Driving a truck can make
healthy living a difficult challenge but not impossible. A lack of
physical activity and fast food dining can add up to a health risk
at any age.
Healthy Fast Food Choices
Stick to these simple
a variety of foods in moderate amounts.
less salt on your food. Carry seasonings (like Mrs. Dash) in
your cab so you can add extra flavor without the extra salt.
foods labeled jumbo, giant, and super-sized. Larger portions
mean more calories. Order a regular or junior portion instead.
- Choose grilled
or broiled sandwiches with meats like lean roast beef, turkey
or chicken breast.
that special sauces or added dressings be left off your order,
and add lots of veggies to the mix.
the croissant or biscuit in favor of a bun, bread or English
up at the salad bar if available, but beware of thick, creamy
eating Mexican food, order bean burritos, soft tacos, fajitas
and other items that are not fried. Chicken is better than
beef, especially with the addition of lettuce, tomatoes and
salsa. Limit refried beans, and go easy on cheese, sour cream,
and guacamole. Watch out for fried tortilla shells! A taco
salad can have more than 1,000 calories.
can be a good choice. Order thin crust pizza with veggie
toppings, start with a salad, and limit yourself to one or two
slices of pizza.
these traps: fat-free muffins with plenty of sugar, skinless
fried chicken contains a lot of fat, Chinese food that is deep
fried or high in sodium and fat.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure
increases your risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or kidney
disease, as well as preventing you from passing your Department of
Transportation (DOT) physical. The DOT requirement for blood
pressure is 140/90 mm/hg.
To keep your blood
pressure under control, try the following tips:
with your healthcare professional.
any medications as prescribed. If you do not understand how to
take the medication, ask questions.
a healthy weight.
in heart healthy ways: plenty of fruits and vegetables, low
fat dairy products. Moderate your total fat intake.
sodium to no more than 2400 mg, or about one teaspoon of salt
alcohol in moderation, if at all. For men, moderate use is two
drinks daily, for women, one drink.
to be active a minimum of 30 minutes every day, with brisk walking
or cycling. Two 15 minute periods is fine if you do not have a
30-minute block of time.
smoking. Smoking increases your risk of stroke, heart disease,
peripheral artery disease, and several forms of cancer.
caffeine, a stimulant which can raise your blood pressure.
Coffee, tea and soda all have large amounts of caffeine.
on the Road
with your doctor before you start an exercise program if you
have not been active, or are at risk for heart disease or
other chronic health problems.
activities you enjoy. If you cannot find a place outdoors to
walk, stash a few weights in your truck and work out in the
a jump rope with you. It takes up little space and can be done
your workout a habit you do daily, or every other day.
music to keep you entertained as you work out.
yourself with supportive people who will encourage you and
keep you motivated.
overdo it. Many people give up exercise after a few days
because they have overworked, sore muscles.
yourself for your progress, whether it is weight loss or
keeping up your new habit.
Heart Attack and Stroke Warning Signs
Coronary heart disease is
America's #1 killer, and stroke is #3. Be prepared to help if these
symptoms should occur in yourself or someone else. Most important:
Quickly dial 911. Every second counts in an emergency, so do not
wait more than five minutes to call for help. Many people can
benefit from medications and treatments unavailable in the past.
For example, clot busting drugs can stop some heart attacks or
strokes in progress, if given quickly.
Heart Attack Warning
discomfort. Most heart attacks start with discomfort in the
center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or
goes away and comes back. You may feel uncomfortable pressure,
squeezing, fullness or pain.
body discomfort. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back,
neck, jaw or stomach should all be alerts. Women should note
that they may have different symptoms than men, such as less
chest pain and more of other symptoms.
of breath, which may occur with or without chest discomfort.
Stroke Warning Signs:
numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on
one side of the body.
confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
severe headache with no known cause.
Do you have your US DOT Personal Identification
To view your CSA SMS
information in its entirety you will need your US DOT number and US
DOT PIN numbers to access the information as it becomes available
to the industry. With the DOT number and DOT PIN number you
will be able to "log on" and see your drivers names
associated with the various inspections, violations and crashes as
well as the scoring for "Hazardous Material" and
"Crash" basics. The public will not have access to your
driver's names or the "Hazardous Material" or
"Crash" indicator basic scoring.
The US DOT PIN number was
originally provided to the motor carrier when authority is
granted. For many carriers this was years and employees ago
and the PIN number has been lost.
The following are three
ways that a motor carrier can obtain their pin number:
- Click on this
link to receive PIN by email
- Click on this
link to receive PIN by US Mail (If you are requesting
your US DOT PIN number be sent by US mail allow 1 to 2 weeks
to receive your PIN.)
call 1-800-832-5660 #3 then 0 and Request your PIN number in
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Motorist awareness is an
important component of the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration's comprehensive motorcycle safety program. Over
two-thirds of fatal motorcycle crashes involve a motorcycle and
another vehicle. The motorist either does not see the oncoming
motorcycle at all or does not see the motorcycle in time to avoid a
crash. It is important for motorists to know that their actions
affect the safety of motorcyclists. A motorist and a motorcyclist
may take different actions for the same driving or highway
situation. For example, a motorist may ignore a piece of road
debris; however, that same piece of road debris may be deadly for a
motorcyclist. As a
motorist or a passenger, there are some steps to
become more aware of motorcyclists.
Remember the motorcycle is
a vehicle with all of the privileges of any vehicle on the roadway.
Give the motorcyclist a full lane of travel.
Look for the motorcyclist
on the highway, at intersections, when a motorcyclist may be making
a left turn, and when a motorcyclist may be changing lanes. Clearly
signal your intentions.
a motorcyclist's maneuver.
potholes, etc.) that you may ignore or not notice can be deadly for
a motorcyclist. Predict evasive actions.
plenty of space.
Don't follow a motorcycle
too closely. Allow enough room for the motorcyclist to take evasive
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FMCSA Medical Exam Reporting and Recording
Requirements to Change
Changes to the
procedures medical examiners must follow to report physical exam
results as well as revisions to the medical examination report form
and certificate are expected to be included in a final rule,
published in the April 23 Federal Register.
The final rule sets a
June 22, 2018, date for electronic transmission of medical exam
results from the medical examiner to the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration (FMCSA). As of that date, medical examiners
are required to report the results of all driver physicals
(including results where a driver is found to not be qualified) to
the FMCSA by midnight (local time) of the next calendar day
following the examination. This reporting requirement encompasses
all commercial motor vehicle drivers required to be medically
certified to operate in interstate commerce (both CDL and non-CDL
For CDL holders, FMCSA
will then electronically forward this information to the
appropriate state driver licensing agency to be posted to the CDLIS
Medical examiners are
expected to continue following the current procedure of providing a
copy of the medical examiner certificate to both the driver and
motor carrier, and CDL holders are expected to continue to provide
a copy of the medical examiner certificate to their state licensing
agency, until June 22, 2018.
The final rule also includes new versions of the
medical examiner's report and medical examiner's certificate.
Medical examiners will be given six months from the final rule's
effective date to begin using the new documents.
Now is the Time for all Drivers to Tune Up their Pre-
and Post-Trip Inspection Skills.
2015 will take place on June 2-4, 2015
Starting June 2,
approximately 10,000 specially-trained and certified officers will
blanket North America's roadways to prevent truck and bus crashes
and save lives. For the past 28 years, the Commercial Vehicle
Safety Alliance's (CVSA) annual Roadcheck event dispatches federal,
state, provincial and local inspectors to conduct North American
Standard Inspections around the clock for 72 hours from June 2-4.
These inspections involve a comprehensive 37-step procedure which
includes items related to vehicle, driver and cargo safety.
Inspectors also hand out educational materials to drivers on
various aspects of commercial vehicle, driver and hazardous
Register Now for the 2015 Idealease/NPTC Safety
Idealease, its members
and the National Private Truck Council NPTC will again be hosting
safety seminars in 2015. The one day seminars this year will focus
on basic safety and compliance, regulation changes and CSA.
The seminars and will be provided to all Idealease customers,
potential customers and NPTC members at no charge. The
seminar provides important information applicable for both the
novice and experienced transportation professionals.
To register for an upcoming seminar in 2015 CLICK HERE.
2015 Idealease Safety Seminar Schedule:
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customers and is not to be construed as a complete or exhaustive source
of compliance or safety information. The Idealease Safety Bulletin
is advisory in nature and does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise
certify compliance with laws, regulations, requirements,
or guidelines of any local, state, or Federal agency and/or
governing body, or industry standards.