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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many truckers won’t be home to spend the holiday with their significant other. However, that doesn’t mean truck drivers can’t still celebrate.

Here are a few long distance date ideas for truckers that go beyond sending flowers and chocolates.

Have Dinner Together on Skype

Just because you may be miles away doesn’t mean you can’t take a few minutes to enjoy a great dinner together via Skype or FaceTime. Plan what you both will eat together, set up your computer or phone, and eat together as if you were right next to each other.

 

Share a Private Spotify Playlist

Are there songs that instantly remind you of your significant other? Put these on a Spotify playlist and share it with your significant other. Consider just keeping the playlist private between the two of you to be able to listen to throughout the year.

 

Plan Future Dates

Brainstorm a list of the 5 top dates you both want to do once you are home. Try to make sure to plan dates for all seasons and weather. Plan out the dates and even mark them down on the calendar to give you both something fun to look forward to.

 

Watch a Movie Together

Just because you’re not together doesn’t mean you can’t still watch a great movie together. Pick a movie out beforehand, plan the time you both will hit play, and talk about the movie together over the phone. Pop some popcorn, grab your favorite snacks, and enjoy!

 

Play 20 Questions

Get to know your significant other more by playing a quick game of 20 questions. Some questions could include where is your dream vacation spot, what would your perfect day look like, what was your dream job when you were in kindergarten, and what exotic pet would you have.

 

We wish truckers and their significant others across the country a very Happy Valentine’s Day and we hope these date ideas help make the day special.

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Truckers are faced with the daily dilemma of stopping at a rest stop or fast food chain for a quick bite to eat or preparing a meal themselves. Oftentimes truckers don’t have a full kitchen or much time to prepare extensive meals so cooking can be challenging. To help, we put together a list of 6 easy microwavable recipes for truck drivers to quickly prepare on a break.

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1. Omelet

This mug omelet is perfect for truckers looking for a filling breakfast that takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.

Add vegetables, cheese, and meat and enjoy the omelet straight from the mug or throw it into a tortilla for a breakfast burrito. Get the recipe.

 

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2. Sweet Potato Chips

These are a great, healthy alternative to regular potato chips and actually taste just as good.

Add salt and rosemary to the sliced potatoes, pop them in the microwave, and enjoy a delicious sweet and salty snack. Get the recipe.

 

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3. Blueberry Muffin

Craving something sweet? This is perfect for meeting the craving with a healthier alternative that takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.

Not in the mood for a blueberry muffin? Swap out the blueberries for chocolate chips, raisins, or another fruit. Get the recipe.

 

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4. Mushroom Risotto

Ever made risotto on the stove and stirred the pot for 30 minutes? Get the same delicious taste with half the work.

Stir together the ingredients in a microwave-safe dish and get ready for the perfect side dish. Get the recipe.

 

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5. Potato Soup

This soup is loaded with cheese, bacon, potato, and scallions and only takes a few minutes to prepare.

Top the soup off with a spoonful of sour cream and enjoy on a cold, winter day. Get the recipe.

 

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6. Parmesan Herb Spaghetti Squash

This quick dish trumps Easy Mac any day. Not only is this a healthier alternative to microwave pasta, but it’s also filling and delicious.

Prepare the recipe in 5 minutes, throw in the microwave for 15 minutes, and enjoy. Top with grilled chicken for extra protein. Get the recipe.

 

These easy microwavable recipes for truck drivers should save time and money spent stopping at a drive-through and also provide truckers with quick, delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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the Indy Hunger Network, a charity that dedicates its efforts towards feeding the hungry, has launched a new Food Drop program. The programs helps truckers aid hunger crisis by donating rejected food deliveries to charity.

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Truckers who make runs to grocery stores to drop off orders of food often are told that the food will not be accepted. Whether there was an ordering error or the delivered food is not up to the store’s standards, the rejected food often ends up directly in a landfill. These items consist primarily of foods that are still edible and packaged with unbroken seals.

Instead, the Food Drop program allows truckers to bring that food to local food banks across Indiana. So far, the charity has documented 90,000 pounds of donated food within the first six months of the program. If the program continues to succeed in Indianapolis, the Indy Food Network wants to expand the program across the country.

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Trucker Rescues AnimalsTrucker Rescues Animals: Tennessee trucker Tony Alsup has earned positive karma for life. By playing a modern-day Noah’s Arc, he has successfully snagged 64 animals from the arms of Hurricane Florence.

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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey this past year, Alsup received word that many shelters were looking for help to relocate their animals to safer grounds. Alsup immediately volunteered, but found that there was some miscommunication between himself and the shelter.

While Alsup was planning on loading just a few animals into his cab, the shelter was counting on him to load his entire flatbed up with the abandoned pets.

Knowing that if he didn’t do something these animals might be in grave danger, he knew he had to come up with a better plan.

“But I’m a man of my word. If I give you my word, it’s gonna get done,” Alsup told USA Today. “So I said, you know what, why don’t I just go buy a bus?”

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A few days and $3,200 later, Alsup headed down to Texas in a repurposed school bus. He rescued animals throughout hurricane season ever since.

So far, Alsup rescued 53 dogs and 11 cats from South Carolina this year, and safely dropped them off in Alabama.

“I love it,” Alsup said. “People don’t believe me, they say it’s got to be barking crazy. But, no. They know I’m the Alpha dog and I’m not here to hurt them.”

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A team of truckers saved motorists from a potential crash by forcing a intoxicated driver off the road.

On Aug. 13, Illinois State Police received a call regarding a minivan swerving all over Interstate 70. Minutes later, another call reported the same driver had crashed into the median. The driver had pulled himself out to inspect the car, got back in and slowly continued down the highway.

Seeing all that go down, two truckers took matters into their hands. They moved their vehicles slowly on either side of the van to box it in and eased it off the road before taking the driver’s keys and waiting for police to arrive.

In addition, according to the Belevue News-Democrat, the driver was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. thanked the two truck drivers, saying the prevented this driver from an injury or injuring others.

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Ditch the chips! We’ve got some of the yummiest potato recipes that are sure to keep drivers full and focused.

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Deciding what food to take on your route can be a hard choice. Perhaps you’re trying to stick with your diet or cut down on carbs. Or, maybe you struggle just to remember to pack anything at all. Regardless of where your appetite is, celebrate National Potato Day (Aug. 19) by giving you some easy-peasy potato recipes that are sure to please.

Taters: A History

Potatoes have been a popular food for centuries. The fourth most largely farmed crop today, they were originally cultivated by the Inca Indians of Peru. When the Spanish conquered Peru, it was only a matter of time before they brought potatoes back to Europe. Because they’re so easy to grow, they soon caught on as a staple across the continent. After the famous potato blight in the 1840’s, famine forced many families, notably the Irish, to immigrate elsewhere, such as Canada and America. Their migration effectively brought this wonderful starch into our lives. And so, the potato can now be found on the shelves of virtually every home in the U.S.

One of the most versatile foods, any potato — mashed, smashed, chipped, or covered in cheese — can be eaten as a snack or meal. Additionally, the vitamins in potatoes, like iron, potassium, and vitamin C, make spuds the ideal ingredient to bring on the road. Read on to find the perfect recipe for your route.

The Easiest

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Baked potatoes are about as basic as you can get in terms of food-prep. It’s a sure fire way of guaranteeing yourself a delicious, edible meal every single time. If you’re planning on cooking them ahead of time, simply pick out your favorite tater (we recommend Russets for this method), and rub it down with some oil, salt, and pepper. Throw the potato on a baking sheet and let it roast in the oven for about an hour on 425°F. The result? A crispy on the outside, soft and steamy on the inside baked potato.

Can’t make it ahead of time? Many grocery stores supply potatoes pre-wrapped. Throw that sucker in the microwave, per package instructions, of course, and you’ll have the same delicious outcome.

Looking to amp up your tater-game? Add toppings! Some simple, nutritious combinations include adding broccoli and cheddar cheese, or even just the usual sour cream, bacon, and chives. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try using sweet potatoes, and topping them off with some BBQ chicken? Plain or decked out, you’re looking at an easy, satisfying meal.

The Snackiest

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Ever wish you had an equally crunchy, perfectly salted substitute for your favorite potato chips? Well, now you do. Enter baked potato chips. By making your own, you can control exactly how much oil and salt you add, cutting down on some serious calories. You can find a recipe for your own chips anywhere, but we recommend this one by Kimberly Eggleston. She’s a registered dietitian who has been cooking up her own recipes for decades. The trick to her recipe is to slice the potatoes as thinly as possible for that extra crunch.

No time to make your own? Not a problem. Many brands are now offering their chips in a baked form, including the ever-popular Lays. Even buying a bag of baked chips over fried cuts down on cholesterol and trans fat, and you’ll feel less weighed down, too!

The Healthiest

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Time to hop on the cauliflower bandwagon. Though this recipe isn’t actually made of potatoes, it’s perfect for the more health-conscious trucker. Cauliflower mashed potatoes has become something of a fad in recent months. Doctors everywhere are recommending low-carb diets, and beaming about the health benefits that come with them. One of the main substitutes that they recommend is using cauliflower as a replacement for more carb-heavy recipes, such as pizza crust, buffalo wings, and, now, even mashed potatoes.

Simply prepare a head of cauliflower by trimming any excess leaves, and chop the whole head into bigger chunks. Add to a boiling pot of water until soft, and drain. In batches, add the cauliflower to a food processor with a tablespoon of butter, a couple cloves of garlic, and salt and pepper to taste, and pulse until smooth.

No time to make your own? Birds Eye offers an exceptional frozen version of their cauliflower mash. Simply throw their dish in the microwave per box instructions, and you’ve got a perfect, creamy mash to indulge in.

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Susan Fall, owner of LaunchIt Public Relations, received PR World’s PR Champion of the Year award for her work in the trucking and transportation industry.

“My personal passion is to improve the image of the truck driver. Because, without them, this country would come to a halt in a matter of days.”

Fall founded LaunchIt in 2000 with a goal of bringing innovative products into the trucking industry. She noticed a discrepancy between management within the industry, and the lack of technology being used to better transportation across the board.

Fall’s firm specifically focuses on maintaining their relationships with experts in the industry. And in return, Fall says this sets her firm apart. She spent the last 20+ years dedicated to media education of the transportation industry.

“Pretty proud of this award because it’s… a personal achievement that I’ve been passionate about since I got involved in the trucking industry 25 years ago,” Fall stated. “Word is spreading about the need to respect and appreciate America’s Truck Drivers! Finally!!”

Even in her acceptance speech, Fall chose to focus solely on raising awareness for the transportation industry.

“It’s not an industry many people think about. When you think about it, every material thing in this room was on a truck, yet a truck driver is perhaps one of the most least appreciated professions out there.”

From all of us here at Drive My Way, congratulations, Susan!

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Brian Buckley of Strathbogie, Va., began to restore his vintage Mack truck years before a cancer diagnosis in 2014. Now, his family is living out his legacy by continuing the restoration in his honor.

Brian, an owner-operator for the majority of his career, drove a fuel truck for construction sites. Passionate about Mack trucks, he always wanted to restore an older logger truck he used to drive. When he received his diagnosis, he bought an excavator along with four R-model to use for parts.

Brian asked his two friends, Mario Grosso and Emil Barbic, to join him. Unfortunately, Brian died six weeks later.

As an ode to Brian’s life, however, his family and friends  continue his work on the truck. Gillian Buckley, Brian’s widow, told that the truck was “in a million pieces,” but she knew she had to continue with the restoration. Mario and Emil finished as much of the work as they could themselves in Oakland Junction, VA, before outsourcing the final touches to a nearby shop.

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“We replicated it the way it would have been when it came out of the assembly line of Mack in Brisbane when it was brand new,” Mario told the magazine. “The bull bar is original. The wheels are original – no chrome on the wheels. The fuel tanks are all original, and the single exhaust.”

Neil Lemen, a family friend, drove the finished vehicle to the Victorian Truck Drivers’ Memorial this past June. For now, the R-Model is on the Buckley family’s farm.

 

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Volvo Trucks North America expands the Diesel Advanced Technology Education program for Volvo Technicians.

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Volvo takes its trucks seriously.

The Volvo Trucks Academy instructs future dealer Volvo technicians over 500 hours so they learn each vehicle’s electrical systems, chassis components, powertrains, and software and engine diagnosis.

Matt Flynn, director of Volvo Trucks Academy, says, “The Diesel Advanced Technology Education program provides students with the education and skills needed to excel in a high-demand career.

“The program prepares graduates for a technician career in our dealer network. Also, they receive hands-on maintenance and repair training to service the advanced modern truck technologies delivering unprecedented efficiency, performance, and safety benefits.”

In addition, Volvo partnered with three colleges to develop the program:

  • Jones Technical Institute in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima, Ohio
  • Western Technical College in El Paso, Texas.

Furthermore, Volvo-certified instructors teach the curriculum for the Volvo technicians. Also, DATE graduates receive an associate’s degree in diesel mechanics and a job at any of Volvo’s dealerships.

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We already know that America would not function without the hard work of truck drivers. And now, finally, someone has confirmed it.

Global job search engine Adzuna conducted research on the most patriotic jobs in the United States.

The analysis looked at what Adzuna deemed as “patriotic jobs”, or those available jobs whose description defined them as most responsible for the improvement and upkeep of the country.

For example, a construction worker, responsible for the betterment of roadways and gentrification of local cities, would be included here.

Adzuna analyzed the nearly 3.5 million jobs on its website, searching for open positions with different specifications, such as hours and job description. It found that “patriotic jobs”, such as truck drivers, nurse practitioners, construction workers, and teachers, made up over 90% of the most in-demand jobs. Of the more than 1.5 million available jobs, the majority of openings exist in Virginia, Texas, California, and Illinois.

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With so much national spotlight on these “patriotic jobs” lately, it’s no wonder that they represent such a large piece of the unfulfilled job openings on Adzuna. For example, teachers have gone on strike, advocating for better wages and improved classroom environments. Construction workers have one of the highest on-the-job mortality rates of any profession, with nearly 14 deaths reported each day.

Truck drivers aren’t far off. Truckers are dedicated members of society whose job is to transport over 70% of our nation’s goods. The country’s food, medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, and even waste are all in their hands.

Therefore, it’s ironic that such a necessary job is also the most dangerous. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, driving a truck is the deadliest occupation in America. Therefore, because of this and low wages, the demand for truckers is high.

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