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Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter, Issue #065, 2014-12-12
December 12, 2014

Issue #65 | December 12, 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...

Get and share great money saving tips for truck drivers at

Table of Contents

Prevent This!



Articles and Other Media

Earn More, Save More

Social Networking

Popular Sections of our Site
Truckers' Savings Blog
Ask a Question
Truck Driving Jobs
Truck Operations
Home Support Team
Food and Recipes
Meal Preparation
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Important Notice

  • Are You Ready for More "Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips" in 2015?

    In January 2015, will turn 6 years old!

    From the beginning, we envisioned the site as a clearinghouse of how professional truck drivers from around the world save money -- in order to help each other save money.

    We have worked diligently to teach truckers ways to save money -- as well as provide a heads-up about what will cost you more as a professional truck driver.

    Some of our readers have contributed tips and reviews -- and we're grateful for every single one. But we know that there is a wealth of information about saving money in trucking that we don't know. That's why we need your help!

    The year 2015 is going to focus on your money saving tips for truckers. Just imagine how the entire worldwide trucking community could benefit if every trucker contributed just one money saving tip or review on our site.

    While we publish tips and reviews on any truck drivers' money saving subject all year long, we plan for each month in 2015 to focus on a different aspect of saving money in trucking, according to this proposed schedule:

    January Budgeting and Employee Benefits
    February Home Support Team and Telecommunications
    March Truck Operations and Preventive Maintenance
    April Truck Stops and Product Reviews
    May Packing List
    June Trucker Services and Service Reviews
    July Food and Recipes and Meal Preparation
    August Become a Truck Driver and Training Schools
    September Trucker Transition and Truck Driving Jobs
    October Health and Wellness
    November Tools and Equipment and Truck Parts
    December Tricks of the Trade

    We hope you'll consider sharing your successes (and maybe even a boneheaded mistake or two) to help others keep from falling off a financial cliff. Through our Truckers Savings Journalists program, you can even earn money doing that.

    Thanks in advance for the awesome job we know you're going to do!


Prevent This!

On December 1 through our Truckers' Savings Blog, we posted an article about how a snowstorm in the Buffalo, New York area stranded a Green Bay trucker for 3 days. The article stated that the trucker was "stranded on a remote New York highway in a snowstorm, crammed into the cab of an immobilized semi with three other guys, with nothing to eat and only melted snow to drink."

This was totally preventable.

During our first winter driving season, we faced The Blizzard of 1993 that covered much of the southeastern USA. We had to park our truck for the better part of three days. The power was out at the truck stop where we parked, so no restaurant meals could be served. Only what was on the shelves and in the refrigerated cases could be purchased, but those things sold out quickly. (Upon reflection, without power, no purchases could be made with credit or debit cards -- only cash.)

The important takeaway was to always be prepared for a shutdown in your truck. Have extra food with you that can be easily prepared and will store well. It doesn't have to be fancy. You'd be amazed at how good simple provisions can taste when the only other option is none.

Other resources on or related to this topic include:



Burton Stove ~ To ~ Go

Bought it for $20.00 off Craigslist. It works pretty good for what it is. I may take a bit of time adjusting your cooking times in reference to your driving

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:

How much time and/or money will you save as a truck driver if you 'no longer have to file inspection reports when there are no defects' on your truck?

Contributing article:

If there were two different ways to earn the same money as a trucker, would you really prefer one over the other? Why or why not?

Contributing article:

If you pay cash for things at a truck stop, what's your motivation for doing so?

Contributing article:

Which of these 6 key numbers from last week’s top trucking news is the most meaningful to you -- and why?

Contributing article:

Trucker, have you ever used a sleep monitoring device to analyze your sleep pattern to get better sleep?

Contributing article:
Review your sleep monitoring device here:

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being high), how easy is it to save money on the road as a trucker?

Contributing article:

Truck drivers, how much money have you lost as a result of being required to undergo sleep apnea testing?

Contributing article:

Truckers, except for the price of fuel, what other products or services cost less than they used to?

Contributing article:

If you, as a professional truck driver, won a $250K lottery prize, would you leave the trucking industry?

Contributing article:

Truckers, what cost saving measures, if any, have you noticed truck stop restaurants making to save money?

Contributing article:

Why would 4 guys head out in the snow-prone Buffalo, NY, area without any food or beverages in their truck?

Contributing article:

What will the biggest impact of the 40 percent increase in commercial truck tolls on the Illinois Tollway be for many truckers?

1. Avoid the toll road? 2. Pass along the fee ultimately to consumers? 3. Other? 

Contributing article:

What's the difference between 'practical miles' and other types of miles when it comes to mileage pay for truck drivers?

Contributing article:

Truckers, how much money did you lose when I-84 was banned to commercial traffic?

Contributing article:

If this trucker was sleepy, why didn't he park his truck instead of getting in an accident?

Contributing article:

What solution is there to interstates being closed to commercial traffic due to weather?

Options: Wait, find another route, or other? 

Contributing article:

Will black boxes in trucks really improve trucker safety? If so, how?

Contributing article:

Do you believe that the average truck driver's needs are just as important as Facebook's Zuckerberg's?

Contributing article:

If the pilot car's clearance pole hit the bridge, why didn't the trucker stop his truck?

Contributing article:

Was the pilot car driver also distracted before the bridge strike? If so, what penalties are associated with that?

Contributing article:

If this technology works out for commercial motor vehicles, would truckers rejoice over no flat tires?

Contributing article:

Will DHLI's drivers see an of the rate increase?

Contributing article:

How do truckers think they won't be caught if they are involved with cargo theft?

Contributing article:

Trucking ambassadors, how will you 'Instruct the motoring public on the issues of highway safety'?

Contributing article:

Trucker, if you were stuck for hours far from a restroom because of bad weather, what would you do?

Contributing article:

Will truckers employed by trucking companies cheated by Pilot Flying J ever see any money from restitution?

Contributing article:

Did you know that a conviction for negligent driving 'can jeopardize a trucker's prospects for future employment'?

Contributing article:

Did you know that being under contract to one company can financially hurt your trucker paycheck in certain situations?

Contributing article:

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


Articles and Other Media

I owe $1,500 for my CDL certificate. Can you help me?

I have completed my truck driving school with southwest truck driving training. However I need to pay them 1,500.00 to get my CDL Certificate. Can you help

HELP! Trucker husband permanently hurt (becoming depressed)

My husband has been a truck driver for 15 years (currently 33 yrs old) and because of a company neglect he broke his skull, jaw, teeth, and surgeries to

How can we generate enough power to run a microwave without attaching an inverter to the truck battery? An APU is to expensive

We want to run a microwave and small refrigerator in our truck but are uncomfortable to have them run off an inverter off the truck batteries. Is there

I have an equipment question. Is there a mirror for seeing in front of my truck?

I have an equipment question. Is there a mirror for seeing in front of my truck? I feel like thre are more compact cars and I can't see them so low I front

Researching Trucking Companies Who Advertise on Craigslist

One trucker shared this about researching trucking companies who advertise truck driving jobs on Craigslist. This info is a good overview of how to research trucking companies.

Updated: Your Driver Manager or Fleet Manager is the Key to Your Paycheck

Looking to save more money as a professional trucker? One way to do that is to earn more money. But your driver manager holds the key...

Updated: Testimonial Submissions on

We received a testimonial from a professional driver who read the information on our site, put our advice toward his goals, and saw it work. Read what he said...

Updated: Reviews of Airtab Aerodynamic Fuel Economy Saver by Truckers

The Airtab is a wishbone-shaped vortex generator designed to increase aerodynamics and fuel economy by reducing air drag. Professional truck drivers review it.

Updated: Large Truck Air Resistance, Fuel Economy and Efficiency

What does air resistance do to fuel economy on large trucks? Where does it happen most? How can it be reduced?

Updated: Big Rig Rake Answers Questions About Their Snow Removal Tool

We received this response to our questions from regarding the Big Rig Rake snow removal tool for large trucks.

Updated: Biometric Screening and Blood Screening for Cotinine in Truckers

Are you a trucker facing a biometric screening for cotinine? Here are some things to consider in advance of a blood screening...

Updated On Driving in Wind -- Strong Winds -- in a High Profile Truck

This overview of driving in wind is especially for the professional truck driver with a high profile truck. Strong winds and high winds can be very dangerous.

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 you and your job? You might be surprised...


Earn More, Save More

Winter weather happens. 

  • Snow storms strike.
  • Sometimes interstates are closed off. 
  • Sometimes commercial traffic is banned from using an interstate highway, as was I-84 in late November.

In trucking, sometimes travel just has to stop. When it does, does your paycheck stop, too?

If you're like most truckers, if your wheels aren't turning, you're not earning.

How would you like to start earning money round the clock -- even when you're sleeping? It is doable as a side project that you can start as a trucker -- right from the cab of your truck.

Learn more. Call 800-955-9549 and leave a message.

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

Thanks for being with us this year. We wish you a blessed and safe Christmas and prosperous New Year filled with wellness, purpose and abundance.

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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