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Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter, Issue #072, 2015-07-10
July 10, 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 #72, July 10, 2015

Table of Contents


Important Notice

  • Focus on July and August Money Saving Topics for Truckers

    In July, our focus is on Food and Recipes and Meal Preparation, to help truckers save money on food while on the road.

    In keeping with a "back to school" theme, we will concentrate in August on Becoming a Truck Driver and Truck Driver Training Schools.

  • Our 72nd Issue Completes Six Years of Email Newsletters!

    This issue of Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter effectively completes our sixth full year of publishing this email newsletter.

    We are grateful for you, our loyal readers!

    Of course, we want to improve our email newsletter and website to meet the needs of professional truck drivers.

    So, please contact us to share your thoughts. Thanks!

  • Members-Only Content?

    Should have a members-only section?

    If so, what should be in it? What content is valuable to you? Contact us to let us know.


Prevent This!

A July 7, 2015, article revealed that a truck driver "took his eyes off the road to take a drink of coffee", which led to a predictable series of events:

  • the tires on the right side of the truck went off the shoulder;
  • the driver lost control of his truck;
  • the tractor trailer "went off ... the highway and down over an embankment";
  • the truck jackknifed and became wedged where it landed;
  • the fuel tanks were damaged, which resulted in a fuel spill; and.
  • the driver was issued a "traffic summons" for "Failure to Maintain Designated Lane", which is a violation.

A few moments of distracted driving in order to get a drink led to a totally preventable truck accident.

What this article doesn't say is whether or not the trucker will have to pay for any of the physical damage done. We are aware of at least one trucking company that self insures. When one of their truckers is involved in an accident, the trucker must pay the first $500, even if it has to be deducted out of his/her paycheck a little at a time.

Although drinking coffee isn't eating while driving, the premise of "consumption" while driving is the same.

If you feel that you need to eat or drink anything while driving, the safest course of action is to park your truck safely and legally first.



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I've had mine for over 2yrs...big disappoint!!! Stay away from it!! Can't download the updates or get help from customer service either!!!

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 since our last email newsletter:

How much are shippers and receivers costing you, trucker? Do you keep track of time you sit waiting on loading and unloading?

Contributing article:

Have 'the fuel efficiency benefits of more modern engines' outweighed the costs of being 'clean diesel'?

Contributing article:

How would the proposed 10.1 cent per gallon fuel tax increase impact truckers and trucking?

Contributing article:

If shippers were billed hefty hourly fees -- that came out of their profits and were paid to detained truckers -- that would incentivize lower detention times, wouldn't it?

Contributing article:

How do truckers 'find safe overnight parking spaces while on the road' in heavily metropolitan or truck-unfriendly areas?

Contributing article:

Was it worth a preventable accident to this truck driver to take 'his eyes off the road to take a drink of coffee'?

Contributing article:

Truckers going to 'Iowa 80’s annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree', on what purchase do you hope to save money?

Contributing article:

Owner-operators, what impact will the decision made by two truck manufacturers not to participate in the 2016 MATS have on your truck purchasing decisions?

Contributing article:

If your truck A/C isn't working right, could it have any of these problems?

Contributing article:

Why would a truck driver risk a $5,500 fine for driving over and damaging a historic covered bridge?

Contributing article:

If the federal government incentivized 'manufacturers to build cleaner and more efficient trucks', how much money would that cost or save you as a trucker?

Contributing article:

Clueless Trucker Award Nominee: Why did you not know how big and tall your load was before you hauled it and left a trail of destruction in your wake?

Contributing article:

Will truckers benefit by driving on North Carolina's 'Privately Run Toll Lanes'? Why or why not?

Contributing article:

Is a combination GPS-and-Dash-Cam a good value? Why or why not?

Contributing article:

Review the Garmin de-zlCam all-in-one trucking navigator with a built-in dash cam.

How long has it been since you reviewed your trucking company's load securement standard operating procedures? How could doing so help you avoid On-The-Job injury or death?

Contributing article:

What impact will Internet Truckstop's $15 Per Hour 'company-wide minimum wage' have on you, trucker?

Contributing article:

Trucker, have you had a recent arrangment with a freight broker that worked out financially either very good or very bad?

Contributing article:

Review the freight broker service you used.

Do you agree with this quote about proposed fuel efficiency standards for trucks?

"Obviously anytime we can get efficiency gains that is something that we are going to welcome, but the challenge is how do we get there. You can't haul 80,000 pounds with a Prius."
-- Tom Balzer, president of the Ohio Trucking Association


How much did the cost of moving and storing goods rise in the USA in 2014? How did this affect your paychecks, truckers?

Contributing article:

Is there a way to tell when an older truck is costing a trucker more money overall than would a newer one?

Contributing article:

Does a free load board work just as well for you, trucker, as one you have to pay for?

Contributing article:

Review a load board service.

Will having 'port performance measures' at the top 25 U.S. ports lead to less time that truckers spend there?

Contributing article:

Trucker, has your consumer spending risen the most in almost six years? Has your income risen to pay for that spending?

Contributing article:

If a trucker feels himself getting sleepy while driving, why doesn't he park his truck in the nearest safe and legal spot?

Did you know that according to the article, "driving while fatigued" is considered to be "a Class 4 felony"?

Contributing article:

Where is the line between allowing truckers to drive while taking pain pills and those pills increasing reaction time which could lead to a wreck?

Contributing article:

If a trucking company announces a new pay plan to increase trucker income 'as much as 22%', what would the median increase in their truckers' pay be?

Contributing article:

Trucker, if your trucking company uses 'driver-facing cameras', is it because they feel it is 'the only way to clamp down on cell phone use and distracted driving'?

Do you agree that instead they should be 'taking the time to build strong trust-based relationships between drivers and management'?

Contributing article:

Would the 'tax breaks' and 'rebates on fuel and property taxes' -- which were proposed to offset the truck-only toll in Rhode Island -- have applied only to trucks registered in that state?

Contributing article:

Did the deceased truck driver know ahead of time that the truck's brakes were bad? If so, why didn't he put the truck 'Out of Service' until they were fixed? If not, why not?

Contributing article:

How would you protect yourself if you found someone siphoning fuel from your truck?

Contributing article:

Review locking fuel tank caps

Will the EPA ever truly be content with the level of 'greenhouse gases' produced by medium- and heavy-duty vehicles until there are zero emissions? How much will that cost?

Contributing article:

If a driver falls asleep while driving at 3:40 a.m., what was his sleep like before he went on-duty? Was this an out-of-circadian-rhthym-related crash?

Contributing article:

Has parking become so bad in the northeastern USA that truckers are attempting to assault each other and risk being arrested just to park their trucks?

Contributing article:


Articles and Other Media

Go see what you can scrounge up

My husband is a trucker who was told at his new job, "Go see what you can scrounge up" regarding trying to find a working truck and trailer amidst the junk

Paying for refilled empty water jugs

Greetings. Saw the water filling machine in walmart n filled one gallon in the plastic container provided . At the check out , it charged one dollar for

Missing load locks

Does anyone have a solution for keeping the load locks with the trailer? Some stops are sealed so I can't verify if the load locks are inside the trailer

Have a class B wanting a. Class A.

I have a adult domestic partner. Over 6 years ago he got hit with a stroke. Sometimes he is with it and sometimes he is out of it. He needs me all the


Earn More, Save More

Since our last email newsletter, Vicki has found a couple of articles addressing pay for professional truck drivers:

  1. An article in the Los Angeles Times gave numerous reasons "[why] paying truckers by the mile is unfair and dangerous". Here's an eye-opening quote:

    "While the simple answer is to pay drivers by the hour instead of by the distance traveled, carriers are reluctant to do so because it would mean a dislocation of their business model, which dates to the 1930s when the trucking industry looked very different than it does today. President Franklin D. Roosevelt exempted trucking from the Fair Labor Standards Act, which mandated a minimum wage."

  2. The author of an article on correctly pointed out:

    "Pay-by-the-mile forces too much of a fleet's operational uncertainties onto the driver even though the driver has no control over them."

    The author further indicated that it might not be too long before drivers start getting paid by the hour.

Even if you were paid by the hour to operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle, you would still be trading time for money. Do you think your time is more valuable than that?

Isn't it time to start thinking about earning a second income from the cab of your truck during your off-duty hours? If so...

Call 800-955-9549. Leave a message for more info.


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Do you live or drive where summer temperatures are high right now? If so, please pay careful attention to the parts of your vehicle that may be prone to higher rates of failure due to elevated temps. During your pre-trip inspections, be sure to look carefully at oil and water levels as well as pressure on all of your tires.

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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