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Nationwide Album Release for Trucker Music- “On the Road”

November 15, 2011 1 comment

On the Road Album cover

On the Road Album cover (Tony Justice)

Very pleased to announce that Flying J/Pilot Travel Centers will be releasing the “On the Road” album by Tony Justice on December 6, 2011. Tony is truck driver doing what he loves and singing about it. The album is dedicated to Tony’s Dad, Bob Justice AKA “Big Daddy” a man that dedicated 30 years of service on the road and to those that still drive the roads that keep America moving.

“It’s about truckin’ time!! I am excited to announce the soon-to-be released album “On The Road” by Tony Justice, an over-the-road truck driver, singer/songwriter. The first Nashville produced trucking album since the Rubber Duck and Convoy days; that’s over 30 years! The largest truck stop chain in America, Pilot/Flying J, will be nationally distributing this album in November. Guaranteed to be high-steppin’, double-clutchin’, gear-jammin’, chicken-truckin’ tunes that promises to entertain both truckers and music lovers alike.
There are several songs on the album worth pointing out. The first track is Peterbilt 379, a song depicting the life of a driver who is proud of the truck that gets him from A to B to fulfill his job, written by Tony during his travels while driving his Big Pete. The title track, “On The Road”, was written by Kenny Chesney, and in the words of Overdrive magazine’s editor, it “..explores the difficulty of sustaining an on-highway marriage, primarily from the wife’s point of view: “While he’s out in the fast lane, her life’s moving slow… She wonders if he’s cheated / She hopes that he’s been true / She knows he’s thought about it / ‘Cause she’s thought about it too…”- Todd Dills, (Oct 13, 2011). And, of course, one must mention the remake of the original classic, “Six Days On The Road”, by Dave Dudley.
Tony kicked off the debut of his album by performing at the 1st Annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention in Tunica, MS last month, where “The evening concluded with some of the best entertainment around as Tony Justice and his Nashville band cranked out hit after hit.” – Allen Smith, (Oct 17, 2011). It was Tony’s pleasure to attend and perform at this event, so he could show his support for the current events happening in the trucking industry.
Thanks to the topics presented, Tony’s social media network has increased his statistics astoundingly!  His songs have touched many truckers nationally, and, even globally, with his true life experiences resonating through the lyrics. He has even had Facebook friends from Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, and many others, wanting to know how they can get one of his CD’s!!”



Questions From a Driver About Sleep Apnea

December 29, 2010 2 comments

I am looking for information about the new sleep apnea test that I keep hearing is going to be part of the biannual driver physical. This is what I have heard but I don’t know whats true and whats trucker talk.
1) If you weigh over a certain amount you must take a sleep study.

2) Your company does not pay for it

3) …Health insurance wont pay for it

4) It costs $3000 for the one day test.



Update: 3:00pm answers these questions and then some on their blog.

Thank you Allen and Donna Smith for making this information public.




Update: 4:00pm

Todd Dills Response to the above questions:

Todd Dills December 29 at 3:08pm Report
You can send him to this page of our CSA drivers handbook, a related piece about health regulations. None of the stuff he mentions is in any way actual law, though different carriers may have different policies toward sleep apnea:

National Transportation Safety Board has recommended screening and testing be a part of physical; as of now, there is already a question on physical forms examiners must fill out relating to sleep apnea, but the threshold for testing is entirely up to the examiner’s judgment on whether the person having the physical is capable of operating a CMV or poses a crash risk. Yes, some want to change that, but whether the kinds of things the commenter is talking about will become regulations or not is definitely still undecided. -Todd

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Drivers Alike December 29 at 3:53pm
Thank you very much Todd! I passed the information a long to him and he said he appreciates it a lot. Do you mind if I post it on my blog as well? And give you credit.
Todd Dills December 29 at 3:55pm Report
Sure. My response above doesn’t take into account the full range of recommendations DOT/FMCSA have received on this, though, be aware. Their Medical Review Board recommend much the same, too. I.e. it hasn’t just been coming from the National Transportation Safety Board. -TD

Depression and Trucking

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Depression and Trucking

A lot of truckers really love their jobs and never think depression is a hazard of the job. However, there are quite a few truckers out there who get stuck in their daily routine and become more and more unhappy. The longer they are on the road, the less interaction they have with their family and friends. After a while, the lack of contact leaves the driver feeling empty and isolated. The more empty and isolated a person is, the easier it is to cut off contact with the outside world. I’m sure you can see how depression causes isolation and more isolation causes more depression.

What is depression?

Remember, it is human to have feelings of sadness from time to time. Depression is when you have feelings of sadness and it interferes with something—job, family, not having enough energy to function, or being tired all the time, just to name a few. Since depression often runs in families, pay close attention to your family history if you find yourself feeling depressed.

What can be done about depression?

Many people instantly think of medication when they think of depression. Depending on the situation, an antidepressant may be appropriate. However, I want people to realize that by changing thoughts and behaviors, depression can often be reduced or eliminated. If a person often thinks negative thoughts, surrounds themselves with negative people, or isolates themselves, it is much easier to become depressed. Many people don’t realize that excessive drinking (more than 3 drinks per day) or other drug use often leads to depression or worsens existing depression.

These behaviors cause a person to be more depressed:
• Isolation
• Focusing on negatives
• Considering self disabled
• Focusing on anger
• Substance abuse

These behaviors will help you to feel better:
• Exercise
• Hobbies
• Talking with someone you trust about stress, depression, and other feelings
• Journaling
• Interacting with friends, family and other drivers
• Taking a vacation!


The ultimate consequence of depression is suicide. Usually, people commit or attempt suicide when they feel there is no hope of stopping the pain of depression or intense sadness. If someone reaches out to you in order to discuss their suicidal feelings, please take their concern seriously and talk with them. They usually need more of a listening ear, than a person to “fix” the problem. Listening is the best thing you can do. If you feel they are at risk of hurting themselves that day, see that they go to the nearest emergency room so they can get intensive services. If the suicidal person refuses help and you believe they are going to hurt themselves, call 9-1-1, so the police may help them get to the emergency room.

If you are suicidal and you are not willing to reach out to someone or go to the emergency room, these hotlines are available:

National Suicide Hotline (United States) at 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK. Additional phone numbers can be located

If you have feelings of depression, sadness, or have some thoughts of hurting yourself, therapy often helps. Call a therapist or mental health center nearest you for an assessment. Once you are assessed, talk with your therapist to see if a referral for medication will be helpful.

About Buck Black

I am a licensed therapist (LCSW) in private practice who focuses on anger, stress, and relationships. I do this both in my Lafayette Indiana office and online. I also specialize in working with truckers and their families over the phone and on Skype at


AskTheTrucker supports September 15th to address Truck Driver Fatigue- Jason’s Law

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment

AskTheTrucker supports September 15th to address Truck Driver Fatigue,
Parking Shortages, and Reduction of Highway Fatalities

On September 15, 2010, Allen and Donna Smith of, along
with thousands of people nationwide, are going to voice their convictions
to Washington DC, strongly urging elected officials and lawmakers to
support bill HR 2156. The bill, commonly referred to as Jason’s Law, would
ensure the existence and expansion of available truck parking, relieving
truckers from the documented fatal effects of fatigued driving, and
therefore securing safer conditions for highway motorists sharing the
roads with the more than 4 million professional truck drivers.

Dunnellon, FL (PRWEB) September 13, 2010 — On April 28th, 2009
Congressman Paul Tonko of New York presented HR 2156 to the house, seeking
remedy for the nation’s severe truck parking shortage which has directly
affected truck driver safety, trucker fatigue, accident fatality, and
national highway safety. has been reporting the updates
and progress of this most vital bill, including live radio appearances of
Congressman Tonko on Truth About Trucking “Live.”

For many years, Government studies have indicated that there is a
significant shortage of available truck parking facilities. Studies have
also indicated, that by not having enough truck parking, drivers are at
greater risk of experiencing what’s commonly called within the trucking
industry as “truck driver fatigue”, which according to the National
Transportation Safety Board “may be a contributing factor in as many as 30
to 40 percent of all heavy truck accidents.” The Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration ( FMCSA) has stated that truck driver fatigue has
been the main cause of thirteen percent of all fatal crashes involving a
tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle.

To make matters worse, the current economic recession has forced many
states to close additional rest areas. When drivers cannot find available
parking to rest, many times they continue to drive in this dangerously
fatigued state, reducing their alertness or ability to think clearly,
while they continue to search for available refuge. Other times they are
forced to hazardously park on exit and entrance ramps, or to find solace
in isolated areas, as was the case of Jason Rivenburg, who was shot and
killed as he rested in an abandoned gas station on March 5, 2009.

Truckers, their families and friends are urging people to call their
elected officials on September 15th in order to support HR 2156 and S971,
“Jason’s Law.”

The law would allocate funds, already existing from collected fuel tax,
towards a Pilot Program which would create and maintain safe truck parking
for professional truck drivers. The plan is designed to spend a modest 20
million dollars a year for 6 years.

As reported this past June in a post on AskTheTrucker:

Jason’s Law has been dormant in the Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee/ Highways and Transit sub-committee. It is imperative that this
vital bill be passed into law and not allowed to, once again, be placed
within a larger bill where little or nothing is done to either address or
resolve the issue of severe truck parking shortages.

On Wednesday, September 15th, please call your US representatives and

. . . and ask to speak with the transportation staffer. Explain that you
are concerned with the direct correlation between truck driver fatigue as
it relates to the severe truck parking shortage and our national highway
safety, specifically, truck related fatalities.

Particular attention will be to Senator Charles Schumer, who first
presented S971 to the Senate. His phone number is: (202) 224-6542

On September 6th 2010, President Obama called for a 50 billion dollar
infrastructure plan to rebuild the roads, railways, and airport runways of
this country. Should this bill be passed, we hope that additional funds
would be allocated towards the prevention of highway fatalities by
assuring that there be an adequate number of truck parking facilities for
professional drivers to obtain their mandated and legally required rest. is one of many websites within Truth About Trucking, LLC
and is dedicated to the betterment of the professional truck driver and
strives to “Raise the Standards of the Trucking Industry”

Allen & Donna Smith



Various Free Items and Information

August 17, 2010 2 comments

Fact is we are all looking to save money whether it is a couple of bucks or a few hundred. We have families to feed or trucks to keep rolling every penny counts!  I have composed a list of websites that are free or have free things on them. I hope you enjoy and can save some money.

Ring tones, a lot of these ring tones can be downloaded for FREE. If you are a singer/song or just want to make your own ring tone this would be the place to do it! If you go on here and search “Alarm ring tone” or “Siren Alarm” you may be able to save money by not buying a ‘Screamin Meanie’ and just use the alarm on your cell.


This is my personal favorite cell phone application, a map! Very easy to use and is very handy if something goes wrong with the GPS or you do not have an atlas handy. The application gives step by step instructions to your location and can even text them to your phone.

Visit this URL in your phone’s browser:

***** is a very well known site to buy and sell various items. Maybe you have truck parts lying around, or need to buy some? Or would like to adopt a pet? Have a band and want to host an event? This place has EVERYTHING! Go check them out and see what is for sale in the city you are in.Please be safe when meeting any stranger off the internet. Meet in public places and not at your home. Hoobly is another buy/sell/trade website.

Are you bored from waiting to get loaded or unloaded? Or just to restless to sleep? Waiting on the truck to get repaired at the shop? Not a problem! Watch some TV online, catch up on your favorites like Ice Road Trucks or Dog the Bounty Hunter from the comfort of your own truck cab or home! Now you can watch your favorite episodes online without having to worry if you set the DVR before you left home. I am almost certain the majority are free.


Have some special treasures lying around the house that are just too good to throw away? Leftover kids clothing that still have a lot of wear and tear left in them? Or maybe you need something and do not have the money to buy it? Check out Freecycle, the worlds largest recycling website on the web. It is strictly non-profit and the best part is everything has to be FREE! Now your unwanted items can find a home and de-clutter your home in the process. Keep things our of  landfills and make the world a better place.


Free online truck game, beat your kids in a trucking game or maybe they will beat you? Just a fun little game to keep connected with friends or relatives that may enjoy playing it.

Trukz (pronounced “Trucks”) is a free persistent browser-based trucking simulation game designed to let you try your hand at being a truck driver hauling loads to and from various cities around North America, Europe, and Australia. There are over 35 cargo types in the game each with its own driver skill requirements so take the little jobs early on to get started and work your way to become the best driver making the most money in the game.


Vocalpoint is a community for women that provides valuable and interesting insights about new products, surveys, daily tips, articles, and coupons/samples. Men can sign up to but you may receive the occasional feminine product from time to time. They sent me a very nice pink Venus Razor, I needless to say I never got to use it because a certain trucker took it!  They have sent cereal, coupons, shampoo samples and various other new products to try out. Just sign up, get the product and submit a review.


Very informative FREE newsletter about trucking.

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