Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Low Carbs and High Mileage: Healthy Eating on the Road

Low Carbs and High Mileage: Healthy Eating on the Road
Low Carbs and High Mileage: Healthy Eating on the Road
Let’s face it - everyone hates diets.

You have to count calories and watch what you eat, but then feel guilty hours later when you stop and pick yourself up 3 scoops of Baskin Robbins’ Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream.

But, hey, the government says you need to be healthier, and your spouse says you have to diet. But honestly, you can’t stand the idea of eating rabbit food.

I’m sure eating a salad while at a truck stop will go over well too, right?

HA! The truth is, you don’t have to become a tree-hugging herbivore to lose weight and eat healthier while on the road.

You just need to try the ultimate diet for truckers. Now I know. Some people hate this diet (because they can’t control themselves around potato chips, present company included). And others love it.

Give it a try for yourself and make your own decision. Sure the first week will be rough, but it gets better - a lot better.

The Low Carb Trucker Diet

First off, here’s a list of everything you can eat:

  • All the meats - beef, pork, game meat, chicken, lamb, turkey, etc. 
  • Fish and shellfish - salmon, mackerel, herring, etc. 
  • Eggs - boiled, fried, scrambled, and omelettes
  • Natural fat - butter and cream
  • Vegetable that grow above ground - cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, zucchini, eggplant, olives, spinach, mushrooms, cucumber, lettuce, avocado, onions, peppers, etc. 
  • Dairy - real butter, cream, sour cream, yogurt, high-fat cheese, etc.
  • Nuts

That’s a lot of food! This diet won’t be so bad, right?

When on a low carb diet the foods you should focus on are those that are high in protein and fat.

But, just like any good ole diet there are foods you need to avoid - we call them carbs/carbohydrates.

To lose the most weight and to be the healthiest while out on the road, avoid these foods:

  • Sugar - yummy but the worst for it. Soft drinks, candy, juice, sports drinks, chocolate (unless dark chocolate), cakes, buns, pastries, ice cream, etc.
  • Starch - bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, french fries, potato chips, etc.
  • Margarine
  • Beer - also known as liquid bread
  • Fruit - in moderation

Related Blog: 3 Mouth-Watering Recipes That Won't Break the Bank

How to Stick to it While on the Road

It’s usually the case, you’ve done your research, you know what to eat and what not to eat, but then you get on the road and it all falls apart.

Why is that? It’s because fast food joints are so good at convincing people to eat their food. With their catchy slogans, bright signs, and cheap prices - it’s no wonder that McDonald's sells 75 hamburger every second.

Not only that, but sometimes a quarter pounder with cheese is just more fulfilling when you first bite into it. Sure feels like regret afterward, though.

So beat the carvings and prepare your meals before you get back on the road. Know what you can have, have snacks readily available, and stop at grocery stores instead of fast food places when you get hungry.

The Results of a Low Carb Diet

We’re going to give it to you straight.

Just like any diet, the first week is going to be tough - extremely tough.

You’ll probably make more bathroom trips due to the large amount of protein you’re eating, you’ll have cravings for chips and sugary food, and you’ll feel sluggish.

But then it stops. After that first week it all gets better. Your energy will pick back up, your body will regulate itself, and you’ll start looking and feeling much better.

It’s an easy diet to stick to and there’s no calories to count.

So leave the lettuce for the rabbits. Try a low carb diet for a month and then give us your opinion on it.

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Trucker Health: Preventing Heat Exhaustion

Trucker Health: Preventing Heat Exhaustion
Trucker Health: Preventing Heat Exhaustion
Summer is upon us, which can only mean one thing for truckers throughout the nation. Heat exhaustion is once again a threat to the transportation industry!

But what can we do to avoid heatstroke?

We’ve put together some info to help you beat the heat.

Preventing Overheating

First up, protect yourself from the sun. This means staying out of direct sunlight and using sunscreen to reduce contact with the summer sun.

Wear lightweight, light colored clothing as a defense against the summer heat.

Most importantly, stay hydrated, specifically with water or non-alcoholic/non-caffeinated beverages.

Sure, when you’re driving down the highway you are going to be in direct sunlight. But if you follow these tips, you should be fine. Make sure you memorize the signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion!

Recognizing Heatstroke and Exhaustion

You could be having a heatstroke if your body feels extremely hot to touch, but you aren’t sweating. Your skin is dry and reddening, and you’re in an irrational, agitated mood.

Other signs include altered behavior - confusion and disorientation can be common. You might end up in an irrational, agitated mood, at least more so than usual.

Worst, though, are the chances of seizures, breathing difficulties, hallucinations, and even falling into a coma!

These symptoms all differ from those of heat exhaustion, so make sure you know the difference!

Heat Exhaustion - Heat Stroke
Heat Exhaustion - Heat Stroke

Dealing with the Heat

If you think you are suffering heat exhaustion, get out of the sun! Get somewhere cool, remove unnecessary clothing, and start hydrating yourself. If you’re at a rest stop, a cool shower could even help.

Most importantly, don’t ignore the signs of heatstroke. If you feel you have heatstroke, or know somebody who might, then call 911!

Your life and your livelihood depend on it.

While we can’t help you beat the heat with the TruckLogics app, we can make your work-life balance a bit easier. That’ll free up enough time for you to watch out for your health, of course.

If you have any questions about e-filing your 2290s soon with TruckLogics, reach out to our customer support experts at 704.234.6946.

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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Trip Settlements with TruckLogics & Mercer

Trip Settlements with TruckLogics & Mercer
Trip Settlements with TruckLogics & Mercer
Hey, did you hear?

TruckLogics has joined with Mercer Transportation to allow leased operators to automatically import their settlements with ease!

We're excited to announce this update to our Mercer integration. With this convenient method, leased operators can import their settlements directly from their email to their Trucklogics account.

With TruckLogics for leased operators, you can expected a fully automated system to work with you.

How does it work? Well, the leased operator gets the load from Mercer, then delivers the load like normal.

After the load is delivered, the leased operator gets an electronic settlement via email. The leased operator just needs to forward the settlement email to settlements@TruckLogics.net from the registered TruckLogics email ID.

Settlement values like Trip Details, Revenue, and Deductions get automatically imported to the leased operator's TruckLogics account.

If there are any import errors, the leased operator can review the settlement errors and correct them within TruckLogics. If everything is fine, the settlement will be imported successfully.

So you can expect Trip Settlements to get a lot easier with the settlement import option!

This is what makes TruckLogics the optimum trucking management software in the industry for leased operators who work with Mercer.

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

RoadCheck 2016 : 5 Things to Watch out For

RoadCheck 2016 : 5 Things to Watch out For
RoadCheck 2016 : 5 Things to Watch out For
There’s a lot going on out there, Trucking Nation. We’re not talking about summer vacation here, folks.

By now, you probably know that CVSA-certified inspectors are out there ready to inspect your vehicle.

And sure, a 37-point inspection might sound intimidating. But if you’ve been making your pre- and post-trip inspections, you have nothing to worry about.

So what should you look out for? According to Schneider, here are 5 of the main points inspectors will look for during CVSA Roadcheck 2016.

Brake System

Checking your brakes is essential in any situation - Roadcheck just drives that point home. You want to check your brakes for missing or damaged parts, faulty warning devices, air leaks, and incorrect air pressure adjustment.

Coupling Devices

When you check over your truck, be sure to check your coupling devices. Check the secured mounting for your fifth wheel, the spaces between plates, and any damaged parts that can make a locking mechanism faulty.

Cargo Securement

Roadcheck is all about safety. When you’re hauling loads, making sure you have proper cargo securement is major. Check for improper tailboard security, damaged tie - down anchor points, unsecured end gates and rear doors, and faulty cargo securement devices.

Suspension Check

Sometimes you expect a bumpy ride, but you don’t want to have a really rough haul. First, check for cracked, crooked (or) missing springs. Also watch out for loose shackles and u-bolts, unsecured spring hangars, and a misaligned or damaged front axle.

Tires and Wheels

This year’s special focus is everything tire related! Check your tires for improper inflation and tread groove depth. Make sure your wheels and rims don’t have any cracks or damaged parts. As for your hubs, look for leaks, misalignment, and damages.

So don’t get yourself into a rough spot - inspect your vehicle on the regular and you can breeze through Roadcheck.

If you haven’t worried too much about inspection so far, it’s never too late to start. Unless your truck breaks down, that is. But let’s just hope that won’t happen, right?

And since we’re talking about proactivity, we hear they’ve started pre-filing HVUT Form 2290 over at ExpressTruckTax!

Don’t wait until it’s too late - whether that’s pre-filing or pre-trip inspections. Be the trucker who is ready for everything.

Are you ready for Roadcheck? What do you do for your pre-trip inspections? Let us know on Facebook!

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