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TDMST Email Newsletter, 2016-03
March 11, 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 #80, March 11, 2016

Table of Contents

Important Notice

  • Truckers Savings App

    Thanks to everyone who has installed the Truckers Savings App on their mobile devices! We hope you're enjoying it.

    We have experienced some challenges with the truck stop review forms on the app (on the Google Play Store). For that reason, Vicki created three mobile-responsive forms on pages on our site through which truckers may write and send in their reviews of truck stop fuel islands, restaurants and showers. Click the links for the review "pages" to access the forms.

    We're still waiting for an important number that will let us publish Truckers Savings App for iPhone, iPad and other "i" devices.

    If you have experienced difficulties in using our app -- especially if you've sent info through a form but have not received an email offering to let you subscribe to our Truckers Savings Blog email notification list -- please contact us.

  • MATS Exhibitors Are Encouraged to Report the Freebies and Discounts They're Giving Away to Truckers

    Exhibitors at the Mid-America Trucking Show who will have freebies or discounts available through their booths are invited to share their news through the form on this page of our site.

    Click here to learn how truckers can get the most for their money at trucking shows.

  • Second Income for Truckers E-Course is Ready!

    See the "Earn More, Save More" section below.


Prevent This!

An article from CCJ opened this way:

"A truck driver has filed a class action lawsuit against CPC Logistics alleging the company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by not notifying applicants or employees they were not hired because of information found in their DAC reports."

The driver's DAC report supposedly contained "inaccurate and adverse work history information".

Furthermore, "The company failed to notify Hoeflicker within three business days, as the FCRA requires, following the 'adverse action.'"

Could the driver have prevented this?

It depends.

According to this article:

"DAC reports are regulated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which entitles truckers to receive a free copy every year of the information that has been collected on them" and "it takes around 10-15 days from the day your request is submitted until the hard copy is delivered."

A quick decision to

  • leave a trucking company that left inaccurate info on a trucker's DAC report and
  • then apply to work for another trucking company

may not give the trucker enough time to see (let alone dispute and have corrected) any inaccuracy present. allows you to: states, "If you believe that any information in your background / file reports is inaccurate or incomplete, you may file a dispute with HireRight for free. The dispute investigation process generally may take up to 30 days, depending on the nature, scope and source of the information being disputed."

It's a good idea for truckers to request a copy of their DAC reports

  • for free once a year; and
  • whenever they are thinking of switching trucking companies (to make sure everything is accurate).

(It's a good idea to request your free credit report once a year, too.)

Because of inaccurate info on this one trucker's DAC report, he has lost out two ways:

  • the "lost employment opportunity" to work with the trucking company of his choice, the job of which he had been offered contingent upon the background report being OK; and
  • the cost of the legal action he is pursuing.

Personally, we're glad that the trucker is fighting this. But we're shocked that the trial is set to take place well over a year from now!

Since his DAC report is going to affect his ability to be hired by any trucking company, we wonder what this driver plans to do for income between now and then.

Prevent this situation by monitoring your background reports regularly. Dispute each and every inaccuracy until all of the info on your report is accurate.



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:

Which of these tips on saving money on groceries work well for truckers?


Comment on our Food and Recipes page.

Truckers, have you had problems find truck parking in Tulsa? What is your solution?

Comment on our trucker services page.

Contributing article:

Why did this trucker insist on texting while driving a semi? Was it worth a crash, killing someone, a fine, and 8 years in prison?

Comment on our telephone services page.

Contributing article:

Trucker, are you 'diligent about collecting receipts and other source documents' that 'might justify a tax deduction'?

'Proof of transaction' is needed.

Comment on our budgeting page.

Contributing article:

Truckers, how often have you been forced to go around road closures due to problems like rock slides? How much did each road closure cost you?

Comment on our truck operations page.

Contributing article:

Trucker, have you ever used your smartphone as a dashcam?

Which app(s) do you use for this? Do they save you money? How much?

Comment on our telephone services page.

Are truckers supposed to get '150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise' each day or each week?

Article has conflicting wording... How much exercise do you get, trucker?

Comment on our health and wellness page.

Contributing article:

Celadon independent contractors, how's that new 'Rent to Run' program working out for you?

Does it really provide 'all the rewards without the risks'?

Comment on our truck operations page.

Truckers, how do you feel about a gallon of diesel costing less than $2 'for first time since early 2005'?

Comment on our truck operations page.

Contributing article:


There are 5 reasons people fear frugality. Do you have any of them?

If you care to share which one(s) you have, please do so on our budgeting page.

Contributing article:

Have you used 'Truck 'N Park' to find truck parking along I-95? Do you plan to?

If you've used the service, please review it on our trucker services page.

Contributing article:

Was the trucker aware that he had cocaine on his truck?

Why would any trucker risk his/her CDL for this?

Contributing article:

How is it possible that a truck that is '15 feet 4 inches' high -- and being led by an escort vehicle -- can hit a bridge that is '14 feet 8 inches' high? Could the problem lie with the permitting agency?

Contributing article:


Articles and Other Media

Private Pet Transport Needed

Private pet transport needed.

wish i had found this before!!

I have been dealing with this crap for too long. Rand McNally is where it is at! and they work with ELOGS !!!! i wasted 250 bucks on crap! ----- Response

top sheet sewn to fitted sheet

where can I buy sheet sets with top sheet sewn to bottom fitted one, for 42 x 80 x 6.5 mattress? Can't find them anywhere I've looked so far. ----- Response


We have been traveling with and using this oven for many years. We wore out the first one after many years and had to buy another one. It has saved my

Beanie wienie casserole

Ingredients 1 4 floz can baked beans 4 bun length hot dogs sliced into pucks 0.5 tablespoon minced garlic 0.2 oz butter 4 stalks green onion chopped


Earn More, Save More

Here is a round-up of some recent news regarding truckers and their income.

  • We know of a trucker who suddenly found himself out of his trucking job because the medical examiner refused to re-certify him as a result of a finding during his DOT physical.

  • The trucker whose situation is listed in "Prevent This!" above was unable to be hired by the trucking company of his choice because of inaccurate information in his DAC report.

  • In this article, the author made his "case for the $100,000 a year trucker".
    He further stated, "So in 40 years, the average income of a trucker has increased by 17%. In the same period of time, two of the most costly purchases a trucker will make in his/her lifetime ; a home and a car, have increased by 560% and 883% respectively."

  • New trucking rules in Australia will prevent "Owner-operator truck drivers" from "competing with bigger companies".
    How would you like to have the odds stacked against you?

We're pleased to report that Vicki Simons's Second Income for Truckers E-Course is now available.

We'll be updating the info soon, but for now, you can get to the e-course info by entering and sending your name and email address through the form on this page.


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In the USA's deep south, spring has sprung (if not by the calendar, then definitely by the warmer temperatures and budding foliage)! People will be ramping up efforts to travel on vacations. Some drivers of large vehicles -- including RVs, fifth wheels and campers towed along behind trucks -- may never have received training on how to handle them. So, please be on your guard as best you can.

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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