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TDMST Email Newsletter, 2016-12
December 09, 2016

Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter

Issue #89, December 9, 2016

Featuring content from and supporting:

"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.

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Important Notice

  • The Challenge Continues!

    Even though Vicki Simons named November 8 "Low Clearance Awareness Day", the challenge is on to award a $50 gift card to the first professional truck driver who can document to her satisfaction that any GPS unit specifically configured for 13'6" commercial motor vehicles has routed him/her to go under any overpass that is shorter than 13'6" in the lanes of travel (not on the shoulders) within the continental USA.

  • New Icons

    On our responsive website, Vicki just updated the info at the top right corner to show icons instead of text as links to specific pages of our site -- as well as links to our social media channels.


Prevent This!

Two articles for your consideration this month both (sadly) involve fatalities at the hands of truckers...

According to this December 7, 2016 article, a father of eleven was killed by a trucker who was putting in eye drops, but supposedly not at the time of the crash. The trucker who hit the parked lorry faces jail time.

If you're going to be attending to medical or hygiene related matters, do them when you're safely parked. Don't risk an accident and a fatality.

Another December 7 article reveals that a truck driver "pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide ... related to ... a March 5, 2015 wreck ... which killed one motorist and injured [a] school bus driver."

It was apparent from the article that the trucker was tired. Although this trucker had a passenger who offered to drive, the trucker who caused the wreck had declined.

If you're tired, do not attempt to drive a commercial motor vehicle! Do not try to be a hero by overestimating your abilities.

Prevent these!



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I truly love the Lil stove takes up very little space and so far iv found nothing I can't cook with it. I'm only on the road 5 or6 days at a time so useualy

Updated: All Professional Truck Drivers Need Money Saving Tips Today

Professional truck drivers have demanding jobs. The time-tested money saving tips on our site provide them with ways to keep more of their hard earned paychecks.

What does "follow your tandems" mean in regards to alley docking?

What does follow your tandems mean in regards to alley docking? ----- Response from Vicki: Hello, Lorraine, Thanks for asking a question about following

RoadPro Lunchbox

I have been using these things for 16 or so years now and have probably owned 4 or 5 in that time. There are two main problems with the RoadPro. the

Updated: Maintain a Safe Following Distance Behind Other Vehicles, Trucker

An unexpected stop by drivers of vehicles in front of truckers can lead to accidents if you don't maintain a safe following distance. Read our tips...

Updated: Restaurant Review Pilot Georgia Tifton - Pilot Travel Center at Tifton, GA

This is a review of the Steak 'n Shake restaurant at the Pilot Travel Center in Tifton, Georgia. Restaurant Review Pilot Georgia Tifton

Updated: Truck Parking Vacancy Idea to Save Time, Effort and Money

If you could name one thing about truck parking that would save you time, effort and money, what would it be? We have an idea regarding vacancy...

Updated: Items Thrown From Overpasses Smash Windshields and Hurt Truckers

Be alert to the places where items have been thrown from overpasses which result in damaged vehicles and hurt drivers. Help us keep our list up-to-date....

How will self-driving or autonomous trucks deal with bad winter weather?

Contributing article:

Slippery ethics? No. Just flat out stealing.

Although the man was "uneasy" about "[padding] his income" because "his salary would be lower than what he had agreed to", "he billed clients for products he never purchased and instead pocketed the cash". He's been sentenced "to a year in federal prison and ordered to pay back $177,000 as part of a fraud scheme." Crime does not pay.

Contributing article:

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Contributing article:

Did the news that another autonomous truck ran on roads in the USA bother you? If so, in what way(s)?

Comment on our Truck Operations page.

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Service was great! Saved me Thousands!

Note: This review is about Truckers Voice in Court. ----- Stressing about my tickets and these guys took over and handled it all. Got them both dismissed.

Good idea cord gets very hot.

The following review is about the RoadPro Portable Stove. ----- Convenient size and handy to reheat food. Would not purchase again. Unit must be closely

Updated: CMV GPS Low Clearance Report Form; Low Clearance Awareness Day

Vicki Simons will reward the first professional truck driver who can sufficiently document through our CMV GPS Low Clearance Report Form that his/her CMV GPS unit routed his/her truck to a low clearance.

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

When summer heat bears down on your truck, your hot truck can become a bake oven. We document just how bad this can get...


Earn More, Save More

A December 5, 2016 article stated, "According to a 2015 GOBankingRates survey of 5,000 adults, 62% of respondents said they have less than $1,000 in savings. More startling, 28% of those surveyed had no cash savings whatsoever."

Are you among them? How do you feel about that?

And how do you feel every winter, if you're forced to shut down your rig due to bad weather and wait out one or more storms?

If the wheels aren't turning, you're not earning, right?

A December 6, 2016, article refers to a "doozy" of a storm in North Dakota in which "Interstates ... are too dangerous to travel, or closed."

Theoretically, even if roads were clear, blowing snow and blizzard-like conditions would still make visibility very bad.

When you're shut down due to winter weather -- and you can't earn money from your trucking job -- you can still do something about growing your income in your off-duty hours!

Learn everything you can from Second Income for Truckers E-Course today!


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This is our final issue of Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter for the year. Wow! Where has 2016 gone?

We wish all of our readers worldwide a blessed Christmas and a prosperous new year!

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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