCHAS DAM, 88416 CONTINENTAL DIVIDE, 87312 CORDOVA, 87523 CORONA, 88318 CORRALES, 87048 COSTILLA, 87524 COUNSELOR, 87018 COYOTE, 87012 CROSSROADS, 88114 CROWNPOINT, 87313 CUBA, 87013 CUBERO, 87014 CUERVO, 88417 DATIL, 87821 DEMING, 88030 DERRY, 87933 DES MOINES, 88418 DEXTER, 88230 DIXON, 87527 DOMINGO, 87001 DONA ANA, 88032 DORA, 88115 DULCE, 87528 Durango, 81301 EAGLE NEST, 87718 EDGEWOOD, 87015 el paso, 79922 EL PRADO, 87529 EL RITO, 87530 ELEPHANT BUTTE, 87935 ELIDA, 88116 elpaso, 88005 EMBUDO, 87531 ENCINO, 88321 ESPANOLA, 87532 ESTANCIA, 87016 EUNICE, 88231 FAIRACRES, 88033 farmignton, 87401 FARMINGTON, 87401 FARMINTON, 87401 FAYWOOD, 88034 FENCE LAKE, 87315 FLORA VISTA, 87415 FLOYD, 88118 FOLSOM, 88419 FORT BAYARD, 88036 FORT STANTON, 88323 FORT SUMNER, 88119 FORT WINGATE, 87316 FRUITLAND, 87416 GALLINA, 87017 Galloway, 87035 GALLUP, 87301 GAMERCO, 87317 GARFIELD, 87936 GARITA, 88421 GILA, 88038 GLADSTONE, 88422 GLENCOE, 88324 GLENWOOD, 88039 GLORIETA, 87535 Goldsboro, 87063 Gonzalez, 87935 GRADY, 88120 GRANTS, 87020 Graves, 87557 Graves Beauty, 88310 Greenwich rd SW, 87105 GRENVILLE, 88424 GUADALUPITA, 87722 HACHITA, 88040 HAGERMAN, 88232 HANOVER, 88041 HATCH, 87937 HERNANDEZ, 87537 HIGH ROLLS MOUNTAIN PARK, 88325 HILLSBORO, 88042 HOBBS, 88240 Hogeye, 87315 HOLLOMAN, 88330 Holloman Afb, 88330 HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE, 88330 HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, 88330 HOLMAN, 87723 HONDO, 88336 HOPE, 88250 HOUSE, 88121 HURLEY, 88043 ILFELD, 87538 ISLETA, 87022 JAL, 88252 JAMESTOWN, 87347 JARALES, 87023 JEMEZ PUEBLO, 87024 JEMEZ SPRINGS, 87025 KENNA, 88122 KIRTLAND, 87417 KIRTLAND AFB, 87117 LA JARA, 87027 LA JOYA, 87028 LA LOMA, 87724 LA LUZ, 88337 LA MADERA, 87539 LA MESA, 88044 LA PLATA, 87418 Lafayette, 88201 LAGUNA, 87026 LAKE ARTHUR, 88253 LAKEWOOD, 88254 LAMY, 87540 LAS CRUCES, 88001 LAS LUNAS, 87824 LAS VEGAS, 87701 LEMITAR, 87823 LINCOLN, 88338 LINDRITH, 87029 LINGO, 88123 LLANO, 87543 LOCO HILLS, 88255 LOGAN, 88426 LORDSBURG, 88045 LOS ALAMOS, 87544 LOS LUNAS, 87031 LOS OJOS, 87551 LOVING, 88256 LOVINGTON, 88260 LUMBERTON, 87528 LUNA, 87824 MAGDALENA, 87825 MALAGA, 88263 MALJAMAR, 88264 MAXWELL, 87728 MAYHILL, 88339 MC ALISTER, 88427 MC DONALD, 88262 MC INTOSH, 87032 MCDONALD, 88260 McGregor Range, 88081 McIntosh, 87032 MEDANALES, 87548 MELLVILLE, 87743 MELROSE, 88124 MENTMORE, 87319 MESCALERO, 88340 MESILLA, 88046 MESILLA PARK, 88047 MESQUITE, 88048 MEXICAN SPRINGS, 87320 MIAMI, 87729 Milagro, 0 MILAN, 87021 Millard, 88012 MILLS, 87730 MILNESAND, 88125 MIMBRES, 88049 MONTEZUMA, 87731 MONTICELLO, 87939 MONUMENT, 88265 MORA, 87732 MORIARTY, 87035 MOSQUERO, 87733 MOUNT DORA, 88429 MOUNTAINAIR, 87036 Mtn View, 88203 MULE CREEK, 88051 NAGEEZI, 87037 NARA VISA, 88430 NAVAJO, 87328 NAVAJO DAM, 87419 NEW LAGUNA, 87038 NEWCOMB, 87455 NEWKIRK, 88431 NOGAL, 88341 OAK DRIVE, 88340 OAK GROVE, 88061 OAKLAND, 87113 OCATE, 87734 OJO CALIENTE, 87549 OJO FELIZ, 87735 ORGAN, 88052 OROGRANDE, 88342 Ouray, 87401 PAGUATE, 87040 PECOS, 87552 PENA BLANCA, 87041 PENASCO, 87553 PEP, 88126 PERALTA, 87042 PETACA, 87554 PICACHO, 88343 PIE TOWN, 87827 PINEHILL, 87357 PINON, 88344 PINOS ALTOS, 88053 PLACITAS, 87043 PLAYAS, 88009 POLVADERA, 87828 PONDEROSA, 87044 PORTALES, 88130 PREWITT, 87045 PUEBLA, 88337 PUEBLO OF ACOMA, 87034 QUAY, 88433 QUEMADO, 87829 QUESTA, 87556 RADIUM SPRINGS, 88054 RAHMA, 87321 RAINSVILLE, 87736 RAMAH, 87321 RAMON, 88318 RANCHOS DE TAOS, 87557 RATON, 87740 RED RIVER, 87558 REDROCK, 88055 REGINA, 87046 REHOBOTH, 87322 RESERVE, 87830 RIBERA, 87560 Richwood, 87120 RINCON, 87940 RIO RANCHO, 87124 ROCIADA, 87742 RODEO, 88056 ROGERS, 88132 ROSWELL, 88201 ROUND MTN, 87742 ROWE, 87562 ROXBURY, 87111 ROY, 87743 RUIDOSO, 88345 RUIDOSO DOWNS, 88346 Rutheron, 87575 SACRAMENTO, 88347 SAINT VRAIN, 88133 SALEM, 87941 SAN ACACIA, 87831 SAN ANTONIO, 87832 SAN CRISTOBAL, 87564 SAN FIDEL, 87049 SAN JON, 88434 SAN JOSE, 87565 San Juan, 87566 SAN JUAN PUEBLO, 87566 SAN MIGUEL, 88058 SAN PATRICIO, 88348 SAN RAFAEL, 87051 SAN YSIDRO, 87053 SANDIA PARK, 87047 SANOSTEE, 87461 SANTA CLARA, 88026 SANTA CRUZ, 87567 SANTA FE, 87500 SANTA ROSA, 88435 SANTA TERESA, 88008 Sante Fe, 87501 SANTO DOMINGO PUEBLO, 87052 SAPELLO, 87745 SEDAN, 88436 Selfridge, 87106 SENECA, 88437 SERAFINA, 87569 SHEEP SPRINGS, 87364 SHIPROCK, 87420 SILVER CITY, 88061 SMITH LAKE, 87365 SOCORRO, 87801 SOLANO, 87746 SPRINGER, 87747 ST CLAIR, 88001 STANLEY, 87056 SUNLAND PARK, 88063 SUNSPOT, 88349 TAIBAN, 88134 TAJIQUE, 87057 TAOS, 87571 TAOS SKI VALLE, 87525 TAOS SKI VALLEY, 87525 TATUM, 88267 Tejon, 0 TERERRO, 87573 TESUQUE, 87574 TEXICO, 88135 THOREAU, 87323 Thornton, 88101 TIERRA AMARILLA, 87575 TIJERAS, 87059 TIJUANA, 92173 TIMBERON, 88350 TINNIE, 88351 TOHATCHI, 87325 TOME, 87060 TORREON, 87061 TRAMPAS, 87576 TREMENTINA, 88439 TRENTON, 88230 TRES PIEDRAS, 87577 TRUCHAS, 87578 Truth Or Conce, 87910 TRUTH OR CONSE, 87910 TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCE, 87910 TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, 87901 TUCUMCARI, 88401 TULAROSA, 88352 TYRONE, 88065 UTE PARK, 87749 VADITO, 87579 VADO, 88072 VALDEZ, 87580 VALLECITOS, 87581 VALLEY VIEW, 88005 VALMORA, 87750 VANDERWAGEN, 87326 VAUGHN, 88353 VEGUITA, 87062 VELARDE, 87582 VILLANUEVA, 87583 WAGON MOUND, 87752 WATERFLOW, 87421 WATROUS, 87753 WEED, 88354 WHITE SANDS, 88002 White Sands Missile, 88002 WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, 88002 WHITES CITY, 88268 WILLARD, 87063 WILLIAMSBURG, 87942 WINSTON, 87943 YATAHEY, 87375 YESO, 88136 YOUNGSVILLE, 87064 ZUNI, 87327