Altom Newsletter, 1st Quarter – 2019

2019-Time to get busy being alert

We are a busy society and being alert when driving should be our biggest priority. Get enough sleep, eat well, find ways to get some stress reduction, exercise, proper vehicle inspections on our personal cars and work vehicles  also all pertain to each of us. Being alert to our surroundings is important in our every day lives. That includes being alert when on the road. NHTSA says distracted driving costs $175 billion a year. That’s right …….$175 billion dollars but more importantly it kills 9 people each and every day. Be alert. There is no distraction worth your life. The financial impacts are substantial to companies that employ truck drivers. Analysis of NHTSA and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data shows the average property damage claim from a truck related accident is $63,000.00. The average injury claim is $438,000.00 and the average fatality claim is $10.9 million dollars. Protect your family and your loved ones by being diligent about being “alert”. Stay clear of distractions of all kinds and no phone call, text, or e-mail is worth being distracted and not alert to your surroundings at all times. Get busy being ALERT.

Better Health For Everyone-Being Alert-Confusion, Memory Loss, and Altered Alertness

It is not unusual to occasionally forget where you put your keys or glasses, where you parked your car, or the name of an acquaintance. As you age, it may take you longer to remember things. Not all older adults have memory changes, but they can be a normal part of aging. This type of memory problem is more often annoying than serious.

Memory loss that begins suddenly or that significantly interferes with your ability to function in daily life may mean a more serious problem is present.

Confusion or decreased alertness may be the first symptom of a serious illness, particularly in older adults. Health problems that can cause confusion or decreased alertness include:

  • Infections, such as a urinary tract infection, respiratory infection, or sepsis.
  • Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Asthma or COPD, which cause a decrease in the amount of oxygen or an increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the blood.
  • Cardiac problems, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias), that reduce blood flow.
  • Problems from diabetes.
  • Kidney or liver failure, which causes high levels of toxins to build up in the blood.
  • Malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies caused by health problems, such as alcohol use disorder (Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome).
  • Mental health problems, such as depression or schizophrenia.
  • Thyroid problems, such as hypothyroidism, myxedema coma, or hyperthyroidism. Alcohol and many prescription and nonprescription medicines can cause confusion or decreased alertness. These problems may develop from:
  • Taking too much of a medicine (overmedicating) or taking medicines that may interact with each other.
  • Alcohol and medicine interactions.
  • Misusing a medicine or alcohol use disorder.
  • Drug intoxication or the effects of withdrawal. Other causes of confusion or decreased alertness can include:
  • A head injury.
  • Decreased or blocked blood flow to the brain.
  • Infection, such as a brain abscess, encephalitis, meningitis, or sepsis.
  • A seizure disorder (epilepsy).
  • Brain tumors. Conditions in the environment that can cause changes in the level of consciousness include:
  • Cold temperature exposure, leading to hypothermia.
  • High temperature exposure, leading to heatstroke.
  • Decreased oxygen in the blood (hypoxia) from high altitude.
  • Exposure to toxins (poisons), such as carbon monoxide.

Many times other symptoms are present, such as a fever, chest pain, or the inability to walk or stand. It is important to look for and tell your doctor about other symptoms you experience when confusion or decreased alertness occurs. This can help your doctor determine the cause of your symptoms. If you have symptoms or questions contact your physician right away and notify your employer.

Drivers Needed

We need quality drivers in all of our terminal operations for liquid bulk and intermodal operations. Apply at or call us at 877-712-5866 for more information.