Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Scoop on Shuteye

Originally Posted on Thu, Mar 27 2008 @ 3:31 PM [EST]

I found this article over at http://www.qualityhealth.com/.




The Scoop on Shuteye
Can't get a good night’s sleep? One of these misconceptions may be undermining your efforts.


Myth 1: If you can't fall asleep, you need to try harder.
Fact: Contrary to popular belief, you can't force yourself to sleep by spending more time in bed. If you can't fall asleep, you should get out of bed, move to another room, and wait until you’re truly tired to return. And don't even think about counting sheep: An Oxford University study found that insomniacs who counted sheep were less likely to doze off than those who didn't.

Myth 2: Alcohol promotes good sleep.
Fact: Although a few drinks may make you feel drowsy, alcohol can disrupt your sleep patterns, causing you to wake up after only three or four hours. It can also make chronic insomnia worse and increase symptoms of sleep deprivation. What's more, alcohol dependence has been linked to insomnia that can persist for months into abstinence and recovery, according to the National Institutes of Health. For a better bedtime beverage, try green tea.

Myth 3: You can catch up on lost sleep over the weekend.
Fact: While you may be able to get back on schedule, the sleep you lose on any given night is lost forever—it can't be "made up." In addition, sleeping for longer than recommended on the next night may be more harmful than helpful. According to experts, the best policy is to avoid skimping on sleep in the first place.

Myth 4: You need less sleep as you get older.
Fact: Because sleep rhythms tend to change with age, it's often assumed that older people require less sleep. But studies suggest otherwise. According to the National Sleep Foundation, older people may wake up more frequently through the night and get less quality sleep, but they require seven to eight hours' sleep, the same amount as younger people.

Myth 5: Insomnia is simply the inability to fall asleep.
Fact: In reality, insomnia refers to several sleep-related problems, including waking up too early and not being able to fall back asleep, getting up frequently during the night, or waking up without feeling refreshed. Be sure to chart your patterns in a sleep journal, and talk to your doctor about your symptoms so he or she can suggest
suitable treatment options.

Myth 6: A lack of sleep may be inconvenient, but it's not a serious health problem.
Fact: This is perhaps the most dangerous sleep myth of all. The fact is, insufficient sleep has been linked to dozens of serious health conditions, including obesity, hypertension, diabetes, depression, and even cancer. What's more, according to the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, sleep deprivation accounts for two out of three U.S. road accidents. Again, be sure to talk to your doctor about your
symptoms and treatment options.

This public service announcement has been brought you by Truckin Tedybehr.





Comments

Sleep is a problem in this business. I have sleep apnea and use a cpap machine when I sleep. I also suffer from severe depression and that causes trouble with my sleep. I am generally awake after only 3 to 5 hours of sleep. I'll be up for an hour or two and will go back to bed again for another couple of hours.
Comment By: Roadhzrd on Fri, Mar 28 2008 @ 3:31 AM [EST]

Don't feel bad Rdhzrd, I will probably need a CPAP machine too..I am not even overweight just genetics..VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Sun, Mar 30 2008 @ 4:52 AM [EST]

I have relatives that use a cpap and they are health nuts and in great shape.
Comment By: Roadhzrd on Mon, Mar 31 2008 @ 6:29 PM [EST]

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Big rig drivers slow down to save fuel

Originally Posted on Sun, Mar 23 2008 @ 4:31 PM [EST]

I found the following AP article on MSNBC.com. So, what are you doing to save fuel (and money)????


Truck drivers slow down to save fuel
With diesel fuel at $4 per gallon, truckers say slowing down saves money
The Associated Press
updated 3:35 p.m. ET, Sat., March. 22, 2008


BISMARCK, N.D. - Coast-to-coast trucker Lorraine Dawson says fellow drivers used to call her "Lead Foot Lorraine." But with diesel fuel around $4 a gallon, she and other big-rig drivers have backed off their accelerators to conserve fuel.

"I used to be a speed demon, but no more," said Dawson, based at Tacoma, Wash. "Most drivers have cut their speed considerably."

Dawson said she's cut her speed by five to 10 miles per hour to save money for her company. Many independent owner-operators have slowed even more, she said.

"My fiance is an owner-operator and he's been crying a lot about the price of fuel," Dawson said. "He's been slowing way down."

Truckers and industry officials say slowing a tractor-trailer rig from 75 mph to 65 mph increases fuel mileage by more than a mile a gallon, a significant bump for machines that get less than 10 miles per gallon hauling thousands of pounds of freight. Even sitting still with the engine idling, a rig gulps about a gallon of diesel every hour.

"We just can't afford it," Dawson said of diesel as she was topping off her fuel tanks at a Bismarck truck stop.

When she started driving trucks in 1997, diesel was about $1.97 a gallon, $2 a gallon cheaper than what she paid Wednesday in Bismarck. Rigs like hers have two fuel tanks, typically holding 300 gallons each.

Fuel costs surpass labor costs
The nationwide average for a gallon of diesel on Thursday was $4.03, up from $2.74 one year earlier, AAA North Dakota spokesman Gene LaDoucer said. The average in North Dakota on Thursday was $3.98, up from $2.82 a year ago, he said.

"Twenty-four states are paying $4 or higher," LaDoucer said Thursday.

The climb is blamed on record crude oil prices and global demand, LaDoucer said.

"Diesel is the predominate fuel used in foreign countries, and there is a lot more demand for it globally and that helps bid up the price that we are paying here," LaDoucer said.

Fuel accounts for about a quarter of carriers' operating costs, and now is surpassing
labor as the biggest expense for some carriers, said Tiffany Wlazlowski, a spokeswoman for the Arlington, Va.-based American Trucking Associations.

"And rising fuel costs do increase the cost of consumer goods," she said.

Trucks haul 70 percent of all freight tonnage in the U.S., according to the American Trucking Associations.

State troopers have noticed the decline in truckers' speeds, said North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Eric Pederson.

"We see it when we're out patrolling," Pederson said. "In talking to the drivers, a lot of the large companies are setting policies that give the drivers a little more leeway on the time on their loads — just to save on the fuel."

Anything to save fuel Wlazlowski said the U.S trucking industry expects to spend $135 billion on diesel this year, up from $112 billion in 2007. There are 3.5 million truck drivers in this country, she said.

"For every one-penny increase in the price of diesel, it costs our industry $391 million," she said. "In the last month, it's gone up 50 cents."

Wlazlowski said the trucking industry does "anything that will help them save fuel." She said that includes outfitting trucks with aerodynamic fairings and special tires to improve mileage. Drivers also are using more efficient routes and reducing idling times.

Trucking company Con-way Inc. of Ann Arbor, Mich., announced this month that it adjusted speed governors on the engines of the 8,400 semis in its less-than-truckload division, Con-way Freight.

Truckload carriers usually dedicate a shipment to a single customer, and move freight directly from the shipper to the receiver. Less-than-truckload carriers are filled with shipments from multiple customers, and may redistribute it at terminals along routes.

Con-way spokesman Gary Frantz said the maximum speed of the trucks has been cut from 65 mph to 62, a move that should cut fuel consumption by 3.2 million gallons a year.

"It's a significant savings," Frantz said.

The company said the move also would eliminate 72 million pounds of carbon emissions annually, or the equivalent to removing nearly 7,300 automobiles from U.S. highways.

Frantz said the company should have the governors on the 3,000 rigs in its truckload fleet adjusted next month.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23757347/



Comments

Our company is installing apu's on all the new trucks coming in. These states that have the anti-idle laws did us a favor. Now there is a large selection to choose from and is saving companies big bucks in fuel.They decided against putting them on trucks that were currently in service. The cost in down time and the short time the trucks would be in the fleet just didn't make it worth the money.
Comment By: Roadhzrd on Tue, Mar 25 2008 @ 5:55 AM [EST]

Friday, March 14, 2008

Happy Pi Day

Originally Posted on Fri, Mar 14 2008 @ 7:41 PM [EST]

Happy Pi Day !!!!!

Get it ... Pi () = 3.14 ... today is 3/14.

Pi, Greek letter (), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi = 3.1415926535... Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th.

With the use of computers, Pi has been calculated to over 1 trillion digits past the decimal. Pi is an irrational number meaning it will continue infinitely without repeating. The symbol for Pi was first used in 1706 by William Jones, but was popular after it was adopted by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.

If you would like to see Pi () taken out to one million digits, go here: http://www.piday.org/million.php
Comments

Irrational, wow thats just like me..VM-out!
Comment By:VM on Sun, Mar 16 2008 @ 3:21 AM [EST]

What kind of pi is that? Apple or cherry?
Comment By:Roadhzrd on Mon, Mar 17 2008 @ 9:56 AM [EST]

Illegal Immigration

Originally Posted on Fri, Mar 14 2008 @ 3:35 PM [EST]

Let me start off by saying that I don't care what country you are from as long as you came into this one legally.

This was sent to me via e-mail. I think it is a very interesting point of view regarding illegal immigration.

An interesting way of looking at the immigration dilemma.


Recently large demonstrations have taken place across the country protesting the fact that Congress is finally addressing the issue of illegal immigration.

Certain people are angry that borders, might make it harder to sneak into this country and, once here, to stay indefinitely. Let me see if I correctly understand the thinking behind these protests.

Let's say I break into your house.
Let's say that when you discover me in your house,
you insist that I leave.
But I say, 'No! I like it here.
It's better than my house.
I've made all the beds and washed the dishes and did the laundry and swept the floors.
I've done all the things you don'tlike to do.
I'm hard-working and honest except for when I broke into your house.

According to the protesters:

You are Required to let me stay in your house
You are Required to feed me
You are Required to add me to your family's insurance plan
You are Required to Educate my kids
You are Required to Provide other benefits to me & to my family (my husband will do all of your yard work because he is also hard-working and honest, except for
that breaking in part).

If you try to call the police or force me out, I will call my friends who will picket your house carrying signs that proclaim my RIGHT to be there.

It's only fair, after all, because you have a nicer house than I do, and I'm just trying to better myself. I'm a hard-working and honest, person, except for well, you know, I did break into your house and what a deal it is for me!!!

I live in your house, contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do about it without being accused of cold, uncaring, selfish, prejudiced, and bigoted behavior.


Oh yeah I DEMAND that you learn MY LANGUAGE!!! So you can communicate with me.



What do you think? -TTB

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Vote

Originally Posted on Tue, Mar 04 2008 @ 8:57 AM [EST]

Today is the Ohio Primary. TX, RI and VT are also voting today. If you are from one of these states, hopefully you will either be voting today or sending in your absentee ballot. If you are not from one of these, hopefully you voted in your state.

I know it is said a lot but yes, one vote can make a difference. Look at how close some of the elections have been lately. The scary part about it is that oHIo is usually a big part in making the decision. *shudder*

If you voted, I would love to hear who you voted for in the Presidential race and why.

Sorry to get off on a rant here but ... If you didn't vote (particularly if you aren't even registered) and don't have a d*mn good reason why, then I don't want to hear your opinion on politics because you are not even trying to make a difference. You just want to stand around and b*tch. Yes, I believe you have the right to freedom of speech, but I also have the right not to listen. If you don't vote, then you shouldn't complain.

I'll step away from the podium now. -TTB

truckin.tedybehr@gmail.com


Comments

Your starting to take after VM!! So many people getting on thier soapbox lately that we should have a derby sometime!!
Comment By: Roadhzrd on Wed, Mar 05 2008 @ 11:41 AM [EST]

I would say I'm sorry about climbing on my soapbox but I guess I'm not. Voting is something I've become pretty passionate about. I think a soapbox derby would be pretty funny. Just the thought of a bunch of guys doing it is pretty amusing.
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Wed, Mar 05 2008 @ 6:48 PM [EST]

I vote all the time..Don't blame me for the California Government...VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Sat, Mar 08 2008 @ 6:30 AM [EST]

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Volunteer Needed

Originally Posted on Sat, Mar 01 2008 @ 6:11 PM [EST]

As I stated in my blog on February 25th, Continuing My Studies, I was asked to review a course at www.idrivetrucks.com. I figured, 'why not'. They get their course reviewed and I get some free training. Since I don't have my CDL and have no experience driving a truck, I was able to convince them to also provide me with a second free course code to allow an experienced driver to review the content of the course. Therefore, I'm looking for a volunteer. If you are an experienced truck driver and would be willing to take the online course and provide me with your input on the content of the course, please give me a shout. The code will give you 30 days from the time it is registered to go through the course.

If you would be interested in assisting me but are afraid of them coming back to you asking for money or spamming you, I would be more than willing to register using the 2nd code and providing you with the login information.

I'm currently working through the 6th of 10 sections of the course and so far so good. I definitely believe there is room for some improvements and I will provide them with my thoughts. Hopefully they will use any feedback I provide them to improve their course.

I am in no way affiliated with www.idrivetrucks.com and I'm not in anyway endorsing them. I am just using their offer of a free course to farther my CDL education.

Once I'm done going through the course (and if I find a volunteer to review the content of the course for me), I will provide a review of the course on my blog.

-TTB
truckin.tedybehr@gmail.com



Comments

To be quite honest I'd probably have a hard time passing the tests since all that stuff doesn't really matter once you get past the DMV..Its not that I couldn't its that I'd have to study up on it again..The "REAL" trucking begins when you start with a trainer. Its kind of a slap in the face unless you're prepared for it..Hee hee..VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Sun, Mar 02 2008 @ 4:19 AM [EST]

I'm about the same as VM. If I were to take the course I would be laughing through alot of it. I was trained by my Dad when I was about 15. He threw a set of keys to me and pointed to a truck and said "Hook that truck up to that trailer and bring it over there." Kind of like the school of hard knocks. You learn from your mistakes and listen in on conversations to pickup pointers. You will find out when you start that you will learn how to drive a truck 3 times, the schools way, the companies trainers way and from experience.
Comment By: Roadhzrd on Sun, Mar 02 2008 @ 1:23 PM [EST]

Thanks guys. I appreciate all that you do to help the newbs like me.
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Mon, Mar 03 2008 @ 5:22 PM [EST]

TT, me thinks you were like I was..Overthinking this business..Its really not that hard to get a CDL..Its harder to keep your nose clean..What I mean by that is once you get your CDL do everything to protect it..That means no tickets, incidents, or accidents..That means when your not sure of where your backing into..GET OUT AND LOOK..It only takes a minute..But it will save you over and over..What you may lack in skill you can make up for in caution..The other day I went to a place in the middle of nowhere that I've never been to before at night..So what did I do..WALK THE AREA..I got my flashlight and made sure I didn't have any hazards I could run into..It'll save you over and over again if you just take your time when your not 120% sure of what your doing..VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Sat, Mar 08 2008 @ 6:38 AM [EST]

Video shows truck with crane crashing into tunnel

Originally Posted on Sat, Mar 01 2008 @ 1:35 PM [EST]

This is from a Boston, Mass TV station's web site.

You can find a link to the video on the WHDH web site.
http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO74352/



Video shows truck with crane crashing into tunnel
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority released a video of a truck carrying a crane crashing into a tunnel leading to the Ted Williams Tunnel this week.

The incident happened around 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday in the westbound I-90 connector tunnel.

The video shows a flatbed truck carrying a crane enter the tunnel and trigger the over height sensors and warning sign before the entrance. But the driver continued.

That's when the top of the crane hit the tunnel ceiling.

"The part of the crane, looked like to me it was jetting up into the ceiling," said Christian Mosher, a witness.

It took 90 minutes for officials to clear the accident. Inspectors said there were minor damage, but no structural damage.

The driver, Jeffrey Peck, 50, of Revanna, Ohio, could face a $1,100 fine. He was cited for an over height violation and failing to secure his load.

(Copyright 2008 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Wear Your Seatbelt !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Originally Posted on Sat, Mar 01 2008 @ 1:06 PM [EST]

Whether you are in your car, your truck or in the bunk of a moving truck, please, please, please wear your seatbelt.

This is from WLWT a Cinncinatti TV station's web site.

http://www.wlwt.com/news/15456190/detail.html


Truck Driver Killed In Gallatin County Crash

POSTED: 10:11 pm EST February 29, 2008
UPDATED: 8:23 am EST March 1, 2008



GALLATIN CO., Ky. -- A fatal crash shut down a portion of Interstate 71 in Gallatin County Friday night.

The wreck happened in the northbound lanes near mile marker 63 just before 7:30 p.m.

Troopers said Danny L. Greenwell was driving a tractor-trailer when it ran off the right side of the road, jackknifed and overturned on the highway.

Greenwell was ejected from the truck and killed.

Two other vehicles hit Greenwell's truck, but the drivers were not seriously hurt.