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Tips for Living a Healthy Lifestyle Over-The-RoadObesity is a rising issue in the truck driving industry. According to a study conducted by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), nearly 69% of long-haul truckers are considered to be obese. To avoid obesity and potential health risks, truckers should be well rested, eat healthy snacks throughout the day and exercise at least 15 minutes each day. Check out these simple, effective workouts you can do over-the-road!
Workouts in Your CabinNo equipment? No problem! The following workouts can be completed without equipment from the comfort of your sleeper.
- - Pushups – Pushups only require body weight and minimal space which makes them the perfect exercise for truckers. In addition to increasing your strength, push-ups can improve your posture and flexibly, and can help prevent injury.
- - Planks – Similar to pushups, planks only need minimal space to complete. Planks work to strengthen your abdominal and back muscles.
- - Sit-ups – As a staple in many fitness routines, sit-ups are a great workout to strength your core. It only takes a few minutes to crank out a few sets of sit-ups. You can easily complete this exercise before beginning your morning routine.
- - Tricep Dips – Lastly, another easy, effective arm workout to do in your cabin is tricep dips. You can do them on the ground or by using your bunk as support to lower your body by bending at the elbow.
Exercises from the Driver’s SeatStretching is extremely important to reduce stress and to avoid injury. The following stretches can be done from the driver’s seat.
- - Shoulder Stretches – Shoulder shrugs are a great way to reduce tension and stress from your shoulder area. When stopped, raise your shoulders up to your ears. Hold for 10 seconds, release and repeat.
- - Hand Stretches – Long-haul truckers spend a significant amount of time gripping the steering wheel causing their hands to cramp up and feel stiff. Overtime, this could lead to arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. To reduce the risk of these illnesses, truckers can perform hand stretches. Try rolling your wrists in a circle or gently pulling your fingers toward your body. Check out this blog for more stretches!
Stretch Your LegsA final exercise to add to your daily routine is either walking or running. This is a great way to stay in shape. Cardio helps to strengthen your lungs and lose weight. We understand it may be difficult to find time to do cardio during your busy routes. However, walking or running is an easy exercise to complete while waiting to pick up your loads. Plus, it allows you to stretch your legs and no longer be cooped up in your cab! Whichever exercises you choose to complete, it is essential to add physical activity to your everyday routine. It will help you to look better, feel better and live a healthier life. Interested in becoming a truck driver? Advanced Career Institute offers California Truck Driver Training. ACI campuses are located in Fresno, Merced and Visalia. Head over to Our Programs to learn more about our Class A Truck Driving!
How to Improve Fuel Economy in Your TruckOur nation and economy depends heavily on the trucking industry. Trucks transport an assortment of goods that we rely on in order to maintain our every day way of life. Trucking is the only efficient way of transporting goods across the country. That being said, we must also take into consideration the carbon footprint of the trucking industry. Many trucking companies have began to shift their focus towards environmental consciousness. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, transportation accounts for nearly 27% of greenhouse gas emissions. When released in high concentrations, greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere which essentially warms our planet. As the planet warms, there is a ripple effect that negatively affects various aspects of the climate and overall environment. This may include: creating more severe natural disasters, melting sea ice and receding coastal lines. As a trucker, you cannot solely rely on your carrier to make all of the environmentally conscious adjustments. There are a variety of simple ways to reduce your truck emissions and improve the fuel economy in your truck (which saves you and the company money!) Read on to learn 3 easy tips for sustainable trucking!
Control Speed & Minimize Idling TimeYou play a major part in controlling the fuel economy in your truck. Improving the fuel economy in your truck can reduce your personal carbon footprint. A study conducted by the American Trucking Association showed a 35 percent difference in the most and least fuel efficient drivers. Here are a few of ways to improve your truck's fuel economy:
- - Maintain an average speed (ideally around 55 mph)
- - Use cruise control when possible
- - Minimize idling time
- - Reduce the amount of times you accelerate and decelerate
Create Efficient RoutinesThe fuel efficiency in your truck is only partially controlled by your actual driving and gear shifting. A lot of it has to do with the weather, routes you choose to take, truck maintenance and aerodynamics. Luckily for you, you can semi-control some of these elements. Develop fuel efficient routines by:
- - Fueling in the morning
- - Driving routes with less traffic and stop lights
- - Plan routes with efficient drop offs and rest stops
- - Maximize your time at rest stops
Truck Driver Training – The Road to SuccessHow many times have you heard that in order to get a good job you must go to college? Going to college means 4 more years of studying, 4 more years of tests, and 4 more years not getting paid. On top of all that, tuition will cost you an arm and a leg. Although we were conditioned to believe otherwise, a college degree is not the only way to be successful. There are a variety of career options that offer high paying salaries and job security without a 4-year degree. One of those career options is truck driving. The truck driving industry is facing a shortage of drivers, so there are a significant amount of jobs available. Employers are willing to pay big bucks for drivers in order to keep their fleets running. To become a trucker, you will need to attend trucking school. Lucky for you, truck driver training with Advanced Career Institute only lasts around 4-6 weeks! Learn why trucking school is the right fit for you.
Cost of SchoolingSo you’re telling me that in order for me to make money, I have to spend it…a lot of it? When attending to an instate university, you can expect to pay at least $16,000 per year in tuition and room and board. By the time you earn your degree, you will have spent around $64,000. Most times, students are required to take out loans because financial aid does not cover the entire cost of schooling. With high interest rates on these loans, students are left with crippling debt. On top of the significant debt, students are required to take a variety of courses that are unrelated to their future career. So is there an alternative? Truck driver training can be completed in a matter of months, and costs a meager amount in comparison to college. Most trucking schools cost around $3,000-$7,000 in total. During CDL training, you will gain hands-on experience, over-the-road training and learn skills that you will use every day in your career. The best part? In a matter of months, you will start receiving a hefty paycheck, unlike in college where you have to wait 4 years just to get begin your career.
Similar SalariesAccording to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 4-year college graduates make an average salary of $50,556 per year. Similarly, glassdoor reports that the average entry-level salary for a truck driver is around $43,000. Not only are these salaries incredibly similar, truck drivers start earning a paycheck almost 4 years sooner than college graduates. Additionally, truckers are able to keep more of their paycheck each month because they don’t have student loans to pay back. As you become a more experience driver, you will have to opportunity to earn a higher salary up to $70,000 per year.
Not Your Average 9 to 5 JobFinally, truck driving is not your typical job. The job setting is very laid back, and there is no dress code, so you won’t have to sport a suit and tie each day to work. Similarly, you won’t be stuck behind a computer all day. You are free to travel the open road and see different parts of the country. As you drive, you can sing along to your favorite CDs, listen to podcasts, and have plenty of time to think. Lastly, most companies pay for your gas, so you won’t have to put your entire paycheck into your gas tank for the commute back and forth to work each day. Hopefully now we have proved that you don’t have to go to a 4-year college in order to land a high paying career. Trucking school is another road to success. Interested in truck driving school? Advanced Career Institute offers hands-on Class A CDL Training. Our campuses are located in Fresno, Visalia and Merced. To learn more about our CDL Training, check out Our Programs!
How Will the Eclipse Affect Truck Drivers?I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the total solar eclipse phenomenon happening on Monday, August 21. If not, a total solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, and completely covers the sun. Anyone along the path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina will be able to witness the total solar eclipse. According to NASA, the last time the entire U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979. It is important to remember that looking directly at the sun is extremely unsafe. Sunglasses are not equipped to protect your eyes from the sunlight during the eclipse. Experts suggest purchasing specific eclipse glasses for viewing purposes. You should not look directly at the uneclipsed or eclipsed sun at any time without the proper eyewear. To learn more and to find out where you can purchase eclipse glasses, visit NASA’s website.
How Does This Affect Truckers?This total solar eclipse has many Americans excited, and rushing to book hotels along its path. According to Quartz, in addition to an increased number of travelers, nearly 200 million people live in close proximity to the eclipse’s path. Therefore, interstate congestion is expected to be horrendous. This has many states warning truckers to be cautious and plan ahead because traffic jams are more than likely going to happen. Many state governments and trucking companies are encouraging and preparing truck drivers to take alternate routes to avoid congested areas. If you must travel through these areas, make sure to have a snacks and a tank full of gas because you could be sitting for a significant period of time. According to Transport Topics, many states are warning drivers not to stop on interstates to watch the eclipse. Additionally, Oregon is prohibiting truck drivers with extra-wide loads from being on the roads from August 18-22. Please stay alert and in contact with your carrier for new updates on the solar eclipse. Plan ahead for potential traffic jams throughout the entire U.S. during this time. Enjoy this phenomenon, but remember to drive SAFELY! Interested in becoming a truck driver? Advanced Career Institute offers Class A CDL Training in the California area. ACI campuses are located in Fresno, Merced and Visalia. To learn more, head over to our Truck Driver Training Program! Image Property Of: www.nasa.gov.
How Do You Know Owner Operator Is a Practical Career for You?It’s finally time to take the next step in your trucking career. So far, you’ve put in hard work in your CDL Training, and now its your chance to begin a rewarding career! Previously, in this blog series, we have covered OTR, Local, Specialized and Team Truck Driving. The last stop on our Truck Driving Jobs journey is Owner Operators. Whether you’re a beginner or have been in the driver’s seat for years, Owner Operator could be the right path for you! Having the freedom of being your own boss seems great, doesn’t it? According to OOIDA Foundation on motor carrier research, there are nearly 350,000 owner operators in the United States, some drive independently while others lease on a larger carrier. Typically, most owner operators have extensive experience, and begin their owner operator career around 37-years-old. However, success is still attainable for those younger (or older) owner operators with any level of driving experience. Before leaping into an Owner Operator career, it is vital to evaluate your personal desires and aspirations as well as your financial situation. Assess the 4 following areas before beginning your new career.
Self-EvaluationFirst, take a hard look in the mirror, and ask yourself what you want from your trucking career. If you desire to create your own work schedule, be your own boss, and plan to build your life on truck driving, you may be cut out for the job. However, you must further assess your personality, current/potential health condition, family and career aspirations to see if being an owner operator is the correct fit. For further personal assessment, check out The 6 Steps to Becoming an Owner Operator.
Finances Play a Major RoleOne of the most important factors in becoming an owner operator is financial stability. How will you come up with the funds to start this new business venture? Some of the costs to consider, on top of purchasing the truck itself, include fuel, truck maintenance and insurance, taxes, and health insurance. In addition to understanding the costs associated with being an owner operator, you must possess basic accounting and booking keeping skills (or hire someone who can help!) To further understand the costs associated with owner operators, take a look at OOIDA’s Figuring Cost Per Mile article!
Leased Owner Operator or Independent?Next, you will need to decide if you want to work independently or alongside another carrier. Working independently ensures your freedom as a driver, to pick loads that suit your lifestyle and to drive your truck when you feel like it and on your own terms. However, leasing your truck with another carrier, allows you to have more consistent loads, some driver reimbursements, and trailers provided by the company. It is up to you to weigh the pros and cons between the two options. Ultimately, it comes down to what you value more…having total independence or having load security.
Selecting Your EquipmentFinally, you need to consider what trucks you want, where you will get them from and how much you are willing to pay. Although fancy trucks look great on the road, they cost a pretty penny and may create more expenses for you in the long run. Generally, used trucks are more affordable and will still get the job done. However, before purchasing a truck, be sure to consider its mileage, warranty and fuel economy. Additionally, choose a truck that fits your area of operation. The truck you choose will directly affect the amount of money you can bring in at the end of the day. Before you begin your new journey as an owner operator, make sure you fully understand the ins and outs of the business operation.
Warren Buffet once said, “Never invest in a business you cannot understand.”Interested in taking the first step to becoming an Owner Operator? Advanced Career Institute is a California Truck Driving School that offers CDL Training courses in Class A CDL, Class B CDL and Ag Transportation. ACI offers Truck Driving Training Programs at 3 California campuses: Merced, Visalia and Fresno. To learn more about our CDL Training, head over to Our Programs! Have you read our other 3 articles from this Truck Driving Professions series? Check out our previous articles comparing OTR and Local Truck Driving, Specialized Truck Driving and Team Driving!
An Overview of Specialized Truck DrivingAre you currently enrolled or interesting in enrolling in Class A CDL Training? Advanced Career Institute’s Class A CDL Training Courses only last 4 weeks. So if you haven’t already, it’s time you do your trucking career research. In order for you to kick-start your trucking career, it is vital that you weigh your options and choose a trucking path that suits you! In the previous article of this series, we compared Over the Road and Local Truck Driving Careers. We learned that OTR consists of extended travel and higher pay, while local jobs deal with shorter trips and more home-time but lower pay. Today, we will delve deep into Specialized Truck Driving Careers.
What Careers Does Specialized Truck Driving Offer?According the Fueloyal, there are various careers in the Specialized Trucking Industry.
- Oversized Freight – This type of trucking can include transporting cranes, pre-built homes, containers or construction elements.
- Car Hauling – There are various types of car haulers. Open Car Haulers are normally meant to haul a single car at a time, similar to when a car is towed. A second type is Enclosed Car Haulers which transport classic cars or racecars in an environment meant to protect the cars from open air. A third type is a Commercial Car Hauler which stacks and transports multiple cars at a time.
- Water Hauling – This type of trucking deals with transporting large amounts of salt water or fluid waste away from fracking or drilling sites to approved disposal areas. Truckers in this field deal with less volatile materials.
- Livestock Transportation – These truckers are often referred to as Bull Haulers. This is the transportation of cows for the purposes of beef, dairy, breeding, or farm relocation.
- Hazardous Materials – Also referred to as hazmat, this type of trucking includes the transportation of gasoline, diesel, propane, flares and various other materials. Hazmat transportation has higher regulations and each truck is labeled with symbols to indicate its transportation conditions.
What Qualifications Are Needed for Specialized Truck Driving?For starters, all truck drivers are required to hold a Class A CDL which can be obtained through a CDL Training Course. On top of your permit, Specialized Truck Drivers are required to possess a variety of other skills. Whether you are transporting cars, livestock or hazmat, you must be familiar with the product you are hauling. Many of these specializations come with a longer list of safety concerns that each trucker must be prepared for. Specialized Truck Driving may also require additional training because oftentimes, the trucks or tankers sit differently than your average truck, making it more difficult to drive. Lastly, specialized truckers are often required to do more legwork than the typical truck driver. You are required to be educated in tying down materials, hooking up hoses or properly caring for livestock.
Why Should I Choose Specialized Truck Driving?Since truck driving specializations often require extra training or additional permits, companies typically offer higher pay than the average local driver. Not only do specialized truck drivers earn more money, but they are faced with bigger challenges. Each day is new for these truck drivers. Although it may require continual training and hard-work, specialized truck driving is very rewarding. Interested in earning your Class A CDL? Advanced Career Institute is a California Truck Driving School with campuses in a variety of locations. Our campuses are located in Merced, Visalia and Fresno. For more information on how to obtain your Class A CDL, visit Our Training Programs. Check out our previous blog in this series covering Over the Road and Local Truck Driving Careers, and stay tuned for the continuation of our Truck Driving Jobs series. Our next blog will cover Team Driving.