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Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter, Issue #047, 2013-06-14
June 14, 2013

Issue #47 | June 14, 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
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Important Notice

  1. Truckers' Savings Blog

    Since our last email newsletter, we have posted over 120 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. Next Month: Our 48th Edition

    As we get ready to finish what will effectively be our fourth year of publishing the Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter, we're asking you to contact us to let us know what you like, hate or think could be improved about it. That way, when we begin our fifth year of publication, we can make this email newsletter even better.

  3. Mobilized Website Coming Soon

    Vicki has put a lot of work into the back end of mobilizing our website since we first announced that we had plans for a sitewide re-design. Hopefully, the technical issues will soon be ironed out. Watch our blog for an announcement about when to try out the new site. Thanks.

  4. New Videos

    We posted new videos on our YouTube channel since our last email newsletter.

  5. Get a Tip, Share a Tip 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

Roadpro hot/cold unit and ?? could not find plug and ? if fixable

I know I did something stupid but I have a Road Pro hot cold small unit with the glass see thry door . I could not find a plug so I tried a plug and plugged

What is the very best "black box" on the road for the money?

We're a small fleet needing to go to black boxes for the upcoming FMCSA ruling -- even though it's been extended, we want to be prepared! Still, it's

WIA Grant

If you want to go with an independent training school and are in need of funds (like most of us,) then you should investigate a WIA Grant. I did not want

fifth wheel grease

how often should you re-grease it under exstreame dirt road conditions ----- Response from Vicki: Hello. Thank you for asking a question. Because we

What is the "fluff" that needs to be cut through by the recruiter.

You said not to be a newbie driver and allow the company to exploit you. What are some basic fundamental questions I should ask to get to the 'real deal?'


Truckers Savings News

Form 2290 2013-2014 e-File Discount

June 11, 2013 The 2013/2014 Form 2290 is at The 2013/2014 Form 2290 is ready to e-file at 2290Tax. has

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



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:

If all-electric or hybrid car owners must pay "green tax" can all-electric truck owners be far behind?


Do you as a trucker expect the new Hours of Service to reduce your available driving time?

Contributing source:

What are your trucker health insurance premiums? Is $100 per month achievable?


Thinking of an all-electric truck to save money on fuel? Are you aware of a "green tax" in certain states?


In light of the I-5 bridge collapse, how much impact should a bridge be engineered to withstand?

Contributing article:

Have you ever been victimized by a skimming device on a fuel island pump at a truck stop?


Truckers, have you ever been fined -- or threatened with a fine -- for being late for an appointment? By whom? How much?


Why was Pilot/Flying J calculating fuel rebates manually? How did this trickle down to trucker pay?


Will unmanned helicopters ever replace part or all of the trucking industry for transportation of goods?

Source article:

Does your trucking company monitor your mobile device use for talking or texting while you're driving? If so, how?


Are any truck stops running Father's Day specials for truckers?

If so, which ones?

If you use a mobile phone app for paying for truck tolls, are you reimbursed by your trucking company? If so, how and when?

Contributing article:

Is trucker confession an admission of guilt or liability in I-5 bridge collapse?

Contributing article:

Have you ever paid for a fitness app for use in your truck and gotten better results than from a free one?

If so, which one?

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



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Allen and Donna Smith of, and were quoted in the Truck-Drivers-Money- 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: On Employee Benefits Available for Professional Truck Drivers

Today's professional truck drivers and those looking to enter the industry should carefully consider along with the per-mile pay rate what sorts of employee benefits are offered. Read our tips...

Updated: Product Reviews on Items Marketed and Sold to Truck Drivers

The sizes of their commercial motor vehicles often limit the shopping options of many professional truck drivers. Which items marketed to and sold to them pass muster? Read our product reviews.

Updated: The Travel Packing List of One Money-Saving Pro OTR Truck Driver

What items appear on the packing list of a professional truck driver who wants to save money on the road? We share what's on our travel packing list so you can save even more money...

Updated: Making Large Truck Operations as Frugal as Possible

How can operating large trucks, specifically semi tractor-trailers, be made as efficient and frugal as possible? We will focus on that as we look at the various aspects of truck operations...

Updated: Budgeting and Personal Finances for the Professional Truck Driver

Professional truck drivers have special concerns regarding budgeting and personal finances. What are they and how can they best be met?

Updated: Trucker Services: Saving Money on Truck Driver Services

When professional truck drivers are on the road in connection with their jobs, they may require trucker services, or driver services, in connection with their jobs. How can they save money on them?

Updated: Truck Driver Health and Wellness: Achieve Fitness and Save Money

Although professional truck drivers sit for long periods of time while working, health and wellness are not only achievable, but can help save money in the short and long term. See how...

Updated: Apply for Site Sponsorship on

Thinking about advertising on Instead, we offer site sponsorship opportunities. Read the details...

Updated: Money Saving eBooks and Courses for Professional Truck Drivers

Are you a truck driver with a passion to save money? Our money saving ebooks and courses are designed to help you do that in a no-nonsense way...

Updated: Free Truck Parking for Truckers at Shippers and Receivers

You have a pick-up or delivery to make and you need to take a 10-hour HOS break. Where can you find free truck parking at a shipper or receiver?

Updated: Truck Stop Fuel Island Review Form for Professional Truckers

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.

Updated: Save on Hotels for Truckers: Truck-Friendly Hotels and Motels

Whether they need to or want to, sometimes professional drivers spend a night out of their trucks. Where can you find hotels for truckers for less money?

Updated: Request a Link Exchange with

This page covers the how to request a link exchange with

Updated: Truck Stop Restaurant Reviews: Review Trucker Stops for Food

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?

Updated: How a Truck Cam, Smart Cam or Dash Cam Can Save Truckers Money

Does having a truck cam, smart cam or dash cam in one's truck help truck drivers in the event of an accident? If so, how? We explain...

Updated: Trucker Apps: Money Saving Smartphone Applications for Truckers

Are you a money-conscious and technologically-savvy professional truck driver? Then having a set of money saving trucker apps may interest you...

Updated: Truckers Savings Journalists Program

Through the Truckers Savings Journalists program, current and former professional truck drivers can earn money from advertising appearing with their industry-specific money saving articles and reviews.

Updated: Truck Stop Shower Review Form for Professional Truck Drivers

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: Truckers Savings Journalists Forms

Using the Truckers Savings Journalists forms, approved Journalists pitch, pre-submit and submit their content to

Updated: Contact Us at

Contact Us at

Updated: Share Truckers Savings News with Professional Truck Drivers: Free!

Share your Truckers Savings News with professional truck drivers on for free.

Financial Penalty for Missed Appointment, Late Arrival by Trucker?

In response to a report about truckers getting a fine or financial penalty for late arrival, we address key issues and make a prediction about the trucking industry.

Examining Attitudes About Money and Family Model Examples

Was your family model about handling money good or not-so-good? Before we can change attitudes about money, we have to identify them...

The Future of Social Security: Considerations for Trucker Retirement

Are you a trucker without a retirement plan? Are you trusting in the future of Social Security? Then you will want to read this...

Forced to Retire from Trucking and Truck Driving

Which factors have impacting the trucking industry such that some truckers have been forced to retire? Is there anything professional truck drivers can do about them?

Planning to Retire from Trucking One Day, Trucker?

Will you be in trucking until the day you die? If not, then planning to retire should be on your horizon. Develop or re-evaluate your plan...

Ways Truckers Lose Money: Lessons on Prevention and Planning

There are two basic ways truckers lose money: voluntarily and involuntarily. See our lists and protect yourself.


Earn More, Save More

According to this article, here is one impact of the new Hours of Service regulation on your earning potential:

The rule reduces a driver’s average maximum allowable hours of work per week from 82 hours to 70 hours, a 15% reduction. The 15% reduction in the average maximum allowable hours of work based on the new rule results from the restrictions on the use of the restart period.

How does it make you feel to lose up to 15% of the maximum allowable hours you can work as a professional truck driver? Pretty crummy, right?

What if there was something you could do so as not to lose a corresponding 15% of your income?

We have openings for 5 professional truck drivers who want to build an income-producing business that you can start on a very part-time basis in your truck to either supplement or eventually replace your trucker's income. To arrange an interview, call (800) 955-9549 and leave:

  • Your name,
  • Your telephone number, and
  • The primary reason why you want to supplement or replace your income.

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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

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