EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Life on the road is thought to be lonely for semi-truck drivers and van operators: long shifts, unhealthy food, lookalike highways and nights spent sleeping in the cab of a truck.
In reality, professional drivers, towering above traffic in their big rigs, are actually enjoying many of the same things we do at home, laughing along to XM radio, meeting new people, chatting online at truck stops, enjoying the scenery and eating a healthy Subway sandwich at rest stops.
Thanks to Atlas Van Lines' annual King of the Road survey, we can get a good look at what life on the road is really like.
Some interesting facts from this year's survey include:
"This survey is a fun way to report on an interesting profession that is often overlooked," said Greg Hoover, Atlas senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "Our van operators log countless miles on the road and, as a result, are very knowledgeable about things such as rest stops, fast food restaurants and technology."
Nearly all van operators reported that they carry a cell phone — 99 percent — and the number carrying Blackberrys, Treos and other similar devices increased 5 percent in the last year.
Atlas Van Lines — the nation's second largest van line — announces the results of its annual survey each September during ROAD Day, a nationwide Atlas celebration that honors its van operators. Of its 3,400 van operators, 80 percent will log more than 50,000 miles on the road this year transporting Atlas' corporate and residential customers' possessions and business materials.
Other highlights from the survey, which asks van operators to comment on everything from the nation's scenery to favorite truck stops, include:
For complete survey results, visit www.atlasworldgroup.com/survey.
Atlas Van Lines is the largest subsidiary of Atlas World Group, an Evansville, Ind.-based company that posted record revenues of $986 million in 2006. Atlas World Group companies employ more than 700 people throughout North America. More than 500 Atlas agents in the United States and Canada specialize in corporate employee relocation and in the transportation of high-value items such as electronics, fine art and new fixtures and furniture. Visit www.atlasworldgroup.com for more information on the company and Atlas agents.