Van Operator Survey 2005

King of the Road: 2005 Atlas Survey of Van Operators King of the Road: 2005 Atlas Survey of Van Operators
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How many Atlas van operators have taken the time to help a fellow motorist? Which state rates highest in the quality of its rest stops? Where can you experience the most delightful scenery when driving? We asked 125 of our operators these and a dozen other questions about life on the road. You may be surprised at what we found out.
(at least 37 states in the U.S. and two Canadian provinces are represented)

1.
How many weeks per year do you spend on the road?
(125 respondents)
         21%   Less than 20 weeks
  22%   20 to 30 weeks
  25%   31 to 40 weeks
  32%   More than 40 weeks

 

2.
How many miles a year do you normally drive in your truck?
(125 respondents)
         22%   Less than 50,000
  34%   50,000 - 74,999
  23%   75,000 - 99,999
  21%   100,000 or more

 

3.
If you had to choose the most scenic stretch of highway in the United States, where would it be?
(114 respondents - top three responses)
Van Operator Survey
         12%   I-70 in Colorado
  6%   101 in California
  5%   I-90 in Montana

 

4.
And, which highway do you think is the safest?
(106 respondents - top three responses)
         8%   I-10 in Texas
  7%   I-10 in Florida
  6%   I-10 in Arizona

 

5.
Which antacid gets rid of heartburn the quickest?
(117 respondents)
         23%   Rolaids
  20%   Tums
  11%   Zantac 75
  9%   Pepto-Bismol
  9%   Pepcid AC
  4%   Mylanta
  2%   Nexium
  2%   Protonix
  9%   Other
(Alka-Seltzer, Baking Soda, Chiropractic Visits, Food Restraint, Immodium, Milk, Peppermints, Popcorn, Prescription, Prevacid)

 

6.
What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
(123 respondents)
Van Operator Survey
         26%   Subway
  19%   Wendy's
  17%   Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
  9%   Arby's
  6%   McDonald's
  6%   Burger King
  5%   Taco Bell
  3%   Hardee's
  2%   Popeyes Chicken
  1%   Boston Market
  4%   Other
(Chick-fil-a, In & Out Burger, Quizno's, Whataburger)
  16%   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:
(125 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
Operator Survey
         34%   Country
  30%   Classic 60s, 70s & 80s
  30%   Satellite Radio (XM, Sirius, etc.)
  15%   National Public Radio or Talk Radio
  13%   Rock and Roll
  5%   Christian
  2%   Nostalgia (Sinatra, Tony Bennett, etc.)
  2%   Classical
  2%   Jazz
  2%   R & B
  2%   Sports
  1%   Books on Tape
  3%   Other
(CBC, Extreme Death Metal, Haul Radio, Pop)

 

8.
Who builds the best tractor?
(121 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         37%   Kenworth
  20%   Freightliner
  19%   Volvo
  17%   Peterbilt
  5%   Navistar
  2%   Western Star
  1%   Mack
  1%   International
  0%   Ford
  2%   Other
(Marmon, American Diesel)

 

9.
What is the strangest thing you've ever loaded onto your truck?
(106 respondents - Some of the more interesting items below!)
         12' long sofa Huge pottery kiln (10' X 7' X 6 1/2')
  2 bronze Ming Dynasty lions (about 100 lbs each) Jesus & 12 Apostles (life size figures)
  400 lb. wooden baby elephant Large ceramic tree molds (4' X 8' X 3')
  5' tall wine bottle Large computerized insects
  6,000 lb. rock collection Mainframe (12', 13,000 lbs.)
  Antique gasoline pump Metal art display
  B-52 flight simulator Meteorite
  Cabinet & bar shaped like a pirate ship Mini-submarine
  CAT scan machine Moon Rover
  Cessna Citation jet Old police callbox
  Chicken coop Picture of Jesse Ventura, Gov. of MN
  Coffee bagging machine Rocket engine
  Covered wagon Sail boat
  Entire Little Caesar's store Ship bell off the U.S.S. Indianapolis
  Flying saucer Space shuttle project
  Giraffe bones (for museum) Stuffed tiger
  Glass tube for nuclear reactor cooling system (44' long) Submarine & eel for children's museum display
  Good Humor ice cream truck Tail wing of a 747
  Great white shark (life size/stuffed) Tree trunk loveseat
  Half-scale train Walls for a Lexus car show
  Homemade helicopter Wing-shaped sofa (covering 15' floor to ceiling)

 

10.
Which brand of motor oil do you use most often?
(125 respondents)
Van Operator Survey
         50%   Shell Rotella
  33%   Mobil Delvac
  7%   Valvoline
  4%   Chevron Delo
  2%   Havoline
  2%   Penzoil
  2%   Castrol
  1%   Kendall
  0%   Quaker State
  0%   Other

 

11.
When you're on the road, which of the following do you use?
(125 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         96%   Cell phone
  56%   CB radio
  20%   Laptop
  1%   Pager

 

12.
What is your favorite truck stop chain?
(123 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
Driver Survey
         43%   Petro
  38%   Flying J
  17%   Pilot
  16%   TA (Truckstops of America)
  3%   Love's
  2%   AmBest
  3%   Other
(Jubits, Little America, Lodges, Seven Feathers in Canyonville, OR)

 

13.
While on the road, how many times have you stopped to aid another motorist?
(122 respondents)
         39%   Once or twice
  35%   3 to 10 times
  19%   More than 10 times
  7%   I've never aided another motorist

 

14.
Which state has the best rest stops?
(112 respondents - top three states)
Van Operator Survey
         29%   Florida
  15%   Ohio
  13%   Texas

 

15.
How do you like your coffee?
(125 respondents)
         35%   Leaded (Sugar and Cream)
  24%   Regular (Black)
  12%   Premium (Cream Only)
  6%   High Test (Sugar Only)

 

16.
Okay, you're finally off the road. What's your favorite pastime when you're not working?
(125 respondents)
         54%   Hang out with family/friends
  22%   Go hunting or fishing
  16%   Have a relaxing dinner
  11%   No contest…sleep!
  9%   Go to a movie
  6%   Go to a sporting event
  5%   Work on house/yard
  3%   Motorcycling
  2%   Golf
  2%   Work on/restore vehicles
  12%   Other
(4-wheeling, Off-Roading, Antique Cars, Antique Motorcyle Collecting, Opera, Theater, Horse Shows, Horse Riding, Bar Hopping via Waterway, Camping, Home Cooked Meals, Pray, Study & Exercise, Relax at Home, Water Skiing/Jet Ski)

 

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