79 responses from Atlas van operators across North America were received, representing at least 31 states in the U.S.
1.
How long have you been a van operator with Atlas?
(79 respondents)
11%
Less than 1 year
15%
1-3 years
13%
4-6 years
13%
7-9 years
18%
10-15 years
30%
16 years or more
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2.
How many weeks per year do you spend on the road?
(79 respondents)
33%
Less than 20 weeks
15%
20-30 weeks
27%
31-40 weeks
25%
More than 40 weeks
3.
How many miles per year do you normally drive your truck?
(78 respondents)
28%
Less than 50,000
40%
50,000-74,999
13%
75,000-99,999
14%
100,000-124,999
5%
125,000 or more
4.
Why did you choose to join Atlas as a van operator?
(78 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
50%
Atlas Agency
28%
Family/friend influence
24%
Company reputation
23%
Money/Miles
17%
Advancement opportunities
17%
Driver respect
13%
Equipment
12%
Referral/recommendation
8%
Home time
4%
Other (travel destinations, friendliness, former agency employee)
5.
Would you recommend Atlas to friends or colleagues on the road?
(78 respondents)
94%
Yes
6%
No
6.
What is the best part of being a van operator?
(79 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
57%
Freedom of the highway (not working in an office)
53%
Meeting/working with people from across the country
46%
Entrepreneurship (run own business)
15%
Being a part of the trucking community
4%
Other (agency, good work, pace of work, etc.)
7.
What is your level of satisfaction with being an Atlas van operator?
(78 respondents)
18%
Extremely satisfied — I love my job!
54%
Reasonably satisfied — life's good!
19%
Somewhat satisfied — OK overall
9%
Could be better
8.
How often do you stay at a hotel while traveling for work?
(78 respondents)
12%
Daily
15%
2-3 times a week
10%
1 time a week
17%
2-3 times a month
35%
12 times a year or less
8%
Never
4%
Other (all the time, downtime, when necessary, etc.)
9.
What are the most important factor(s) when choosing a hotel?
(78 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
82%
Truck parking/access
72%
Price
50%
Quality
47%
Location
28%
Perks (i.e. free breakfast, Internet access)
3%
Other (good referrals, cleanliness)
10.
While on the road, which hotel chain is your favorite place to stop for the night?
(77 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
44%
Super 8
38%
Days Inn
35%
Best Western
26%
Motel 6
23%
Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express
17%
Quality Inn
16%
Econo Lodge
10%
Hampton Inn
8%
Red Roof Inn
8%
Other (Any, Comfort Inn, La Quinta, Drury, Hilton Garden Inn, Marriott)
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11a.
When you're on the road, which of the following do you use?
(79 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
66%
Smartphone
61%
GPS
58%
Cell phone
43%
Laptop
42%
Internet/email
29%
CB radio
3%
IdleAir
11b.
Of smartphone users, what OS do you use?
(52 respondents)
58%
Apple iOS (iPhone)
38%
Android OS (multiple brands)
2%
RIM Blackberry OS
12.
What cell service/wireless network provider do you use?
(79 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
51%
Verizon Wireless
29%
AT&T
13%
Sprint
6%
T-Mobile
1%
U.S. Cellular
0%
TracFone
4%
Other (Bell Canada, Telus)
13.
When you're on the road, how often do you have access to the following:
a) Email
(77 respondents)
82%
Daily
4%
2-3 times a week
4%
1 time a week
3%
2-3 times a month
8%
Never
13.
b) Internet
(76 respondents)
84%
Daily
5%
2-3 times a week
3%
1 time a week
1%
2-3 times a month
7%
Never
13.
c) Social Networking (Facebook, etc.)
(72 respondents)
56%
Daily
4%
2-3 times a week
10%
1 time a week
3%
2-3 times a month
28%
Never
13.
d) Computer
(72 respondents)
54%
Daily
18%
2-3 times a week
6%
1 time a week
1%
2-3 times a month
18%
Never
3%
Other
14.
While on the road, where are your favorite scenic spots at which to stop or appreciate the view that might be missed by less seasoned travelers?
(51 respondents - some of the more interesting spots below!)
General
Mountains
Deserts
Fishing lakes on various highways
Historic places
Oceanfronts
Ship Museums
Trains
Springtime in the mountains
Southeastern U.S.
Fancy Gap between North Carolina & Virginia on I-77
Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
I-40 from Tennessee to the Carolinas
US 25 in Tennessee (lake overlook)
Northeastern U.S.
Finger Lakes in Upstate New York
I-86 and I-88 corridor through New York
White Mountains
Southwestern U.S.
Donner's Pass Waterfalls
Badlands
Salt Flats in Utah
Flagstaff, Arizona
Arizona
Grand Canyon
Hoover Dam
Las Vegas
Acoma City in New Mexico
West coastal views
Rocky Mountains
Texas Hill Country
Rest area outside Vail, Colorado
I-70 West of Denver, Colorado
Santa Cruz Mountains
Eastern Sierras
Midwestern U.S.
Lake Superior's North Shore in Minnesota
Northwestern U.S.
Lake areas of the west and northwest
Columbia River in Washington/Oregon
I-84 in Oregon
I-5 in Oregon
I-90 in Idaho/Montana
Top of Cabbage Hill in Oregon
Mount Rushmore
Canada
Northwest overlook of Lake Superior, Alberta, Canada
15.
What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
(77 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
55%
Subway
34%
Wendy's
25%
Taco Bell
25%
McDonald's
21%
Arby's
21%
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
16%
Burger King
13%
Hardee's
8%
Other (Del Taco, Denny's, Qdoba, Sonic, Waffle House, etc.)
0%
I don't eat fast food.
16.
Which antacid gets rid of heartburn the quickest?
(76 respondents)
34%
Tums
21%
Rolaids
17%
Zantac
11%
Pepto-Bismol
9%
Pepcid
0%
Mylanta
4%
Other (Almonds, Milk, Rantidine)
13%
N/A
17.
What is your favorite snack while on the road?
(79 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
38%
Fresh Fruit
30%
Peanuts/Mixed Nuts
30%
Jerky
20%
Potato Chips
19%
Trail Mix
18%
Candy
16%
Pretzels
13%
Baked Goods (cakes/cookies)
1%
Tortilla Chips
10%
Other (popcorn, bean burritos, cheese, Dunkin' Donuts, Goldfish & Cheerios, seeds, etc.)
Fruit
18.
Whether it's a "Mom and Pop" diner, or particular franchise location, what is the best restaurant in America?
(61 respondents - top responses)
1st
Denny's
2nd
Outback Steakhouse
3rd
Iron Skillet/Petro Truck Stops and Carrabas (Tie)
19a.
When I'm on the road and have the radio on, most likely I am listening to (style):
(76 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
43%
Country
38%
Classic 60's, 70's & 80's
37%
Talk/News/Sports Radio
33%
Rock and Roll
13%
R&B/Rap/Hip-Hop
12%
Pop/Top 40
9%
Christian
9%
National Public Radio
5%
Jazz/Blues
7%
Other (audio books, easy listening, metal, old time radio, etc.)
19b.
When I'm on the road and have the radio on, most likely I am listening to (system):
(75 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
63%
FM/AM stations
44%
Satellite radio
25%
iPod/MP3 player
3%
Other (cell, Slacker radio, etc.)
20.
What are you doing to be more eco-friendly while on the road?
(72 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
53%
Throw aluminum, glass and plastic containers in recycle bins
38%
Use reusable drink containers
33%
Use reusable grocery bags
32%
Use Prepass
22%
Use generator/APU
13%
Use biodiesel fuel
6%
Use IdleAir
6%
Other (don't litter, reuse packing material when clean, etc.)
21.
Who builds the best tractor?
(76 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
28%
Freightliner
26%
Kenworth
25%
Peterbilt
21%
Volvo
11%
International
4%
Western Star
1%
Other (Mack)
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22.
Who makes the best tires?
(76 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
42%
Michelin
34%
Bridgestone
24%
Goodyear
17%
Yokohama
12%
BF Goodrich
8%
Firestone
1%
Other (General)
23.
Which brand of motor oil do you use most often?
(78 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
36%
Shell ROTELLA
31%
Mobil Delvac
18%
Chevron Delo
15%
Castrol
5%
Valvoline
3%
Penzoil
1%
Other (Delo 400)
24.
What is your favorite truck stop chain?
(79 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
39%
Flying J
39%
Pilot
34%
TA (Truckstops of America)
34%
Petro
25%
Love's
4%
AMBEST
5%
Other (Husky, QT, mom & pops, small ones)
25.
While on the road, how many times have you stopped to aid another motorist?
(78 respondents)
59%
Once or twice
17%
3 to 10 times
9%
More than 10 times
15%
I've never aided another motorist
26.
Which state has the best rest stops?
(66 respondents - top three responses)
12%
Florida/Ohio (tie)
9%
Texas
8%
California
27.
Who has the best coffee?
(75 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
40%
Dunkin' Donuts
24%
Truckstops/Gas Stations
21%
Starbucks
12%
McDonald's
8%
Other (homemade, 7-11, Tully's, VA)
13%
N/A
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28.
You've had your morning coffee, what do you drink the rest of the day?
(78 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
76%
Water
32%
Gatorade/Sports Drinks
22%
Tea
15%
Coke/Diet Coke
15%
Juice/Fruit Drinks
15%
Mountain Dew/Diet Mountain Dew
9%
Pepsi/Diet Pepsi
4%
Other (coffee, Dr. Pepper)
29.
What is the most difficult part of life on the road?
(77 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
65%
Eating right
35%
Exercise
35%
DOT hours of service regulations
26%
Paperwork
23%
Staying in touch with family
22%
Keeping on top of finances
17%
Work schedule
9%
Getting my mail
8%
Other (being away from home, traffic, showers/bathrooms, etc.)
30.
How do you exercise while on the road?
(75 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
73%
Moving furniture/work
21%
Who has time for exercise?
17%
Walk/run at truck stops
13%
Push-ups and sit-ups
8%
Use the hotel gym
4%
Use dumbbells
3%
Other (walking, road bike, Bowflex)
31.
What is the most interesting or most unique thing you've ever loaded onto your truck?
(51 respondents - some of the more interesting items below!)
10 Foot Dragon
12 Life-size Mannequins
1942 Dodge Powerwagon
1950s Merry-Go-Round
1967 GT 500
4,000 Pound Yard Sculpture of Elephant
9 Foot Tall, Five Feet in Diameter Tree Trunk from Norway Family Farm (1380 lbs!)
Actor's Household
Airplane
Airplane Fuseloge
Auto Show Crate
Can-Am Spyder
Car Lawntractor
Charlie Brown Statue
Coffee Bean Root, Crated
Costly Antiques
CAT Scan Machine
Dinosaur
Dried Up Cactus Stump
Elephant Statue
Framed Piece of Turf from Three Rivers Stadium (formally in Pittsburgh, PA)
Full Blown Race Car
Full Size Horse Sculpture (made from leaves)
Furniture for High-End Retail Store
Furniture from the 1700s
Giant Boulder
Hand Painted Bricks
Harley Davidson Corvette
Hospital Equipment
Hydrolic Bar
Ice Cream Truck
Large Super Hero Character from Video Game
Lens for Space Mission
Old Airplane for Aviation Show
Phone Booth
Rocket Engine
Silent Movie Camera & Stand
Wylie Coyote in Glass Case
32.
What are some of the most interesting types of people you have assisted in moving?
(76 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
54%
Regular/Everyday People
41%
Pro-Athletes
29%
Military
21%
Actors/Actresses (TV/Movie/Stage)
14%
Scientists
11%
Singers/Musicians
7%
Authors
7%
Religious Leaders
5%
International Leaders
1%
Politicians
1%
Comedians
7%
Other (Historian/Teacher, Management, TV Journalist, etc.)
33.
Okay, you're finally off the road. What's your favorite pastime when you are not working?
(78 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
78%
Hang out with family/friends
33%
Have a relaxing dinner
28%
Spend time on a favorite hobby
26%
Go to a movie
18%
No contest...sleep!
18%
Go on vacation
17%
Go hunting or fishing
13%
Go to a sporting event
8%
Other (acting in theater productions, walking dogs, church, etc.)
34.
When you take a well-deserved vacation, what is a favorite destination you visit that regular tourists might miss?
(61 respondents - perhaps not surprisingly, the #1 vacation spot listed was home - here are some of the other suggestions!)
Asia
Atlantic Ocean Cruises
Bear Lake, Utah
Cancun
Carribean (Jamaica, Saint Croix, Saint Lucia, Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands)
Casey Jones Museum, Jackson, TN
Cruising
Disney World
Drag Racing
Duluth, Minnesota & the North Shore Area
Dumont Dunes
Europe
Florida (Orlando, Saint Augustine Beach, South Beach)
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Kentucky Lake & Dam
Las Vegas
Manhattan in New York
Mount Zion, Utah
Myrtle Beach, SC
Nags Head, NC
Pismo Beach Oceano Dunes in California
Sandals Resorts
Savannah Beaches

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