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Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter, Issue #070, 2015-05-08
May 08, 2015
"Because truckers know that no trucker deserves to be stung financially."
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Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter
Issue #70, May 8, 2015
Table of Contents
When a truck driver follows too closely to vehicles in front of him/her, fatalities can happen. Although an investigation is still underway, a preliminary report about a truck-involved accident on I-16 indicated that five Georgia Southern nursing students were killed because a truck driver was following too closely. (bit.ly/1DST5ZH)
You may not be able to manage the space behind your truck as well as you would like, but when you're driving, you can surely manage the space in front of your truck!
Accidents due to following too closely are totally preventable!
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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 since our last email newsletter:
Truckers, do you use the 'Saver's Credit'? Why or why not?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1zNKHQo
Severe winter weather cost states this past winter but how much did it cost truckers?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1zNKCw5
Use an ELD, trucker? Has your income increased as a result of using an electronic logging device?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1zNKL2t
If 'the driver still monitors truck functions and remains in charge' in an autonomous truck, then why let it drive itself?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1zNKsVq
Will Expeditors International share any of the 27% net income increase with their truckers?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1zNJVTw
Truckers, which document-transfer service or app do you use and why?
Submit a review: http://bit.ly/67NP4K.
What items are you most likely to buy on impulse, trucker?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1zD7GwY
Professional truck driver, how are you preparing for the takeover of driverless trucks within the trucking industry?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1zD7TAf
Trucker, do you use an online 'piggy bank' to save for specific financial goals? Why or why not?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1AGp7YL
If these four fleets have improved first-quarter earnings, will they pass any of that money along to their drivers?
Contributing articles: http://bit.ly/1JBVtfF
Are there other or better ways to 'prevent road fatigue'? What methods do you use?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1JTUaFq
Flatbed haulers of manually-tarped loads, do you feel that you are paid enough to tarp your loads?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1JTUsMA
Do police reports on truck-involved crashes indicate the percentage of contribution from all vehicles involved?
If so, why doesn't the FMCSA use this data? If not, why don't the reports
contain this info?
If the younger generation doesn't like to work 'long hours', how will the trucking industry ever attract them?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1JTQXFV
Truckers, how would the FMCSA's proposed ways to 'incentivize carriers to implement "practices and technologies" that go beyond simple adherence to federal safety regulations' affect your paycheck?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1IS8uOB
Truckers, do you agree that 'low margins are the fault of the trucking companies'? If you had the ability to solve this, how would you?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1IS1gdp
If ‘collision mitigation’ systems take over control of a truck from a trucker and the truck crashes anyway, who is at fault?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1IS0sFm
Owner-operator, what would convince you to install 'Solar Flex Solar Panels' on your rig?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1GiS2Jz
Would monitoring a '360-Degree Camera System' ever cause a trucker to be distracted while driving?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1DdsTsc
Will any of Marten's 'nearly double' profit go to its truckers?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1DdsC8I
Would having a 'driver-facing camera' in your truck end your trucking career, trucker?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1DdswxZ
Trucker, do you agree that a speed limiter rule 'will reduce the frequency and severity of crashes'? Is the truck crash fatality statistic cited slanted?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1GiMYF1
Trucker, if you run Michelin tires on your rig, how much ROI would you get from the 'MICHELIN® TIRE CARE™ service program'?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1Ddp8mL
Should the tax on gasoline be the same as the tax on diesel to help pay for highways?
Quote from article: "Tom Balzer of the Ohio Trucking Association told
Gibbs that the revenue needed to shore up the HTF should continue to come
from user fees, but suggested that instead of raising fuel taxes across
the board, Congress should hike just the gasoline tax, which is six cents
lower than the 24.4 cent-per-gallon tax on the diesel fuel consumed by
Why should fleets saving money on fuel invest only in either equipment or alternative fuel -- but not in their drivers?
Quote from article: "Yet he stressed that low fuel prices also allows
trucking companies to accrue significant savings, raising another related
question; should such savings be used as an “investment fund” to buy more
new equipment and/or fund further investment in alternative fuels in order
to get a jump on the competition?"
Will J.B. Hunt's truckers see any of the company's 'better-than-expected 34% increase in profit in its first quarter'?
Contributing article: http://on.wsj.com/1DZFvu0
How much will these 'driver-designed, wellness tools and on-the-road fitness programs' for truckers cost? Will they give ROI?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1DYJhE8
If Illinois raises the tax on 'gasoline', can raised taxes on other types of fuel -- including diesel -- be far behind?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1FECWbI
Do you agree that 'the entire economic benefit of cheaper fuel flows directly to the shippers and the trucker gets no meaningful financial benefit'?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1DcDLKs
Truckers, do you believe that trucking companies get the quality of truckers they pay for?
Quote from article: "The quality of new truckers is suffering and the
best drivers are now walking away from the industry. Company owners...if
you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. Torn up trailers, damaged tractors,
customs fines and DOT fines, are the result of
hiring untrained and
inexperienced truck drivers. The practice is costing you more than you
Articles and Other Media
left turn on a multiple lane would u finish up at the far right lane? ----- Response from Vicki: Hello. Thank you for asking a question about truck operation
Fifth wheel make a bang noise got a pin on the passenger side sticking out. It rock back and forth with you going down t road.can see a gap between the
speed limit is 60 on 4 lane road 2 lanes each way one semi in right lane doing 60 another semi is passing on left doing 61 and uses blinker should semi
didn't get my card just had to sign up again how do i get my points on old card i never got ----- Response from Vicki: Hello, Ronald, Thank you for contacting
Being involved in an accident from trying to squeeze a truck under a low clearance is totally preventable. Here's how to know about and avoid them.
Preventing accidents helps you save money. Practicing these safe driving tips can help drivers of semi-tractor trailers avoid truck crashes.
Truck driver training schools can help you begin your new truck driving career. Learn what you need to know about and what to look for in a truck driver training school before you enroll.
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The trucking industry is buzzing about Freightliner's first autonomous truck being driven across the Hoover Dam. (http://bit.ly/1zNKe00)
Technology is progressing toward driverless passenger vehicles, so it probably won't be too long after that when driverless trucks emerge.
When you drive professionally, you need to always leave yourself an "out". Consider for a moment having an "out" when it comes to income.
Having a second source of income as a trucker is a good idea anyway because trucking is one of the top 10 deadliest occupations in the USA.
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Memorial Day weekend (this year, from May 23-25) is often thought of as the official start of summer in the USA. Many people will be traveling. Please be on your guard around any vehicle towing a camper or boat -- or having a luggage storage device mounted on the roof. Drivers of these vehicles may not have their minds completely on safe driving.
To all of our readers who are professional truck drivers, we wish you safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road!
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