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Fitness Tracker = Out of Service or Worse

By Linda Caffee
Posted Jan 20th 2017 9:29AM

There are many different kinds of fitness trackers and they do a pretty good job tracking how much we walk. They as in my instance can be a wakeup call of how few of steps I get on a team load. What do you mean I walked less then 1000 steps in a day? I found out that was common on some of our loads. It was a wakeup call to at least walk around the rest area or the truck stop parking lot at least once each time I would stop. Some load make it just about impossible to get any exercise.

The problem with the trackers is they track sleep and they also do this very well. We are already regulated that we cannot drive for ten hours and now we are tracking even more vital information that could be used against us. In those ten hours of rest how much of that was a good restful sleep? Those bar graphs really show how many times we wake up, are restless, or were not asleep. Think about who all we want to share that information with?

Do not wear the tracker all of the time, take it off some nights, or only wear it a partial night but do not form a pattern. Personally, I would take it off at night and put it back on in the morning.

The trackers are great but what are the unintended consequences?

Bob & Linda Caffee
Saint Louis MO
Expediters since January 2005

Expediting isn't just trucking, it's a lifestyle;
Expediting isn't just a lifestyle, it's an adventure;
Expediting isn't just an adventure, it's a job;
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1 Comment

  • Greg - January 23, 2017
    With all the devices tracking us nowadays, the amount of uproar about ELDs and privacy issues is kind of funny. The ELD is the least intrusive as it only tracks and records the truck's movements.

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