FIRST QUARTER 2014
Dennis and Justin Stock
DRIVEN TO SERVE
WHAT YOU MAY NOT
KNOW ABOUT TA/PETRO
TOTES AND TANKERS
A tanker endorsement update
KEEPING YOUR PERSONAL
It’s important to keep yourself safe and secure, so you
can make the most of your online experience.
SHOULDER, ELBOW & WRIST
These injuries can be terribly painful and cause
work to be very uncomfortable.
8 STEPS TO AVOID HEART DISEASE
In transportation, heart disease is the number two
health epidemic behind obesity, but no one can
deny that they are related.
FIRST QUARTER STAR AWARD
Thanking employees for taking care of business like no
body’s business - going above and beyond.
Recognizing the magic behind the walls of Quest Global.
Stop on by , say “Hello” and welcome our newest Quest
Global family members to the team.
FAST TRACK REFERRALS
Getting your money faster.
February 3rd - June 30th, 2014
A tool to communicate directions to its possessor - The Compass.
With it, you hold the knowledge of what is going on in our company.
Without it, you might be aimed directionless into the unknown.
CONTRIBUTORS Johanna Denton
ALL ABOUT LOAD PLANNING
What do they do all day?
WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW
The TA offers our team members the most efficient and
effective way to get their equipment services and issues
solved while anywhere on the road.
THE ROAD TO WELLNESS
Dodging the sugar!
Our Company Newsletter is the voice of
our organization - the best place to learn
what is going on within the company.
It is created to educate, inform and,
at times, entertain. It will be an ever
evolving piece of communication as we
evaluate what content makes for the
best read. Who wants to be bored while
reading good news? No thank you!
We want you to anxiously await our
quarterly issues - you are the customer,
our Quest Global family. This Newsletter
is for you!
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BO AND MARILEE LOFTON
First Quarter 2014 Star Winner
Bo and Marilee have been working with our team since the
beginning of the year. They are the deserving recipients of our
first quarter Star Award because of their desire to help others.
They take care of those around them and such acts help us all. We are thrilled at their choice
to be part of our exceptional team.
“Thank you for going well above expectations and assisting someone involved in an
accident by extinguishing the flames from their vehicle. Not only did you represent our
company in the best way possible, you represented humanity in the best way possible –
assisting those in need. Thank you again!”
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James Clayton, Jr.
Donald Dye, Jr.
George Cory V
John Faccadio Jr
Andrew Clemons, Jr.
THE DIFFERENCE YOU MAKE IS NOTHING SHORT OF LEGENDARY
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MEET OUR NEW QUEST GLOBAL FAMILY MEMBERS
Angie has been
service for the
past 10 years
of her career – making a
mark where she can. She is
new to the transportation
industry, but excited about
the challenges. During her
time away from the office,
she enjoys spending time
with her family and bettering
has been in
21 years with 14 of those
being in transportation. Her
experience ranges from air
freight (international air/
ocean) to truck brokerage.
She enjoys reading, crafts,
cooking and yard work.
service for the
past 15 years. She is new to
transportation, but knows
that every employee is also a
customer and deserves great
service. During her free time,
she likes to watch movies and
read. Fun Fact: She went to
high school with Chris Tucker.
has been in
six years and most of it in
transportation. In her time
away, she enjoys spending
time with her grandchildren
and coaching youth sports.
is new to
but is enjoying the fast pace.
During time away from the
hectic day-to-day, she enjoys
time with her four children
and their extra curricular
activities (ages 18,11,11, and
2, and the two 11 year olds
are not twins)!
1979. His family is also heavily
involved in transportation. He
enjoys riding his motorcycle
and ATV’ing during off time.
Fun Fact: His nickname is
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been in the
industry for six
years, but before making the
move, he was involved with
dispatching for emergency
services. During his time
away from work, he enjoys
spending time with his son
been in human
6 years. Before
moving to HR,
she worked in driver payroll
and load planning. During
time at home, she enjoys
cooking and spending time
with family – her husband,
three children and two dogs.
She also teaches ballet on the
Marcus has been
service for four
years. He is
new to the transportation
industry, but is familiar with
it due to family involvement.
He enjoys spending time with
his family and community
when not working. Fun
Fact: He plays with gospel
and country music acts on
service for 20
years and has worked with
her father in transportation
for the past five years. She
has three boys and enjoys
running, scrapbooking and
reading during her time away
from the desk.
Dale has been in
for 15 years
and brings a truckload of
experience to the team. While
away from the desk, he likes
to relax, read and play golf.
Brian has been
for six months
– a relative
newbie. During free time,
he really enjoys fishing and
other outdoor activities.
has been in
for 15 years.
While away from
the shop, he enjoys riding his
motorcycle and building cars
Devin has been
in the business
for three years,
but is somewhat
new to our area
of transportation. During
time away from the shop, he
enjoys riding his motorcycle
and hanging out at the lake.
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FAST TRACK REFERRALS
GETTING YOUR MONEY FASTER
FEBRUARY 3RD - JUNE 30TH, 2014
Thanks to all of the hard work and support of our team members, we are growing! Our customers
continually want our teams delivering their freight, and 30 new tractors have arrived as additions
to our fleet. We know our team members are happier when they can depend on others to do
things the right way, so we would like to put the power in your hands and ask you to do the
interviewing for us. Simply refer other quality teams and we will begin paying you – faster than
Check out this payment schedule:
$500.00 after your team referral completes the last day of orientation
$500.00 after your team referral completes 90 days of employment
$750.00 after your team referral completes 180 days of employment
$750.00 after your team referral completes 270 days of employment
- Referrals must record your name on their paperwork day one of orientation. -
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IS THERE SOMETHING HOLDING YOU BACK
FROM GETTING A HAZMAT ENDORSEMENT?
LET’S MAKE A DEAL.
YOU GET ENDORSED, WE PAY FOR IT.
See page 10 or contact your Driver Manager for more details.
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TOTES AND TANKERS
A TANKER ENDORSEMENT UPDATE
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration (FMCSA) has proposed that the
legal definition of a tank vehicle be changed
to include any vehicle designed to transport
any liquid or gaseous material in tanks that
are rated at more than 119 gallons each and
make up a total of 1,000 gallons or more of the
The new regulations for the Tanker
endorsement will go in effect beginning
July 8th 2014. A driver hauling intermediate
bulk containers (IBC’s or totes as they are
affectionately called) can be required to have a
Tanker Endorsement (T) on their CDL.
We are encouraging all of our drivers with a
HAZMAT endorsement on their CDL to please
have the tanker endorsement added to their
license by July 1st, 2014. Having the tanker
endorsement will allow you to haul any
HAZMAT load without any questions.
Example 1: You are hauling 18 – 55 gallon
drums of liquid. You are not considered a tank
vehicle because each container is less than 119
Example 2: You are hauling containers rated
at 120 gallons or more and the total gallons of
those containers is greater than 1,000 gallons
(about 9 containers
in this example). You are considered a tank
vehicle and must have a tanker endorsement
on your CDL.
Due to the types of HAZMAT freight our
customers trust us to be able to haul for them
(about 98% of it falls into the tanker category),
many have determined that any carrier
hauling their HAZMAT freight must supply
them with only HAZMAT drivers with tanker
endorsements no later than July 1st, 2014.
To make sure we continue to service our
customers and offer the best available miles
to our teams, we are initiating a program so
that each of our drivers possessing a HAZMAT
endorsement can meet this deadline. Each
driver possessing a HAZMAT endorsement
must obtain a tanker endorsement by July 1st,
2014 if they have not already done so.
We would also like to take this time to
encourage all of our non-HAZMAT drivers to
obtain their HAZMAT and Tanker endorsements
if they have not already done so.
Are you a new employee?
All new employees who obtain their HAZMAT
and Tanker endorsement within the first
60 days of employment will receive a cost
reimbursement up to $150.00. Receipts must
be submitted to the Payroll department for
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All new employees who hold a HAZMAT
endorsement and who decide to obtain a
Tanker endorsement within the first 60 days of
employment will receive a cost reimbursement
up to the cost of the endorsement (usually
$5.00). Receipts must be submitted to the
Are you an existing employee without a
All existing employees who do not hold a
HAZMAT endorsement and who decide to
obtain a HAZMAT endorsement and Tanker
endorsement by July 1st, 2014 will receive a
cost reimbursement up to $150.00. Receipts
must be submitted to the Payroll department
for processing. Again, this is completely
Are you an existing employee with a
All existing employees who hold a HAZMAT
endorsement and who decide to obtain a
Tanker endorsement by July 1st, 2014 will
receive a cost reimbursement up to the cost of
the endorsement (usually $5.00). Receipts must
be submitted to the Payroll department for
Are you an existing employee with a
HAZMAT and Tanker endorsement?
All existing employees who hold a HAZMAT
endorsement and Tanker endorsement who
received either endorsement since January
1st, 2014 will receive a cost reimbursement
up to $150.00. (Note: HAZMAT endorsements
can only be reimbursed once the Tanker
endorsement has also been added. Tanker
endorsements can be reimbursed apart from
HAZMAT endorsements.) Receipts must be
submitted to the Payroll department for
processing no later than July 1st, 2014.
What does this all mean?
Due to FMCSA regulations and customer
requirements, drivers who do not obtain a
Tanker endorsement to accompany their
HAZMAT endorsement will not be eligible
for the HAZMAT bonus. We offer this
reimbursement program in order to ease any
financial burden this requirement may place on
you and your family as well as encourage you
to obtain more earning potential. Drivers with
typically earn 10-20%
than those without
(Note: Both team
members must have
a HAZMAT and Tanker
endorsement to obtain
the HAZMAT bonus.)
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KEEPING YOUR PERSONAL
With the recent breach in customer information security at some large retailers, it is important to understand
the risks and protect your personal information as much as you can. Just like you would protect your
pocketbook or wallet while you were out shopping at stores, you should protect yourself online while
shopping or surfing. The Internet offers so many opportunities for exposure. It’s important to keep yourself
safe and secure, so you can make the most of your online experience.
There are many different types of cyber-crime. A cyber-criminal might try to gain access to your
information – like your account passwords, banking details or social security number. They might
do this by installing malware on your computer, trying to hack into your account, or tricking
you into giving them the information. These are a few ways cyber-criminals get your personal
information, so that they might steal from you, impersonate you or even sell your details to the
A cyber-criminal might also try to use
the Internet to scam you, by selling you
fake goods or by making you do things
that cost you money. Whether you’re a
new Internet user or an expert, the tips
and tools here are to help you navigate
the web safely and securely and are just
simply good to know. Google gives us
following advice and tips on staying
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1. Never give out personal
Addresses and phone
numbers could help potential
burglars or stalkers locate you
much more easily. Identity
theft is made simpler by every
piece of information a thief
2. Financial Information - Do
not post pictures of checks
or credit cards. Do not post
account numbers, or even
the name of your bank or
credit card companies. Do not
make comments about your
finances, even in general.
post it. Others can share your
status or photos, or save them
and send to whomever they
choose. Complaints about
work or other people are likely
to get back to your employer
or the other person, and that
can hurt your job or your social
life. If you have any doubts
about whether a comment or
photo is appropriate for public
viewing, it is best to not post it.
The following are ways to try to
stay ahead of those that would
like to take your information.
Protect Your Identity - Don’t
use lazy passwords. Choosing
3. Password or password
password or 1234 is like putting
hints - Do not post your
a luggage lock on the front door
password to Facebook or
of your house. People will be able
to any other accounts. Do
to guess it and hack into your
not post information that
account. Instead, come up with
could give information about a longer password that contains
your password hints. Some
both letters and numbers/
common ones include your
characters, preferably one that
mother’s maiden name, your
references something significant
first pet’s name, the name of
only to you. Never use the same
the street you grew up on,
password for different accounts.
or the city in which you were
If you don’t want to come up
with and keep track of dozens
of different passwords, come up
4. When you will be away from with a base password and tack a
home - Do not post comments logical modifier onto it for each
about going out of town for
account, example on Amazon, use
the night or week or, as OTR
amzns1rbubb735; on Gmail, use
drivers, don’t comment about gmails1rbubb735.
your load or trip information.
It will give others an idea
Keep your eyes peeled for
of when your house will be
online scams - Beware of spoof
empty. Do not post photos
email claiming to be from eBay,
while on vacation, as again,
PayPal, or a bank or a company
potential burglars will be able you trust asking for personal or
to tell they have time to pay
sensitive information. This is called
your home an unwanted visit. phishing. The e-mail may inform
Consider avoiding “checking
you that there is a problem with
in” to places, as this is also a
your account/password. There
record of when you aren’t
may be a link to click inside.
Forward any of these e-mails to
the company it claims to be sent
5. Anything you don’t want
from. They will confirm whether
others to share or know
the e-mail you received was real
should not be posted or
or not. Also, bear in mind that
written about online. If you
e-mail programs like Yahoo!, MSN,
don’t want everyone to know
about something, do not
Hotmail and Gmail will never ask
you for your e-mail password.
Protect Your Connection - Make
sure you are using (and regularly
updating) an anti-virus program,
an anti-spyware program, and a
Always check for secure
transaction info - The best
companies will have many
security devices in place. You may
see a gold lock at the bottom of
the page to indicate a secure site.
When giving any bank details or
other information, make sure the
connection is secure (URL’s like
this begin with https:// instead of
http://) and the site is trustworthy.
Never open e-mail attachments
from strangers - Some junk
e-mails may contain viruses or
spyware that can harm your
Give up your account if it has been
compromised after you backup
what you can save. Inform your
bank, job and others of these
changes, immediately. You will
probably have to change all the
passwords or account numbers
immediately (if it was ever in your
email). Report the problem to your
If your computer has been hacked
through the internet then all
your information may have been
compromised. Update your virus
protection software and remove
the virus. If important documents
and information have been stolen
or compromised, inform your
bank or job accordingly. Report
any crime to the police.
Remember online access is
convenient for us and we love to
use it. Always use common sense
and if it’s too good to believe,
don’t do it. Stay safe, keep your
information secure and have fun!
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SHOULDER, ELBOW AND
WRIST INJURIES, OUCH!
Shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries (often referred
to as upper extremity injuries) are common
among professional truck drivers. These injuries
can be terribly painful and cause work to be very
uncomfortable. There are many activities that can
cause truck drivers to suffer shoulder, elbow and
wrist injuries if not performed correctly or with
caution, such as pulling the fifth wheel pin, lifting
the engine hood or even cranking the landing
gear. Truck drivers are likely to engage in some, if
not all, of these activities every day.
You should exercise to help maintain a healthy
body. Keeping physically fit with a program of
exercising, stretching and strengthening all body
parts can help prevent injuries.
The fifth wheel pin is a common cause of
shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries in truck drivers.
To disengage the tractor from the trailer, the
driver must lean underneath the trailer on top of
the drives and pull up and outward on the pin.
Sometimes the pin can be extremely difficult
to remove, and doing so puts the driver in an
awkward position. Don’t keep pulling if it doesn’t
release easily. Use a fifth wheel release extender
bar to make this task easier. Also, report any issues
you have pulling a fifth wheel pin to the shop (Ext.
Lifting the engine hood is another common task
for drivers. The engine hood of a tractor is high off
the ground and heavy. The driver stands on the
front bumper and leans his/her body weight on
the handle. Naturally, this puts strain on the upper
extremities. Use caution when performing this
task and ask for help if you need it.
The hand crank of the landing gear is used to
lower or raise the trailer. Sometimes it is hard to
crank if bolts are missing or some type of damage
has occurred causing the landing gear to be bent.
Do not try to force the crank to turn. If you see any
damage, report it to the OTR Repair department
(Ext. 208) immediately for repair. Don’t forget,
sliding tandems and opening/closing trailer doors
can also be risky. Don’t pull or push with one hand.
Use two hands to distribute the weight impact to
One of the most common causes of upperextremity injuries to truck drivers is slipping on
the truck step and grabbing the hand bar to break
a fall. As a truck driver, you repeatedly enter and
exit your cab, and that can be just as dangerous
as any other task you have. Remember to never
jump out of your truck. This puts a great amount
of stress and pressure on your joints. Always use
three points of contact when entering and exiting
your truck. In cold weather, check for ice on steps
before entering or exiting. During rain and snow,
the steps will be slippery.
The dangers of driving a truck cannot be
eliminated, but there are steps that can be taken
to reduce the risk injuries and limit the severity of
the injuries when they do occur. The first step is
to be aware of the activities that commonly cause
these types of injuries. Limit the activities to the
extent you can, and when it is necessary to do
these activities, make sure you use caution. Don’t
try to force something to move or work.
We need to work with each other to identify
unsafe actions and work toward eliminating these
actions. Remember, in order to remain safe and
injury free, you must practice safe work habits.
It’s your body, let’s work together to keep it safe,
healthy and injury free!
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8 STEPS TO AVOID HEART DISEASE
February was National Heart Disease Awareness month. Though it may pass with little fanfare in
some places, we recognized it around the terminal by wearing red on Fridays. Unfortunately, many
people forget about the prevalence of heart disease throughout many other parts of the year. In
transportation, heart disease is the number two health epidemic behind obesity, but no one can deny
that they are related.
Heart attacks are a health complication that can stem directly from obesity. Obviously you don’t have
to be overweight to have a heart attack, but not maintaining a healthy lifestyle can certainly increase
your chances of suffering from one.
Know the signs of heart attacks. Chest discomfort/pressure, pain in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or
stomach, shortness of breath, cold sweats, nausea, and light headedness are all warnings of a heart
attack. If you’re experiencing any of these, call 911 pronto. Prevent heart attacks from the get-go by
following most or some of the following eight tips.
Modified from an article by Gordon A. Ewy, MD, director emeritus of the University of Arizona
Sarver Heart Center
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1. Take responsibility for your health.
Cardiovascular disease is the major cause
of death in America, accounting for 34% of
deaths, many suddenly and almost all of them
premature. If you have diabetes, your risk
increases dramatically. The best prevention
against heart disease and stroke is to
understand the risks and treatment options. The
greatest risk is ignorance or misinformation.
2. Know your risks. The most influential risk factor
for cardiovascular disease is age – the older you
are, the greater your risk. The second is your
genetic make-up. “A good family history is a
poor man’s gene test.” We have long known that
if your parents, grandparents, or other relatives
were afflicted with or died of heart disease,
diabetes or stroke, your risk is much greater.
3. Don’t smoke or expose yourself to secondhand smoke.
The evidence is overwhelming that cigarette
smoking and second-hand exposure to smoke
increases the risks of heart disease, lung disease,
peripheral vascular disease and stroke.
4. Maintain a healthy blood pressure.
High blood pressure, called hypertension, is
known as “the silent killer” as it goes without
symptoms in most individuals. High blood
pressure causes wear and tear of the delicate
inner lining of your blood vessels. The higher
your blood pressure the greater your risk. The
risk begins to increase from a pressure of 115/70
mmHg and doubles for each 10 mmHg increase
in systolic (the larger number) and 5 mmHg
increase in the diastolic (the smaller number).
Heredity and increasing age raise the risks.
Measuring blood pressures at home reflects
more accurately your risk than having the blood
pressure taken at a physician’s office. It is worth
the investment to get a cuffmeter.
5. Monitor your cholesterol (blood lipids).
Abnormal or high blood lipids (fats) are a major
contributor to cardiovascular disease. Your
blood lipids include the LDL (bad cholesterol;
remember as “Lousy cholesterol”), HDL (good
cholesterol; remember as “Healthy cholesterol”)
and triglycerides. The lower your LDL and the
higher your HDL, the better your prognosis.
The amount of cholesterol in your blood is
determined mainly by three factors: the amount
produced by the liver (this is largely genetic),
the amount absorbed from the intestinal tract
(some from what you eat, but a lot more from
cholesterol produced by the liver and excreted
into the digestive tract) and, finally, age – your
cholesterol increases with age. If you are at risk,
medication is almost always necessary to lower
the LDL or to raise your HDL. The ideal ratio of
total cholesterol divided by HDL cholesterol is
3.0. If higher, you might need diet as therapy.
6. Limit your calories.
Fad diets do not work. If any of them did,
we all would be on THAT one, wouldn’t we?
The obesity rate in Americans is alarming,
contributing to a near epidemic of diabetes,
which is a cardiovascular disease. If you have
diabetes, your risk is the same as someone who
already had a heart attack. Obesity is caused
by consuming more calories than your body
burns. Abdominal obesity is the major risk.
Portion sizes and the amount of sugars in the
American diet have dramatically increased over
the past few decades. At the same time, the
daily amount of exercise has been decreasing. It
is good advice to “drink slim” (water, tea, coffee).
Use portion control before you start eating and
push away from the table before you are “full.”
7. Make exercise a daily habit.
The lack of exercise is contributing to the
obesity epidemic in Americans. Studies indicate
that walking two miles a day is optimal for
overall health, and those two miles of walking
do not have to be done all at once. Exercise
does more than burn calories; it also activates
genes that are beneficial to health in other ways.
Plus, exercise is one of the best treatments for
depression and anxiety; however, exercise alone
cannot control or reduce your weight – you
must also modify your diet.
8. Reduce stress.
Stress contributes to cardiovascular disease and,
if severe, can cause a heart attack or sudden
death. There are plenty of options that help
reduce stress, such as regular exercise, adequate
sleep, striving for a good marriage, laughing,
volunteering or attending religious services.
Watching TV generally does not relieve, but can
aggravate stress. Also, try to avoid situations and
people who make you anxious or angry.
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ALL ABOUT LOAD PLANNING
WHAT DO THEY DO ALL DAY?
Sometimes, load planning can be a bit of a mystery.
These individuals known as Load Planners spend
their entire day dishing out loads and connecting
the dots. Many don’t understand all that goes into
this position and why accurate information is so
important, so the best way to explain it is…
Have you ever sat down with a challenging, tedious,
5000 piece puzzle that takes hours and hours to put
together? If so, then you should be able to relate to
the job of a Load Planner. They are master puzzle
The pieces spread out on the table are hours
of service, home time requests, driver illnesses,
truck breakdowns, drivers’ personal needs, truck
preventative maintenance services, deadhead
miles, miles for the month, contractual obligations,
projected time of arrivals (PTA’s), expected time of
arrivals (ETA’s), committed loads, and those smoking
hot loads that we sometimes squeeze in because
we love being the hero that saves our customer’s
Daily, Load Planners depend on the Driver
Managers to provide accurate information on the
drivers’ needs and situations, so they know how
many truck pieces are in the puzzle. The Planners
also depend on customers to provide their load
numbers, the Customer Service Representatives to
enter the loads accurately and timely in the system,
and the Sales department to provide current
contractual obligations on each customer in order
to know how many customer pieces are in the
After the planners have gathered all the pieces,
they are ready to start putting the puzzle together.
Easy, breezy right? No way! It is an extremely
challenging job because while putting together the
puzzle, the pieces change. Just when the puzzle is
almost complete, PTA’s change, loads cancel, new
breakdowns occur. Tough job? You bet!
To make certain our customers are satisfied and
our drivers’ have the ability to thrive in their
careers here at Quest Global, we have a group
of the most qualified, experienced, professional,
puzzle mastering Load Planners you will find in the
transportation industry today. They are here to help
and take pride in a job well done at the end of each
of their days.
Join us in the winner's circle and
be a part of our growing Team!
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WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT TA/PETRO
You may ask why we use the Travel Centers of America/Petro rather
than any other service center. The TA offers our team members the
most efficient and effective way to get their equipment services and
issues solved while anywhere on the road. They usually stock the
numerous filters our equipment requires and we can call ahead and
attempt to make an appointment (time permitting).
The TA/Petro also offers some great services for our team members.
Their locations offer the Ultra One card. This membership rewards
card allows those getting a preventative maintenance service at
any location to receive points and free showers (they expire after 10
days, so use ‘em or lose ‘em). As a “WOW” bonus on your birthday, they will also offer you a free dessert
with the Ultra One card! See a representative at any location to sign up.
Throughout the year, TA/Petro also does many giveaways to say “thank you” to their loyal customers
– you. At various times, they offer free hats, gloves and other promotional items. Some locations even
offer a free meal while you wait on your PM service.
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THE ROAD TO
Dodging the Sugar
It’s delicious, versatile, fun, everywhere, addictive,
legal and killing us – sugar.
To many, no breakfast is complete without a pastry,
sweetened cereal (hot or cold) or a couple packets
of sweet crystals in the morning mug. Many
of those people continue on to a savory lunch
complete with soda, sweetened tea or lemonade.
Would any dinner truly be complete without a
proper after-dinner treat or even full-on dessert?
Some say, “No.” Lets not forget about the snacks
that often look like a dessert out of proper dinning
order. The infamous honey-bun is a best seller in
vending machines nationwide.
Each day we are surrounded by one of the most
potent, effective and sly killers. In recent studies,
many small mammals have been shown to prefer
eating sugar to cocaine use. Yes; you read correctly.
Please do not test this yourself. No matter the
intensity, sugar is addictive at some level to almost
everyone. How many addictive substances do you
know of that are actually good for your well-being?
The effects of sugar are well known, yet they
have become so commonplace that we look
them over and attribute the issues to other, more
villainous agents. Here are some commonly and
uncommonly known effects of sugar.
1. Damages your heart
Recent research shows that excess sugar (more
than nine tablespoons per day) can increase
overall heart disease risk resulting in heart
failure. About half of people diagnosed with
heart failure die within five years.
2. Promotes belly fat
Belly fat and visceral fat (fat around the organs)
is directly linked to increased fructose intake.
Fat around the trunk area is the most dangerous
type in terms of heart and organ diseases.
3. It is the true silent killer
Why the silent killer? Because it all happens
without symptoms or warning bells. If you’ve
gained weight in the past year and can’t quite
figure out why, perhaps you should look at how
much fructose and other sugars you’re feeding
4. Linked to cancer production and may effect
Many studies have found that connections exist
between excess sugar intake and cancer cell
production. Sugar intake has also been linked
to lowered survival rates for both breast cancer
and colon cancer patients.
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Four Tips for Reducing Sugar Now
1. on’t drink liquid candy – Soda is basically
that – liquid candy. Most Americans think
of soda as a beverage, and most Americans
are overweight. Think of soda as a special
treat rather than a daily occurrence, and
you will enjoy it even more and avoid all of
those empty calories.
5. Hides in many everyday “non-sugar” foods
While many strive to avoid the “normal” sugary
culprits (candy, cookies, cake, etc.), they often
are surprised when they discover some of
their favorite foods also contain lots of sugar.
Examples include tomato sauce, fat free
dressing, tonic water, marinades, crackers and
6. Makes us overweight
While you may be aware that too many calories
from any source will be stored as fat if not
burned, what you may not connect is that the
lack of other nutrients in sugar actually makes
it much easier to eat gobs of it with no physical
effects to warn us of the danger that lurks.
Foods rich in fiber, fat and protein all have been
associated with increased fullness. Sugar will
give you the calories, but not the feeling that
you’ve had enough.
Suggested read: Suicide by Sugar by Nancy Appleton
2. o black and never go back – Resolve to
drink your coffee and tea without sugar
and milk. This small change can save you
several sweet teaspoons every day, and you
will most likely find that you do not miss
it. Besides, ordering a straight-up coffee
is cooler (and cheaper) than ordering a
triple-no-fat half-caramel grande whatever
with whip and drizzle. Don’t let your daily
caffeine requirement become a crutch for
3. atch your breakfast – Deep-fried dough
topped with icing and candy sprinkles isn’t
anywhere near healthy, but doughnuts are
a common, all-American breakfast. Just say
no. Also passing as breakfast: muffins (a.k.a.
cake) and frappaccinos and smoothies
(milkshakes). Starting your morning off
with sugar overload like this will offset your
energy and unbalance your system for the
4. Indulge in high quality – quality sweets
that you can afford. You will get more
satisfaction from enjoying one divine
chocolate truffle than you will from six
crappy little sandwich cookies. Resolve to
only eat sweets you really, really like. Forget
the rest and enjoy what you want without
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