A Senate bill introduced last week in the U.S. Senate calls for truck drivers to be paid by the hour and would take measures to make their job safer.

“Truck drivers work extremely long days to deliver the goods we depend on and keep our economy moving, but too often this comes at the expense of their safety and the safety of other drivers,” said Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who introduced the Truck Safety Act legislation.

The Truck Safety Act not only would implement hourly pay for U.S. truck drivers, it also would raise minimum insurance levels from $750,000 to $1.5 million, bring speed limiting devices in commercial vehicles one step closer to reality, and study the impact of commuting long distances.

Safety advocacy groups praised the bill. In a joint statement Friday addressing the different trucking bills in the Senate, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Truck Safety Coalition, Parents Against Tired Truckers, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways and the Consumer Federation of America said the bill ‘will move the bar to advance commercial motor vehicle safety.

Read the full article here.

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More U.S. truck drivers stayed with their employers in the first quarter of 2015 and annualized turnover rates declined to their lowest point in four years, reported the American Trucking Associations. The Wall Street Journal covered the issue in a July 14 article, saying:

The turnover rate was down to 84% for operators of truckload fleets with more than $30 million in revenue in the first quarter and 83% among those with smaller fleets. Both measures were 12 percentage points less than the turnover rate in the previous quarter.

Compare that to driver turnover in other recent years, when it’s typically stayed above the 90 percent mark, said Bob Costello of the American Trucking Associations in the article. He told the Wall Street Journal he did not expect to see such a dramatic improvement in the first quarter alone.

I didn’t expect it to go up a lot, but I didn’t expect it to fall to its lowest level for large carriers in four years,” he said.

He and others credit — at least in part — recent raises at some trucking companies for the positive trend, which impacted small and large trucking companies alike.

Read more of the Wall Street Journal article here.

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As was stated in Trail Mix – The Ultimate Travel Snack Part 2 some mixes contain great amounts of sugar and fat. The best way to combat this problem is to make it yourself. The secret is choosing the right combination of ingredients that is right for your health and satisfies your tastes. Each ingredient has different nutritional benefits as well as flavor and it is possible to design your mix to suit your unique needs. Listed below are some links to great recipes for trail mix whether it’s for a quick energy boost and even recipes for children and their specific needs.

Recipes

21 Healthier Trail Mix Recipes to Make Yourself

Ultimate Trail Mix Recipe Guide

Trail Mix Recipes from Cooks.com

Where should you buy the ingredients?

The freshest and most economical way to buy the ingredients for your trail mix is in bulk.   If at first, you want to try some of the recipes, you can purchase them at your local DYI_TrailMixfresh market or a whole foods store.  You will find it is more expensive this way but it is a good way to sample the products to see if you actually like them.  You will definitely get a better price and the product will be fresher if you purchase your ingredients online from a bulk distributor.  We recommend purchasing 5lb boxes and this will fit into most peoples’ budgets   There are numerous sources to purchase from.  I have listed links below to some good outlets where again you will see the difference in price.

Bulk Outlets

Bulkfoods

Country Life Natural Foods

Nuts.com

Whole Foods Market

 

How do you put it all together?

Depending on the recipe you choose, the best way to start is add all the ingredients into a large bowl or container.  Mix the ingredients well and measure no more than 1/2 cup of the mix into a resealable snack baggie.  It is possible to eat too much trail mix!.  Try to limit yourself to portions under 1/2 cup.  Just use a simple kitchen measuring cup.  Store your trail mix out of the sun in a dry cool place.  You are now ready to grab the perfect snack when on the road or just because you like yourself so much.   Happy Trails!

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The driver demographics of the industry continue to show that truck drivers are an aging population. And it raises the question “Where will the industry find its future drivers?” In a recent news article, Overdrive magazine tackled the issue of why younger drivers aren’t signing up to drive a truck.

While the answer of why the population is getting older may do well to include a recognition of the maturity that comes with age and the risk-aversion businesses are feeling more and more of these days, suffice it to say the whole question of how to attract the younger folks to the work of driving truck is one people are talking about — a lot,” the magazine stated.

The magazine asked a man in his 20s who works in a non-driving role at a trucking company why he and others his age don’t drive trucks. The man, Bruce Jenkins, had some valuable insights to share.

We are a generation of leisure,” he said. “Not just leisure, but laziness. There is no piece of information we can’t access in the palm of our hands, and there is no product we can’t acquire by going to a single building that has every single product we could need on a regular basis…. Everything is done for us. No one my age knows about trucking.

Jenkins also talked about hearing stories of the profession’s dangers as a youth and long being encouraged to pursue a college degree.

We grew up being told to go to college before we even knew the word education,” he told the magazine. “If you don’t continue your education you cannot be successful. This is the idea we grew up with.

You can read more of what he told Overdrive here.

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The 36th Walcott Truckers Jamboree last weekend was a major success, attracting nearly 41,000 attendees to the World’s Largest Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa.

The Jamboree takes place annually at Iowa 80 Truckstop, just off its namesake in Walcott, Iowa. In its recap of the event, Truckerslogic.com wrote:

Since it’s inception in 1979, the Truckers Jamboree has been celebrating America’s Truckers. This event is a great place to celebrate and learn about trucking and those big rigs. “It’s our way of saying thank you to the millions of truck drivers that deliver the goods we consume, whether it’s groceries, gas, clothes or cars — you can bet it was delivered by a truck.”

We here at Drive My Way attended the show as well and were equally impressed by the turnout. Read more of the Truckers Logic article here — and follow Drive My Way on Facebook and Twitter to see how we launched at the Jamboree (Ooooh yeah!).

Health Benefits
Determining if a specific food is healthy depends on interpretation. One thing that experts (including the USDA) are clear on is increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains for good health. The Harvard School of Public Health concludes that you should acquire more of your daily protein needs from sourcesfruitNuts other than red meat, including nuts and seeds — which are often found in trail mix.

We know that trail mixes can be healthy but what are exactly the nutritional benefits? First we must say that not all mixes are created equal. Some mixes contain great amounts of sugar and fat. If you purchase them at the store you must read the nutrition labels on the package. Trail mix can be full of protein and vitamins and full of calories from fat, too.  The glycemic index is one way to determine if a food can metabolize — or be turned into energy — quickly. Some examples of these carbs are pineapples, bananas, and raisins, all of which are often used in a dehydrated form in trail mix. Nuts and seeds are the protein foundation for trail mix. Most commonly, you’ll find peanuts, almonds or cashews, as well as sunflower or pumpkin seeds in your mix.  Avoid trail mixes that are loaded with candy or sugar added dry fruits.  These choices offer empty calories that don’t really offer any nutritional benefits.  Some mixes use other foods — like crystallized ginger or shredded coconut — to satisfy the sweet tooth and add healthier nutrients than candy.

Trail mix can be very nutritional and healthy.  It all depends on what is in it.  Listed below are just a few of the many health benefits that can make up this perfect snack.

Sunflower Seeds

  • Cardiovascular Benefits
  • Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Bone Health

Almonds

  • Regulation of Cholesterol
  • Good for your heart
  • Immune System Strength
  • Regulation of blood pressure
  • Good for pregnancy
  • Weight Loss
  • Boosts energy

Raisins

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • A natural antacid
  • Constipation
  • Mood Alleviator

We must also take into consideration the portion size. In some cases a small handful of trail mix can be about 500-700 calories!  This brings us to an important concept. Make the trail mix yourself!!!  In Part 3 of Trail Mix – The Ultimate Travel Snack we will discuss how to purchase, portion, and package your own trail mix.  We will also give you links to some great recipes.

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Clinton Blackbunew-herorn of Morehead, Ky., is one of 18 winners of the Carnegie Medal. The medal is awarded quarterly by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others. Honorees receive a financial grant for their efforts.

Blackburn, 44, is credited with saving the life of Darrell Herndon, a jailer from Spencer County, Ky., who was being strangled by a prisoner he was transporting along a Kentucky highway in March 2014.

Herndon was transporting a prisoner who had escaped his handcuffs and was strangling Herndon from the back seat. Herndon stopped the car on an interstate median and opened his door, attracting the attention of Blackburn, who pulled over and began trying to free the officer from the prisoner.

Blackburn remained modest about his heroism, however.

“I just thank the good Lord for putting me where he did,” Blackburn said. Read more here.

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s June jobs report shows that the  number of jobs in the for-hire trucking industry reached an all-time high in June.

The sector added 7,400 jobs,  for a total of 1.4585 million. That’s 5,100 more jobs than the record for trucking set in January 2007.

That’s also the third monthly gain in a row after the surprise loss of 7,300 jobs in March, the biggest drop in two years, states a July 2 article in Fleet Owner magazine .

The for-hire trucking sector is showing promise in more ways as well.

The industry has recovered 225,300 jobs since the low point in the recession, March 2010. Compared to June last year, for-hire trucking has added 43,300 jobs, an increase of 3.1%.

The U.S. Department of Labor report shows that the transportation and warehousing sector added 17,000 jobs in June.

Read more here.

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Understanding what fatigue is and how to manage it – through rest, diet and other methods – is vital to fostering what Tom DiSalvi, vice president for safety and loss prevention at Schneider, calls the “safety payoff” in trucking operations.

“The biggest piece of truck transportation planning is how to insure drivers are well rested so they can stay alert,” DiSalvi told Fleet Owner magazine. “For us, that starts with education through driver training: gaining an understanding about the sleep cycle, sleep debt, sleep hygiene, and proper fatigue management,” he explained.

DiSalvi touted the importance of truckers finding safe overnight parking. He also suggested truckers do what they can to make their tractor interiors more comfortable for sleeping. Taking such small but important steps will help drivers stay more alert, DiSalvi reasoned.

“It’s about helping drivers be more prepared so they understand the warning signs of fatigue and also know how to counteract it,” DiSalvi said. “We then help tie that into our safety expectations. The whole idea is that the driver is the ‘captain of the ship’ and the need to have the right information to know if they are too tired to drive.”

Better managing fatigue at the wheel ultimately can have lasting benefits, such as improving a fleet’s safety profile and increasing driver retention.

“It develops a stronger and more [positive] relationship between drivers and front-line managers,” DiSalvi noted.

Some trucking companies are becoming proactive in combatting on-the-job fatigue. Southeastern Freight Lines (SEFL), for instance, implemented a sleep apnea interdiction program designed by FusionHealth back in 2011. Learn about the positive results they saw and read more of the article here.
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For truck drivers, and new ones especially, it can be hard to stay healthy on the job. Many hours of sitting at the wheel and a lack of convenient healthy food options at stops along the

way don’t help the situation.  So for drivers, taking control of your own wellness on the road can have a lasting beneficial impact.

By staying fit, you’ll be able to take on harder assignments and longer routes — making you more desirable and opening more high-paying opportunities. Staying healthy is a gift that keeps on giving, too — you’ll be physically able to extend your career over many more years if you choose to do so.

Drivers early in their careers also should think long and hard about their career development early on. They should ask themselves what their priorities are and make decisions that will get them there over the long term. For example:

For drivers looking to work independently, it’s essential to learn the business side of trucking: accounting, fuel mileage tracking, maintenance tracking, expense tracking, tax reporting, and profit and loss calculation.

Those in the business say trucking companies make safety their top priority. Sharing that mindset will earn you the attention of employers, they say.

Every reputable trucking company on earth makes safety its No. 1 priority. If you demonstrate a serious commitment to safe hauling, you will be in high demand as either an independent driver or part of a company team.

Read more here.

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