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How can I be a healthy trucker?

Dear Carolyn, I really love my trucking job but am worried about the future. I am at least 75 lbs. overweight, have high blood pressure and probably sleep apnea. I try to eat a healthy diet and get a little exercise, but it’s hard. The hours are long and boring and if it’s in my truck and not nailed down, I eat it! Please don’t yell at me and tell me what an idiot I am. ...

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Let the (fuel-mileage) games begin!

When owner-operator Henry Albert proposed that he test speed's effect on fuel mileage on his blog Feb. 22 by dropping his top speed from 65 to 60, he sparked a wellspring of commentary from his readers. At first, he marveled at all the reaction. In the end, however, it's easily explained: simple, quantifiable results are what any business owner wants and needs to help ensure the success of any change or investment. It's no less understandable ...

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Life makes sense out on the road

Our extended vacation was good but went wrong in some ways.

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A bit of Daytona 500 history

The Daytona 500 race has never been rained out before. It was today.

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Go Guy ‘pocket urinal’ pitchman ‘Go Cousin Vinny’

"As spring approaches," runs the latest press release from the makers of the Go Guy pocket urinal (motto: "When there is nowhere to go, go where you are"), "more truckers will be heading out onto the open road to haul their wares from state to state" -- a pretty blanket statement, but likely valid considering historical seasonal upticks. "And in light of this," the release continues, "U-R-IN Control ... has a dire warning this spring for ...

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They tax truckers to death and then tax us more

Talking today about ad valorem tax and thanking truckers

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Fruit Smoothie

Any of you drivers who make an effort to stay healthy while on the road know that it's tough — really tough. And when it comes to eating, you have to plan, plan, plan. This next recipe requires planning, but it's so delicious that it's worth it. If you can pack the ingredients for the road, great. But if you need to find these things in a truckstop, just make sure you keep tabs on ...

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About Express-1 and XPO

I am researching and writing a story about expedite carrier Express-1 and its parent company XPO Logistics, Inc.

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Back to basics in apnea debate: The importance of sleep

Last night on the Truth About Trucking Live online radio program of fuel hauler Allen Smith and his wife, Donna, discussion of the FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and Medical Review Board's joint work on the issue of sleep apnea gave way at a crucial moment to a reiteration of the reality of the sleep apnea condition. It was delivered by a driver listener who, as I've heard from many other drivers out there ...

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Mistake made, losses cut

Today was about a land purchase that went bad.

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