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TDMST Email Newsletter, 2016-05
May 13, 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 #82, May 13, 2016

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Important Notice

  • New Method Planned to Save Periscope Live Streaming Scopes

    Vicki wants to help professional truck drivers save money by live streaming info through Periscope.

    However, she received an email from Katch that after about May 4, they would no longer automatically be keeping the scopes as .mp4 (video) files.

    It is important -- at least to us ;-) -- that the information she shares on Periscope be saved for later viewing.

    Vicki has in mind a different method of saving Periscope broadcasts.

    It involves a bit of technical work that will hopefully open up a whole new dimension of

    As soon as this is ready, Vicki will put out the word. Thanks!


Prevent This!

Last April, WISH-TV Channel 8 in Indianapolis, broke the news of how a trucker failed to properly secure his load before driving.

Scraps of metal fell off his truck and covered over a mile on Interstate 70. About 50 drivers were left with flat tires. The trucker's company agreed to pay for damages and the driver was "cited for an unsecured load".

This was totally preventable!

Truckers need to learn how to properly secure their loads, and then execute load securement before leaving a shipper's facility.

It should be obvious that chained or strapped loads on flatbed trailers need to be inspected regularly.

When Mike was hauling loads on flatbed trailers, his rule when looking at his mirrors was not only to watch for traffic coming up behind him but also to pay attention to the straps holding down his load.

If not before then, Mike always stopped within about 50 miles of leaving a shipper's facility in order to physically walk around his trailer and inspect the straps. If the straps needed it, he would retighten them.

Once, he had only gotten about 5 miles down the road when he noticed that part of his load had shifted, requiring him to stop and retighten the straps.

Even dry van loads must be secure. Check with your trucking company before breaking any seal in order to check cargo securement.

The FMCSA has prepared the Driver's Handbook on Cargo Securement in web and .pdf formats.

Prevent expensive accidents and fines due to unsecured loads.



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Hey I am Derick and I used to take care of my own 2290s since 2010 when I found electronic filing that easy than going downtown to a local IRS office.

Requesting Your Review of IdleFree's 'Behind-the-Cab APU'

If you have purchased and are using an IdleFree "Behind-the-Cab APU" -- as is described in this article, please review it on our Product Reviews page.

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:

Trucker, do you prefer to use your truck stop 'rewards points' for purchases valued under $20, between $20 and $100, or over $100?

Please comment on our Truck Stop page.

Contributing article:

Other than checking between your double trailers at each stop you make, what else can a trucker do to make sure folks aren't 'hitching' a free -- and potentially fatal -- ride?

Please comment on our Truck Operations page.

Contributing article:

Trucker, if you've switched trucking companies in the last 2 years, did you realize an increase in 'wages and benefits'? If so, was it enough to satisfy you?

Please comment on our Budgeting page.

Contributing article:

Will this 'Truck Parking Initiative' actually do -- or lead to -- anything substantial to help alleviate the lack of safe truck parking in the USA?

The idea that Vicki proposed about truck parking back in about 2012 is a start, but don't more truck parking places actually need to be built?

Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page.

Since a study of the national highway system found that 'Truckers lost 728 million hours in delivery time [due] to traffic jams in 2014', how will slip-seating help trucking companies overcome this to be more productive?

Please comment on our Truck Operations page.

Contributing article: Related:

Trucker, if you received a bonus, would you save, spend or invest it? If you were to spend it, what would you spend it on?

Please comment on our Budgeting page.

Contributing article:

Had this trucker been wearing a seat belt, weren't chances better that he would not have been thrown from his truck and consequently killed in or by the crash?

Please comment on our Truck Operations page.

Contributing article:

How much money would you save if you brewed your own coffee in-truck instead of buying it elsewhere (such as a truck stop)?

Please comment on our Food and Recipes page.

Contributing article:

If your trucking company pays you cash regarding a worker's compensation claim, shouldn't that raise a red flag to you, trucker?

Please comment on our Employee Benefits page.

Contributing article:


If you're an OTR company driver, what hindrances to saving money would you foresee if your company decided to start slip-seating drivers?

Please comment on our Trucker Services page.

Contributing article:

Have you been the victim of a fraudulently run truck driver training school or CDL examiner? How did it affect your becoming a professional truck driver?

Please comment on our Truck Driver Training Schools page.

Contributing article:

Considering all they do, is $60,000 per year enough of an average income for owner-operators?

Contributing article:


Articles and Other Media

Murphy Plywood 5/10/16 - load not available till 5/11/16 PM

Your name (first and last preferred) or initials: Your trucking company's name: Shipper's name and location: Date and time load assigned: Pick-up appointment


How do you freeze the meat how long can meat stay in the portable fridge ----- Response from Vicki: Hello, Thank you for asking these questions through

Updated: Peach Crisp: a Wonderful Warm Dessert You Can Make in Your Truck

Just because you drive a truck doesn't mean you can't enjoy wonderful warm desserts like peach crisp. Now you can make it in a crock pot...

Updated: 5-Hour Energy: Reviews from Professional Truck Drivers

5-Hour Energy is a 2-ounce energy shot designed to help users feel alert for 5 hours after consumption. How do professional truck drivers review it?

Updated: Review of CabAire Truck Electrification Solutions by Truckers

In selected truck stops, you may find CabAire truck electrification solutions. How do professional truck drivers like it?

Updated: Retread Tires for Big Trucks: Cost Savings and Other Tips

Brand new truck tires are expensive. What should you know about retread tires? You can save money but what else is at stake?

Updated: Truck Parts Reviews for Best Value, Written by Pro Truckers

Do you drive a truck or manage a fleet? This page is dedicated to professional drivers' reviews of heavy duty truck parts for best value


Earn More, Save More

A May 10, 2016 article from Time stated that trucking had gone from being "One of the Best Jobs in America to One of the Worst" and that it was due to "Longer hours, lower pay, less clout".

The opening paragraph reads:

"In 1980, the average trucker in America was making an annual salary, adjusted for inflation, equal to more than $110,000 today. Twenty-five years later, truckers make on average about $40,000 a year, working harder, longer hours, and with less job security."

It used to be that truckers were paid -- at least in part -- based on the number of years that they had driven professionally. Well, if company drivers start driving for a new trucking company, they may or may not get the same rate (or higher) than they received at their old trucking company.

It's important to understand that inflation doesn't stop. Your wages may not have decreased, but thanks to inflation, your purchasing power decreases over time. In 2013, Vicki examined this in her article about the inflation calculator.

During your off-duty hours, are you working to provide a hedge against your potentially eroding primary trucking income? Are you working to earn a second income?

Don't know where to start? Learn more by subscribing to Vicki Simons's Second Income for Truckers E-Course.

Note: The price and formatting of this e-course will be changing.


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By the end of May in the USA, many public schools will be out for the year. The traditional beginning of summer is Memorial Day and many people will be traveling.

Among those travelers may be folks who have purchased recreational equipment (campers, boats, RVs, etc.), but have no real training on how to transport them.

Be alert to potential problems from folks driving combination units who do not have the same level of training or knowledge about hauling that you do.

If necessary, give them plenty of room so that you can prevent an accident.

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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