In This Issue
- Winter Safety
- The Mission
- Fun Facts
- Healthy Note
January 2019 Issue 17
A group of eight Midwestern states has launched a system to inform drivers about parking availability along interstate highways. Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin launched the Trucks Park Here program on Jan. 4.
This program is a shared truck parking information management system that offers up-to-the-minute data on how many spaces are available at certain rest areas.
The way the truck parking information management system (TPIMS) works, roadside message boards, smartphone apps and traveler websites widely spreads information on how many truck parking spaces are available. Road signs throughout the states will display the number of miles until the nearest rest stop, as well as how many spaces are open at that rest stop.
The system covers corridors important to freight movement through the Midwest, including interstates 70, 71, 94 and 80. In Indiana, the system will include sites along I-65, I-69 and I-70. the states DOT Commissioner, Joe McGuinness, said that 1.5 billion tons of freight are transported through the state each year.
Lack of available truck parking ranked No. 5 in the American Transportation Research Institute’s list of industry concerns. The list was released Oct. 29, but ATRI also published an analysis of truck parking in the MAASTO states last May. The research showed that 40% of drivers lost be-tween 31 and 60 minutes every day because of truck parking issues. Drivers coming up against their hours-of-service restrictions who cannot find an authorized parking space may park in an unsafe location, such as highway shoulders and ramps. Helping drivers make informed deci-sions of when and where they can safely park and rest helps make Midwestern roads safer for everyone on them.
Other states have also begun to embrace efforts to address the issue of truck parking. The Pennsylvania DOT issued a request for information from private sector companies on deigning, building and operating truck parking facilities. In the most recent round of BUILD grants, announced Dec. 11, the Wyoming DOT received $20 million to construct about 5.5 miles of passing lanes and two truck parking areas along a stretch of I-80.
On a press release on Jan. 4, McGuinness said “With much of that freight moving through Indiana on our highways, providing re al-time information to truck drivers on where to find safe parking at the end of their shifts is one of the most effective ways we can preserve safety for all motorists,” INDOT is proud to join seven other states in making interstate travel safer across our region.”
Winter Safety Driving Tips
Even though the weather may not look bad when you head out, things can change in a hurry. Once cold weather hits, it’s best to always be prepared for the worst. Have these items on hand just in case conditions go south:
Prepare for the Worst
Check Your Equipment
Control Your Speed & Avoid Skidding
Maintain Tire Traction
Don’t Be Afraid to Stop
* Extra gloves.
* An extra jacket.
* Extra food and water.
* Windshield scraper.
* Windshield washer fluid.
* Plenty of fuel.
* Tire chains.
* Batteries and electronic charging equipment.
Most commercial drivers are required to complete a pre-trip inspection of their vehicle. But when conditions are bad, you might want to inspect your vehicle more frequently and take a few extra precautions, including:
- Treating your fuel.
* Freezing temperatures often cause diesel fuel to congeal.
*Treat your fuel with an anti-gel once cold weather hits.
* Making sure your headlights, brake lights, and hazard lights are clear of snow whenever you stop.
* Making sure you maintain as much visibility as possible by keeping your windows and mirrors clean and free of ice.
Ice and snow will decrease the traction of your tires, which will make sudden stops and turns more difficult. To stay safe, decrease your speed and increase your following distance. This will give you more reaction time and make hydroplaning less likely. It may also be a good idea to turn off your cruise control and adjust your speed frequently according to the conditions.
Similarly, sudden braking can cause them to lock and your truck to skid. This is never a good idea—and can be especially dangerous in foul weather. If you do begin to skid, remember to:
* Pump the brakes.
* Control the truck by turning the wheel in the direction where you’d like to go.
* At the end of the skid, put the truck in gear instead of coming to a stop.
* Remember to accelerate slowly to keep your traction.
Awareness of your speed, accelerations, and braking can help you keep from losing your tire traction on the road when turning and stopping. A few other tips to keep in mind:
* Stay away from the tire tracks of other vehicles.
* Make any accelerations gradually.
* Decrease your speed.
If conditions get really bad, don’t let the pressure of delivering your shipment on time get in the way of your judgment. Whenever driving conditions become unsafe, pull off the road and wait. Pushing through on roads that haven’t been plowed or a storm that’s taken a turn for the worse will cause more problems in the long run than reaching your destination a little late.
“Don’t be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”
– Richard Branson
“If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never change the goal.” – Unknown
Guaranteed Transport sponsored a family for Christmas, we delivered the gifts for the family and other children and met with David & Arlene, who run the non-profit organization. We learned a lot while we were there showing us around and telling us what they do and offer. Just to list a few they serve 2 hot meals a day, they offer showers, clothes and food to anyone that walks in and has that need. They are a Christian based non-profit organization so they also offer counseling, prayer and have programs that continue for as long as needed that are faith based.
We are very excited to be helping The Mission year round and our hope is that you also share in the excitement. Each month we will be collect-ing different items for The Mission, this month will be coffee, tea, hot chocolate and blankets since this is one of the colder months in Florida.
Follow Guaranteed Transport on Facebook and you will also see a dona-tion button for The Mission, a lot of you have offered to help and this is an excellent way to give if you are not in the Winter Haven area to drop items off. Anything you can do is greatly appreciated by many at The Mission.
Look for articles every month on The Mission in our Newsletter to stay informed on what we will be doing for the current month and the up coming month. If you would like to learn more about The Mission you can like them on Facebook by going to The Mission of Winter Haven or go to their website: www.themissionwh.org
In February we will be doing a Soup-R-Bowl collection—canned soups, stews and Chef Boyardee.
- The wind doesn’t make a sound until it blows against an object.
- The naming of hurricanes and tropical storms officially began in 1953.
- Fire whirls are tornadoes made of fire caused by wildfires.
- A heatwave can make train tracks bend.
- For each minute of the day, 1 billion tons of rain falls on the earth.
- Every second around 100 lightning bolts strike the Earth.
- Sandstorms can swallow up entire cit-ies.
- A cubic mile of ordinary fog contains less than a gallon of water.
- The air located around a lightning bolt is heated to around 30,000°C. This is 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun.
- The South Pole is the least sunny place—only 182 days a year get sun-shine.
- Snowflakes traveling at 2-4 mph can take up to 1 hour to reach the ground.
- Cape Farewell in Greenland is the wind-iest place on the planet.
- In 1899, it was so cold that the Missis-sippi river froze over its entire length.
- In 1967, a hurricane unleashed 115 tor-nadoes in Texas.
- Blizzards can make snowflakes feel like pellets hitting your face.
- You can use pine cones to forecast the weather. The scales on the pinecones will close when rain is on the way.
- When lightning strikes the sand, the intense heat can melt the sand into a glass-like state called fulgerites.
Pictured above left: David, Amy, Rick, Arlene giving gifts at Christmas. Picture on the right : Food Pantry at The Mission
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3 Steps to a Healthier You
OTR drivers travel long distances and can be away from home for weeks at a time. For many, it’s a tough job that leads to an unhealthy life-style. The very nature of the work is sedentary. The work in and of itself is somewhat monotonous. Many rely on enormous amounts of caf-feine and junk food to pass the time and get energy.
Rest stops contribute to this problem. In one stop, you can fuel, shower, eat and possibly even have your truck worked on. You likely save time by stopping there instead of several places to get food. However, staying healthy is essential not just for your well-being, but for success in your career as well. These healthy habits help prevent burnout and keep you energized.
1.) Eating Healthy on the Go
Most grocery stores have sufficient parking for tractor-trailers, although you may have to walk an extra bit. Moreover, since we live in an ever more convenience-filled world, they are a wealth of easy to eat nutritious food even at gas stations. Here are a few items that you can choose:
Pre-washed bags of lettuce and spinach
Pre-washed and cut vegetables
Pre-washed and cut fruit
Whole pieces of fruit that are easy to clean
Grilling meat (especially chicken and turkey breasts)
Exercise is hard when you are an OTR driver. You drive for 11 hours straight, then take 10 hours off and then you are back at it again, repeating the cycle. When you push that hard, where do you fit in exercise? Here are some suggestions you might consider:
Folding bicycles can be stowed in the sleeper berth compartment and then tossed up in the passenger seat when it is time to go to bed. While parked at a truck stop, you can ride around the outer edges of the parking lot to avoid traffic. Alternatively, if you are at a rest area, you can ride around there too. Some have little trails you can follow.
Running shoes are an inexpensive option and very easy to store. You can go walking or jogging in the same places you would ride a bicycle.
Weights can be just as effective, although you want to be careful in your selections. Choose weights that you could easily store while driving down the road. Make sure you have a good place to secure them. You do not want them to roll under your acceleration pedal, brake or clutch. That could be deadly.
Sleep is essential to good health. You need to get as much as possible in your 10 hours off and, to do that, your sleeping conditions must be as comfortable and as quiet as possible.
A healthier you is a safer happier you!
Did you know?
If you recruit 1 driver every month that would be an extra $18,000.00 a year you could have in your yearly earnings.
1 driver every other month is an extra $9,000.00 a year.
Who does NOT want or need extra FREE money???