CPAP – Helping Truck Drivers with Sleep Apnea to Get Rested and Refreshed

Does your partner claim you snore loudly? Do you wake up gasping in the middle of the iStock 000014873639 Medium 300x200 CPAP – Helping Truck Drivers with Sleep Apnea to Get Rested and Refreshednight? Are you exhausted every day, no matter how much sleep you got the night before? If you answered yes to any of these, you could be a truck driver with sleep apnea.

The primary risk factors for sleep apnea are similar to the demographics that make up the brunt of the commercial driver population: male, overweight and over age 40. According to the Protecting Professional Drivers (PPD) website, up to 28 percent of truck drivers have sleep apnea. Fortunately, the condition is diagnosable and treatable.

Sleep apnea develops when breathing is interrupted during sleep. The most common type, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), occurs when tissues in the throat collapse, producing loud snoring and a completely blocked airway. Those with the condition can attest to how exhausting it is to have their sleep cycle interrupted as frequently as every 30 seconds all night long.

PPD offers an effective treatment option for patients with OSA called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP. This is when you wear a mask over your nose that gently blows heated, humidified air into the throat while you sleep. The airflow is set to your individual needs and acts as a “splint” to keep the airway open.

A growing number of truck drivers are volunteering for the screening process and CPAP treatment. Here’s a look at one truck driver’s life-changing experience overcoming sleep apnea with CPAP:

“I was always exhausted throughout the day. I nodded off all the time and would even doze off in the middle of a conversation. Not only was it embarrassing, it was dangerous. I finally agreed to a sleep study after talking with a doctor. The sleep study confirmed I had severe sleep apnea. The test showed I never achieved REM sleep during a four-hour period. I stopped breathing an average of nine times an hour, and I tossed and turned throughout the sleep study. I was amazed when I saw the video of me sleeping.

“I was fitted for a CPAP machine. Yes, it did take a couple nights to get used to it, but it has been a life changer. I sleep straight through the night and wake up refreshed. My wife is glad because I don’t snore or gasp when I sleep. I use what is called a nasal pillow, which is very small and does not smother me. I don’t even take a nap without my CPAP on.”

If you are interested in participating in a sleep study to learn whether you have sleep apnea, visit the PPD website for more information. Then, learn about opportunities for truck drivers by visiting the Jiggy Jobs website and finding us on TwitterLinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.

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How Have Lower Fuel Prices Impacted the Trucking Industry?

From pizza delivery to public transit, everyone is breathing a sigh of relief as gas prices approach a national average of $2.00 per gallon. Diesel fuel, a staple in tjobs for truckers 300x148 How Have Lower Fuel Prices Impacted the Trucking Industry?he trucking industry, also saw a substantial price drop of $0.44 per gallon in December, according to the Auburn Citizen, and is expected to see another $0.35 to $0.50 drop by the end of January.

Trucks, trains and ships relying on diesel have been greatly impacted by dropping fuel prices. Here’s how:

Higher Earning Power for Trucking Companies

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the American Trucking Association estimates that for every 1-cent drop in diesel costs, the trucking industry as a whole saves $350 million per year. A 70-cent drop in the past 12 months resulted in a whopping $24 billion in savings, and while 85 percent of the savings goes to shippers, trucking companies have the opportunity to boost their bottom line as well.

Better Pricing for Customers

When costs are down for transportation providers in the trucking industry, they can pass the savings on to customers. In 2008 when national fuel prices averaged $4.76 per gallon, many transportation companies charged a fuel surcharge to their customers. Lower prices mean the surcharge is decreased or completely eliminated.

Greater Optimism Among Truck Drivers

Increased savings at the pump increases morale among truck drivers and boosts spirits. More freight becomes available when companies offer lower prices, which in turn gives drivers more miles and increases their income.

Less Interest in Alternative Fuels

This negative impact comes as no surprise in an industry where the bottom line must be a top priority. Cleaner vehicles powered by biodiesel, natural gas and electricity are in lower demand as diesel fuel and gasoline prices continue to drop. Shippers are delaying purchases of natural gas-powered trucks, waiting to see if gas prices continue to fluctuate. While natural gas is still cheaper than diesel fuel – at least for now – the slim price differential means it takes longer to recoup the $50,000 additional investment Reuters says it takes to purchase a natural gas truck.

The forecast made by GasBuddy, a fuel pricing and forecasting website, calls for prices to remain mostly steady throughout 2015. While this means transportation companies might not get to enjoy another dollar drop like we saw in 2014, it means the savings in the trucking industry and beyond could continue. Keep on top of AAA national gas price averages by visiting fuelgaugereport.com.

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Carrier of the Month – Maverick Transportation

Jiggy Jobs’ Carrier of the Month is Maverick Transportation, an over-the-road and dedicated service provider based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Founded in 1980, Maverick mavericktranslogo Carrier of the Month   Maverick Transportationoperates over 1,400 units capable of serving the flatbed, glass and temperature-controlled transportation markets across North America. If you’re interested in driving for a company that offers industry-leading pay, Maverick could be the company for you.

As of January 4, drivers in all of Maverick’s divisions began receiving significantly higher pay for their efforts. Drivers of all backgrounds and experience levels benefit from their new Pay for Experience program.

Under the program, drivers with at least one year of professional driving experience are ranked in a higher pay slot. Each successive year of experience results in continually higher pay for each driver. The increase has brought the average Maverick truck driver’s salary to between $60,800 and $66,500.

Even drivers without experience can complete this carrier of the month’s industry-leading student program and receive mileage increases. Student drivers and those who join Maverick with less than six months of experience can now expect to earn $53,000 in their first year. Drivers with six to 12 months of experience earn closer to $57,500.

The Pay for Experience program is a huge benefit for Maverick drivers across the board. In addition to great starting pay and extra benefits for experienced drivers, this carrier of the month also offers late-model equipment and unmatched training at its newly expanded driver training center in Arkansas. The $4 million expansion now facilitates the training of 210 new drivers at a time, about double the old facility’s capabilities.

Other incentives to drive for Maverick include an exceptional recruiting package and a new introductory pay rate in the company’s Pay for Performance program, allowing new recruits to start earning an extra $0.02 to $0.04 cents per mile immediately after going solo.

For more information about this carrier of the month, please visit the Maverick Transportation profile page. You can also apply to drive for Maverick directly on the Jiggy Jobs website. To conduct more research on different trucking companies, find us on TwitterLinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.

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Truck Driving in Washington State

The great northwestern state of Washington is home to mountains, islands and even a iStock 000036249554 Small 300x199 Truck Driving in Washington Staterainforest. The majestic state boasts one of the most amazing coastlines in the US. It’s the place where Starbucks and grunge music were born, and it’s the perfect place to travel for whale watching and experiencing the great outdoors. If truck driving takes you to this great state, be sure to soak up some of its best attractions.

Sites to See in Washington State

  • Olympic National Park: A unique wilderness preserve, Olympic National Park offers a diverse experience with ecosystems that include temperate rainforests, alpine mountains and sandy beaches. Hurricane Ridge is the best place to spend a long day trip to the park.
  • North Cascades Scenic Highway: Following Highway 20 through Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and North Cascades National Park, truck driving along this scenic highway opens up breathtaking views of snowcapped mountains, clear blue lakes and historic dams. Stretch your legs at picturesque viewpoints or take a hike on the marked trail.
  • Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument: Enjoy a fascinating experience seeing an active volcano up close and soak up the lasting destruction and amazing plant and animal life recovering from the most recent 1980 eruption. Drive through the monument or stop at a few visitor centers to learn more about Mount St. Helens.
  • Riverfront Park: Spokane has many wonderful community spaces to enjoy between truck driving jobs. Along with fascinating architecture and lovely green spaces, enjoy some attractions at Riverfront Park, including the Spokane Falls SkyRide, seasonal ice skating rink, Looff Carrousel and even an amusement park.
  • Pike Place Market: Located in Seattle, this marketplace is home to more shops, vendors and restaurants than you could hope to explore in a single visit. It’s a favorite for locals and visitors alike.
  • Seattle Center: While in the city, be sure to stop by Seattle Center. Choose from a number of sites to visit, including the Space Needle, SciFi Museum, Key Arena, Pacific Science Center and many other attractions.
  • Coulee Corridor National Scenic Byway: Running from Omak to Othello, the Coulee Corridor offers breathtaking vistas from both natural and manmade sources. Major highlights include the Grand Coulee Dam, along with Potholes State Park, Lake Lenore Caves, Banks Lake and many other worthwhile stops along the corridor.

Truck Driving Resources for Traveling through Washington State

Check out which truck stops have the amenities you need as you travel through Washington. Then, stay up-to-date with the state’s latest travel alerts and road conditions by visiting the Department of Transportation website.

To learn more about truck driving jobs available in Washington State and elsewhere, please visit the Jiggy Jobs website. Then, learn about other trucking industry topics by finding us on TwitterLinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.

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Truck Driving Jobs for Military Veterans

The United States Marine Corps is not the only organization “looking for a few good men.” From coast to coast, trucking companies are also looking for a few good men – and iStock 000014499517 Small 300x200 Truck Driving Jobs for Military Veteranswomen! – to fill thousands of vacant truck driving jobs. While there may be an overall job shortage in this country, the trucking industry has plenty of work to go around.

Trucking companies place military veterans high on the list of potential candidates to fill truck driving jobs because of the life skills they developed while serving their country. Military veterans are disciplined self-starters, work well with team members and have a high level of pride and professionalism. These qualities make veterans very appealing to over-the-road transportation companies looking to fill truck driving jobs.

Truck driving is not for everyone, and being a truck driver is nothing like working in an office environment. Then again, that’s exactly why this type of work appeals to a lot of veterans. Being on the road provides a sense of freedom, something that many veterans long for.

A career as a professional truck driver can be very rewarding for someone with the right personality. Whether you were in the military for a single term or 20 years, nothing should stop you from getting into the driver’s seat of a big rig; after all, some of the largest trucking companies in the country are just waiting for someone just like you to apply for a job!

Even if you still need to obtain your commercial driver’s license (CDL), most trucking companies with veteran programs offer in-house training facilities to make your future in trucking a viable pursuit. Use your GI bill to secure your CDL quickly and get on the road in no time. As long as you were honorably discharged, you can be certain a spot is waiting for you with one carrier or another.

So if you’re pondering life after the military, consider seeking truck driving jobs in your area. You won’t regret it.

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Trucking in 2015 | Truck Drivers Needed Now

The New Year is here. For ­truck drivers, there’s no better time than 2015 to find the perfect Regional Trucking Jobs 300x206 Trucking in 2015 | Truck Drivers Needed Nowtrucking job. Demand is high for qualified ­truck drivers, so you’ll get your pick of carriers. From great pay, to unbelievable benefits and a good work environment, now is the time to find exactly what you’re looking for.

How do you go about discovering and narrowing down your options? Jiggy Jobs has everything you need to turn your dream job into a reality. With an easy-to-navigate mobile website, you can even conduct your job search on the go from any web-connected mobile device.

Start by browsing the Classifieds to find out who is hiring right now. Jobs are added in real time so you can be the first to apply for the positions that sound the most appealing to you.

Unfamiliar with the carriers listed there? Learn more about them in the Company Profiles section. There, you can either browse specific companies by name or you can filter the companies listed to meet your needs and desires as a ­truck driver.

If you already know exactly the type of job you want and qualify for, narrow down your selection with Jiggy Jobs’ Top Job Search function. This allows you to define your hiring state, preferred job and trailer type, route preferences, home time requirements and fleet size. It’s the fastest and easiest way to get paired up with your dream truck driving job.

Then again, you may be totally flexible in the type of job you want. In that case, save yourself some time and fill out the Jiggy Jobs Quick App. This incredibly useful and time-saving tool lets you fill out one application for all the top carriers you’re interested in. Jiggy Jobs sends your application to all carriers hiring ­truck drivers with your qualifications. This saves you valuable time, gets your name and information in front of carriers and expedites the hiring process.

Services provided by Jiggy Jobs are free for all ­truck drivers, so get busy browsing, searching and applying for a new truck driving job in 2015! To learn more, please visit the Jiggy Jobs website. Then, learn about other truck driving topics by finding us on TwitterLinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.

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Finding A New Truck Driving Job in 2015

It’s a new year and time for a new truck driving job. Whether you’re a rookie, getting back into the business or looking for a new carrier, finding the best jobs can be a difficult and trucking job 300x300 Finding A New Truck Driving Job in 2015overwhelming task. But, with Jiggy Jobs’ great truck driver resources, it’s easy to start off 2015 right.

So, how do you get started? Our classifieds are the perfect place to begin your search. Here’s how to browse them in four easy steps:

Step 1: Go to www.jiggyjobs.com

Step 2: Click on the “Classifieds” tab at the top of the page.

Step 3: Navigate the job postings using various search criteria. You can be as broad or specific as you want. Try the following to narrow your results:

  • Search by company: We have more than 70 nationwide carriers on our site, but if you have a specific carrier in mind, this function makes it easy to narrow postings down.
  • Search by state: If you want a local route, search by state to ensure you’re close to home. If you’re looking to drive across the country, this can help you find a local home base.
  • Search by job type: Narrow your search by the following job types: dedicated, student, OTR, local, LTL and regional. Open to anything? “No preference” is the default.
  • Search by driver type: If you know you want to be a student, owner-operator or company driver, select the applicable driver type to narrow your results. Otherwise, all job types will show.

Step 4: Simply click “search,” and we’ll do the rest! If too few results show up, try taking away some of your search parameters, so you can see all of the opportunities available to you.

Our classifieds aren’t the only way to find jobs on www.jiggyjobs.com. Our Top Jobs search lets you be even more specific, narrowing jobs down by trailer and run preferences, along with home time and fleet size. Plus, if you need to apply in a jiff, our Quick App lets you get your information out to the best carriers without any searching.

We’re always updating our listings, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for, keep coming back! Our website is the best way to find the newest openings, and don’t forget to visit us on Facebook and Twitter to connect with other truck drivers.

 

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Truck Driving in Kentucky

With its prominent location in the Great Lakes Region of the U.S., you’re bound to do some truck driving through the great state of Kentucky. This state is associated with shutterstock 93764620 300x200 Truck Driving in Kentuckyhorses, corvettes, bourbon and college basketball. I-65, I-71 and I-64 all converge in Louisville, Kentucky, making it a hub of activity for truck drivers and tourists alike.

The next time you travel through this state and have some down time, be sure to stop by some of the following sites:

  • Churchill Downs: Churchill Downs is the most famous horse racetrack in the world and hosts the Kentucky Derby annually. Its central location in south Louisville makes it an easy place to visit between truck driving jobs.
  • Mammoth Caves: This is the longest cave system in the world with more than 400 miles of underground caverns to explore.
  • Corvette Factory: Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, this assembly plant is where the ever-popular Chevrolet Corvette is built.
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky was Lincoln’s home during his early years. History buffs can tour his boyhood home at Knob Creek.
  • Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley: Located in western Kentucky, this is the largest manmade lake system in the world.
  • Barbecue Joints: Just about any barbecue restaurant in Kentucky will have some of the best grub you’ve ever had. From ribs that fall off the bone to seasoned pulled pork, it’s hard to find better barbecue anywhere (though Texans may disagree).
  • Home of Bill Monroe: The father of bluegrass music was born in Rosine, Kentucky, and you can tour his home while in the area. Then, if you haven’t gotten your fill, tune in to some local radio stations to enjoy bluegrass music from its place of origin.
  • Kentucky Bourbon Trail: This is a prime place to enjoy some of the world’s best bourbon distilleries, including Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Woodford Reserve and Wild Turkey. Stock up on your favorites, but remember, no drinking and driving!
  • Kentucky Truck Stops: Because of the state’s central location, you can find dozens of truck stops located right along your truck driving route. Stop in for everything you need!

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Dealing with Aggressive Drivers

Aggressive drivers are a problem any time of year, but they seem to be more prevalent during the holiday season. Everyone is a little more stressed and hurried than usual. Combined with poor visibility and slick roads, aggressive driving is sometimes a recipe for  shutterstock 200510045 300x200 Dealing with Aggressive Driversdisaster. Here are some steps to make truck driving a safer experience when you encounter aggressive drivers on the road.

  • Stay calm: All that really matters is for you to make it to your destination safely. Remind yourself that the other driver’s behavior can’t control the way you respond. Their aggression simply isn’t worth getting worked up over.
  • Let the driver pass: In a two-lane highway situation, get into the right lane so the driver can get ahead of you. Sometimes aggression reveals itself simply because the driver is in a rush and your truck is blocking them.
  • Avoid eye contact: Looking the aggressive driver in the eye is likely to only exacerbate the problem. By keeping your eyes straight ahead, you can more easily resist the temptation to make an inappropriate hand gesture or facial expression. These responses only egg the other driver on.
  • Give them space: Never challenge the driver by speeding up to match their vehicle. Instead, steer clear and give the driver plenty of room. When it comes to irritating an aggressive driver, tailgating or flashing your lights is just as bad as flipping the bird. Your best bet is to simply get out of the driver’s way.
  • Assess your safety: If the aggressive driver is really getting out of hand, you might be tempted to lay on the horn. However, use your horn sparingly to prevent annoying the driver. Instead, call 911 to report the situation. Remember to use your hands-free device to make the call.

In the end, safe truck driving is about being an assertive, attentive driver; not an aggressive one. For more useful truck driving tips, please visit our website. Then, learn more about what truck drivers are saying by finding us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Winter Weather Tracking for Truck Drivers

As the weather turns persistently colder, it’s time for ­truck drivers to make preparations shutterstock 161902310 300x223 Winter Weather Tracking for Truck Driversfor winter driving conditions. Whether it’s stocking your truck with survival gear or setting yourself up for success with a pre-trip inspection, here’s how to prepare for winter weather as a ­truck driver.

Build an Emergency Kit

Cold weather breakdowns are no laughing matter. Sub-freezing temperatures and lack of food and water could spell disaster. Fill your truck with the following gear to help you survive bitterly cold roadside conditions:

  • Emergency food supply including high-calorie energy bars and other nonperishable food
  • Pack of water bottles
  • Flares and reflectors
  • Fleece blanket and sleeping bag
  • Warm clothing such as a heavy coat, gloves, hat, scarf, wool socks, etc.
  • Battery-operated transistor radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Cell phone charger and spare battery

Conduct Pre-Trip Inspections

Never skip this important safety measure. Pre-trip inspections should include the following:

  • Checking your fluid levels and tire pressure
  • Testing the windshield wipers and defroster
  • Adjusting the mirrors and steering wheel
  • Testing the turn signals and all external lights
  • Making sure the fifth wheel, tow bar, safety chains and locking devices are all secure
  • Checking the instrument panel for telltale lights or buzzers

Stay Connected

Even though ­truck drivers are alone in the cab, they remain connected to the outside world thanks to technology. Do the following to stay connected on your route:

  • Set weather alerts on your phone.
  • Tune in to weather radio stations along your route for more details.
  • Keep in touch with your dispatcher if conditions become too dangerous to see if you need to pull over.

Practice Safe Driving Techniques

Winter weather driving requires your undivided attention and quick reaction time. To help prevent an accident, do the following:

  • Stay well rested. Pull over and take a break if you feel yourself becoming fatigued.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly to help keep traction and avoid slipping on ice.
  • Drive under the speed limit.
  • Keep your distance from vehicles in front of you.
  • Remain aware of other cars entering your blind spot.
  • Put your phone away. If you must make a call, use a hands-free device, though it’s much safer if you pull over first.

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