Not everything needs to be handled by the pros, however. You might have a good understanding of truck maintenance and in that case, that is a big plus for you. You will be able to save a lot and cut truck driving expenses by not using repair shop services every time a screw gets loose.
Moreover, this days and age, you can cut a lot of truck driving expenses on regular maintenance just by being cautious. Listen to your truck and you will know if something is wrong with it! You don’t have to wait till things get bad or worse.
During your regular pre-trip inspections you can notice a lot. So don’t wait till last minute to replace truck parts that need to be replaced. Hop online and order the parts and pieces that you know you’ll need soon, and have them in handy.
A useful tip to save on truck driving expenses is to buy truck parts and other equipment for your truck in bulk. Look at discount prices for tires, lights, exhausts, shocks, and everything else that you know will soon need to be replaced.
3. Try to Find Free Wi-Fi Signals
I know that nowadays it’s hard to even imagine living without Internet connection but people did it a million years ago. So, you can do it too, and try to save on truck driving expenses by using free Wi-Fi connection when possible.
Hitting the endless roads as a life style is not an easy thing to do, especially when you are out in the middle of nowhere week after week if not months. I know it’s not an easy job to do, but somebody has to do it!
You don’t have to automatically go online and spend hours on the Internet. Or if you have to, and you are addicted to electronic gadgets that require an Internet connection, then try to use free Wi-Fi when possible. That will significantly decrease your truck driving expenses.
Actually, there are many free or inexpensive things you can do in order to cut your truck driving expenses.
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If you want to go to a sports bar to watch the game, do it during happy hour. Things are usually half price; even the food is discounted (if not free). Just remember to not drink and drive.
You can go to parks, many museums and zoos are still free. Here’s a sample from USA Today of some free attractions. Need to stop, can’t sleep, take in a matinee, they are cheaper than seeing the movie at normal times.
But, you can even sit on your laptop and watch movies. YouTube offers many for cheap rents. If you like older movies, then they have an extensive library of freebies like westerns. Just visit Westerns on the Web or there are numerous other such sites. So take advantage of the free WIFI and enjoy!
4. Find a Good Quality Cooler to Keep Food
Of course, while you’re sitting there watching your trucking movies you will want to munch on something. Popcorn is an obvious choice, but what about something cold to drink with it? What about ice cream instead of popcorn?
Now, what are you supposed to do? Well, you have a couple options. Run out and buy the most modern deluxe truck you can find. But then you have gone and spent all the money you were trying to save and now you have even more debt.
You could buy 7-11 big gulp. After all that gigantic drink should last for the entire movie. Of course, it’ll get rather watery towards the end.
So then what about a nice Igloo cooler? That might not be a bad idea. You can find those in all sorts of sizes and shapes. All you have to do is buy ice and there you go.
Of course, some people don’t like the idea of lugging ice, draining the water, and throwing out soggy sandwiches. Plus there is the expense of constantly buying ice; however, it is cheaper than buying those big gulps.
Another option is to get a small refrigerator for your truck. TruckFridge is just one place you can look and see for yourself what is available and what the prices are, though you may need a power adapter or converter.
So as you can see, one great thing about our modern world is that you always have options!
5. Find the Cheapest Truck Stop to Fuel your Truck
One of the truck driving expenses you might have overlooked is the fuel cost. Let me warn you it can get expensive, depending on the price per barrel and world events.
After a while, there are those who would rather own the trucking company than the truck. If that is you, know that there are many already established trucking companies for sale.
Keep in mind that that does nothing to reduce the cost of fuel. So whether you’re the owner of the fleet and you use a fuel card system or a private owner operator, you’re going to want to use the cheapest fuel you can find.
Now, by cheap I mean inexpensive as possible, not bad quality fuel! Bad quality fuel will only cause you more problems later and cost you more to repair. So stick with the name brands, but shop around!