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Well, it’s happened. You braved the winter storm and now you’ve paid for it. You’re stuck. You’re alone.

Now what?

The truth is, even the most road-savvy veteran drivers get caught in a winter road emergency from time to time. But there’s no reason to panic, so long as you’re prepared for an emergency.

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Slow, sleet, ice… winter storms and cold weather can be an absolute nightmare. Winter driving can be no fun at times, and it can be costly: To your well-being and your bottom line — whether it be in damaged equipment or worker’s compensation expenses.

According to Driver’s Ambition, “Many trucking companies experience a spike in workers’ compensation claims during the winter months as a direct result of winter hazards that are completely unrelated to driving a truck.  Statistics show 48% of all injuries occurs in the winter.  63% of injury costs result from winter events.”

Driving in winter conditions melts down to two things: Being prepared and being careful. Sure, sounds like commonsense, but if you follow our tips it will help you get through the winter in one piece.

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If you’ve never been stuck on the side of the road during a snow storm, you’re either very lucky or you understand the importance of winterizing your vehicle.

Whether it be a semi-truck or car, winterizing your vehicle is such an important thing to maintain top performance while avoiding, or surviving, a bad situation.

First of all, there many things you should check and inspect to winterize your truck or car. Fantastic mechanics like those at North Dixie Truck, Inc. are the best way to get your truck thoroughly winterized.

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Consider the differences in these two scenarios:

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You’re in a restaurant. Someone budges in front of you. What do you do? Mutter under your breath? Or say, “excuse me, we were here first?” Possibly nothing?

Now, you’re in traffic. Someone cuts you off. What’s your reaction to that? Screaming, yelling, obscene gestures?

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It’s tough to keep your weight down and your physique up when most of your waking hours are spent on the road. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

November is a great month to re-evaluate your diet and workout plans. First of all, it’s American Diabetes Month. Second, the holidays are nearly here and that can mean full-bore gluttony. If you think you don’t have the diet or willpower to start a diet, it’s important you understand a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean an entire overhaul of your life. Mostly, it just means building good habits.

Whether you’re just getting started on a healthy journey, or you just need to reevaluate things, take a look at our simple tips to get you on the right path.

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It’s almost as if cell phones and mobile apps were invented for truckers. Think about it: One small device can give you access to traffic updates, weather, music and directions while allowing you to communicate in multiple ways and even store incredibly important information. It’s no wonder why more and more truckers are relying on cell phones and tablets.

Consider some stats by uShip: In a survey of 6,000 owner-operators, there was a 57 percent increase in one year of owner-operators using cell phones for daily business; and 33 percent stated they use mobile apps to monitor the weather, gas prices and traffic conditions.

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