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Important Safety Tips for Every Truck Driver

There are many perks to being a truck driver. However, there are just as many hazards as well. Whether you’re a veteran truck driver or you’re just starting out, you should be aware of the dangers of truck driving. Fortunately, just knowing some basic yet important facts about staying safe on the job can have a big impact on your personal safety on and off the road. Keep on reading to learn more about what you need to know in order to stay safe in and around trucks.


Safety Tips While Driving


One of the most common causes of accident and other incidents on the road is distracted driving. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, these count as factors in distracted driving:

  • Texting or taking phone calls
  • Looking at a physical map
  • Eating
  • Changing CD’s in your car’s audio system


Therefore, it really is in your best interest to not drive while distracted. Do your best to plan everything out before you get on the road. Make phone calls, communicate with your dispatch, and plan your route before you get behind the wheel.


Safety Tips While Stopped


It’s just as important to stay safe while stopped at rest stops or loading areas than on the road. Always give a very wide berth when walking behind and between vehicles to prevent accidents. Never climb on top of a load to secure it; you could fall. Furthermore, always make sure to wear gloves and safety glasses while loading and unloading products.


It’s also important to inspect your truck before every shift. So, make sure to notice if any parts seem damaged or worn beyond reasonable repair. It’s better to take the time to replace these parts rather than have them be the cause of an accident or malfunction.

Trucking Owner Sets Out to Help Nebraskans Deal with Flooding

Chatfield trucking company owner, Bill Funk, is doing what he can to aid the state of Nebraska in confronting the flooding that has plagued the area this spring. After a brutal winter of record snowfall, the spring thaw came way too fast. Consequently, whole state is dealing with constant flooding.

The flooding has been particularly damaging to farmers and ranchers. The flooding has wiped out grazing lands as well as separated cattle herds. In fact, some of the ranchers can only located a dozen or more of their herd. Sadly, they are finding many of them dead. The flooding has also knocked down fences causing even more headaches for ranchers and farmers.

Funk is now packing up a truck full with fencing materials like barbed wire, posts, electrical wire, and he’s also added water. Funk was going to help out in the initial weeks of the flooding but ultimately could not. He speculates that the supplies he’s packing to help with the damaged farms and ranches totals well over $15,000.

In particular, Funk is going to deliver the relief materials to Shulyer, Nebraska at the end of the month. This town is 35 miles west of Fremont. According to Funk, there’s an old city warehouse that they’re letting the churches use to gather all the donated materials. Funk maintains that the actual devastation is much more severe than what national news coverage is showing. He points to the fact that Nebraskans have shown him footage of trees with dead cattle in them.

Ultimately, for Funk, lending his hand to the effort isn’t just a nice gesture, it’s the only right thing to do. He isn’t the only one as the entire state has rallied to help each other during this difficult time.

Trucking Companies Deliver Donated Supplies to Help in the Heartland Flood

After the disastrous Heartland Flood, many volunteers and donators are stepping up to the plate.

People are donating good and helping to deliver flood aid to people of the area in a variety of different ways. For example, more and more aid and supplies are arriving to the area, with the help of trucking companies.

In fact, one man working with a trucking company from Tennessee drove a large load of supplies in from Georgia. The man, Bubba Smith, brought the supplies from a nonprofit organization.

Apparently, this nonprofit organization has also donated health supplies to many countries throughout the world. Now, they’ve donated to the flood victims in Nebraska.

Smith talked about the delivery as something special and one that he was happy to be part of. Although he has been driving trucks for thirteen years, he said he never delivered aid for a flood before. And now, he got the chance to do just that. The goal is to get fifteen pallets of the donated health supplies to everyone in need. And, his efforts are not taken for granted.

The health supplies delivered consisted of many different items, such as gloves, health kits, respirators, and more. The University of Nebraska Medial Center officials are very appreciative of the incoming flood aid which helps many people to get back on their feet.

Now, in particular, they are looking for donations in the form of shovels. Anything that anyone can donate is appreciated and helpful, however. If you are looking to donate goods to the victims of the Heartland Flood, you can do so! Near Saddle Creek and Jones, you can donate from 10am to 4pm.

Desperate Measures: Nebraska Cities Rationing Road Salt

You know it’s been a long, brutal winter when the public works departments in your city start rationing road salt. There’s a joke in there somewhere. Unfortunately, this is actually happening in Omaha.

Believe it or not, Omaha is getting stingy with their road salt until additional shipments arrive. After a series of heavy snowstorms blasted the city, reserves are low.

Traditionally, Omaha gets its salt from mines in Hutchinson, Kansas. However, because it and surrounding cities are also enduring a hard winter, they’re using extra salt. Bottom line, it’s a logistical nightmare and the mineral can only be shipped so fast.

According to Austin Rowser, Omaha’s street maintenance engineer, “it’s all contingent on trucking.”

Rowser points out that in a normal winter Omaha uses 30,000 tons of salt. Unfortunately, this season road crews have already dispersed an amount exceeding 50,000 tons. That’s a lot of salt on Omaha streets.

As of Friday, the city still had about 5,000 tons of salt which Rowser emphasized was just an okay amount. For the year, Omaha had earmarked roughly $1.5 million for salt.

Papillion City spokesperson, Trent Albers, indicated that the city has enough salt left to handle around three more storms. Currently, they are waiting for a shipment of 650 tons. Albers stressed that the shipments haven’t been coming quickly.

Cities Are Improvising

In order to preserve its salt reserves, Papillion is using a combination of gravel and salt and a de-icing chemical. Yep, things have gotten that bad.

Joe Soucie, La Vista’s Public Works Director, says they’ve got enough salt on hand for two or more garden-variety snowstorms. Though nothing about this winter has been typical. The city is expecting a shipment of salt in the next week.

Soucie remarked that in the past his city has borrowed salt from nearby communities. Right now things aren’t that desperate. Even still, nobody wants another round of blizzards.

Unfortunately, winter isn’t going quietly in that good night. Snow is expected on Saturday afternoon. Plus, March is supposed to remain colder than normal through the opening weeks of March.

Watch Out for Semi-Trucks on Winter Roads

It’s that time of year again! Winter. Which brings all of its glory… snowy, icy, and slushy roads for drivers in Nebraska and the surrounding area. And, as a result? More accidents can occur.

In fact, a lot of drivers are unaware of how to properly drive in the rough conditions, especially around semi-trucks. The drivers of these semi-trucks usually face a wide range of weather conditions. And the most experienced drivers have seen it all when it comes to weather, and other drivers on the roads… especially winter roads.

But, auto drivers should be aware of semi-trucks on the road in the winter – and try to accommodate accordingly. While it can be more nerve-wracking to drive alongside semi-trucks in winter conditions, it is important to remember some helpful tips.

Safety Tips

For example, increasing your following distance, so you have time to stop if necessary. It is also important to be careful when passing. As one truck driver from Utah, Sabrina Bradley, recently commented, courtesy is the most important thing, especially on highways. Many drivers get anxious and eager to pass semi-trucks. She discussed a situation that occurred when several drivers were trying to pass by her, but they were passing on the unplowed shoulder.

She also pointed out how, if someone is pulled over on the shoulder, it is hard for other drivers to know, especially when it is still snowing. As Bradley stated: “If snow’s falling and you’re pulled over like that, we can’t see you. We don’t know to move over and get out of your way.”

Essentially, she feels that truckers have a high responsibility on snowy roads. She also said: “We’re responsible for driving for everyone out here. We have to drive for everyone else on the road because they don’t know how to react to us.”

So, watch out for the semi-trucks out there for the remainder of the winter… and stay safe!

A New Friend on the Road!

A New Friend on the Road

A lonely trucker, who loves his job, has recently invited a furry friend to join his lifestyle. A stray cat has joined Paul Robertson on his trucking adventures, and pair could not be happier! Percy and Paul are inseparable.

Paul is a truck driver, as well as an animal lover. Although he loves what he does, the job can sometimes get rather lonely. More often than not, truckers can have trouble maintaining mental health. It’s these furry driving companions that keep truckers, like Paul, happy. Unfortunately, earlier in his career, Paul had a cat named Howie but he passed away at the beginning of 2017. This man was heartbroken.

But recently, Paul has decided to give love another chance. Paul picked Percy up at a nearby animal shelter. Sadly, the ginger cat was once a stray on the streets, so he has a few injuries and scars. Also, he’s missing one of his canine teeth! But this doesn’t stop Percy from being a sweet companion for Robertson.

Luckily for both Paul and Percy, the cat adapted to the trucking lifestyle very quickly and he’s perfectly okay with long trips! They’re trucking companions, as well as a family.

Paul and Percy’s dynamic duo is inspirational for those looking for companionship in their life! This heart-warming story is a good reminder for those looking for companions to not rule out shelter pets! If you want to see a video of one of Percy and Paul’s uplifting adventures, you can check out his Facebook!

Project Santa Needs Christmas Donations

Omaha Project SantaLooking for a way to help make the season brighter for kids living in poverty? The Open Door Mission in Omaha desperately needs donations for their Project Santa holiday program. The program helps over 6,000 children.

This year, CEO Candace Gregory tells News Radio 1110 KFAB, Project Santa has expanded. The organization has enhanced its gift giving process for the first time. Parents can now choose the gifts for their kids. Gregory says seeing families so grateful for the opportunity to choose a gift has been an “amazing experience.” Being able to choose gifts empowers parents with “respect and dignity.”

Gregory is still looking for between 600-900 items to fill the need for gifts this year. Project Santa participation is larger, making the toy shortfall bigger than last year. Gregory says children living in poverty often “take on adult responsibility at a young age.” Open Door Mission’s goal is to “bring joy to the poor while empowering families to remain in their own homes and prevent homelessness.”

The mission has an immediate need. Just one week remains before final gift distribution. And without the mission’s gifts, many of the children will have nothing to open on Christmas Day. There is especially a shortfall of appropriate gifts for young and teenage boys. For them, the mission is looking for watches, wallets, and ear pods.

Other needed items include:

  • LEGO (small sets)
  • Action Figures
  • Play Doh
  • Balls
  • Hot Wheels
  • Bookbags
  • Alarm clocks

The mission also needs over 100 volunteers on site daily to sort, stock, and be personal shoppers for gifts.

If you would like to donate, you can find more information here at Open Door Mission’s website.

 

Best Wine Suggestions for Thanksgiving

Omaha WineThanksgiving revolves around giving thanks among family and friends, eating pumpkin pie, and drinking delicious wines. Almost forgot about Turkey! However, Thanksgiving dinner isn’t just about Turkey.

Well, if you are making the shopping list for your Thanksgiving dinner, no doubt it includes the wine.  You will probably need some recommendations on which one to choose. We are here to help you to make good wine choices.

Wine experts take wine pairing with food options very seriously. Perfect wine will evoke familial, celebratory feeling of togetherness.  Thanksgiving is about family warmth and unitedness.

Devon Broglie, Whole Foods Market Sommelier believes there are tons of pairing options since Thanksgiving table is full of many flavors.

An ever-popular guest at Thanksgiving gatherings is the first harvest wine from France’s Beaujolais region. This is a relatively young wine that’s on shelves six-to-eight weeks after harvest.

The specific thing about this wine is that it is allowed to be sold the same year it was harvested, upon AOC regulations.

This light-bodied, juicy wine is so synonymous with the holiday. Even the release date is the same as holidays’ (the third Thursday of November).

This perfect wine is just one option for your Thanksgiving dinner. But there are more people around your table. When you are hosting people at your place, you want to make sure everybody gets enough attention.

To keep your guests entertained, you make efforts to feed them well and offer a wide range of good wines.

There is so much joy and fun in serving your guests with the wine they like or, the one they have never tried. This does not mean skipping so well-liked, delicious wines, but being open to starting a new tradition amongst traditions.

As a great alternative, serve your guests with Pinot Noir.  This wine is an ideal companion for your Thanksgiving dinner, for only $18.99. For another wine option offered by Pinot Noir Meiomi you will pay little for, up to $ 22.99.

The choice is yours.

Get your perfect wine selection for Thanksgiving, but don’t get overboard with drinking.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

How To Have Fun in Omaha, Nebraska

The city of Omaha has always been underrated. Nevertheless, it has recently become an affordable and quite adventurous option for tourists.

Now it is one of the top ten cities in America with the most billionaires per capita. The city offers a blend of history, art and culture, and innovative attractions.

Hence, if you are fond of diversity, grab your racks and come to explore Omaha!

If you are fond of nature, you should visit the worlds largest indoor desert. North America’s largest indoor rainforest is home to thousands of animals and underground caves.

The botanical beauty in Lauritzen Garden and extraordinary works of art at the Joslyn Art Museum will make your experience unforgettable. You will enjoy the world’s rarest coin and document collections at the Durham Museum.

Are you an amateur of beers? Omaha locals have produced probably the tastiest beers in the world. Taking Omaha craft brewery tour, you will see that these craftsmen made beer their entire life.

Omaha offers culinary adventures to any person who appreciates top-notch flavors. Locally produced ingredients, as well as the creativity of chef cooks, will leave you astounded and force you to remember Omaha for long.

Omaha recently has become home for many international concerts and sports events. The Centurylink Center hosts a variety of performance, including award ceremonies, work events and motivation speakers inviting celebrities to the city.

The city of Omaha is the birthplace of President Gerald R Ford, the 38th President of the United States. memorial on Woolworth Avenue features a rose garden that resembles the White House.

To experience the real Nebraskan countryside, you should visit The Bellevue Berry and Pumpkin Ranch. There you can pick pumpkin and berries, enjoy hayrides through the woods and tree houses.

 

 

 

Omaha Area Hotel Industry Growing Faster than in Any Other State

Omaha hotels are being built tall, small, in an office high-rise, by a mall. They target all types including urban, historical, suburban. And here is the story of Omaha-area hotels. It is a market where construction and conversion of lodging rooms have become widespread than any other building.

 

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The number of hotel rooms has jumped over 16% in the Omaha area. And it took place in the last 5 years only. It is higher than the 7% increase for the U.S. in the same period itself. This information is from STR which is a firm tracking trend in the industry of hospitality.

 

 

This year has the highest number of booked hotel rooms so far. It is higher than any of the first six months of the year since at least 2008.

STR firm keeps track of how often hotels are booking by occupancy rate or how they are making full a hotel on an average night. Generally, the area’s occupancy rate is around 62% so far this year. And it is also higher compared with the last few years. However, certain pockets did much better and those occupancy rates at time surpass even 80%.

Challenges intensify for some, anyway.

With a local unemployment rate, which is around 3%, mostly hotel managers will scramble even more for good employees, Tim Darby of Downtown’s upscale Magnolia Hotel said. He is doing right by worrying about keeping a strong workforce even more than occupancy rates these days.

 

Here are some of the statistics from STR data tracker:

  • The Omaha area hotel rooms’ number has increased from 13,018 n 122 properties years ago to 15,091 in 141 properties today, a nearly 16% increase.
  • Hotel room revenue has increased annually since at least 2012. This year is on pace to surpass 2017. If looking at the downtown area revenue only, it is up about 27% if compare the first 6 months of 2018 with the same time frame in 2013.
  • This year, Omaha area hotel occupancy rate is about 62%, less than the national 66% rate.

 

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