EVANSVILLE, Ind. — An annual survey of Atlas Van Lines drivers suggests I-70 is the most scenic route in the US, that Super 8 provides the cheapest and most convenient hotels and that Dunkin’ Donuts is where to go for the best coffee.
The annual King of the Road survey by Atlas surveyed more than 550 van operators who typically run 50,000 to 125,000 miles per year.
“This survey gives us an inside look at our van operators and their motivations, likes and dislikes,” said Greg Hoover, president and chief operating officer of Atlas Van Lines. “They know the country’s interstates, restaurants, and rest stops better than anyone, and they’re proud to share their knowledge about life on the road.”
This year’s survey found that drivers are finding it difficult to eat healthy while on the road. More than half the respondents cited eating right was the hardest part of their job while 25% said exercising was the most difficult. That’s an increase of 7% over last year, indicating health is an increasing concern for drivers. Atlas drivers named Subway as their favourite place for fast food.
Another trend this year is that owner/operators are more interested in advancement opportunities. The desire to advance was more important than mileage reimbursement for young drivers and the opportunity to advance was the second highest reason a driver chose Atlas, according to the survey.
The survey also found that more than 75% of Atlas van operators are extremely or reasonably satisfied with their job.
Other findings about life on the road included: I-10 was named the most boring highway as well as the safest highway; Florida was recognized for having the best rest stops; Kenworth was the favourite tractor type; Bridgestone tires were preferred; Shell Rotella oil was favoured by respondents; and the Petro chain of truck stops was named the best.
On the technology side, nearly 100% of respondents use a cell phone, 44% a CB radio, and 32% use a computer on the road. About half of respondents have satellite radio (about 60% have Sirius) and 9% listen to an iPod or MP3 player, according to the survey. To view the full results, visit www.atlasworldgroup.com/survey.
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