The Road Home

The Road Home

The Road Home is a podcast for the Truckers Service Association members and partners. With more than 12,000 independent professional truck drivers our goal is to reach each member with information, education and resources to improve their life on the road wherever the road may take them. We will leverage this podcast to update members on new services and benefits. For more information


November 2, 2022 16 min
Professional drivers keep freight moving. They may be one of the most important assets to our economy. In this episode, John breaks down the top 5 concerns from approximately 2,000 drivers surveyed by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI)

With 12,000+ members, Truckers Service Association (TSA) knows what truckers need. Founded in 1995, TSA is a non-profit association dedicated t...
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The focus is on driver appreciation as I sit down with Rose Rojo, a female independent contractor leased on with John Christner Trucking. Rose shares her experience, life on the road, and small business insight. She was awarded driver of the year in Oklahoma 2022

She also talks about what needs to happen to get more women behind the wheel.
Our primary purpose of this podcast is to connect and help professional drivers out on the...
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One of the great business models and true independence is being the proud owner of your own truck. The freedom to call your shots, create business opportunities for your family, and build a great business. We are started to see challenges to how contractors are recognized or not recognized as employees.

Shannon Newton, President of the Arkansas Trucking Association

Link to Shannon's appearance on the show:
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Our primary purpose of this podcast is to connect and help professional drivers out on the road, especially independent contractors.

This month you are in for a real treat as we feature the daughter of David Overton, an independent contractor from south Texas that has been leased on with Warren Transport for 17 years.

Since 2017 the Truckers Service Association has awarded 55 scholarships totaling approximately $100,000

Callie Ov...
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Welcome Friends….. Thanks for tuning in to “The Road Home” powered by the Truckers Service Association.

This is John Piper

Does the cost of Diesel Fuel have you concerned? That is our focus on this podcast.

A couple of tips that can be put into place immediately to help reduce your fuel spend are:

Minimize your cruise speed, also find your “sweet spot” with your cruise RPM
Plan your trip in advance, use navigation, and look for...
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On this show, we are breaking down the top ten issues that are important to drivers.

I’m joined by Rebecca Brewster from ATRI. The extensive research was a result of over 2,500 individuals from drivers, law enforcement, fleet employees, and other stakeholders in the trucking industry.

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has been engaged in critical transportation studies and operational tests since 1954.

ATRI pro...
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On this month's show, I have a candid conversation with Doug Kelley from Friona, TX that took a leap of faith to get into business at age 58. He always enjoyed the open road and now is making his living after starting his own trucking company with one truck and he and his daughter Robin are driving.

Show links:

Just Truckin YouTube channel

Women in Trucking Organization

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This month John sits down with Jennifer Smith of JIT Truck parts to talk about equipment safety, the importance of keeping your equipment maintained, and what you can expect during CVSA roadside inspections May 17-19

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced this year’s International Roadcheck dates as May 17-19 with a focus on wheel ends.

International Roadcheck is a 72-hour high-visibility, high-volume commercial ...
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Our guests are trucking insurance and risk professionals from the TrueNorth

Jacob Pipkin (Senior VP of Operations) and Tyler Menusen (Contractor Risk Advisor) from TrueNorth Companies

Smart independent contractors should keep abreast of recent insurance trends. Know the factors that impact your premiums, what happens if you lease on with a large fleet, and how technology changes like cameras, ELDs, mobile tablets for video-based ...
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It's tax time and I hope you have your house in order. I sit down with Todd Amen, President and founder of ATBS. His firm is focused on business consulting and tax strategies for over 15,000 Independent truck drivers nationwide.
This show is sponsored by the Truckers Service Association with over 12,000 members for more information

For more information get in touch with ATBS about your 2021 tax return
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On this show, we are talking about health and wellness! It’s a new year and maybe time for a new you!

We get some simple tips on how to get back on track from returning contributor Nick Kuhle, a Holistic wellness coach with a passion for helping professional drivers and the rest of us become a better version of ourselves. To contact Nick and email

Are you tired of hearing the word “supply ...
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On this show we are talking Fuel… Oil prices have been extremely volatile the last few weeks and the impact on the pump can be detrimental to your bottom line. I sat down with John Kingston, Editor at Large & Market Expert with Freightwaves to break it down.

You can also catch video segments of the Road Home Podcast now on LinkedIn Live I’ll put the links below in the show notes.

Take a moment to think of one or two ot...
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On this show I have a candid conversation with Tom Heitz, a former Kentucky Basketball player, financial advisor, and business coach. At the age of 56, he shifted gears and decided to get his CDL and a tank truck driver for the last 3 ½ years. He’s now on a mission to impact the lives of truckers in big ways.

I also sat down with Steve Wilhelms of LeeTrans to share a member company spotlight that can help you with Licensing...
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On this show, you will hear from drivers as we celebrated National Truck Driver Appreciation Week in September. Each driver I sit down with also served their country and is a proud veteran. “Palerider” from CalArk, Gus Corona from Melton Truck Lines, Ronnie Wallett from National Carriers, and Bob Buxton with Western Flyer

Take a moment to think of one or two other drivers & share this podcast with them, be safe and enjoy...
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On the road with Shannon Newton, President of the Arkansas Trucking Association during the annual conference in Hot Springs, AR

Shannon has been with the Association for 18 years and the President since June 2014. Arkansas leads the way for many trucking industry efforts.

Dough Schmidt is a full-time RVer and former federal corrections officer. I get his perspective from life on the road the full-...
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John Christner Trucking is a fleet of over 700 trucks made up predominately of Independent contractors. Started with humble beginnings by John Christner in 1986 this fleet has grown by taking care of customers, drivers, and their families. Danny Christner started in the wash bay and worked his way up to now lead the company as CEO of this family affair.

"Trucker Talk" is back! I sit do...
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Bill Hambrick has been a professional truck driver for over 30 years and has accumulated over 1.5 million accident-free miles. He is a professional driver for Werner Enterprises.

Bill is a captain with the Werner Enterprises Road Team, where he has worked for over 18 years. He has been named Team Driver of the Month, Trainer of the Month, and Driver of the Month with Werner. He has also received multiple nominations for the Werner S...
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This month I sat down with Nick Kuhle, a health and wellness coach as we break down some simple ideas to feel good by eating cleaner and getting more rest on the road, sound good?

I visited Ana Diaz, a woman in trucking with 7 yrs of experience as a team driver, and Jose Roman an Independent contractor. They share their lives from the road in another installment of “Trucker Talk” we keep it raw and real

If you like what you hea...
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John Piper visits with Todd Amen to talk about the state of the union for Independent Contractors. Record earnings averaging $68,000 for 2020 and the trend line is continuing up for 2021.

Special guests, professional drivers Shelly, a 21 year veteran of the road and former nurse along with Oral Walker with 34 yrs experience still going strong at 70 years young. Mr. Walker has over 6M miles under his belt and never had a speeding ...
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This month I sit down with John Esparza, President and CEO of TXTA. He's a 15 year veteran of the Texas Trucking Association. One of the largest trucking associations in the country to talk about key legislative issues facing trucking companies doing business in Texas. He's a 6th generation Texas with deep roots in the industry.

I traveled out and sit down with several professional drivers to get a perspective from th...
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