In This Issue
• Fun Facts
• The Mission
• Fog, Snow & Ice
• Safe Driving
December 2019 Issue 27
The Mission is a homeless shelter located in Winter Haven, FL. that GTS, along with the drivers for GTS, support all through the year by collect-ing food, clothes, shower items, etc…. and take to them monthly. On the GTS Facebook page we have a fundraiser every other month to collect money for The Mission. Since the beginning of 2018 The Mission has been able to make improvements and expand their facility due to donations given to them from businesses and individuals like ourselves.
Every year we are given a family through The Mission that has fallen on hard times and needs help with Christmas.. This will be our 2nd year doing this and we are so excited and grateful that we can help. Below is the letter we received from The Mission telling us about the family we will be buying for along with what they would like to receive.
The letter we received this year from The Mission:
This year you have a family with two boys. Moms name is Jolene. She is 43 years old. Her and hubby are both employed. She was referred by a family member. Because business was slow, dads hours were shorted and the family member knew they were struggling to catch up on bills and that is why she called us about Christmas for Jolene and family.
The oldest boy Gabe is 12. He loves to sketch and draw and has asked for a sketch book and charcoal pencils and some marker pens to draw and color with. Gabe wears a size 16 Husky in pants and small men’s shirts. Likes hoodie sweaters.
The youngest is Luke and he is 9. He loves to build things. Likes to play with his Legos every day. Hasn’t really asked for anything for Christmas but mom said that any type of building stuff would be great. She said that all his lego’s are incomplete so he’s never actually had a full large item to build, so that would be neat. Luke wears size a size 10 skinny and 12 shirt.
Other than that, mom of course said she doesn’t need anything but I asked her if there is anything she could use for the house and she did say she could use some spoons and some Tupperware, and a pack of acrylic tumbler cups for the boys.
Dad needs socks and undies. He wears size Large (tagless) boxer briefs and wears Large V-neck t-shirts. He likes the X-Temp Hanes brand.
GTS is looking forward to another year of supporting The Mission!
Trip Planning: Knowing the terrain and travel conditions (which include the weather and flow of traffic) along your route before you leave
can help you make safe driving decisions. Allow some extra time for traffic congestion, stop lights/signs, inclement weather, construction
and hilly or mountainous terrain.
Speed: Professional truck drivers who practice safe driving do not drive so fast that they cannot safely stop their vehicles without being involved
in a collision. Always slow down in work zones, but don’t hang back to try to impede other vehicles with the size of yours.
Turns and Curves: Slow down in turns, including entrance and exit ramps on major roads. When speed is not properly reduced the truck
tires will lose contact with the road, and a rollover will be inevitable.
Stopping Distance: Driving in any of the following situations requires greater total stopping distance: at night, on secondary roads, in hilly or
mountainous areas, along curvy roads and whenever precipitation is falling or the roads have received precipitation.
Weather: Drivers need to drive for conditions, allowing more room to stop when precipitation, rain, freezing rain, snow, ice pellets, etc…. Is
falling or accumulated on the ground. Other weather conditions can also be hazardous: fog, wind, blowing sand, blowing snow a nd bright
sunshine can all present challenges to driving.
Tailgating and Following Distance: Professional drivers should never tailgate vehicles in front of them. When proper space is not allowed
between vehicles, there is a greater likelihood of a rearend when the vehicle in front brakes.
Backing up: Drivers who practice safe driving know that backing accidents can be avoided by observing the familiar acronym: G.O.A.L.: Get
Out And Look!
Distractions and Alertness: Drivers can allow themselves to be distracted by many things: use of electronics, radio, music/CD’s/tapes,
GPS units, eating and drinking, cell phones, smoking and reading maps and directions. It is best to remember that when you are driving,
you need to concentrate fully on driving and NEVER text while driving!
Hazards and Visibility: Regardless of what time of the year it is, drivers need to watch out for: road hazards including ruts, uneven lanes,
rough roads, pot holes, traffic, construction zones, lane restrictions, vehicles on the shoulder of the road and pedestrians walking along the
road. Always keep your windshield, side windows and mirrors clean so as to not hinder your ability to see.
Always be a safe and cautious driver prepared for any situation!
7 Winter Weather Driving Tips
When winter weather arrives, it presents a big challenge for professional truck drivers. Here are some winter driving tips that will help keep drivers
safe and warm.
1. Carry proper supplies
Truck drivers should make sure they have cold weather essentials on hand. These include,: extra clothing, gloves, flashlight, blankets , etc….
2. Slow Down
The slower you drive, the more time you have to react. Hydroplaning is also caused by going to fast. Avoid winter accidents b y watching your
3. Keep A Firm Grip On The Wheel
Grip the steering wheel firmly to maintain control. Keep both hands on the wheel at all times to guide the vehicle through snow and ice.
4. Allow Safe Space
In the winter, truck drivers should increase their following distance. Be sure you have more than enough space to stop and maneuver in unexpected
5. Watch Out For Bridges
Bridges, highway overpasses, and other elevated surfaces freeze faster than the regular road. They also may not be salted. Use caution when
approaching bridges to avoid spinning out of control on black ice.
6. Avoid Black Ice
Black Ice is not just found on bridges. It is a layer of transparent ice that makes the road look wet. Drivers can spot black ice when the spray from
other vehicles stops. You can also watch for frost on your truck antennae and mirrors.
7. Brake Slowly
In winter, accelerate and brake slowly. If the truck is not equipped with an ABS braking system, lightly pump the brakes when you need to slow
“We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed
in overalls and looks like work”.
– Thomas Edison
“The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly
gets all the publicity”.
– George Carlin
Ice No Dice
A catchy phrase to remember and abide by. If the road conditions are
bad pull over and call Dispatch immediately. Advise Dispatch of your
location, road conditions and weather. Dispatch or Safety will then advise
you on what to do from there. Be safe and aware of the conditions
you are driving into and always remember: ICE NO DICE!
Snow Go Slow
Another catchy phrase to remember and abide by. You should reduce
your speed by 1/2 or more on snow packed roads. Leave plenty of room
between your truck and the truck in front and beside you. Never stop on
the shoulder of the road. When driving in winter, especially in low visibility
situations, other vehicles can mistake your position for being on the
road and as a result, may slam into the back of your rig. Find the nearest
safest place to park if you need to get off the road.
Fog Lay Like A Log
And another phrase to remember and abide by. If the visibility of the
roadway becomes dangerous then find the nearest, safest place to park
and wait it out. If the conditions are good enough that you can drive,
remember: reduce your speed, low-beam headlights and fog lights are
best for visibility and avoid passing other vehicles.
Safety ALWAYS comes first!
• The Germans made the first artificial
Christmas trees out of dyed goose
• All the gifts in the song The Twelve
Days of Christmas would equal 364
• Saint Nickolas, who would eventually be
called Santa Claus, was originally the
patron saint of children, thieves and
• In 1962, the first Christmas postage
stamp was issued in the United States.
• Reindeer are also known as Caribou.
• Each year more than 3 billion Christmas
cards are sent in the U.S. alone.
• Christmas trees usually grow for about
15 years before they are sold.
• President Benjamin Harrison brought in
the 1st Christmas tree into the White
House in 1889.
• Like a human’s fingerprint no two reindeer
antlers are exactly the same.
• Christmas trees have been sold in the
U.S. since 1850.
• December was originally the 10th month
in the Roman calendar.
• President Teddy Roosevelt, an environmentalist,
banned Christmas trees from
the White House in 1912.
• Reindeer live in the Northern parts of
North America including Canada and
Alaska also in Europe, Russia and
Greenland. Let us not forget also with
Santa at the North Pole.
• The Montgomery Ward department
store created Rudolph the Reindeer as
a marketing gimmick to encourage children
to buy Christmas coloring books.
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Healthy Holidays: 6 Tips to Remember This Season
Its’s hard enough all year long to stay on track, but when the holidays are here it takes a little more discipline and self-control than normal with
mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole and not to mention the delicious desserts, like pie, cake and cookies tempting you
at every gathering. The holidays should be a time of celebration, not of anxiety.
Moderation is Key!
There is no reason to skip some of those foods completely, you just have to be aware of what and how much you’re eating. For example, instead
of a mound of stuffing, opt for a 1/4 cup size. Indulge in a small piece of your favorite dessert versus eating a piece of every dessert at
the table. Also, keep in mind, studies show that if you deprive yourself completely, you are more likely to overindulge at a later time. Recognize
the difference between healthy and unhealthy indulgence.
6 Tips to Stay on Track During the Holidays
1.) Relax. What harms your body more than indulging a little over the holidays is stress. Stress on your body translates to weight gain.
2.) Listen to your body. When your body tells you that you’ve had enough, don’t eat a few more forkfuls….stop eating. If you keep eating
after your body is telling you to stop, you will most likely have zero energy, feel overly full and on top of that you will probably feel guilty, which
leads to stress!
3.) Enjoy your food. Savor it. When you shovel your food in, your brain translates this to “I haven’t been fed” therefore, you keep eating until
you are beyond full. Slow down and enjoy your food, pay attention to the taste and smell and you will feel satisfied sooner.
4.) Start small. There’s plenty of food, yo don’t need to pile your plate a mile high. Start small and you can go back for seconds if you are really
5.) Prepare in advance. If you know you will be going to an event with little to no choices of healthy food options, bring your own! Bring a veggie
plate or your favorite salad, this way you won’t be tempted to overeat on things that aren’t good for you.
6.) Make time for exercise. Don’t forget about getting some physical activity in. take a walk after dinner, play a game of touch football or go
for a bike ride.
I hope this gives you some helpful tips on staying on-track through this holiday season. It’s not that overwhelming if you put your mind to it and
prepare yourself in advance. Remember, this season is about fun and family, not overeating and feeling bad after. But, if you do derail a little,
don’t beat yourself up, own it and get back on point the next day!
Did you know?
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2018 there were
about 129 million full-time jobs in America. That same
year, approximately 7.4 million people were employed by the
trucking industry. That means about 5.8% of all American fulltime
workers had a job thanks to trucking.