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TDMST Email Newsletter, 2015-11
November 13, 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 #76, November 13, 2015
Table of Contents
On November 9, we read an article that opened with this paragraph:
Details about this include:
Even though it was dark at 1 a.m., we believe that it was impossible for the trucker not to know that:
We speculate that the rig had to have been damaged due to hitting the tree and that eventually, the trucker will be caught and fined.
Prevent this! Every trucker needs to know his/her truck's turning radius and watch the truck's mirrors to make sure that all objects in the truck's path have been cleared. (Remember your serpentine training!)
In case you need a reminder of why this is important, here is video footage of a trucker who failed to clear objects when making a right turn in January 2015 in "the Los Angeles neighborhood of Van Nuys".
Professional truck driver Mike Simons says that if he ever has doubt about where he is going, he pulls up the "satellite view" within Google Maps on his computer or Smartphone to see a site's location from above. Sometimes, being able to see a shipper's or receiver's docking situation can be incredibly helpful.
If a trucker ever has doubt regarding clearing objects in his/her trucks's path, the wisest thing to do is "get out and look".
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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:
If 'Software-operated trucks can drive faster and much closer to other trucks,' wouldn't that be a recipe for disaster as far as 'following distance' is concerned?
Contributing article: http://huff.to/1NtyZui
Truckers who drive in North Carolina, how much time and money will you save by using the new 'PrePass bypass clearance technology'?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1HG58wK
Has the trucking industry just admitted that certain technological devices designed to reduce injuries and save lives are distracting and could cause crashes?
Yes, and to assist, there's another piece of technology that is said to help!
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1HG4Shg
Drive on toll roads in Texas, trucker? How much time and money do you figure 'full tolling coverage' by Bestpass will save you?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1WJZg1Y
When the 'Truck 'N Park Demonstration System' for the i-95 Corridor 'Goes Live on November 20', how accurate do you think it will be?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1M2VtEG
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1kHyKF1
If '54 percent of the vehicles involved in a rollover accident had a brake defect of some sort', doesn't it make sense to make sure your truck's brakes stay properly adjusted at all times?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1SEnNiV
Are 'Independence and respect' the top reasons why you stay in your trucking job, trucker?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1SEnFjs
Why didn't this truck driver know that he felled a '30-foot tree' -- which was '10- to 14-inches in diameter' -- and dragged it for '2 miles'?
Could it be that he wasn't using his mirrors as he should have been?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1RJ4ioK
What is the 'new "tire sock" method to beat the slick roads' in the winter?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1RJ46FZ
If 'people are primarily looking for opportunities for growth when they look for new jobs', what opportunities for growth exist for professional truck drivers?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1MSydge
Which truck stops have 'good, updated data on available parking' on their apps?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1GM0LFz
When the bill to increase weight per truck was killed in the U.S. House, how many truckers' jobs were saved?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1WwEDWL
How much money would installing a trailer retread that wears longer save you, trucker?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1WwEB11
Use a new dashcam in your truck? Please review it!
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1WwEqmx
Review your new dashcam here.
What if the 'available truck parking' along I-95 is insufficient for all truckers searching for a place to park near them?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1WwDFK6
Why did this trucker apply to another trucking company and falsify his 'medical history' to conceal his 'disqualifying medical diagnosis'?
Why didn't the applied-to trucking company know about his medical history before they hired him?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1WwDmPp
How much will a 'carbon levy' or 'pollution tax' affect your job and income, trucker?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1WwDdf3
Does the concept of 'free shipping' cheapen the work that truckers do?
What is the future of this concept?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1WA9SuH
What led up to the truck crash in which the trucker was charged with 'reckless driving' and which could cost him 'a fine of $50 to $1,000'?
Contributing article: http://dpo.st/1WA9NHp
Is paying a state 'to implement a system to show truckers where to park' a good idea?
Should some other entity undertake this effort and expense?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1RvQlKL
How will 'On-Demand Trucking Service' affect your schedule and income, trucker?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1Nb6yFW
Truckers who haul gooseneck trailers, how much time would you save if you had a 'center high-mount stop lamp, or CHMSL, camera' on your truck?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1Nb6k1i
Does this article imply that autonomous vehicles could still be involved in 'unavoidable accidents'? What are the implications for truckers?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1Nb5XE7
How much would software that 'covers repair information, labor estimates and diagnostic trouble code procedures' help you, medium duty truck driver?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1Nb5t0M
Owner-operators, how will 'new apps and services aimed at changing the spot freight marketplace' affect your income?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1Nb4gXo
How will the cooling of economic growth and falling consumer confidence affect truck drivers?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1Nb34TQ
Did you know that the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found 'mental distractions can persist for as long as 27 seconds after a driver' acts?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1GEuMH8
Do you agree that trucker recruitment and retention is so heavily influenced by 'Paid weigh station bypass'?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1GEueB8
Has the lure of bigger paychecks ever motivated you to become an independent trucker instead of staying a company driver?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1RtKuVX
How much of J.B. Hunt's $115 million profit increase will go to their hard-working truck drivers?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1RtKi9e
Did you know that there is a training centre in Ontario, Canada, that 'offers programs on winter driving techniques'?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1RtJPnt
When will the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles stop imposing 'unfair labor practices' on truckers?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1GEvxjm
Truckers with Smartphones, is your favorite weather app free or paid? Why did you choose that one?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1XpzCwf
Trucker, is 'your fear of the kitchen' holding you back from cooking in your truck and starting to save 'real money on food'?
Author has written a book on how to 'Eat Well on $4 a Day'.
Amazon link: http://amzn.to/1LTJxWR
Contributing article: http://read.bi/1LTJPxc
Truckers, since your truck can be inspected by law enforcement at any time, isn't it best not to carry anything in your rig for which you can be arrested?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LTIy9k
Trucker, if you are paid by the mile and you are detoured because of weather-related road closures, are you paid for driving the extra miles?
Contributing article: http://abc30.tv/1WaDSgt
Did you know that truck telematics may also personally affect truckers?
Quotes from article: "By 2020, it's expected that there will be an average – an average, mind you – of seven devices per person: from smart phones and tablets to ‘fit bits’ and such,” McLaughlin stressed. "We're looking at the potential one day to possibly equip truck drivers to monitor their heart rate, fatigue levels, and other health metrics in real time as they operate equipment."
"The way HOS is monitored today is antiquated," he said. "Wearable technology would allow fleets and law enforcement to monitor fatigue on a real-time basis, as well as permit things such as alcohol/drug detection, insulin levels for diabetics, body health data from sleep apnea sufferers, etc.," he said. "Yet it is privacy and legal issues that will need to be addressed with that; we’re years away from capabilities like that, even if they are ever allowed."
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LTH0fA
Why would a trucker risk 15 years in prison for molesting a child?
Contributing article: http://on.wltx.com/1LTHjXF
What percentage of truckers have received a pay increase of 17% in the last two years?
Quote from article: 'Average pay for long-haul truckers jumped 17% since the end of 2013 to a record $57,000 this year, according to the National Transportation Institute, a research group. U.S. wages rose by less than 4% over the same period.'
Contributing article: http://on.wsj.com/1K81POF
Do you agree that it is 'almost impossible' for independent truckers 'to make a living'? Why or why not?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1K81BHe
Truckers, do you intentionally avoid the 'Top 10 most intense states for maintenance, brake violations' for that reason?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1K80nM9
Truckers, how do the 'spot market paid rates' for reefers, flatbeds and vans affect you?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1K80HKR
If the majority of crashes between large trucks and cars are the fault of the car driver, how will making trucks autonomous fix that?
Can a car crash into an autonomous truck as easily as one 'driven' by a trucker?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LgYoHf
Does it matter to you, trucker, if there is now a 15% chance that the USA could 'enter a recession in the next 12 months'?
Have you and your finances recovered from the last recession?
Contributing article; http://bit.ly/1jh1ww0
Why are 'high-risk carriers [continuing] to have crash rates that are twice the national average'?
What can be done about this? Why should truckers care?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1jh15BK
Does Estes Express's $100,000 fine by the EPA mean that their drivers won't be seeing a pay increase any time soon?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1jh0OyR
Are any of the '5 reasons Americans are not saving money' affecting you, trucker?
If so, what are you going to do about that?
Contributing article: http://on.mktw.net/1Lnrbxn
Truckers, has your 'compensation ... been going up 8% to 12% a year'?
If 'the median annual salary for all truck drivers [is] around $40,000', then it is still way below what it should be had it kept pace with inflation from the 1970s, is it not?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LnqXGp
Why is there such a big discrepancy between the 'median annual salary for all truck drivers' and the 'median annual wage for a trucker [working] for a private fleet'?
If trucker pay was doubled, would there still be a shortage of drivers?
Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1LnqXGp
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This past summer I attended a truck driving course at Central New Mexico Community College here in Albuquerque. It was 12 weeks of rather intense work,
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Trucking industry news has been jammed of late with articles about the economy and trucker pay.
Doesn't it make sense to have a second income to help offset jolts to trucker pay due to winter weather, seasonal work, the economy and workplace injuries?
Would having residual income that can survive both good and bad economic times -- and could one day replace your trucker's income -- help you?
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