Downtime Doesn’t Mean You Have To Be Down

You have to take a break within an 8 hour period. If you want to “reset,” you have to be off duty for 34 consecutive hours. You have to take 10 hours consecutively in order to get a new 14 hour period to drive. You’re only allowed to drive 11 hours.

Needless to say, you might have some down time while you’re out on the road. So what’s there to do? Well here are some of our suggestions we recommend with some from our drivers as well!

  • Exercise – for a profession that sits so many hours a day & makes it tough to stretch every so often, this is a good option. Whether it’s just a walk around the parking lot or some muscle building exercises like lunges or squats, some physical activity is better than none.
    • Bonus: If you’re out and away from the city, find a hiking trail. Many places offer trails that take a few hours, but others that take a lot less. Worst case, however long you have, walk half of it, then turn around and come back!
  • Read – A good alternative to TV and a way to build memory muscle, boost vocabulary, & reduce stress. There’s so many genres, you’ll never be short on things to read.
  • Draw – If art is your thing, this is a great option! It’s increases creativity and memory and reinforces our motor skills. Plus, drawing has no limits so you’ll never be short on things to draw!
  • Learn (language apps, watch videos on hobby) – Continuing education doesn’t have to happen in a classroom. You can learn or brush up on a language through apps like Duolingo, learn a hobby or a new technique by watching videos online. Learning never stops no matter how old you get!
  • Clean your truck – We always tell you to keep your dash clean, but being in your truck for days and weeks on end, it can really add up. So get rid of any trash, put the stuff you need in a safe place so you know you won’t lose it, use the vacuum at the fuel stations, & take your truck for a wash when it’s really dirty.
  • Nap – Well this one should be obvious. A quick cat nap can do wonders for the next leg of your trip.
  • Puzzles (Sudoku, crossword, word search, brain teaser app) – These can exercise your brain as well & while physical health is imperative, so is your mental health.
  • Unique eats – One great thing about America is there are SO many different types of food & different takes on classics. Try something different when you’ve got the time & take a break from your typical grab-and-go.

 

So tell us…what do you do in your down time?

Driver of the Month – Daniel Raber

This month we’re recognizing another one of our amazing contractors! Say hello to this firecracker, Daniel Raber! Originally from Angola, Indiana, Daniel is a toter (manufactured housing) driver our of our Middlebury North terminal.

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Daniel has been with Star Fleet for 6 years, but has over 34 years in the transportation industry! His favorite states are Arizona and Utah for the scenery (we’ve heard that from a lot of drivers). The funniest thing he’s seen out on the road is when a pickup pulling a boat trailer had the boat come off, but continued to drive with the boat dragging behind the trailer while they passed him. There are no words….

However, transportation isn’t Daniel’s only specialty; he also has skills as a mechanic as well as welding! On top of that he also enjoys woodworking, metal fabrication, and camping. He also loves his family and grandchildren and spending time with them.

We’re so glad to have Daniel on our side. Thanks for choosing to #DriveForStarFleet!

 

The 7 Man-made Wonders of the U.S.

Last time we touched on the 7 natural wonders of the US, however as humans, we’ve created some pretty phenomenal stuff. What makes it so amazing? It could be that it was made in a short amount of time, it was built without modern technology, or even just that it defied all expectations. Ultimately it’s up to the individual and again the list below isn’t official, just the top attractions people suggest. Tell us what you think…do you agree?

  • Rushmore – made of granite it took over 10 years to complete & welcomes close to 2 million visitors a year.
  • Brooklyn Bridge – 1.1 miles long, it was the longest suspension bridge until 1903 & the toll today costs less than when it first opened!
  • Washington Monument – surviving an earthquake & still standing 555 feet tall, this monument is much different than the original design.
  • Golden Gate Bridge – 1.7 miles long & the first non-building structure to receive the “Distinguished Building Award.”
  • Space Needle – intended of being unveiled at the opening of the World’s Fair, the needle is 605 feet tall with the foundation reaching 30 feet underground & the rotating restaurant turns with just a 1.5 horsepower motor.
  • Empire State Building – Built during the Great Depression, the building is 102 floors & 1,454 feet tall (to the tip).
  • Hoover Dam – Built with the intention to provide water & hydroelectric power, it’s located on the Nevada/Arizona border & holds enough water to irrigate 2 million acres.

Driver of the Month – William Ciesielska

Another month has passed and that means it’s time to feature another one of our spectacular drivers! Meet William Ciesielska, a lowboy contractor out of our Goshen, IN terminal! William currently resides in Tennessee and has been a Star Fleet contractor for a little over 3 1/2 years.

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William’s only skill isn’t driving truck, though. He’s also fantastic photographer, great at IT, and a fluent French speaker! Oui c’est vrai!
When he’s not out on the road he enjoys spending time with his wife, taking photos, and skiing. What you might not know about him is that from 1998-2000 he owned a pastry and chocolate company in Montreal, QC. We’re betting that was a sweet gig! 😉
One thing William would like to do when he gets the chance is to climb Mt. Rainier in Washington as it’s one of his bucket list items.

We’re so glad to have William in our fleet – thanks for choosing to #DriveForStarFleet!

The Natural Wonders of the U.S.

We all know that there are the 7 Wonders of the World, but with our RV transport, manufactured housing, & mobile home drivers, we know that they see TONS of stuff driving across the country & it made us wonder, what are the wonders of the United Sates (we couldn’t decide on just 7)?

  • Grand Canyon – 18 miles wide, 1 mile deep with the Colorado River below, & showing almost 2 billion years of Earth’s history.
  • Niagra Falls – A collection of 3 waterfalls, these combined have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world.
  • Everglades – The U.S.’s biggest subtropical wilderness (1.5 million acres) is the habitat for rare/endangered species like the manatee, Florida panther, & crocodile.
  • Death Valley – The land of extremes (snow covered peaks & wildflowers after the rain) & the hottest, driest, lowest point in all of North America.
  • Yosemite Valley – Near vertical walls, 10 waterfalls, & yellow pine & oak forests make this one-of-a-kind.
  • Yellowstone – Home to many of the world’s geysers including Old Faithful which shoots 140’ of water.
  • Redwood Forest – Home to the tallest trees in the world (over 350 feet) and almost 40 miles of immaculate Pacific Ocean coastline.
  • Mammoth Cave – Named a World Heritage Site & hidden in the Midwest’s Kentucky, this is the world’s longest known cave system.
  • Acadia – With the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast, this is the first national park east of the Mississippi River.
  • Crater Lake – Formed by the collapse of a volcano, this is the deepest & possibly most pristine U.S. lake fed by rain & snow

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What do you think – do you agree? Which ones have you been to?

Driver of the Month – Gary Stritesky

As we continue to celebrate warmer temps & the coming summer season, we also continue to celebrate our contractors because without all of you, what we do wouldn’t exist. For May, we are recognizing Gary Stritesky from our Howe terminal. He’s a Midwest native being from Elk River, Minnesota and has been a contractor with Star Fleet for 3 years, but he’s no stranger to the transportation industry having been a bus driver for around 40 years!

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The funniest thing he’s seen out on the road was when he had to sit & wait for a Canadian Lynx to cross the road. However, out of traveling through so many states he tell us that his favorite is Oregon because of its views and coastline, specifically along the Columbia River. I think many of our contractors would also agree!

One of Gary’s favorite things to do when he’s not driving…is…well…driving, except his Harley rather than his pickup truck as you can see above. However since he’s also a barber and carpenter, perhaps you’ll find him giving a trim or building something. And if all that isn’t interesting enough, Gary was on season 14 (Fiji) of Survivor! His nickname on the show was Papa Smurf.

We love to learn more about our contractors & are so glad to have Gary on our side – thanks for choosing to #DriveForStarFleet!

7 Tips for Healthy (Eating) on the Road

When your home away from home is a truck stop/airport/hotel/semi sleeper, leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t the easiest to maintain; heck it’s probably not even at the top of your long mental to-do list. But even just a few, small changes to your eating habits can have a profound effect. Below we’ve compiled a list of some easy ways you can improve what & how you eat on the road.

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  1. Grocery shop – instead of stopping at a fast food place every time you need to eat, hit up a grocery store to buy a meal & snacks. Not only will they have healthier options, but even if you buy perishables, most hotels have mini fridge to help them keep longer. Plus if you take a cooler along with you that will help keep things cool too.
  2. Portion out snacks – it’s healthier to eat many smaller meals than it is to eat a few large meals. If you portion out your snacks into smaller bags, it’ll be easier to be conscious of how much you’re eating.
  3. Smaller meals – speaking of, in case you missed it above, it’s healthier to eat smaller meals more often. It keeps your metabolism at a steady rate rather than up & down with fewer larger meals.
  4. Eat protein – it helps keep you fuller longer, so if you get a little bit of protein with every meal & snack, you will eat less.
  5. Salads – if a fast food restaurant can’t be avoided, try for a healthier option like a salad. Just be careful as sometimes they can have more calories, especially with your dressing choice.
  6. Drink water – coffee and energy drinks are great, but they can only do so much for so long. Water is not only good for you, it can make you more energized because you’re properly hydrated. If you take a reusable water bottle along with you, it’s easy to fill up at any rest stop & will save you money in the long run!
  7. Supplements – the best way to get your nutrients is through the food you eat. We all know how hard that can be, so taking vitamin and mineral supplements are a great way to add to & enhance the intake of nutrients from your diet.

Do you have any tips to eating healthy on the road?