Bad Trucking Habits: What Not To Do

Everyone has some bad habits that are for the most part harmless. However, bad trucking habits can actually be pretty dangerous. Therefore, it's important to know what kind of habits you should try to break... Bad Trucking Habits: What Not To Do Procrastinate One of the bad trucking habits to avoid is procrastinating. Putting things off until the last minute might've been doable in school. But, doing so now could end up costing you your job. That's exactly why you don't want to wait to plan your trucking routes until you're about to leave. If you procrastinate, then you could miss important announcements about traffic, construction, or the weather. This can leave you scrambling to try and find an alternative. Furthermore, you'll also end up rushing to try and get to your destination, which could cause you to try more riskier than usual. Using your phone Smartphones are pretty handy devices for truck drivers. They can act as a way to [...]

By | April 2nd, 2020|

Trucker Health: Avoid Sickness

Many jobs have been limiting their hours or shutting down due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, some truckers may still find themselves needing to work. In these cases, it's good to know how to maximize trucker health. That way, they can avoid getting sick themselves as best as they can... Trucker Health: Avoid Sickness Eat healthy One good way to boost trucker health is by eating healthy. It's tempting for truck drivers to eat a lot of fast food, due to it's convenience. Still, eating unhealthy foods tends to be bad for the immune system. Furthermore, you have to consider how many different people will be in contact with your food before you eat it. Instead, it's a good idea to pack your own, healthy foods. You'll especially want to focus on immune system boosting foods, like citrus fruits, yogurt, spinach, and almonds. It can also be handy to take extra vitamins or immune system boosters to supplement your [...]

By | March 28th, 2020|

Opioid Treatment: Common Injuries

While opioids can be quite dangerous, they can also be very useful when taken properly. In fact, there's some common workplace injures in which opioid treatment is very effective. If you have to deal with an injury like these, then it may be helpful to see if this treatment aids you... Opioid Treatment: Common Injuries Broken bones Broken bones are one common injury which opioid treatment can help with. For starters, a broken bone is going to be very painful. Even minor fractures in a bone can cause serious amounts of pain. Then, there's also the fact that, depending on how bad the break is, there could be injuries to the muscles and ligaments around the broken bone. Recovery for broken bones can take a good amount of time to fully recover from. During that time, you might experience a lot of constant pain. Responsibly taking opioids can help make that pain tolerable and allow you to focus on a healthy [...]

By | March 26th, 2020|

Trucking Distractions: Common Types

Distracted driving is something which can be pretty dangerous. However, truck drivers may have to face unique trucking distractions. These distractions are something you'll want to limit in order to keep yourself safe... Trucking Distractions: Common Types Cell phones Cell phones are some of the most common trucking distractions these days. Phones can be pretty handy for truck drivers. Many of them come with GPS apps which can help them plan out routes for their trips. They can also allow for them to play music, and look up information about areas they're in. Still, they can also easily distract a driver. Constant texts, calls and social media can make it tempting to glance at or get on the phone. By doing this, though, a driver is taking their eyes off the road, which is of course quite dangerous. Instead, phones should be placed in "do not disturb" for the duration of trips. Outside distractions Another form of trucking distractions are those [...]

By | March 20th, 2020|

Pre-Trip Inspection: Extra Safety

A pre-trip inspection is a key part of any trip and for preventing issues while on the road. Missing a step in your inspection can end up putting you in danger if you happen to miss something serious. Therefore, it's important to know what you should be looking over... Pre-Trip Inspection: Extra Safety Under the hood It's good to start your pre-trip inspection by first checking under the hood. Here, you should tip the hood and check your fluid levels, while also keeping an eye out for leaks. Make sure all the caps are tight, especially on the radiator, oil filter, and power steering fluid. Loose caps or low fluid levels could cause serious problems when you're driving. Then, check the actual engine block itself. While also looking for leaks, check hoses and fan belts too. Any signs of serious wear or cracking could warrant a replacement of the part. After than, look over the shock absorbers, kingpins, and ball joints [...]

By | March 19th, 2020|

Trucking Myths: Common Misconceptions

Like with any industry, there are various misconceptions about the trucking field. These trucking myths can give people the wrong idea about what truck driving is all about. Therefore, it's important to know the facts from the fiction... Trucking Myths: Common Misconceptions "Trucking is unhealthy" One of the most common trucking myths is that the job is unhealthy. At first glance, it might appear that this is true. After all, truckers spend most of their days sitting and driving. Many people also assume they only eat fast food due to the convenience. This creates an image of the messy, unhealthy truck driver. However, many drivers actually go above and beyond to keep themselves healthy. For instance, they'll pack their own healthy meals rather than stop for fast food. They'll also make it a point to get some exercise in when they stop at rest stops. In fact, many rest stops also come with facilities that'll let truck drivers keep themselves clean. [...]

By | March 14th, 2020|

Warm Weather Gear: Useful Pieces

As the temperature outside gets warmer, many people are excited to get back on their motorcycles. Still, it's important to prepare properly with some warm weather gear. In particular, you'll want to make sure you select some good pieces for the occasion... Warm Weather Gear: Useful Gear Vented helmets Vented helmets are a great piece of warm weather gear. When our bodies get hot, they tend to dissipate a lot of heat through the top of our heads. Even under cooler conditions, a regular helmet can get pretty stuffy and lead you to sweat a lot. As you'd imagine, this'll only get worse the hotter it becomes, and it could cause your visor to fog up. However, a vented helmet will help keep your head cool while riding. While vented helmets have been available for some time, full-face helmets with specialty vents have recently hit the market. These helmets will ensure you get the same level of protection while also making [...]

By | March 12th, 2020|

Cargo Theft: Protect Your Haul

As a truck driver, the most important part of the job is delivering your cargo safe and sound. Still, cargo theft is a huge concern you should be aware of. Taking some extra steps can help ensure your cargo remains in your trailer where it belongs... Cargo Theft: Protect Your Haul Watch for hot spots If you want to prevent cargo theft, then you need to keep an eye out for theft hot spots. These are areas where theft tends to be very common, or could happen very easily. For instance, roads or cities which have a lot of truck passing through them tend to also have high rates of theft. Another popular hot spot tends to be truck stops. Many truck drivers will stop at these for rest, which leaves their cargo a prime target. Therefore, always be sure to keep an eye out when you enter a hot spot. If you have to stop in them, try to park [...]

By | March 7th, 2020|

Trailer Loading: Keeping Safe

Moving cargo from one area to another is the main goal of any trucking job. However, it's important that cargo makes it into the trailer in the first place. Proper trailer loading is important for ensuring both the cargo and loaders are safe. That's why there's a few things you'll need to keep in mind... Trailer Loading: Keeping Safe Set up the loading area A safe loading area is key for proper trailer loading. These's areas should be level and flat, and devoid of things such as potholes. Also, it's important to limit any outside foot traffic through these areas. Not only could people get hit by trucks coming in, but they could also disrupt the loaders doing their jobs. Lighting is also important for loading areas. This is because loading can happen at pretty much any time, including the early morning and late at night. Proper lighting will make sure workers can do their jobs safely by having plenty of [...]

By | March 5th, 2020|

Stinging Insects: Work Safely

There's a lot of different hazards you might run into when working outdoors. One of the most annoying ones can be stinging insects. However, these insects can be dangerous too. Therefore, it's important to know how you can work safely around them... Stinging Insects: Work Safely Common insects Stinging insects, like their name says, are any insects which have a stinger attached to their abdomen. When these animals feel threatened, they'll use their stinger to protect themselves and get away. Wasps, hornets, bees, and ants are some of the most commonly-encountered insects that have stingers. Furthermore, these insects can appear in a wide variety of areas. For example, they could be in nests on trees, or overhangs like on houses or buildings. They could also be inside shrubs, bushes, or hedges. They can even make their nests in abandoned houses and vehicles. That's why you always should be on the watch for them. Why worry? What's the big concern about stinging [...]

By | February 28th, 2020|