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2016 King of the Road Survey

Van Operator Survey 2016

2016 King of the Road Survey

The majority of Atlas Van Lines professional van operators (PVOs) spend more than 40 weeks on the road every year. To learn more about our experienced PVOs and their lives on the road, we conduct our King of the Road Survey. This year, we received responses from 401 Atlas van operators across the U.S.

The survey provides insights into PVOs’ favorite brands, highway essentials, use of technology and how they stay fit while on the road.

Highlights of this year’s King of the Road survey include:

Drivers are taking advantage of the latest technologies.

Today’s PVOs are more connected through technology and social media than ever before. In fact, 93 percent of PVOs surveyed use smartphones, and 94 percent access their email daily.

When it comes to social media, PVOs are no different than the rest of us, with nearly 75 percent of respondents saying they check social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram daily.

Drivers are increasingly health-conscious

Spending so much time on the road can make it difficult to make healthy choices, but our PVOs are finding creative ways to exercise and eat right. Seventy-five percent said their main form of exercise while on the road is moving furniture, and 26 percent make an effort to walk, run or doing another workout activity while at truck spots.

PVOs are making healthy eating choices while on the road. Seventy-nine percent of drivers surveyed said they drink water throughout the day, over sugary drinks such teas, sports drinks, juices and sodas. Fresh fruit was the top choice for favorite snacks while on the road (44 percent)

Favorite brands include:

  • Best coffee: Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Favorite hotel chains: Super 8 and Comfort Inn
  • Best truck stop chains: Flying J and Petro
  • Most effective antacid: Tums
  • Best tires: Michelin
  • Favorite motor oil: Shell Rotella
  • Best tractor: Kenworth
  • Favorite grocery store/supermarket: Walmart
  • Most common-used smartphone: Android
  • Most common-used cell service/network provider: Verizon
  • Favorite electronic log devices (ELD)/telematics system: Rand McNally

The King of the Road Survey results are revealed in conjunction with Atlas Van Lines’ annual driver appreciation event, known as BRAVO (Boosting Recognition of Atlas Van Operators). This week-long event takes place at participating Atlas agencies around the United States and Canada and recognizes the hardworking drivers who travel across the country and interact with Atlas Van Lines’ customers on a daily basis.