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Professional drivers can go long and far with healthy foods.

Part 1.

Professional drivers can go long and far, especially on a healthy diet.

Allow me to introduce myself. They call me Mr. Miles. If I may, I’d like to formerly educate you on something that has come a long way in the last 10 years but has seemed to elude the professional driving industry; the topic of driver nutrition. Now before anybody drops this, turns their keys and hits the road running, they need to understand just how important the fuel we put in our bodies truly is. Just like the truck you’re keeping between the lines, our bodies are also high-tech machines that need key ingredients for optimum performance. When we the don’t get these ingredients in the proper ratio things start breaking down.

A breakdown could be just around next the corner if steps aren’t taken to change what we consume behind the wheel. We’re gonna break this down into 3 parts for you The first one just as important as any of the other:

1. AWARENESS

Be aware of the foods that you put in your body

So while your favorite roadside diner probably hooks up a mean plate of biscuits and gravy with fried taters, you can bet 10 to 1 the ingredients they’re using aren’t anywhere near the top of the shelf as profit is the name of the game. These days pretty much everything has wheat in it from flours to breads and about anything that comes in any kind of packaging. The wheat industry is subsidized by the Federal government and every year we grow more than we need. So what do we do with it? – use it as a filler, in everything, including makeup. I bet you didn’t know that the word gluten is a Greek word that means “glue.” My guess was glutton, but the key here is I don’t know anybody that wants to go down that sticky road especially since it leads to LGS or Leaky Gut Syndrome which is known to effect your throat, joints, colon, skin, thyroid, adrenals, mouth and sinus. Kind of sounds like a truck driver. Do I have your attentions now? See for yourself:

Anyway, whether or not you consume it, wheat inflames your intestines. The ancient Greeks knew this and that is why they used “ancient grains” to make everyday breads instead of wheat. Breads made out of wheats we’re used only on special occasions once or twice a year.

So back to our own bodies, essentially what we’re doing is being jolted around the roads and highways with already inflamed intestines which isn’t good for the rest as our neurons are created in our stomachs and nobody wants leaky stomach which is gut sharp and alert. No one wants that feeling of brain drain when that meal you just ate sits like a rock in your stomach. How do drivers out on the road accomplish this goal? It’s a lot easier than it sounds.

How the stoach works and leaky guy syndrome.

Our bodies need fruits and vegetables – non GMO to boot, so our stomach can create the proper neurons that go to your brain and affect the decisions you make. The more and better neurons you have, the better decisions you make.

Always have healthy snack on hand in your rig. It’s a lot easier to munch on those goodies than pulling over. Like my uncle always said – the less time opening the cab door means more money for me. Now that doesn’t mean don’t pull over and rest. And that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge once in awhile and knock down those greasy tenderloins or take that hot beef sandwich to “pound town.” This is about getting into healthy habits. Everyone out there has their go-to staples. Limit those if you can. You’ll feel a lot better. Acid reflux and heartburn are not friends of mine, nor should they be yours.
Processed carbs and refined sugars are out my brothers and sisters. Keep these to a strict minimum. The alternatives are endless – protien bars or shakes, yogurt, cottage cheese, mixed nuts, beef jerky, veggies, fruits and probably most important – water. It’s a lifeline and keeps you chugging along. Ditch the soda and energy drinks – there full of empty calories and won’t sustain you over the long haul.

Now’s here’s the part I don’t like to discuss, but it is reality and the hard truth. Not changing to a healthy routine of eating the right things can lead to a whole host of problems. They’re not pretty. Stroke, cancer, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea are just some of the maladies that you’ll have to deal with if a diet isn’t modified to make your body work more smoothly. Don’t drive on the wrong side of the road. There are warning signs. The good part is a lot of problems associated with what food you put in your body can be reversed. The human body is an amazing instrument, but how you treat it and what you put in it is of the utmost importance.

Also, try to eat four or five small meals a day. There are all kinds of salads and wraps out there to fill the void in your stomach. If you like seafood, salmon is easy to store and eat as well. Pot roast with carrots and potatoes is also a champion choice on my winning Roadmaster squad. There’s only healthy all-star truckers on my roster!! We’re winners and we feel good about what we’re doing.

So the next time you hit up your grocery store, make a list. Shop with your head and your heart. Sometimes your stomach wants to pull the trigger on that Hungry-Man frozen TV dinner. JUST SAY NO!!! Keep your gameplan real and stick to the outer aisles – the more you hit the center of the store, the more you will be inundated with junk food in packages.

Stay dialed in for more recipes from the Doctor Miles in the coming weeks that are fresh, ready and easy to prepare!!! I’ll also touch on items and appliances that will blow your mind on what you’ll be able to cook and prepare in your cab. We’ll also talk about ways to keep your body moving with exercise routines that take no time at all. You’ll feel better and I know I will knowing that my road hounds are gettin’ ‘er done!!!

Keep’n it mim real and keepin’ it wide!
Doctor Miles for
WideloadShipping.com

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Illinois State Shipping Regulations for oversize and heavy haul.

Illinois State Shipping Regulations for oversize and heavy haul.

Shipping laws, regulations, limitations and rules for shipping oversize and over-weight loads over the roads and highways in the state of Illinois.

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Legal load limits in Illinois.
Illinois DOT legal load size & weight limitations.

Legal Loads.
Length:  65’ overall length maximum.
Width: 8’6” on interstate and other designated highways, 8’ on non-designated highways.
Weight:  GVW 80,000,  Single 20,000, Tandem 34,000,   Tridem 42,000
Height:  13’6” is the maximum allowed height for legal loads.
Overhang:  3’ front in the front and 3’ off of the rear of trailer.

Routine oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.
Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by the state of Illinois.

Length:  Up to 145’ long. Anything longer see superload section below.
Weight:  Single 24,000, tandem: 48,000, tridum: 60,000, Quadem: 60,00 gross, 5 Axles 100,000 lbs., 6 Axles 120,000 lbs., 7 axels: 120,000, 8 axles: 120,000 lbs.
Width: 14’6” (any load over 16′ will require special admin approval before permit is issued).
Height: 15’ (any load over 16′ tall requires a route survey).

Superload information:
Illinois DOT superload information.

Length: Any load that is longer than 145′ is considered a superload.
Width: Any load that is in excess of 14′ 6″ in width is considered a superload.
Height: Any load that is in excess of 15′ 6″ in height is considered a superload.
Weight: Any load that exceeds 120,000 lbs on any standard axle configuration whether it’s a 6,7 or 8 axle configuration or not is considered a superload.
Overhang: Contact them as this varies depending on route.
Notes: Spacing between steer and first tandem must be more than 8′ 1″. The spacing before the first axle and the trailer must not exceed 18′ 6″.  All axle spacings combined must not be less than 43′ 6″. Superload permit processing times vary. Expect delays. Before requesting a route you are expected to do as much research on your own as possible. They will refer you to: GettingAroundIllinois for construction zones and other closures. 

Permitted travel times and restrictions in Illinois:
Illinois travel times and restrictions for oversize loads.

Travel is permitted from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset  Monday thru Friday and ½ hour before sunrise until 12PM on Saturdays. Loads that are overweight only may travel 24/7 on all days of the week (make certain it is not documented otherwise on your permit before doing so). No travel is permitted on Sundays unless you are below the routine permit standards of no more than 115′ in length, 12′ in width, 13′ 6″ in height (sunrise to sunset rules apply).  No movement is permitted on the major holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Travel stops at 12PM on the day before any of these holidays. The Illinois oversize load permit office is closed on MLK Day, Lincolns birthday, Washingtons birthday, Columbus Day, Election Day, Veterans Day and on the day after Thanksgiving. However, travel is not restricted on these days. Always refer to your permit for approved travel times.

Required shipment, truck and trailer markings:
Truck, trailer and shipment required signs, banners and flags.

A rotating amber light must remain on at all times mounted on top of the cab and be visible from 360 degrees from a minimum of 500′ in direct sunlight. If your overall length is more than 80′ in length you are required to have one amber light over the cab of the truck and one amber light no more than 10′ from the rear of end or trailer/load at the highest point that is practicle. Oversize load signs must be a minimum of 7′ in width x 18″ in height, have a yellow background color with black lettering no less than 10″ in height x 1″ thick – we have recently heard 12″ tall x 2″ thick so please clarify and comment below if you know which is correct. Flags are required at all 4 corners of the load and front of truck and are to be safety red in color and no less than 18″ square. Shipments over 75′ in length, 10′ in width or 14′ 6″ in height are required to have signs. Signs must be placed on the front and rear extremities of the truck, trailer or load.

When pilot cars are required:

Length: If over 110′ in length you are required to have a minimum of 1 pilot car and in some places 2 pilot cars (higher traffic density or certain times of year). If over 145′ (150′ in some very rural areas) in length you are required to have 3 pilot cars –  yes 3. If over 175′ in length a police escort will be required.
Width: Up to 14’6” requires 1 pilot/escort vehicle. Over 16’ requires 2 pilot/escort vehicles. Over 18′ in width will require a police escort. 
Height: Up to 14’ 6” 1 pilot/escort vehicle, over 16’ requires 2 pilot/escort vehicles. Over 18′ in height will require a police escort.
Weight: No requirements as long as you can maintain minimum speeds. However on bridge moves that require all other vehicle traffic to be removed will required appropriate number of pilot cars which is a minimum of 2 and possibly 3 with police escort. All areas are different and require evaluation.
Note: If you exceed any two dimensions, then you are required to have an additional pilot car. So if you’re over 14′ 6″ tall and 14′ 6″ wide you would be require to have 2 pilot cars.  

Required pilot car certifications:

Cars, vans or trucks may be used as long as gross weight of pilot car vehicle is rated at no more than 8,000 lbs. Pilot car driver must be 18 years of age minimum with a valid regular drivers license. Pilot cars must have a rotating or flashing amber light mounted on the top of the vehicle (no specs as of time of writing 2014). Must display red flag at all 4 outer most points of the vehicle and have “OVERSIZE LOAD” signs that are a minimum size of 5′ wide x 12″ tall and have black lettering no less than 8″ in height. Must have radio and be in constant communication with the driver transporting the shipment at all times. Must have $500,000 per occurrence combined insurance that covers property and body.

How to apply for trucking permits:

Illinois Department of Transportation – DOT
Bureau of Traffic, 2300 S Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL  62764

Email: dot.permitoffice “at” illinois.gov
General inquiry phone: 217-782-6273
Phone: 217-785-1477 or 800-252-8636 within the state.
Fax: 217-728-3572

Note: Fee varies depending on dimensions and miles traveled. Permit is valid for 5 days.

Hours: from 8 AM until 4:30 PM

Central Time Zone

 

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Illinois State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

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