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The Webster’s dictionary defines complacency as follows:complacency

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1:  self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies
2:  an instance of usually unaware or uninformed self-satisfaction
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There is a growing problem with all drivers around the country. This includes those who drive cars and truck drivers!
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WHEN YOU BECOME COMPLACENT YOU ARE MORE LIKELY TO ATTEMPT MULTITASKING WHILE DRIVING!
THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS!
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Nobody is so good that they can safely do anything other than pay attention to the road, while driving!
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FACT:
At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.
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FACT:
Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
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     The bottom line here is that the more comfortable you are about driving, whether it be a car or truck, the more likely you are to engage in distracting behavior while driving!
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COMPLACENCY leads to DISRACTED DRIVING

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Drivers of all types of vehicles have been observed doing the following:
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Using hand held phone
Texting
Gaming
Eating
Looking at computers
Putting on make up
Shaving
Reading newspapers or books
Adjusting their radio
Reaching for something
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     And the list goes on…….
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Distracted driving is a deadly behavior. According to AAA,  federal estimates suggest that distraction contributes to 16% of all fatal crashes, leading to around 5,000 deaths every year.
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     The bottom line is that no matter how much experience you have, there is no room for complacency in regards to any type of driving.
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     Always keep in mind that you are never too good or too experienced. Remind yourself that no matter what the situation, paying attention is crucial and there’s nothing wrong with reporting those you observe that are engaging in dangerous behavior!
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PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY AND ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS…….
YOUR LIFE AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS, DEPENDS ON THIS!

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Jumping before you LOOK! jump

 

We try to set a good example. We have tried to give accurate advice and conduct ourselves and our business in a legal and respectable manner. However, we recently made an error in judgement.  A good move was made by jumping out of a bad situation in which we had been deceived regarding pay. Then without looking, a “too good to be true” situation popped up and because we were not thinking too clearly after being deceived, we eagerly jumped in without our water wings and almost drowned!  Needless to say, it was deeper than we had anticipated!

Do you know how to look up your company’s safety record? Do you know what an FMCSA intervention is?  These are valuable tools that each and every driver should be familiar with. Yes, even company drivers should  be armed with this information too!

As many of us know, the FMCSA is coming down hard on carriers with poor safety records. They are also on to the “CHAMELION” racket as well and going after those who think they’ve found an easy way to beat the system even harder.

For many years, trucking companies who were on the verge of being shut down, simply changed ownership over to a family member or friend and then applied for a new DOT number. Some just simply got a new DOT number. There are a number of ways you can make it look like the “bad” company is gone and a new company is in its place. Changing the name of the company, owner, DOT number or whatever combination they may choose to hide their bad record seems like an easy answer. For a long time, many company owners have been getting away with it and continuing the bad behavior and when their numbers go up, they do it all over again.

Well, I’m not sure which “Sherlock Holmes” in the government put the pieces together but the fact is THEY DID! They are on to this naughty little scheme and they are madder than heck over it.  You see, even the government doesn’t like to be fooled or made a fool of, so they are putting up with it no more and targeting these carriers with an iron fist.

With all that being said, we did all we could, til it was time to walk away!  We made the mistake of looking up the DOT# “after” we had already leased on and found that pretty little phrase “EXCEEDS INTERVENTION THRESHOLD”!!

I asked the owner about it. I asked him if he was aware of his safety rating. He told me he was aware and he was working on it. Others that worked there told me he was working on it alright! He had never even looked at a driver’s log, had no safety program and no compliance plan at all. Everyone there told me they were just waiting for the feds to show up and shut him down.  So I’m thinking I should say something and I did, several times. I gave him the name of a compliance specialist. I referred a friend who has safety director experience and even offered to begin auditing the logs myself.  He kept telling me “I’ve got it handled”, and that’s just a few examples of what a great business this was!

Then one day it slipped out that there was a new DOT number going into effect in a couple of weeks. I said nothing. Then I made a few calls, got on the internet, found a few things out and made the decision to get out. It was time to give up.

We are sad about this experience because we really thought we had found a long-term home, for a minute anyway!

Red flag after red flag and a bit of research told me to RUN AS FAST AS I COULD!

LESSON LEARNED:

ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR DECISIONS ARE INFORMED DECISIONS!!

Here is a link to an article about “chameleon carriers CLICK HERE

Here is a link to look up a DOT or MC number to see the truth about a carrier…  CLICK HERE

 

The last thing anybody needs is to pull into a weigh station and find out your company has been shut down!

I hope that the lesson we learned can be helpful to someone else and I would also like to thank those of you who helped us “see through the smoke screen and save us from drowning”! You know who you are and we sincerely thank you!!!

BE INFORMED

BE SAFE

and may GOD bless you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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vaping with the keystruckersAs more of us decide to quit smoking or at least try……. “vaping” has become a popular alternative for many truckers. It seems that more truck stops are carrying supplies for vaping which makes it very convenient.

WHAT’S VAPING?

Vaping is the act of  using an E-Cig, inhaling vapor instead of poisons, thus the term “vaping”!

Majic man

MAJIC MAN   “48 hours since I’ve had a real cigarette, except for a couple of times that I had a slight urge for one, which I didn’t (don’t have any anyhow), doing okay. Darth Vaper is doing its job….. been breathing much better too since I got and started using it just before Christmas. I realize it’s substitution, BUT water vapor with a bit of flavoring and a little nicotine is much better than tobacco with all the chemicals and additives. I’m not ready to say ex-smoker yet… but……. vaping is better than smoking, and I do not plan on ever buying a pack of cigarettes again…. so…….”

What are the advantages?

First, there’s no nasty odor! The truck doesn’t smell and our clothes don’t smell!

Second, for every cigarette you don’t smoke, you get lung function back. Your body begins to heal. You gain stamina. Your taste buds change. and the list goes on!!

There are different nicotine strengths and so many tasty flavors to choose from as well!vape jan

It’s cheaper and tastes better too so if you’ve been thinking about tossing the smokes, give vaping a try!

My favorite flavor is coffee mixed with a little caramel and a dab of cinnamon!!

What’s YOUR favorite??

 

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