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March 7, 2019 (Salt Lake City, UT) – – C.R. England, one of the nation’s leaders in transportation solutions, has recognized 10 drivers as Drivers of the Year and one driver as Trainer of the Year for 2018.  These drivers were selected from the more than 6,500 drivers in the C.R. England fleet, including Dedicated, National, Regional and Intermodal.

“We are honored to recognize 11 of our top professional drivers in the C. R. England fleet,” said C.R. England CEO Chad England. “Each of these drivers has shown by their example what it requires to be successful in our industry, including a commitment to on-time performance, professionalism and safety. These drivers are a great asset to our company and are truly the best of the best, representing the thousands of dedicated C.R. England drivers who are also committed to the same values.”

In order to be considered for these awards, drivers must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum tenure with C.R. England of 12 months.
  • Demonstrate competency in safety, service, fuel efficiency, and production.
  • No accidents
  • No traffic citations
  • No CSA violations

Drivers were nominated by their fleet managers, who also considered professionalism, attitude, and other strengths that set these honorees apart from other outstanding drivers in the fleet.

Drivers of the Year

  • Jody Asbury has been driving with C.R. England for six years and serves as a driver trainer in the National Division fleet X7.  She resides in Garden Grove, CA.
  • Scott Braden is a National driver in Fleet A2 and has been with C.R. England for five years, serving as a trainer for the last four years. Scott is a United States Navy veteran and resides in Bellflower, CA.
  • Amanda Bannister is on Fleet B6 in the National Division and is also a Road Team Captain. She has been driving for C.R. England for five years and resides in Kansas City, MO.
  • Gary Hoffman has been driving for C.R. England for nine years and is on Regional Fleet R6. Gary lives just outside of Sacramento in Woodland, CA.
  • Angus McNutt started with C.R. England in 1993, but his current tenure is eight years, driving in the Intermodal fleet I8. He is from Franklin, MA and is a veteran of the United States Army.
  • Edgar Corrales is in the Intermodal division in Fleet IE. He’s been driving for C.R. England for nine years. Edgar is from New York City and lives in New Jersey.
  • Joshua Caldwell has been with C.R. England for three years and is currently on Dedicated Fleet KZ. He resides in Fayetteville, NC and is a veteran of the United States Navy.
  • Gary Goggans has been with C.R. England for two years and is currently part of the John Morrell Texas Dedicated fleet. He lives in Decatur, TX.
  • Davene Bryant has been driving for C.R. England almost five years and is part of the 99 Ranch Dedicated account. She lives in Turlock, CA.
  • Larry Chavez drives in fleet MK for the JC Penney account and has been a C.R. England driver a little over three years. He was born in Mexico, migrated to the United States and makes his home in Grand Junction, CO.

Trainer of the Year

  • Tony Stroup has been with C.R. England for two years and has been a trainer the entire time. He is a veteran of the United States Army and makes his home in Hayes, KS.

About C.R. England

Founded in 1920, C.R. England, Inc., is headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, and is one of North America’s largest refrigerated transportation companies. C.R. England services include National, Mexico, and Regional Truckload service in addition to Dedicated and Intermodal services. Visit www.crengland.com.  To learn more about the One Initiative and C.R. England’s goal of providing one million meals to children each year visit www.oneagainstchildhoodhunger.com.

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Contact:
David Allred
801.974.3880
david.allred@crengland.com

 

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While it is true that truck drivers may have fewer opportunities for social interactions while out on the road, that doesn’t mean you can’t be social and build lasting relationships. People tend to think that truck drivers are secluded, anti-social, and have limited interactions with others, but that isn’t the case. Many truck drivers are friendly, social, and maintain strong relationships with those they meet out on the road. If you are striving to be more social as a truck driver, use these four tips to help you step out of your comfort zone and build new relationships.

Ask Questions

A great way to make connections with people you meet while out on the road is to ask questions. Most of the drivers you meet will be willing to answer a question for you, whether it be about directions, safe driving practices, the local area you are in, or any other topic. Asking a question will increase your knowledge and open the door to further your discussion and interaction with someone. Next time you are unsure of something and you are around other drivers, ask a question instead of trying to figure it out on your own. You will fill satisfied by the social interaction and may walk away with a new friend.

Give a Compliment

There’s no better way to create a friendship than starting it off with a compliment. Giving a compliment is an easy way for someone to open up and begin a conversation. A simple, kind gesture is a surefire way to build a new genuine relationship. Plus, offering a compliment to someone will lift your spirits, so why not do it? If you see someone who you think you would get along well with, offer them a simple compliment to start a conversation.

Connect Online

Even for truckers that are constantly on the move, there are plenty of ways you can keep in touch with those you meet on the road. Thanks to technology, you can text, email, call, and video message practically anyone at any time. Take advantage of this opportunity and stay connected with your fellow trucking friends. Next time you meet someone on the road, ask for their phone number, email, or social media handles and make an effort to keep in touch with them. Even if you are both delivering loads in complete opposite parts of the country, you will be able to still feel connected and have that social interaction.

Get Involved in Trucking Communities

A great way to be social on the road is to get involved in the various trucking communities. Participating in these communities and groups is a simple way to get involved with something you are passionate about and connect with those who share your same interests. Trucking communities like Women in Trucking, American Trucking Association, Truckers Against Trafficking, and various veteran groups often have events, meetups, and social media groups that you can participate in. You get to be involved in the things you care about and make new friends. It’s a win-win! To start, we would suggest searching for these groups on Facebook or other social media platforms and looking for ways to get involved.

Just because you spend the greater part of your day in a truck, doesn’t mean you can’t create and enjoy meaningful relationships. Don’t let being on the move stop you from being social. Try out these four tips and you might be surprised at how easy it is to be social, even when out on the road.

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Love is in the air this week, but do you have a love and passion for your career? Whatever it is you do, it is important that you are passionate about your job. Loving what you do increases your morale, productivity, and overall well-being. If you aren’t feeling head-over-heels for your career, here are a few tips to help you love your job as a truck driver.

Look on the Bright Side

Shifting your perspective and focusing on the positive accepts of your job is a great way to boost your feelings toward your job. There are so many great things about trucking, so don’t let one or two negative situations spoil the fun. Being a truck driver is a unique career that offers a lot of perks that most jobs do not. Most notably, as a truck driver, you can travel across our great and beautiful country. You get to experience different climates, pass through many of our states, and enjoy many of the scenic views the U.S. has to offer.

A career as a truck driver also offers a lot of freedom. Whether you want to be a long-haul driver and spend your days out on the road, or run a Dedicated lane with maximum home time, there is a truck driving career for you. You have several different career paths you can take with your skills, which isn’t something every person can say. When you are feeling less than passionate about your career, remember the great things that come with being a truck driver that aren’t available to most!

Try Making New Relationships

If you’re feeling in a funk, try reaching out to someone and building a new relationship. Friendship and comradery can be very beneficial to your well-being when out on the road. Next time you are at a truck stop, try to get to know someone new. Social interactions will make your days more exciting, rewarding, and overall more enjoyable. Creating relationships will also give you something to look forward to when you are working. Thanks to technology, staying in contact with friends is easier than ever. Even as a truck driver that is always on the move and rarely in the same place for long, you can create and foster relationships with those around you. Doing this will be sure to make your job more enjoyable.

Understand Your Importance

Without truck drivers, our lives would be drastically different. We would not have access to some of the most important things in our lives like water, gasoline, and hospital supplies. We also wouldn’t be able to enjoy the luxuries we love like our favorite snacks, electronics, the latest clothing, and more. When you are able to understand the important role you play as a truck driver, you will feel proud of your job and the work you do. Having a sense of pride will enable you to love your job and give you a sense of purpose.

No matter what industry you are in, your skills, or your position, it is so important that you are able to be passionate and love your job. If you are struggling with this concept, try using these three tips to change your perceptive. You might be surprised at the newfound love you have for your career!

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SALT LAKE CITY February 12, 2019 – C.R. England and England Logistics have set a goal to provide funding for one million meals for children in 2019 through partnerships with 21 food banks located in the United States and Mexico.

This marks the second consecutive year the two companies have set a goal to provide funding for children’s meals programs as part of the “One Initiative,” a campaign that invites company employees, customers, carriers, freight agents, and the general public to join the fight against childhood hunger.  The companies set a combined goal in 2018 of one million donated meals and far exceeded that milestone, funding more than 1.6 million meals by year-end.

Forty million people face hunger in the United States — including more than 12 million children. One in six children may not know where they will get their next meal. In January 2018, C.R. England and England Logistics implemented a donation structure that converts proceeds earned from any business service at either company into meals for children in need. For instance, for every load C.R. England delivers, it donates a meal to a food bank of the delivery driver’s choosing. Similarly, for every load England Logistics arranges, a donation towards a meal is provided.

“When we launched the One Initiative in 2018, we hoped we could have an impact in fighting childhood hunger in the communities where our employees and customers live and work,” said Josh England, president of C.R. England. “We were thrilled to far exceed our goal in 2018 and hope to surpass the one million meals goal again in 2019. The One Initiative has helped unite our employees, customers, and the general public in an effort that is making an immediate contribution to alleviating childhood hunger.”

“We are grateful for the opportunity to take our efforts to the next level in 2019,” stated Jason Beardall, president of England Logistics. “The One Initiative has provided our team the opportunity to become more fully immersed in our commitment to serving a cause greater than ourselves. As we continue to strengthen our team and customer relationships, we will also continue to strengthen our communities.”

The One Initiative’s efforts are focused on 21 partner food banks in communities where their employees live and work. Every donation leads directly to a food-insecure child receiving a meal. Some of the funding supports Kids Café, Back Pack programs, Mobile and School-based Food Pantries, Summer Meals for Kids, and Healthy Student Initiatives, among other programs.

Participating food banks include Utah Food Bank, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Central California Food Bank, Feeding America Riverside/San Bernardino, Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Food Bank of the Rockies, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Gleaners Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Harvesters – The Community Food Network (Kansas City), North Texas Food Bank, Oregon Food Bank, Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, Second Harvest Inland Northwest, Second Harvest of Southeast North Carolina, South Texas Food Bank, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, and Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. In Mexico, Banco de Alimentos Querétaro (Queretaro).

The One Initiative is founded on the idea that through a united effort, a nationwide difference can be made to benefit children in need. For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation to the One Against Childhood Hunger Foundation, visit www.oneagainstchildhoodhunger.com.

About C.R. England

Founded in 1920, C.R. England, Inc., is headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, and is one of North America’s largest refrigerated transportation companies. C.R. England services include National, Mexico, and Regional Truckload service in addition to Dedicated and Intermodal services. Visit www.crengland.com.

About England Logistics
England Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of C.R. England, is one of the nation’s top freight brokerage firms and offers a vast portfolio of non-asset based transportation solutions, including full truckload services, intermodal, dry and cold chain LTL, parcel, global logistics, and complete supply chain management. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, the company also has offices in Atlanta, GA; Detroit, MI; Greeley, CO; Ogden, UT; and Portland, OR. For more information, visit www.englandlogistics.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

David Allred                                                                Wendy Barclay

C.R. England                                                                England Logistics

801-974-3880                                                               801-656-4718

David.allred@crengland.com                                     wbarclay@englandlogistics.com

 

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4 Ways to Avoid Distracted Driving

For the month of February, we are focusing on distracted driving and the best ways to avoid related accidents. At C.R. England, we have a strict hands-free device policy and expect our drivers to remain focused and alert behind the wheel, but we know there are a lot of things to be distracted by. Passengers, music, the beautiful views on the open road, and electronic devices. Here are some tips to help you avoid getting distracted behind the wheel, so you can work safe and return home safe. It is important to know that there are three different types of distraction: manual, visual, and cognitive- you can read about them here.

Remove Electronic Temptations

Sending a text real quick seems like an innocent and harmless thing, right? But did you know that sending one text takes your eyes off the road for 3.8-4.6 seconds, which when traveling at 55 mph is enough time to travel 300 feet? That text would be taking your eyes off the road for more than the length of a football field!

One of the best things you can do to avoid distracted driving is to never use a hand-held device while behind the wheel. Before you begin a trip, you should let your friends and family know when you expect to be driving so they can reach out to you at times when they won’t be a distraction. If you find yourself being tempted by your cell phone, simply turn your phone off and wait until you are safe, and the truck is not running, to turn it back on. If you would still like to be reachable while driving, make sure that you are only ever using a hands-free device.

Get Comfortable

Instead of fidgeting around and reaching for things while you are driving, get comfortable and settled in before you hit the road. Think of the things you might need close by you during your journey beforehand and put them in an easily accessible place. Reaching for an object in your vehicle makes you 3-6 times more likely to be involved in an accident and should be avoided. Keep your most used items close to you and get situated before beginning your drive so you can keep your eyes and mind focused on the road.

Know Your Route

Another great way to avoid being distracted in your truck is to properly trip plan and know your route before you begin driving. If you need to use a GPS, atlas, or instructions from a shipper, make sure you have then ready before you turn your truck on. Having directions ready early on will not only combat being distracted later but will also give you peace of mind and help you feel more confident in where you are going.

Take Regular Breaks

We’ve all been there. You’ve been working for a while and suddenly you start losing focus. It’s been some time since you last took a break and your mind is getting tired and starts to wonder. This can be dangerous and is a form of distraction that we often don’t think about. Taking regular breaks will help you feel rested and refreshed, making it easier to fight daydreaming. Having an alert mind will allow you to be more focused, you will have a greater ability to make sound decisions and it will keep you safer.

We know that staying completely undistracted is a hard task but using these four tactics will help make staying alert and focused possible. Always remember, C.R. England has a strict hands-free device policy and handheld devices are never allowed while driving. Think twice the next time you want to send a text or reach for something in your truck. Doing so greatly increases your chances of being involved in an accident and is avoidable by having a safety mindset.

Sources:

https://www.truckingtruth.com/trucking_blogs/Article-3826/distracted-driving-for-truck-drivers

https://www.hni.com/blog/a-tactical-guide-to-preventing-distracted-driving-accidents

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5 Tips for New Drivers

Truck driving can be an extremely rewarding career but as a new driver, it may seem intimidating. Learning new skills and adjusting to a different lifestyle can seem overwhelming and daunting. If you just started truck driving, here are five tips that will help you be successful as you start your new career.

It Takes Time

Even as much as we would like it to, becoming a highly-skilled, experienced driver won’t happen overnight. While you will have gained many great skills during CDL training, you will still need time to feel more comfortable behind the wheel. You will be placed with a trainer and given plenty of time to build your confidence. Don’t worry if you aren’t feeling totally comfortable on your first run, after a few weeks with a trainer by your side, you will start feeling more like an experienced driver. If you find yourself feeling uncertain about your skill levels, don’t be too hard on yourself. Learning something new takes time!

Be Punctual

Maintaining your workflow and making sure you are on time for each load is a very important aspect of your new career. Being punctual is a necessary quality to have when working in the trucking industry. Shippers and receivers work on tight schedules and if one part of the distribution chain is late, it often creates a domino effect, impacting the entire rest of the chain.

Completing your loads on time will also help you maintain a better score in Elite Awards and help you earn free prizes. If making a good impression on customers or your manager is not very motivating for you, let the possibility of earning free prizes in Elite Awards be your motivation. The better your On-Time score, the more status points you will receive, helping you reach another status level and more prizes!

Communication is Key

Drivers that are unable to communicate and get along with their manager or dispatcher tend to get frustrated easily. It is important that you work on building a relationship and a mutual respect with your manager. When you can get along well and communicate clearly with your manager, you will feel less stressed.

Not only do you need to communicate with your manager, but you should also practice good communication skills with shippers, customers, and fellow drivers. Overall good communication is an important skill to have in any career. Being able to check in, address your concerns, or relay important information is vital in having a successful truck driving career.

Build a Safety Mentality Now

When you first begin driving, make an effort to practice safe driving techniques now, so that they soon can become a habit. If you can get in the mindset of never compromising your safety early on in your career, then you will better your chances of working safe and returning home safe. We of course understand that there are incidences and factors that are out of your control, but it is important that you learn to always be safe in the things you can control. Starting your career off with a safety mindset will serve you well for the rest of your career.

Practice, Practice, Practice!

If you feel like you don’t quite understand the method of backing, turning, or any other area in driving, inform an instructor, trainer, or fellow driver. There will always be someone who can go through a technique again, give you some pointers, and help boost your confidence. If you don’t ask for help, we can’t help you. You will avoid a lot of potential unfavorable situations if you practice and ask for help, and you will be far more successful. Sometimes all it takes is having someone explain a technique to you in a different way or practicing it a few more times for it to make sense. There is nothing wrong with asking for help and you should feel comfortable reaching out when you have a question.

Finally, being a successful driver doesn’t just happen behind the wheel. Being reliable, self-dependent, staying alert, courteous, and having a good attitude will help you be successful in your career and beyond.

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January 31, 2019 (Salt Lake City, UT) – – C.R. England, one of the nation’s leaders in transportation solutions, has announced its second multi-million dollar driver pay increase in the last eight months. The pay increase will benefit solos, teams, and trainers in C.R. England’s National, Regional, and Training Divisions and takes effect January 31, 2019.

“Including today’s pay increase, C.R. England has invested an annualized amount of over 30 million dollars in driver pay increases in the last eight months,” said Chief Executive Officer Chad England. “This increase comes just eight months after Over the Road (OTR) drivers received the largest driver compensation increase in the 99-year history of the company. Raising pay is an indicator C.R. England is committed to providing our employees with a long-term career path they can count on financially.”

With today’s announcement, every line-haul National and Regional driver received a pay increase. This includes solos, teams, and trainers. Trainers will continue to be the highest paid group of drivers at C.R. England. In addition to these increases, the company continues to evaluate and adjust pay for its already highly paid drivers in the Dedicated and Intermodal Divisions.

C.R. England is an industry leader in length of haul and offers benefits such as detention pay, referral bonuses, and competitive health insurance plans. C.R. England also offers significant long-term career opportunities in all its divisions. About 95 percent of drivers who complete Phase 2 are trainers or in a Dedicated, Intermodal, Regional, or OTR set run. In 2018, the company added 755 new Dedicated driving jobs. Almost 2,000 C.R. England drivers get home daily or almost every day.

Through the company-sponsored One Initiative, C.R. England drivers are also able to give back to the community. With each load delivered, a meal is donated to one of 22 food banks to provide a meal to a hungry child. Over 1.6 million meals were donated in 2018.

About C.R. England

Founded in 1920, C.R. England, Inc. is headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT and is one of North America’s largest refrigerated transportation companies. C.R. England services include National, Mexico, and Regional Truckload service in addition to Dedicated and Intermodal services. Visit www.crengland.com.

About One Initiative
To learn more about C.R. England’s goal of providing one million meals to children each year, visit www.oneagainstchildhoodhunger.com.

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Media Contact:
David Allred
801.974.3880
david.allred@crengland.com

 

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2018 was a great year for trucking, but will 2019 be just as successful? Industry experts predict that 2019 will be almost as good as 2018. The Federal Reserve predicts the U.S. economy will gradually slow to a 2.3% growth rate in 2019, slightly down from 3% last year, setting the stage for another successful year in trucking. With industry experts having a positive outlook for 2019, here are some of the top trends we should expect to see.

Driver Shortage

The driver shortage we saw in 2018 will continue to be one of the biggest struggles for trucking companies. Currently, the industry is still short approximately 50,000 drivers and companies are competing in a tight hiring market. The National Transportation Institute expects driver wages to raise in 2019 in fleet’s efforts to shrink the driver shortage. Driver wages are already more favorable from that of just a year ago. For example, in May 2018, C.R. England announced its largest driver pay increase in our 98-year company history.

Electric and Autonomous Trucks

One of the most talked about topics in the trucking industry in 2018 was electric and autonomous trucks. Electric semi-trucks from various manufacturers have been on the rise and are being tested for short haul trips by many companies. In 2019, we should expect to see more adoption, testing, and acceptance of this new technology. One of the most anticipated milestones of 2019 is for Tesla to begin production of their electric Class 8 Semi, but Tesla’s history of missing deadlines has many industry experts asking if the lavish semi will actually make it into production this year.

Research and development of autonomous trucks will continue to make its way into 2019, slowly progressing from concept to reality. While the actual deployment of self-driving trucks could take a decade or two, it remains as one of the most talked about topics in the industry.

Technology

In efforts to make supply chain systems more efficient, Artificial Intelligence is expected to make big developments and become more mainstream in the trucking industry this year. Many companies are already integrating AI into their fleets by using it for predictive equipment maintenance, pallet loading onto trailers, freight matching, and more. Really, the possibilities of AI in trucking are endless.

Another technology innovation that is projected to make great strides in 2019 is blockchain. Blockchain is a new technology that has huge potential in the trucking industry. Blockchain allows for data to be stored on various servers in multiple locations, is more secure (so far, no blockchain has been hacked), and information cannot be lost.

Tariffs

With retailers left uncertain of possible tariffs in 2019, many retail businesses have been “front-loading” their imported inventories before tariffs are implemented. This stockpiling of goods has changed freight demand during the last few months of 2018 and could continue to alter the traditional seasonality trends in 2019.

The trends on the horizon for 2019 are promising. Industry experts predict that 2019 will be similar to 2018, with a steady economy, industry growth, and technological advancements.

Resources:

https://www.joc.com/us-freight-growth-shifts-lower-gear-2019_20181224.html

https://www.ccjdigital.com/from-the-data-world-trucking-forecasts-and-trends-for-2019/

https://www.truckinginfo.com/321837/9-trends-to-watch-in-trucking-in-2019

https://www.ttnews.com/articles/road-ahead-blockchain

https://www.joc.com/trucking-logistics/us-tariff-postponement-may-reshape-early-2019-trucking_20181204.html

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It’s the beginning of a new year and most of us are feeling inspired and motivated by the resolutions we have made in the last few weeks. One of the most common New Year’s resolutions that undoubtedly everyone has created at least once in their life, is to be healthier. We start the year off by setting goals, researching all the latest health trends, and we hit the gym more than we usually would.

As a professional truck driver, you spend much of your day sitting, with little physical activity. Then, when you arrive at a truck stop and get out of your truck, greasy fast food options overwhelmingly dominate, which is why drivers often ask us how they can maintain a healthy lifestyle while out on the road. We reached out to our C.R. England Driver Liaisons, who have a combined total of over 30 years of experience in the trucking industry, for their best health tips for life on the road. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be difficult for anyone, whether they are on the road or not, but following these tips will make it a little bit easier.

Andrea Costello, Salt Lake City, UT

One of the most common things I hear from new drivers is that they have difficulty changing their diets to meet their new lifestyle. It’s important to evaluate your level of activity and to remember, food is fuel.  If the engine isn’t running as much, it doesn’t need as much fuel.  Where drivers spend more time in the seat, other areas need more support.  Proper rest, staying alert, being prepared for changes, the ability to calculate and trip plan are just a few key examples.  Energy drinks may seem like a good idea, but they can turn on you and become a crutch to bad habits.  Drinking water in place of turbo caffeinated drinks and soda will serve you better in the long run.  Having healthy snacks like fruit, vegetables, jerky, and assorted nuts will increase your energy without increasing the waistline.  Plan ahead and keep a cooler stocked with the best fuel for the best performance.  During downtime, don’t fight the urge and take a couple laps around the parking lot or take a few minutes to stretch. You deserve to feel your best and be your best!

BC Chevis, Colton, CA

Before becoming a truck driver, I was physically in great shape, but I knew things would change once I began driving. Learning to become a smart driver, both mentally and physically, was a great challenge. Providing my body with the fuel it needed to perform my job well was a matter of simply making good decisions while out on the road. At first, it was tough. At every truck stop, fast food was the main food choice and was a great way to stay on the run. The unwanted pounds soon began to pack on and I made the choice to change my habit of seeking fast hunger satisfaction. An ice chest or cooler quickly became the source to hold the nourishment needed to replenish my body and the fuel needed to stay focused on my goal. Fruit became a good snack after chowing down a nice sandwich that was pre-prepared for a long haul and work day. Peanuts were also a great in-between filler for a small protein boost. The right amount of water daily is also a must.  Staying away from fast food choices and making better meal decisions will save you from the pitfall of physical overload while on the road.

Nick Cottom, Laredo, TX

The best way to stay healthy on the road is to have a balanced diet. Once you’ve balanced your diet and limited calorie intake, you need to balance your calorie expenditure. “Calories in and calories out” is a good focus. It is a good idea to determine how many calories you need a day and if you burn more calories than you consume, the weight will drop. When I was driving, I would find the largest truck stops and park in the farthest parking spot from the building to force myself to walk to stay healthy on the road.

With many of us focusing our attention on our health and creating healthy habits this time of the year, try some of the tips above and see what works for you. You might be surprised at how easy, yet effective, these simple lifestyle changes are and the improvements they can make to your overall health while on the road.

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Christmas has come and gone, and now we are all getting ready for the New Year. During this time of year, you might be reflecting on what you accomplished in 2018 and thinking about what you hope to happen in 2019. The New Year is traditionally viewed as a time to try something new, build better habits, or wipe your slate clean and have a fresh start. Because of this, many people all over the world take part in creating New Year’s resolutions, or goals that they hope to achieve in the coming year. Millions of people start the year off on the right foot, but unfortunately, it is estimated that approximately 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. The startling realization that resolutions may be harder to achieve than we think means we need to go about setting goals in the right way. Whether your New Year’s resolution is to have a healthier lifestyle, save money, or excel in your career as a truck driver, use these tactics to help you stick to your resolutions all year long.

21 Days

Research by Dr. Maxwell Maltz shows that it takes the human brain roughly 21 days to adjust to life changes, big or small. If you can stick with your resolutions consistently for 21 days, you will have a much greater chance of forming a habit and achieving your goals. Hoping to be healthier in 2019? Try practicing a few, small healthy habits for 21 days and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you have settled into your new habit.

Write it Down

One of the easiest ways you can accomplish your resolutions is to simply write your goals down. The small act of writing your goals makes them seem more tangible and real, instead of just an idea in your head. Writing your goals down will also make you feel more committed to them. This year, write your goals down and place them somewhere where you will see them often to remind you and hold you more accountable. It also doesn’t hurt to share your goals with one or two people who you trust so they can motivate you and help you stay on track.

SMART Goals

Perhaps the most common reason for not accomplishing New Year’s resolutions is because we tend to create goals for ourselves that are too difficult or ambiguous. This year, strive to make SMART goals—goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time bound. Instead of saying, “I want to achieve a higher status in Elite Awards in 2019” try something along the lines of, “To gain a higher Elite Awards status, I will slow my accelerations and reduce idling to improve my MPG score from 4 to 5 stars by March 2019.” Then, once you achieve that goal, you can set another small, achievable goal for the next few months that will continue to affect your overall Elite Awards status. Creating goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound will help you make goals that are realistic and attainable.

To have long-term success as a professional truck driver, it is important that you create goals for yourself to continually improve your skills, but you will need to go about it in the right way. Whatever your resolutions for 2019 may be, it is important to create SMART goals so you can have a clear picture of what you are hoping to accomplish. Consistently stick with your goals for at least 21 days and write them down so you are regularly reminded of them. By using these three tips, you will feel more confident and have the ability to achieve your resolutions in 2019 and beyond.

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