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Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Watch: Oregon DOT Blow Up A 200-Ton Boulder

200-ton rock blown up on Oregon highway

A huge boulder slid into the roadway on OR 138E east of Glide. Oregon Department of Transportation blew up the 200-ton rock to clear the road.

Today's "Most Satisfying Video Ever" is brought to you by the Oregon Department Of Transportation.

A 12-foot, 200-ton rock fell onto HWY 138 east of Glide, in western Oregon last Thursday, along with several other small rocks, weighing in at only 50- to 100-tons. The rockslide completely blocked the road for several hours, and delays will continue while repairs are being done.

The large rocks were turned into a tamed pile of rubble in a surprisingly controlled explosion, with most debris not straying very far from the blast zone.

The blast was handled by a local blasting service, presumably staffed with people who jump out of bed every morning "ready to blow stuff up".

"ODOT officials said drivers can expect delays and traffic controls once the highway reopens.""
External Links:

Boulder cleared from Oregon highway using explosives

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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TDIH: The Pony Express Begins It's Short, But Memorable, Existence

The Surprisingly Short History of the Pony Express

Given that most have still heard of the Pony Express today, unlike so many other messaging companies long gone, you may think that the Pony Express was once an integral part of communication between the East and West in the United States. It turns out, this was never the case and the Pony Express was around only for an extremely short amount of time.

The image of the Pony Express rider flying over the prairies, mountains, and deserts of the Old West has always occupied a legendary and nostalgic place in American history, though its actual existence only encompassed about a year and a half. Officially beginning operations on April 3, 1860, it was technically the first coast-to-coast rapid delivery service, mainly to support post-Gold Rush California and it's growing population, and cutting mail delivery times from a month or more to 10 days.

Until then, and long before the Interstate Highway System, and even the transcontinental railroad, mail traveled by stagecoach, puttering along the Butterfield Express overland route, over the recently completed Panama Railway, or by slow-boat, taking the long way around.

This being the days before telephones, radio, or any other speedy communication to the young state of California, from Missouri to California, over 150 individual relay stations were established The Pony Express Company, to switch out horses every 10-15 miles, and riders every 75-100. Previously California was mostly separated from the rest of the U.S. by 1,800 miles of mostly unsettled and uninhabited land. Wild West icon William Cody (Buffalo Bill) was one of the better-known young riders for the Pony Express.

By October, 1861, the Pony Express was rendered obsolete, upon the completion of the first transcontinental telegraph line. Being fairly expensive, the service had not yet turned a profit, as the company was hoping to land a government contract to deliver mail, which never materialized. Regular snail mail continued its snailiness until the Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869.

Incidentally, the first recorded instance of electronic spam was recorded in London in June, 1864, and addressed in a letter the the editor of The Times:

TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES

Sir, -- On my arrival home late yesterday evening a "telegram," by "London District Telegraph," addressed in full to me, was put in my hands. It was as follows: --

"Messrs. Gabriel, dentists, 27, Harley-street, Cavendish-square. Until October Messrs. Gabriel's professional attendance at 27, Harley-street, will be 10 till 5."

I have never had any dealings with Messrs. Gabriel, and beg to ask by what right do they disturb me by a telegram which is evidently simply the medium of advertisement? A word from you would, I feel sure, put a stop to this intolerable nuisance. I enclose the telegram, and am,

Your faithful servant,

Upper Grosvenor-street, May 30. M. P.

External Links:

History - 1860 Pony Express debuts

Wikipedia - The Pony Express

Telegraph Spam

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Meet Prime Inc.'s 'Fitness Guru of the Trucking Industry', Siphiwe Baleka

Prime Driver Health & Fitness Hits the Road

Follow the Prime Transformation Program on the road with Coach Siphiwe Baleka and Prime Driver Gina McCane.

From nationally-recognized college swimmer to world traveler to rookie truck driver, fitness has always been Siphiwe Baleka's "thing". After retiring from a successful amateur swimming career that led to a state swimming championship, a spot on the Yale swimming team, and being named to the First Team All-Ivy League Swim Team, Baleka eventually found himself signing up for Prime Inc.'s Student Driver program in 2008.

Within 2 months, he found his weight had gone from his usual 140 lbs to 155 lbs, which doesn't really sound like a lot until you math it out and it becomes a 10% gain. Over the next 3 years, and realizing that nobody had come up with a workable fitness and nutrition plan targeted specifically at the estimated 86% of truck drivers who are overweight, Baleka, through trial and error, developed the Fitness Trucking program.

By 2011, Siphiwe had developed a system that brought him into peak physical condition. To test the results, he entered the US Masters Swimming 2011 Spring National Championships and won two events. During the remainder of the year, Siphiwe competed in eight sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, winning two of them. By this time, Siphiwe had become known as “The Fittest Driver in America.”

Implemented at Prime in 2012, Fitness Trucking's 13-Week Basic Program was an instant success.

By the end of the first year, 229 drivers applied for the program, 149 drivers enrolled and 61.7% completed the program. Their average weight loss was 20.3 lbs. in twelve weeks, or 1.6 lbs. per week. Siphiwe’s program was outperforming other programs like FitOrbit and Weight Watchers

How much exercise is enough? Well, if your body can handle, pretty much all you can get. Realizing that most drivers, if they're doing it right, are constantly pressed for time, it really takes a surprisingly small amount of time daily to get the exercise you need. It will really help if you can get put aside any feelings of self-consciousness when it comes to others watching you work out, as you'll see in the video Baleka gets in a pretty good 1-minute workout at the fuel island. Of course any fitness program should be coupled with a reasonable, balanced, diet.

The Department of Health and Human Services recommends:

Aerobic Exercise: At least 150 minutes of moderate activity (about 20 minutes a day), or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity (about 10 minutes a day).

Strength training: Work all major muscle groups twice a week, with enough weight or resistance to tire your muscles after 12-15 repetitions.

Another fun fact:

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More From TruckingTruth:

TruckingTruth Wiki: Getting Exercise As A Truck Driver

Truck Driver's Career Guide: Stress, Health, & Exercise

From the Web:

Siphiwe Baleka Official Site

How much should the average adult exercise every day?

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Nothing But Big, Powerful Engines Starting

Powerful Engines Starting Compilation

Fans of big, powerful, engines will appreciate this 10-minute compilation of nothing but.

YouTube - Powerful Engines Starting Compilation

This may be the most satisfying video that you see all day, if you're a fan of big, loud, engines. Literally, a bunch of folks just playing with their big toys.

Admittedly, some of the clips featuring people in loose clothing standing next to the spinning parts of a running engine make us kind of uncomfortable.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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March 29th: National 'Mom and Pop Business Owners Day'

Small Business Saturday shines light on mom and pop shops

Carter Evans shows how the mom and pop shops of one California town are doing on Small Business Saturday, the day on the American consumer calendar following Black Friday.

March 29th is National "Mom and Pop Business Owners Day", a day to support and celebrate the many "mom and pop" organizations, and small businesses in general, that drive most of the U.S. economy. You would typically picture a "mom and pop" to mean a small store or business, but really could take into account any small, owner-operated outfit.

The term "Mom-and-Pop" conjures images of a largely bygone era, in which the businesses that most people frequented were owned locally, or family-run, or otherwise small and personalized on a level that many of us, especially when we're already so familiar with the Walmart-type big boxes and need to get in and get out in a hurry, don't really get to experience or appreciate, anymore.

In reality, as of 2012, the 27 million small businesses in the United States (those with fewer than 500 employees) accounted for 99.7% of the U.S. economy, with 73% of those being sole-proprietor. 64 percent of the net new jobs created between 1993 and 2011 were at small businesses. There is a heavy churn in turnover among small business, however, with 50% surviving 5 years or more, and only 33% making it to the 10-year mark.

A full 90% of the trucking industry is also made up of companies with less than 10 trucks.

On a more personal, local level, one of the more interesting and popular, true mom and pop shops in the Western New York region is a classic "5-and-dime" in East Aurora, NY, named "Vidler's". Established in 1930, it has grown to a 2-story cornucopia of knick-knackery, cheap toys, and a whole bunch of stuff you might not expect to find. "5 and 10 cent stores" had their heyday in the 1920's and 30's, carrying a wide variety of goods, most of which cost either 5 or 10 cents.

It's honestly kind of like a flea market inside, and is a riot to chase small, easily-distracted, children around in. But if you need to re-supply your candy stash, pick up yarn for that scarf you're knitting, find a new harmonica in the key of "G", and replace your old rolling pin, Vidler's is the place to do all of that, and more:

Vidlers 5 and 10 - Intuit Small Business Big Game Super Bowl competition video entry

Vidler's Super Bowl entry video, showcasing their store and some of the over 75,000 items they carry in their 5-and-Dime.

Technically being one of these mom and pops, we here at TruckingTruth can appreciate the hard work, dedication, and countless hours that it takes just to survive, much less thrive, in a competitive economy.

We also appreciate the time that all of you take to come by and make us what we are, so Thank You, for helping us to carve out a niche in a world where reliance on automation and impersonal interaction with robots and phone menus seems to be moving forward more rapidly, despite the actualities of technology's limitations.

Small Business Administration FAQ

Vidler's 5 & 10 Official Site

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Pointing And Yelling At Things Reduces Workplace Accidents - Japan

Pointing and Calling Japanese Safety Standard at Railway Companies & Toyota

Pointing-And-Calling standard is a safety standard used in Japan by railway companies and industry as for example Toyota.

Sometimes when you're performing a task that you've done a million times, whose steps you can recite in your sleep, you suddenly realize that you've payed no attention to the last few moments, as you were daydreaming about puppies or tacos or a day on the beach, or something. Generally letting your mind wander over something that may have become mundane. Any act that we repeatedly perform can sometimes lull us into a certain complacency when we're simply running through a checklist, big or small, inside of our own heads. We are all human, and it happens to the best of us.

The Japanese have been using a method for reducing mistakes on the job involving pointing at an object, and confirming its compliance or function, or at least its existence, out loud. They've deployed it across their national rail system, and companies like Toyota have picked up on it, as well. This is part of their "Zero-accident Campaign", whose theory states that:

"Each and every individual human being is irreplaceable. Nobody deserves to get injured or die. The basis of the Zero-accident Campaign is for all workers to take steps on preemptive action for safety and health issues so that nobody on the worksite gets injured. The Zero-accident Campaign aims for zero accidents in the workplace."

The act of "pointing and calling" helps to bring the activity "out of your head" and into an actual realm of worldly existence, requiring that you physically pay closer attention to whatever it is you are doing. In other words, it creates an increased awareness through physical reinforcement. A 1994 study by the Japan Railway Technical Research Institute found that human errors were reduced by 85% when a task was accompanied by both pointing and calling, as opposed to doing neither.

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A more scientifically-detailed explanation of Finger Pointing and Calling (FPC, yes it really has a name) can be found at the link below:

Finger-Pointing to Reduce Accidents - Research using body sensors suggests gesturing may increase driver attention.

The idea has never been implemented on a wide scale in the West, however, and one theory suggest that English and U.S. workers are just too self-conscious to be pointing and yelling at things in public, and would feel "silly". Hard to believe given the cultural norms in Japan regarding humility and not calling an undue amount of attention to oneself. Our take is that you do what needs to be done to get the job done safely, and dance like there's nobody watching.

Either way, you can see how a system like this could be applied in many different ways, driving a truck or otherwise. Many of us already do it, though sometimes probably subconsciously, talking to the traffic around us, or the ingredients for the cake we're baking, or the cabinet we're building, or running through driving directions when we don't have a GPS lady ordering us around.

External Links:

Why Japan’s Rail Workers Can’t Stop Pointing at Things

Concept of “Zero-accident Total Participation Campaign”

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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ICYMI: I-85 In Atlanta Burns, Collapses, State Of Emergency Declared

MASSIVE Fire on I-85 Near Atlanta (Bridge Collapses)

A massive blaze underneath Interstate-85 in Atlanta, Georgia, has engulfed and destroyed a portion of the highway and left cars stuck both north and southbound. I-85 northbound collapsed at Piedmont Road after less than an hour of the flames being reported.

A portion of I-85 in Atlanta, inside the 285 beltway close to Midtown, caught fire and collapsed Thursday during rush hour. There were no reported injuries.

While most through traffic will not necessarily be affected, an estimated 250,000 vehicles travel through that area per day. If you happen to be one of them, even occasionally, be prepared to find an alternate route for the foreseeable future, until this is fixed.

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The area in red is the 85 where it meets the GA400.

The collapse took place between I-75 and Georgia Hwy. 400 and all lanes of I-85 North and South are closed for a three-mile stretch from the downtown connector to Hwy. 400. Traffic on Hwy. 400 is currently being diverted onto exit 1/Sidney Marcus Rd./I-85 North, while traffic on I-85 South is being diverted onto exit 86 Georgia Highway 400 North.

Outside Links:

Atlanta Interstate 85 update: Fire causes I-85 bridge to collapse

How the I-85 closure will affect your commute

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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ICYMI: I-85 In Atlanta Burns, Collapses, State Of Emergency Declared

MASSIVE Fire on I-85 Near Atlanta (Bridge Collapses)

A massive blaze underneath Interstate-85 in Atlanta, Georgia, has engulfed and destroyed a portion of the highway and left cars stuck both north and southbound. I-85 northbound collapsed at Piedmont Road after less than an hour of the flames being reported.

A portion of I-85 in Atlanta, inside the 285 beltway close to Midtown, caught fire and collapsed Thursday during rush hour. There were no reported injuries.

While most through traffic will not necessarily be affected, an estimated 250,000 vehicles travel through that area per day. If you happen to be one of them, even occasionally, be prepared to find an alternate route for the foreseeable future, until this is fixed.

0115352001490958798.jpeg

The area in red is the 85 where it meets the GA400.

The collapse took place between I-75 and Georgia Hwy. 400 and all lanes of I-85 North and South are closed for a three-mile stretch from the downtown connector to Hwy. 400. Traffic on Hwy. 400 is currently being diverted onto exit 1/Sidney Marcus Rd./I-85 North, while traffic on I-85 South is being diverted onto exit 86 Georgia Highway 400 North.

Outside Links:

Atlanta Interstate 85 update: Fire causes I-85 bridge to collapse

How the I-85 closure will affect your commute

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Pointing And Yelling At Things Reduces Workplace Accidents - Japan

Pointing and Calling Japanese Safety Standard at Railway Companies & Toyota

Pointing-And-Calling standard is a safety standard used in Japan by railway companies and industry as for example Toyota.

Sometimes when you're performing a task that you've done a million times, whose steps you can recite in your sleep, you suddenly realize that you've payed no attention to the last few moments, as you were daydreaming about puppies or tacos or a day on the beach, or something. Generally letting your mind wander over something that may have become mundane. Any act that we repeatedly perform can sometimes lull us into a certain complacency when we're simply running through a checklist, big or small, inside of our own heads. We are all human, and it happens to the best of us.

The Japanese have been using a method for reducing mistakes on the job involving pointing at an object, and confirming its compliance or function, or at least its existence, out loud. They've deployed it across their national rail system, and companies like Toyota have picked up on it, as well. This is part of their "Zero-accident Campaign", whose theory states that:

"Each and every individual human being is irreplaceable. Nobody deserves to get injured or die. The basis of the Zero-accident Campaign is for all workers to take steps on preemptive action for safety and health issues so that nobody on the worksite gets injured. The Zero-accident Campaign aims for zero accidents in the workplace."

The act of "pointing and calling" helps to bring the activity "out of your head" and into an actual realm of worldly existence, requiring that you physically pay closer attention to whatever it is you are doing. In other words, it creates an increased awareness through physical reinforcement. A 1994 study by the Japan Railway Technical Research Institute found that human errors were reduced by 85% when a task was accompanied by both pointing and calling, as opposed to doing neither.

03.gif

A more scientifically-detailed explanation of Finger Pointing and Calling (FPC, yes it really has a name) can be found at the link below:

Finger-Pointing to Reduce Accidents - Research using body sensors suggests gesturing may increase driver attention.

The idea has never been implemented on a wide scale in the West, however, and one theory suggest that English and U.S. workers are just too self-conscious to be pointing and yelling at things in public, and would feel "silly". Hard to believe given the cultural norms in Japan regarding humility and not calling an undue amount of attention to oneself. Our take is that you do what needs to be done to get the job done safely, and dance like there's nobody watching.

Either way, you can see how a system like this could be applied in many different ways, driving a truck or otherwise. Many of us already do it, though sometimes probably subconsciously, talking to the traffic around us, or the ingredients for the cake we're baking, or the cabinet we're building, or running through driving directions when we don't have a GPS lady ordering us around.

External Links:

Why Japan’s Rail Workers Can’t Stop Pointing at Things

Concept of “Zero-accident Total Participation Campaign”

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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March 29th: National 'Mom and Pop Business Owners Day'

Small Business Saturday shines light on mom and pop shops

Carter Evans shows how the mom and pop shops of one California town are doing on Small Business Saturday, the day on the American consumer calendar following Black Friday.

March 29th is National "Mom and Pop Business Owners Day", a day to support and celebrate the many "mom and pop" organizations, and small businesses in general, that drive most of the U.S. economy. You would typically picture a "mom and pop" to mean a small store or business, but really could take into account any small, owner-operated outfit.

The term "Mom-and-Pop" conjures images of a largely bygone era, in which the businesses that most people frequented were owned locally, or family-run, or otherwise small and personalized on a level that many of us, especially when we're already so familiar with the Walmart-type big boxes and need to get in and get out in a hurry, don't really get to experience or appreciate, anymore.

In reality, as of 2012, the 27 million small businesses in the United States (those with fewer than 500 employees) accounted for 99.7% of the U.S. economy, with 73% of those being sole-proprietor. 64 percent of the net new jobs created between 1993 and 2011 were at small businesses. There is a heavy churn in turnover among small business, however, with 50% surviving 5 years or more, and only 33% making it to the 10-year mark.

A full 90% of the trucking industry is also made up of companies with less than 10 trucks.

On a more personal, local level, one of the more interesting and popular, true mom and pop shops in the Western New York region is a classic "5-and-dime" in East Aurora, NY, named "Vidler's". Established in 1930, it has grown to a 2-story cornucopia of knick-knackery, cheap toys, and a whole bunch of stuff you might not expect to find. "5 and 10 cent stores" had their heyday in the 1920's and 30's, carrying a wide variety of goods, most of which cost either 5 or 10 cents.

It's honestly kind of like a flea market inside, and is a riot to chase small, easily-distracted, children around in. But if you need to re-supply your candy stash, pick up yarn for that scarf you're knitting, find a new harmonica in the key of "G", and replace your old rolling pin, Vidler's is the place to do all of that, and more:

Vidlers 5 and 10 - Intuit Small Business Big Game Super Bowl competition video entry

Vidler's Super Bowl entry video, showcasing their store and some of the over 75,000 items they carry in their 5-and-Dime.

Technically being one of these mom and pops, we here at TruckingTruth can appreciate the hard work, dedication, and countless hours that it takes just to survive, much less thrive, in a competitive economy.

We also appreciate the time that all of you take to come by and make us what we are, so Thank You, for helping us to carve out a niche in a world where reliance on automation and impersonal interaction with robots and phone menus seems to be moving forward more rapidly, despite the actualities of technology's limitations.

Small Business Administration FAQ

Vidler's 5 & 10 Official Site

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Nothing But Big, Powerful Engines Starting

Powerful Engines Starting Compilation

Fans of big, powerful, engines will appreciate this 10-minute compilation of nothing but.

YouTube - Powerful Engines Starting Compilation

This may be the most satisfying video that you see all day, if you're a fan of big, loud, engines. Literally, a bunch of folks just playing with their big toys.

Admittedly, some of the clips featuring people in loose clothing standing next to the spinning parts of a running engine make us kind of uncomfortable.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Meet Prime Inc.'s 'Fitness Guru of the Trucking Industry', Siphiwe Baleka

Prime Driver Health & Fitness Hits the Road

Follow the Prime Transformation Program on the road with Coach Siphiwe Baleka and Prime Driver Gina McCane.

From nationally-recognized college swimmer to world traveler to rookie truck driver, fitness has always been Siphiwe Baleka's "thing". After retiring from a successful amateur swimming career that led to a state swimming championship, a spot on the Yale swimming team, and being named to the First Team All-Ivy League Swim Team, Baleka eventually found himself signing up for Prime Inc.'s Student Driver program in 2008.

Within 2 months, he found his weight had gone from his usual 140 lbs to 155 lbs, which doesn't really sound like a lot until you math it out and it becomes a 10% gain. Over the next 3 years, and realizing that nobody had come up with a workable fitness and nutrition plan targeted specifically at the estimated 86% of truck drivers who are overweight, Baleka, through trial and error, developed the Fitness Trucking program.

By 2011, Siphiwe had developed a system that brought him into peak physical condition. To test the results, he entered the US Masters Swimming 2011 Spring National Championships and won two events. During the remainder of the year, Siphiwe competed in eight sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, winning two of them. By this time, Siphiwe had become known as “The Fittest Driver in America.”

Implemented at Prime in 2012, Fitness Trucking's 13-Week Basic Program was an instant success.

By the end of the first year, 229 drivers applied for the program, 149 drivers enrolled and 61.7% completed the program. Their average weight loss was 20.3 lbs. in twelve weeks, or 1.6 lbs. per week. Siphiwe’s program was outperforming other programs like FitOrbit and Weight Watchers

How much exercise is enough? Well, if your body can handle, pretty much all you can get. Realizing that most drivers, if they're doing it right, are constantly pressed for time, it really takes a surprisingly small amount of time daily to get the exercise you need. It will really help if you can get put aside any feelings of self-consciousness when it comes to others watching you work out, as you'll see in the video Baleka gets in a pretty good 1-minute workout at the fuel island. Of course any fitness program should be coupled with a reasonable, balanced, diet.

The Department of Health and Human Services recommends:

Aerobic Exercise: At least 150 minutes of moderate activity (about 20 minutes a day), or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity (about 10 minutes a day).

Strength training: Work all major muscle groups twice a week, with enough weight or resistance to tire your muscles after 12-15 repetitions.

Another fun fact:

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More From TruckingTruth:

TruckingTruth Wiki: Getting Exercise As A Truck Driver

Truck Driver's Career Guide: Stress, Health, & Exercise

From the Web:

Siphiwe Baleka Official Site

How much should the average adult exercise every day?

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Goodyear Highway Hero Award: Jim Palmer Driver Rescues Unconscious Dump Truck Driver

Goodyear Highway Hero talks about saving another driver's life

Jim Palmer driver David Webb is the 34th recipient of the Goodyear Highway Hero Award, stopping a runaway dump truck with an unconscious driver.

Every year since 1983, Goodyear Tires has recognized truck drivers who have gone above and beyond their duties on the road, and put themselves in harm's way, to help someone who needed it. The Goodyear Highway Hero is chosen from 3 finalists, and this years winner, announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show, is David Webb, a Jim Palmer driver from Billings, MT.

While driving through Washington State with his wife in June, 2016, a swerving dump truck in the next lane got his attention, and he noticed the driver slumped over the steering wheel.

The dump truck eventually slowed enough to allow David to park his own, and run after it, while wife Carol dialed 911. As the dump stopped and then began to roll backwards, David jumped on board, opened the door and applied the brakes. David, using his experience as a former member of the military and as a volunteer firefighter, along with another bystander performed CPR on the unconscious driver until the EMT's arrived.

"David took immediate action to save a fellow truck driver and stop an out-of-control truck that could have injured others," said Gary Medalis, marketing director, Goodyear. "For his quick thinking and courage, we are proud to name him our 34th Goodyear Highway Hero."

The dump truck driver survived and spent about 3 weeks in the hospital. Despite admittedly initially being mad at the driver for coming over into his lane, the two now consider themselves friends.

“He’s still here. He’s still talking,” David said. “That’s all I ever needed – the hug I got from him.”

As for the award, David received $5,000, a Highway Hero ring, and a trophy.

The Other 2 Finalists:

The other two finalists were Chris Baker, from Chicopee, MA, who rescued an unconscious minivan driver from his fiery wreck, and Tim Freiburger, a driver from Huntington, IN, who rescued a mother and her three children, whose car had gone out of control and flipped into a creek, upside down.

The Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner is selected by an independent panel of trucking trade press members.

Goodyear Names 34th Highway Hero

The Goodyear Highway Hero Award

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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FYI: Deep Vein Thrombosis Can Kill You - Know The Risks, Signs, and Prevention Tips

How Deep Vein Thrombosis Develops Medical Course

Sportscaster Bonnie Bernstein and E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork demonstrate how DVT develops the risk factors to look out for and treatment options

In short, deep vein thrombosis is a condition in which a blood clot forms in your body, usually in your legs. If that clot breaks free, it could travel through your body into your brain, your heart, or your lungs, creating a blockage in your arteries (embolism). This could, literally, cause you to die.

Truck drivers are especially at risk due to the long periods of time sitting, as well as the general prevalence for obesity or being overweight.

Typical DVT Risk Factors For Truck Drivers:

  • Obesity/overweight.
  • Sitting for long periods of time.
  • Family history of DVT or embolisms.
  • Previous injury or surgery.
  • Age.
  • Smoking.

Deep Vein Thrombosis Risk Factors

Symptoms:

  • Swelling, pain, or tenderness in one or both legs;
  • Warm, red, or discolored skin;
  • Tired legs
  • Veins you can see

Don't ignore the warning signs. Get checked out ASAP, and get treatment immediately if you experience any sharp chest pains, sudden coughing, extreme lightheadedness, or shortness of breath/rapid breathing.

Preventing Leg Pain from Truck Driving - Exercises for Truckers

Jobs that consist of a lot of sitting can eventually be the cause of chronic leg pain - unless you take the time to do some simple stretches or exercises to counter-act the sitting.

Prevention & Treatment:

Every few hours, stop and get out, and walk around. Or do some sort of leg exercises. Whatever it takes to get the blood flowing. Behind the wheel, practice flexing your ankles up and down, and contracting (flexing) your calf muscles. Additionally, compression stockings, though not clinically studied in drivers, have been shown to reduce instances of blood clots in frequent, long-distance, fliers.

Symptoms and Tests for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Should drivers be worried about blood clots?

Prevent Leg Pain With These Stretches for Truck Drivers

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Popular Distractions: Visit Grave Digger's Dungeon In NC

My first visit to Grave Digger's Dungeon

My first time to be at Grave Digger's Dungeon! Here I was able to pick up merchandise, walk the grounds, see the shop where they repair the trucks, eat at Digger's Dinner, and so much more!

Along the coast of North Carolina on Highway 158, just up the road from Kitty Hawk in the community known as Poplar Branch, is a site that every monster truck fan or American culture aficionado should have on their list of "must visits" - Grave Digger's Dungeon.

Throughout the 1970's, modified and raised pickup trucks were gaining popularity, as were the sports of truck-pulling and mud-bogging. As the trucks got bigger and bigger, and tires reaching diameters of 48 inches at the time, inevitable competition sprang up to build the biggest and baddest truck out there, giving us what we like to call the Monster Truck Movement.

By 1981, Grave Digger, along with other well-known trucks such as Big Foot, Bear Foot, and King Kong, were active in competitions and demonstrations, with Big Foot being the first to verifiably perform the car-crushing bit that has become synonymous with monster trucks. Before long, the field had evolved from heavily reinforced stock chassis' to specialized, custom-built frames and bodies that could stand up to the abuse they were about to be given, sitting on 66-inch diameter tires.

By the late 1980's, the sport had evolved into a more racing-oriented spectacle, and the Monster Truck Racing Association was born to not only standardize the construction rules, but also rules governing safety.

Monster Jam World Finals XIII Encore 2012 - Grave Digger 30th Anniversary

Monster Jam is the world's largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring the biggest names in monster trucks including Grave Digger®, Maximum Destruction®, Monster Mutt®, El Toro Loco®, Captain's Curse® and Blue Thunder®. Monster Jam performs to the delight of families with three elements to every show -- the pit party, racing, and freestyle.

The site is the main home base for Grave Digger's driver's & mechanics, and also features a gift and memorabilia shop, complete with jagged hunks, bits, and pieces of previous versions of the iconic machine. Earlier versions of the truck also reside at the site, ready for the fans to snap a picture with them. For the real fans, one version is fitted with passenger seats provides for the thrill of actually riding in one of these monsters, though giant ramps and car crushing are not (intentionally) part of the experience.

Grave Digger's Dungeon

Monster truck Wikipedia

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March 21: National Common Courtesy Day. You Know What To Do.

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Unfortunately, and many times for good reason, the stereotypes and reputation of truck drivers as a whole often precede them, and the General Public may have a certain perception for them which can make a hard job even harder.

Anyone who has spent any time here at TruckingTruth, and stuck around, is probably the type who doesn't have to be reminded of how far attitude and a little courtesy can go.

What Makes a Truck Driver: Dealing With The Stereotype

The general public often times gets upset at us for doing certain things on the road. While there are definitely some poor truck drivers out there, usually we are simply misunderstood for driving certain ways. But regardless, this also hurts our image. There's nothing drivers can do about that, but it definitely helps to tarnish our image.

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You might not be able to change the world alone, or today, but it's never a bad time to reflect and exercise patience, and drop a little extra courtesy where needed. Stop keeping score, use your attitude to pay it forward, and stay safe out there.

2 Mental Mistakes That Cost Drivers Their Sanity...And Maybe More

People tend to "keep score" as they go through life. They keep track of how many good or bad things happen throughout their day. Your bias toward the positive or negative events will build up over time. Eventually, like a snowball that grows bigger as it rolls down a hill, you'll develop a tremendously positive or negative perspective on life and it has a profound affect on your personality and perceptions.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Forget Self-Driving Trucks - The Future Is Drones

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SCORPION platform is a single-seat aircraft that rediscovers the art of flying and hovering enabling a hi-tech quadcopter-based solution.

With all of the chatter about self-driving trucks taking over the industry, big steps are being made in the world of drone technology. Years ago, many people imagined a future in which we would all be driving flying cars, by now. While technology, lobbied legislation, and demand, haven't exactly given us anything like that, the people at HoverSurf have developed a drone technology they call Scorpion-3.

Their platform aims to make rideable drones, air taxis, and heavy-lift cargo delivery a closer reality, though they are far from the only outfit doing these sorts of things. The Scorpion-3 was conceived in the style of a compact dirt-bike, combining a heavy-duty framework with agile maneuvering. They do claim, also, that their heavy-lift drones can carry up to around 5,500 pounds reliably.

"SCORPION platform is equipped with a safety system powered by state of the art flight controllers, special logical programing and passive elements with computer aided speed and altitude limiting."

Additionally, DHL, and now UPS, have been moving forward with their drone delivery systems in Europe, with DHL completing an extensive trial program that moves them closer to full-blown automated delivery.

Delivery Drones | DHL steals UPS thunder

Another day another #deliverydrone.This time, real world point to point deliveries in European weather. Last week UPS announced a partnership with Zipline to trial medical delivery flights in Rwanda. DHL are already out there doing it with their Parcelcopter tilt-rotor VTOL system.

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Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Hiring Our Heroes: Helping Military Veterans and Spouses Find Employment

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How the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Hiring Our Heroes program helps veterans & their spouses find jobs.

In 2015, there were nearly 500,000 unemployed military veterans, with an unemployment rate of just over 5%. That rate is only a bit higher than the U.S. average for all demographics, but military veterans, and their families, face a unique set of challenges after they leave their service.

Physical injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and undiagnosed psychological problems can throw up extra barriers to finding meaningful employment for our nation's military veterans.

In 2011, the U.S. Chamber Of Commerce launched the "Hiring Our Heroes" initiative, dedicated to helping military veterans, transitioning service members, and their spouses find employment. They offer resume writing assistance, a job portal, and assists veterans and their spouses to connect with experienced mentors, among their other offerings. They also hold literally hundreds of job fairs every year, and have hiring commitments from over 2,000 companies of all sizes.

Hiring Our Heroes is open to all U.S. service members, veterans, and/or military spouses of either of those groups.

"Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, our goal is to create a movement across America in hundreds of communities where veterans and military families return every day."

Employment Situation of Veterans Summary

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce "Hiring Our Heroes"

Trucking Companies, GI Bill, And Military Veterans

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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TDIH: The Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnel Gets Rocky Mountain High

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Literally 2 minutes of someone driving through Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnel on Interstate 70 in Colorado.

March 15, 1968: Construction starts on the Eisenhower–Edwin C. Johnson Memorial Tunnel, a dual-bore, 4-lane tunnel that carries Interstate 70 under the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains.

When the Eisenhower/Johnson tunnel on I-70 just west of Denver was completed, it was, and still is, the highest tunnel in the United States, allowing some 10 million vehicles a year to pass through it. It is also the longest tunnel and highest point on the Interstate Highway System, and was at the time it was completed in 1979, the highest tunnel on Earth.

The complex is actually two different tunnels with slightly different lengths, and were actually one of the last parts of the Interstate Highway System to be completed.

The tunnels original posted height limit was 13 1/2 feet, with any vehicle higher than that triggering an audible alarm that would turn the traffic signals at the entrance red, stopping all traffic through the tunnel. This meant that frequently, trucks that used air suspensions or had a slight accumulation of snow and ice on the trailer would trigger the alarms unnecessarily, and the trucking industry lobby in 2007 successfully argued for the raising of the height limit, bringing it to 13 feet 11 inches.

Construction begins on America’s highest vehicle tunnel

Eisenhower Tunnel

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The Northeast Is Going To Be A Giant Wintery Mess This Week

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Drivers in the Northeast this week will want to be paying close attention to the weather, as always, as Nor-Easter "Stella" is dumping a pile of snow and general mayhem on the entire region. Connecticut has enacted a travel ban for the state as a whole, and New York preemptively declared a State Of Emergency in anticipation of this giant storm system rolling through.

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Produced by the United States Department of Commerce and the Bureau of Public Roads in the 1960's, "Winter Truck Driving" features an International Harvester big rig with Fruenauf trailer making its way through icy and snow conditions. The film discusses some of the many hazards that a professional truck driver can face in rain, sleet, snow, and icy conditions.

Though produced in the 60's, this film is always worth a look, as driving in winter weather hasn't really changed all that much. Obviously, the best advice for driving a semi-truck in winter weather, is don't. Pay close attention to what the weather is doing, and is going to do, and avoid driving into and through poor conditions whenever possible.

Stay informed, stay prepared, and stay safe, out there.....

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