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Putting A best Foot Forwards

Drivers and the public in general are often presented with a variety of products that claim to improve out health and life in some manner. All manner of odd inventions are presented to us with claims that they will make us feel better, loose weight, be more attractive, win the lottery and so on.

 

Welcome to GATS
Welcome to GATS

So when I was told about a product being introduced at the Great American Truck Show (GATS), in Dallas, TX. That would help prevent fatigue, help my cardiovascular health, help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis, as well as a few other things. I was a bit skeptical. Continue reading Putting A best Foot Forwards

Thank You Smart Trucks!!!

Smart Truck BBQ at GATS 2014
Smart Truck BBQ at GATS 2014

At GATS in Dallas this year, drivers who had parked in the parking lot came out to find a pleasant surprise.  The folks from Smart Truck Systems decided to hold a BBQ for drivers of the second year in a row. They came up with the idea as a way to thank drivers for what they did.

Some of the good food that was provided.
Some of the good food that was provided.

Drivers were treated to a BBQ feast which was delicious.  The BBQ Brisket was fantastic, however the crowd pleaser and spotlight stealer has to be the smoked turkey breast.  It ran out well before the brisket.

Entertainment was provided by the country band Empty Pockets.  Brad James (interview coming in the near future) was invited on stage to sing a song and it was well received by the crowd.  In a later conversation Brad told me that this was his first time singing with a live band. He did a fantastic job.

Empty Pockets performing at GATS
Empty Pockets performing at GATS

It was an unexpected treat to come out and find this prepared for drivers.  Since this is Driver Appreciation week I would like to publicly express my thanks to the wonderful people at Smart Truck.  Drivers often feel overlooked. To have a vendor recognizing drivers in such a meaningful way was truly appreciated.  It did not matter if you used their products, were a company driver, or owner operator.  Their concern was to make sure you were well fed, entertained, and knew you were appreciated.

Some of the team from Smart Truck
Some of the team from Smart Truck

Anytime someone goes out of their way to show drivers appreication i beleive it deserves credit. Whether it is a stranger buying a driver a cup of coffee, another driver giving a fellow driver a shower credit.  Or one of the several other events that was done to thank drivers at GATS, I feel the deserve credit.  it is nice being shown how you are appreciated.

My personal thanks to you for the great dinner, and all you did.

Driver Appreciation

American Trucking Association 2014 Driver Appreciation Logo
American Trucking Association 2014 Driver Appreciation Logo

The week of September 14th through the 20th is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Many people will be writing articles on the importance of trucking and driver to our economy. While this is true I have decided to take a different approach to show my appreciation to my fellow drivers. Continue reading Driver Appreciation

Trucker’s Rolling Against Hep-C

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This year at GATS there seems to be a heavy focus on Driver Health and Health Related Issues.  The Healthy Trucker Association of America (HTAA) is rolling out their Truckers Against Hepatitis-C campaign. It will be held at booth 23113 in the Health Pavilion Area of the show.

In the U.S. approximately 5.2 million people have been exposed or are infected Hepatitis-C.  Approximately 3 out of 4 people do not know they are infected or have been exposed to Hepatitis-C.  Baby Boomers (born between 1945 and 1965) make up 75% of those infected.  Which comes to 1-30 in this group.  Truckers are 5 times more likely to have it then any other group. Continue reading Trucker’s Rolling Against Hep-C

a son speaks about cancer…

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Jon and Christina on a Mother and Son bonding trip.

This  is the third installment on the importance of Bone Marrow donation. Leading up to GATS bone marrow donation registry drive at the TSG booth, August 21-23, in Dallas, Tx .   This week is from the perspective of Christina’s son Jon.  His perspective is unique.  He is the son of a survivor, as well as being a donor himself.

Jon’s Story:

 

My mother(Christina Schense) is the most stubborn woman in the world, and don’t take this wrong, I do not mean it as an insult. Continue reading a son speaks about cancer…

On the Road to a Truck Show

Photo Courtesy of Jim Allen 365trucking.com
Photo Courtesy of Jim Allen 365trucking.com

Hard to believe that the first truck show I ever attended was this year. I managed to make it for the first day of MATS (Mid American Truck Show).  Needless to say I was hooked.  Not so much on MATS which is truly a great show, but on truck shows themselves.  Where else do you get such a diverse group of people interested in the same thing, trucking. Continue reading On the Road to a Truck Show

Should I Travel The Road Less Taken?

 

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Indiana Toll Road Photo Credit: Dougtone via Compfight cc

This post originally came from my friend Jeff Clark a Freightliner Team Run Smart Pro.  Over the last several weeks we have had some debates on the advantages and disadvantages of Toll Roads.  As a company driver I am for the route that saves me the most time.  Where Jeff is looking for time, as well as cost savings.  While he has not totally convinced me yet. This post he did on a comparison of one of the non-toll routes verses the toll road in Indiana caused me to take a second look. Continue reading Should I Travel The Road Less Taken?

Doing for Others

I think many people will agree that we enjoy the feeling that we get when we are able to do something nice for others.  It can brighten up your day when you are able to help someone  else out, as well as bringing joy to their day.  As drivers we have the added challenge of figuring out how we can do this.  Many times, we are under a schedule that may prevent us from stopping and lending aid to someone. Others may have limited resources in which to give others support.  Yet other causes we wish to support we may be unable to do so as we are on the road and not able to be at that event.

Trucking Solutions Group Blood Drive at the GATS Truck Show in Dallas, 2013
Trucking Solutions Group Blood Drive at the GATS Truck Show in Dallas, 2013

This year at the Great American Truck Show (GATS ), 2014 Truck Show there will be 2 events that drivers, and those attending the event should take note of.  The first is the annual Red Cross Blood Drive, organized by the Trucking Solutions Group (TSG). Continue reading Doing for Others

A tour of the “Caffcadia”

Bob and Linda Caffee  Freightliner Team Run Smart Pro’s are saying goodbye to their current truck.  Their new truck is being built, and they are running their last load in this truck, before turning it over to its new owners.

This seemed like a great time to post a link to another one of Linda’s videos.  This one is a tour of her truck and she shows off some of the devices she uses for cooking on her truck, as well as their care, and maintenance.

Linda is fortunate to have a truck with a custom sleeper. However even if you don’t have that luxury you can still do a great deal to live comfortably in a OEM sleeper.  I hope to be sharing both pictures and videos of my sleeper as well as other drivers in the near future to show what is possible.

When a Wrench gets thrown into your day…

At the Road Angel near Brownstone Illinois.
At the Road Angel near Brownstone Illinois.

About a week ago I had one of those loads truckers sometimes enjoy.  I had about 1000 miles on my trip, 8 hours a day I could legally drive, and 5 days to drive it in.  The best part is that the receiver was a drop so I could get it there early if I wanted to. Loads like this are nice as it gives you the time to stop and do things such as visit sites, stop by a casino, or restaurant you enjoy, maybe even do a little shopping. I was able to work my trip so that on Wednesday I could stop at the Road Angel near Brownstone Illinois, for the night.  Free showers laundry, and Wi-Fi who could ask for more? Continue reading When a Wrench gets thrown into your day…