Archive for June, 2013

It doesn’t get much better than this…

By Jena Williams

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Saturday was a perfect day for the Washington Trucking Associations’ Truck Driving Championships – the sun was out, and the champions were in top form. Winners in each event will go on to compete in the National Competitions in Salt Lake City in August

I know, I know you all want to know who won…and I promise I’ll get that info out as soon as we have it…

I do have to say though that I never stop being amazed at what these fantastic drivers can do. Millions of safe driver miles were represented and the skill and dedication was evident.

Much appreciation also goes out to the sponsors and volunteers including, but not limited to Boeing, for providing the facilities, Safeway for providing breakfast, Unified Grocers for providing lunch and many other behind the scenes folks. You made it a great event!!

It was wonderful to see friends and families show up to support their drivers.

If you were there…share some memories with us in the comments. If you missed it, put it on your calendar for next year…and maybe we will be cheering you on to the National Championships.

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Washington’s Truck Driving Championships are Saturday!

By Jena Williams

Saturday, June 22, 2013, the best of Washington’s truck drivers will compete to see who will go on to compete at the National Truck Driving Championships. We hope to see you there even if you are not competing as it’s a fun event for the entire family.

Spectators will want to be there by 10:00 am. Admission is free!

Saturday, June 22, 2013
Boeing Company Space Center parking lot
20403 68th Ave South
Kent, Washington

Timeline:
6 am   Breakfast provided by Safeway
7 am   Roll call for participants
10 am Course start
10 am Lunch provided by Unified Grocers

KeepTruckingSafe.org will be there demonstrating the safety training simulations so be sure to stop by our booth.

For questions about volunteering, contact Mike Southards at (800) 732-9019.

Hold it, hold it!!

By Jena Williams

Holding static positions all day is rough on the body. This holds true whether you are sitting at a computer, hunched over a keyboard or sitting behind the wheel of a big rig. The body is made to move and muscles need to move to increase circulation.

You may not be a fan, but stats are stats and according to an article in the Wall Street Journal by Kevin Clark, the 49ers have fewer injuries than other teams and they also put more emphasis on stretching than other teams.

If it’s good enough for the 49ers …

Getting started is the hard part

I don’t know about you, but I have difficulty coming up with stretches to do without a little guidance. To help drivers with this issue, the Saif Corporation developed a set of stretches for the professional truck driver.  They can all be done in and around the cab. Some can be done while you’re waiting your turn to deliver or load; others when you step out for a break or before heading down the road.

Exercise Tips for Truckers:

Trucker Exercises by Livestrong.com:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/332696-trucker-exercises/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/462361-exercises-that-truckers-can-do-in-their-vehicle/

Exercise Tips for the Long Haul Truck Driver: http://ezinearticles.com/?Exercise-Tips-For-the-Long-Haul-Truck-Driver&id=2419338

Truck Driver Fitness: http://www.prevention.com/fitness/strength-training/truck-driver-fitness

3 Truck Driver Goals You Should Set NOW: http://www.thehealthytrucker.net/3-truck-driver-exercise-goals/

*Photo from the Healthy Trucker: http://www.thehealthytrucker.net/

Trucks, Trucks, Trucks!

By Jena Williams

The KeepTruckingSafe.org team had a great time at the American Truck Historical Society’s (ATHS) 2013 National Convention and Antique Truck Show in Yakima, Wash., last weekend. I don’t have the official count yet, but I heard there were over 800 antique and show trucks at the event.

We also met truck enthusiasts from all over the world and got to hear their stories.

Below are just a few of the amazing array of trucks we saw. Were you there? Share your memories of the event in the comments below.