July 2021 Newsletter
Operation Safe Driver Week
Operation Safe Driver Week is set to take place July 11-17, with a focus on speeding.
The Operation Safe Driver program is aimed to reduce accidents caused by unsafe driving behaviors.
While speeding will be a focus, law enforcement will still focus on other unsafe behaviors, such as distracted driving, reckless driving, improper following distance, etc
Huge thank you to all the drivers who have completed the new Tenstreet training.
You will receive an email from Tenstreet.com with a link to the training monthly. Tenstreet is our online portal for recruiting and safety.
The trainings are secure and will take 5-10 minutes to complete.
We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in completing them in a timely manner!
If you did not see the email, the link is: https://portal.tenstreet.com/generaltransportinc
Heart Disease Facts
According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 647,000 Americans die from heart disease each year, which accounts for 25% of deaths in the United States. In fact, one person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from heart disease. The key lifestyle factors that are putting truck drivers at higher risk for heart disease include:
- Smoking- Smoking increases your chances of developing heart disease by two to four times and increases your chances of dying from heart disease by two to three times. 51% of truck drivers smoke cigarettes, compared to 19% of Americans.
- Poor Diet- Poor diets can lead to obesity and clogged arteries, both of which are not good for heart health. Pack food from home or stock your truck with groceries to avoid the fast foods on the road.
- Physical Activity- As difficult as it is to get exercise on the road, it is important! Stretching, walking, lifting weights are all easily done on the road.
- Irregular Sleep- Poor sleep is tied directly and indirectly to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, and dementia. Utilize black out curtains in your cabins; stop using electronics an hour before bedtime; get some exercise in throughout their day; and use relaxing sound apps like Calm or Sleep Cycle
Stress- Eliminate stress as much as possible. We all know that is easier said than done but it is important for your health to limit stress on your body.
Knowing the signs of a heart attack:
- Pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching sensation in your chest or arms that may spread to your neck, jaw or back
- Nausea, indigestion, heartburn or abdominal pain
- Shortness of breath
- Cold sweat
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
Not all people who have heart attacks experience the same severity of symptoms. It is important to stay on top of your doctor’s appointments, and listen to the signs your body is giving and seek help.
This article is dedicated to Bill Davis who we mourn the one year anniversary of his passing this month.
SPOTLIGHT DRIVER: Russ Alderman
We wish you all the best in your retirement
Russ Alderman has been affiliated with General Transport since we opened. Before joining GT as an employee, Russ worked as a trailer mechanic and then eventually opened his own trailer repair shop. Russ’ experience made him a wealth of knowledge and he mentored many without ever knowing.
We hope you get to spend lots of time going to Disney and thrill seeking in your retirement!
Russ leaves behind shoes impossible to fill, but we hope he enjoys his well deserved retirement!
Newletter easter egg - Congratulations!
Congratulations to Wayne on spotting the hidden “Easter Egg” in last months newsletter.
Enjoy your gift card!