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Driver Lifestyles

  • Keeping the Balls in the Air
    By Sandy Long, staff writer
    Posted Aug 20th 2012 7:26AM
    Trucking is a jealous entity; it will totally absorb you, take all of your time and destroy your family and friend relationships if you let it... like standing on a teeter-totter trying to juggle a bunch of balls.
  • Diet-Food Choices
    By Gary Addis
    Posted Aug 14th 2012 12:30PM
    Driver, learn to interpret the labels on packaged foods you buy, and choose wisely when you must choose your foods off a restaurant menu.
  • Trucking as Career Choice
    By Gary Addis
    Posted Aug 1st 2012 7:35AM
    Driving your own rig obviously will be more rewarding on a number of levels than driving for anyone else. But the purchase price of even a used tractor and 55' trailer can be prohibitively expensive- indeed, as dear as the cost of a comfortable home.
  • How To Move Your Business Ahead by Leaving Your Self Behind
    By Phil Madsen
    Posted Jun 28th 2012 4:53AM
    Say you are in a good freight area around noon on a Friday. You are in service but not yet dispatched. It has been an OK week so far but not great. There is no better place to relocate to improve your chances for freight. Home is too far away to make it an easy trip. You know you may be stuck waiting over the weekend if you don't get a load soon.
  • Sleep Apnea: Got it? Get it treated.
    By EO Staff Writer
    Posted Apr 19th 2012 3:42AM
    Sleep apnea is, as you likely already know, a widespread affliction. According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 18 million Americans suffer from Sleep Apnea. Extrapolated, this is a significant portion of individuals in the shipping industry; it’s been estimated that about 28% of truck drivers have some form of sleep apnea. This number is, percentage-wise, significantly higher than the public-at-large.

  • Challenge 2012: Shedding Excess Weight
    By Gary Addis - contributing writer
    Posted Mar 21st 2012 6:00AM
    I’m willing to bet real money that either you, or someone you love, is searching for the perfect diet.  During the sixties, fitne...
  • Sciatica Prevention and Releif
    By Gary Addis
    Posted Dec 13th 2011 5:01AM
    If the inside of your cab is anything like the inside of the trucks my wife and I drove for 23 years, there is never enough space.  The top bun...
  • 911 Call Home!
    By Guest Writer
    Posted Nov 29th 2011 4:33AM
    What do you do when you're a thousand miles from home and you learn of an emergency situation with your family back home?

    What if you're under load?

    A home emergency scenario is possibly one of the most stressful situations you will face in your career. Suppose you receive a text message about a crisis back at the house, or possibly a Qualcomm message to call home immediately. What do you do?
  • The highway is their home: Dave and Grace Corfman
    By Jeff Jensen, Editor
    Posted Dec 8th 2010 7:28AM
    It's an expediting truism that most owner-operators and drivers come to this business after a career in at least one other field of endeavor. Dave Corfman discovered the fast freight business because the vending company he was with at the time was an expediting customer.
  • Walking in a Pastry Wonderland
    By Mike Michaelson
    Posted Dec 8th 2010 5:28AM
    It may be the toughest test of a traveler's willpower-- to walk past a bakery without being drawn in by the aroma of freshly baked bread. Bakeries in the Heartland-- especially ethnic ones-- have become destinations, particularly at holiday time. Their fame has spread and many ship their goodies nationwide. The family-run bakery continues to use recipes from that era.