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Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter, Issue #072, 2015-07-10
July 10, 2015
"Because truckers know that no trucker deserves to be stung financially."
We provide real world tips that help professional truck drivers save hard-earned money and personal reporting about products and services for use on the road.
We've developed our unique website as a place to share the tips we have learned through the years -- and where other professional drivers can do the same.
Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter
Issue #72, July 10, 2015
Table of Contents
A July 7, 2015, article revealed that a truck driver "took his eyes off the road to take a drink of coffee", which led to a predictable series of events:
A few moments of distracted driving in order to get a drink led to a totally preventable truck accident.
What this article doesn't say is whether or not the trucker will have to pay for any of the physical damage done. We are aware of at least one trucking company that self insures. When one of their truckers is involved in an accident, the trucker must pay the first $500, even if it has to be deducted out of his/her paycheck a little at a time.
Although drinking coffee isn't eating while driving, the premise of "consumption" while driving is the same.
If you feel that you need to eat or drink anything while driving, the safest course of action is to park your truck safely and legally first.
I've had mine for over 2yrs...big disappoint!!! Stay away from it!! Can't download the updates or get help from customer service either!!!
You can even earn money doing it.
We ask the hard questions about how professional truck drivers can save money or are being forced to spend more money in their jobs. We asked the following since our last email newsletter:
How much are shippers and receivers costing you, trucker? Do you keep track of time you sit waiting on loading and unloading?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1D5AgU5
Have 'the fuel efficiency benefits of more modern engines' outweighed the costs of being 'clean diesel'?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1HSqjz2
How would the proposed 10.1 cent per gallon fuel tax increase impact truckers and trucking?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1D5BsqP
If shippers were billed hefty hourly fees -- that came out of their profits and were paid to detained truckers -- that would incentivize lower detention times, wouldn't it?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LSk2F7
How do truckers 'find safe overnight parking spaces while on the road' in heavily metropolitan or truck-unfriendly areas?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LSiz1u
Was it worth a preventable accident to this truck driver to take 'his eyes off the road to take a drink of coffee'?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1HOndw3
Truckers going to 'Iowa 80’s annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree', on what purchase do you hope to save money?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1CivzLG
Owner-operators, what impact will the decision made by two truck manufacturers not to participate in the 2016 MATS have on your truck purchasing decisions?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1CivgjW
If your truck A/C isn't working right, could it have any of these problems?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1Cit8bW
Why would a truck driver risk a $5,500 fine for driving over and damaging a historic covered bridge?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1ClppuG
If the federal government incentivized 'manufacturers to build cleaner and more efficient trucks', how much money would that cost or save you as a trucker?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1G3xUoL
Clueless Trucker Award Nominee: Why did you not know how big and tall your load was before you hauled it and left a trail of destruction in your wake?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1G3yhzN
Will truckers benefit by driving on North Carolina's 'Privately Run Toll Lanes'? Why or why not?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1FN6T8X
Is a combination GPS-and-Dash-Cam a good value? Why or why not?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1R1mBco
How long has it been since you reviewed your trucking company's load securement standard operating procedures? How could doing so help you avoid On-The-Job injury or death?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1FN7WWp
What impact will Internet Truckstop's $15 Per Hour 'company-wide minimum wage' have on you, trucker?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1R1lJoa
Trucker, have you had a recent arrangment with a freight broker that worked out financially either very good or very bad?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1R1maPr
Do you agree with this quote about proposed fuel efficiency standards for trucks?
anytime we can get
efficiency gains that is something that we are going to welcome, but
is how do we get there. You can't haul 80,000 pounds with a Prius."
How much did the cost of moving and storing goods rise in the USA in 2014? How did this affect your paychecks, truckers?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LATgBV
Is there a way to tell when an older truck is costing a trucker more money overall than would a newer one?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1dm9sIn
Does a free load board work just as well for you, trucker, as one you have to pay for?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LAPdWl
Will having 'port performance measures' at the top 25 U.S. ports lead to less time that truckers spend there?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1dm8gol
Trucker, has your consumer spending risen the most in almost six years? Has your income risen to pay for that spending?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LAP6dn
If a trucker feels himself getting sleepy while driving, why doesn't he park his truck in the nearest safe and legal spot?
Did you know that according to the article, "driving while fatigued" is considered to be "a Class 4 felony"?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1dm5UG4
Where is the line between allowing truckers to drive while taking pain pills and those pills increasing reaction time which could lead to a wreck?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1dm53Ft
If a trucking company announces a new pay plan to increase trucker income 'as much as 22%', what would the median increase in their truckers' pay be?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1SxO82H
Trucker, if your trucking company uses 'driver-facing cameras', is it because they feel it is 'the only way to clamp down on cell phone use and distracted driving'?
Do you agree that instead they should be 'taking the time to build strong trust-based relationships between drivers and management'?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1ew8dIi
Would the 'tax breaks' and 'rebates on fuel and property taxes' -- which were proposed to offset the truck-only toll in Rhode Island -- have applied only to trucks registered in that state?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1K25Bgv
Did the deceased truck driver know ahead of time that the truck's brakes were bad? If so, why didn't he put the truck 'Out of Service' until they were fixed? If not, why not?
Contributing article: http://ab.co/1K25Gki
How would you protect yourself if you found someone siphoning fuel from your truck?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1d6BU0Q
Will the EPA ever truly be content with the level of 'greenhouse gases' produced by medium- and heavy-duty vehicles until there are zero emissions? How much will that cost?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1d6zCyE
If a driver falls asleep while driving at 3:40 a.m., what was his sleep like before he went on-duty? Was this an out-of-circadian-rhthym-related crash?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1d6zMpZ
Has parking become so bad in the northeastern USA that truckers are attempting to assault each other and risk being arrested just to park their trucks?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1d6zDTd
Articles and Other Media
My husband is a trucker who was told at his new job, "Go see what you can scrounge up" regarding trying to find a working truck and trailer amidst the junk
Greetings. Saw the water filling machine in walmart n filled one gallon in the plastic container provided . At the check out , it charged one dollar for
Does anyone have a solution for keeping the load locks with the trailer? Some stops are sealed so I can't verify if the load locks are inside the trailer
I have a adult domestic partner. Over 6 years ago he got hit with a stroke. Sometimes he is with it and sometimes he is out of it. He needs me all the
Earn More, Save More
Since our last email newsletter, Vicki has found a couple of articles addressing pay for professional truck drivers:
Even if you were paid by the hour to operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle, you would still be trading time for money. Do you think your time is more valuable than that?
Isn't it time to start thinking about earning a second income from the cab of your truck during your off-duty hours? If so...
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To all of our readers who are professional truck drivers, we wish you safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road!
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