Being a truck driver is not an easy job. It takes a lot of skill to navigate an 80,000 lbs rig through different climates, weather conditions, road conditions and terrains. Also, trucks have large blinds spots making it difficult to tell where other vehicles are at times. Then throw in a bunch of tiny cars zipping around and weaving in and out of lanes in an, at times, unpredictable manner and you’ve got a recipe for a disaster.
One of my favorite television programs is one called ‘This Old House”. It is one of the original home repair programs and has been on TV for over 37 years. At the beginning of each program, they list the sponsors of the show and one of them is the IBEW, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. What sticks with me about that sponsor is the part where they say how much training each person has to go through to be a “certified” electrician.
Current collision avoidance systems (CAS) do a lot to help reduce accidents. The technology can detect vehicles that are further down the road in your lane and determine if they are slow moving or stationary and provide warnings to the driver. Many systems are also capable of applying breaks in emergency situations. This feature allows for a quicker overall reaction time that makes all the difference in preventing a collision.
It is important to balance exercise with a healthy diet. Exercise is important, but it cannot be your only means of losing weight. To illustrate, going for a 3 mile run might burn somewhere in the range of 400-600 extra calories. Those 400+ calories are completely erased if you swing by McDonald’s for a McDouble sandwich and a small fry. An hour of exercise is easily offset by 5 minutes of irresponsible eating!