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TDMST Email Newsletter, 2020-11
November 13, 2020

Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter

Issue #136, November 13, 2020

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 Reward Associated With Low Clearance Awareness Day (November 8) Remains Unclaimed

    Back in 2016, Vicki Simons named November 8 as "Low Clearance Awareness Day" for the purpose of helping professional truck drivers avoid driving commercial motor vehicles under or into structures that are shorter that their vehicles.

    There are 5 tips on the page to help truckers avoid striking low clearances.

    The date November 8 (11/8) was selected in honor of the "11 foot 8" (11'8") railroad trestle in Durham, North Carolina, where many low clearance crashes have happened despite the installation of numerous warning devices.

    There have been many low clearance truck accidents since 2016, but as of yet, no one has documented to Vicki's satisfaction that his or her Commercial Motor Vehicle-specific GPS unit has routed him/her to go under any overpass that is shorter than 13'6" in the lanes of travel within the continental USA.

    The offer of a reward for this is still unclaimed.

  • Bad Weather Driving

    In some places around the USA, the weather has become very cold and winter precipitation can make traveling hard, treacherous, or downright impossible.

    Although there may be times when the FMCSA suspends the Hours of Service regulations in order to let certain truckers continue working, please carefully evaluate traveling conditions to make sure it is safe to drive before you head out.

    No load is worth your life.

    Here are some resources on our website that you may find helpful:

    - Refuse to Drive a Truck When These Situations Happen

    - Captain of the Ship Policy and Unsafe Working Conditions

    - Safe Driving Tips for Drivers of Large Trucks

    - Whistle Blowing Truckers: STAA Law on Retaliation, Vindication

    - Out of Service Truck: Trucker Stages a Showdown



TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2020.10.17

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending October 17, 2020.

TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2020.10.24

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending October 24, 2020.

TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2020.10.31

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending October 31, 2020.

TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2020.11.07

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending November 7, 2020.

TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2020.11.14

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending November 14, 2020.

Updated: Truck Driver Salary: How Much Money Do Pro Truck Drivers Earn?

New and experienced truckers alike often seek information on truck driver salary potential. How much do truck drivers really earn?

Comments to FMCSA on Broker Transparency

Vicki Simons wrote and submitted her Comments to FMCSA on Broker Transparency.

DAT Load Board

How can a DAT Load Board help you?

The Next EXIT Interstate Highway Guide: A Review

A description and review of the Next EXIT Interstate Highway Guide by a professional truck driver.

The Ultimate Truck Parking Guide

The Ultimate Truck Parking Guide is a book that is regularly updated by the author, LeRoy D Clemmer.

Updated: Product Reviews on Items Marketed and Sold to Truck Drivers

The sizes of their commercial motor vehicles often limit the shopping options of many professional truck drivers. Which items marketed to and sold to them pass muster? Read our product reviews.


Earn More, Save More

A November 12, 2020, article opened as follows:

A pileup involving 29 vehicles -- half of which were semi trucks -- shut Interstate 94 down for hours in both directions near Monticello after a band of snow moved into the area Thursday morning.

Further reading reveals that:

The state patrol reported eastbound traffic was closed for about four hours, while westbound traffic was closed at Highway 25 for nine and a half hours.

What would you do if you were stuck in traffic for 9.5 hours?

If you're being paid by the mile, you're not being paid to sit still.

However, if you've learned how to earn a second income from the cab of your truck, you can put that "sitting time" to good use and keep right on earning.


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Before the end of the month, those of us in the USA will be celebrating Thanksgiving.

This is the time of year, though, when Christmas freight is moving and many OTR, long haul, and regional truckers will be working.

Since we have taken multiple Thanksgiving trips on the road as truckers, we understand what truckers on the road at this time of year are going through.

If you cannot be at home, please touch base with your home support team members sometime on Thanksgiving Day.

One option, which allows users to both hear and see each other, is the video conferencing Zoom cloud meeting app, which is available for both Android and iOS devices.

Just because you're out on the road does not mean that you can't enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving dinner right in your truck.

If you have a battery-connected inverter or APU in your truck, a crock pot or slow cooker, and a hot pot, you can create a meal complete with cooked turkey, sweet potato casserole, and the works.

You will need to do some advanced planning, but since you're already skilled as a trucker in making on-time pick-ups and deliveries, planning a fancier-than-usual meal in-truck should be a snap!

If your company offers -- and you plan to earn -- holiday pay for driving through some part of the Thanksgiving holiday, make sure you understand and abide by all of the rules.

Once again, we are offering our Thanksgiving Prayer on behalf of 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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