Life as a truck driver can get expensive, especially since the small daily costs can really add up. From eating out to truck maintenance, learn where to save and how to cut back, putting more money in your pocket.
Investing both time and money in routine maintenance can save you a lot of money in the long run. Parts and preventable repairs can be extremely costly on big rigs. Regularly check your lines and hoses and maintain regular oil changes.
Low tires can drastically reduce fuel efficiency, so make sure your tires are properly inflated according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Ever think about how much money you spend on an average meal while on the road? Supplying your own food can actually be cheaper than eating every meal out. While the initial price tag may seem high, it might be cost-effective to install a small refrigerator in your cab to keep food cool. Consider using a small crock pot, steamer, or microwave to prepare food. Not only is this more economical than eating out, it’s likely more healthy as well.
Find the cheapest gas near you. Even truck stops within just a few miles of each other can have big discrepancies when it comes to the price of fuel – you may be able to save several cents per gallon by traveling just a few minutes down the road.
Take advantage of customer loyalty programs, which many truck stop chains offer as a way to reward loyal patrons. A customer loyalty or rewards program typically offers discounts on fuel, food, and services the more you shop with them.
Need to take showers at the truck stop? Many charge upwards of $8 for a single shower, so refuel at truck stops that include showers for free with a minimum fuel purchase.
Those with truck driver jobs know that cell phones are a necessity, especially for long-haul drivers, but the monthly charges can get expensive. Examine your cell phone bill to see where you can cut down, or shop around for other carriers to see if you can get the same service for less.
Not only is idling bad for the environment (many states are cracking down with anti-idling regulations), it can put a significant dent in your wallet. Running the engine while stopped wastes fuel, so consider other alternatives to heat and cool your cab, such as stopping at electrified truck stops or installing a generator or an auxiliary power unit.
If your truck driving company provides truck supplies such as windshield washer and other fluids, keep them in your truck so you don’t have to buy extra on the road and be reimbursed later. If you’re an owner operator, make those purchases wherever cheapest so you’re not forced to pay a higher price on the road.