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Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter, Issue #050, 2013-09-13
September 13, 2013

Issue #50 | September 13, 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

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Reader Submitted Content



Articles and Other Media

Earn More, Save More

Social Networking

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Important Notice

  1. Professional Truck Drivers, We Appreciate You All Year!

    National Truck Driver Appreciation Week will be held next week. Some truckers might like getting an "atta boy" or "atta girl" (commendation) in whatever form it comes.

    We keenly remember the trucker appreciation events held by the long-haul and regional trucking companies for which we drove -- and knew full well that the vast majority of their drivers would never be able to participate.

    We're not a trucking company, but we don't want to be like that. We're serious about helping professional truck drivers save money -- no matter where in the world you are or what kind of truck you drive.

    We do our best to show professional truck drivers worldwide -- all year -- that we appreciate you and your hard work in transporting freight around the world. If there's a way that we can better meet your needs in helping you to save money as a trucker, please contact us. Thanks.

  2. Truckers' Savings Blog Posts Now Available Another Way

    The first of our planned helps for greater flexibility for our readers is now in place. Instead of expecting readers to either visit our blog page or subscribe to our XML news feed, we now offer an email subscribe to blog option, so that anyone who wants our blog posts in a daily summary by email can get them.

  3. 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

Company pay rate inquiry

A driver asked about doing a company pay rate inquiry.* Being paid a percentage of the value of the freight being hauled and recently being told that the

Riding with husband

A lady asked about riding with her husband after he gets his CDL: Can I go with my husband?* Response from Vicki: Riding with your husband depends on


what is the best microwave to used on a semi truck? ----- Response from Vicki: Hello. Thanks for asking a question through our website. Previously,

Recipe for stuck trailer axles

read the Mike's Tips on stuck trailer axles. a HUGE money saver I've learned is a 50/5p solution of Dawn dish soap& water in a squirt bottle. works

Rice cooker

Rice cookers are similar to a hot pot. Most now come with a steaming basket included. I use one daily to make rice and steam chicken and veges in the



We disagree with Team Run Smart's advice to cut Smartphone insurance.

Mike has had to have 2 replacements (3 total Smartphones) in 1.5 years. Devices would probably have cost $500 each. Worth $6.99 per month. Contributing article:

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:

Are banners of appreciation and social media mentions meaningful to truckers during NTDAW? What spells "appreciation" to you as a trucker?

Contributing article:

Trucker, will your carrier throw a NTDAW event at a terminal on a day you can't be there or that will cost you miles to attend?

Contributing article:

How many truckers use their CB radios to help other truckers caught in "freight-training"?

Contributing article:

If trucks become automated (no human driving), what happens to all manufacturers depending on human truckers?

The list includes makers of seats, mirrors, APUs, etc.

With a so-called trucker shortage, why were no jobs added in the for-hire trucking sector in August?

Contributing article:

Did the more than $73 million that Western Express claims Pilot Flying J cost them hurt their truckers? If so, how?

Contributing article:

How much money will the new aerodynamic steel bumper for Kenworth T680s save their owners?

Contributing article:

Did wire fraud committed by former trucking executives cost their truckers money? If so, how much?

Contributing article:

If you're a long-haul trucker in Clark County, NV, are you in favor of this fuel tax proposal?

Contributing article:

Should trucker have gone to prison and lost license in this case?

Contributing article:

Are driverless trucks foolproof when it comes to accident prevention on roads populated with other drivers?

Contributing article:

Is Rolling Strong's new wellness card something you think will ever save you money?

Contributing article:

Do these tips for overcoming long-haul negativity work help truckers save any money?

Contributing article:

Were the traffic light and railroad crossing signals in conflict to have led up to trucker's close call?

Contributing article:

Can you find the statistic about the number of truck accidents caused by truckers' distracted driving in this post?

We couldn't, but see if you can. Contributing article:

How many truck accidents directly attributable to trucker fatigue have happened in WA, OR, ID and BC in the last 5 years?

Is safety the true goal behind law enforcement targeting? Contributing article:

What damage, if any, could happen to trucks by using "laundered" fuel?

Contributing article:

Could a trucker's employment be harmed by drug test fraudsters' actions?

Contributing article:

If the semi driver in back didn't brake, why didn't he/she? Now 7 are dead.

Contributing article:

What percentage of drivers were glancing in mirrors versus being distracted?

Quote from article: "According to Dr. Gregory M. Fitch, senior research associate in the Center for Truck and Bus Safety at VTTI, 78% of crashes involve a driver not looking forward when the vehicle in front first applies its brakes."


What do you do, trucker, to avoid "Sitting Disease"?

Contributing article:

Are plastic pistons really as durable and cost-effectiive as steel and aluminum truck components?

Contributing article:

Submit a product review:

Do you agree with 6 commenters that NSC ruling on accident was wrong and preventable?

Contributing article:

Why didn't this trucker know about Canadian gun laws before he went in? Very expensive lesson!

Contributing article:

Why would a trucker want to use a cruise control in inclement weather?

Contributing article:

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


Articles and Other Media

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Gift Drawing

To recognize truckers during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, one company is conducting a giveaway. Enter for the gift drawing.

Fuel Bonus Guide for Professional Truck Drivers

Thinking of driving for a trucking company offering a fuel bonus? Here are some points to consider...

Request a Guest Post Opportunity on Our Site

Would you like to write a guest post or guest article on our site but not through our Truckers Savings Journalists program? Read more now...

Stress Relief for Truckers and Professional Truck Drivers

There are times when truckers need stress relief. You can get it in natural and portable form.

Mental Health for Truckers and Professional Truck Drivers

Can dangerous things happen when a trucker's mental health is affected? What can be done to change that?

Mental Clarity for Truckers and Professional Truck Drivers

Professional truck drivers need mental clarity to do their jobs. Here are some helps for that.

Energizing Truckers and Professional Truck Drivers

For the purposes of providing an energizing boost, there are natural alternatives to energy drinks. Read more...

Emotional Wellness for Truckers and Professional Truck Drivers

Truckers need emotional wellness in order to do their jobs well. We list what can happen when it's missing and items that can help.

Emotional Balance for Truckers and Professional Truck Drivers

Many situations can threaten a trucker's emotional balance. Fortunately, there is natural help available.

Improving Trucker Health for Emotional, Mental, Physical Benefits

We give time-tested self help recommendations to improve trucker health for many benefits.

Updated: Financially Savvy Professional Truck Drivers Use Money Saving Tips Today

Since professional truck drivers have demanding jobs, our time-tested money saving tips provide them with ways to keep more of their hard earned paychecks.

Updated: The Truck Drivers Blog for Saving Money: Truckers' Savings Blog

The Truck Drivers Blog for Saving Money: Truckers' Savings Blog. This blog will keep you updated with all additions and changes to our website. Subscribe here.

Updated: Items Thrown From Overpasses Smash Windshields and Hurt Truckers

Be alert to the places where items have been thrown from overpasses which result in damaged vehicles and hurt drivers. Help us keep our list up-to-date....

Updated: Buying a Thermoelectric Cooler? Here's What Truckers Need to Know...

Before you buy a thermoelectric cooler, you need to know some things. Our experience with this cooling device may help you...

Updated: Truck Driver Sign On Bonus: What to Know Before You Hire On

What truck driver is not tempted by a huge sign on bonus to change trucking companies? Here's what truckers need to know about a signing bonus...

Updated: Dash Trash: What a Trashy Looking Truck Says and Does

Does piling rubbish on your truck's dashboard, what we call dash trash, have an effect on your and your job? You might be surprised...

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: 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: Sitemap for Drivers of Trucks Who Seek to Save Money

This sitemap for drivers lists the links to all pages on our site that are categorized for drivers of commercial motor vehicles-.

Updated: Sitemap for Trucks and Commercial Motor Vehicles, for Truckers

This sitemap for trucks lists the links to all pages on our site that are categorized for trucks or commercial motor vehicles driven by professional truck drivers.


Earn More, Save More

The bad news for truckers' income continues to come in:

  • A June 11, 2013 article stated that one aspect of the new Hours of Service regulation is "a 15% reduction in the average maximum allowable hours of work"; and
  • A September 5, 2013 article cited the research from ATRI (American Transportation Research Institute) that the "Cost of trucking fell in 2012 due to driver pay decrease," specifically:
    "Driver wages decreased 4.3 cents a mile in 2012... while their benefits fell 3.5 cents."

In addition, the FMCSA's Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program assigned a "Violation Severity Weight" for all of the violations in the Carrier Safety Measurement System (CSMS), points of which go against a trucker's record and affect his or her employability.

All of these factors -- plus the fact that truckers income is linear and not leveraged -- point to the need for truckers to have a side business so as to have a second income.

We recommend one and are earning money from it.

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If you are a professional truck driver, thank you for your hard work in transporting freight all year long. We appreciate you!

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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