Van Operator Survey 2013

Modern Day Truck Driver Infographic 79 responses from Atlas van operators across North America were received, representing at least 31 states in the U.S.
How long have you been a van operator with Atlas?
(79 respondents)
New Atlas Driver
         11%   Less than 1 year
  15%   1-3 years
  13%   4-6 years
  13%   7-9 years
  18%   10-15 years
  30%   16 years or more
How many weeks per year do you spend on the road?
(79 respondents)
         33%   Less than 20 weeks
  15%   20-30 weeks
  27%   31-40 weeks
  25%   More than 40 weeks


How many miles per year do you normally drive your truck?
(78 respondents)
         28%   Less than 50,000
  40%   50,000-74,999
  13%   75,000-99,999
  14%   100,000-124,999
  5%   125,000 or more


Why did you choose to join Atlas as a van operator?
(78 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         50%   Atlas Agency
         28%   Family/friend influence
  24%   Company reputation
         23%   Money/Miles
  17%   Advancement opportunities
  17%   Driver respect
         13%   Equipment
         12%   Referral/recommendation
  8%   Home time
  4%   Other (travel destinations, friendliness, former agency employee)


Would you recommend Atlas to friends or colleagues on the road?
(78 respondents)
         94%   Yes
  6%   No


What is the best part of being a van operator?
(79 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         57%   Freedom of the highway (not working in an office)
  53%   Meeting/working with people from across the country
  46%   Entrepreneurship (run own business)
         15%   Being a part of the trucking community
  4%   Other (agency, good work, pace of work, etc.)


What is your level of satisfaction with being an Atlas van operator?
(78 respondents)
         18%   Extremely satisfied — I love my job!
  54%   Reasonably satisfied — life's good!
  19%   Somewhat satisfied — OK overall
         9%   Could be better


How often do you stay at a hotel while traveling for work?
(78 respondents)
         12%   Daily
  15%   2-3 times a week
  10%   1 time a week
  17%   2-3 times a month
  35%   12 times a year or less
  8%   Never
  4%   Other (all the time, downtime, when necessary, etc.)


What are the most important factor(s) when choosing a hotel?
(78 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
  82%   Truck parking/access
         72%   Price
  50%   Quality
  47%   Location
  28%   Perks (i.e. free breakfast, Internet access)
  3%   Other (good referrals, cleanliness)


While on the road, which hotel chain is your favorite place to stop for the night?
(77 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
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         44%   Super 8
  38%   Days Inn
  35%   Best Western
  26%   Motel 6
  23%   Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express
  17%   Quality Inn
  16%   Econo Lodge
  10%   Hampton Inn
  8%   Red Roof Inn
  8%   Other (Any, Comfort Inn, La Quinta, Drury, Hilton Garden Inn, Marriott)


When you're on the road, which of the following do you use?
(79 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         66%   Smartphone
         61%   GPS
         58%   Cell phone
  43%   Laptop
  42%   Internet/email
  29%   CB radio
  3%   IdleAir


Of smartphone users, what OS do you use?
(52 respondents)
         58%   Apple iOS (iPhone)
         38%   Android OS (multiple brands)
         2%   RIM Blackberry OS


What cell service/wireless network provider do you use?
(79 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         51%   Verizon Wireless
         29%   AT&T
         13%   Sprint
         6%   T-Mobile
         1%   U.S. Cellular
         0%   TracFone
         4%   Other (Bell Canada, Telus)


When you're on the road, how often do you have access to the following:
a) Email
(77 respondents)
         82%   Daily
  4%   2-3 times a week
  4%   1 time a week
  3%   2-3 times a month
  8%   Never


b) Internet
(76 respondents)
         84%   Daily
  5%   2-3 times a week
  3%   1 time a week
  1%   2-3 times a month
  7%   Never


c) Social Networking (Facebook, etc.)
(72 respondents)
         56%   Daily
  4%   2-3 times a week
  10%   1 time a week
  3%   2-3 times a month
  28%   Never


d) Computer
(72 respondents)
         54%   Daily
  18%   2-3 times a week
  6%   1 time a week
  1%   2-3 times a month
  18%   Never
  3%   Other


While on the road, where are your favorite scenic spots at which to stop or appreciate the view that might be missed by less seasoned travelers?
(51 respondents - some of the more interesting spots below!)
  Fishing lakes on various highways
  Historic places
  Ship Museums
  Springtime in the mountains
         Southeastern U.S.
  Fancy Gap between North Carolina & Virginia on I-77
  Nashville, Tennessee
  I-40 from Tennessee to the Carolinas
  US 25 in Tennessee (lake overlook)
  Northeastern U.S.
  Finger Lakes in Upstate New York
  I-86 and I-88 corridor through New York
  White Mountains
  Southwestern U.S.
  Donner's Pass Waterfalls
  Salt Flats in Utah
  Flagstaff, Arizona
  Grand Canyon
  Hoover Dam
  Las Vegas
  Acoma City in New Mexico
  West coastal views
  Rocky Mountains
  Texas Hill Country
  Rest area outside Vail, Colorado
  I-70 West of Denver, Colorado
  Santa Cruz Mountains
  Eastern Sierras
  Midwestern U.S.
  Lake Superior's North Shore in Minnesota
         Northwestern U.S.
  Lake areas of the west and northwest
  Columbia River in Washington/Oregon
  I-84 in Oregon
  I-5 in Oregon
  I-90 in Idaho/Montana
  Top of Cabbage Hill in Oregon
  Mount Rushmore
  Northwest overlook of Lake Superior, Alberta, Canada


What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
(77 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         55%   Subway
  34%   Wendy's
  25%   Taco Bell
  25%   McDonald's
  21%   Arby's
  21%   Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
  16%   Burger King
  13%   Hardee's
  8%   Other (Del Taco, Denny's, Qdoba, Sonic, Waffle House, etc.)
  0%   I don't eat fast food.


Which antacid gets rid of heartburn the quickest?
(76 respondents)
         34%   Tums
  21%   Rolaids
  17%   Zantac
  11%   Pepto-Bismol
  9%   Pepcid
  0%   Mylanta
  4%   Other (Almonds, Milk, Rantidine)
  13%   N/A


What is your favorite snack while on the road?
(79 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         38%   Fresh Fruit
  30%   Peanuts/Mixed Nuts
  30%   Jerky
  20%   Potato Chips
  19%   Trail Mix
  18%   Candy
  16%   Pretzels
  13%   Baked Goods (cakes/cookies)
  1%   Tortilla Chips
  10%   Other (popcorn, bean burritos, cheese, Dunkin' Donuts, Goldfish & Cheerios, seeds, etc.)


Whether it's a "Mom and Pop" diner, or particular franchise location, what is the best restaurant in America?
(61 respondents - top responses)
         1st   Denny's
  2nd   Outback Steakhouse
  3rd   Iron Skillet/Petro Truck Stops and Carrabas (Tie)


When I'm on the road and have the radio on, most likely I am listening to (style):
(76 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         43%   Country
  38%   Classic 60's, 70's & 80's
  37%   Talk/News/Sports Radio
  33%   Rock and Roll
  13%   R&B/Rap/Hip-Hop
  12%   Pop/Top 40
  9%   Christian
  9%   National Public Radio
  5%   Jazz/Blues
  7%   Other (audio books, easy listening, metal, old time radio, etc.)


When I'm on the road and have the radio on, most likely I am listening to (system):
(75 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
  63%   FM/AM stations
         44%   Satellite radio
  25%   iPod/MP3 player
  3%   Other (cell, Slacker radio, etc.)


What are you doing to be more eco-friendly while on the road?
(72 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
  53%   Throw aluminum, glass and plastic containers in recycle bins
  38%   Use reusable drink containers
  33%   Use reusable grocery bags
  32%   Use Prepass
  22%   Use generator/APU
  13%   Use biodiesel fuel
  6%   Use IdleAir
  6%   Other (don't litter, reuse packing material when clean, etc.)


Who builds the best tractor?
(76 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
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  28%   Freightliner
         26%   Kenworth
  25%   Peterbilt
  21%   Volvo
  11%   International
  4%   Western Star
  1%   Other (Mack)


Who makes the best tires?
(76 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
  42%   Michelin
         34%   Bridgestone
  24%   Goodyear
  17%   Yokohama
  12%   BF Goodrich
  8%   Firestone
  1%   Other (General)


Which brand of motor oil do you use most often?
(78 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         36%   Shell ROTELLA
  31%   Mobil Delvac
  18%   Chevron Delo
  15%   Castrol
  5%   Valvoline
  3%   Penzoil
  1%   Other (Delo 400)


What is your favorite truck stop chain?
(79 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
  39%   Flying J
  39%   Pilot
  34%   TA (Truckstops of America)
         34%   Petro
  25%   Love's
  4%   AMBEST
  5%   Other (Husky, QT, mom & pops, small ones)


While on the road, how many times have you stopped to aid another motorist?
(78 respondents)
         59%   Once or twice
  17%   3 to 10 times
  9%   More than 10 times
  15%   I've never aided another motorist


Which state has the best rest stops?
(66 respondents - top three responses)
         12%   Florida/Ohio (tie)
  9%   Texas
  8%   California


Who has the best coffee?
(75 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
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         40%   Dunkin' Donuts
  24%   Truckstops/Gas Stations
  21%   Starbucks
  12%   McDonald's
  8%   Other (homemade, 7-11, Tully's, VA)
  13%   N/A


You've had your morning coffee, what do you drink the rest of the day?
(78 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         76%   Water
  32%   Gatorade/Sports Drinks
  22%   Tea
  15%   Coke/Diet Coke
  15%   Juice/Fruit Drinks
  15%   Mountain Dew/Diet Mountain Dew
  9%   Pepsi/Diet Pepsi
  4%   Other (coffee, Dr. Pepper)


What is the most difficult part of life on the road?
(77 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         65%   Eating right
  35%   Exercise
  35%   DOT hours of service regulations
  26%   Paperwork
  23%   Staying in touch with family
  22%   Keeping on top of finances
  17%   Work schedule
  9%   Getting my mail
  8%   Other (being away from home, traffic, showers/bathrooms, etc.)


How do you exercise while on the road?
(75 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
  73%   Moving furniture/work
  21%   Who has time for exercise?
         17%   Walk/run at truck stops
  13%   Push-ups and sit-ups
  8%   Use the hotel gym
  4%   Use dumbbells
  3%   Other (walking, road bike, Bowflex)


What is the most interesting or most unique thing you've ever loaded onto your truck?
(51 respondents - some of the more interesting items below!)
         10 Foot Dragon
  12 Life-size Mannequins
  1942 Dodge Powerwagon
  1950s Merry-Go-Round
  1967 GT 500
  4,000 Pound Yard Sculpture of Elephant
  9 Foot Tall, Five Feet in Diameter Tree Trunk from Norway Family Farm (1380 lbs!)
  Actor's Household
  Airplane Fuseloge
  Auto Show Crate
  Can-Am Spyder
  Car Lawntractor
  Charlie Brown Statue
  Coffee Bean Root, Crated
  Costly Antiques
  CAT Scan Machine
  Dried Up Cactus Stump
  Elephant Statue
  Framed Piece of Turf from Three Rivers Stadium (formally in Pittsburgh, PA)
  Full Blown Race Car
  Full Size Horse Sculpture (made from leaves)
  Furniture for High-End Retail Store
  Furniture from the 1700s
  Giant Boulder
  Hand Painted Bricks
  Harley Davidson Corvette
  Hospital Equipment
  Hydrolic Bar
  Ice Cream Truck
  Large Super Hero Character from Video Game
  Lens for Space Mission
  Old Airplane for Aviation Show
  Phone Booth
  Rocket Engine
  Silent Movie Camera & Stand
  Wylie Coyote in Glass Case


What are some of the most interesting types of people you have assisted in moving?
(76 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
  54%   Regular/Everyday People
         41%   Pro-Athletes
  29%   Military
  21%   Actors/Actresses (TV/Movie/Stage)
  14%   Scientists
  11%   Singers/Musicians
  7%   Authors
  7%   Religious Leaders
  5%   International Leaders
  1%   Politicians
  1%   Comedians
  7%   Other (Historian/Teacher, Management, TV Journalist, etc.)


Okay, you're finally off the road. What's your favorite pastime when you are not working?
(78 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         78%   Hang out with family/friends
  33%   Have a relaxing dinner
  28%   Spend time on a favorite hobby
  26%   Go to a movie
  18%   No contest...sleep!
  18%   Go on vacation
  17%   Go hunting or fishing
  13%   Go to a sporting event
  8%   Other (acting in theater productions, walking dogs, church, etc.)


When you take a well-deserved vacation, what is a favorite destination you visit that regular tourists might miss?
(61 respondents - perhaps not surprisingly, the #1 vacation spot listed was home - here are some of the other suggestions!)
    Atlantic Ocean Cruises
    Bear Lake, Utah
    Carribean (Jamaica, Saint Croix, Saint Lucia, Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands)
    Casey Jones Museum, Jackson, TN
    Disney World
    Drag Racing
    Duluth, Minnesota & the North Shore Area
    Dumont Dunes
    Florida (Orlando, Saint Augustine Beach, South Beach)
    Hot Springs, Arkansas
    Kentucky Lake & Dam
    Las Vegas
    Manhattan in New York
    Mount Zion, Utah
    Myrtle Beach, SC
    Nags Head, NC
    Pismo Beach Oceano Dunes in California
    Sandals Resorts
    Savannah Beaches

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