BIRTHDAYS

Angela Tate – Jan. 15th

Scott Dixon – Jan. 27th

ANNIVERSARYS

Kyle Butz – 1/10/17 – 4 years

Sylvia Hayden – 1/11/18 – 3 years

Brad Inman – 1/14/19 – 2 years

Kenon Pruitt – 1/16/17 – 4 years

Addison Moser – 1/26/16 – 5 years

NOTICES

DRIVERS LICENSE EXPIRE

Carlos Giron – 1/4/21

Scott Dixon – 1/27/21

DOT PHYSICAL EXPIRE

Rocky Brooks – 1/3/21

Carlos Giron – 1/18/21

ANNUAL REVIEWS

Kyle Butz – 1/10/21

Brad Inman – 1/14/21

Kenon Pruitt – 1/16/21

REMINDERS

  • If you have to pay for parking, we cannot reimburse you for that. Loves offers free parking so try to park at one of their places.
  • We offer a $100 weekly cash advance; we cannot exceed this amount any longer.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times whether you are moving forward or backing up.
  • Watch your speeds at all times. They are setting up more and more cameras to catch speeders now more than ever. High camera sights are work zones and intersections. Obey the traffic laws!
  • New safety bonus quarter starts this month! Remember to keep the inside of your truck clean, no at fault accidents, retain safe speeds, be on time for appointments, receive good inspections and make sure your logs are accurate with no violations. The bonus can be like getting an extra check so it is worth your while to do it!
  • We now have more “It’s All About Attitude” t-shirts for sale $13.00 ea. We also Beck hats for sale too $15.00 ea. Let us know if you want any Beck gear.

WINTER SAFETY TIPS

Winter driving can be difficult and stressful—especially for CDL A truck drivers. Annually there are 156,164 crashes and 1,800 fatalities due to snowy and icy conditions. There are a variety of things you can do to make driving in inclement weather less dangerous and difficult. Learn more with our top 10 winter driving tips for truck drivers.

The top 10 safe winter driving tips for truck drivers

  1. Pre-Trip Inspections are crucial to your safety!

This is important to do every single time you start a shift—especially when driving in winter weather. Before leaving, make sure you pay extra attention to:

Check to ensure that all your lights are working properly

Check brakes

Pay extra attention to the coolant and antifreeze levels

Check the wiper blades and windshield washer fluid

Check your tires and tire chains

  1. Clean ice and snow off mirrors, windows and lights

It is vital that you are able to see out of your windshield and windows and that other cars can see your brake lights in the snow so they can react accordingly. Clear these areas off before you start your run. It can take time, but it’s very important to your safety and the safety of those around you that you don’t skip this step.

  1. Brake early for red lights and stop signs

Intersections can be icier than the roads leading to them, so make sure you start braking slowly and earlier than you think you need to. Allowing yourself ample time to stop at intersections is very important, especially if another car were to slide in front of you.

  1. Be careful as you approach bridges

Their surfaces freeze first and thaw last and can be more slippery than the road itself. Drive slowly and carefully over all bridges.

  1. Keep in mind the importance of a good following distance

Giving yourself time to stop is always important, but it’s even more important when it comes to driving in snow and ice. A driver’s braking ability becomes severely impaired during wintry conditions; it takes up to 10 times longer to stop when driving on snowy roads. You never know when other drivers are going to slam on their brakes or hit a patch of ice, so make sure you give yourself 15 seconds minimum of following distance to watch for brake lights in front of you, react accordingly and always give yourself an out.

  1. Don’t drive in ruts of other vehicles

Along with the following distance, be sure to pay attention to where your wheels are and ensure that you’re not following in the ruts of the drivers in front of you. Their spinning wheels have probably packed the snow and ice, making the conditions more dangerous for you.

  1. Accelerate and decelerate gradually

If the pavement is slick or icy, the conditions are perfect for a jackknife accident. To avoid this, be sure you are driving, accelerating and slowing down as carefully and controlled as possible.

  1. Slow down

One of the keys to driving safely in inclement weather is a slower speed. At higher speeds, traction is decreased, giving you less control of the vehicle. The solution is simply to slow down, this will increase traction, give you more control and allow you to have a safer experience.

  1. Turn engine brake off

In wet or slippery conditions, your engine brake may cause loss of traction on the drive wheels and cause your truck to slide out of control. Be sure to turn your engine brake off when you’re driving on wet, icy or snow-covered roads or approaching bridges, on-ramps or exit ramps.

  1. Practice defensive driving

When operating your vehicle, make sure you take extra precautions in order to avoid being in a preventable accident. This means being aware of your surroundings and the drivers around you. Keep in mind that sometimes this means “letting the driver who is in the wrong have the right of way.”

One of the most important winter driving tips for truck drivers is to remember that you are the captain of your ship and you make all the decisions. We expect our professional truck drivers to make the safe decision of when to pull over and stop driving when conditions become too unsafe, and then communicate that decision appropriately with your operations team or customers. Make sure to practice these safe winter driving tips for truck drivers and be safe out there!

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