In This Issue

  • Roadcheck 2018
  • Driving Tips
  • Fun Facts
  • Referral Bonus


Roadcheck 2018—June 5-7

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck will take place June 5-7, 2018. Over that 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers. This year’s focus is on hours-of-service compliance.

“The top reason drivers were placed out of service during 2017 International Roadcheck was for hours-of-service violations,” said CVSA President Capt. Christopher Turner of the Kansas Highway Patrol. “Thirty-two percent of drivers who were placed out of service during last year’s three-day International Roadcheck were removed from our roadways due to violations related to hours-of-service regulations. It’s definitely an area we need to call attention to this year.”

During International Roadcheck, inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that in-cludes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness.

The vehicle inspection includes checking brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield wipers. Additional items for buses include emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating.

If no critical inspection item violations are found during a Level I Inspection, a CVSA decal will be applied to the vehicle, indicating that the vehicle successfully passed a decal-eligible inspection conducted by a CVSA-certified inspector.

If an inspector does identify critical inspection item violations, he or she may render the driver or vehicle out of service if the condition meets the North American Out-of-Service Criteria. This means the driver cannot operate the vehicle until the vehicle and/or driver qualification violation(s) are corrected.

International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with around 17 trucks and buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico during a 72-hour period. Since its inception in 1988, more than 1.5 million roadside inspections have been conducted during International Roadcheck campaigns.

Be Prepared!

May 2018 Issue 9

Fit for Life: Men’s Health Spotlight

Are you living life like a spring chicken, pecking and powerful in your prime? Or are you feeling sluggish like a ready-for-retirement rooster? Surprisingly, this has less to do with your actual age and more about the choices you make for your health. Lucky cluck!

Still, we know it’s hard to put yourself first when work pressure, financial needs, and family demands pile up. So we’ve created some simple to-do’s so men can take care of themselves better—every step of the way.

Must-Do’s (and Don’t’s)

Don’t expect to get a lot out of your body if you’re not putting the right things into your body. The biggest mistake men make? They don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. The USDA says for each meal, half of your plate should be covered with them! The other half: equal parts lean protein and whole grains.

Focus on foods that are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein. If you’re on the go, skip the fast food drive-through—fatty, fried or sugary foods are the worst. Instead pack nuts, low-fat yogurt or cheese, or a salad. Sneak veggies into homemade smoothies to pack an extra punch. At dinnertime, add beans, other legumes, and fish to spice up that cooking routine.

By eating lower-calorie, nutrient-dense food through the day, your mental and physical capabilities will improve. So will your body mass index, which measures body fat in relation to your height. “Normal weight” men are in the range of 18.5–24.9.

Drinking enough water each day is also key to maintaining health, energy level and mood. Experts say 125 ounces, or about a gallon, is a good target.* Speaking of drinking, when you’re in the mood for alcohol, wine or beer, make sure you’re keeping it in moderation: no more than two drinks per day.** Always avoid smoking cigarettes.

Every man—young or old, large or small—must make exercise part of their routine. The CDC pushes for 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise a week and muscle-strengthening activities at least two other days. Go for a run, ride your bike, or sign up for a new sport or outdoor hobby. Cardio workouts are best for losing weight, busting stress and improving sleep. Muscle strength, flexibility and balance activi-ties will keep you toned and limber.

Prioritize 7-9 hours of sleep a night. If your mind races with worry, try mindful breathing exercises a few minutes a day and before bedtime. See a doctor for check-ups and when you’re sick. You should have your blood pressure checked at least once every other year. Finally, as the headlines made clear this year: don’t skip your annual flu shot.

Exploring your 20s and 30s

Start with the advice above to stick to a healthy diet. Planning meals before your weekly shopping trip is the key to success. Use your age to your advantage in the gym and on the field: you’re at peak potential for endurance and fitness. So push it real good! Increase intensity of workouts, shoot for high heartrates, and mix in plenty of weights and strength training. Your body is primed to see results.

Did you know testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men age 15 to 34? Do self-exams and then talk to a doctor if you notice any-thing strange. If you’re sexually active, especially with multiple partners, get screened at least once a year for STDs. All men should get tested for HIV at least once.

Starting at 35, it’s important to have your cholesterol tested. If you have high blood pressure, heart disease in the family, or other cardiac risk factors like obesity, start getting checked by 25 years old. There are overlapping risk factors here with Type 2 diabetes, so also ask a doctor if a blood sugar test could help you.

Maturing into your 40s and 50s

Mid-life conjures up the image of a man in a new red sports car. The good news is, research found that “mid-life crisis” is not a common phase for most men. But this time of life does bring daily pressures and stressors that mount: financial needs of aging children, hectic schedules, career disappointments. Stay attuned to feelings of joy and sadness in your life. Take time for hobbies and if you are lacking passion or moti-vation, talk to a therapist who can help.

At this stage of life, metabolism naturally slows, and cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure and weight gain go up. Keep them under control with a healthy diet and exercise. Men tend to lose muscle around this age, so continue with a workout routine that mixes cardio and strength. Add in high-intensity intervals to workouts to help protect your arteries. Heart disease is the number one killer of men aged 45-54.

At 50, it’s time to discuss options for colon cancer screening with a doctor. Men usually start with a colonoscopy, which they get every 10 years, but yearly stool tests and other studies are out there to consider. Regular prostate cancer screenings called PSA tests may be right for you by age 50—or earlier if you are at risk.

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

“.Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened”

– Dr. Suess

Fun Facts

  • M&M’s chocolate stands for the initials of its inventors Mars and Murrie.
  • The fortune cookie was invented in San Francisco.
  • The first Burger King was opened in 1954 in Miami, Florida.
  • Popcorn was invented by Aztec Indians.
  • In 1878 the first telephone book made contained only 50 names.
  • The electric toothbrush was invented in 1939.
  • Isaac Newton invented the cat door.
  • Hawaii was originally called the Sand-wich Islands.
  • The doorbell was invented in 1831.
  • Bullet proof vests, fire escapes, wind-shield wipers and laser printers were all invented by women.
  • The drinking straw was invented in 1886.
  • The Chinese used fingerprints as a method of identification as far back as AD 700.
  • The elevator was invented in 1850.
  • The corkscrew was invented in 1890.
  • The game of Tug-of-War was an Olym-pic sport from 1900-1920.
  • The wristwatch was invented in 1904.
  • Instant mashed potatoes were invented in Canada in 1962.
  • The world’s first roller coaster opened in 1884 at Coney Island New York.
  • Franklin Mars invented the Snickers Bar in 1930.
  • Mapping is older than writing.



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Driving Tips

Know Your Surroundings As drivers of largest vehicles on the road, it’s important that you’re always aware of your surroundings – especially when looking to make a po-tentially difficult manuever such as turning into high traffic areas or making a lane change on a congested highway. The most recent Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) reported that 14% of large-truck crashes were caused by a CMV drivers inadequate surveillance.

Where Should You Be Looking?

  • Look At Least 15 Seconds Ahead When driving, it’s important that you’re always looking at least 15 seconds ahead of where you are. This will give you additional time to respond if the conditions ahead of you change. This 15 seconds will give you time to make an evasive ma-neuver if you need to avoid something or brake gradually.
  • Always Check Your Mirrors Watch for vehicles in your blind spots. Not everyone realizes how big your vehicle is or will be courteous enough to give you the space that you need. Be proactive and manage your own space. It is recommended that you check your mirrors every 5-10 seconds.

Scan Intersections Intersections can be a dangerous place. When approaching, it’s important to ensure your constantly scanning for changes. Remember that your reaction time in a truck isn’t a fast as it is in a small vehicle. Slowly approach the intersection, check your mirrors, and watch your blind spot for a smooth entry.

Drive for the Conditions Always adjust your driving style to align with the road conditions. Excessive speed for road conditions is one of the major causes of CMV crashes. Not only does speed increase your likelihood of getting into an accident, it also increases the severity of the accident. Driving for the conditions isn’t just for the winter (snowy or icy conditions). It also applies during the summer months. In the summer the roads are much more congested which leads to more accidents – slowdowns are unavoidable. Additionally, construction season is in full swing. Watch your speed and remember conditions can change quickly.

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. It is good from a safe driving standpoint if you can reasonably avoid situations where the likelihood that you’ll be in-volved in an accident is higher or where you’ll face long waits and impatient drivers. Allow some extra travel time for hilly or mountainous ter-rain, traffic congestion, stop lights/signs, inclement weather and construction.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that over 3,000 people were killed in distraction related accidents with an additional 424,000 injured. Additionally, a study completed by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute reported that truck drivers who text and drive are 23 time more likely to be in a crash or near-crash!

Did you know?

On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash every 113 minutes, and injured in a traffic crash every 8 minutes. 68,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes in 2004. Time to watch out! Scary thought, but the numbers are actually going down from previous years.