Written by Dave on March 10, 2009
Your daily mission is to safely deliver your freight / product to your customers, represent your company as a professional and return accident- and injury-free by avoiding hazards. Some of those hazards are every day driver distractions while you are performing your tasks. A driver distraction can last only seconds, but the results of that inattention can last a life time.
Driver Distractions, such as the use of a cell phone while driving, loading, or unloading, is one of the major distractions that can contribute to accidents and injuries. The U.S. Department of Transportation has identified “talking/listening on a cell phone” as the number one distraction contributing factor for driver-at-fault Incidents. A cell phone should never be used while driving a vehicle. Find a safe area to park your vehicle before you use the cell phone.
Taking your eyes off the road for a few seconds could produce disastrous results. Simple tasks such as changing a station on the radio, selecting a music CD, and inputting data into an on-board computer while driving can create inattention. Other distractions while driving can be day dreaming, stress, family issues, observing the scenery, eating, taking a sip of coffee, reaching for something in the cab, or reading while driving.
Distractions can result in:
- A reckless driving violation
- Improper or erratic lane change convictions
- A failure to yield right of way conviction
- Failure to keep in proper lane conviction
- Driving too fast for conditions
These violations or convictions could affect your driving record. Why risk your career for a few seconds of inattention? Always concentrate on the task at hand, driving safely.
If someone distracts you while you are performing a Vehicle Pre Trip or Post Trip Inspection start over to insure your inspection is done correctly. Also, after loading or unloading, if you are interrupted during your procedure to secure the load, proper closing and securing of trailer doors or tanker valves and hoses, start your check list over to assure the procedure was completed correctly.
You’re making hundreds of safety decisions everyday to help avoid hazards. Don’t let anything distract you while performing those tasks. You are responsible to make those decisions based on your training, experience and following rules and regulations of your company and the laws. Don’t let a distraction create an emergency maneuver or high risk that could result in injury or death to you or the public. The public has faces; they are people like your family and friends.
Always use your training, experience and company rules to complete your daily tasks and don’t let anyone or anything distract or rush you. You are responsible for your safety and the safety of others. And don’t forget: always wear your seat belt.
Written by Dave on March 9, 2009
According to the FBI, cargo theft costs us between $15 and $30 billion annually.
With the average freight on a trailer being worth $20,000 to well over a $1,000,000 and the penalties for these crimes being minimal, it is not surprising that cargo theft is so attractive to large crime organizations.
Due to the ports in these states and the ability to easily get the product “out,” Florida, Texas, Georgia and California remain hot spots for cargo theft. However, because Florida has recently begun to focus on this issue some of the criminal activity has moved to Georgia.
Keep your eyes and ears open, Stay Alert
Written by Dave on March 4, 2009
1. Think ahead and plan where you will eat. Consider what meal options are available. Look for restaurants or carry-out with a wide range of menu items.
2. Take time to look over the menu and make careful selections. Some restaurant menus may have a special section for “healthier choices.”
3. Read restaurant menus carefully for clues to fat and calorie content. Menu terms that can mean less fat and calories: baked, braised, broiled, grilled, poached, roasted, steamed.
4. Menu items that can mean more fat and calories: batter-fried, pan-fried, buttered, creamed, crispy, breaded. Choose these foods only occasionally and in small portions.
Stay tuned daily for more tips throughout the month!