Van Operator Survey 2009

340 Atlas professional van operators from across the country participated this year, representing at least 43 states in the U.S. This is the second highest number of Atlas professional van operators participating in the survey since it began in 2003!
1.
How long have you been a van operator with Atlas?
(336 respondents)
         10%   Less than 1 year
  21%   1-3 years
  15%   4-6 years
  11%   7-9 years
  43%   10 years or more
2.
How many weeks per year do you spend on the road?
(334 respondents)
         25%   Less than 20 weeks
  20%   20-30 weeks
  31%   31-40 weeks
  23%   More than 40 weeks

 

3.
How many miles per year do you normally drive your truck?
(334 respondents)
         27%   Less than 50,000
  38%   50,000-74,999
  25%   75,000-99,999
  8%   100,000-124,999
  2%   125,000 or more

 

4.
Why did you choose to join Atlas as a van operator?
(333 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         32%   Money/Miles
  27%   Advancement opportunities
  22%   Driver respect
         18%   Home time
  4%   Equipment
         4%   Atlas Agent
         4%   Family/friend influence
         3%   Agent changed to Atlas
  13%   Other (changed companies, referral/recommended, reputable/good company, needed job/employment, etc.)

 

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

 

6.
What is the best part of being a van operator?
(334 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         48%   Meeting/working with people from across the country
  38%   Freedom of the highway (not working in an office)
  33%   Entrepreneurship (run own business)
         12%   Being a part of the trucking community
  4%   Other (money, employment, Atlas, etc.)

 

7.
What is your level of satisfaction with being an Atlas van operator?
(337 respondents)
         41%   Extremely satisfied — I love my job!
  39%   Reasonably satisfied — life's good!
  13%   Somewhat satisfied — OK overall
         6%   Could be better
  1%   Other (just started, etc.)

 

8.
When you're on the road, which of the following do you use?
(336 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         95%   Cell phone
  50%   CB radio
  38%   Laptop
  30%   Internet/email
  22%   IdleAire
  14%   Blackberry/Treo/similar device
  1%   Pager

 

9a.
When you're on the road, how often do you have access to a computer?
(332 respondents)
         36%   Daily
  14%   2-3 times a week
  8%   Once a week
  7%   2-3 times a month
  34%   Never
  2%   Other (when home/needed, etc.)

 

 

9b.
If you use a computer, what do you typically use it for?
(260 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
  63%   Internet access
         62%   Email
  36%   Work
  17%   Games
  14%   Music
  4%   Other (navigation, finances, movies, etc.)

 

10.
If you had to choose the most scenic stretch of highway in the United States, where would that be?
(277 respondents - top 3 responses)
         15%   I-70 Colorado/Utah/Kansas/Pennsylvania
  13%   I-90 Washington/Idaho/Montana/
Wyoming/Pennsylvania/New York
  8%   I-10 California/Arizona/New Mexico/
Texas/Louisiana/Florida

 

11.
If you had to choose the most boring stretch of highway in the United States, where would that be?
(294 respondents - top 3 responses)
         33%   I-10 California/Arizona/New Mexico/Texas/Louisiana/Alabama/Florida
  12%   I-80 Nevada/Utah/Wyoming/Nebraska/Iowa/Ohio/Pennsylvania
  9%   I-70 Colorado/Kansas/Missouri/Ohio

 

12.
Which highway do you think is the safest?
(244 respondents - top 3 responses)
         34%   I-10 California/Arizona/New Mexico/Texas/Louisiana/Mississippi/Alabama/Florida
  16%   I-80 California/Nevada/Utah/Wyoming/Nebraska/Iowa/Illinois/Indiana/Ohio/Pennsylvania
  9%   I-90 Washington/Montana/Wyoming/Minnesota/Wisconsin/Illinois/Indiana/Ohio/New York

 

13.
How often do you stay at a hotel while traveling for work?
(334 respondents)
         9%   Daily
  18%   2-3 times a week
  13%   Once a week
  35%   2-3 times a month
  8%   12 times a year or less
  14%   Never
  2%   Other (only when needed, breakdowns, etc.)

 

14.
What are the most important factor(s) when choosing a hotel at which to stay?
(325 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         50%   Price
  46%   Location
  25%   Quality
  19%   Truck parking/access
  17%   Perks (i.e. free breakfast, internet access)
  2%   Other (cleanliness, pets, restaurants, etc.)

 

15.
While on the road, which hotel chain is your favorite place to stop for the night?
(322 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         36%   Super 8
  30%   Days Inn
  21%   Motel 6
  17%   Best Western
  9%   Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express
  8%   Econo Lodge
  8%   Hampton Inn
  8%   Quality Inn
  4%   Red Roof Inn
  2%   Comfort Inn
  1%   Drury Inn
  3%   Other (La Quinta, Ramada, Ritz, cheepest/closest, etc. )

 

16.
Which antacid gets rid of heartburn the quickest?
(297 respondents)
         31%   Tums
  25%   Rolaids
  12%   Zantac
  7%   Pepcid
  5%   Pepto-Bismol
  4%   Mylanta
  5%   Other (Nexium, Prilosec, Gaviscon, Alka-Seltzer, milk, etc.)
  15%   None/Don't use

 

17.
What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
(334 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         32%   Subway
  15%   Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
  15%   Wendy's
  13%   Arby's
  11%   Taco Bell
  9%   McDonald's
  6%   Hardee's
  6%   Burger King
  6%   Other (Popeyes, In-N-Out, Jack-in-the-Box, etc.)
  8%   I don't eat fast food.

 

18.
What is your favorite snack while on the road?
(333 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         36%   Fresh fruit
  22%   Planter's Peanuts/Mixed nuts
  14%   Doritos
  13%   Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  11%   Lay's Potato Chips
  11%   M&M's
  7%   Little Debbie Snack Cakes/Cookies
  3%   Sunflower seeds
  3%   Pretzels
  2%   Jerky
  1%   Trail mix
  10%   Other (crackers, popcorn, Snickers, veggies, etc.)

 

19a.
When I'm on the road and have the radio on, most likely I am listening to (style):
(337 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
  37%   Classic 60's, 70's & 80's
         30%   Country
  24%   Rock and Roll
  23%   National Public Radio or talk radio
  5%   Christian
  4%   R&B/Rap/Hip-Hop
  3%   News/Sports
  2%   Classical
  1%   Nostalgia
  7%   Other (blues, oldies, audio books, Spanish/Hispanic etc.)

 

19b.
When I'm on the road and have the radio on, most likely I am listening to (system):
(327 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
  55%   FM/AM stations
         48%   Satellite radio
  13%   iPod/MP3 player
  4%   Other (CD player, laptop)

 

20.
What are you doing to be more eco-friendly while on the road?
(320 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
  38%   Throw aluminum, glass and plastic containers in recycle bins
         33%   Use PrePass
  31%   Use IdleAire
  28%   Use reusable drink containers
  26%   Use reusable grocery bags
  18%   Use generator/APU
  12%   Use biodiesel fuel
  3%   Don't idle/less idling of truck
  4%   Other (reuse items, plan fuel stops, etc.)

 

21.
Who builds the best tractor?
(337 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         38%   Kenworth
  22%   Freightliner
  19%   Peterbilt
  17%   Volvo
  8%   International
  2%   Western Star
  3%   Other (Mack, Marmon, etc.)

 

22.
Who makes the best tires?
(332 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         36%   Bridgestone
  32%   Michelin
  19%   Goodyear
  11%   Yokohama
  10%   BFGoodrich
  4%   Firestone
  2%   Other (Continental, Kelly, Toyo, etc.)

 

23.
Which brand of motor oil do you use most often?
(337 respondents)
         40%   Shell ROTELLA
  31%   Mobil Delvac
  16%   Chevron Delo
  6%   Castrol
  5%   Pennzoil
  3%   Valvoline
  2%   Other (Amzoil, Coastal, GTX, Schaeffer, etc.)

 

24.
What is your favorite truck stop chain?
(335 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         44%   Petro
  24%   Flying J
  21%   Pilot
  16%   TA (Truckstops of America)
  10%   Love's
  1%   AMBEST
  1%   Other (cheepest fuel price/closest)

 

25.
While on the road, how many times have you stopped to aid another motorist?
(335 respondents)
         49%   Once or twice
  21%   3 to 10 times
  14%   More than 10 times
  16%   I have never aided another motorist

 

26.
Which state has the best rest stops?
(221 respondents - top 3 responses)
         20%   Florida
  17%   Ohio
  16%   Texas

 

27.
Who has the best coffee?
(282 respondents)
         43%   Dunkin' Donuts
  21%   McDonald's
  20%   Starbucks
  12%   Truckstops/Gas stations
  9%   Other (me, my wife, 7-11, Flavia, Hill's Bros., Tully's, Waffle House, etc.)

 

28.
You've had your morning coffee, what do you drink the rest of the day?
(335 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         71%   Water
  22%   Tea
  21%   Gatorade
  14%   Pepsi/Diet Pepsi
  13%   Juice/Fruit drinks
  12%   Coke/Diet Coke
  10%   Mountain Dew/Diet Mountain Dew
  7%   Other (more coffee, Dr. Pepper, energy drinks, Vitamin Water, etc.)

 

29.
What is the most difficult part of life on the road?
(331 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         56%   Eating right
  24%   Exercise
  19%   Keeping on top of finances
  19%   Staying in touch with family
  18%   DOT hours of service regulations
  16%   Paperwork
  6%   Work schedule
  6%   Getting my mail
  5%   Other (being away from family, log issues, etc.)

 

30.
How do you exercise while on the road?
(323 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         37%   Walk/run at truck stops
  33%   Who has time for exercise?
  21%   Moving furniture/Work
  13%   Push-ups and sit-ups
  9%   Use the hotel gym
  7%   Use dumbbells
  2%   Jump rope
  4%   Other (find a gym, bike, walk/jog, etc.)

 

31.
Okay, you're finally off the road. What's your favorite pastime when you are not working?
(334 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
         58%   Hang out with family/friends
  19%   Go hunting or fishing
  16%   Have a relaxing dinner
  11%   Go on vacation
  10%   Go to a movie
  10%   Go to a sporting event
  8%   No contest...sleep!
  2%   Golf
  2%   Motorcycling
  15%   Other (camping, relaxing, motocross/dirt bike/offroading/ATVs, boating, work at home, old cars, etc.)

 

32.
What is the most interesting or most unique thing you've ever loaded onto your truck?
(221 respondents - some of the more interesting items below!)
         1000 lb. coffee roaster/grinder
  1937 Plymouth Coupe (no wheels – I had to carry the car!)
  1940 Dodge Pickup (in 220 pieces)
  2 mini subs
  8 ft. wooden camel
  Antique Asian crown
  Apollo Space Capsule/Rocket
  Baby grand piano
  Baseball Hall of Fame
  Dinosaur bones/exhibits
  Fine art (Monet, etc.)
  Flight simulator
  Former Emperor of Japan sculpture
  Harp
  Helicopters
  Ice cream truck
  Irish bar 36' long (antique)
  Iron lung
  Jets
  Rainbow Play System - King Kong Castle
  Mammogram machine
  Medieval suit of armor
  Missles/Missle destroyers
  Mobile entertainment showroom with 14 big screen TV's
  Model of the Queen Mary
  Moon vehicle
  Anamatronic King Kong
  MRI (for pets)
  Papal chair
  Pompeii volcanic exhibit
  Race car
  Racing lawn mower
  Roy Rogers freight wagon
  Sailboats
  Tree roots
  White House press bags

 

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