Archive for November, 2011

How Amazon is affecting deliveries

By Jena Williams

CourierA recent article in Transport Topics discussed how the increase in online shopping and direct from the manufacturer deliveries are affecting the way business is done in the trucking industry.

Some companies have been increasing Saturday deliveries and investing in truck-mounted forklifts to aid in delivery.

 

As a consumer, this is great news. I no longer need to own a pickup truck because all those big items can now be delivered to my door or, even better, to the room of my choosing.

How is your business addressing this change in consumer habits? Or are you being affected at all?

 

What does it take to stay in the game for the long-haul?

By Jena Williams

Here’s a sobering fact from a recent New York Times article:

Eighty-six percent of the estimated 3.2 million truck drivers in the United States are overweight or obese, according to a 2007 study in The Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

The NY Times article goes on to report how some long-haul truckers are finding ways to stay or get fit, including a trucker who gave up soda pop and only drinks water and another who does sit ups in his trailer.

Those interviewed shared a common understanding…their livelihoods depend on living a healthy lifestyle. Five truckers share their success stories, including Jill Garcia who was motivated by the concern that if she doesn’t maintain her health that one day she won’t pass her DOT physical.

The challenge, as any trucker knows, is staying fit in a sedentary job with few healthy food choices. Some have taken on the challenge and are willing to share their tips and resources.

You should also check out the audio interviews with the truckers in the story, who describe their efforts to stay fit in their own words.

What tricks have you found to avoid the greasy spoons or to get yourself moving? How have you overcome the challenge to stay healthy in your job?

Still ironing out the kinks…

By Jena Williams

Comments, comments – we so appreciate our readers comments, however we are having problems with the comment counters. The counters are showing “0” even when readers have posted comments. You can still read the comments, but only if you “click” the zero (0).  Please be assured that we are working on the issue and hope to have it fixed soon.

If you know a work-around for this problem when using DISQUS for comments in a Tumblr blog, please let us know. Until then, we’ll have to ask you to click the “0” if you want to see what other readers are saying.

Thanks again for your patience.

The TIRES team

Can providing treatment to your drivers for sleep apnea save you $6,000 a year?

Man sleep soundly with CPAP machineBy Jena Williams

A recent report in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine analyzed the health insurance and sick day costs of drivers who had been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and found that leaving the condition untreated could prove costly to employers.

The researchers compared the costs of those with OSA who received treatment and those who did not. They found that the annual savings in medical and disability costs was more than $6,000 per driver if they were treated, compared with those who were not.

Lost workdays due to short term disability were significantly lower in the first year of treatment, an average of 4.4 days, compared with untreated drivers. This finding suggests that OSA that is left untreated will cause a driver to need more time off from work. Medical costs were also significantly reduced in the first and second years after the beginning of treatment for sleep apnea related costs.

The drivers in the study who received treatment used either a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device (CPAP) or Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) treatment.

The study, “The Long-Term Health Plan and Disability Cost Benefit of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment in a Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Population,” was conducted by Benjamin Hoffman, Dustin D. Wingenbach, Amy N. Kagey, Justin L. Schaneman and David Kasper.  It was published in May 2010 and is free to subscribers.

Do you have a life-changing story to share regarding sleep apnea treatment?

In-the-cab snacking

appleBy Jena Williams

The lack of healthy food choices for truckers on the road is a real problem. But it is an issue you can prepare for before even getting in your truck each day.

Meal plan, pack and bring your food. No time, you say? I bet there is!

While waiting for your load, during your mandatory rest period or during other down time, plan your meals and snacks. Make a grocery list and use it during your next trip to the store. Your body will be healthier and so will your wallet!

There are many web sites to help get you started. For example, check out PapayaHead.com.

Don’t wait until you are hungry to make a decision about what to have for a meal. By then, it is often too late to make a wise choice. Instead, prepare in advance:

·         Chop some carrots, celery, cucumbers or apples.

·         Peel an orange.

·         Portion out a small serving of unsalted nuts.

·         Get an insulated lunch box and fill it with low-fat cheese sticks, salsa for dipping celery or cucumbers and add an ice pack.

·         Heat soup to bring in a thermos.

·         Make your favorite sandwich.

·         Popping your own low-salt and butter popcorn can be a good alternative to chips or French fries.

What have you found to be an easy, take-along meal or snack?

Selah truck driver dies in Prosser crash | Yakima Herald-Republic

By Jena Williams

Selah truck driver dies in Prosser crash | Yakima Herald-Republic

Medical certificate changes begin Jan. 30

By Jena Williams

Medical certificate changes begin Jan. 30

Cement trucks: Why clean them when you can just use dynamite?

Cement truckBy Jena Williams

Probably because it’s illegal to possess dynamite without a permit! However, if you were wondering if it’s possible, MythBusters tested the theory for you. (Full espisode)

Although dynamite might be a quicker method of cleaning a cement truck – I think it would take a lot to convince me that it’s the safest method.

What are some of the craziest and safest ways that you have heard about for cleaning cement trucks?

Washington driver killed as tanker truck rolls over

By Jena Williams

Washington driver killed as tanker truck rolls over

Don’t Jump!

By Jena Williams

Don’t Jump!