Owner-Operator Almanac 2010
The peak tornado is March through May in the South and the summer in the north. Watch for sudden changes in weather, and if you spot a funnel cloud, head for shelter.
14 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS
This time manipulation is thought to be one of Benjamin Franklin’s ideas. Remember the phrase “spring forward, fall back” to set your clocks forward one hour early Sunday morning.
17 GO GREEN
St. Patrick’s Day is an appropriate time to invest in fuel-saving features. Aerodynamic add-ons such as trailer skirting and tractor fairings may qualify you for financing programs through various organizations that promote a cleaner environment.
25-27 MID-AMERICA TRUCKING SHOW, Louisville, Ky., (502) 899-3892, or visit www.truckingshow.com.
4 EASTER SUNDAY
Find a truck stop with a chapel if you’d like to celebrate this holiday away from home.
15 INCOME TAXES
Your federal return for 2009 is due, along with your quarterly estimated tax payment under Form 1040-ES.
15 RETIREMENT SAVINGS
This is the deadline for contributing to an Individual Retirement Account, which will reduce your 2009 income and tax bill.
25-27 CUSTOM RIGS’ PRIDE & POLISH
This event at 75 Chrome Shop in Wildwood, Fla., is the year’s first Pride & Polish truck beauty contest. For more information, call (888) 349-4287 or visit
As weather heats up, clean the radiator and fins in the charge air cooler to maintain proper airflow to the engine. Check the fan to make sure it engages.
If you’re through driving on snowy routes, give your rig a thorough washing, including a diluted acid wash of aluminum components. Follow up with a wax or polish to protect the paint.
9 MOTHER’S DAY
Set aside time to call or visit the special moms in your life.
31 MEMORIAL DAY
Expect a long weekend of heavy traffic.
An estimated 97 percent of Atlantic-spawned hurricanes blow during June through November. Stay tuned to weather news and be ready to find an alternate route when necessary.