Pete Thomas, motivational speaker, author and Season 2 At-Home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” was recently named the 2014 Pilot Flying J Health Champion. In this role, Pete is dedicated to helping Pilot Flying J’s team members and the company’s customers improve their health and wellness.
We sat down with him for a Q&A:
Tell us about participating on “The Biggest Loser?” I went on the show in 2005 weighing over 400 pounds. I was voted off the ranch after only 62 days, but before I left, I had lost 83 pounds! When I got home, I continued to learn about weight loss and wellness and lost another 102 pounds on my own.
When I left the show, I set a goal to keep the weight off when the cameras were off. That’s when it really matters. You can’t change your life in front of a camera. Cameras will give you motivation to help you start, but changing your life happens one day at a time.
Do you have any personal connection to the trucking industry? In my job I travel constantly, so I spend long periods of time seated and sedentary. On a more personal level, one …
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Valentines Day is one of the most popular holidays, with over 62% of Americans participating!
But it hasn’t always been conversation hearts and cupids.
The celebration of what has now become Valentines Day began during the Roman Empire, and the date February 14 was chosen at the end of the 5th century.
By the 15th century, people began to write notes to commemorate the special day, but first mass produced cards didn’t enter the scene until 20 years before the Civil War. Today, there are about 1 billion cards sent each year.
If you’re stressing over how much you’re spending on Valentines, keep in mind that the average American spends about $130 each year – most buying candy and roses. In fact, over 220 million roses are produced and 35 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold each year for Valentines alone.
How do you plan on celebrating Valentines this year? If you’d rather not spend $130 on expensive roses, visit your nearest Pilot Flying J for a cup of coffee and a Valentines Reece’s cup for your Valentine! Right now, candy is only 2 for $2.50 – what a sweet deal!
Winter weather has caused a lot of trouble around the country lately. While we can’t change the weather, we can be prepared to better care for our trucks.
Here are 4 easy things that you should be incorporating into your winter truck maintenance:
1. Drain all air tanks frequently. When condensation is left in the lines, ice forms and can cause problems with the air system.
2. Make sure to have fuel additives like DEF and the recommended dosing chart to refer to for every fill up.
3. Make sure the regeneration (regen) switch is in the automatic position so the DPF (diesel particulate filter) system can regenerate properly while the truck is in motion.
4. We recommend doing a manual regen about every two weeks to make sure the DPF system is as clean as possible. A regen required light will not appear until the unit is in stage 2 regen required. At that point, the truck will start going into de-rate and you must go to a dealer (most likely being towed). This can be prevented with a manual regen.
If you have any other tried and true tips, tell us in a comment below. And please be safe …
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Thank goodness for smart phone voice commands.
Professional driver Tim Rutledge, of Orlando, Fla., was transporting a load to Indiana when he drove through a snowstorm January 6.
Driving in temperatures of 42 degrees below zero with the wind chill, Rutledge’s brakes froze. He pulled into a Pilot Travel Center to fix his brakes. He crawled under the truck, which unexpectedly shifted on the ice and trapped him underneath.
Rutledge’s frantic wife began to call him because it was unusual that she had not heard from him. The phone vibrated out of his pocket where he was able to activate the voice commands and call his supervisor for help.
Because of the large amount of trucks seeking shelter, growing snowdrifts, howling winds and blinding snow, Rutledge was not visible under the truck. After surviving eight hours trapped under the truck in arctic temperatures, rescue teams freed Rutledge and rushed him to a hospital where he has since made a full recovery.
We applaud manager Cathy Taylor’s quick action to contact emergency personnel upon notification that the driver was trapped under his vehicle on the travel center property. The team members on site acted with speed and professionalism in accordance …
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Saturday is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and we are partnering with Truckers Against Human Trafficking to put a stop to this atrocity.
Human trafficking is a term for modern-day slavery. It’s a $32-billion worldwide industry enslaving more than 20.9 million, with hundreds of thousands enslaved in the United States alone.
Modern-day slavery is most often seen in the form of forced labor or commercial sex. Many of these victims are hidden in plain sight — and you can help.
Professional drivers are invaluable in the fight against human trafficking. As the eyes and ears of our highways, you are in a unique position to make a difference to close the loopholes to traffickers who seek to exploit our transportation system for their personal – and illegal – gain.
If you notice someone that is exhibiting any of these red flags, your phone call may save a life:
- Lack of knowledge about their community or whereabouts – Not in control of own identification documents (ID/passport) – Restricted or controlled communication — not allowed to speak – Demeanor: fear, anxiety, depression, submissive, tense, nervous
To call in a tip, call 1-888-3737-888 (US) or 1-800-222-TIPS (Canada).
It’s helpful for law enforcement to …
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