Van Operator Survey 2004


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With 136 responses from Atlas drivers across the country, this year's "mostly scientific and nearly indespensible" results offer a unique perspective about life on the road with America's best movers.

  1. How many weeks per year do you spend on the road?
    (135 respondents)

    21% Less than 20 weeks
    21% 20 to 30 weeks
    25% 31-40 weeks
    32% More than 40 weeks


  2. How many miles a year do you normally drive in your truck?
    (136 respondents)

    24% Less than 50,000
    28% 50,000 - 74,999
    33% 75,000 - 99,999
    15% 100,000 or more


  3. If you had to choose the most scenic stretch of highway in the United States, where would it be?
    (122 respondents - top three responses)

    13% I-70 in Colorado
      7% 101 in California/I-90 in Montana
      5% I-84 in Oregon


  4. And, which highway do you think is the safest?
    (106 respondents - top three responses)

    9% I-10 in Texas
    7% I-10 in Arizona
    5% I-20 in Texas


  5. Which antacid gets rid of heartburn the quickest?
    (128 respondents)

    27% Rolaids
    17% Tums
    14% Pepto-Bismol
      9% Pepcid AC
      5% Mylanta
      5% Zantac 75
      2% Nexium
      9% Other (Acid Flex, Alka-Seltzer, Alka-Mints, Equate Antacid Tablets, Popcorn, Prescription, Prilosec, Protonix, Regular Chiropractor Visits, Tagamet)


  6. What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
    (131 respondents)

    27% Wendy's
    18% Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
      9% McDonald's
      9% Burger King
      5% Taco Bell
      5% Hardee's
      2% Arby's
      2% Popeye's Chicken
      2% Subway
      2% Boston Market
      5% Other (Chic-fil-a, In & Out Burger, Ryan's, Waffle House, Whataburger)
    20% I don't eat fast food. (If I did I would need all the antacids listed above!)


  7. When I'm on the road and I have the radio on, most likely I'm listening to:
    (136 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)

    32% Classic 60s, 70s and 80s
    29% Country
    26% National Public Radio or Talk Radio
    15% Rock and Roll
    10% Christian
      7% XM Radio
      1% Nostalgia (Sinatra, Tony Bennett)
      1% Books on Tape
      0% Classical
      9% Other (Audio Tapes, Blues, CB radio, European Techno, Folk Music, R&B,
    Rap, Soul, Jazz, Oldies, Top 20, Weather & News)


  8. Who builds the best tractor?
    (130 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)

    42% Kenworth
    22% Peterbilt
    20% Freightliner
    10% Volvo
      6% Navistar
      2% Mack
      2% Western Star
      2% International
      1% Ford
      2% Other (Cadillac, John Deere)


  9. What is the strangest thing you've ever loaded onto your truck?
    (110 respondents)

    "Safari" Stuffed Animal Collection
    $90 billion blank credit cards
    1952 Bentley
    1956 Army Jeep
    21 ft. Iron Indian
    45 ft. long dinosaur
    8,000 lb. rock
    African Zulu Art Collection
    Authentic 1800's chuckwagon
    Bird's Nest - 8'W x 6'L x 4'H
    Circular Staircase (removed from home with other household goods)
    Computer Weapons Guidance System for Navy Ship (Real or Decoy still unknown)
    Delorean
    Ghostbuster Ambulance/Space Ship
    Glider
    Hall of Fame Golfers - busts
    Helicopter
    Homemade Car
    Horse-Shoe Shaped Bar
    King Kong (from movie)
    King Tut's Tomb
    Life Size Doll House
    Metal Moose Head - 5' x 6'
    Model T Car
    Monkey Cages
    Nuclear Testing Chamber
    The 1903 Wright Flyer Reproduction
    White House Artwork (Clinton Administration)


  10. Which brand of motor oil do you use most often?
    (132 respondents)

    35% Shell Rotella
    25% Mobil Delvac
      8% Penzoil
      5% Castrol
      5% Havoline
      5% Valvoline
      5% Quaker State
      4% Delo
      4% Kendall
      2% Chevron
      2% Other (Amsoil, Cen-pe-co, Delco, Mystic Oil, Texaco)


  11. When you're on the road, which of the following do you use?
    (131 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)

    95% Cell phone
    61% CB radio
    21% Laptop
      4% Pager


  12. What is your favorite truck stop chain?
    (130 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)

    43% Petro
    36% Flying J
    14% TA (Truckstops of America)
      8% Pilot
      4% Love's
      2% AmBest
      2% Bosselman's
      5% Other (Sapp Brothers, Nearest one with showers)


  13. While on the road, how many times have you stopped to aid another motorist?
    (133 respondents)

    39% Once or twice
    28% 3 to 10 times
    26% More than 10 times
      8% I've never aided another motorist


  14. Which state has the best rest stops?
    (108 respondents - Top three states)

    30% Florida
    16% Ohio
    10% Texas


  15. How do you like your coffee?
    (115 respondents)

    44% Leaded (sugar and cream)
    38% Regular (black)
    10% Premium (cream only)
      8% High test (sugar only)


  16. Okay, you're finally off the road. What's your favorite pastime when you're not working?
    (134 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)

    59% Hang out with family/friends
    19% Have a relaxing dinner
    16% Go hunting or fishing
    12% Go to a movie
    10% No contest...sleep!
      9% Go to a sporting event
      3% Motorcycling
      2% Golf
      2% Read
      2% Work on vehicles
    20% Other (go to the shore, walk on the beach, work around the house rest at home/relax, watch TV/movies, snowmobiling, stock car racing, work in shop, barbecuing, collect die cast cars, watch college football games, garden/yard work, airboat rides, farming, Nascar racing, play sports, shopping)

 

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