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You spend a lot of time on the road when working for a trucking company, and good music can definitely make the trip more enjoyable. Whether you're driving from Philadelphia to Portland, or any route north, south, east or west, here are a few of our favorite trucking tunes to take along for the ride (in no particular order). Time flies when you're having fun, so go ahead and sing along!
Me and Bobby McGee: This love letter to the open highway has been covered many times, but none quite like the late Janis Joplin. Me and Bobby McGee is a song about a free-spirited couple that hitches a ride from a truck driver across the American south. They sing to pass the time, and then part ways during the journey, with Joplin expressing her sadness with her soulful voice. Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose.
Convoy: No trucking tunes list would be complete without C.W. McCall's Convoy. This fun little ditty made Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time, and is filled with 1970s CB slang. "Pig Pen, this here's the Rubber Duck, and I'm about to put the hammer down."
Six Days on the Road: This rocking tune was made famous by Dave Dudley in 1963, and is considered a true celebration of the American truck driver. More than 30 years later, a cover by country music band Sawyer Brown took hit the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Six days on the road and I'm gonna make it home tonight.
Truck Drivin Man: The rollicking blues harp in the beginning of Ricky Nelsons version of Truck Drivin Man will get your toes tapping. I said that old song sure does fit me, cause I'm a truck driving man.
Truckin: This Grateful Dead song from 1970 is a catchy shuffle with that quintessential, classic Dead sound. The songs lyrics are about the band's experiences on the road and serve as a metaphor for getting through the constant changes in life. "What a long, strange trip it's been.
Life is a Highway: This Tommy Cochrane song had a major comeback when it was covered by country band Rascal Flatts for the Pixar film Cars. KA-CHOW! Life is a highway. I want to ride it all night long.
I've Been Everywhere: That deep baritone voice of Johnny Cash could fill a whole album of tunes for the road, but I've Been Everywhere is the ultimate travel song. "Listen, I've traveled every road in this here land!
On The Road Again: This song was written in 1980 by the one and only Willie Nelson, and made famous by his unique vocals. You'll find it on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and in 2011, "On The Road Again" was inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame. And I can't wait to get on the road again.
Combined Express, Inc. and Delaware Valley Shippers, Inc. are the premier truckload, intermodal and LTL service providers across the United States, with more than 35 years of industry experience. Moving freight has never been easier or more cost-effective than with our custom transportation and express freight services! Our knowledgeable and experienced team of logistics professionals is always on call to assist you with any questions or concerns that might arise. We work closely with you to learn your unique freight needs, and to customize a shipping solution that fits your budget and delivers your cargo on time.
Sunday, 26 February 2017
Sleep Apnea & Trucking: The FMCSA Medical Review Board’s New Recommendations on Sleep Apnea for Truckers — Part 1
The Medical Review Board of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) outlined its official recommendations to the agency on screening and disqualification criteria for truck drivers who are suspected of having moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.
The board’s preliminary recommendations, which have not yet been approved by the board, encourage the FMCSA to require a trucker to be screened for sleep apnea if:
1. Has a body mass index greater than 40, or
2. Has a body mass index greater than 33 and meets three of the following:
· Older than 42
· Postmenopausal female
· Type 2 diabetes
· High blood pressure
· History of stroke, coronary artery disease, or arrhythmias
· Small or recessed jaw
· Loud snoring
· Witnessed pauses in breathing
· Small airway
· Neck size over 17 inches (male) or 15.5 inches (female)
· Untreated hypothyroidism
The board also recommends that FMCSA allow truckers with a sleep apnea diagnosis to continue to drive if they are being “treated effectively,” which is defined as “the resolution of moderated to severs OSA to mild or better, as determined by a certified sleep specialist.”
These recommendations are not yet final, however, as the board did not vote to approve them. Also the recommendations are just that — recommendations. FMCSA has no legal requirement to adopt any of the recommendations, but will likely lean on them when developing a sleep apnea rule.
Other Recommendations made included the following:
1. A driver found to be at risk for sleep apnea based on BMI should be certified for 90 days pending a sleep study.
2. If a driver already has a negative or mild diagnosis, a new sleep study should be ordered if any additional risk factors appear or if the driver has a 10 percent increase in weight. If age is the only added risk factor, then there should be a three-year wait since the last sleep study.
3. To diagnose drivers, an in-lab test is preferred but at-home testing is acceptable if the results cannot be falsified.
4. For treatment, a positive airway pressure (PAP) machine is preferred but oral devices and surgeries are options. A driver using a PAP machine can be certified for one year if they use the machine for at least 30 days (fewer if being recertified), at least 4 hours per night and on 70 percent of nights.
For more information, stay tuned for Part 2 of this series.
Combined Express, Inc. and Delaware Valley Shippers, Inc. are the premier truckload, intermodal and LTL service providers across the United States, with more than 35 years of industry experience. Moving freight has never been easier or more cost-effective than with our custom transportation services! Our knowledgeable and experienced team of logistics professionals is always on call to assist you with any questions or concerns that might arise. We work closely with you to learn your unique freight needs and to customize a shipping solution that fits your budget and delivers your freight on time.