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Trucking Companies: Update Your Cell Phone Policy

  
  
  
  
  
  

Trucking Companies:  Update Your Cell Phone Policy

Trucking Companies:  Update Your Cell Phone Policy

 

 

 

 

Article provided by Antony E. Palmer, Jr., Attorney with AldenLaw

 

The age of the cell phone ban is upon us.  Effective January 3, 2012, the FMCSA banned the use of hand-held mobile phones while driving a CMV and stiffened penalties against drivers and trucking companies that violate that ban.  With a possible fine of up to $11,000 per offense for employers and $2,750 for drivers, trucking companies surely want to protect themselves and establish a written policy to address cell phone usage by drivers. 

AldenLaw encourages a proactive approach in updating a carrier’s mobile communications policies according to the following recommendations:

  • Make your policy uniform.  While the federal government and states may have different rules on the use of hand-held mobile phones, AldenLaw recommends that trucking companies adopt one uniform policy to eliminate confusion.  Where the federal law and state law conflict, a company should adopt a policy that follows the more stringent government restriction.
  • Be clear in what is prohibited and what is allowed.  At a minimum, an employer should include a provision that the company does not allow or require drivers to use hand-held mobile phone while driving a CMV.  A policy should also mirror the regulation by prohibiting its drivers from dialing, using a push-to-talk function on a mobile phone, and reaching for the phone.  Certain communication options remain legal for drivers, such as hands-free mobile phone use and touching a single button on a mobile phone, earpiece, steering wheel, or instrument panel.
  • Establish specific consequences for violating the policy.  The consequences could be warnings, termination, or other disciplinary actions, including a fine.  A driver needs to know what the specific consequence of his violation will be.  And of course, after setting the policy, enforce it.
  • Disclose the policy to your drivers.  It is advisable that the employer include a written acknowledgement to the driver that indicates that the driver understands the policy and agrees to abide by it.

AldenLaw is a law firm in Columbus, Ohio that focuses on transportation law.  AldenLaw provides guidance and assistance to carriers on issues relating to safety regulations, business matter, and CDL traffic cases.  AldenLaw also represents carriers before federal and state enforcement agencies.  The founder of AldenLaw, John L. Alden, has practiced in transportation and warehousing law for over twenty-five years.  Along with John, attorney Anthony E. Palmer, Jr. represents carriers and drivers in business, regulatory, and traffic matters.  AldenLaw’s transportation clients range from local motor carriers to the largest nationwide carriers, including specialized carriers of all types, as well as brokers, shippers, and logistics companies.


Driving Ambition is a premier CDL truck driver staffing company serving Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  Since 2001, we have specialized in matching safe, experienced CDL drivers for our customers and great job opportunities for our professional truck drivers.

Our commitment to safety and building solid working relationships with both customers and CDL drivers has allowed us to earn an unparalleled reputation with our Proven Drivers and Exceptional Service.

 

Final Rule Bans Cell Phone Use for CDL Truck Drivers

  
  
  
  
  
  

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The FMCSA’s final rule prohibiting the use of hand-held cell phones by CMV interstate truck drivers and intrastate hazmat truck drivers took effect on January 3, 2012.

CDL drivers are now prohibited from holding, dialing, or reaching for a hand-held cell phone – this includes all “push-to-talk” functions.  The final rule does not restrict or prohibit the use of hands-free devices.  The new rule permits truck and bus drivers to use handheld cells after they have moved their vehicles to the side of or off of a highway or have stopped where the vehicle can safely remain stationary.

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has created a summary of the final rule, which can be viewed by clicking here

Violations of the rule qualify as “serious traffic violations” under FMCSA regulations.  Drivers who violate the restriction will face federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense. 

Additionally, states will suspend a driver's CDL after two or more serious traffic violations.  Commercial truck and bus companies that allow their drivers to use hand-held cell phones while driving will face a maximum penalty of $11,000.

This is the latest action by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to end distracted driving among commercial truck drivers - a major focus of the DOT since 2009.  In September 2010, FMCSA issued a regulation banning text messaging while operating a commercial truck or bus.

“When drivers of large trucks, buses and hazardous materials take their eyes off the road for even a few seconds, the outcome can be deadly,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a statement today announcing the final rule.  “I hope that this rule will save lives by helping commercial drivers stay laser-focused on safety at all times while behind the wheel.”
To view the final rule in its entirety, click here

To learn more about the DOT's efforts to stop distracted driving, please visit http://www.distraction.gov.


Driving Ambition is a premier CDL truck driver staffing company serving Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  Since 2001, we have specialized in matching safe, experienced CDL drivers for our customers and great job opportunities for our professional truck drivers.

Our commitment to safety and building solid working relationships with both customers and CDL drivers has allowed us to earn an unparalleled reputation with our Proven Drivers and Exceptional Service.

 

Trucking 2011: Year in Review - CSA, HOS, Distracted Driving, & more

  
  
  
  
  
  

Trucking in 2011:  CSA, HOS, Driver Distraction and More


Trucking 2011:  Year in Review - CSA, HOS, Distracted Driving, & more

As 2011 winds to a close, it proved to be another year full of safety and regulatory changes.

This special Year in Review segment highlights some of the articles from some of the most controversial and widely followed topics throughout the year.

We'll begin with Hours-of-Service (HOS) since this has been the most contested topic this year.

Hours of Service
• Happy Holidays!  New Truck Driver HOS Rule expected by Christmas (12/05/2011)
• Final Truck Driver HOS Could Come Soon (11/10/2011)
• New Truck Driver HOS Deadline Looms – What’s Next? (10/20/2011)
• Truck Drivers’ Final HOS Rule Expected by October 28 (09/22/2011)
• FMCSA Delays Release of new Driver Hours-of-Service Rule (06/19/2011)
• FMCSA Publishes New Hours of Service Proposed Rule (01/16/2011)

Distracted Driving
• Final Rule Prohibits Hand-Held Cell Phone Use by CDL Truck Drivers (12/06/2011)
• Industry Awaits Final Rule to Ban Cell-Phone Use by CDL Drivers (11/09/2011)
• NTSB Recommends Complete Cell Phone Ban for Truck Drivers (09/22/2011)
• FMCSA Proposes Rule to Ban Hand-Held Cell Phone Use for Truck Drivers (01/17/2011)

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)
• CSA Report Reflects Positive Feedback from Trucking Industry (12/04/2011)
• CSA Study Reveals Strengths & Weaknesses (09/24/2011)
• Report Reveals Most Truck Drivers Lack CSA Understanding (08/22/2011)

Sleep Apnea
• FMCSA Receives Sleep Apnea Recommendation for Truck Drivers (12/08/2011)
• FMCSA Adds Sleep Apnea Page to Website (07/13/2011)
• FMCSA Considers New Information on Sleep Apnea & Diabetes (07/12/2011)

Driver Medical Certification

• Update to Truck Driver Medical Certificate Changes (12/05/2011)

Driver Shortage
• Many Trucking Companies Facing Driver Shortages (02/07/2011)

Drug & Alcohol Testing
• Pending Bill to Address Drug/Alcohol Testing of CDL Drivers (05/12/2011)

EOBRs / Electronic Logs

• FMCSA Proposes EOBR Mandate for All Interstate Truck Drivers (02/03/2011)

Various Safety

• Economy, Hours-of-Service, Driver Shortage Top Trucking Concerns (10/19/2011)
• CDL Drivers:  Reduce Accidents with Safe Backing Procedures (07/16/2011)
• Roadcheck 2011 Shows CDL Driver Safety Continues to Improve (07/15/2011)
• Will the FMCSA Begin Ranking CDL Drivers? (07/14/2011)
• Top 10 Work Zone Safety Tips for CDL Drivers (04/17/2011)
• FMCSA Regulatory Update (03/05/2011)
• Video Interview:  FMCSA Administrator Discusses Safety Strategy (03/05/2011)
• Winter Weather Truck Driving (01/04/2011)


Driving Ambition will continue to blog with updates on important safety and regulatory topics.  You can also visit us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter for additional information.


Driving Ambition is a premier CDL truck driver staffing company serving Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  Since 2001, we have specialized in matching safe, experienced CDL drivers for our customers and great job opportunities for our professional truck drivers.

Our commitment to safety and building solid working relationships with both customers and CDL drivers has allowed us to earn an unparalleled reputation with our Proven Drivers and Exceptional Service.

 

Truck Driver Safety: Deer Crossings

  
  
  
  
  
  

 

Truck Driver Safety:  Deer Crossings
Article written by Jim Fairfield, Director of Safety & Human Resources

Okay, here’s your Safety Trivia Question of the Day (and you can use this at your next social gathering to impress your friends and competitive wannabe acquaintances).  What causes $3.6 billion dollars of damage annually and is involved in 1.6 million vehicle accidents each year?   If you guessed poorly inflated tires, go sit down…you’re wrong!  The correct answer is Bambi and her band of brothers.  Yes, deer are a major safety issue on America’s roadways.

Vehicle accidents involving deer are on the rise.  The Deer-Vehicle Crash Information Clearinghouse state deer-vehicle crashes are “a significant and increasing transportation safety problem”.  The American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) agree the 1.6 million deer-vehicle accidents are alarming and not likely to decrease.  The age old question of “why did the deer cross the road” was addressed recently by Matt Tholen of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.  Matt explains it’s a mating issue.  He says, “The does are running around and the males are focused on finding female deer.  Deer are moving a lot more because of weather patterns, too”.

So, as the leaders of Deer Nation do not seem to be proactively training their frisky and very socially friendly deer population how to better mix with vehicles on the roadway, we’re going to take responsibility.  What can professional CDL truck drivers do to prevent deer-vehicle crashes?  State Farm Insurance and the ATA offer the following tips:

  • Watch for posted “deer crossing” signs.  Signs are added to roadsides where deer historically like to cross the roadways.  If you see a sign, immediately convert to extra defensive driving mode.
  • Be aware that deer are on the move most at dusk and dawn.  Use your high beam headlights, as much as you safely can, during these times to illuminate the sides of the road where deer can be hanging out.
  • Understand deer move in packs…deer gangs if you will.  If you see one deer, there’s an excellent chance their posse is nearby. 
  • The experts say deer whistles are not an effective deterrent for the traveling animals.  Don’t rely on them to keep you safe.
  • When on the interstate during prime time for deer movement, when possible, use the middle lane.  This gives you increased visibility and maximum reaction time should an adventurous deer dart out from the woods.
  • If you see a deer, experts suggest “stay in your lane and don’t swerve”.  Obviously slow down if it is safe to do so.  With that in mind, watch for other motorists slowing for deer.  Don’t hit them due to your inattention.  Lastly, some drivers claim they have had success sounding their horn to scare the deer from the roadway. 
  • If hitting a deer is inevitable, as odd as it sounds, it is safest for you to hit the deer straight on.  Research crash experts indicate hitting a deer while swerving increases the chance for personal injury. 

Melissa Miles, senior research analyst for State Farm may have said it best.  Melissa feels “While research has revealed several innovative ways to deter deer from entering the roadways and alerting drivers to the dangers of deer in the area, there will always remain a constant danger of deer-vehicle collisions.” She says “Undoubtedly, the best way to avoid deer-vehicle collisions is through attentive driving behavior.”

So, it does not appear Bambi or the Deer Nation are changing their behavior or attitude about safety on the roadways.  Therefore, the ball falls in our court to increase our attentiveness on America’s roadways. 

Be safe out there!

 


 

Driving Ambition is a premier CDL truck driver staffing company serving Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  Since 2001, we have specialized in matching safe, experienced CDL drivers for our customers and great job opportunities for our professional truck drivers.

Our commitment to safety and building solid working relationships with both customers and CDL drivers has allowed us to earn an unparalleled reputation with our Proven Drivers and Exceptional Service.

 

Truck Drivers: Beat the Flu

  
  
  
  
  
  

Truck Drivers Beat the FluArticle Courtesy of Bob Perry, President of Rolling Strong™, The Trucker Trainer™, Chair of the American Trucking Association's Safety Management Council's Health & Wellness Working Group, and Public Member of the FMCSA Medical Review Board



The dreaded cold and flu season is upon us!  Follow these tips to ramp up your immune system and keep it running strong to fight off germs:
 
Vitamins - If you don't already, take a good multi-vitamin, consumed right after you eat.  You can also use Echinacea, extra Vitamin C and garlic for an extra boost. 
 
Nutrition - Make sure to eat in the mornings, always including a good lean protein source and avoid going long periods without eating. 
 
Sanitizer - Keep hand sanitizer on you at all times and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds multiple times a day.  Other sanitation tips for staying healthy this flu season: wipe down your steering wheel and door handles daily, use paper towels to open bathroom doors, open doors using your knuckles, wear gloves when you can, always carry a handkerchief and use your arm to cover your mouth when coughing.
 
Exercise - Continuing your exercise regime is key to staying healthy through the winter.  Keep your circulation running strong!
 
There is always controversy around the benefits of getting a flu shot and whether or not they are safe.  It's good to do your own research to determine if getting a flu shot is the right protection for you.


Driving Ambition is a premier CDL truck driver staffing company serving Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  Since 2001, we have specialized in matching safe, experienced CDL drivers for our customers and great job opportunities for our professional truck drivers.

Our commitment to safety and building solid working relationships with both customers and CDL drivers has allowed us to earn an unparalleled reputation with our Proven Drivers and Exceptional Service.

 

Report Reveals Most Truck Drivers Lack CSA Understanding

  
  
  
  
  
  

Truck Drivers Lack CSA Understanding

A recent report from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) revealed that truck drivers don’t fully comprehend Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA), the FMCSA’s new regulatory program.  

The report, based on survey data collected from over 4,500 truck drivers earlier this year, uncovers a lack of understanding of what CSA is and does.  For example, over 77 percent of the truck drivers surveyed incorrectly believe that a trucking company inherits past violations from newly hired truck drivers.  In addition, nearly two-thirds of truck drivers are concerned that they will lose their jobs as a result of CSA.

The ATRI report, which can be seen here, also includes recommendations for enhancing driver knowledge and support through multiple training and educational sessions.  What’s clear, based on the report, is that “motor carriers, state trucking associations and FMCSA collectively need to do more to educate drivers about CSA and what it does and doesn’t mean for their jobs,” said Ed Crowell, Georgia Motor Trucking Association President and CEO.

Vertical Alliance - CDL Truck Driver Safety Training

 

 

Nearly two years ago, in an effort to further enhance our drivers’ safety awareness, Driving Ambition embraced a robust driver safety training program using Vertical Alliance’s Infinit-i safety training platform.  The fact that drivers can simply go online and log-in to complete over 200 safety-related modules, including CSA,  is what makes Infinit-i’s program so valuable.

Driving Ambition will continue to do our part to reduce the number of truck drivers who have misconceptions about CSA.  In the meantime, please find more helpful CSA resources for truck drivers below.

CSA Resources for Truck Drivers

  • www.csa.fmcsa.dot.gov– The FMCSA has improved several areas on its CSA website
    • The Your Role pages have been enhanced and a new section specifically for drivers has been added.  Each role page now contains a stakeholder-specific toolkit of CSA materials, links to important FMCSA websites, and a comprehensive list of questions and answers specific to each major stakeholder group.
    • A new Resources page, where stakeholders can download a toolkit customized to their role, has replaced the previous news and media page.  A new search feature allows visitors to customize their searches using keywords or simple checkboxes.  The search results provide the most relevant documents as well as a list of the top five relevant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
  • Vertical Alliance’s Infinit-i Safety Training
  • Driving Ambition’s CSA Blog Updates

Driving Ambition is a premier CDL truck driver staffing company serving Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  Since 2001, we have specialized in matching safe, experienced CDL drivers for our customers and great job opportunities for our professional truck drivers.

Our commitment to safety and building solid working relationships with both customers and CDL drivers has allowed us to earn an unparalleled reputation with our Proven Drivers and Exceptional Service.

 

CDL Drivers can Prevent Heat-related Illnesses

  
  
  
  
  
  

Prevent Heat-related illnesses for CDL drivers

Coming off one of the hottest months on record, the “dog days” of August, it is important for CDL drivers to be aware of what heat means.  Working and driving in high heat and humidity puts an extra strain on you and your equipment.

Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to regulate our heat production at a safe level.  Symptoms of heat stroke include:

1. Fatigue, weakness, fainting

2. Nausea and vomiting

3. Headache

4. Dizziness

5. Muscle cramps

6. Irritability

7. Sweating (absence or presence)

8. Paleness

These conditions can be further escalated by a driver's physical condition.  People at a greater risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke are those with:  heart disease, skin diseases, extensive burns, endocrine disorders (hyperthyroidism, diabetes, etc.), high blood pressure, overweight, depression, insomnia and fever.  Over the counter drugs can also contribute to a greater risk for these conditions.

But remember, all heat-related illnesses are preventableWhat can you do to prevent them? 

  1. Limit your exposure to direct sunlight as much as possible; wear good sunglasses when driving or working in the sun.
  2. Drink before, during and after physical labor to replace body fluid lost in sweating.  The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends fluid replacement not only as treatment for heat exhaustion, but as a preventive measure (i.e., water intake equal to the amount of sweat produced).  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) identifies drinking water as one of its top 10 tips for staying cool in hot workplaces.  The agencies recommend drinking every 15 to 20 minutes -- not just during rest breaks -- to stay sufficiently hydrated and maintain a safe core body temperature.  This puts less strain on the cardiovascular system and can lead to fewer heat-related illnesses and injuries.
  3. Anticipate conditions that will increase the need for water, including high temperature, humidity, protective clothing and difficulty of work.
  4. Keep in mind that by the time you are thirsty, you are already about 2% dehydrated.  Once you are dehydrated, it's difficult to make up for that lost hydration.
  5. Drink 5-7 ounces of fluids every 15-20 minutes to ensure proper hydration.
  6. Keep individual containers of cool, clean water within easy reach at all times.
  7. Drink cool water, which is absorbed more quickly by the body than warm or very cold fluids.
  8. Try carbohydrate/electrolyte drinks to help avoid heat cramps that can occur up to several hours after working.
  9. Avoid coffee, tea or soda, which act as diuretics, further depleting the body of fluid.  Never drink alcohol while working.
  10. Wear lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothing that does not create a safety hazard for your work environment.  If outdoors, wear a hat to reduce direct exposure to the sun.
  11. Avoid hot foods and heavy meals – they raise your body temperature.
  12. Pack a cooler with water for the day.  Also, keep an umbrella in the truck if you are operating in extreme heat.  This will allow you to move to an area with breeze and still be protected from the sun.
  13. If exposure to the sun is inevitable, apply generous amounts of sunscreen with a high SPF rating to exposed skin.
  14. Make sure your truck is in excellent condition.  While operating in extreme heat conditions, a good pre-trip inspection is crucial; otherwise, you may find yourself and your unit on the side of the road exposed to the extreme heat.
  15. Be aware of the eight symptoms of heat stroke and exhaustion (listed above) and seek immediate medical attention if any of them occur.

When you are properly hydrated, you are healthier, safer and more productive, no matter what the weather or working conditions.

Make it a safe day!

Courtesy of the National Private Truck Council (NPTC)


Driving Ambition is a premier CDL truck driver staffing company serving Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  Since 2001, we have specialized in matching safe, experienced CDL drivers for our customers and great job opportunities for our professional truck drivers.

Our commitment to safety and building solid working relationships with both customers and CDL drivers has allowed us to earn an unparalleled reputation with our Proven Drivers and Exceptional Service.

 

Driver Safety: FMCSA Announces Strategic Plan for 2011-2016

  
  
  
  
  
  

DOT Safety - The FMCSA's Draft Strategic PlanIn late June, the FMCSA announced its draft strategic plan that will serve as a five-year guide to

achieving its mission to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large commercial trucks and interstate buses.   

The plan, titled “Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2011–2016 Strategic Plan: Raising the Safety Bar,” is shaped by three core principles:

  • Raise the bar to enter the motor carrier industry
  • Maintain high safety standards to remain in the industry
  • Remove high-risk carriers, drivers and service providers from operation

The plan lists 10 goals, each with the strategies it will pursue to achieve them.  Some of these initiatives are already under way, such as CSA, the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, and the pending drug and alcohol clearinghouse.  But there are some new ideas here, as well:

  • Develop a new credentialing standard to make sure that everyone covered by the rules understands the rules.  This would be part of an overall effort to raise the bar for entry into the business and prevent carriers from reincarnating themselves in order to dodge enforcement actions.
  • Use safety and risk analysis to create a system of enforcement priorities that covers the entire transportation community, including shippers, cargo tank manufacturers or repair facilities and intermodal equipment providers, as well as bus and truck operators and drivers.
  • Emphasize expanded traffic enforcement for car as well as truck and bus drivers.
  • Expand the range of its partnerships beyond the enforcement, carrier, medical, and safety advocacy communities to include the judicial, education, insurance and shipping communities.
  • Continue to look for incentives to push the use of safety technologies such as collision warning and stability control.
  • FMCSA wants to become the authoritative source of safety data, and to assemble all that data in a single system that all can enter.
  • Also on the list is continuation and expansion of the effort to research driver risk factors to support rulemakings and promote health, wellness and a culture of safety.

For itself, the FMCSA wants to clean up its “regulatory closet” by getting rid of obsolete or conflicting rules, and get better at hiring new people.  Among its goals: get onto the Top 10 of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.

A key strategy will be to identify gaps in its authority that prevent the FMCSA from reaching entities (shippers, receivers, brokers, freight forwarders) that have an influence over safety.  The greatest potential for improving safety lies in focusing outreach, oversight, and enforcement on everyone who is a part of that cycle, the agency said.

The FMCSA is asking for public comments on this and other aspects of the 17-page strategic plan.  “This strategic plan represents a fresh and bold new view on issues critical to bus and truck safety, and I encourage Americans across the country to provide feedback and help shape the final plan,” said DOT Secretary Ray LaHood.

Comments on the draft strategic plan can be submitted to the Federal Docket Management System at www.regulations.gov, Docket ID No. FMCSA-2011-0098.  In addition, FMCSA has set up an IdeaScale Community on its main Web site at www.fmcsa.dot.gov to comment on the plan.  Public comments at the www.regulations.gov and www.fmcsa.dot.gov web sites will be accepted through July 29, 2011.

“The safety gains we have made as a nation are the result of people working together toward a common vision,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro.  “It’s vital that our stakeholders – starting with the American motoring public – participate in this dialog to shape the future course of truck and bus safety.” 

For a copy of the FMCSA’s draft strategic plan, please click here.


Driving Ambition is a premier CDL truck driver staffing company serving Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  Since 2001, we have specialized in matching safe, experienced CDL drivers for our customers and great job opportunities for our professional truck drivers.

Our commitment to safety and building solid working relationships with both customers and CDL drivers has allowed us to earn an unparalleled reputation with our Proven Drivers and Exceptional Service.

 

Top 10 Work Zone Safety Tips for CDL Drivers

  
  
  
  
  
  

work zone tips for CDL driversSpring heralds a time of new growth.  The signs are all around us – the grass is greening up, flowers are popping out, and the foliage is reappearing on the trees and shrubs.  However, one sign of spring demands more or our attention behind the wheel – the proliferation of those orange barrels that announce the beginning of the road construction season.
 
Every eight hours, somebody dies in a work zone related accident.  That is three people every day.  And every nine minutes, someone is injured in a highway work zone.  That translates into 160 a people a day.
 
The reality is that many of these accidents, injuries, and deaths can be avoided if we keep the following safe driving tips in mind:

  • Expect the unexpected.  Work zones, and the traffic delays that come with them, can occur at any hour of the day or night and can often come without warning.  Traffic lanes may be changed and people may be working on or near the road.  Although speed limits may be reduced, many motorists fail to heed them.  More alarming, many rush toward the front of the traffic tie-ups and try to squeeze in at the last minute – often targeting a commercial motor vehicle for their point of entry.  Don’t let any of this behavior surprise or frustrate you.  Expect it and don’t over-react to it.
  • Slow down.  Speeding is one of the leading causes of work zone related crashes so slow down and take your time.
  • Don’t tailgate.  Keep a safe following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you – even if that means that other motorists try to squeeze in front of you.  Remember, the most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear end collision.  So, don't tailgate.  And keep an eye on your mirrors.
  • Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the construction workers and their equipment.  This demands the utmost skill as a professional driver.  Barrels or barriers often restrict the lanes giving less margin of error.  Further complicating this, inexperienced drivers often feel hemmed in and tend to shy away from these barriers.
  • Pay attention to the signs.  The warning signs are there to help traffic move safely through the work zone.  Observe the posted signs until you see the one that says you've left the work zone.  This includes when it appears that nobody is working in the work zone.
  • Obey road crew flaggers.  The flagger knows what is best for moving traffic safely in the work zone.  A flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign and you can receive a citation for not obeying his or her directions.
  • Stay alert and minimize distractions.  Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and resist the temptation to get on your cell phone while driving through the zone.
  • Keep up with the traffic flow.  Motorists can help maintain traffic flow and posted speeds by merging as soon as possible. Don't drive right up to the lane closure and then try barge in.
  • Do an adequate pre-trip.  This means checking your route of travel in advance and scheduling enough time to safely complete your trip.  Expect delays and give yourself plent of time to reach your destination on time.  A great resource is the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse (http://www.workzonesafety.org/).  This website contains information on work zone delays throughout the country.
  • Stay patient and remain calm.  Work zones aren't there to personally inconvenience you.  Remember, the work zone crew members are working to improve the road and make your job easier.

Please be safe!

Courtesy of the National Private Truck Council (NPTC)


Driving Ambition is a premier CDL truck driver staffing company serving Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  Since 2001, we have specialized in matching safe, experienced CDL drivers for our customers and great job opportunities for our professional truck drivers.

Our commitment to safety and building solid working relationships with both customers and CDL drivers has allowed us to earn an unparalleled reputation with our Proven Drivers and Exceptional Service.

 

Register Now! FBI Partners with Indiana Trucking Groups for Special Seminar

  
  
  
  
  
  

 

Weapons of Mass Destruction…Homeland Security…Terrorism

How do these terms relate to the trucking industry?

 

According to Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, “One of the most striking elements of today's threat picture is that plots to attack America increasingly involve American residents and citizens…individuals prepared to carry out terrorist attacks and acts of violence might be in the United States, and they could carry out acts of violence with little or no warning.” 

In February 2011, a Saudi national was arrested in Texas and charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction after shipping explosive chemicals through domestic trucking networks in an alleged terror attack plot. 

Driving Ambition sponsors special FBI seminar

 

FBI Transportation Security Awareness & Strategic Outreach Seminar

 

The Indiana Motor Truck Association and the Indianapolis Traffic Club have partnered with the FBI for a special morning seminar on April 7, 2011 to promote the FBI’s strategic outreach efforts to the transportation industry. 

We’ll hear from Indiana Senator Tom Wyss, Chairman of Homeland Security, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs, as well as two highly respected officials from the FBI.  The security awareness topics highlighted include counter-terrorism, hazardous materials, information sharing and unclassified intelligence, as well as the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis.     

The partnership between the community and law enforcement is essential to the success of a safer future for the transportation industry. 

Take advantage of the opportunity to respond to the FBI’s strategic outreach efforts and attend this special event

 

Seminar Details

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Registration & Breakfast 8am-9am
Seminar 9am-Noon
Indianapolis Marriott East

Cost: 
$30 per person -
IMTA & ITC Members
$45 per person - Non-members
This early bird rate is good through April 1, 2011.

After April 1, 2011:
$40 per person -
IMTA & ITC Members
$55 per person - Non-members

Be part of the solution - Register Now!

 

Speakers:

  • Senator Thomas Wyss (IN-R) – Chairman of Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs
  • Kevin Johnson FBI Sr. Hazmat Officer (Quantico, VA)
  • Courtney Tscherne – FBI Field Intelligence Group (Indianapolis, IN)

Driving Ambition is a premier CDL truck driver staffing company serving Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  Since 2001, we have specialized in matching safe, experienced CDL drivers for our customers and great job opportunities for our professional truck drivers.

Our commitment to safety and building solid working relationships with both customers and CDL drivers has allowed us to earn an unparalleled reputation with our Proven Drivers and Exceptional Service.

 

 

 

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