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Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter, Issue #046, 2013-05-10
May 10, 2013

Issue #46 | May 10, 2013

Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips

Email Newsletter

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. In other words...

Get and share great money saving tips for truck drivers at

Table of Contents

Reader Submitted Content

Truckers Savings News




Articles and Other Media

Earn More, Save More

Social Networking

Popular Sections of our Site
Truckers' Savings Blog
Truckers Savings Journalists
Ask a Question
Truck Driving Jobs
Truck Operations
Preventive Maintenance
Tricks of the Trade
Home Support Team
Food and Recipes
Meal Preparation
Free Downloads
HTML Sitemap


Important Notice

  1. Truckers' Savings Blog

    Since our last email newsletter, we have posted over 110 article snippets, questions or announcements through our Truckers' Savings Blog (XML file) about how truckers can save money or are being forced to spend more money in their jobs. It takes a lot of time, but we are honored to serve you by doing the research and work so that you don't have to.

  2. Site Re-Design Planned

    As we announced in the April 2013 issue, we are very aware that a significant portion of our website traffic comes from sources other than desktop computers. To make it easier for readers who use these devices to read our content, we're working on re-designing our website. There is a large learning curve but we're edging closer.

    We sure would appreciate some volunteers to let us know how things look on your end when we do our testing. (If you want to volunteer to help us test mobile-friendly pages, please contact us to tell us so.) Once the testing is done, then comes the grunt work of converting the hundreds of pages of content on our website. But we think it will be more than worth it because you, our readers, are more than worth it.

  3. Now Accepting Site Sponsorship Applications

    We are raising the bar on advertising to truckers by offering a small number of category-exclusive site sponsorship opportunities to high quality companies which sell high quality products and services to professional truck drivers. Our acceptance of a site sponsor is our seal of approval of the company and product/service that the company sells. Naturally, we invite professional truck drivers who have used the products and services sold by a site sponsor to review them. Learn more.

  4. Get a Tip, Share a Tip

    Please remember that our website is the place to "Get and share great money saving tips for truck drivers." If you "get" a truck drivers money saving tip on our site, then please be so kind as to "share" one based on your own trucking experience. Thanks for helping other professional truck drivers around the world save money.


Reader Submitted Content

TVC: They did nothing, but charge money

This service seamed to me very convenient. Small monthly payment and your problems in court solved. But they do nothing except charging money. I had a

Items stolen

There were some items stolen from my truck when it was in the shop. One of them was valuable. What do I do? What should I do? ----- Response from Vicki:

fuel tanks won't switch over

can't figure out why my fuel tanks won't automatically switch over ----- Thanks to the input from folks on Facebook (link below), this page has been updated.

Couple seeking guidance on career change



Truckers Savings News

IdleAir Grand Opening Special at Dallas Flying J

IdleAir has opened a new location in Dallas, TX. The new IdleAir facility is located at Flying J #726 (I-20 Exit 472). IdleAir is offering discounted

If your business helps professional truck drivers save money, send us timely news through our Truckers Savings News page.



Lucas Fifth Wheel and Slider Lube: Reviews by Truckers

Lucas Fifth Wheel and Slider Lube is said to last twice as long as grease. How well does it work? We ask truckers to review it...

Lucas Upper Cylinder Lubricant: Reviews by Truckers

Professional truck drivers may see Lucas Upper Cylinder Lubricant on sale at truck stops. How well does the product work?

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.



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 through our site this month:

Do waste disposal trucks have in-cab warning light or sound that lift arm is up to prevent overpass accidents?


Have you as a trucker ever used a health care cost Smartphone app to achieve savings?


How do pay and raises in trucking alone compare with inflation since the Motor Carrier Act of 1980?


What in the world would cause a semi trailer to collapse like this?


If Virginia institutes a hybrid vehicles fee, what impact will this have on hybrid commercial motor vehicles?


How much will mandatory electronic logs cost you if you have to pay for your own?

Source: "Mandatory Electronic Logging Devices Likely Delayed until 2016".

Is trucker fast food drive-through an Idea whose time has come or Distracted Driving waiting to happen?


Did 2% of 677 (or 13) truckers really say non-truck-specific GPS led to crash?

These were totally preventable. Source:

Have you as a current or prospective trucker ever been asked for your Facebook password as condition of employment?


Truckers' pay hurt by rebate fiasco?

If W. N. Morehouse Truck Line has an average of 100 trucks [and 100 truckers to drive them] and if $146,564.55 in rebates was owed over 7 years, that's about $209 per trucker, right? Sources:

What savings can you get by calling?

A rate increase was scheduled following promotion. Phoned for better rate. Saving 21.6% monthly.

Will you have enough saved for retirement?

According to, "A recent survey found that 48% or workers of all ages had less than $10,000 in savings for retirement."

If you have answers to our questions, please contact us.



From Twitter readers since our last email newsletter:

@TruckersSavings #FF Savings and information for drivers.

@truckerssavings No problem! Always great connecting with you guys! ...


Tyvm Mike & Vicki.

... any time boys, we luv ya!

Be sure to check out ... @TruckersSavings ... #TruckerTuesday

Appreciate these #TT friends ... @truckersSavings ...

... Thank you for the blessings!!!! :-) :-) :-)

... For the latest in trucking news #FF ... @TruckersSavings ...

#FF & ending the week with great tweeps ... @TruckersSavings ...

@TruckersSavings ... It's a good question. These are important things to consider in the battle for more truck parking.

... The blog at @TruckersSavings has lots of info on cooking and cooling on the road.

@TruckersSavings #FF Savings and reviews you need.

... Article available from @TruckersSavings

@TruckersSavings Very good point!

@TruckersSavings: ... Excellent advice! ...

@TruckersSavings Sorry, we had misunderstood the question. We agree that the HOS should give more flexibility & allow split time. Thanks.

@TruckersSavings thanks for the shout outs.

@TruckersSavings You got it!

Fab ladies ... @TruckersSavings ...

@TruckersSavings #FF Savings for your wallet and reviews to help.

@TruckersSavings Wow. What a great resource! Thanks.

@TruckersSavings great questions! ...

Goodies! ... @TruckersSavings ...

@TruckersSavings #FF They give you info and help you save in ways you may not have thought of.

@TruckersSavings That is a great question!

@TruckersSavings Good Question. ...

The new collection was a great idea from @TruckersSavings .… #truck #tires

@TruckersSavings Wow. Yes, totally preventable. We always say safety first, for everyone on the roads.

@TruckersSavings #FF News, reviews and savings.

@TruckersSavings good morning, I always enjoy ur tweets. Have a safe weekend.

@TruckersSavings ... Thank you for great content!

@TruckersSavings ... Sorry. Yes, you're right. (I'm still learning the new stuff, too. Oops! ...

Via Facebook: "WE LOVE your Website! ..."

Allen and Donna Smith of, and were quoted in the brochure that was available at the 2012 Truck Driver Social Media Convention.

They said, "Mike and Vicki Simons have created an interactive website that is incredibly comprehensive and helpful to Students, New Drivers, and Veteran Drivers alike. They have taken their passion and desire to help people to a whole new level. We strongly urge all drivers to not just take a look, but to become a part of the expanding wealth of knowledge that has to freely offer. It truly is the Wikipedia of saving money in trucking."


Articles and Other Media

Updated: Trucker Podcasts, Free Podcasts for Truckers

Listen to trucker podcasts or free podcasts for truckers on various subjects, all from the perspective of helping truckers save money.

DAT Trucker App Permissions: Why So Extensive? (Guest post)

We were asked why the DAT Trucker app permissions are so extensive. We requested information and the result is this guest post from Transcore.

Favorite Essential Oils for Truckers

If you think our time-tested favorite essential oils are too wimpy for truckers, perhaps you don't know what they can do and how powerful they are...

A Team Driver Guide: Before You Become Part of a Trucking Team

The opportunity to earn bigger paychecks may lure truckers some into becoming a team driver. But there are some things you need to consider before becoming part of a trucking team.

Second Income for Truckers? What to Look For

There are options for truckers wanting to earn a second income. We have examined many and provide pointers. Learn more now...

Beyond Reach Bonuses Trucking Companies Hope You Won't Collect?

Are trucking companies emphasizing safety and loyalty with certain bonuses or really putting them beyond reach for most truckers?

On Trucker Attorney Qualifications, Costs and Networks

Not getting a qualified trucker attorney to represent you as a truck driver can be costly in multiple ways. Learn more...

Trucker Legal Help: How to Get What You Need When You Need It

Drive professionally? The time may come when you need trucker legal help. Here's what to know about how to get what you need...


Earn More, Save More

Apart from getting gifts or an inheritance, one of three things has to be true in order to save more money:

  • earn more money;
  • spend less money; or
  • do a combination of both.

How can a trucker earn more money when he or she works full time driving trucks?

Envision spending just a few minutes a day -- perhaps while you're waiting to get loaded or unloaded -- to develop a profitable home-based (or "truck-based") business and generate a lifetime of residual income.

Let us introduce you to a global company established in 1993 that turns average people into CEOs every day. There is full company staffing, built-in product, established corporate support -- and it is all within your reach.

We have personally experienced the benefits that this global company provides and we want to share it with you.

Join register for any of these meetings and join Vicki online or by phone for these webinars:

Title: Develop a Profitable Home-based Business

Description: How to develop a profitable home-based business and generate a lifetime of residual income.

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 14 at 10:00 AM EDT

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 14 at 07:00 PM EDT

Once you have registered, we will send you the information you need to join the webinar. Notice of other webinars being scheduled will be on our free webinars page.

Social Networking

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Our video summarizes what is all about.

If you know of news that helps truckers save money -- or requires truckers to spend more money -- would you please let us know? We're only a tweet or Facebook post away. Thanks.

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

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