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Author Bio: Lakin joined the CFI team in February 2015 and is Communications Editor. She plays an important role in social media and internal publications like Drive Line to keep drivers engaged and informed. Lakin is a valuable asset to the team and hopes the blog is a useful resource for drivers and inspires them to live a healthier lifestyle. She attained her degree in Mass Communications from Missouri Southern State University located in Joplin, Missouri. She enjoys talking to drivers and sharing their story using all avenues of communication.

June 23rd, 2016

Safety Driver Training Manager, Ronald Erving at our Field Support Center location shares some tips on how to stay cool this summer.

As we approach the dog days of summer, we try to make sure our trucks are ready for the road, but what about ourselves? We must ensure we have plenty of fluids ready for our travels. As we know, being inside the cab of our trucks can be tough. Your body can enter many heat induced illnesses quickly, and we must make sure we are watching out for the signs.

 

Symptoms of heat exhaustion can include headache, dizziness, weakness and moist skin. The more severe heat stroke symptoms would be dry, hot skin with no sweating, mental confusion, losing consciousness, seizures or convulsions. Let’s take a look at ways to prevent heat illness while out on the road.

 

It seems like it should be simple, turn on the A/C and grab a beverage right? Wrong. Having the right drink, clothing, meals and environment can also help. If you feel yourself having any of the symptoms listed above, beat the heat by trying the following steps:

  1. Block out direct sun or other heat sources
  2. Use cooling fans/air conditioning
  3. Rest regularly
  4. Drink lots of water; about 1 cup every 15 min
  5. Wear lightweight, light colored, loose-fitting clothes
  6. Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks and heavy meals

Following these steps should help us in our survival of summer! We can keep our trucks running well, but if your body is about to breakdown… that will not help us either. Monitor your body’s gauges!

June 12th, 2016

Car mechanic replace the fuel filter

 

As with winter, truck maintenance is crucial before the season is in full swing. Practicing good habits, like performing pre and post trip inspections become even more important in the summer heat. While the summer sun is great for family vacations, the heat can damage your vehicle if the proper maintenance is not being done.

Tire Pressure

The most critical factor in tire maintenance is proper inflation. Due to the high temps on the asphalt, your tires will lose air pressure faster than they do in the cooler temps. Make sure you are checking the tires psi during pre and post trip inspections. You can also purchase an air hose that uses the trucks air supply via glad hand connection for instances where you are not at a truck stop. Properly inflated tires help prevent blow outs, reduce down time and keep you and the motoring public safe.

 

Belts and hoses

A simple visual inspection is all you need to determine the condition of the belts. Check to make sure they are aligned properly, proper tension and check the automatic tensioner if there is one. When you are checking a hose make sure to squeeze it near the ends. If the hose feels spongy, it needs to be replaced. Exposure to the high temps along with the usual contaminants and vibrations can cause these two items additional wear and tear.

 

Fluid Levels

As always, it’s important to ensure your coolant levels are maintained to help prevent your truck from overheating. Research has shown that an estimated 40 percent of engine downtime is caused by cooling system problems. During the summer it is a good idea to have an extra gallon of water and/or coolant in case of an emergency.

June 10th, 2016

Summer is the perfect time to grill out. These grilled steak kebabs are an easy, nutritious meal that takes advantage of the fresh produce available. You can easily substitute the steak for chicken or make them vegetarian kebabs if that’s what you would prefer. The best part it is it can be ready in less than 20 minutes!

 

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Ingredients

½ cup olive oil

½ cup soy sauce

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon black pepper

2 pounds sirloin steak, cut in 1-inch cubes

1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut in 1-inch pieces

1 orange bell pepper, seeded and cut in 1-inch pieces

1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut in 1-inch pieces

1 red onion, cut 1-inch pieces

8 (12-inch) metal skewers

 

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, soy sauce, garlic and pepper. Add the cubed sirloin steak to marinade and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate for 30 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  2. Once the meat has marinated, thread it onto the skewers alternating with pieces of bell pepper and red onion.
  3. Grill kebabs over medium heat, turning often, until all sides of the meat is well brown and vegetables.