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As I sat in a booth near the bar area of the T. A. this morning, I was listening to some of the truck stopdrivers telling stories (complaining) about “close calls”. It made me wonder if it would be possible to put a different spin on the “trucker talk” we usually hear!

WHAT IF….. we shared stories about the actions we took to AVOID a potentially bad situation instead of complaining about the “four wheeler” that almost cost us our career?

Would that really be so bad?

Can you imagine hearing and seeing, what would amount to, the sharing of “safety tips” instead of the ever dreadful “bitching”?

Imagine opening up your Face Book news feed and looking at information that was actually useful!

What good is it to share horror stories without telling “the rest of the story”?

I know is quite a far fetched idea but as that may be, it’s worth a try isn’t it?

Just think of how much we could actually learn from each other! Also, think about the drivers with less experience and how much they could learn!

It’s really very simple, isn’t it?

So what do ya say? With the year coming to an end and a new year, right around the corner, let’s give it a try!!

In the comments below, tell us about a situation that made you pull out your thinking cap! How did YOU avoid a disaster?

It doesn’t have to be elaborate.  You can even tell us about your “pro-active” way of driving that keeps you out of harms way, most of the time.

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Thank You and keep it safe out there!!

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OUR THOUGHTS ABOUT TEAM WORK
 
Many people have no clue what team work is all about. Some are selfish and believe they are owed more chances than they deserve and are not willing to play by the rules and be a part of a team that has its eye on the prize of success.
 
People start companies to make money. They hire people who will work their company in the way they intended to become
successful. Trucking companies are no different.
 
We hear so many drivers complain on a daily basis about how the “companies” are only out to screw and dehumanize the drivers! If this was true, they wouldn’t be very successful, would they?
 
Without drivers, the companies would be broke so we seriously doubt that the companies “main” objective is to screw over and dehumanize drivers!  
 
Opportunities are given to us every day, and we have the choice as to what we do with these opportunities. 
 
Following the rules and doing what’s right is also a choice.
 
Some people just do not understand that successful companies did not become successful by “screwing” others. They did it by offering choices to a team of helpers that worked together and in the end, all gained. 
 
 
Team Players are patient, follows rules, admit when they’re wrong, asks for help when needed and offer help to others. Team players work together, they see the big picture and work the program accordingly to reach a common goal.
 
Much more is always accomplished by a team that works together than by any one selfish individual.
 
Teams also need good leaders. Those leaders should also be the example of the “team player” and not a dictator or “boss”.  There are successful teams whose players take turns being the leader and this can work out very well.

When one player gets “special recognition”  for something good, the whole team looks good. When one player gets recognised for doing something bad, the whole team can suffer.

We must keep in mind that the success of the team may require compromise from individual team players. With the success of the entire team in mind, this should be an easy decision to make.

Team players are like-minded individuals with a common goal.

With all the aforementioned in mind, what are your goals? Are you one who strives to fit into the program of a common goal with a winning team or do you think you know better?

We hope that we have given you something to think about. 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

Jim & Jan

originally written April 2011

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Imagine this…

For some reason 5:30 seemed a bit early this morning. You’re not feeling like your usual self. “I just need some coffee” you’re thinking. You go inside the truck stop, use the bathroom and freshen up, grab a cup of coffee and head back to the truck for your pre-trip.  As you are walking around your truck, you start feeling worse. You begin to sweat and start to feel sick to your stomach. “I wonder if I’ve caught the flu”, you’re thinking. Then, you start having trouble breathing and barely make it back to the truck. You look in the mirror and you’re pale. What is wrong? What should you do?

Many drivers are faced with dilemmas like this one every day and are simply unprepared for the potential health problems of an over the road trucking job.  We don’t realize whats happening to our bodies and the changes that take place, the longer we stay out on the road.  The sedentary lifestyle of the average trucker takes many lives each and every year and we rarely hear about it.

What’s the big deal, many people ask.  Let’s look  at just a few examples…..

*Changes in eating habits

*Change in daily excessive

*Changes in sleep pattern

*Stress of being away from family

*Driver who smoke tend to smoke more when behind the wheel

*Unable to refill prescriptions in a timely manner

Some of the problems include:

*Hypertension

*Diabetes

*Obesity

*Sleep Disorders

*Cancer

It’s a catch 22 with many of us. We don’t want to take time off to go to the doctor, but if we don’t go we might miss more work or even worse lose our job. Why aren’t there more medical facilities available to the truck driving community? What can we do?

The average age of mortality for a trucker is quite low when compared to the rest of the general population. Many truckers simply can’t or won’t take care of themselves and those minor symptoms in a timely manner and they end becoming life threatening.

I am not going to go into the details of the above mentioned conditions and problems at this time. I wanted to open the door for thought and discussion. Each topic will be covered thoroughly and separately in the coming articles and I would like each of us to take a look at ourselves and try to recognize where we need help. I will also try to find resources to share with you.

Look… we have enough problems with everything else going on in the trucking world. The last thing we need is to be hearing about our co-workers being found dead in their truck of unexplained reasons. Or worse for our family to be the one to get the call. THIS HAPPENS DAILY, DRIVERS!!! Time to take action, figure out what’s wrong and get treated.

My dear friend and truck driver, Jon Osburn is a passionate man when it comes to driver health. He has been “out in the field ” for the past year, helping drivers and spreading the word about driver health problems and according to a study done by Vanderbilt University, His presence and work in helping drivers has literally saved many lives.  Jon is currently the Captain Of the OOIDA Freedom Truck but still has a passion for helping drivers with their health issues by referring them to the appropriate medical personnel that are able to assist them

We have spent quite a bit of time talking to Jon about what he sees on a daily basis and it has really opened our eyes. Listening to him and to the drivers that come to him with various complaints made us realize that it was time we did something to help out.   More education and access to resources is needed. We intend to make these things available and to provide a forum in which these things can be discussed.

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