The good thing is that while you are sitting on the truck stop using their free WIFI to check out the singles on your favorite dating site, you can also shop around for the best fuel deals.
Another good thing to get is an app for your smart phone that will let you know where all the truck stops are. A good thing about those is they not only tell you where to go but which station has the best prices too!
A nickel saved here and there can add up when you’re filling a 150-gallon tank. Then when compare this saving to the year, you just might cover the cost of your favorite trucker’s magazine, online dating membership or whatever keeps you entertained and happy!
6. Find a Way to Get Free Showers
So that means you won’t worry about reeking for two weeks on the road or getting a hotel just to take a bath! You can save and minimize your truck driving expenses by using the truck stop showers.
Now they don’t all have them, and not all are free. But the cost is much less than a hotel.
Many of them have laundry mats on the premises. So not only can you send your truck through the truck wash and wash yourself, you can even wash your clothes! Now, how’s that for a deal.
Don’t worry if you ran out of soap, they sell it there. However, to really cut on truck driving expenses swing by WalMart. Don’t worry about the ‘Truck Drivers Not Welcome at Walmart” story that circulated around and made the news last year. According to Snopes, it turned out that it’s fake. They like you, and they will gladly take your money!
So in order to cut on truck driving expenses, I will suggest you to go to some discount store, buy everything there, and bring it along with you.
Now if you really want to cut your truck driving expenses you could double up in the shower. But I would not recommend that!
7. Plan your Routes
“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” – Lewis Carroll
Of course, there are millions truck driver quotes like the one above! They say all roads lead to Rome, well that is great unless you’re trying to get to Toledo and you are lost!
Nothing will add more to your truck driving expenses than being lost. Don’t waste time and fuel, both of which can be expensive, and use route optimizer to try and cut on truck driving expenses.
Always plan your route! Know where you are going. Plug it into your GPS, plot it on your phone, and check it out on MapQuest. Heck, you can even open an old Rand McNally paper street guide; it doesn’t matter, but know where you are going!
Ok, well actually it does. Even Rand McNally has an app for smartphones specifically designed for commercial operators. There are numerous apps for the trucking industry.
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In fact, there are so many, that it can make you feel almost lazy.
Though they say, “Work smarter not harder”. It isn’t like it was years ago where you found a waypoint and followed it or had to stop at the local service station to ask for directions (well not usually anyway).
There is no reason why you can’t know where you are going and schedule it so you won’t be late. The routes will be marked, there are traffic updates, weather reports, even the fuel stations shown.
There just isn’t any excuse for getting lost, unless you tried to cut on the truck driving expenses cost by not paying your phone/ internet bill!
Over the road trucking has its own pros and cons, but once you start doing it you will love it. There are some truck driving expenses that go with it, expected and not expected, but you just go with the flow and move forward. On the end of the day, it’s all good and worth it.
As you can clearly see though, there are plenty of ways to cut your truck driving expenses. Some are better than others; other drivers might have a few suggestions of their own. It doesn’t matter as long as you create a budget and stick to it.
Do you have ways to cut truck driving expenses? What are the biggest truck driving expenses by your opinion? Share your thoughts and suggestions with us in the comment box below.