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August 14, 2015

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Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter

Issue #73, August 14, 2015




Table of Contents



 

Important Notice


  • Focus on August and September Money Saving Topics for Truckers

    In August, our "back to school" theme has found us concentrating on Becoming a Truck Driver and Truck Driver Training Schools.

    In September, we will turn our eyes to Trucker Transition and Truck Driving Jobs.


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Prevent This!



According to this article, "The root cause of the fatal June 2014 crash involving a Walmart tractor-trailer and actor/comedian Tracy Morgan was a tired truck operator, the National Transportation Safety Board has concluded."

Another article {http://bit.ly/1IX72bO - no longer online) stated that the trucker "had driven for 12 hours from his home in Georgia to Delaware, 800 miles away, to start his route", which you know is the equivalent of better than an 11-hour driving shift under the Hours of Service regulation.

While it is true, as the NTSB noted, that the Hours of Service regulation "do not address off-duty choices", professional truck drivers ought to be able to gauge when they begin to get drowsy or their reaction times are slower. At such times, they need to find and park in a safe and legal parking space.

We certainly believe that the Hours of Service regulation ought to be revised to allow truckers to rest or sleep whenever they are tired, without affecting their ability to put in a full day's work. However, until that time comes, truckers need to get enough good, deep, restorative sleep every day during their sleeper berth breaks.

Although we have no evidence to back up the supposition that the trucker's company pressed him to drive that day, we urge truckers to be on their guard against driving tired, no matter how "hot" a load is. As the old saying goes, "The fastest way to cool off a hot load is in a ditch."

In this situation, not only was the load late in arriving but people were injured and one person was killed. No freight is worth a person's life.

Furthermore, the trucker has "been charged with vehicular homicide", something that he will never be able to forget.

While trucking company "fatigue management programs" may be beneficial, truckers are the best ones to gauge their own alertness. If necessary, pull over and take a "power nap".

When you're getting ready to drive every day, make sure that you are well-rested and are able to give your best attention to your job.

Prevent senseless accidents.




 

Reviews


Cobra 6500 Pro HD Review

This gps is a dud. It freezes up constantly. I drive a truck everyday, so I need a unit that will guide me correctly to my destinations. Contacting Cobra



reviewing cobra 8200hd

this has been a total disappointment. it recalculates as you are getting off of a ramp and you don't know to turn left or right unless you pull over and



We request your review of a product or service marketed and sold to professional truck drivers, a truck part or a truck stop fuel island, restaurant or shower.

You can even earn money doing it.




 

Questions


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:



Trucker, what procedures or safeguards does your trucking company have in place to help protect you, your rig and your load from cargo theft?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1JfLsWl



Did this trucker get charged with DWI while driving his personal car? If so, how will that affect his trucking career?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1JWjqxU



How much will the distraction caused by this trucker's canine companion end up costing him? Was the wreck just the start?

Contributing article: http://usat.ly/1JTJBFD



If you drive for JB Hunt, how much has your income potential suffered because of the problems with the 'transportation management system provider'?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1f6FwAU



Did you ever figure that a tired trucker could be charged with 'vehicular homicide'?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1Mjd8Zs



If you have recalled BFGoodrich tires on your truck, how much time and money will you spend getting that situation resolved?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1Mjdu2a



Do you haul food and drinks? Watch out for cargo thieves who want your load!

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1IX7qHa



Is there really nothing you as a trucker can do to avoid hitting someone intent on committing 'suicide by truck'?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1MmFNi1



What is the max amount of time that a trucker should be awake before beginning a 14-hour trucking work day? Should this continue to be self-regulated?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1IX72bO



What impact will this California law have on trucker well-being within the state -- and eventually nationally?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1MmDtrk

Related: http://bit.ly/pjqrp0



Trucker, if you're a Verizon customer, how will their end of 'contracts for new customers and existing customers buying a new phone' affect your bill?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1MmECip



Trucker, did you know that a medical journal has indicated that 'not drinking enough water is like driving drunk'?

Quote: "Truck drivers are especially prone to dehydration. Many truckers don't drink enough water because they don't want to stop for frequent bathroom breaks." ...
Source: http://bit.ly/1Dr3BOx

Related: http://bit.ly/6IPCi4



If the 2013 HOS change had truly provided irrefutable safety benefits, would anyone complain?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1Dr4mXC



Truckers, do you have a 'disruption' plan in case your income from trucking dips or stops?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1Dr4EOm 

Related: http://bit.ly/9daIYV



Why would a trucker risk getting 'five misdemeanors and five summary violations' -- and being 'visibly impaired' from alcohol and marijuana -- while driving a big rig?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1IKsi90



Truckers, are you dispatched via Smartphone app? How is that working to keep you loaded, rolling and saving money?

Contributing article: http://nbcnews.to/1P4tZz3



In addition to cars, do some truckers need to turn their rigs' lights on when it rains?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1P4tRzB



Truckers, would you ever use a DIY truck tire valve stem repair kit?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1I6H9Jp



Isn't the diesel that truckers buy supposed to be free of water?

How can you tell if it isn't? Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1I6GQOB



What financial return on investment will the UPS receive for using more 'biodiesel over the next three years'?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1Ix6f5t



Owner-operators, are you keeping your truck longer? Why or why not?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1I6H0Wm



How will apps that match 'freight with available truck capacity' change the trucking industry -- and truckers' wages?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1I6GLKJ



What could recreational and legal use of marijuana cost you as a trucker?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1Ix7Jwz



Even if 'long-haul truck drivers have overweight and obesity rates almost 20 percent higher than the general population', should the feds spend money to help them lose weight?

What was the ROI on the $2.6 million spent on this project?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1I6DkUz



Did this trucker wreck -- and get charged for 'driving under the influence' -- because of his prescription drugs?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1I6E4ZO



Can Canadian truckers drive farther under their country's Hours of Service regulations than U.S. truckers can drive under their own?

Is that good or bad?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1I6CMhh



If 'freight volumes [are] projected to increase nearly 29% over the next 11 years', will safe and legal truck parking need to increase by that much as well?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1OAnAed



If you worked as a port truck driver, would you strike if part of your grievance was that your trucking company refused to provide you with a 'safe and reliable' truck?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LG8XXs



How would you protect yourself from a knife-wielding thief, trucker?

Contributing article: http://ab.co/1LG91Xf



Was the 'dangling' trucker following too closely behind the car in front of him to avoid the I-94 bridge accident?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LG8WCG



Isn't 'Being able to do other things while [a truck is] in autonomous mode' an invitation to distracted driving?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LG94C8



Trucker, how do you 'make yourself valuable to your employer'? Does that pay off for you?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LG95Gj



How much will 'crash-proof data recorders' cost for heavy trucks and of what benefit will they be?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LG931b



If focusing 'only on price' is one of the '5 Mistakes to Avoid When Outsourcing [Maintenance] Service', why do trucking companies seem to focus on how little they pay their drivers for delivery service?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LG98Sw



Do you think that an application to drive trucks professionally -- falsified by omitting 'accidents and traffic convictions' -- can't ever come back to bite you?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1VBdRtx



What 'fuel efficieny' are you getting, trucker, for using 'TrailerTail aerodynamic equipment'?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1VBgo6W



Will 'Collision-Mitigation Technology' on Commercial Motor Vehicles pay for itself? If so, how? If not, why?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1OoIQ6r



What are the pros and cons of truck drivers being 'paid at least minimum wage for all time worked' in the State of California?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1VBgPhm



You knew that a brake inspection could be made at any time, didn't you, trucker?

And that being put out-of-service for a brake adjustment violation can also occur at any time? Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1VB9gY8



Truckers, how much is the I-10 bridge closure costing you personally?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1VB7WEC



If you could, trucker, would you eliminate an axle to get up to a mile per gallon increase in fuel economy?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1CCUx8E



Professional truck drivers, if you use a grill on the road, what type do you use and how well does it work?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1CCUOsg

Review the grill you use on the road



Truckers hauling containers to Southern California ports, are you aware that terminal entry fees will increase in August?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1CCTXIc



Truckers, did you know that a 'sharp rise in [the cost of] diesel would be very troubling for many of the marginal carriers'?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1M2Fs2w



Besides paying truckers by the hour, is everything else in 'The Truck Safety Act (S. 1739)' a good idea?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1M2ENy9

Related: http://bit.ly/1M2FoQ9




 

Articles and Other Media


blank copy of a log page

My employer left a blank copy of a log page in my truck & wants me to fill it out..I have a logbook in my truck! Do I have to fill this out? ----- Response



stressing US out

Ya leave truckers alone your stressing US out by jeopardizing our jobs and waiting our re and costing us money.it's a lesior to smoke and some of us enjoy



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Earn More, Save More


There has been a great deal of talk about the "models" by which professional truck drivers get paid, such as:

  • by the mile,
  • by the task (number of drops or other),
  • percentage of the load,
  • by the hour or day,
  • other measurement, and
  • combinations of the aforementioned.

According to this article, California law now requires "that truck drivers must be paid at least minimum wage for all time worked."

On the surface, being paid for all of the time that one works sounds good, but if truckers are paid only minimum wage, someone else may argue that that does not sufficiently compensate truckers for their time.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, since July 24, 2009, minimum wage has been $7.25 per hour.

By way of comparison, if you were earning a measly $0.30 per mile and averaging 43 miles per hour, that's $12.90 per hour.

It is a fact that being paid by the hour as a trucker is still "trading time for money". Do you think your time is more valuable than that?

Believe it or not, there is another way to be paid and it's called "leveraging time for money."

Isn't it time to start thinking about leveraging your time for money by learning how to earn a second income from the cab of your truck during your off-duty hours?

There are three levels of second income from which you may choose:

  • Hobby,
  • Replacement or
  • Wealth.

Which one are you determined to earn and why?




 

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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!

Best regards,
Mike and Vicki Simons, Owners
NKBJ InfoNet, LLC

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