Tricks of the Trade and
Money Saving Trade Secrets in Trucking

Experienced professional truck drivers have picked up "tricks of the trade" over the years to help them with the operation of their trucks. Some trade secrets are self-taught; others are learned from fellow drivers.
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Mike Simons has over 11½ years of professional driving experience and shares these extremely handy tips to help you save time or money or both:

axling out on a Certified Automatic Truck Scale or CAT Scale. scaling out or axling out your load;
Trucks at a truckstop, in or pulled through the fuel bay where they pumped fuel at the fuel pump. tip to prevent a diesel spill when pumping fuel at a fuel pump;
The fifth wheel assembly on the back of a commercial motor vehicle's tractor. stuck fifth wheel;
The trailer tandem axles under the rear of a commercial motor vehicle. stuck trailer axles or tandems;
A close-up view of the connector between the truck curtain and the track in which it is installed. sticky truck curtains;
The electrical cord or pigtail that carries power from the tractor to the trailer, shown plugged into the socket on the trailer. trailer lights that won't work;
The correct position of the landing gear crank handle behind a fixed hook. correct landing gear positioning;
Pressing the button on the front of a 1500 watt inverter to turn it on. performing inverter troubleshooting; and
Commercial motor vehicle with trailer tandems all the way back.
evening out weight between drive axles and trailer tandems for better pulling power and a smoother ride.

We even have pages on ensuring a good winter trailer connection, how to do temporary and permanent crank handle repair and another on how to get rid of flies -- both the common housefly and fruit flies -- in your truck..

truck drivers money saving tip icon Money saving tip: By using these time-tested tips, you may be able to save a significant amount of time, money and aggravation down the road.

For example, Mike is able to avoid any and all fines associated with having too much weight on a particular set of axles on his truck by "scaling out" or "axling out" his truck.

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Tricks of the Trade Other Visitors Have Shared

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Things that freeze on truckers 
There may be a lot of things that freeze on truckers in the winter, but I want to tell you about three that we know about first-hand. I categorize these …

Recipe for stuck trailer axles Not rated yet
read the" Mike's Tips" on stuck trailer axles. a HUGE money saver I've learned is a 50/5p solution of Dawn dish soap& water in a squirt bottle. works …

Many uses for WD-40 in a truck? Not rated yet
Your use of WD-40 to help truck curtains slide in the track easier was useful. I suspect there are many uses for WD-40 in a truck. Mine is to remove sticky …

Use black jackets, bedding, hats, and duffle bags to keep the truck neat Not rated yet
I learned this from my brother. A former tow truck driver and current oversize trucker. Nothing looks wore out or greasy if its black. ----- Response …

Use a battery powered leaf blower to clean your trailer Not rated yet
You must have an APU to use a battery powered leaf blower to clean the trailer regularly, unless you charge it at home. After a while you could weaken …

Remove grafitti within two days easily from your truck Not rated yet
Auto paint takes three days to cure. Lightly wiping grafitti from a trailer with paint thinner within two days removes the new paint without the old. In …

Beware of sparks around batteries Not rated yet
When troubleshooting any electrical problems, try to avoid anything that causes sparks close to batteries. Hydrogen gas vapors rising from batteries can …

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