Reminder: Brake inspection week is Sept. 16-22
Are you ready?
The annual weeklong enforcement effort focused on the brakes of commercial motor vehicles is right around the corner. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week is Sept. 16-22. At that time enforcement personnel will conduct roadside inspections to identify and remove CMVs with brake violations. During Brake Safety Week, inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness, according to the CVSA.
How to make a healthy breakfast in your truck
Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day, providing that it’s a healthy meal, and not a bowl full of sugar cereal. A greasy breakfast sandwich and sugar-filled donut are not beneficial to your health or well-being.
A better way to start the day is with an unprocessed, nutrient-filled meal that doesn’t force our bodies to kick into high gear trying to process all of the junk. A healthy breakfast will keep you full while minimizing the junk food cravings. Plus, it will provide you with long-lasting energy and focus throughout the day.
But for many truck drivers, a healthy breakfast doesn’t always seem possible. So you need to be prepared. You may be thinking there is no way of making a healthy breakfast in the truck every day, but you’ll soon find it’s not only easy but also delicious and budget-friendly.
Flatbed Owner-Operators Like JRC Transportation
Three reasons why flatbed truck drivers prefer JRC
1. Established company
Since 1984, JRC Transportation has established itself as one of the most reliable flatbed trucking companies in the United States. Today, JRC is a multi-unit commodity carrier with over 30 offices nationwide. While specializing in flatbed transportation, JRC has diversified their fleet to include specialty trailers and vans to move a variety of unique commodities. JRC has a 100% owner-operator fleet so their drivers are experienced, professionals and some of the finest owner-operators on the road today. Owner-operators are business owners themselves and they know that JRC is a place they can grow because the staff is committed to helping drivers succeed.
Free health screenings available at GATS
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas Aug. 23-25
If you are going to the Great American Trucking Show, stop by the Health and Wellness Pavilion for free health screenings, nutrition and fitness advice, and cooking demonstrations on how to get the most out of cooking on the truck. This year’s pavilion will also feature chiropractic care, mammogram screenings, and DOT physicals. You can register online here.
Trucker guide to avoid and manage diabetes
Did you know that more than 9 percent of the population (30 million Americans) have diabetes? Approximately one quarter is 65 years of age or older. The American Diabetes Association estimates the disease accounts for $237 billion for direct medical costs and $90 billion in reduced productivity. That means diabetes is extremely costly – financially and physically. Both of which can put a real drain on your quality of life.
The good news is that there are things you can do to minimize the likelihood of becoming diabetic as well as several practical things you can do to manage it, if you have diabetes.
Truck Driver Pets
Companions on the road
Many truck drivers say having a pet sitting next to you as you drive down the road is good for you for multiple reasons. Dogs provide plenty of health benefits for truck drivers, both physical and mental. They also entertain you and can help keep your truck and your home secure.
One truck driver describing his dog, said “He is great company; he keeps me laughing a lot. He is also a great source of exercise [as] walking him and playing with him will definitely keep me active. But the number one thing is he’s an awesome alarm system.”
New book details a pictorial history of American semi trucks
The book highlights major manufacturers such as Ford, Freightliner, GMC, International, Mack, and Peterbilt, plus a variety of minor manufacturers.
Truck Shows in July
There are quite a few smaller truck shows throughout the month of July, including Antique Truck Shows, Historical Society truck shows and more.
The biggest show of the month is the Walcott Truckers Jamboree, held at the Iowa 80 truck stop (I-80, Exit 284) July 12-14 in Walcott, Iowa. The I-80 event features a show truck competition, vendors, cookout, Trucking Olympics, musical performances, a fireworks display and more. Admission and parking are both free.
Military discounts for 4th of July
Participation can vary by location and proof of military service is usually required. The following is a list of military discounts offered for Independence Day 2018.