How was "road trip" culture different in the 60′s and 70′s than today?

November 7th, 2013

Either in the US, Canada, Mexico, or other nations. I am most familiar with the US, but am curious about "road trips" like the Amsterdam-to-India "hippie trail" that used to run through Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

1970′s movies make it seem like road trip "culture" back then involved lots of small local diners, fat trucker dudes with bushy beards, CB radios, 8-track cassettes and/or local radio stations, and small motels with neon signs and black-and-white TVs.

Today, road trips are all about national chains – gas station chains, fast-food chains, and hotel/motel chains, all in unified clumps right off of the freeway.

How different was the past compared to this present-day reality?

My family and I used to go to Florida every year starting in 1965. I 75 was not open all the way between Ohio and Florida, so we had to go through the mountains. We stopped at tourist traps like "The Dog Patch Zoo," and old buildings with old stuff and wagons. We passed cabins in Kentucky that had quilts and coverlets hanging from the porch to sell. We passed through a place in Kentucky called "Stinking Creek" that really stank. One road on our way wound around a mountain. There was a steep drop off on the driver’s side, all the way down the side of the mountain.

On the road in Tennessee and Georgia were Berma Shave Signs. They were really fun because each sign was a part of a message. In Southern Tennessee, Georgia and Florida there were a lot of Textile outlets that sold "Togs." Chain restaurants were Crystal Hamburgers. McDonalds was not as ubiquitous as it is today. In fact, I don’t remember seeing any. We stopped in road side diners and Mom and Pop places; places truckers might eat for lunch. In the evening, we asked at the Motel where was a good place to eat.

In Valdosta Georgia and Cocoa Florida there were some really nice "All You Can Eat" places that served Home Cooked Southern Meals in bowls on the table. They served Turnip Greens and Sweet Potato Pie.
There was a place in Clearwater Florida called the Kapok Tree. Their special treats were corn fritters dusted with powdered sugar and a layered Planter’s Punch made with 3 different kinds of rum.You got to keep the straw with a plastic flower and the fancy glass. Back in those days, they’d serve you alcohol even if you were under age if your parents ordered it for you. The Kapok Tree looked like a huge conservatory full of plants on the inside and had gardens and fountains on the outside. One of the best aspects of the Kapok Tree were the extensive gift shops . In 1975 I saw L. Ron Hubbard in one of the gift shops at the Kapok tree, looking at English Bone China.

My parents favored fish places. Johnny Liberocks in southern Florida, the Oyster Bar in Clearwater. The Red Lobster was a favorite, as they were not yet in my home town. Another chain we liked was Steak and Shake.

Other attractions in Florida were Sunken Gardens which had beautiful gardens, a religious display and an extensive gift shop. Busch Gardens had extensive gardens and performing birds, but no amusement park. They did serve free beer (which your parents could get and give to you if you were under age) and the best pretzels which were purchased in little boxes. Tarpon Springs was a Sponge Diving village founded by Greek Immigrants. It had wonderful greek restaurants and extensive gift shops. In the 1970s it also had a creepy crying Icon that my parents always went to see. Before Disney World, the place to go in Orlando was Sea World. The Miami Seaquarium. Wiki Waki with the "live Mermaids" Silver Springs with the glass bottom boats and old Tarzan sets, the Alligator Farm, Sarasota Jungle Garden, Bok Tower Gardens with the The Singing Tower in Lake Wales, Madame Toussand’s Wax Museum, the Old Jail, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, were just some of the attractions we visited wile in Florida.

We always stayed at Motels rather than Hotels. Motels back then were little mom and pop places that looked like "The Bates." There was a sign out front indicating the name of the place and whether or not there were rooms available. The rooms were not fancy. There were always real glasses wrapped in wax paper, an ice bucket with a lit. Sometimes you had to put money in a coin box to watch the B&W TV. Most of the time the beds had coin-operated "Magic Fingers," which my sister and I always begged our parents to let us use. There was usually a long single story building accented with neon lights that had rooms opening onto the parking lot. Usually there were a couple aluminum lawn chairs sitting next to the door and a pool out front if you were in Florida. Most of the places we stayed, like the Motel Ann (at which we were regulars for 10-12 days each summer), were owned by families who lived there. Even the bigger chains like the Best Western that we sometimes stayed at in Georgia, were run by local people.

Gas prices in the 1960s and 1970s were cheap. In the July of 1973, just three months before the Arab Oil Embargo, I remember my parents pinching pennies by driving around looking for the places that were charging 13.9 cents for a gallon of gas. They didn’t want to give up the extra penny to the 14.9 cent places. The Gas Stations had names like Esso (Exon); Texico; Sinclair; Standard Oil or Sohio; Phillips 66, Shell, and Gulf. The speed limits were about 72 mph back then.

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Best Places to Advertise a Tow Truck Business?

November 7th, 2013

I am making a website and advertising for my step dads’ tow truck business. Do you know of the best places-websites to advertise? I want to advertise on free sites. I read Craiglist is a good place. Also read writing articles and putting the company link is a good way to advertise.

Have you heard of Sky High Media?

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Fact #2: If you get your website ranked on page one for "city + tow truck driver" you’ll get more business than you can handle. Just make sure it’s a city with a lot of people. (more than 10,000)

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SHAVED BIGFOOT A TRUCKER STORY

November 6th, 2013

0 SHAVED BIGFOOT A TRUCKER STORYWHEN NOT TO BE AFRAID

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Trucking business how to do fuel taxes

November 6th, 2013

0 Trucking business how to do fuel taxesIn this video I explain how I do fuel taxes and how I plan to upgrade technology to reduce my responsibilities of doing them the ol way.

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Trucking Jobs | Beyond Comparison | 855-445-9646 | Shaffer Trucking

November 6th, 2013

0 Trucking Jobs | Beyond Comparison | 855 445 9646 | Shaffer TruckingTruck Driving Jobs and Refrigerated Trucking Jobs are just 2 of the types of jobs that Shaffer Truck Driving offers. Shaffer Trucking is part of the Crete Carrier Family.

Shaffer Trucking
400 NW 56th Street
Lincoln, NE 68528
800-669-0322

Truck Driving Jobs Intro: 00:01
Crete Carrier Beyond Comparison: 00:05
Top Pay Certified Carrier: 00:07
Average $62,000 a year: 00:09
Gold Standard Benefits: 00:25
Profit Sharing: 00:30
National, Regional, Dedicated, and Home Weekly fleet: 00:42
Debt Free: 00:57
Drivers Stay with us three times longer: 01:03
Safety First and Foremost: 01:12
New Equipment: 01:16
Leading CSA Scores: 01:19
Truck Driving Jobs Outro: 01:24

Shaffer Trucking is not your ordinary trucking company, we’re beyond comparison! We are a top pay certified carrier, and the top 25% of our national fleet drivers brings home $62,000 or more a year. We pay our drivers the best because they truly are the best in the industry. Our gold standard benefits package includes that good stuff like health, life, dental, vision and 401(k). But our Profit Sharing program, which distributed $6 million dollars last year ensures that when the company does well, so do you. We’ve got a flexible fleet to meet your home time needs; national, regional, dedicated, or our home weekly fleet. In addition, our dedicated dispatchers will bend over backwards to accommodate your schedule. We know that everyone has bills to pay. Thankfully we don’t have a single cent in the red. Meaning we’ll be here tomorrow and the check will always be good. Drivers appreciate a debt free company, staying with us three times longer than the competition. It’s no accident that we made safety our companies first principle for success. We keep your equipment new – an average age of two years – and lead the industry in CSA safety scores. If you’re tired of shortcuts, maybe it’s time you joined the Shaffer Trucking Family. Apply online at ShafferJobs.com or call 800 – 669 – 0322. Shaffer Trucking, there are no shortcuts.

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B.Goins trucker stories!!

October 7th, 2013

0 B.Goins trucker stories!!How I keep my hair looking so sexy!

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Top 5 Tips For Starting A Trucking Company

October 7th, 2013

0 Top 5 Tips For Starting A Trucking CompanyHello again, Mike Lawrence here from InsureMyRig.com, the premier trucking insurance agent on the web. InsureMyRig.com is your best source for trucking insurance information, fast quotes, and great customer service.

Today, I’m going to give you my Top 5 Tips for starting a trucking company! With the nation’s economy in full-blown recovery, there are opportunities for smart businesspeople to start their own company, and drive towards the American dream. Startup businesses have a high failure rate, and trucking companies run on thin profit margins. Hopefully, my tips can help you to not become one of those statistics; so, let’s go take a look at our list.

Tip #1 Start with one or more core customers

In the bar/restaurant business, it’s said that your regulars are the ones who keep the lights on; they are the ones you count on to pay the bills, and you need to treat them like gold. Core customers, who can promise regular loads and prompt payment are a huge asset; relying on brokers or internet load boards takes up much of your management time chasing loads and money. Use those broker loads to fill in the gaps…but depend on, and work hard to cultivate good core customers.

Tip #2 Have 90-120 days operating capital on hand before

starting Trucking is not an inexpensive business to start. Truck payments, registrations, insurance and definitely fuel will drain your bank account even faster than my wife can drain mine! Even in a best-case scenario, you will not get paid for hauling a load within 60 days of doing the work; most shippers and brokers pay anywhere from 90-120 days after, and during those days, your wheels still need to be turning. One of the biggest reasons for new venture failure is a lack of good financial planning, so protect yourself from that pitfall and you’ll increase your likelihood of long-term business success.

Tip #3 Improve your credit rating

Speaking of good financial planning…do you know what your credit score is? There are many internet sites where you can get a credit report, such as freecreditscore.com; make sure you check your report for accuracy prior to startup and dispute any discrepancies. Truck dealers, insurance underwriters, and banks will all use your credit score to determine lending and premium rates. A good credit score will make a huge difference in your business’s bottom line; and generating profit is a bussiness’s primary goal. Get good credit, and keep it good by paying your bills on time, every time.

Tip #4 Start Small

An entrepreneur, by definition, is a risk-taker; someone who wants control over their future. A smart entrepreneur knows not to take on TOO much…too much risk, too much debt, and too much work! Trust me, as your own driver, manager, bookkeeper and salesman, you will have plenty of tasks to keep you busy in your first 12 months. My advice would be to concentrate on all of those; and not worry yet about hiring new drivers until you’ve got a very tight understanding and control of your other duties. Besides, no one else is going to take care of your business and your customers as well as you can. Start small, and grow carefully.

Tip #5 Pick 3 professional advisers

All businesses need outside professional advice; and trucking is a very specialized business. Make sure that your accountant, lawyer and insurance agent all are experienced in handling trucking accounts; this is a bad time to pick your brother-in-law to be your business attorney! All of the outside advisers that you use should be able to provide references of other satisfied trucking clients. Our family-owned insurance agency, for example, has been serving the truck industry for 80 years, and we are members of local, state and national trucking associations. We can provide you with competitive quotes from A-rated insurance carriers, and help to make sure you stay compliant with government regulations. We’re the best!

That’s it for this time around. I hope you find this information helpful; if you have further
questions or comments feel free to email me at mike@insuremyrig.com.
Drive safely out there!

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truck driving jobs for felons

October 7th, 2013

0 truck driving jobs for felonstruck driving jobs for felons

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Taking my kids OTR and home schooling them?

September 26th, 2013

My husband is an OTR trucker. He wants me to get my CDL and team up with him so we can earn a potential $100,000 yr. We have 2 kids 9,8. Thinking about home schooling them and taking them with us for the next 2 yrs. That way we can get out of debt and save for a house. I need feedback from someone who has first hand knowledge about this. Please help!

The only thing I know about even remotely about this is the story of Kerry Anderson, a student who spent her middle- and high-school career riding across the country in the cab of her mom’s big rig and homeschooling. A recruiter from Harvard came looking for her in 2007. She graduated from Harvard in 2010, and plans to continue to law school:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128674314

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How do I start a food truck business?

September 26th, 2013

I want to start a food truck business in Buffalo Ny. Can anyone give me tips on running a food truck business?

I’d gonna ask the people in that area of business personally.. Remember it’s like turf wars.. Areas are claimed, and like selling drugs, you can’t have 2 people selling in the one area without any sort of disagreement

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