Van Operator Survey 2007

King of the Road: 2007 Atlas Survey of Van Operators King of the Road: 2007 Atlas Survey of Van Operators
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With 219 responses from Atlas van operators across the country, this year's "mostly scientific and nearly indispensable" results offer a unique perspective about life on the road with America's best relocation company.
(at least 37 states in the U.S. are represented)
(219 respondents)
         9%   less than 1 year
  22%   1-3 years
  16%   4-6 years
  15%   7-9 years
  38%   10 years or more

 

(219 respondents)
         23%   less than 20 weeks
  15%   20 to 30 weeks
  33%   31 to 40 weeks
  29%   more than 40 weeks

 

(219 respondents)
         20%   less than 50,000
  38%   50,000 to 74,999
  24%   75,000 to 99,999
  14%   100,000 to 124,999
  4%   125,000 or more

 

(215 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         40%   Money/miles
  28%   Driver respect
         17%   Home time
  15%   Advancement opportunities
  9%   Equipment
  40%   Other (Bigger company, faith in Atlas, freedom, comfortable, ease of transition, etc.)

 

(209 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         47%   Money/miles
  44%   Driver respect
         24%   Home time
  20%   Advancement opportunities
  9%   Equipment
  23%   Other (Make a good living, freedom, pack and load opportunities, etc.)

 

(218 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         50%   Meeting/working with people from across the country
  48%   Freedom of the highway
  36%   Entrepreneurship (Run own business)
         11%   Being a part of the trucking community
  9%   Other (Agent, money, satisfaction of doing a good job, etc.)

 

(218 respondents)
         34%   Extremely satisified — I love my job
  39%   Reasonably satisified — life's good
  17%   Somewhat satisified — ok overall
         7%   Could be better
  3%   Other (Some years are better than others, combination of levels of satisfaction cited, etc.)

 

(217 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         99%   Cell phone
  59%   CB radio
  41%   Laptop
  35%   Internet/email
  21%   IdleAire
  7%   Blackberry/Treo/other similar device
  1%   Pager

 

(218 respondents)
         36%   Daily
  10%   2 to 3 times a week
  6%   Once a week
  11%   2 to 3 times a month
  32%   Never
  5%   Other (from "24/7/365" to "don't have")

 

 

(174 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         66%   Email
  64%   Internet access (i.e. news, etc.)
  46%   Work
  15%   Games
  10%   Music
  14%   Other (navigation, taxes, etc.)

 

(191 respondents - top 3 responses)
         14%   I-70 in Colorado/Utah
  10%   I-90 in Idaho/Montana/Washington/Wyoming
  7%   Hwy 101 in California/Oregon / I-40 in Arizona/New Mexico/Texas (tie)

 

 

(196 respondents - top 3 responses)
         26%   I-10 in Texas
  19%   I-80 in Ohio
  10%   I-5 in California/I-70 in Kansas/Missouri (tie)

 

(148 respondents - top 3 responses)
         16%   I-80 in Ohio
  14%   I-10 in Texas
  10%   I-95

 

(218 respondents)
         11%   Daily
  16%   2-3 times a week
  10%   1 time a week
  34%   2-3 times a month
  16%   Other (Once a month, 3-4 times a year, etc.)
  14%   Never

 

(212 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         56%   Price
  53%   Location
  34%   Quality
  15%   Perks (i.e. — free breakfast, internet access)
  25%   Other (Truck parking, cleanliness, etc.)

 

(210 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         50%   Super 8
  25%   Days Inn
  19%   Motel 6
  18%   Best Western
  10%   Quality Inn
  10%   Red Roof Inn
  9%   Holiday Inn
  5%   Econolodge
  5%   Hampton Inn
  4%   Drury Inn
  4%   Sleep Inn
  2%   Fairfield Inn
  2%   Microtel
  1%   America's Best Inns
  10%   Other (Based on price, pets allowed or free internet access)

 

(201 respondents)
         26%   Tums
  19%   Rolaids
  9%   Zantac 75
  6%   Pepto-Bismol
  4%   Pepcid AC
  1%   Mylanta
  33%   Other (Alka-seltzer, prescription (Prevacid), etc.)

 

(217 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         34%   Subway
  24%   Wendy's
  13%   Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
  9%   Arby's
  7%   Taco Bell
  6%   McDonald's
  5%   Hardee's
  3%   Burger King
  11%   Other (Lion's Choice, Chick-Fil-A, etc.)
  13%   I don't eat fast food - If I did, I would need all the antacids listed above.

 

(215 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         34%   Country
  33%   Classic 60s, 70s & 80s
  26%   Rock and Roll
  24%   National Public Radio or Talk Radio
  8%   Christian
  2%   Classical
  1%   Nostalgia (Sinatra, Tony Bennett, etc.)
  19%   Other (Soul, R&B, sports, etc.)

 

(210 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         53%   Satelite radio
  48%   FM/AM stations
  9%   iPod/MP3 player
  6%   Other (CD's, etc.)

 

(121 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         51%   XM
  51%   Sirius
  2%   Other

 

(197 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         30%   Road King
  19%   Over Drive
  16%   Owner Operator
  12%   Over the Road
  10%   Road Star
  8%   The Trucker
  7%   Trucker's Connection
  6%   Independent Contractor
  6%   Big Rig Owner
  5%   Driving Force
  4%   Pro Trucker
  4%   R.P.M. Magazine
  2%   I.T.J. (Independent Truckers Journal)
  2%   Trucking 2000
  2%   Gears Guts Glory
  22%   Other (OOIDA'S Landline - 14 responses, Trucker's News, etc.)

 

(216 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         29%   Kenworth
  24%   Freightliner
  16%   Peterbuilt
  13%   Volvo
  6%   International
  3%   Western Star
  0%   Mack
  0%   Navistar
  8%   Other (A combination of the top three, etc.)

 

(149 respondents)
         10 ft. bear, wood crated
  8 1/2 ft. wood giraffe
  A 20,000 lb. rock
  A 45 ft. dinosaur
  A coffin
  A goat
  A stuffed wolf exhibit
  Suit of armor
  Styrofoam artwork that was high value
  Stuffed chicken
  Dead dog in cooler to be stuffed
  Life size statues of Jesus and the 12 Apostles
  Boat
  An original buggy from a plantation in North Carolina
  Artifacts from the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore
  Herbert Hoover's office furniture to the Smithsonian Institute
  Large bugs from the movie "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"
  Missile
  20,000 lb. computer
  A copy of the Wright Brothers' Airplane, from UT to OH
  Airplanes and helicopters
  A Yogi Bear head
  Lucy the T-Rex dinasaur...she looked as if she had a bad attitude!
  Statue of a nude male
  Talking Corvette car
  Grover Cleaveland's Mechanical Horse to the Ronald Regan Library in California
  Egyptian artifacts
  An 8' x 8' x 8' custom playhouse with slate roof, vinyl windows, siding, cedar deck, THE WORKS!
  Drugs for DEA — Alpine, TX
  2 cast iron bath tubs with dirt and flowers growing out of them
  Vertebrae from whale

 

(215 respondents)
         50%   Shell Rotella
  27%   Mobil Delvac
  12%   Chevron Delo
  2%   Castrol
  2%   Penzoil
  1%   Valvoline
  0%   Kendall
  5%   Other (Lucas products, combination of options, etc.)

 

(216 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         28%   Petro
  26%   Flying J
  12%   TA (Truckstops of America)
  11%   Pilot
  6%   Love's
  0%   AmBest
  16%   Other (Combination of options, etc.)

 

(214 respondents)
         40%   Once or twice
  26%   3 to 10 times
  19%   More than 10 times
  14%   I have never aided another motorist

 

(183 respondents - top three states)
         27%   Florida
  16%   Ohio
  10%   Texas

 

(217 respondents)
         29%   Leaded (cream and sugar)
  29%   Regular (black)
  23%   Don't drink coffee
  10%   Premium (cream only)
  9%   High Test (sugar only)

 

(215 respondents)
         57%   Eating right
  23%   Keeping on top of finances
  22%   Staying in touch with family
  19%   Exercise
  17%   Paperwork
  16%   DOT hours of service regulations
  13%   Work schedule
  13%   Getting my mail
  11%   Other (Getting a good night's sleep, hiring labor, etc.)

 

(217 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         63%   Hang out with family/friends
  21%   Go hunting or fishing
  18%   Have a relaxing dinner
  16%   Go on vacation
  10%   Go to a movie
  10%   Go to a sporting event
  9%   No contest...sleep!
  26%   Other (Hiking, biking, camping, boating/sailing, computers, beach time, relax at home, read, cook, etc.)

 

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