Driving can be lonely, tough work, especially over the holidays when most people expect to celebrate with family. Any chance, then, for truckers to add a little more cheer to their vehicle is always a welcome opportunity, especially for those operating sleeper-cabs over long hauls. Here are 12 ways to feel at home in your cab over the holidays: Continue reading “12 Ways to Feel at Home in Your Cab Over the Holidays”
Spending Thanksgiving Day on the road? Sure you can pop into a rest stop offering a turkey sandwich special, but for a taste of home, you could prepare your very own Thanksgiving dinner right in the cab. Here’s how (with the help of your generator and power inverter): Continue reading “Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner on the Road”
Commercial Truck Training, a frequent partner of Commercial Truck Trader™, often helps dealers develop a commercial department from scratch. Yet too often, after their team leaves, the dealership’s top management stops following their expert advice and institutes new systems based on faulty assumptions about the commercial industry. These mistakes are classic cases of “fantasy vs. reality.” To help you avoid falling into these misconception pitfalls, we’re debunking 6 myths about commercial sales that don’t match the reality of the industry, along with our recommendations for each situation. Continue reading “Debunking 6 Myths about Commercial Sales”
As the leading online marketplace for buying and selling commercial vehicles, Commercial Truck Trader understands just how useful the Internet can be in finding your next truck or van. However, it is essential that online shoppers always be on the lookout for scams. Spikes in scams occur around the holidays in retail, and at the beginning and peak of the busy season in commercial – but they can happen all year round. Because we always want our customers to be safe, we’ve put together a list of 13 tips for avoiding scams when buying online. Continue reading “13 Tips for Avoiding Scams When Buying Online”
Drivers across the nation have spine-tingling tales of the strange and supernatural, from creepy local folktales to terrifying personal experiences. In the spirit of the Halloween season, we’ve collected accounts from 9 of the most haunted roads in America. If you find yourself driving on any of these roads, beware!
(And if you want even more scary stories, check out our new 2020 collection of haunted tales from the road — 11 More Haunted Roads in America!)
Every driver knows how tough it can be to stay healthy when on the road, making it no surprise that approximately 70% of truckers are overweight or obese. We’ve written previously about general practices for good health, how to maintain mental health, and achieving proper posture, but we haven’t taken an in-depth look at exercises on the road – until now. In this post, we’re breaking down which exercises can help drivers stay fit during long hauls, with little or no equipment required. Here are our top exercises for truckers. Continue reading “Top Exercises for Truckers”
In a highly competitive market, the struggle for exposure can be difficult and expensive, and sometimes your own resources aren’t available for a costly campaign blitz. This is why commercial dealership success requires a nimble-minded ability to think outside the box and develop advertising solutions that don’t break the bank. In other words, commercial dealers need to learn how to be scrappy in marketing without spending a dime — or at least, spending very few dimes.
It’s important to keep in mind that being scrappy with resources doesn’t mean a dealership’s marketing strategies should suffer. Even on a tight budget, commercial dealers can maximize exposure, cultivate a sterling reputation, develop a leading voice, and become a powerhouse in sales. In Part 5D of our ongoing Scrappy Marketing on a Budget series, we’re discussing how that success can be achieved when dealers Evaluate Email Campaign Success. Continue reading “Scrappy Marketing on a Budget: Evaluating Email Campaign Success”
When driving days are particularly long (and most of them are), the last thing many truckers want to do is take the time to attempt a complicated recipe using their cab’s relatively simple cooking amenities. That’s why so many drivers’ dashboards are littered with fast-food wrappers, which is certainly convenient, but not very healthy. In fact, 65% of truckers say it’s hard to eat right1 and 70% of truckers are overweight or obese2. Luckily, there are easy recipes out there that use inexpensive ingredients prepared via simple instructions, which can help truckers lay off the fast-food. Plus, a nice home-cooked meal is a great way to feel at home during long-distance drives.
Below you’ll find some of our favorite recipes for cooking on the road. You’ll obviously need an APU/generator, power inverter, and likely some power-strips with surge protectors to power your amenities. You may not have tons of kitchen tools, but we’ve kept things simple – recipes on the list only require an electric skillet, hot-plate, soup-pot, blender, microwave, and/or slow-cooker. If you don’t have any one of those items, there are plenty of other recipes in the list that are still available. So without further introduction, here are 8 easy recipes for truckers: Continue reading “8 Easy Trucker Recipes for On-the-Road Cooking”
Driving a big rig is a unique profession. The constant travel and long hours aren’t for everyone, but trucking also has unique benefits, including opportunities to meet people from all walks of life, experience new places, see sights of natural beauty, and – perhaps best of all – taste all types of food from across our diverse nation!
Regional driving means regional eating, and resources are easily available to help you find the best chicken, barbecue, seafood, tacos, or cheesesteaks out there. Continue reading “The Best Places to Eat on the Road”
In a previous lifetime, I was a high school football coach where I learned that you only win if you take a systematic approach to training, coaching, and playing. Those early experiences led me to a mantra that I still live by today, “In a bad system, even a talented individual is likely to fail. In a great system, even an average person is likely to succeed.” It’s true in sports and it’s true in sales. I have seen exceptionally talented salespeople fail, because they were in a bad system or had no system at all. I have also seen relatively average salespeople succeed beyond their talent level, because they had adopted a strategic and systematic approach to their work.
Because sales systems can have a major impact on your dealership’s success, it’s important to understand the main components of an effective system. So what makes a great commercial sales system? Continue reading “What Makes a Great Commercial Sales System?”