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TDMST Email Newsletter, 2015-12
December 11, 2015
"Because truckers know that no trucker deserves to be stung financially."
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Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter
Issue #77, December 11, 2015
Table of Contents
A December 10 article stated, "Three crashes in the last week, involving 18-wheelers, on I-10 have caused many headaches for drivers."
One crash was fatal and one closed I-10 "between Baton Rouge and Lafayette for 12 hours".
The crashes had evidently either been on or near the Atchafalaya basin bridge, which one truck driver said "is always an intimidating stretch of road" -- possibly because there "no avenue of escape".
Every mile of every trip that a professional truck driver takes can present its own challenges. Practice the Smith System and drive defensively. Do not follow too closely. When necessary, slow down.
Prevent being involved in a preventable accident.
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:
Does Amazon.com's announcement about using package delivering drones concern you, truckers? Why or why not?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1NqLMlr
How likely are you to use 'sous-vide cooking' in your truck to 'cook [food] to exact doneness', trucker?
If a 'water oven' costs over USD$300, how likely would you be to buy it versus a 'hot pot' costing less than USD$30?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1NqLr25
Did you see Overdrive's truck parking overview, state by state?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1NqLYAY
Trucker, how will the 'new map overlays that ... will provide superior route planning and data insight for increased operational efficiency' affect you and how you are paid?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1NqIVsL
Trucker, are you more likely or less likely to buy products or services at a truck stop that once provided you with a free holiday meal?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1NHFhN9
If you are one of 'more than 200 truck drivers [who were ticketed] this summer for parking on the shoulders of [NC] interstate highway on- and off-ramps', would you please contact us?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1XyE8vP
Why should truckers be forced to find 'illegal options' for parking their trucks to take federally-mandated sleep breaks?
Why aren't private businesses jumping at the chance to meet truckers' parking needs? Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1lvQJyv
Would the 'installation of in-cab satellite TV' in your truck increase your retention at your current trucking company, trucker? Why or why not?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1PN4kOZ
Truckers, did you know that you may one day undergo 'drug testing for synthetic marijuana'?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1PN3Zf5
It's all well and good to have a 'fatigue monitoring' device, but if there aren't safe places for truckers to park, what good does it do?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1PN1Vno
How will you protect yourself and your rig during heavy Thanksgiving weekend traffic, trucker?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1PN1bi0
When a trucker claims his truck's brakes failed but law enforcement says 'nothing wrong' was found, could something else have happened before the crash?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1PMYi0E
Why did the trucker in the truck behind fail to 'slow in time'?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1I94Hke
Trucker, do you use your cell phone to help you save money on groceries?
Why or why not?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1I94oG5
Why do some truckers risk a $2,750 fine for using a cellphone while driving a CMV?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1I94eOX
Articles and Other Media
Truckers need Healthy eating but also Excersice daily, simply get of your truck and go for a walk' Courtesy of CF Trucking Solutions
Can I set my ESPAR heater to run while driving? My truck is only blowing cold air.Thanks ----- Hi, Giovanni, Thanks for asking a question about an ESPAR
incorporate it not your identity of self
I love steampunk and plan to dress steampunk as a trucker. I also like communication so have ordered bumper stickers from my favorite presidential candidate.
Do I have to wait to get my cdl? I had a cdl and not knowing I allowed it to expire not thinking I would have to start all over again from the very beginning.
If you're a professional truck driver, we invite you to write restaurant reviews of truck stop restaurants where you've eaten. Where are your favorite trucker stops for food?
While we have written many a truck stop fuel island review, if you're a professional truck driver, consider this an open invitation to write one of your own. Just fill in the form and submit.
While we have written many a truck stop shower review, if you're a professional truck driver, consider this an open invitation to write one of your own. Just fill in the form and submit.
Updated: On Being Rear Ended in a Truck
Updated: Truck Fuel Efficiency Guide
Updated: Garmin GPS 465T
Updated: Professional development
Updated: Learn Law Over the Road
Updated: My receipts are a mess
Updated: Thai Chicken Salad Grilled
Updated: Home Style Chicken Soup
Updated: Macaroni and Chicken Salad
Updated: Egg McLindi's
Updated: Pasteurized milk
Updated: kettlebell fitness
Updated: elderberry capsules for cold/flu.
Updated: Make a shower
Updated: dc/ac power inverter
Updated: Keurig in a Tractor Trailer?
Updated: decorating your truck
Updated: Klenz towel lover here!
Updated: Punished for a hard brake?
Updated: new to homeless :)
Updated: Push the Limit
Updated: Can't find my CDL
Earn More, Save More
Did you catch the implication from the article that was cited under "Prevent This!" above?
It stated that one accident had "closed the interstate between Baton Rouge and Lafayette for 12 hours."
If you had been driving on the side of I-10 behind where that accident took place, had no way to exit off and you're paid by the mile, guess what?
Yep, you just lost the equivalent of a day's pay.
Things like this happen regularly in the life of a professional truck driver. It may not be this extreme, but you never know when situations like this can happen to you, such as when you're sick or injured and can't drive.
If that were to happen to you, what would you do, especially if you're the sole or primary breadwinner for your family?
Be watching for it soon!
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We wish truckers around the world a very blessed Christmas and New Year's holiday. We look forward to a prosperous 2016 and want to bring as many of you along with us as possible.
Please share your money saving tips on our site to help your fellow truckers.
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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