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Tips For Truckers – Keeping Happy On The Long Haul

Choose a Healthy Trucking Lifestyle

Choose a Healthy Trucking Lifestyle

The enjoyment most truckers get from their chosen lifestyle can start to wear thin on long hauls. Opportunities to relax and think about yourself are few, if they exist at all, when you are on the road with a deadline to meet and hundreds or thousands of people relying on you to make that delivery.

Follow these tips to stay upbeat, focused, and safe when you are making those long hauls:

Healthy Eating

When you are at the mercy of the road, it is tough to find healthy meal options. A 12-volt mini fridge and 12-volt microwave can put you back in control of your diet.

Excessive amounts of caffeine can lead to anxiousness, inadequate sleep, and a dangerous slump when the effects wear off. By reducing caffeine, you get restful sleep and more consistent energy throughout the day.

Exercise

While professional truck drivers are at a higher risk for many health problems, they share a common contributing factor to many preventable diseases with non-trucking people. Excessive sitting is linked to worse mental health, a higher risk of heart disease, and an overall higher risk of ultimately becoming disabled, according to WebMD. Worse yet, the ill effects of excess sitting are not erased by a few  hours in the gym.

While regular aerobic exercise should be a part of everyone’s life, the Mayo Clinic suggest it is more important to take frequent breaks from extended periods of sitting and spend more time moving overall. Be creative finding little ways for more moving throughout your day. The West Central Ohio Regional Healthcare Alliance (WCORHA) suggest utilizing your stops to take some short walks.

  • At least 10 minutes, ideally 15 minutes whenever you stop at a rest stop.
  • Take a 15 minute walk when you stop for a meal.
  • When you stop for a fill up, take a 15 minute walk

Visit TruckertoTrucker.com for more ways to stay safe and productive on the road.

Trucker’s Truths – The Feds in Washington Don’t Understand Truckers

The Feds

The Feds

Why on earth would politicians in Washington know what’s best for truckers? If you ask the feds about why truckers have faced increased regulation and stricter limits on driving times, they’ll tell you it’s about safety—that more restrictive Hours of Service laws will reduce driver fatigue and crashes.

Safety Is Everyone’s Concern

Truckers understand the concern for safety, but politicians struggle to understand the perspective of truckers—that’s why federal regulators should leave truckers alone. Nobody wants trucking to be unsafe! Outsiders should trust that truckers will do what’s best for the sake of their own health and the safety of other drivers.

Unnecessary rules only make the job more difficult, more stressful. With arbitrary limits placed on when you can drive and when you’re not allowed to drive, truckers get stuck with less leeway to do their job while driving safely.

Think about it, what sounds safer: a trucker rushing to complete a delivery within a short time frame? Or a trucker driving carefully, not worrying about racing the clock?

Feds Don’t Understand Trucking

Reducing the number of average weekly hours is one thing. Telling truck drivers—including independent owner-operators, people who are their own boss—when they have to go to sleep? That’s just going too far.

Non-truckers might think that the two-night sleep rule makes sense. After 70 hours, you must rest for 34 straight hours including two nights of sleep from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Most people, like lawyers and businessmen in Washington, think everyone should operate on their schedule.

Truckers understand that job schedules vary. Sometimes you have to drive overnight and sleep during the day. Sometimes you can’t

If politicians want to tell retail bosses that they must provide 30-minute breaks for their cashiers, fine. Truckers have to be their own bosses, free to take breaks when needed. We all want safe, responsible trucking. We just don’t need non-truckers telling us how to do our jobs.

Is Bringing Your Child Along for the Ride a Good Idea For Truckers?

Tag Along Child

Tag Along Child

If you’ve ever taken one of your kids with you on the road, you know how their faces light up when they hear about your plans. Even so, it might not be a good idea for you to bring them along, no matter how much fun you both think it’s going to be.

Lack of Movement

Kids need to play and move around as much as possible. It’s easy to see how riding in a truck for several hours at a time can restrict their ability to get the exercise they need. Even if you make frequent stops so they can stretch their legs, sitting in one place for so long will probably end in boredom for them, and frustration for you.

Lack of Socialization

Your kids love hanging out with you, but if you’re on the road for a long time, chances are pretty good that they’ll miss talking and socializing with their friends or their siblings. That’s because kids really crave interaction with other kids. If you’re a driver who spends days on the road at a time, it’s probably not a good idea to have your kids spend that much time away from other kids their own ages.

Lack of Healthy Food Options

As you know, it can be really hard to eat healthy when you’re on the road. Bringing healthy meals and snacks along with you can be a challenge when you only have to plan your own meals. It’s even harder when you’re feeding your son or daughter too. Many truck drivers rely on fast food to see them through, and those options usually aren’t good ones for kids on a regular basis.

Even though you and your kids long for more time together, these are just a few reasons to let them stay home when you have to work. With a little creativity, you can make your time at home with them even more fun and enjoyable for everyone.

Trucker’s Truths – All Truck Stops Are Not Equal

Things Every Truck Stop Needs

Things Every Truck Stop Needs

A while ago TruckersReport.com asked truckers: “What do truckers really want from a truck stop?” Like a tsunami, the answers flooded in from commercial truckers across the country.

Here’s what truckers said they want most when they pull into a truck stop:

Trucking Tips: Cleanliness IS next to Godliness

Cleanliness topped the list of truck driver requests. Like other travelers, truckers expect truck stops to have:

  • Clean fuel islands
  • Clean restrooms (with decent toilet paper)
  • Clean hot-water showers (hair dryers and toiletries a plus)
  • Clean place to eat
  • Clean, working washers and dryers

Trucking Tips: You are what you eat

Good food at good prices came next on the truck stop must-have list. In addition to good, home-cooked food; professional drivers want fresh, healthy food available at truck stop convenience stores for those times when they have to eat on the run. And drivers don’t appreciate being gouged by truck stop prices.

Trucking Tips: You can’t stop if you can’t park

Parking at truck stops was the single greatest source of truck stop complaints. In addition to plenty of parking and parking areas restricted to commercial vehicles, drivers want:

  • Double wide parking spaces
  • Spaces for oversize loads
  • Plenty of pull-through parking
  • Pothole-free parking lots
  • Decent parking lot security

Trucking Tips: Time is money

Truckers appreciate truck stops that recognize their need to get in and out quickly. Parking spaces for grab-and-go stops and multiple cashiers to keep register and fuel lines moving were on the want list.

More Tips: Extras that make a difference

Some truck stops are taking entertainment to a new level with movie theaters, bowling alleys and live music. Medical clinics, truck washes and repair services are other great perks, but the basics still rule. What truckers want most are:

  • 120-volt power plug-ins
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe place to exercise
  • TV room with first-run movies

Tell TruckerToTrucker.com what you want most from a truck stop. Post comment now!

Hey Truckers, It’s Trucker Appreciation Week!

As a thank you for all you do, Trucker to Trucker is offering all truckers a free hat and chance to win $250 in our drawing this week as a celebration. Just visit our page to register and we’ll send you your free hat. Have fun and drive safe this week and thanks for all you do!

Trucker’s Truths – There Are Such Things as Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

When you were a kid, your grandma may have sent you to bed with the old saying, “Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.” A common household pest in the U.S. before World War II, these blood-sucking parasites were all but wiped out in the 1940s. Now, they’re back and causing panic in New York subways, Chicago skyscrapers, Cincinnati hotels and highway motels and trucker hostels across the U.S. and Canada.

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown insects about the size of an apple seed. Like mosquitoes, they feed on human blood; but, unlike fleas and lice, do not live on the body. Bed bugs scurry away after feeding to hide in tiny cracks and crevices in furniture near their victims’ beds. Nocturnal creatures, bed bugs creep out of their hiding places at night, crawling into beds and under the covers to feed on their sleeping victims (us!).

How They Spread

Brought back to the U.S. hidden in the luggage of international travelers, bed bugs have spread to all 50 states. These tiny insects are only attracted by human blood, not filth or food. Their presence is not a sign of poor maintenance or hygiene; merely bad luck. If you are unlucky enough to sleep in a motel bed where someone with bed bugs has slept, you could carry them with you to your next stop on your clothing or suitcase. (Trucking tips: Don’t unpack until after checking your bed for bed bugs.)

Are Truckers at Risk?

Anyone who sleeps in a motel room runs a risk of running into bed bugs. Moving van drivers and truckers that carry storage trailers full of used furniture, clothing or mattresses are also at risk because bed bugs are more frequently found in used household goods.

Trucking tips: Click for photos and info on identifying bed bugs. Our best trucking tips: Avoid bed bugs; sleep in your cab!

Hey Truckers, It’s Trucker Appreciation Week!

As a thank you for all you do, Trucker to Trucker is offering all truckers a free hat and chance to win $250 in our drawing this week as a celebration. Just visit our page to register and we’ll send you your free hat. Have fun and drive safe this week and thanks for all you do!