Without Truck Drivers, America Stops


Hey all. It’s Blue again. It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been busy hauling mulch so everyone can have a nice yard for Memorial Day. Today’s rant is going to be about a few posts I’ve been seeing on social media about how some businesses look trashy if they allow trucks to park there. That got my blood boiling. First of all, if you have placed a finger on it, a truck has brought it. If you buy it, use it, eat it, smell it, guess what…more than likely a truck brought it. Do these people realize that without drivers, America stops? This great country of ours would grind to a halt, if every truck just suddenly stops. Within hours, no gas, no food, no expensive perfume or bottled water for you to use and consume. These recent posts paint us as stupid, trashy truck drivers. Here’s a news flash for ya: I would rather surround myself with fellow truck drivers knowing we all work damn hard to make our paychecks and support our families, than to be around ignorant, stuck up people making these comments. We made sure you got what you needed to live your lifestyle. Second, we shop at these businesses because some of us live in our trucks, or are in them for extended periods of time. Some of them allow us to park there because we bring them their products and in turn purchase them right away.

Drivers go days, weeks, and months without seeing our loved ones to make sure this great country of ours continues to keep moving. We make sure this country has everything it needs to be able to keep building new houses, put food on the table, keep gas and diesel fuel in our vehicles. If it wasn’t for us, where would you be? It would be nice if the American public showed some respect for us and what we do. It would be nice if people were a little more educated about what we do before claiming about us parking in their lots.

To all you fellow truck drivers, I salute you in what we do. It’s rough. It’s long hours. And, it’s frustrating at times. But we get the job done, and damn it, we do it well.

Also on this fine memorial holiday, I salute our current and past service men and women in the armed forces. Without you and your sacrifices, this great country we call home, wouldn’t be home. To all the families who lost loved ones in the military, without those sacrifices, we wouldn’t be free, so thank you. And lastly, to my brother in the United States Marine Corps, and my brother in law in the Army National Guard, I say thank you. You guys are my hero’s.

Till next time, be safe, and keep on trucking.

-Blue

Russell Clugsten

PeopleNet Question


Hey drivers. It’s blue here again. I want to talk a little bit about PeopleNet. It may just be me, but I have noticed that when allowing the computer to change the duty status for me, I lose twice the amount of time that I should. Let’s say you start your day off and do a 15 minute pre trip inspection. After that, you begin driving. Generally, I have noticed that it takes five to seven minutes for the computer to realize that you are driving. Once the computer sees this, it then changes your duty status from on duty not driving to driving. Once that happens it takes five to seven minutes minutes off of your drive time, but doesn’t put that 5 to 7 minutes back on your on duty not driving line. Has anyone else noticed this? Is there a way to change this on PeopleNet? Comment on this and let’s see if there is a way to change this. Thanks for reading this blog, be safe out there, and have a good day. Blue
Russell Clugsten

Avoiding Dehydration


Hey its Scott here, it’s been awhile since my last post so I wanted to catch everyone up. JRayl has recently added several new drivers with little or no experience to the fleet – I believe 6 in all. We are still in need of qualified experienced drivers to help with training so I challenge each of you to give it some thought and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Recently I had run down to Florida with a trainee. It was a two-stop tire unload mid 80 degree temperature with high humidity. It got me thinking about the summer I had two years ago. I had spent four days in the hospital after having an issue with tunnel vision while driving. Going from Mt. Vernon to Belvedere I became light headed and my vision started going. To make a long story short I checked into a hospital and after they determined it wasn’t a stroke or a heart attack I was diagnosed with dehydration. At the time I thought they were crazy. I have always drank a lot of water, usually around 4 gallons a week and on the weekends a couple beers but not much else. This as it turns out was the problem. I had no idea that drinking too much water can have a negative impact on your body. I was told that drinking water after a tire unload and nothing else can deplete the body of the electrolytes and cause dehydration. If your one of those drivers who survive on coffee and fountain drinks all I can say is beware. I now have at least one low calorie sports drink a day Gatorade/Powerade and I am amazed at how much better I feel. I have a lot more energy, I sleep better, I don’t have problems with restless legs at night and I haven’t had any problems with my vision. Take the time to find out more about dehydration and the health risks and I think you will be amazed at all the problems it can cause. Adding one sports drink to my diet each day, I eliminated five different problems with my Health. Safe travels.

-Scott

Driver – Dispatcher Communication


Hey blue fox here. Communication is very important in our job. Miscommunication can lead to errors, lost pay, and even less home time. Are we as drivers communicating not only our needs, and critical information, but our flexibility to run or not to? Dispatchers are not mind readers.

We have to communicate what we need done as well as be flexible enough to do the work that needs done. If you need home, let your dispatcher know. We often think well they should know what I want! Have you voiced your opinion on the matter? Some are saying “well they won’t listen so it doesn’t matter”. Have you made the effort? I have been here three years and have had very few misunderstandings with my dispatcher. When we have had misunderstandings, we both have worked to resolve the issue immediately. Communication will resolve a lot of issues. If you both are willing to compromise that helps as well. Blessed are the peace makers. I have also found those willing to keep peace are rewarded with good pay checks!

Blue fox over and out!

 

Keeping Family Strong while on the Road


Blue Fox here. Truck drivers have a lot of time to think while we are driving. Sometimes our life is like driving a truck. A long stretch of road with people not understanding the situation you are in. It can be tiring and very frustrating. A lot of times we lose our cool with those closest to us when we bring our work problems into our home life.

We know our family will forgive and understand. But do we try to understand the pressures our family goes through without us there. Are we as spouses doing all we can to keep the truck on the road so to speak?

Our personal lives directly affect our ability to drive these rigs. If you are upset and arguing with your significant other, it puts you in a different mood. It takes your mind off your job and causes you to be distracted.

I am not saying ignore your problems at home. We have to have a strong support system. We need a strong spouse to carry on while we are on the road. Let’s stand behind our spouses more. Let’s understand and try and take some weight off their shoulders at every opportunity we can. Then in turn we will find they are more willing to listen to our rants about that crazy 4 wheeler. Strengthen them and they will strengthen you! Iron sharpens iron! Blue Fox over and out!

-Bill Millenbine