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    AAA Travel reports nearly 46.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend.

    The holiday travel forecast marks the seventh consecutive year of growth resulting in the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007; resulting in a 0.6 percent jump from the 46.6 million people who traveled last year. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 25 to Monday, November 30.

    Nearly 42 million Americans will take a holiday road trip this Thanksgiving, an increase of 0.7 percent over last year.

    Inspect your vehicle diligently before heading out. Slow down. Be Alert. Be Safe!


  2. Holiday Driving Stress

    Nov 25

    Posted in Safety

    Holiday Driving Stress

    As if the holiday season isn't already stressful enough… an eight-hour drive to my parents' house with my 3 kids, my niece and nephew, the dog, and all the holiday gifts. The kids can’t behave for more than an hour. The dog is barking at everything we pass. I always end up yelling, threatening to leave one of them at the rest stop, or crying (for sympathy).  

    Whatever gifts haven’t been bought, will be addressed during the dreaded Black Friday!

    Got any tips on how we can keep our cool and not completely lose the holiday spirit before we even get there?

    You don't need to answer this question; you need to remember this is the family driving next to you this holiday season. So don't get frustrated when driving gets worse this holiday season. Start early, drive slower, give the four wheeler more space and be thankful you are not one of the kids in this van! Have a safe holiday.


    Nov 24

    Posted in Safety


    This holiday week has long been known to be the most traveled of the year. As the traffic on the road increases so do the risks of aggressive driving and road rage. Anxiety and frustration can quickly spark an aggressive or careless driver who tailgates, speeds, fails to yield the right of way among other behaviors.

    Experts recommend the following tips to help avoid road conflicts:

    • Plan your route in advance. Some of the most erratic and inconsiderate driving occurs when motorists are lost.
    • Make a conscious decision not to take your problems with you when you are driving.
    • Combat the warning signs of stress by getting fresh air and breathing deeply and slowly. Listen to relaxing music.
    • Before and during a long drive avoid heavy meals which tend to make a person lethargic.
    • Drive in a courteous and considerate manner. Give way at busy intersections and where traffic lanes merge.
    • Don’t compete or retaliate. If someone’s driving annoys you, don’t try to “educate them”. Leave traffic enforcement to the police.
    • Don’t take other driver’s mistakes personally.
    • Avoid honking your horn unless absolutely necessary and, if you must, tap on it lightly.
    • If you are being physically threatened, stay in your vehicle and lock the doors. Call the police. Use your horn and lights to attract attention.

    Do your part to keep the roads safe so everyone can make it to their holiday destination.

  4. Buckle Up!

    Nov 23

    Posted in Safety

    Buckle Up!  

    The single most effective way to save your life in the event of a crash is to buckle up – every trip, every time.

  5. Reduction of Speed

    Nov 22

    Posted in Safety

    Reduction of Speed

    Did You Know? You should reduce your speed by 1/3 on wet roads and by 1/2 or more on snow packed roads (i.e., if you would normally be traveling at a speed of 60 mph on dry pavement, then on a wet road you should reduce your speed to 40 mph, and on a snow-packed road you should reduce your speed to 30 mph). When you come upon slick, icy roads you should drive slowly and cautiously and pull off the road if you can no longer safely control the vehicle. 

  6. Coupling Guidelines

    Nov 21

    Posted in Safety

    Coupling Guidelines

    • Inspect fifth wheel-no cracks, or missing bolts, well lubricated, jaws open, tilted back.
    • Be sure area around vehicle is clear (G.O.A.L.).          
    • Position tractor.
    • Use your mirrors.
    • Tap the horn; back slowly with 4 ways on until fifth wheel just touches the apron of the trailer – tires should be about 3” inside the edges of the trailer.
    • Secure your tractor brakes.
    • Visually check trailer height.
    • Visually check fifth wheel/kingpin alignment.
    • Connect air lines to trailer.
    • Supply air to trailer.
    • Lock trailer brakes.
    • Back under the trailer.
    • Check connection for security – tug test.
    • Secure the brakes.
    • Visually inspect coupling – no gap, locking jaw around king pin, 5th wheel handle in the locked position.
    • Connect electrical and double check air lines.
    • Raise landing gear. Do air leak and brake tests and finish pre-tripping the equipment.

  7. What to do Following a DOT Inspection

    When a driver receives a Driver/Vehicle Examination Report (DOT Inspection), per federal regulation Title 49 CFR Part 396.9 you, the driver, needs to hand deliver or transmit copies of all the documents received at the time of the inspection to the motor carrier within 24hrs.

    The easiest way to turn in copies of the documentation is to send it via TransFlo (USE A COVER SHEET). Send a message to your DM immediately after you are inspected. Send the TransFlo as soon as possible & another message with the Confirmation #. You may also fax the documents to 404-795-0887.

    **NOTE: if any mechanical defects are listed on the report they must be repaired. Out of Service items need to be fixed usually at the place of inspection. All other defects must be repaired before the equipment can be dispatched on another load. Whenever there is any defect, you must send a Macro 14 immediately following the inspection to the Breakdown Department; work with them and your DM to get all the items fixed. Trailers w/ defects are not to be dropped at a customer facility without permission from the breakdown dept; tractors cannot be dispatched on another load until all defects are fixed.

    If you make the repairs, send a message over the Qualcomm noting exactly what you did to repair the item. If parts were purchased, copies of receipts should be included with the Inspection.

    One more reminder: The time you are being inspected must be logged as On Duty. If you are placed Out of Service, waiting for repairs at the DOT Station or on the side of the road, you must log the time as On Duty (unless you have documented permission from the DOT Officer).

  8. 12 Tips for Driving in Winter

    1.Before starting, remove any ice & snow from the windshield, windows, mirrors, hand holds, steps, deck plates, lights, and radiator shutters.

    2.Make sure the cooling system is full and there is enough anti-freeze in the system.

    3.Make sure the defrosters and heaters are working.

    4.Make sure the wiper blades work and the windshield washer operates (wiper fluid containing alcohol should not freeze).

    5.Check your tire tread & inflation.

    6.If you are west of the Mississippi, make sure you have the right number of, good condition, tire chains on your truck.

    7.Make sure the lights, reflectors, and signals are in good working condition & clean.

    8.Start gently and slowly. Do not hurry. Get the feel of the road.

    9.Drive slowly and smoothly. If the road is very slippery, you should not drive at all. Stop at the first safe place.

    10.Make turns as gently as possible. Do not brake any harder than necessary. Do not use engine brakes or cruise control.

    11.Be aware as the temperature rises and ice begins to melt, the road can become more slippery. Slow down more.

    12.Avoid driving through deep puddles. If unavoidable, drive through in a lower gear. Maintain light pressure on the brakes to heat them up and dry them out. Test stop when it is safe to do so.

  9. Winter Driving

    Nov 18

    Posted in Safety

    Winter Driving

    Many parts of the country have already seen their first snowfall. Remember the first rule in winter driving is slow down!

    Always reduce your speed on wet, snow covered or icy roads.

    Do not use cruise control or engine retarders (Jake Brakes) in the above conditions.


    Nov 17

    Posted in Safety

    Heating safety tips

    Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of November, December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.

    Keep anything which can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater. Make sure in your vehicle items are not blocking the vents or is stored on or around the heating unit.

    Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.

    Never use your oven to heat your home.

    Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.

    Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

    Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.

    Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

    Test smoke alarms monthly.

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