Van Operator Survey 2008

King of the Road: 2008 Atlas Survey of Van Operators King of the Road: 2008 Atlas Survey of Van Operators
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This year, 558 Atlas van operators from across the country (46 states) participated in our annual survey. This is the highest number of van operators participating in the survey of any previous year!
1.
How long have you been a van operator with Atlas?
(552 respondents)
         10%   Less than 1 year
  20%   1-3 years
  16%   4-6 years
  13%   7-9 years
  41%   10 years or more
2.
How many weeks per year do you spend on the road?
(545 respondents)
         32%   Less than 20 weeks
  19%   20-30 weeks
  27%   31-40 weeks
  22%   More than 40 weeks

 

3.
How many miles per year do you normally drive your truck?
(546 respondents)
         33%   Less than 50,000
  33%   50,000-74,999
  20%   75,000-99,999
  11%   100,000-124,999
  3%   125,000 or more

 

4.
Why did you choose to join Atlas as a van operator?
(542 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         33%   Money/miles
  30%   Advancement opportunities
  23%   Driver respect
         18%   Home time
  10%   Equipment
         5%   Family/friend influence
         3%   Agent changed to Atlas
         3%   Atlas Agent
  18%   Other (best van line/reputation, family-like environment, new career/job needed, great opportunity, etc.)

 

5.
Would you recommend Atlas to friends or colleagues on the road?
(540 respondents)
         95%   Yes
  5%   No

 

6.
Why would you recommend Atlas to friends or colleagues on the road?
(497 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         41%   Money/miles
  36%   Advancement opportunities
  36%   Driver respect
         16%   Home time
  13%   Equipment
  10%   Other (best company/network, good people/place to work, tonnage/hauling options, etc.)

 

7.
What is the best part of being a van operator?
(545 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         46%   Meeting/working with people from across the country
  40%   Entrepreneurship (run own business)
  31%   Freedom of the highway
         13%   Being a part of the trucking community
  6%   Other (independence, driving, customer satisfaction, etc.)

 

8.
What is your level of satisfaction with being an Atlas van operator?
(538 respondents)
         35%   Extremely satisified — I love my job!
  42%   Reasonably satisified — life's good!
  17%   Somewhat satisified — ok overall.
         5%   Could be better.
  2%   Other (been better, just started, etc.)

 

9.
When you're on the road, which of the following do you use?
(553 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         97%   Cell phone
  44%   CB radio
  32%   Laptop
  27%   Internet/email
  19%   IdleAire
  7%   Blackberry/Treo/similar device
  2%   Pager

 

10a.
When you're on the road, how often do you have access to a computer?
(548 respondents)
         38%   Daily
  12%   2-3 times a week
  5%   Once a week
  7%   2-3 times a month
  35%   Never
  3%   Other (motel, looking to get laptop, etc.)

 

 

10b.
If you use a computer, what do you typically use it for?
(443 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
  63%   Internet access
         59%   Email
  40%   Work
  12%   Games
  11%   Music
  7%   Other (navigation, finances, etc.)

 

11.
If you had to choose the most scenic stretch of highway in the United States, where would that be?
(429 respondents - top 3 responses)
         13%   I-70 Utah/Colorado/Kansas/
Missouri/Pennsylvania/Maryland
  9%   I-90 Washington/Idaho/Montana
  9%   I-40 North Carolina/Tennessee/Arkansas/
Oklahoma/New Mexico/Arizona/California

 

12.
If you had to choose the most boring stretch of highway in the United States, where would that be?
(448 respondents - top 3 responses)
         23%   I-10 California/Arizona/New Mexico/Texas/Louisiana/Mississippi/Alabama/Florida
  13%   I-80 California/Nevada/Utah/Wyoming/Nebraska/Iowa/Ohio/Pennsylvania
  10%   I-70 Colorado/Kansas/Illinois/Ohio/Pennsylvania

 

13.
Which highway do you think is the safest?
(363 respondents - top 3 responses)
         14%   I-10 California/Arizona/New Mexico/Texas/Louisiana/Mississippi/Alabama/Florida
  12%   I-80 California/Nevada/Utah/Wyoming/Nebraska/Iowa/Illinois/Ohio/Pennsylvania
  10%   I-40 California/Arizona/New Mexico/Texas/Oklahoma/Arkansas/Tennessee/North Carolina

 

14.
How often do you stay at a hotel while traveling for work?
(542 respondents)
         13%   Daily
  12%   2-3 times a week
  14%   1 time a week
  32%   2-3 times a month
  8%   12 times a year or less
  14%   Never
  6%   Other (extreme weather, breakdowns, etc.)

 

15.
What are the most important factor(s) when choosing a hotel at which to stay?
(531 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         52%   Price
  49%   Location
  30%   Quality
  12%   Perks (i.e. free breakfast, internet access)
  11%   Truck parking/access
  2%   Other (WiFi, safety, cleanliness, accessibility, restaurant, fitness room, etc.)

 

16.
While on the road, which hotel chain is your favorite place to stop for the night?
(521 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         41%   Super 8
  24%   Days Inn
  19%   Best Western
  17%   Motel 6
  12%   Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express
  8%   Quality Inn
  8%   Econo Lodge
  7%   Hampton Inn
  7%   Red Roof Inn
  1%   Comfort Inn
  1%   La Quinta
  1%   Drury Inn
  6%   Other (Fairfield Inn, Marriott, Ramada, Residence Inn, Sleep Inn, etc. )

 

17.
Which antacid gets rid of heartburn the quickest?
(490 respondents)
         27%   Tums
  19%   Rolaids
  12%   Zantac 75
  11%   Pepcid AC
  7%   Pepto-Bismol
  5%   Mylanta
  7%   Other (Alka-Seltzer, Prevacid, milk, etc.)
  17%   None/Don't Use

 

18.
What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
(537 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         28%   Subway
  18%   Wendy's
  15%   Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
  13%   Arby's
  12%   Taco Bell
  9%   Burger King
  8%   McDonald's
  4%   Hardee's
  6%   Other (In-N-Out Burger, Jack in the Box, Popeyes Chicken, Quizno's, etc.)
  8%   I don't eat fast food.

 

19a.
When I'm on the road and have the radio on, most likely I am listening to (style):
(541 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
  33%   Classic 60's, 70's & 80's
         31%   Country
  28%   Rock and Roll
  17%   National Public Radio or talk radio
  8%   Christian
  6%   R&B/Rap/Hip-Hop
  4%   News/Sports
  2%   Classical
  1%   Nostalgia
  9%   Other (Jazz, Comedy, Audio fiction/Books on tape, etc.)

 

19b.
When I'm on the road and have the radio on, most likely I am listening to (system):
(514 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
  50%   FM/AM stations
         50%   Satellite radio
  9%   iPod/MP3 player
  5%   Other (CD player, tapes, etc.)

 

19c.
If you chose Satellite Radio above, please indicate what provider you use:
(202 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
  60%   SIRIUS
         42%   XM
  3%   Other

 

20.
What industry publications do you read regularly?
(403 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         39%   Road King
  18%   Owner Operator
  18%   Over Drive
  17%   The Trucker
  11%   Trucker's Connection
  11%   Independent Contractor
  9%   Big Rig Owner
  6%   Driving Force
  4%   Land Line
  3%   RPM Magazine
  13%   Other (Truckers News, Transport Topics, AMSA Direction, Amplifier, etc.)

 

21.
Who builds the best tractor?
(520 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         32%   Kenworth
  26%   Freightliner
  25%   Peterbilt
  17%   Volvo
  8%   International
  2%   Western Star
  3%   Other (AMC, John Deere, Mack,
Marmon, Paccar, etc.)

 

22.
Who makes the best tires?
(531 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         35%   Bridgestone
  28%   Michelin
  20%   Goodyear
  10%   BFGoodrich
  8%   Yokohama
  5%   Firestone
  4%   Other (Continental, Kelly, Nexen, Toyo, etc.)

 

23.
Which brand of motor oil do you use most often?
(545 respondents)
         42%   Shell ROTELLA
  24%   Mobil Delvac
  17%   Chevron Delo
  7%   Pennzoil
  6%   Valvoline
  5%   Castrol
  1%   Other (Kendall, Mystik, etc.)

 

24.
What is your favorite truck stop chain?
(538 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         40%   Petro
  26%   Flying J
  22%   Pilot
  17%   TA (Truckstops of America)
  9%   Love's
  1%   AMBEST
  3%   Other (Donna's, Little America, Private Owned, Independent, etc.)

 

25.
While on the road, how many times have you stopped to aid another motorist?
(543 respondents)
         45%   Once or twice
  28%   3 to 10 times
  10%   More than 10 times
  17%   I have never aided another motorist

 

26.
Which state has the best rest stops?
(342 respondents - top three states)
         23%   Florida
  15%   Texas
  13%   Ohio

 

27.
How do you like your coffee?
(540 respondents)
         35%   Leaded (cream and sugar)
  25%   Don't drink coffee
  22%   Regular (black)
  9%   Premium (cream only)
  8%   High test (sugar only)

 

28.
Who has the best coffee?
(423 respondents)
         35%   Dunkin' Donuts
  30%   Starbucks
  17%   McDonald's
  9%   Truckstops/Gas Stations
  11%   Other (7-11, C-Stores, Tim Hortons, Seattle's Best, Durango Joe's, White Castle, etc.)

 

29.
What is the most difficult part of life on the road?
(543 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         55%   Eating right
  26%   Exercise
  22%   Staying in touch with family
  17%   Keeping on top of finances
  15%   Paperwork
  15%   DOT hours of service regulations
  11%   Work schedule
  8%   Getting my mail
  6%   Other (being away from family, labor, getting rest, parking, traffic, etc.)

 

30.
Okay, you're finally off the road. What's your favorite pastime when you are not working?
(545 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         58%   Hang out with family/friends
  20%   Go hunting or fishing
  17%   Have a relaxing dinner
  13%   Go to a sporting event
  11%   Go on vacation
  10%   Go to a movie
  9%   No contest...sleep!
  3%   Golf
  14%   Other (boating, hiking, camping, motorcycling, working around the house/yard, ATV, motorcross, video games, etc.)

 

31.
What is the strangest thing you've ever loaded onto your truck?
(323 respondents - some of the more interesting items below!)
         15' glass satellite lens for 100' wide observatory dish
  1800's stagecoach
  2000-year-old vase
  65 1/2 Mustang (with 3 miles!!)
  Announcers Booth for Super Bowl
  Budweiser boat
  Camera that filmed JFK assassination (from LinnTV)
  Cancer Cells (30 years of research)
  Ceramic Cows
  Civil War Cannon
  Dinosaur bones/exhibits
  Doc Holliday's guns
  Door off the Titanic
  Egyptian mummies/artifacts
  Giant carousel horse
  Harley-Davidson museum bikes
  Helicopters
  Indy race car
  King Henry's bed
  Model T car
  MRI machines
  NASA space shuttle parts
  One horse open sleigh (going to Phoenix, AZ)
  Pink elephant (as big as a mini van!)
  Pink Floyd light show
  Pompeii artifacts
  Submarine
  Sue the Dinosaur
  Thomas Jefferson roll-top desk
  Whale tank
  WWII airplane
  WWII tank

 

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