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Jun

3 Essential Skills All Truck Drivers Should Have

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Once you’ve secured your truck and trailer leasing, driving a truck for a living is not as simple as just hopping in and taking the wheel. Truck driving is a physically and emotionally demanding job and lasting in the industry means developing a set of skills that will serve you well and allow you to excel. If you are thinking about applying for truck and trailer leasing so that you can get into the trucking industry, below are three essential skills that all truck drivers should have. Reliability And responsibility This is not so much a skill, but a quality. Being a commercial truck driver means that people are going to be entrusting you with their cargo on a regular basis. You will be asked to drive, often long distances, sometimes in hazardous conditions in order to get things from point A to B. Being able to set the terms…

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Feb

How Can Truck Drivers Stay Fit And Healthy?

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Truck driving can be a lucrative occupation, but it is also taxing on the body. You’re seated inside a truck for most of your day, are likely eating a lot of fast food, and are exposed to extreme weather conditions. However, if you make sure to exercise regularly, eat a relatively healthy diet and keep yourself hydrated you can keep your body in peak condition despite the rigours of the profession. Here are some of our favourite tips on how exactly you can go about staying fit and healthy on the road: Don’t just exercise – Do the right exercises Truck drivers sit. A lot. This can be bad for your back. Fortunately there are certain exercises you can do specifically for your back and neck. Back bends and Front bends are one of the easiest exercises you can do without any need for equipment. To perform a back bend,…

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Jan

How To Plan A Safe Overnight Drive

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Overnight drivers face a number of safety threats which can be life-threatening. Fatigue, for example, is a major issue among drivers: those who work the night-shift are twice as likely to fall asleep at the wheel. Drivers face other safety threats as well, including a lack of safe, overnight parking. Fortunately, these safety threats can be minimized with the following tips. Avoiding Fatigue: Avoid Caffeine (But Still Stay Hydrated) Although it sounds counter-intuitive to avoid grabbing that cup of joe, caffeine will only cause your energy levels to crash and interfere with your quality of sleep, as well. Still remember to stay hydrated to avoid the fatigue associated with dehydration. Entertain Yourself A lack of stimulation is responsible for much of the fatigue drivers experience on the road. Keep your mind occupied by listening to an audio book, turning up the music or rolling down the window. Take Mini-Breaks at…

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Dec

Seven Essential Winter Safety Tips for Truckers

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The winter can bring frozen temperatures and brutal driving conditions. It can be very dangerous to navigate highways during a storm. No matter what route you’re taking or what you’re transporting, it’s always better to be prepared for winter. Here are seven safety tips that will help you stay secure when the driving gets tough and weather is gets stormy: Have an emergency kit ready: In your truck, make sure you have a first-aid kit, blankets, dry goods (granola bars etc.), water, blankets and flares. If you get stuck in your rig during a storm, you’ll have enough food and water to get you through it. Slow down: No matter what your deadline is, when a storm hits and the driving conditions are less than favourable, you need to slow down. Shipments and pickups can be late under these circumstances. There’s no need to rush. The last thing you want…

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Oct

Quitting Caffeine? 3 Alternatives To Staying Awake

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You’ve probably met other long-haul truck drivers who claim to be able to complete their trips without a drop of caffeine, and it’s hard to believe that’s true. After all, nothing really wakes you up in the morning like a nice big cup of coffee. In fact, there’s a whole ad campaign by a coffee brand that’s based around that fact alone. It may be hard to believe, but it’s more than just possible to make a long-haul trip without drinking coffee, energy drinks, soda, or other sources of caffeine. It’s doable for everyone! Drink Lots of Water Not only is preventing dehydration good for your body in general, drinking water gives you something to do and keeps your mind active. Another part of drinking lots of water means frequent trips to the bathroom, adding to the list of activities you’ll be doing while on the road. Some cultures have…

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12
Oct

Best Tools To Help Maintain Posture While Driving

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It’s hard not to have a sedentary lifestyle when sitting is a large part of many jobs, but unfortunately, long-term sitting takes its toll on our bodies. One side effect of excessive sitting is potentially bad posture. Poor posture may seem relatively minor compared to other parts of your health that you should be looking out for, like having a balanced diet and getting enough exercise. The good thing about correcting your posture is that it’s an easy habit to form and takes almost no time to start practicing, so why not try and be as healthy as you can in all ways possible. Signs of Bad Posture Aches and pains in your back and neck that aren’t caused by injury can be indicators that you’re sitting poorly. In addition, incorrect posture can lead to weight being distributed incorrectly over pressure points, affecting blood flow to your lower extremities leaving…

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