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TDMST Email Newsletter, 2015-12
December 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 #77, December 11, 2015

Table of Contents

Important Notice

  • We've Updated Our Truck Stop Review Forms

    Please use the updated forms to submit your reviews of truck stop fuel islands, restaurants and showers. We appreciate your powers of observation!

    Truck Stop Fuel Island Review

    Truck Stop Restaurant Review

    Truck Stop Shower Review

  • We're Updating Many Links

    Many pages on our site had broken or dead links (including outdated links).

    We are in the process of updating these pages. As you can imagine, though, with a site containing over 1450 pages, it takes a while!

  • Apps Are Coming

    We're making plans to have apps for our site. Because of the forms and broken/dead links situations, we've had to postpone the launch of our apps. We hope to have these functional in early 2016.

  • Periscope to Help Truckers Save Money?

    According to Wikipedia, "Periscope is a live video streaming app for iOS and Android..." Now that we have new Smartphones and installed this app, we are eager to use it to connect with others.

    We think it would be both fun and educational for all of us to host scopes about saving money in trucking. What do you think?


Prevent This!

A December 10 article stated, "Three crashes in the last week, involving 18-wheelers, on I-10 have caused many headaches for drivers."

One crash was fatal and one closed I-10 "between Baton Rouge and Lafayette for 12 hours".

The crashes had evidently either been on or near the Atchafalaya basin bridge, which one truck driver said "is always an intimidating stretch of road" -- possibly because there "no avenue of escape".

Every mile of every trip that a professional truck driver takes can present its own challenges. Practice the Smith System and drive defensively. Do not follow too closely. When necessary, slow down.

Prevent being involved in a preventable accident.



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:

Does's announcement about using package delivering drones concern you, truckers? Why or why not?

Contributing article:

How likely are you to use 'sous-vide cooking' in your truck to 'cook [food] to exact doneness', trucker?

If a 'water oven' costs over USD$300, how likely would you be to buy it versus a 'hot pot' costing less than USD$30?

Contributing article:

Did you see Overdrive's truck parking overview, state by state?

Contributing article:


Trucker, how will the 'new map overlays that ... will provide superior route planning and data insight for increased operational efficiency' affect you and how you are paid?

Contributing article:

Trucker, are you more likely or less likely to buy products or services at a truck stop that once provided you with a free holiday meal?

Contributing article:

If you are one of 'more than 200 truck drivers [who were ticketed] this summer for parking on the shoulders of [NC] interstate highway on- and off-ramps', would you please contact us?

Contact us here.

Contributing article:

Why should truckers be forced to find 'illegal options' for parking their trucks to take federally-mandated sleep breaks?

Why aren't private businesses jumping at the chance to meet truckers' parking needs? Contributing article:

Would the 'installation of in-cab satellite TV' in your truck increase your retention at your current trucking company, trucker? Why or why not?

Contributing article:

Truckers, did you know that you may one day undergo 'drug testing for synthetic marijuana'?

Contributing article:

It's all well and good to have a 'fatigue monitoring' device, but if there aren't safe places for truckers to park, what good does it do?

Contributing article:

How will you protect yourself and your rig during heavy Thanksgiving weekend traffic, trucker?

Contributing article:

When a trucker claims his truck's brakes failed but law enforcement says 'nothing wrong' was found, could something else have happened before the crash?

Contributing article:

Why did the trucker in the truck behind fail to 'slow in time'?

Contributing article:

Trucker, do you use your cell phone to help you save money on groceries?

Why or why not?

Contributing article:

Why do some truckers risk a $2,750 fine for using a cellphone while driving a CMV?

Contributing article:


Articles and Other Media

Take a break to walk

Truckers need Healthy eating but also Excersice daily, simply get of your truck and go for a walk' Courtesy of CF Trucking Solutions


Can I set my ESPAR heater to run while driving? My truck is only blowing cold air.Thanks ----- Hi, Giovanni, Thanks for asking a question about an ESPAR

Find a theme and

incorporate it not your identity of self

I love steampunk and plan to dress steampunk as a trucker. I also like communication so have ordered bumper stickers from my favorite presidential candidate.

Do I have to wait to get my cdl?

Do I have to wait to get my cdl? I had a cdl and not knowing I allowed it to expire not thinking I would have to start all over again from the very beginning.

Updated Form: Truck Stop Restaurant Reviews: Review Trucker Stops for Food

If you're a professional truck driver, we invite you to write restaurant reviews of truck stop restaurants where you've eaten. Where are your favorite trucker stops for food?

Updated Form: Truck Stop Fuel Island Review Form for Professional Truckers

While we have written many a truck stop fuel island review, if you're a professional truck driver, consider this an open invitation to write one of your own. Just fill in the form and submit.

Updated Form: Truck Stop Shower Review Form for Professional Truck Drivers

While we have written many a truck stop shower review, if you're a professional truck driver, consider this an open invitation to write one of your own. Just fill in the form and submit.

Updated: Condition of Employment and New Company Policy for Truckers

Updated: About Automatic Tire Chains and Automatic Snow Chains for Trucks

Updated: Truck Stop Rewards Program Information for Professional Truckers

Updated: On Being Rear Ended in a Truck

Updated: Pay Per Mile: One View of Pay-By-The-Mile Taxes for Truckers

Updated: Aerodynamic Wheel Covers Help Big Trucks Save Fuel

Updated: On Driving in Wind -- Strong Winds -- in a High Profile Truck

Updated: How a Truck Cam, Smart Cam or Dash Cam Can Save Truckers Money

Updated: Side Skirts for Tractor Trailers to Increase Fuel Efficiency

Updated: Whistle Blowing Truckers: STAA Law on Retaliation, Vindication

Updated: A Hot Truck: On Summer Heat, Truck Heat and Bake Oven Conditions

Updated: Air Quality, Idling, the Environment and Trucker Comfort

Updated: Addressing Anti Idling Sentiment and No Idling Laws

Updated: Will Driverless Trucks Ever Take Over the Trucking Industry?

Updated: Truck Snow Chains: Preparation for Winter Driving

Updated: Air Pollution Regulations and Large Truck Compliance Costs?

Updated: Which Hand Cleaner is Right for Heavy Duty Cleaning Needs?

Updated: On Using Grills to Cook Food in Your 18-Wheel Tractor Trailer

Updated: Tax Deductions for Professional Truck Drivers

Updated: Bed Sheets and Discount Bedding for Truck Sleeper Mattresses

Updated: Stop Tailgating and Following Too Closely with Your Big Truck

Updated: Reviews of Lug Nut Torque Indicators by Truck Drivers

Updated: Truck Fuel Efficiency Guide

Updated: Response to Review of Arctic Breeze Truck AC

Updated: Garmin GPS 465T

Updated: Professional development

Updated: Learn Law Over the Road

Updated: My receipts are a mess

Updated: Review of Amazon Marketing Book by Shelley Hitz

Updated: Sales Tax Holidays Can Help Truckers Save Big Money on Needed Items

Updated: Reviews of Klenz Shower in a Towel by Truckers

Updated: Microsoft Money Plus for Personal Finances and Money Management

Updated: Dream Come True: How We Reached a Large Long Term Goal

Updated: Before Year End: What's on Your Trucker To Do List?

Updated: On Cash Advances: Pros and Cons for Professional Truck Drivers

Updated: Inverter for Powering AC Devices From DC Sources in Big Trucks

Updated: Company Uniforms and Laundering Service Saves You Money

Updated: Ways Truckers Lose Money: Lessons on Prevention and Planning

Updated: Frugal Valentines Day Ideas for Truckers and Their Families

Updated: Positive Encouragement for My Trucker Using a Weekly Theme

Updated: Home Canning Foods Can Save Truckers a Lot of Money on the Road

Updated: Truckers Using Baking Soda as a Low-Cost Cleaning Agent

Updated: Sleeping Bag Repair: Make an Anti-Pill Fleece Sleeping Bag Liner

Updated: On Death and Dying On the Job as a Professional Truck Driver

Updated: On Truckers Software: Costs to Upgrade Software and Alternatives

Updated: On a Folding Elliptical Trainer for Truck Drivers

Updated: The Travel Packing List of One Money-Saving Pro OTR Truck Driver

Updated: Review of Mountain House Beef Stew by Truckers

Updated: Enjoy Chinese Food Right in the Comfort of Your Truck

Updated: Mountain House Freeze Dried Eggs, Scrambled, with Bacon: A Review

Updated: Cable Ties and Zip Ties: Inexpensive, Sturdy Fastening Solutions

Updated: Review of Bantam HB 62 Mini Flashlight

Updated: Big Rig Rake Answers Questions About Their Snow Removal Tool

Updated: Call Capture Cellular Signal Amplifier: Reviews by Truckers

Updated: A Little Empowerment for Truckers Without Idling Alternatives

Updated: Reviews of Fuel Shark Compact Fuel Saving Device by Truckers

Updated: Reviews of Innovation Factory Truckers Friend by Truckers

Updated: Reviews of Garmin GPS Navigation Systems by Truckers

Updated: Reviews of Magellan GPS Navigation Systems by Truckers

Updated: Verizon Mobile Hotspot Set Up and Usage: A Review for Truckers

Updated: Krud Kutter: A Product Review for Professional Truck Drivers

Updated: Nap Zapper Anti-Sleep Alarm: Product Reviews from Truckers

Updated: The Mud Flap Jack: Reviews by Professional Truck Drivers

Updated: Body Cooling Neck Wrap Products: Reviews by Truckers

Updated: Review of Portable Toilet in a Big Truck: Thetford Porta PottiĀ®

Updated: Nighthawk Ultralight: A Review by a Professional Truck Driver

Updated: Seagate Portable Hard Drive for Data Backup: A Review

Updated: Tire Pressure Monitoring System to Prevent Inflation Problems

Updated: Truck Driver Training Schools: Know This Before You Enroll

Updated: Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband: A Trucker's Review

Updated: Reviews of VuQube Truck-Mounted Entertainment Option by Truckers

Updated: Hotel Truck Parking: Not Every 'Truckers Welcome' Site Does

Updated: Thai Chicken Salad Grilled

Updated: Home Style Chicken Soup

Updated: Macaroni and Chicken Salad

Updated: Egg McLindi's

Updated: Pasteurized milk

Updated: gander mtn. camping freeze dried food

Updated: kettlebell fitness

Updated: elderberry capsules for cold/flu.

Updated: Make a shower

Updated: Read the scenic attraction Red or Green print on your Rand McNalley Map

Updated: haircuts

Updated: dc/ac power inverter

Updated: Keurig in a Tractor Trailer?

Updated: decorating your truck

Updated: Roadpro hot/cold unit and ?? could not find plug and ? if fixable

Updated: Klenz towel lover here!

Updated: Living permanently on the road to save money for future

Updated: Punished for a hard brake?

Updated: Truck Driver Health and Wellness: Achieve Fitness and Save Money

Updated: Trucker Services: Saving Money on Truck Driver Services

Updated: Trucker's Home Support Team: The Essential Key to Saving Money

Updated: A Thanksgiving Prayer on Behalf of Professional Truck Drivers

Updated: Truck Driving Jobs and Truck Driver Jobs in the Future

Updated: new to homeless :)

Updated: Push the Limit

Updated: Already have a Licence in different country

Updated: Billing for my time during brake check

Updated: Can't find my CDL


Earn More, Save More

Did you catch the implication from the article that was cited under "Prevent This!" above?

It stated that one accident had "closed the interstate between Baton Rouge and Lafayette for 12 hours."

If you had been driving on the side of I-10 behind where that accident took place, had no way to exit off and you're paid by the mile, guess what?

Yep, you just lost the equivalent of a day's pay.

Things like this happen regularly in the life of a professional truck driver. It may not be this extreme, but you never know when situations like this can happen to you, such as when you're sick or injured and can't drive.

If that were to happen to you, what would you do, especially if you're the sole or primary breadwinner for your family?

There is a better way to earn money. Vicki Simons has been working very hard to prepare information to help truckers earn a second income that can roll in round-the clock.

Be watching for it soon!


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We wish truckers around the world a very blessed Christmas and New Year's holiday. We look forward to a prosperous 2016 and want to bring as many of you along with us as possible.

Please share your money saving tips on our site to help your fellow truckers.

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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