One Of The Top 3 Reasons Owner-Operators Fail…

Contributing author Joey Slaughter is the owner of Blue Ridge Transport, LLC. A Ringgold, VA based carrier. Joey started his company in 2010 after serving time as an unhappy employee with a local trucking company. The time spent there was not fun but, in hindsight, was a turning point that propelled Joey into the wonderful world of being an entrepreneur. Please visit JoeySlaughter.net for more insightful blogging.


I had the opportunity to talk with members of the Rolling Strong team at the Mid America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville last year.  It was a great experience talking with subject matter experts who truly care about our industry and our health.  I listened as they talked to other drivers about their lifestyles on the road.  I was truly impressed with some of the drivers who already had exercise programs in place.

I used to be more active and a lot lighter I’m sad to admit.  Believe it or
not, I used to be a vegetarian for about 2 years back in the late 90s before our children were born.  During my wife’s first pregnancy, she was craving hamburgers because of a lack of protein in her diet and from that point, we both slipped back into the
Standard American Diet (SAD).

I also learned from Freightliner’s business seminar at MATS that one of
the three leading causes of owner-operators failing in the industry is
because of health problems.  Bob Perry, President and founder of Rolling
Strong told us that obesity isn’t a problem that only affects the
trucking industry; it’s a problem for our entire country.  The problem
is magnified within trucking because we have fewer choices then almost
all other industries.  I do know that our overall health has much to do
with what we put into our bodies.  Our bodies build new cells everyday
based on the nutrients that we feed them.  If we want healthier bodies,
we must feed our cells with healthier foods.

The Team Run Smart community knows the challenges to eating healthy on
the road and has developed a very helpful video.  Bob
Perry of Rolling Strong and Carissa Berres of ATBS actually enter a
Denver area truck stop and go through the aisles showing the healthiest
choices available to us.  This approach is exactly what our industry
needs as it demonstrates that there are healthier choices in the places
we frequent.  You can watch the video below.  This technique, along with
preparing healthy food and snacks before a trip will go a long way in
helping us obtain better health and therefore increase our chances of
staying successful.

Joey Slaughter

Joey Slaughter is the owner of Blue Ridge Transport, LLC, a Ringgold, VA based carrier. I started the company in 2010 after serving time as an unhappy employee with a local trucking company. The time spent there was not fun, but in hindsight was a turning point that propelled me into the wonderful world of being an entrepreneur.