TDMST Weekly Round-Up 2022.10.15

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending October 15, 2022.

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

TDMST Weekly Round-Up

1. Regarding predictions, inspections, accidents, and staged:


It is no secret that many people are creatures of habit and that we tend to repeat behaviors — good or bad — that we’ve done in the past.

So, the findings of ATRI’s study on this come as no surprise.

What would be very interesting to know, though, is what sort of “re-training” can be done to help truckers get out of bad habits and into good ones — and if truckers even want to be “re-trained.”


If you keep yourself and your truck in perpetual readiness for an inspection, you’ll never be caught off-guard.



I am glad that those who are guilty have been — and continue — to come forward.

I wonder, though, if the truckers who were falsely involved in these staged accidents have had their records officially cleared on legal, police report, DMV, and insurance records.


2. Regarding fatalities and drugs:


We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of all who died in these accidents.


Never ever haul illegal drugs, no matter how big the incentive you’ve been offered!


3. Regarding autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, fuel, and oil:

Autonomous vehicles

I most adamantly oppose self-driving, driverless, and autonomous commercial motor vehicles sharing roads with the motoring public, but share these articles as a courtesy to help you stay current with the topic.

Electric vehicles

The first article linked in the section just below is one of a series of articles that I’ve come across lately regarding the problems associated with electric vehicles catching on fire.

In most of the articles about electric vehicle fires that I’ve read, the point that has been made is that it takes a huge amount of water to put them out (seemingly much more than fires involving vehicles that are powered by other fuels).

If you’re looking to buy an electric truck (or just thinking about it), please do your due diligence.




4. Regarding aerodynamics, economy, inflation, and per diem:


If you’re looking to reduce some aspect of your truck’s air resistance or wind drag, please do your due diligence first.


These are some of the most recent articles about the economy from the trucking industry’s perspective.


“Inflation” has been defined [Part 3: Constitutional Economics, Constitutional Money] as both “an increase in the amount of currency, resulting in rising prices” and “theft.”

If you want to see for yourself the increase in the amount of currency in the USA, check out the M1 Money Supply documentation by the Federal Reserve Education Data website.

The unconstitutional Federal Reserve Act of 1913 put in place a central bank in the USA, when The Constitution of the United States specified that:

  • Congress was the entity given the power to coin money (Article I, Section 8); and
  • “No State shall… make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts” (Article I, Section 10).

Because of “the Fed” being in control of the USA’s fiat currency and no longer being tied to the gold standard, the buying power of the U.S. dollar — between January 1913 and September 2022 — has shrunk to $0.03.

So, the “inflation” that we’re currently experiencing is nothing new.

It has been going on for a long time and every once in a while there are spikes in the money supply, exactly like what happened between April 1, 2020, and May 1, 2020.

Per diem


5. Regarding barges, border, California, and ports:


One writer wrote:

BARGE-POCALYPSE unfolding as grain and coal transport rivers DRY UP

– River barges are RUNNING DRY due to engineered drought
– Farmers forced to dump beans and grains on the side of river

For purposes of “grounding,” I found a List of Mississippi River floods, at least 3 of which have happened in the last 10 years.

If you are a regional or OTR trucker, we encourage you to make sure that you have an emergency kit — complete with a back-up supply of food — fully stocked in your truck at all times.


  • Mexico replaces Canada as No. 1 US trade partner in August (no longer online)



If you are considering working in or at the ports as a trucker, please do your due diligence about any special credentials and clearances you may need.


6. Regarding chains and winter:


For your benefit, we have written about these chain-related topics in the past:

Meanwhile, here are some of the most recent articles about snow chains for trucks:



7. Regarding safety, testing, and LTL:





8. Regarding employment, status, and exemptions:





9. Regarding parking and personal conveyance:


Personal conveyance


10. Regarding legal, limiter, and technology:





11. Regarding maintenance, tires, and parts:





12. Regarding tolls, violations, and fires:

(Note: This is the first time that I ever recall when there have been no articles published during the week about some trucker getting an award of some kind or someone helping out a trucker in some way.)




We don’t know the motivation behind this person’s actions, but please don’t take actions that can result in extremely negative consequences!


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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