Posts Tagged ‘safe truckers’

September 12th, 2012

Is keeping your body fit and healthy as important to you as taking care of your rig? Do you have a healthy trucking lifestyle or tips on losing weight while on the road? We’re looking for guest bloggers to share their pointers and habits on Steering Your Health.

The blog is a forum for constructive and engaging dialogue between the truck drivers of North America. It provides a platform to connect drivers to the important issues of health and safety and creates discussion about issues and topics that relate to the truck driving community. Con-way hosts this blog in an effort to promote healthier and safer lifestyle choices for all drivers, not just ours. These topics are vitally important to our industry, our employees, our customers and the hundreds of communities in which we all live and work.

This blog’s mission is to be an insightful, positive resource where:
· Participants actively and regularly share insights, ideas and opinions
· Contributions collectively lead to a more informed and engaged audience
· Better awareness and understanding of health and safety issues related to the driving community are gained

In this way, we hope to extend knowledge and awareness of health and safety issues facing truck drivers, and provide personal insight and resources to improve their overall health and safety.

If you are passionate about your life on the road and have tips or stories relating to health and safety you would like to share, please let us know by using the Contact Us section of the site.

April 18th, 2012

…dangerous weather

Spring is upon us and many of you have probably already experienced driving in some of the season’s strong storms. Safely traveling from point A to point B is the goal and the threat of harsh weather is unavoidable. Here are tips to refresh yourself on some basic weather safety as well as what to do in case of a tornado. Please share any of your own tips or experiences in the comments section! We love hearing from you.

• In rain conditions be sure to keep substantial space betweenyour truck and the vehicle in front of your truck in case of an emergency stop.
• In bad weather, do not feel obliged to go as fast as the speed limit. Slower speeds are necessary to avoid rollovers, jackknifes, and collisions
• Tune in to your radio to stay informed of approaching storms.
• Turn on your headlights and slow down. Many states require the use of headlights during rain.
• The truck provides better insulation against lightning than being in the open.
• Avoid contact with any metal conducting surfaces either inside your cab or outside.
• Check your windshield wipers and tires regularly to insure that they are ready for severe weather.

Tornado Safety
• Do not drive during tornado conditions.
• Never try to out-drive a tornado in a vehicle. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift a car or truck and toss it through the air.
• Get out of your vehicle immediately and seek shelter in a nearby building.
• If there is no time to get indoors, or if there is no nearby shelter, get out of the truck and lie in a ditch or a low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.

 

Don’t forget about Earth Day on Sunday. Each year, Earth Day – April 22 – marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

For drivers, simple things like reducing idling time and turning off lights when not in use can have an impact. This conscious effort and awareness means that change is possible. Happy Earth Day!

 

Sources:
The Truckers Report

The Weather Channel: Tornado

The Weather Channel: Thunder

April 11th, 2012

Source: Home Food Safety

Food Safety on the Road

  • Remember to wash hands with soap and water during food preparation, especially between tasks
  • If you can’t get to a restroom to wash your hands with soap and water, pack moist towelettes or a hand sanitizer to clean up before digging in
  • Don’t let food sit out unrefrigerated for more than two hours; in hot weather (above 90°F), the time is reduced to one hour
  • Pack food with a frozen ice pack or ice in an insulated lunch bag or cooler — and remember to drop in a refrigerator thermometer to ensure the temperature is kept below 40°F
  • In hot weather, transport food in a cooler (packed with ice or ice packs) in the back seat of an air-conditioned car instead of the trunk
  • If you don’t have access to a cooler, try packing frozen juice boxes or bottles of water for a hydrating refresher that will also help keep other foods around them cool
  • If you plan to cook family favorites like hamburgers, hotdogs or chicken breasts at home to take with on your trip, remember to cook to proper temperatures: hamburgers (at least 160°F), hot dogs (reheated to 160°F), and chicken (165°F)
  • Consider packing easy-to-transport, shelf-stable foods: single-serve boxes of cereal, trail mix, popcorn, single-serve applesauce, cans of tuna peanut butter sandwiches, fresh fruit, carrots or celery
  • Don’t forget that carry-out and fast-food are also susceptible to food poisoning

*Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Survey by Impulse Research, April 2003