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Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter, Issue #070, 2015-05-08
May 08, 2015

Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter: Issue #70, May 8, 2015

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

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.

Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter

Issue #70, May 8, 2015

Table of Contents


Important Notice

  • Have you noticed that is undergoing a makeover to a responsive design? What do you think about that?

  • Focus on May and June Money Saving Topics for Truckers

    In May, our focus is on Packing Lists to help truckers save money.

    In June, our focus will be on Trucker Services and Service Reviews, both designed to help professional truck drivers save money.

    Submit -- through our Facebook page -- a "truck drivers money saving tip" on the monthly topics in order to enter yourself in the running for a Helping Truckers Save Money Award. If your tip is the best in our opinion, we will customize your award with your name and the date after your award-winning tip!

    Please keep your tips concise and please submit only an original tip each time.

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

    Let's see how much we can help our fellow truckers save money and in the process have some fun! How about it? Ready, set, GO!

  • Mike and Vicki Simons of applaud truckers who run their own small businesses during National Small Business Week.


Prevent This!

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. (

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!

Watch your following distance and don't tailgate anyone in front of you.



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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:

Severe winter weather cost states this past winter but how much did it cost truckers?

Contributing article:

Use an ELD, trucker? Has your income increased as a result of using an electronic logging device?

Contributing article:

If 'the driver still monitors truck functions and remains in charge' in an autonomous truck, then why let it drive itself?

Contributing article:

Will Expeditors International share any of the 27% net income increase with their truckers?

Contributing article:

Truckers, which document-transfer service or app do you use and why?

Submit a review:

What items are you most likely to buy on impulse, trucker?

Contributing article:

Professional truck driver, how are you preparing for the takeover of driverless trucks within the trucking industry?

Contributing article:

Trucker, do you use an online 'piggy bank' to save for specific financial goals? Why or why not?

Contributing article:

If these four fleets have improved first-quarter earnings, will they pass any of that money along to their drivers?

Contributing articles:

Are there other or better ways to 'prevent road fatigue'? What methods do you use?

Contributing article:

Flatbed haulers of manually-tarped loads, do you feel that you are paid enough to tarp your loads?

Contributing article:

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?
Contributing article:

If the younger generation doesn't like to work 'long hours', how will the trucking industry ever attract them?

Contributing article:

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:

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:

If ‘collision mitigation’ systems take over control of a truck from a trucker and the truck crashes anyway, who is at fault?

Contributing article:

Owner-operator, what would convince you to install 'Solar Flex Solar Panels' on your rig?

Contributing article:

Would monitoring a '360-Degree Camera System' ever cause a trucker to be distracted while driving?

Contributing article:

Will any of Marten's 'nearly double' profit go to its truckers?

Contributing article:

Would having a 'driver-facing camera' in your truck end your trucking career, trucker?

Contributing article:

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:

Trucker, if you run Michelin tires on your rig, how much ROI would you get from the 'MICHELIN® TIRE CARE™ service program'?

Contributing article:

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 trucks."
Contributing article:

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:

How much will these 'driver-designed, wellness tools and on-the-road fitness programs' for truckers cost? Will they give ROI?

Contributing article:

If Illinois raises the tax on 'gasoline', can raised taxes on other types of fuel -- including diesel -- be far behind?

Contributing article:

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:

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 think!"
Source: If trucking companies pay low wages to truckers, will they get what they pay for?
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Articles and Other Media

left turns on a multiple lane

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 problem

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 card

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

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Professional truck drivers have demanding jobs. The time-tested money saving tips on our site provide them with ways to keep more of their hard earned paychecks.


Earn More, Save More

The trucking industry is buzzing about Freightliner's first autonomous truck being driven across the Hoover Dam. (

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!

Best regards,
Mike and Vicki Simons, Owners

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