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Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter, Issue #055, 2014-02-14
February 14, 2014

Issue #55 | February 14, 2014

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...

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Important Notice

  1. Share the Love: Tell Other Truckers About

    On January 20, 2014, we celebrated 5 years of helping truckers save money. We couldn't have done it without you! Thanks so much!

    In light of our milestone, we've got some changes coming to our website and other media outlets. You won't want to miss them.

  2. We're Updating Our Review Forms

    We are in the process of revising forms for product and service reviews, truck parts and truck stop reviews. Vicki has spent quite a bit of time customizing our fuel island, restaurant and shower review forms. We invested in a program which will make it much simpler for professional truck drivers to become regularly contributing Truckers Savings Journalists. Stay tuned...

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    Instead of expecting you to look through and download our list of 35+ free downloads from our site, we've made it incredibly easy to get the list of links by email. Just make your request through the form on our Free Downloads page.

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Reader Submitted Content

Vicki undertook a modified 30-day blogging challenge near the beginning of January. It was her goal to write a blog post on our website each non-holiday weekday this month. She succeeded in writing 23 posts in January. Here is the list of articles since our last email newsletter.

Time for Evaluation

Today is Friday, January 31, 2014. It's time for evaluation of some things in your life -- being as how today is * the last Friday of the month and * the

26 percent

According to a brand new article on our site, trucker wages are 26 percent of what they should be if they had kept pace with inflation since a 1977 magazine

Inflation Calculator Shows Trucker Pay Fails Cost of Living Test

A blurb on a 1977 magazine cover prompted the use of a CPI Inflation Calculator to show trucker pay in light of the cost of living...

Stay prepared

Truckers should stay prepared. That's the big takeaway from the huge winter storm that afflicted the southeastern USA yesterday and today. When travel

Compare cell phone plans

Why is it good to occasionally compare cell phone plans? Because cell phone companies sometimes introduce plans with features that work out better for

First Winter Driving Season

If you can, get some experience before entering your first winter driving season as a trucker. While others may disagree, that's our own personal advice.

Don't Repeat Your Mistakes

This should be a no-brainer, but don't repeat your mistakes in trucking. Doing something wrong one time may be called a mistake (unless you knew not to

Save yourself some grief

Out of work? Looking at trucking? Save yourself some grief if you don't know what the job of being a professional truck driver requires and you don't have

Push the Limit

Truckers may feel pressured to push the limit regarding their jobs in numerous ways. Some of these ways include these scenarios: * Their driver managers

Professional development

What types of professional development can professional truck drivers engage in? I can think of two: 1. that which applies to their truck driving jobs

An Honor to Serve

Do you feel as though it is an honor to serve your trucking company through your truck driving job? The reason why I ask today -- January 20, 2014, the

Abstaining from Sugar

The idea of abstaining from sugar -- that is, added sugar -- in my meals came to me in late December 2013 as a result of reading a rather sobering section

Financial mental games

Have you ever met someone who likes to play financial mental games? It's amazing observing the way they justify or rationalize their spending habits, their

Sowing and Reaping

I am fascinated by the concept of sowing and reaping. Jim Rohn did an excellent job of telling the parable of the sower and the soils here:

Reversing waistline creep

Who may want to start reversing waistline creep (that is, an ever-expanding midsection)? Those who consume high calorie meals and have a sedentary lifestyle

Celebrating milestones

It is an important part of life: celebrating milestones. Two people in my family have birthdays this week. Each one is a milestone. Next week (on 1/20/2014),



Restaurant Review TA New Jersey Paulsboro 2 - TravelCenters of America at Paulsboro, NJ

This is a review of the restaurant at the TA (TravelCenters of America) in Paulsboro, New Jersey. Restaurant Review TA New Jersey Paulsboro 2

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:

Is an aluminum fifth wheel that weighs about 50 pounds less than a cast steel unit just as sturdy and long-lasting?

Contributing article:

If P.A.M. Transportation more than doubled their annual earnings, will their drivers get double their paychecks, too?

Contributing article:

Do the truckers themselves want a 6-cent 'gas tax' increase? Is the Idaho Trucking Association made up of truckers?

Contributing article:

When was the last time you checked your carrier's insurance? Ever been 'burned' by not checking?

Contributing article:

Is this the first time an anti-idling facility has been built at a trucking company? Will more follow?

Contributing article:

What's the solution to Illinois' split speed limit? For cars to go slower? How likely is that?

Contributing article:

If year-over-year rates were up in 2013, did you as a trucker earn more money than in 2012?

Contributing article:

If the net income of Heartland Express rose by 11% in the 4th quarter of 2013, did their drivers get an 11% increase in pay?

Contributing article:

Do compensation plans of 'Best Fleets to Drive For' pay truckers better than other fleets? If so, by how much?

Contributing articles: North America: Canadian:

Do you know which states have the most and least heavy-duty truck collisions?

Contributing article:

Will the Nat Gas margin hike adversely impact truckers who run natural gas-powered trucks?

Contributing article:

Why would a trucker carry cocaine in the passenger compartment of his truck? Didn't he realize the potential consequences?

Contributing article:

How dangerous is it for a trucker to flash his/her rig's lights as a signal for a passing trucker to move over in front?

Contributing article:

New question about potential driverless trucks: how will they automatically adhere to or obey the rules of the road?

Contributing article:

How much of Landstar's growth is going to land in their truckers' paychecks?

Contributing article:

Truckers, what would happen if trucking companies adopted a service like Rocketrip, putting your savings in both of your pockets?

Contributing article:

Was the trucker who won C.R. England's fuel-efficient award allowed to rest and sleep comfortably in his truck?

Contributing article:

If trucker was so desperate for money that he broke HOS and killed someone, shouldn't he be working a different job?

Contributing article:

Why does the FMCSA not put the exact link to the study in their news release?

Contributing article:

If you as a trucker have a Freightliner In-cab Training System (FIT) in your truck, how often do you use it?

Contributing article:

Did any of Covenant's 'employee pay adjustments' result in higher pay for their truckers?

Contributing article:

How bad do winter driving conditions have to be before some truckers park their rigs?

Contributing article:

Professional truck drivers, do you find the accident scenarios on beneficial? If so or not, why?

Contributing article is typical of similar articles:

Truckers, from a money-saving perspective, is the TravelCenters of America chain your best friend?

Contributing article:

If U.S. energy imports are projected to 'significantly decline' over the next 2 years, will truck fuel costs decrease by the same amount?

Contributing article:

How will the proposal for carriers to 'increase efficency' instead of raising rates due to the HOS change affect truck drivers' pay?

Contributing article:

If 2013 was the best year for US freight tonnage since 1998, was it also the best for trucker pay since then?

Contributing article:

Which feature on credit cards is most important to truckers: cash back, low APR or rebuild credit?

Contributing article:

Has anything been left off this truckie's checklist for staying safe on the road?

Contributing article:

Will the settled class-action lawsuit between Comdata and truck stop chains have any effect on truck drivers?

Contributing article:

What is prompting thieves to steal truck taigates in the Austin, Texas, area?


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


Articles and Other Media

Updated: Retread Tires for Big Trucks: Cost Savings and Other Tips

Brand new truck tires are expensive. What should you know about retread tires? You can save money but what else is at stake?

Updated: Ideal Student Driver and Truck Driver Trainee Classmate Lessons

What attitudes make someone an ideal student driver and truck driver trainee? Join us as we share lessons from our classmates at truck driver training school.

Updated: Side Skirts for Tractor Trailers to Increase Fuel Efficiency

Do tractor trailer side skirts help large trucks save fuel? If so, how much? Where can you get them? Learn more here...

Updated: Truck Driving Jobs and Truck Driver Jobs in the Future

A look at the past, present and future of truck driving jobs and truck driver jobs -- and how you can save money in your search for one.


Earn More, Save More

If you're a professional truck driver who is paid by the mile, by the load, by the drop or any other performance measure -- and the recent winter storms affected not only your ability to travel but your paycheck -- you know first-hand the problems associated with trading time for money. Some truckers were stranded for two days (link) and others were relieved to be off the road (link) during the January 2014 storm! This week, another winter storm affected the eastern USA.

We understand completely. We documented how in December 2009, Mike had to park his truck until the weather cleared a bit from a winter storm. We've had to shut down our truck numerous times over the years due to inclement weather.

Then there is our friend Charles. In addition to driving a truck Monday through Friday, he also works on Saturdays and Sundays. He works 7 days a week, but he can't get ahead financially. He's burning himself out and, frankly, he has no escape plan. Chances are good that unless he makes a decision to change, he'll be stuck trading time for money for the rest of his life.

What about you? Do you have something to fall back on in case you're hurt on the job or forced to retire from the trucking industry? Do you have a retirement plan in place -- or are you winging it?

Tired of Living Paycheck to Paycheck?

Earn More Now!

Call 800-955-9549

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"Because truckers know that no trucker deserves to be stung financially".

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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