Truck Drivers Lose Weight and Compete for Cash and Bragging Rights

The results are in! Ten weeks ago, 12 Bay and Bay Transportation truck drivers and staff members set out to compete against five other trucking companies in the TCA Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown. In conjunction with the Lindora Clinic, the six teams set out to lose an average of 10% of their body weight in 10 weeks. The teams were competing for individual and team prizes that included $2,500 cash and other prizes.

While Bay and Bay Transportation didn’t win the top spot, our participants achieved an impressive total weight loss average of 9.3%. Our very own Jesse McGowan shed an astounding 19.9% of his body weight to clinch the 4th-place spot for individual participants. Bay and Bay also finished in 4th place in the competition. The winning team, Halvor Lines, finished 13.2% lighter than when they started 10 weeks ago. Together, all of the teams lost a total of 1,604.5 lbs.

Most of the participants have seen the benefits of their new, healthier lifestyle:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Less physical pain
  • Reduced risks of
    • Heart disease
    • Stroke
    • Diabetes
    • Sleep apnea
  • Look and feel better
  • Much more!

Competition standings aside, we are so proud of the progress and accomplishments made by the participants, especially those from the Bay and Bay family. They have taken the challenge to make healthier living a priority. They are well on the road to better health and habits that will help them to enjoy a greater quality of life now and a longer life with their families and friends.

Bay & Bay Transportation is a company that cares about its truck drivers. Are you looking for a truck driver job where you know you will be treated like a person, not a number?  Call to learn more about working for Bay & Bay Transportation.

Truck Driving Jobs’ Worst Kept Secret: Drowsy Driving Dangers

Drowsy driving is a serious problem for truck drivers. Bay and Bay Transportation is one trucking company that works to help its drivers do everything they can to avoid it. There are companies that have developed special equipment and products to combat drowsy driving, yet it still plagues commercial drivers and non-commercial drivers alike.

 

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Drowsy Driving Statistics

  • Causes 100,000 traffic accidents each year
  • Causes over 1,500 deaths each year
  • Is responsible for 1 in 6 fatal accidents each year
  • Causes $12.5 BILLION in losses and damages each year
  • 60% of drivers admit to doing it in the past year
  • 94% of drivers admit to doing it in their life time
  • 100% of people are able to prevent or avoid it

Whatever you call it—Sleepy Street, Drowsy Drive, Tired Trail, Weary Way, or Fatigue Freeway —DROWSY DRIVING has become one of the most dangerous and least talked about problems of our time.

“I only nodded off once.  It’s no big deal.”

It is a big deal. When you’re tired your faculties are not at fully functioning levels. Here are some of the things that sleepiness can cause:

  • Slower than usual reaction times
  • Lapses in judgment of depth and time
  • Blurred or obscured vision (you can’t see through your eyelids)
  • Delays in the processing of sensory information
  • AN ACCIDENT!

Studies have found that lack of sleep has the same effect on a driver’s cognitive abilities as consuming alcohol. A normal adult who has been awake for 18 hours has the same amount of impairment as a person with a BAC of .05%. Someone who has been awake for 24 hours has the same level of physical and mental impairment as a person with a BAC level of .10%. The legal limit for Driving While Intoxicated in all 50 states is .08% BAC. The magic number for commercial drivers is .04% BAC.

Warning Signs and Counter Measures

Most truck drivers can use common sense to determine whether they are tired or not. But—just in case—here is a list of warning signs along the Half-Awake Highway:

  • Trouble focusing
  • Restlessness
  • Rubbing eyes
  • Heavy eyelids
  • Frequent blinking
  • Excessive yawning
  • Wandering/disconnected thoughts
  • Trouble remembering the last few miles
  • Drifting between lanes
  • Drifting onto the shoulder/rumble strips

Here are some suggestions from Bay and Bay Transportation for truck drivers to avoid dangerous situations for themselves and for other drivers.

Before you feel sleepy:

  • Get 7-9 hours of sleep the previous night
  • Take breaks every 2-3 hours of driving (or every 100-200 miles)
  • Bring along someone (or something) to talk to
  • Avoid alcohol or sedating medications

If you start to feel drowsy as you drive down Sleepy Street:

  • STOP THE VEHICLE!  Don’t try to fight against the fatigue; acknowledge it.  Pull over at the next available exit or rest area. They call it a “Rest Area” for a reason.
  • Take a nap. A 15-30 minute nap will leave you feeling refreshed and recharge your batteries so you can make it safely to your destination.
  • After you wake up, drink caffeine. A big ol’ cup of coffee or an energy drink/supplement, coupled with a nap, will help boost your energy and keep you alert and awake.

Those of us with truck driving jobs are well aware of the day-to-day dangers involved in our profession. Chances are, due to deadline and schedule pressure, you are one of the drivers who have fallen asleep at the wheel. If you’re reading this, then you made it out alive. But not everyone is so lucky. For the unfortunate drivers, the accident victims, and all of their families, commit to not driving while you are tired or drowsy. It’s not worth your life or someone else’s life.

 

Bay & Bay Transportation is a company that cares about its drivers. Are you looking for a truck driver job where you know you will be treated like an individual, not a number?  Call to learn more about working for Bay & Bay Transportation.

Exercising on the Road Makes Truck Driving Jobs a Healthier Career Option

Since 1941, Bay & Bay Transportation has been an industry leading trucking company. We got that way because of our employees. We aren’t only interested in what our truck drivers and staff can do for us, we are also interested in their well-being and success when they are not on the road. We don’t just provide truck driver jobs, we provide the best trucking career opportunities available in the industry.

At some time or another everyone has made excuses why they are too busy, or it’s too inconvenient to eat right and exercise. The downside is that our health and well-being suffers because we are just plain unmotivated to work a healthier diet and exercise into our normal routine.

In our last blog we talked about some tips for eating healthier on the road. We also stressed the importance of taking baby steps to reach our health goals. This blog is going to cover the other side of the healthy living coin: exercise. We’ll offer some tips on how you, as truck drivers, can stay moving and get healthier while you are on the road.

The Excuses

There are thousands of excuses any one of us could come up with for NOT exercising. We’re going to provide the two most popular excuses from truck drivers, and non-truck drivers, and give you our “devil’s advocate” response to these excuses.

“I can’t fit exercise into my busy life.”

You are a truck driver. You do not have a normal, 9-5 schedule. We get that. But, there are times in your driving schedule that you can fit in some type of physical activity:

  • Your 10-hour work break- Yes, it is your down time, but how wise and healthy is it to burn off some of that physical energy before you rest? How else would you be spending that time any way? Watching TV or surfing the internet?
  • While you wait for loading and unloading- You’ll just be sitting and waiting in your driver’s seat anyway. Get out of the cab and move.
  • Before you start driving every day- Talk about a natural energy booster! Get your blood pumping before you start driving and you’ll feel the difference down the road.
  • Your 30-minute HOS break- You are required to stop after eight hours of service anyway. Do some push-ups, lunges or simply take a walk.
  • You do have time in your schedule to squeeze in a little exercise. So now what’s your excuse?

“I Don’t Know What To Do For Exercise”

There are hundreds of thousands of websites that have simple exercises that do not require a huge investment, fancy equipment, or a health club membership. Google it! Type in “simple exercises” or “bodyweight exercises” and see what you come up with. In the meantime here are some suggestions:

  • Push ups- Good ol’ push-ups, done correctly, are great for strengthening your core, chest, shoulders, arms and back. If you can only do a few at first, don’t give up. You’ll be doing more in no time.
  • Lunges- In the same way push-ups are good for upper body, lunges a great lower body exercise. They’re simple to do, you don’t need a lot of space to do them, and you’ll feel the burn after just a few.
  • Core exercises- You’ve worked on your upper and lower body, but don’t forget your core, specifically your abs. Strengthen your abs to alleviate and prevent back problems. Try planks, leg lifts, or flutter kicks. Steer clear of traditional crunches.
  • Walk- We’ve saved the best for last. Of all the things you could do to make yourself healthier, walking is the most effective and beneficial exercise available. And, it’s the easiest. Ancient philosopher and physician, Hippocrates, once said, “Walking is man’s best medicine.” Clearly, he knew something that we’ve all forgotten in this modern age. Dr. Mike Evans produced a video that illustrates the health benefits of walking.

Don’t forget to stretch throughout the day! Stretching is a great way for you to re-energize your body and lower the risk of injury. Remember, we’re not asking you to do all of these things all at once. Just acknowledge that you need to do something. You’ll notice the difference in your energy level, alertness, confidence level, the way your clothes fit, your mood, and in the mirror. There will be times when it is difficult or not practical to adhere to your new routine, but once the rough patch has passed, remember your reasons for doing it in the first place and keep going. You will never regret it.

Twelve Bay & Bay Transportation employees have been taking part in the TCA’s 3rd “Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown.” They accepted the challenge to represent Bay & Bay Transportation in this round of the TCA’s competition and to lose ten percent of their body weight in ten weeks. Check their progress on our Facebook page and cheer them on as they continue to learn new habits and methods for staying healthy. For information on how to join our team and get the best trucking job, visit our Driver Opportunities page.