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TDMST Email Newsletter, 2015-09
September 11, 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 #74, September 11, 2015

Table of Contents

Important Notice

  • Focus on September and October Money Saving Topics for Truckers

    In September, we are looking at Trucker Transition and Truck Driving Jobs.

    In October, we will focus on trucker Health and Wellness.

  • Apps Are Coming!

    We're making plans to have apps for our site. Be watching for these this fall!

  • Voice and Video Messaging

    We are testing a service for readers to send us voice and/or video messages directly from most pages on our site.

    Please leave us a voice message or video message to let us know what concerns you about saving money as a trucker.

    We also welcome your product or service review by voice or video message.

    Updated legal documents apply.


Prevent This!

A September 8, 2015, article opened with this description: "Police say the driver of a milk tanker truck was choking on a soft drink when he drove off a Pennsylvania highway and crashed into 23 new cars on a dealership lot."

The source article stated that:

  • the trucker was not injured;
  • damage was done to 23 new cars and another inside the car dealership's showroom;
  • no attempt had been made to stop the truck;
  • no mechanical problems with the truck were found; and
  • the trucker was "cited for careless driving."

The driver simply "began choking on a sip of Dr Pepper, causing him to lose control of the rig."

Drinking a beverage that is carbonated -- and hence "fizzy" -- can cause "tickles" or a "burning" sensation in the back of one's throat, potentially increasing the likelihood of coughing or choking.

From a health and wellness perspective, the wise consumer will strongly consider drinking water instead of soda pop, cola or soft drinks (but preferably not while driving).

Was drinking this beverage worth:

  • the cost of the damage to the truck, other vehicles and a building?
  • a "careless driving" citation (and other related legal costs)?
  • this accident being put on the trucker's driving record or motor vehicle record?
  • this accident needing to be disclosed on applications the trucker may submit for other trucking jobs?

Clearly, no.

The trucker may not have been thinking about all of that before he took a sip. But now you know.

You can prevent this kind of trucking accident by not eating while driving -- or drinking.



Service not to use not identified

Readers, we are pleased to publish reviews of products and services that are marketed and sold to truckers on our site. However, when the person writing

Want to have quieter running engine?

I have used Marvel products and it did most of what it touted. BUT, when I ran out of Marvel and the only upper engine lube available was Lucas. I bought

Waste of money

Hired them to fight a red light ticket. They charged me almost $400 just to tell me I have to pay another $50 to rehire the attorney on the same case because

Great Cooker, except...

The cooler works great. We have made dozens of recipes from pasta to stuffed pork chops to boxed muffins. The non stick is awesome. The only problem is

Not the best routing on 710 model

Will take me on tight streets when there are wider truck friendly roads. When i am at an intersection gps says intersection is 100 feet ahead. It took

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:

If it was true that this trucker was texting moments before he caused a fatal crash, did he feel that the text was as important as two lives?

Driver pled guilt to 'two counts of recklessly endangering another person'.

Contributing article:

Could a trucker who is just being friendly ever be brought up on charges related to prostitution?

Contributing article:

Is it ever possible for a trucker not to know that he/she is hauling drugs in a trailer?

Contributing article:

Does this type of truck not have a clutch? Driver claims foot slipped off brake which led to accident.

Contributing article:

Trucker, if you use 'SmartWay-Verified' retread tires on your truck, would you please review them?

How much money have the tires saved you? Write review on our truck parts page.

Contributing article:

If on the truck involved in the NJ Turnpike crash 'the Wingman's automatic braking system never engaged' because the 'cruise control feature wasn't employed', what good did the 'collision-avoidance device' do?

Contributing article:

Flatbed driver, have you ever purposely moved to a 'flatbed hot state' or chosen to take freight from a region of the country with higher 'outbound flatbed rates per mile'? Why or why not?

Contributing article:

Comment on our truck operations page.

Trucker, have you ever engaged in penny-pinching that turned out to be costly? What happened?

Contributing article:

Comment on our budgeting page.

Did you know that for the last 3 years, cargo theft over Labor Day weekend has 'most often [been] committed while the cargo sat in parking lots, truck stops, and warehouses'?

Contributing article:

September has been named 'Trucker Health Awareness month'. What special attention will you pay to your health this month, trucker?

Contributing article:

Trucker, what (if anything 'special') do you and/or your trucking company do to prepare for 'CVSA's annual Brake Safety Week'?

The 2015 event is scheduled for Sept. 6-12.

Contributing article:


Could the truck accident that injured this trucker have been prevented? Is the 'hydraulic control that helped steer the trailer' operated only from the ground on foot?

Contributing article:

If you have a suspended driver's license, why would you risk driving professionally?

Contributing article:

Was 'trying to transport prostitutes' worth 'more than four years in federal prison' to this trucker?

Contributing article:

Could this truck-train accident have been prevented if the trucker had waited for the area across the tracks to clear before attempting to cross them?

Contributing article:

If a fleets gets 'telematics-based discounts', will any of their truckers receive a commensurate pay increase?

Contributing article:

Truckers, do you sleep in your truck with the doors locked? Why or why not?

Contributing article:

Truckers hauling refrigerated freight, which of these '7 challenges' has cost you the most money?

Contributing article:

Do all trucking fleets pay for the apps -- and data -- that their truckers use to transmit trip documents?

Contributing article:

If the USPS has experienced a '20-percent decline' in the 'volume of first-class mail' over the last decade, can 'Same-Day Grocery Delivery' help provide a boost?

Contributing article:

How does Averitt's pay increase stack up to pay at other trucking companies?

Contributing article:

If while in docks, truckers are required to stay in trucks not equipped with an APU and without being able to idle for comfort, how can they keep from getting overheated?

Contributing article:

Trucker, if you get a Kenworth with a 'predictive cruise control', would you please review it to report whether or not it delivers 'optimal fuel economy'?

Contributing article:

Review the truck part here

Would the possibility of being victimized prevent you from stopping to help someone who appears to be in distress?

Contributing article:

If truckload rates are 'rising rapidly', are truckers seeing any more money on average in their paychecks?

Contributing article:

What solution would you propose to keep professional truck drivers from smashing into the London Bridge?

Contributing article:

If it costs more to insure very young men's personal vehicles, would it cost more to insure the commercial trucks driven by them?

How could this backfire on pay rates for all truckers within such a trucking company?

Contributing article:

Are the new pay rates for ACT company drivers and owner-operators exceptional?

Contributing article:

Owner-operators, what do you consider to be adequate health insurance coverage and what would convince you to get it?

Contributing article:

How much 'sightseeing' do you get to do as a truck driver? Does this article minimize the work involved?

Contributing article:


Articles and Other Media

Autonomous Trucks Doublespeak; Legal Implications and Financial Repercussions

Is the trucking industry engaging in autonomous trucks doublespeak, saying how truckers are needed while developing technology to replace them?


After using up the original ones, I bought some replacement liners at walmart and they fit perfectly. Love this unit. Dan ----- Response from Vicki:


Here's a helpful tip for truckers like me who are bookworms. If you love to read like I do I've found that paperbacks take up tons of space rapidly. You

My inverter

Hooked up inverter wires on ATD 1500! I just got in this truck and inverter was already installed just not hooked up! After hooking to power I got a constant

inverter error

My 1500 watt inverter shows OLP when I turn it on but nothing is plugged up to it ----- Response from Vicki: Hello, Jimmy, Thanks for asking a question


Earn More, Save More

The numbers are in.

According to Figure 9 in a report from the ATRI (American Transportation Research Institute), fully two-thirds (67.4%) of truckers surveyed reported a decrease in pay due to the 34-hour restart provision in the 2013 change to the Hours of Service regulation.

The figure also shows the breakdown by percentage of how great an impact this change made on surveyed truckers' wages.

While the Hours of Service regulation protects truckers from being run ragged by unscrupulous trucking companies, it also restricts the amount of money that truckers can earn.

As long as there are caps on your ability to earn money, you'll never be able to earn an unlimited amount.

Isn't it time to start considering earning a second income from the cab of your truck during your off-duty hours?


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Temperatures in the northern hemisphere have begun to cool.

While you're preparing to wear warmer clothing, we encourage you to take the time to have preventive maintenance done on your truck to help get you through the winter months.

Please share your preventive maintenance tips online to let our readers know what types you have performed on your truck -- and at what intervals or seasons. Thanks in advance.

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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