Solution For On The Road Sickness

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SEAN C.'s Comment
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I'd lie to know what drivers are doing when they get sick on the road and then offer up a solution that I use. How often does this happen to you? Twice a year in my case.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

David's Comment
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I'd lie to know what drivers are doing when they get sick on the road and then offer up a solution that I use. How often does this happen to you? Twice a year in my case.

I don't recall getting sick at all over my yr OTR , I get pretty bad allergies but I just plugged away at my driving. may stop a few extra times to rest but other than that,

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

SEAN C.'s Comment
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David, Yeah allergies get me also. Let me tell you what a buddy of mine got me hooked on last year. A service called Teladoc. It is usually given through large companies to employees. Companies such as Home Depo, Pepsi, Rent a center etc..

This thing is great. I get sick, I call a number and a doctor calls me back in about 15-20 minutes. He asks questions and diagnoses me on the phone. Or if i'm home a video chat. He can call in my perception and i pick it up in the next town. Love it!

The cool thing is their isn't a copay like i normally have. It is only $15.99 a month for unlimited calls. Get this, it's for the whole family. Same price.

They wont write you the hard stuff like codeine etc.. But for the flue, allergies, and the majority of other basic itms they do. I also get discounts on meds and vision. I love it. You cant get it directly through Teledoc, but can through this benefit company. If you want more info i can get the info for you. I just figured i would talk it up a little.

Oh yeah , its 24/7. Don't have to take junior in at night as much

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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For standard illness like a cold, I just load up on vitamin C drops, cough drops, fruit juice, and non-drowsy decongestants. And extra napkins for nose blowing.

The couple of times I've been sick enough to need medical intervention, I just opened up my Google maps app and searched for urgent care clinics near my path of travel, and both times I managed to find one that was either within walking distance of a truck stop or had a large enough parking lot to accommodate the bobtail. Didn't cost me any additional downtime. I did make sure to notify my DM both times that I was sick and heading in to see a doctor, and that I'd let him know if I had any delays resulting from my illness.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mistelle's Comment
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We have nasty allergies when we head out west into California. We take zyrtec when we are stuck around that area.

We have also found certain places give us upset stomachs everytime we eat there.

David's Comment
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We have nasty allergies when we head out west into California. We take zyrtec when we are stuck around that area.

We have also found certain places give us upset stomachs everytime we eat there.

Yea CA is the worst.... I never had much of an issue with allergies except when I was back in CA... really weird...

PorkChop's Comment
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We have also found certain places give us upset stomachs everytime we eat there.

Umm, don't eat there?

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guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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We have the Teladoc here at Werner. Never used it. Luckily enough as long as I stay out of California I usually do ok with allergies. Sensing a trend here.

I guess California's can't get sick. Have yet to see something made out of 90% plastic get sick.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Prevention is the best method such as eating right. But, even that is not enough at times. One thing is to know your body and how you feel. I have been to the doc 2 times in the last 15 years. I can tell when I am starting to get sick such as a fever and headache coming on. What I do at this point is take 2 aspirin, yes the Bayer kind. That usually kicks the fever in the posterior before it gets a start. I am also one that just never seems to get sick. Throw away the hand sanitizer and let your body build immunity to the various germs. I have noticed that kids and adults get sicker more often if they are over sanitizing everything while the ones outside playing in the dirt don't get as sick as often. Now don't be a total slob either... LOL

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Jopa's Comment
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We have the Teladoc here at Werner. Never used it. Luckily enough as long as I stay out of California I usually do ok with allergies. Sensing a trend here.

I guess California's can't get sick. Have yet to see something made out of 90% plastic get sick.

Uh, plastic people? In CALIFORNIA? You gotta be kidding . . . Actually, since the biggest industry in California is agriculture there is a whole BUNCH of different plants that flower and give off pollen . . . add in all the chemicals used in that industry and you have a real recipe for bad reactions . . . at the south end of the central valley (San Jouquin valley) where the mountains that separate Bakersfield from L.A. (the Grapevive on I-15 is there) are two counties, Kern & Tulare, that have the highest incidence of asthma and other respiratory diseases among children in the country . . . the prevailing winds pile all the bad air from that giant valley up against those mountains . . . the rest of the valley is like soup a good part of the year . . . wonder why you have allergies there?

Jopa

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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