Archive for the ‘Physical Health OTR’ Category

July 29th, 2016

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In a few short weeks kids will be putting on their backpacks and heading back to school to start a new year. Just like with the start of summer a new school year means a change in driving patterns, an increase in traffic on the road and congestion in certain spots will worsen. It’s important to be cognizant of school buses and the different standards they are held to. Attempting to pass a stopped school bus could be a violation of state law and increase the risk for unnecessary dangers.

While adjusting your driving schedules may not always be possible, it’s important to factor in the school traffic when doing your trip planning and if possible adjust accordingly.

Slow down

The majority, if not every school will have school zones that require drivers to slow down. It’s important that you should never exceed the posted speed limit in the school zones as they are put in place for a reason. According to the AAA, a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.

 

Eliminate distractions

We talk about the dangers of distracted driving a lot in this industry. Making sure that your focus is 100% on the task hand will make it easier for you to stop when a child darts out in the street or if the traffic stops suddenly.

Come to a complete stop

Research shows more than one third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.

Drivers should always be alert and watching for children near schools, bus stops, school buses and in school parking lots. Take extra time to look for children at intersections, on medians and on curbs by any schools and pay attention to your surroundings.

July 22nd, 2016

Staying healthy on the road can be a challenge, but possible. Whether the goal is weight loss or muscle gain there are plenty of ways that you can stay fit and active while being an over the road driver. It’s easy to fall in the trap of the “paralysis of analysis”, meaning that we tend to have information overload and we get lost in the analysis of the exercise and nutrition available out there and never apply any of it to our daily routine. Below are some tips to help you incorporate and exercise or two into your daily routine.

The important thing is to keep on moving!

  1. Make it constant – make a commitment to challenge yourself that no matter what happens, no matter where you are, every other day you will find a way to work out – no excuses.
  2. Where should I work out? – whenever you go to a new place, make your mission to go for a walk.
  3. Track your progress – your goal is to be better today than you were yesterday.  Keep track of what you’re doing, including how much time you spent doing it and make a note how you felt afterward.  This way you can see how many repetitions you will need to do in order to be better and stronger.  There are apps like Evernote which help, but a pen and paper work just fine.
  4. Make eating a big priority –  eat quality food with minimum processing.  Stick to the basics, protein, cheese, whole grain bread, fresh fruit and veggies and nuts.  Minimize eating junk food, processed grains and sugary beverages.  Stock up at grocery stores when you can since options are slim at some truck stops.  Sounds too easy to be effective, but it’s not – if you plan ahead, it IS that easy.
  5. Stay active – it doesn’t matter if you’re walking laps in the parking lot while waiting to be unloaded or waiting for your next load.  FIND A WAY TO BE ACTIVE EVERY DAY.

July 7th, 2016

We recently held a photo contest encouraging individuals to show us what freedom meant to them. Whether that was cookouts, grandkids or friends, we wanted to see how different people interpret that meaning. Many of our professional drivers are military veterans and the two groups share many of the same qualities. Determinations, loyalty, good work ethics and a commitment to serve. Thank you to both our military veterans and our professional drivers for all you do each day.

Now for the fun part – announcing the winners!

Sally Ellis

“Grandchildren. Their daddy is deployed protecting their future.”

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Amanda Dunkle

“Family.”

Amanda Dunkle

 

Lou Ann Hill

“For family to live and enjoy a free country!”

Lou Ann Hill

 

Candice Nixon

Good friends!”

Candice Nixon

 

Silvia Anger

“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.”

Silvia Anger