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Keeping Your Back In The Saddle

“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” –Winston Churchill

At Bulldog Truck Sales, we want to help you get in the truck of your dreams. If you’ve been out of trucking for a while, or if you’re a fresh new driver, our goal is to get you on the road. While you’re on the road we’d like to remind you to take care of your back so you can “saddle up” in your truck and hit the road, pain-free!

Hopping into the seat of your truck should be considered just as carefully as if you were hopping into the saddle of a horse. There’s a proper way to “saddle up” in your truck that can prevent back pain and other health issues.

  1. Keep your feet flat on the floor of your truck.
  2. If you need to lower the seat for your feet to hit the floor, do it!
  3. Keep your ankles in front of your knees.
  4. Create a small space between the back of your knees and the front of your seat. This allows your blood to circulate properly.
  5. Ensure that your backrest in your seat is able to support your low and middle back. You can also employ the help of a support cushion if you need to.
  6. Keep your shoulders relaxed.
  7. Your forearms should be parallel to the floor for the most part.
  8. Try adjusting your seating position often.
  9. Take your wallet out of your back pocket. It can set your spine off center and irritate your sciatic nerve.
  10. Do not wear skinny jeans! They will cut off your circulation.

Bulldog Truck Sales wants to help you keep your pain-free back in your truck! Come and see us and we’ll get you on the road.

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HB 673

Have you heard that House Bill 673 was passed in Georgia recently? HB 673 prohibits motorists from handling their cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. The new law goes into effect on July 1, 2018. You can read more about the passing of the bill here at myAJC.

So what does this new House Bill 673 mean for truck drivers? It means the same thing for truck drivers as it does anyone else that drives.

  1. While driving your truck you may not shoot any videos.
  2. While driving your truck you may not watch any movies.
  3. While driving your truck you may not hold your phone and talk on it or text, email or anything else requiring you to handle your phone while driving.
  4. While driving your truck you may talk on the phone and even text as long as you use your hands-free technology.

Here are some helpful steps for helping you break the habit of using your cell phone in the car.

  1. Remember stories of families who have lost loved ones due to distracted driving. Allow their loss to be your inspiration for breaking your harmful and destructive habit.
  2. Keep your phone or electronic device out of arm’s reach so it is never a temptation to reach for.
  3. Explain to your friends and family members that you will not be responding to them immediately via the phone.
  4. Install an app that instantly tells others that you’re driving when they text you so they know you’ll respond as soon as you stop driving and it’s safe to text or call.
  5. Join other truckers in keeping each other accountable to HB 673.

Bulldog Truck Sales wants to keep everyone safe on the road in our trucks. Come in and see us today so we can get you on the road in safely and in style.

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Healthy Snacking On The Road

It’s no surprise that truck drivers spend long hours behind the wheel. We know we’re stating the obvious. But, what are less obvious are the health issues that can arise as a result of this type of occupation. Contributing factors to these health issues are extended periods of sitting and bad eating habits. It’s important to keep this in mind as you’re planning your journey by staying educated on preventative measures and also symptoms that something possibly can be wrong with your health.

Common Health Issues of Truck Drivers

  • Obesity
  • Metabolic issues
  • An increased blood pressure
  • Blood sugar irregularities.
  • Excess body fat in the abdomen
  • High cholesterol
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Musculoskeletal injuries

While this may all seem very depressing, the good news is that there are some simple steps you can take to prevent some of these issues. Many of these are related to your diet on the road. One simple way to help prevent health issues on the road is to plan ahead on your snacks.

If the average truck driver snacks two times per day, then it’s important to make those two times count toward promoting a healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips for healthy snacking on the road.

  1. Plan ahead and pack your snack. Truck stops have a plethora of processed foods for you to choose from. Pack a fresh fruit or veggie on your road trip to snack on.
  2. If you’re searching for salty, crunchy munchies then choose nuts over chips or other high fat packaged options.
  3. Replace your sugary and caffeine-filled drinks with water to wash down your healthy snacks.

Bulldog Truck Sales wants to help you stay on the road along with a healthy lifestyle. Come and see us today and let us help get you behind the wheel of your dream truck.

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Opioids

The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that there were changes in the drug testing program effective January 1, 2018. Opioids are a class of drugs that are useful as pain relievers and are generally safe when taken for a short time as prescribed by a doctor. However, due to the euphoric effects of the drug, it can become an addiction very quickly. The new DOT testing program now requires that testing for four semi-synthetic opioids.

  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Oxymorphone

President Trump recently declared a national opioid crisis. These highly addictive drugs cause a euphoric state and are dangerous. The DOT’s new drug testing rule is part of an effort to reduce the nation’s dependence on these prescription painkillers. In 2016, more than two million Americans had an addiction to prescription or illicit opioids.

“The best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place. If they don’t start, they won’t have a problem.” –
President Trump

If you are on prescribed medication, it is important to let your employer know. There may be further notifications that you need to make for approval to work. You should also discuss your

prescription medication use with your prescribing physician to talk about any safety issues that may arise with regard to your truck driving work. Let your doctor know what functions you provide for your work to ensure the prescription you receive is safe for you and will not impact the effectiveness and safety of your job.

Bulldog Truck Sales wants to see you safely in the truck and job of your dreams! Contact us to get you behind the wheel.

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Turning Your Pit “Stop” Into A Pit “Go”

Trucking has so much to do with GO, GO, GO! Go the distance, clock is running and miles are covered. All of this “going” happens while you’re sitting. Your body is doing more sitting than going. The contrast between the movements of your truck and lack of movements in your body is vast.

While you’re working your job, your body may be suffering from muscle pain, back pain, weight gain or fatigue. The best way to combat the lack of movement is by turning your pit stop into a pit go! Here are a few ways to get moving during your pit stop.

Pump Iron While You Pump Gas

While your gas is pumping, pump your muscles as well! Don’t hop out of your truck empty-handed when you go to pump your gas. Grab a 10-pound weight or two as you hop out of your truck. Do some reps while waiting for your tank to fill. Fill your muscles with strength while filling your tank. Here are a few strength-building exercises to do with your weight or weights.

Catch Some Air (possibly while you check the air in your tires)

You’ve spent so much of your day with your foot to the petal, why not practice giving your feet a little airtime at your next pit stop? Jump rope, long jump or improve how high you can jump using this method.

Stretch It Out

Your psoas muscles are the main connectors between your legs and torso and can cause truckers a great deal of back and hip flexor pain. It’s a hard muscle to stretch, but vital for pain-free driving. Here are a few stretches to keep your psoas loose.

Bulldog Truck Sales cares about keeping you on the road. Call us today to help you get and stay in your truck for years to come!

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The Olympics May Help You Steer Clear Of Highway Hypnosis

There’s no better way to avoid highway hypnosis than to keep up with your favorite Olympic athletes and sports this month. Highway Hypnosis, also known as White Line Fever, happens when a driver spaces out or loses focus while driving. The moments can last briefly, but can also last over the course of many miles without even realizing it and jeopardizing safety.

Highway hypnosis does not discriminate. It can happen to new drivers and seasoned drivers as well. With this in mind, every driver needs to take steps to avoid the harmful potential effects.

One way to avoid highway hypnosis is to keep your mind engaged. During the month of February, there’s no better way to stay engaged than to keep up with what’s happening in Pyeongchang, South Korea. You can follow the Olympics here for a list of all the events, athletes and schedule. Which sport will you be following closely this year? The bobsledding is always exciting.

Opening your window to get fresh air like an Olympic bobsledder will help you feel fresh and keep a clear mind. Fresh air gives you a feeling of invigoration and awakes your mind to avoid highway hypnosis.

Your smartphone can help you keep up with updates at your stops. You can also engage with other drivers or family members who are keeping up with Olympic results as well.

The Winter Olympics are the perfect way to avoid Highway Hypnosis this winter. Nobody ever said truck driving needed to be boring. Come see us at Bulldog Truck Sales today.

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Start 2018 With Good Credit

Happy New Year from our entire team at Bulldog Truck Sales. We’re honored to serve you and all our clients with the best product at the highest level of customer service. We are dedicated to getting you in the right truck for your specifics needs and wants.

Getting you in a truck can have hurdles. Bad credit is one hurdle that often holds potential buyers back from getting the truck they want.

As 2018 begins, there are habits and changes you can make to maintain good credit and avoid bad credit.

  1. Time management – Pay your bills on time. Set reminders on your calendar or phone to pay your bills on their due date. Paying your bills on time is the first and best way to maintain good credit.
  2. Watch your limits – Know your credit card limit. Watch that limit and make sure you don’t get too close to it. As a general rule, try to use 30% or less of the credit available to you.
  3. Make full payments – Don’t get into the habit of paying the minimum amount due month after month. This has a terrible result and can such you into a cycle of increasing your debt. Only purchase things that you can pay for at the end of the month.
  4. Limit your credit applications – Your credit score goes up if you apply for several different types of credit in a short amount of time. This is a red flag that you are too deep into debt.

The good news for you is that Bulldog Truck Sales specializes in providing trucks and financing to owner operators and small fleets. We are less concerned about your credit history and more focused on your driving history. Even if you have bad credit, come and see us. Apply now and we may get you same day approval!

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What Color Truck You Ask For From Santa Could Say Something About Your Personality

You’re walking around the lot of trucks, and your eye is constantly drawn to the red one. Why is that? Have you added the new red truck to your holiday wish list yet? Is Santa aware that the color of the truck is important to you?

There’s a potential reason you could want a specific colored truck. One reason might be due to the fact that you have memories linked to a specific colored truck. Perhaps your grandfather drove a metallic blue truck back in the day, and you’d like to carry on that tradition.

Another possible reason for your choice in truck color could have to do with your personality type. Colors, generally speaking, mean something.

  1. Black Truck – you are more sensitive and creative. You are probably a more private person.
  2. Yellow Truck – you may enjoy academia. You love learning and teaching others what you know. People are drawn to your joy and happiness.
  3. Red Truck – you are most likely a determined and tenacious person. You live each day to its fullest and give your all to every endeavor.
  4. White Truck – you’ve probably taken a great deal of time to logically choose this color. You are most likely organized and thoughtful in your life. Everything has its place and every decision is made with a great deal of logic and attention.
  5. Blue Truck – you are most likely harmonious and reliable and consider others.

If a new or leased truck is on you holiday wish list, why not browse our colorful selection of trucks at Bulldog Truck Sales today! Happy Holidays from our entire team at Bulldog Truck Sales.

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Top Three Reasons Truckers Are Thankful For Their Job

November is a time to stop and reflect on all that we’re thankful for. At Bulldog Truck Sales, we’re thankful that we get to work with a staff dedicated to helping men and women drive safely and in style on the road and during their jobs. We’re also thankful for the truckers that we get to work with day in and day out. We think truckers are some of the hardest working and most dedicated people around.

There are many reasons a person may enter the field of trucking. Here are the top three reasons we think you’re probably most grateful for your job too!

  • Freedom – You get to explore! The places you go in your truck are places people in other jobs can only dream of going! You get to ride on the open road and travel! Your ability to choose which jobs you’d like offer you the freedom to customize your work schedule to what works best for you and your family.
  • Finances – Truck driving is a competitive career. You can earn a good living doing what you love. Starting salaries range around $40,000 a year and can increase with experience. There seems to always be a shortage of good drivers, so most companies will give great benefits to retain good drivers.
  • Fun – You get to drive a vehicle with more than four wheels! If that’s not fun, then you need to realize it’s every little boy’s dream to do this. You are fulfilling your boyhood playtime with trucks to a real life ability to drive a big rig as your job!

If you’re considering a career in trucking, come and see us at Bulldog Truck Sales, we’ll get you on the road!

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Feeling Back Or Hip Pain? The Culprit May Be Your Psoas

Truck drivers sit a lot. That’s part of the job. In order to meet the FMCSA requirements you must be compliant with the regulations. If you work up to 70 hours in 8 days you can’t drive again until you have a full 34 hours off duty. This 70-hour limit can be achieved by working 14-hour days, however you can’t drive for more than 11 hours per day. A 10-hour break is required at the conclusion of your “Hours of Service.”

Driving equals sitting and sitting equals physical pain for some drivers. Most people (who don’t drive for a living) would consider sitting in a truck and driving a physically easy job. However, all drivers know that this sitting can take its toll on your body. One culprit that can cause you pain while driving is your psoas muscle.

Your psoas (“so-as”) are the main connectors between your legs and torso. The location and function of the psoas make it a possible reason why your back and hips may be hurting. The psoas affects both your posture and your spine.

Behaviors such as sitting for long periods of time and sleeping in a fetal position are common causes of back and hip flexor pain related to your psoas muscle. If you’re experiencing pain related to your psoas muscle there are a few things you can do to help alleviate and avoid the discomfort.

  • Lay flat when sleeping
  • Keep your feet on the floor when sitting
  • Keep your jaw loose
  • Try sitting with your hip sockets higher than your knees
  • Maintain good posture

At Bulldog Truck Sales, we want to keep you on the road! Call us today to see how our experts can help you with all of your trucking needs.

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