Fighting Off the Flu

Written by: on January 22nd, 2015

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It’s that time of year once again — Flu Season. Chances are that you, a family member, a colleague or a friend has caught the influenza bug going around this year, and it likely wasn’t fun. Truck drivers have one of the most important jobs in the country, and that is why we need to take extra precautions this season to stay as healthy as we can.

Here are a few easy steps you can take to avoid flu germs this winter.

1)   Get a flu shot. This is the number one method for preventing the flu. While reports state the flu shot does not match up as well as hoped to the most common flu strains this year, the shot has the ability to lessen the effects if you do contract the flu by building antibodies.

2)   Sanitize. Keep hand sanitizer available in your truck for use after customer or public interactions. Also, keep a container of antibacterial wipes available for wiping down your driving space. Don’t forget to sanitize items you touch often – a cell phone, steering wheel, radio dials.

3)   Hydrate. Keep a large, re-usable water bottle in your truck. They more hydrated you are, the more likely you are to stay healthy. Tea is another great flu-fighting beverage.

4)   Eat well. We cannot over-emphasize the importance of getting enough nutrients and protein into your body.

5)   Sleep. Shoot for eight hours of shuteye every night. Give your body the rest it needs.

6)   Avoid. Try to avoid contact with sick people. Stay aware of any interactions you may have had with germs, and take care of yourself accordingly.

Inevitably, no matter how careful we are, some of us will end up with the flu this year. In that case, prevent the spread of germs, relieve your symptoms and get back on the road quickly by:

  •  Continuing to hydrate your body
  • Taking vitamins. Vitamin C helps your body fight infection and zinc helps relieve symptoms faster
  • Coughing/sneezing into a tissue to avoid spreading germs
  • Washing your hands often.
  • Visiting the doctor. If your symptoms persist, make an appointment with your health care provider.

As always, you are the captain of your own ship and if you feel under the weather please contact Operations. For more information on flu prevention, visit www.FLU.gov.

Do you have any flu-fighting tips to share with other drivers? Please tell us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/conwaytruckload.

 

 

Our most recent LIVE Facebook chat took place on December 9th, 2014 and we were pleased to welcome Josh Landers, Military Advocate & Recruiter as our guest for the chat. Josh came to the transportation industry in 2012 after serving in the U.S. Army.

Check out the transcript below for some of Josh’s insights. Remember: you can always ask us questions on Facebook or Twitter, just include #ConwayTL in your post or post to our Facebook page!

Con-way Truckload: Josh has been part of the recruiting team for two years and specifically attends our military recruiting events to spread the word about our military programs.

Josh Landers: I did eight years in the Army as a Scout with multiple deployments. My highest award received is a purple heart.

Q. Do you have a program for Veterans?

Con-way Truckload: Absolutely. You can learn more here or give us a call at 866-265-2617.

Josh Landers: Josh here! If you would like another resource for transitioning veterans into the trucking industry, click here.

Q. I drove in the military, would I receive credit for that experience?

Con-way Truckload: Yes, please call for details concerning your MOS

Fastport Trucking Track: If you drove in the past 12 months you may qualify to get your military skills waiver and get the credit you deserve.

Q. What are the miles for solo drivers and what benefits do you offer?

Con-way Truckload: Solo OTR average miles are 2,500 a week. Group medical, 401k, regional and dedicated runs available and much more. Please call 866-265-2617

Q. Why should I pick Con-way over all the other companies?

Con-way Truckload: Great home time, great benefits, open access to executive management and a driver advocate. Plus, everyone looks good in blue!

Q. How do those drive cams work, and can they disengage it? 

Con-way Truckload: The DriveCam in upgraded student trucks is not directly integrated with the truck system. It is triggered by moving events or manually if the driver choses to click and initiate the single event recording. However, only 12 seconds of video are captured at any one time. After 90 days in upgrade we work to route the student back for DriveCam removal. Of course, if any driver requests adding a DriveCam to their truck we are happy to oblige.

Q. Josh, is this a good time for drivers to be looking for work, with the holidays fast approaching?

Con-way Truckload: Absolutely! There is more freight in the system at this time of year and we guarantee our drivers get home on Christmas day.

Q. True2Blue is one of the very best for vets that want to get into the industry. Can you tell us about how the training program for an NCO with no military driving experience works?

Con-way Truckload: Thanks for the question! We will offer paid training towards a CDL program with a guaranteed placement upon completion. Anyone interested can call us at 866-265-2617 to learn more!

Q. That is awesome! Are there certain states this is available in?

Con-way Truckload: Yes, our training partner for this program is at Crowder College here in Joplin, MO. We can also partner with Central Tech in OK.

Q. Josh, my husband is an Army vet. His MOS Is 88M. Transportation. With only applying and adding his experience will he most likely be recruited?

Con-way Truckload: Yes absolutely, and he would actually come over at the top of our beginner pay scale with that experience.

Q. What is the pay for solo drivers?

Con-way Truckload: Here is a graphic showing our current pay structure. Military drivers also come in at the top of our pay scale and we offer an additional $1035 per month for GI bill benefits.

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Q. What area do solo drivers cover? What, if any, monthly bonuses do you offer?

Con-way Truckload: We run all 48, Canada optional. We have a variety of bonuses including a quarterly safety bonus, annual productivity bonus and referral bonus with additional cash contest (taxes paid–­­­our favorite!).

Josh Landers: Through the military I traveled to 17 different countries. I liked the food in Germany the best!

Con-way Truckload: Thanks to everyone who joined us today! Call us anytime with more questions at 866-265-2617 or tweet your questions using hashtag ‪#‎ConwayTL

Mark your calendars for our next live chat on February 10th, 2015. RSVP here. 

Healthy and Easy Lunch Ideas

Written by: on January 12th, 2015

Not only is making lunch on the road a healthier option than the truck stop and gas station options, but in most cases, it is the more cost-effective option as well. Putting together your own lunch also makes it much easier to keep track of calorie intake. Start the year off by getting in the habit of making your own lunch on the road. It is easier than you might think! Here are some of our favorite lunch ideas.

  • Turkey and hummus on a whole-wheat wrap. Load it with veggies of your choice and serve with a side of grapes.
  • A veggie burger on a wheat bun. Serve with avocado and a side of sweet potato chips.
  • Tuna salad made with low-fat mayonnaise and yogurt. Serve over a bed of greens.
  • Fruit, yogurt and granola parfait.
  • Tomato, mozzarella and spinach salad with balsamic vinegar. Serve with a handful of pretzels, or even a slice of wheat bread to curb your carb cravings.
  • Low-sodium tomato soup. Serve with one whole-wheat English muffin.

Drink Tip: Don’t ruin your healthy lunch by drinking your calories! Try to hydrate with water or homemade, unsweetened iced tea.

What are your favorite healthy lunch ideas on the road? Share them with us or post lunch photos on Facebook! www.Facebook.com/ConwayTruckload