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TDMST Email Newsletter, 2016-02
February 12, 2016

"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 #79, February 12, 2016

Table of Contents

Important Notice

  • Truckers Savings App Has Been Published!

    We are extremely pleased to announce that the Truckers Savings App has been published on the Google Play Store! We have been advised that it can take a number of hours to become available.

    Publishing this app for Apple users is more complicated and Vicki is currently waiting to get an important number in order to proceed with publication of the app for iPhone, iPad and other "i" devices. We will let you know when it is active.

    The reason for publishing this app is to make it easier for professional truck drivers to save money.

    Although much of the information is available for free from us to you, we need for you to do your part in submitting truck stop reviews and money saving tips.

    Thanks for your patience and thanks in advance for your feedback!


Prevent This!

Again this month, perhaps the title of this section should be "Prevent These!" because we have two events from which to learn.

On February 10, an article reported that a trucker driving in the Clam Lake Township, Michigan, area "was exiting the highway and the crew had posted signs warning drivers of the work".

The driver "crashed into a road crew", killed one worker and injured another.

He was charged with "reckless driving causing death".

This was totally preventable. Work zones signs are purposely designed to be high visibility and easily seen. The trucker should have heeded the signs and slowed down before exiting.

There is never any reason to strike, injure or kill a road crew member. This sort of accident is the reason why some states charge big fines for injuring these workers.

Truckers who haul freight that needs to be secured before moving, check out the February 10 article about a trucker who is facing charges.

Not only did a "large piece of metal debris" fly off his rig -- which ended up striking a passenger vehicle and "injuring three people" -- but he "allegedly kept right on driving" after the accident!

He was charged with:

  • "leaving the scene of an accident";
  • "a left-lane violation"; and
  • having his load "improperly secured".

Always, always, always properly secure your load and check load securement periodically en route.

Prevent this kind of accident!



Review of Brownie Mix from Valley Food Storage

Regarding Brownie Mix from Valley Food Storage, how easy was it to prepare, how did it taste and how cost effective is it? Read this review...

Review of Cheesy Mac by Valley Food Storage

This is a product review of Cheesy Mac, a packaged macaroni and cheese product, from Valley Food Storage. How easy was it to prepare and how did it taste?

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 the 'amount of these [Rhode Island] tolls is devastating to a small [trucking] company', what will the impact be on the wages of the truckers who drive for that company?

Contributing article:

Why didn't this trucker slow down in a work zone? Want to bet that he didn't start out that morning intent on being charged with 'reckless driving causing death'?

Contributing article:

Oil prices could jump 'how far' by the end of 2016?

Contributing article:

Could the GPS directions that these truckers are following that direct them to a residential neighborhood be from non-truck-specific GPS units?

Contributing article:

How many times has the truck you were driving gotten stuck in snow or ice during the winter? What did you do about that?

Comment on our truck operations page.

Contributing article:

Was it worth 'two years of probation and ... $375,000 in restitution and cleanup costs' for a trucker to drive under the influence of alcohol, that led up to a 2014 crash?

Contributing article:

Trucker, has your trucking company provided you with the tools to remove snow and/or ice from the top of the trailers you haul?

Contributing article:

Could being 'really, really tired' have affected the judgment of the trucker who collapsed a historic bridge?

Comment on our health and wellness page.

Contributing article:

Truckers, if Winter Storm Jonas negatively affected your paycheck, how much money would you say you lost?

Comment on our truck operations page.

Contributing article:

In cold weather, did you know truck trouble may not be due to fuel gelling but rather 'poor maintenance of the vehicle, storage tanks and truck fuel tanks'?

Quote from article: " has to be below -15 degrees before fuel even begins to gel..."

Comment on our Preventive Maintenance page.

Contributing article:

Would being able to legally carry -- and having a firearm with him -- have helped this trucker avoid being shot?

Comment on our Health and Wellness page.

Contributing article:

If truckers drive company-owned trucks, why should they have to pay out-of-pocket for truck parking if the only parking spots available are paid?

Comment on our Trucker Services page.

Contributing article:

Is 'a fine of $25 to $75' enough of a penalty to encourage you to remove snow/ice off the top of your trailer in Pennsylvania?

Contributing article:


Articles and Other Media



Keeping drivers

80 percent of drivers spend a lot of money going to school get a driving job and find out that being a OTR driver sux. I have 24 years in driving and got

Updated: Cell Phone Use While Driving a Semi Tractor Trailer

It can be very dangerous to drive while doing any other activity. But what about cell phone use while driving a large commercial motor vehicle?

Updated: Railroad Crossing Accident Prevention for Semi Tractor Trailers

Drivers of semi tractor trailers can prevent being involved in a railroad crossing accident. Here's how...

Updated: Low Clearance Bridges and Overpasses: How to Watch for and Avoid

Being involved in an accident from trying to squeeze a truck under a low clearance is totally preventable. Here's how to know about and avoid them.

Updated: Television on your cell phone

In your applications store on an Iphone or in the Android Marketplace on your Droid phone, download to watch Beverly Hillbillies, NCIS, Star Trek,

Top Truck Wash

If your looking for a top notch quality wash, give Nova Truck Wash the business! found these guys when I needed a tanker washed out so I had them wash

I have freightliner 1993 FLD120, my cruse control is not warking.

I have changed the switch under the clutch pedal. when the truck is parked the cruse control is working when I release the yellow button (release the parking

King Pin Lock cost

How much on average does a King Pin Lock cost ----- Response from Vicki: Thanks for asking your question about the cost of a king pin lock, which is


Earn More, Save More

In January 2016, hundreds of truckers (and many other travelers) were "inconvenienced" and even stranded by Winter Storm Jonas.

When a weather system dumps a large amount of snow and/or ice in a region, traveling can become dangerous or impossible.

It is true that no load is worth your life, but as the old saying goes, "When the wheels aren't turning, you're not earning."

During our team driving days, we (Mike and Vicki Simons) had to shut down numerous times because of winter weather. Even in the "deep south" of Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina, we've encountered severe weather which prompted us to stop and park rather than keep going. If the weather is really, really bad, some roads or exits may be closed.

Instead of just sitting and waiting it out with nothing productive to do, truckers have the option to earn a second income from the cabs of their trucks.

We project that within the next two weeks, Vicki Simons's Second Income for Truckers E-Course will become available.

Be watching for it!


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February 14 is Valentine's Day. If you're on the road and away from family at this time, please be sure to connect with them and share your love. Our page provides ideas about how you can do this frugally.

We hope you've had a prosperous start to 2016 and encourage you to share your money saving tips 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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