TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2020.11.14

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending November 14, 2020.

We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.  


TDMST Weekly Round-Up

1. Regarding trucker strike and Thanksgiving:

There have been numerous reports of a proposed strike among independent truckers lasting one day over Veterans Day (November 11) and several days around Thanksgiving.

The purpose of the strikes seem to be political in nature (as the articles listed below show).

Back in 2011, the price of diesel in the USA had climbed to over $4 per gallon, which prompted some truckers to threaten to protest by parking their rigs — if only for an hour.

I wrote an article entitled: “Trucker Protest: 10 Reasons Why Parking Your Truck Can Be Costly.”

While I certainly understand trucker frustrations, there are (in my opinion) much better ways to make your voice heard than parking your truck and doing yourself out of at least part of a paycheck.

Are you calling your elected officials on the state and federal levels?

If you are not making phone calls, I urge you to start calling them every week and addressing the issues on your mind.

List in your phone the following for easy access:

  • your state Representative / Assembly member / Delegate,
  • your state Senator,
  • your U.S. Representative, and
  • both of your U.S. Senators.

If you’re open to learning about a 60+ year old organization that helps people advocate for Constitutional principles, contact us and ask.




2. Regarding spotlight on veterans and the military:

Free Breakfast



3. Regarding politics and lawsuits:

As of this writing (on November 13, 2020), there is no clear-cut winner for President of the United States as a result of the General Election held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Even though the media may have declared one candidate to be the President-elect, the decision is not up to them.

There have been numerous allegations of fraud and vote-flipping in this election.

I wrote a 100-page research report in 2008 which revealed how easy it is to flip votes when ballots are cast by electronic voting machine with no paper back-up.

Meanwhile, if there is no clear-cut winner and no candidate concedes, the next President of the USA may be decided according to what is written in the 12th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Meanwhile, the ATA has jumped the gun by congratulating one candidate, as if he will become President.

What will they do, I wonder, if that candidate doesn’t actually become President?





4. Regarding economy, future, pay, theft and pilfering, tolls, employment, and recruiting:




Theft and pilfering





5. Regarding accidents:

Learn from these accidents and endeavor not to recreate the same set-up:


6. Regarding bridge strikes in New York


7. Regarding technology, 5G, HOS, ELDs, Amazon, drowsy driving study:







8. Regarding drowsy driving:

  • NHTSA to conduct drowsy driving surveyIn response to this article being posted on Facebook, I wrote:—–

    It is absolutely ludicrous to conduct a drowsy driving survey in the middle of face mask wearing!

    Every person who is wearing a face mask while driving is automatically reducing the amount of oxygen he/she inhales.

    Reduction in O2 intake > reduction of O2 to the brain > reduction in cognitive function, etc.



9. Regarding autonomous trucks:

I am posting these as a courtesy, so that you may stay up-to-date on this issue.


10. Regarding electric, fuel:




11. Regarding operations, safety, violence, recall, inspections, deliveries, supply chain, detours:







Supply Chain



12. Regarding weather and winter:




My husband Mike and I wish you — and all professional truck drivers — safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.

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