Over-the-road truckers spend long hours traversing and crisscrossing the highways and the byways of America. After endless hours of negotiating through city traffic or seeing the same stretch of pavement, drivers get weary. Add to the fatigue unexpected issues that mean driving longer to meet schedules and it’s a situation where driving safety comes into play.
Like millions of people who need to be alert to do a day’s or night’s work, caffeine is the main source to keep the juices flowing and the motors running. Although it will increase your ability to be more alert and awake, it also has negative side effects, one of which is it is addictive.
Additional side affects when attempting to cut back or stop drinking caffeine-loaded beverages include heightened fatigue levels and severe headaches. On the other end of the spectrum, drinking too much caffeine can result in anxiety attacks and dizziness. None of these situations is something you want to deal with when driving a truck.
To stay healthy by avoiding caffeine, these caffeine alternatives provide what’s needed without pumping your system full of negative side effects. Keep in mind your body needs time to adjust to any change in your system. Always check with your doctor before adding these or any other changes to your daily routine.
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When you call the road home as much as truckers do, getting medical attention can be exceptionally difficult. One dedicated doctor in rural Virginia is fixing that with an innovative new medical practice — at a truck stop.
Dr. Rob Marsh tends to truckers’ basic medical needs on a walk-in basis. The practice also caters to the schedule of truckers with hours extending to 8 p.m. or later.
Marsh’s small clinic gives truckers have a convenient solution for all those clinic appointments that are tough to schedule while you’re on the road: physicals to satisfy DOT requirements, flu shots, and injury exams.
Drivers can also get their random drug tests satisfied at Marsh’s clinic. If you’ve ever had to park your heavy-duty truck somewhere for a surprise drug test, you know that the logistics are difficult. Testing at a drug stop makes the process as convenient as possible.
Trucker Healthcare from a Decorated Veteran
Dr. Marsh seems to understand the trucker lifestyle because he’s a tough and independent person himself. He’s been named the “Country Doctor of the Year,” but that’s far from his biggest honor.
Marsh is also a recipient of a Purple Heart, a Legion of Merit, two Bronze stars, and other military accolades. When he was in the U.S. Special Forces, Marsh survived the combat depicted in the film Black Hawk Down. He spent 8 years providing medical services to Army Rangers and other military in Somalia.
Pretty inspiring story, wouldn’t you say? The next time you’re driving along the East Coast, pull over at the TA Petro truck stop off of I-81. You can fill up, eat up, and get a checkup from Dr. Marsh. Soon, the stop plans to add a laundromat, barbershop and more.
When your truck’s battery dies, it’s nor replaced as easily as the ones in your flashlight. Add to that the prospect of waiting in cold, snowy weather for road assistance to arrive and you have two compelling reasons for giving the battery a little TLC.
Batteries power more than just your truck
The traditional lifespan of an automotive battery has been three to five years. While technology has enhanced most areas of our lives, it’s actually been a drawback here. Smartphones and other electronic devices plugged into a vehicle’s electrical system are a further drain on battery life. In addition, even when a vehicle is turned off it continues to supply energy to clocks, anti-theft devices and other extras.
Effects of cold weather on your truck’s battery
While heat is more damaging to batteries, cold weather creates more of a strain. Starting the engine in frigid conditions requires as much as twice the current needed under normal conditions. AAA’s Automotive Research Center reports that at temperatures of 32ºF a battery loses 35 percent of its power and up to 60 percent at 0ºF.
What are the signs of a failing battery?
If the battery is more than three years old, it’s likely to be on its last legs even if your truck doesn’t experience any of these symptoms.
Caring for your truck battery
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When weather conditions behave like an out-of-control roller coaster, trucking in bad weather takes all the expertise and knowledge available to have a safe journey.
Whether you’re a veteran over-the-road trucker or just getting started, knowing the right tips for driving in the snow can get you to your destination safe and sound.
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The cold winter can’t last forever. Still, when you’re a trucker who is constantly on the road dealing with hazardous snow and ice, winter can seem to drag on. You’re ready for spring, but there’s still plenty of nasty weather to contend with. The most important thing you can do is learn what you need to know in order stay safe when you’re trucking in bad weather. Whether you’re a local delivery driver or you regularly drive across the country, these tips can help you navigate through the cold winter temperatures and the ice and snow.
Tip #1: Know your route – It’s always worth it to do a little studying about the route you’re about to complete. Even if you’ve driven it before, it’s wise to find out if there are any road closures you should know about, or any extreme weather conditions that are expected. If you’re filling in for someone else, ask that person if there’s anything you need to know before you leave.
Tip #2: Keep your speed down – You already know how difficult it can be to stop a tractor trailer in an emergency. When you have snow and ice to contend with, it’s worse. Many truckers will push the boundaries of how fast they can go because they’re eager to finish the run. That can cause accidents. If you’re concerned, slow down. If you need to pull over and wait out a storm, do it. You don’t need to be the hero.
Tip #3: Keep an emergency kit in your truck – You never know if you’re going to be stranded far from food, water and warmth, so keep an emergency kit in your truck to protect yourself. Your kit will differ based one what type of driving you do, but make sure you have the essentials.
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