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Bill R.'s Comment
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1. How to keep from gaining weight while driving. 2. Satellite Radio vs Am/FM. 3. Best Cell Phone Carrier 4. Best "wifi hotspot/air card". 5. How to save money while on the road.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Steve L.'s Comment
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Easy to keep from gaining weight. Don't eat while you drive and bring your own food. Switch to drinking water instead of soda. You're gonna want to stay away from caffeine as much as possible anyway. I've lost about 35lbs since December.

I'm a company driver so I don't have satellite radio. I rarely even listen to the radio. Frankly I enjoy the view out the window and I often plug in my smart phone to the aux jack and either listen to tunes from that or podcasts. I'm looking into audio books as well.

Cell phone I have Verizon and have been satisfied with their coverage for years. Usually if I lose a signal I'm in a remote or mountain area.

Saving money can be a challenge, but if you're buying your groceries from a store other than truck stops and limiting yourself on your meals out, you should be able to save fairly well. If you're a company driver, you're not buying fuel and usually not paying out of pocket for supplies unless you're getting reimbursed. You may spend a few bucks in the beginning on a few things, but ongoing costs (unless you're an owner operator) should be pretty minimal.

This is only my experience with less than six months behind the wheel.

Good luck!

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

The Dude's Comment
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I'm a huge Howard Stern fan and a sports fan and I'd think I'd go crazy if I could listen to Stern and my Tigers games. For me, the 20 bucks a month I spend on Sirius is well worth it.

Verizon seems to be the best carrier for truckers. With my 20 GB per month plan, I can download about a dozen movies per month from my xfinity account and do all of my Web browsing with exceeding my data.

Bill R.'s Comment
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I'm a huge Howard Stern fan and a sports fan and I'd think I'd go crazy if I could listen to Stern and my Tigers games. For me, the 20 bucks a month I spend on Sirius is well worth it.

Verizon seems to be the best carrier for truckers. With my 20 GB per month plan, I can download about a dozen movies per month from my xfinity account and do all of my Web browsing with exceeding my data.

Quick question about this. If you are a company driver, did you install your own radio for Sirius?

David L.'s Comment
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We bought a 12v fridge and keep protein drinks and cold cuts in there. Subway 6" subs and sakad bars or prepared sakads help. We both use our phones and pandora for tunes. We've though of investing in SiriusXM but haven't gone there yet. We both use ATT for phone/data and its served us well. Sean has the old true unlimited data and I uograded the plan for my wife and me and actually saved a few bucks and get roll over data. We are looking at a wifi hotspot and haven't decided. I use my iPhone hotspot for now but only occasionally. We try to watch what we spend but we are making pretty good money so it's not something we agonize over. We just bought a new radiator cap for the truck, glad hand locks and another kingpin lock that the company doesn't have keys to (funny story but suffice to say we are not planning on losing ab empty at the terminal if we can help it!)

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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