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Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter, Issue #064, 2014-11-14
November 14, 2014

Issue #64 | November 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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Table of Contents

Prevent This!



Articles and Other Media

Earn More, Save More

Social Networking

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Important Notice

  • A Couple of Changes

    We received criticism some time back about our blog content including articles covering trouble that truckers got into. Vicki responded in part, "Perhaps we expect for our readers to 'connect the dots' when we post some articles to our blog."

    To help our readers "connect the dots" regarding news about truckers who face money-draining situations, we've decided to highlight one article from our Truckers' Savings Blog since our last email newsletter in a new section entitled "Prevent This!"

    Given this change, we've decided to roll what used to be under "Reader-Submitted Content" to be under the "Articles and Other Media" section. Please let us know how you like these changes.


Prevent This!

On November 8 through our Truckers' Savings Blog, we posted an article about how a New York couple who was seriously injured in a four-vehicle accident filed a 20-count civil suit against the driver of a tractor-trailer (and others). The trucker was accused of:

  • negligence for operating his truck,
  • knowing his truck had a faulty or hazardous braking system,
  • knowing his truck had improperly functioning mechanical equipment, and
  • failing to operate the truck in a safe manner.

You as a professional truck driver can help prevent accidents like this. How?

FMCSR § 392.7 states (emphasis added), "No commercial motor vehicle shall be driven unless the driver is satisfied that the following parts and accessories are in good working order,...."

Always do a thorough pre-trip inspection on your truck. It is your right and responsibility as the driver to put your truck out of service if it is unsafe to drive.

If you're a company driver, don't rationalize that since the truck isn't yours, your trucking company can do necessary truck maintenance when they get around to it. No!

You are the one who will be driving the truck, no one else. You are the one who must be satisfied that the truck is safe to drive, no one else. Stand your ground. Do not feel intimidated or bullied by any driver manager, dispatcher or shop foreman. Even if you miss a load or two, at least you won't be facing the aftermath of a preventable accident and other related ramifications.

Other resources on this topic include:



good service repensintation

I have had the service for 1year restricted road got dismissed,not stopping at weigh station dismissed,use of restricted lane reduced to impeding traffic

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 the price of fuel is 'too low', could you as a trucker be buying stolen fuel?

Contributing article:

Have you ever been driving on a legitimate truck route but been accused of avoiding a scale? What happened?

Contributing article:

Have you ever been stopped on a steep grade by weather on I-70 and experienced a spinout? What happened?

Contributing article:

Truckers, how much time and money would in-cab scanning save you?

Contributing article:

Trucker, are you saving anything regularly from your paycheck?

Contributing article:

Are 'the nearly 4,000 deaths a year in truck-related crashes around the country' solely due to rookie truckers?

Contributing article:

Won't 'a lot of new and revised [trucking] regulations' just discourage would-be truckers from entering the industry?

Contributing article:

Will 'higher insurance requirements for trucking companies' result in higher consumer costs and lower trucker wages?

Contributing article:

Trucker, do you shower at Pilot Flying J facilities? Noticed any improvements? Write a review!

Contributing article:

Truck Stop Shower Review Form:

Has your trucker income stagnated? Has your consumer spending cooled?

Contributing article:

Have you as a trucker imposed -- and received -- a 'port congestion fee'? Please share!

Contributing article:

Will Celadon's truckers receive any of the company's 21% profit ncrease in their paychecks?

Contributing article:

Truckers, do you use an app like TaxBot to keep up with your spending, both personal and business?

Contributing article:

Which tool, if any, do you as a trucker use to help you save time and labor when inspecting your tires?

Contributing article:

Is this another reason why truckers should consider lifestyle changes to try to get off prescription pain medications?

Contributing article:

Is one truck accident involving the device sufficient grounds for NTSB and FMCSA to ban hands-free phone use for all truckers?

Contributing article:

How do the poll numbers on the 2013 HOS reg change line up with the trucking crash data?

Contributing article:

Trucker, have you used Kenworth's new in-cab coaching tool? How much did it improve your driving performance?

Contributing article: Review it now

Truckers, what kinds of illness or injury cause you to use your health insurance?

Contributing article:

Trucker, would you resent being told how to drive better by telematics?

Contributing article:

Have you as a trucker seen an increase in availability of loads corresponding to 19% CAGR from e-commerce over the last two years?

Contributing article:


What impact on trucker pay will result now that FedEx's truckers have chosen not to become Teamsters?

Contributing article:

Isn't there a trucking company anywhere that would joyfully hire a trucker who doesn't want to falsify his logs?

Contributing article:

Will J.B. Hunt's drivers see any of the company's increased income?

Contributing article:

What impact on U.S. trucking jobs will the FMCSA's granting of authority to Mexican carriers have?

Contributing article:

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


Articles and Other Media

Video: Truck Drivers, Eating While Driving, and Costs

Do you know the reasons why eating while driving a truck can be costly?

load equality not equal

hey mike. your a local truck driver right? your company has other drivers right? your all paid miles and drops right? are all the drivers at your company

My preplan was canceled!

How am I supposed to budget if my preplan was canceled and the load I was expecting to get to finish out my paycheck this week is gone? ----- Response

Punished for a hard brake?

I'm looking at maybe switching trucking companies. One has a policy of a $25 deduction for each duty violation including a hard brake. Say what? If some

Updated: 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.

Updated: Essential Oils for Truckers and Trucker Health

Are essential oils beneficial to truckers? Can they promote trucker health and healing? Professional truck driver Mike Simons knows...

Updated: How to Sleep Better as a Professional Truck Driver

How can professional truck drivers sleep better when they often park in a different place each night? We address light, sounds, smells and more....

Updated: Maximize Truck Fuel Economy for Your Commercial Motor Vehicle

Every drop of diesel costs money. How can you maximize your truck fuel economy to save as much money as possible. Read what to do and what not to do...

Updated: My Wait Time or Detention Time on the Job as a Trucker

If you spend hours and hours of wait time for your truck to be loaded or unloaded at shippers or receivers, what can you do about it? A tool is now at your disposal...

Updated: Addressing Snow Removal from Semi Tractor Trailers

Beware of the requirement for snow removal from your semi tractor trailer if you drive in some states in the winter. We address some points.

Updated: Truck Snow Chains: Preparation for Winter Driving

When preparing to drive a commercial motor vehicle in the winter in some locations, you need to know the basics about truck snow chains....

Updated: Truck Idling: Overview of Need, Problems, Cost and Alternatives

Why do professional truck drivers idle their trucks? What are the problems and costs associated with idling? What alternatives are there? This is an overview...


Earn More, Save More

An October 27, 2014 article stated,

"Walmart Stores Inc., the nation’s biggest retailer and operator of one of its biggest truck fleets, is using radio ads to appeal to qualified truck drivers with an offer of a $76,000 salary plus benefits to join the company. That’s far above the national average trucker pay of around $50,000."

As good as $76,000 may seem to many truck drivers, how does it compare to what wages should be, had they kept up with inflation based on the weekly income of $500 in 1977, as documented on our inflation calculator page?

Using the CPI Inflation Calculator, $500 in 1977 has the same "buying power" as $1,922.09 in 2013. If you multiply that weekly wage by 50 weeks per year, truckers should be earning $96,104.50 per year! And that doesn't even include a raise. It is only what wages should be if they had kept up with inflation.

Are you earning that much per year, trucker? Would you like to earn more?

You can start earning money during the time that you're not driving and not sleeping.

Call 800-955-9549 and leave a message.

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

We wish you a blessed Thanksgiving! We say a Thanksgiving prayer for truckers yearly. If you'll be taking a Thanksgiving trip in your truck, you can still eat a good and frugal Thanksgiving dinner.

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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