Why Do I Drive For a Living?

Some people love to drive and some don’t. People always ask me “what’s it like to have your job?” and my response is always the same… “Do you love to drive? If so then it’s the perfect job”. I’m amazed at how many people love the open road but spend day by day sitting in an office bored out of their brains, looking forward to any break or lunch, staring at the clock at 4PM like a watched pot. Everyone has their own calling and everyone should certainly follow the calling they’ve been given. But if you LOVE driving and can’t wait to get on the highway, then a Driving Job is perfect for you. I’ve always loved driving. I was the guy chomping at the bit to get behind the wheel at 16, who jumped on every tractor, motorcycle, horse, whatever as a kid. Anything that moved forward that I could ride in or on, I was there!

After college I became a ‘traveling’ salesman. The sales part was just OK and paid the bills, but the driving the company car bit was the best. I traveled Indiana and Michigan and enjoyed every day of the drive. Every small town, every ‘burb, every city and every highway had my name on it and looked forward to me arriving! My first company car was a 1983 Old Delta 88 Diesel! Powerhouse. I flew to Memphis and picked it up and felt like I was driving into the sunset all day long. You never had to turn the car off because the engine would just crank and crank. 4 company cars later and I never tired of the open road.

I recently figured out how many miles I’ve driven in my lifetime (very close estimate at least)… 2.5 Million Miles! And the award goes to… ! I can’t remember a time when I tired of getting in a vehicle and not looking forward to the ride. In the trucking Industry there are awards for guys who go a Million Miles; I know a bunch of them and some who have done 5 Million are more. These are hard core drivers who have decided that Driving WAS their career. If you didn’t like to drive then it’s the worst occupation you could have.

After 30 years working with and around people, I stepped out on faith and decided to pursue any kind of career with a CDL (Commercial Drivers License); I went to Vincennes University Logistics school and on the second day they threw me in the drivers seat of a Big Rig with a 53’ trailer on the back. They said go for it and then told me I would be learning to back up, parallel park and drive on the highway and in the city. I was afraid for about 4 minutes. Then I pushed in the clutch, grinded it into gear, stared at all the switches and knobs and looked up and began to roll. I haven’t stopped since.

People ask me “What’s it like to drive the Big Rigs?” and my response is “I’m King of the Road!”, not because I’m anyone special but because I love to drive, make my living driving and sit about 10 higher than they guy driving next to me. So if you love to drive, driving for a living can be your thing!

Now I own my own company, and move vehicles of all kinds for people all over the country. I’m looking forward to my 3 Millionth Mile!

Scott VanHoogstraat is the Editor in Chief of Jordan Transport and moves vehicles for a living!

4 Strategies for De-Frosting Your Car Windows

Imagine you have had mobile car valeting experts come and take care of your vehicle yesterday. Temperatures dropped, and over the night your car windows got completely frosted over. Surely that is not a pleasant thing to see in the morning, especially if you are in a hurry for work.

There is no way you are driving with ice on your windshield, so you need to figure out ways to deal with the challenge quickly. Normally, you will look to your ice scraper for aid. It should be noted that this tool can easily scratch the glass if you are not careful. Besides, it takes some time to deal with the task at hand. For this reason, you will do well to check out other options:

Use a de-icer – perhaps the easiest thing you can do is to purchase a commercial de-icer. These specially formulated de-icing fluids are largely available throughout the winter, and they do a decent job at removing accumulated ice on your car windows. But you can also make your solution, as it is not that hard. You just need to use rubbing alcohol and a few drops of dish soap. Use a spray bottle and invert several times to mix the solution well. Spray it on the frosted parts of the window and wait. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes for the solution to work. Finally, use a scraper to remove the softened ice. If any areas are giving you trouble, apply more de-icer.

Use a credit card – if you lack a de-icer, you can resort to more basic methods that involve tools at hand. A credit card naturally comes as a suitable solution, because of its shape. However, don’t expect miracles and try to aid yourself as much as possible by starting your car and turning the defroster. Leave it running and get to work. Grab a credit card you know it’s safe to use and isn’t laminated. Hold the long edge of the card against some angle and push the ice firmly. Try not to bend the card. What you can also do is stack a few more cards to double the scraping strength. Once enough ice has been removed, use the wipers to clear away the mush.

Use hand warmers or warmed ice packets – get a microwave-safe bag and warm rice for 30 seconds. Get the rice to your car and press it on the inside of the frosted window. The warming effect will quickly melt the ice. The main advantage of this method is that it warms up the glass so that it doesn’t freeze as you drive. It also warms up the interior or your car nicely. However, do keep in mind that keeping a warmer in one place for too long can stress the glass. Keep it only for as long as needed to melt the ice a little bit and finish off with the wipers.

Be preventive – the best way to deal with ice is to prevent it in the first place. Cover your car windows with a folded sheet, blanket or towel. Your windows may still get a little damp, but it will not have a thick cover of ice to deal with.

These are all viable strategies for dealing with ice on your car windows. Use them before or after you have had mobile car valeting services and you will have windows free from ice.

Tips When Paying For Cars For Sale Overseas

Buying a car can be a difficult task. And, it gets even worse, if you are opting for cars for sale overseas. Of course, buying cars overseas have numerous benefits. For one, you can find cheaper vehicles. Next, you can find rare vehicles that are not available in your area. And, most cars from other countries are in good condition. However, before finalizing your purchase, it is important that you know the best practices in paying. Below are some tips that you need to consider.

Know exchange rates before paying

First and foremost, it is best for car buyers to know the exchange rates before paying. Currency exchange can alter unexpectedly. As a result, when paying for cars for sale overseas, there are instances that your payment maybe insufficient which can affect your purchase and expenses. So, before paying, it is best that you know exchange rates of currencies. Knowing exchange rates can also help you determine if the value of the car is suitable.

Opt for online banking services

The next thing that car buyers need to do when paying for cars for sale overseas is to opt for online banking services. There are cases when individuals do not have sufficient time to do such tasks due to their obligations at home and at work. Thus, paying for the car can be quite impossible. By opting for online banking services, car buyers can transact with sellers easily and efficiently. Plus, online banking services have lower fees which can help you cut down expenses.

Try out direct banking

Surely, online banking can be convenient, but there are instances when this option is dangerous especially if sellers do not have a safe online payment option. Therefore, personal information as well as banking details can be obtained by hackers which can affect your finances. Because of this, it is also a great idea for car buyers to try out direct banking. When opting for direct banking, individuals can transfer funds more efficiently. Additionally, opting for direct banking services can also help individuals secure their banking details since banking employees will handle the transaction for you.

Look for trusted third party solutions

In case that you wish to keep your banking details on private, it is also a good option to look for trusted third party solutions. When using such option, you can prevent problems that may affect your finances. However, third party solutions are quite slower. And, some companies have higher rates.