DECEMBER 2021 Newsletter
Preparing for Winter Driving
It is hard to believe that winter is back again. It feels like every year just goes by faster and faster. With the bad weather and poor driving conditions quickly approaching, it is important to make sure you and your truck are ready for your trip.
Hazards of Fall Driving:
- Check your batteries- Batteries drain quicker in colder weather. Make sure to check your battery connections to ensure they are tight and clean and no signs of corrosion. Look over electrical wiring for damage from the alternator to the starter for frays or signs of corrosion.
- Check your tires- Check to ensure tires are properly inflated with good tread.
- Top off all fluids- Although this is already done in Pre/Post trips, it is extra important during the winter.
- Fuel additives- Make sure you are purchasing fuel with an additive in it. It can easily become a problem if you buy fuel down south and travel north. It is best to keep a spare bottle of anti-gel in the truck, just in case.
- Clean the air tanks- Check your air dryer to ensure its functioning properly and inspect it for leaks and corrosion. You can clean your air tanks by removing the drain plugs and allowing them to dry. Your air dryer stops water from icing over brake lines, so it’s important to keep the air dryer in good condition.
It is also important to stock your truck up with supplies. Last year we saw the need first hand when the winter storm went across the south and left drivers stranded. It is always a good idea to have the following packed in your truck:
- Extra warm clothes and blankets
- Winter boots
- First aid kit
- Flashlight and batteries
- Nonperishable food
- Bottled water
- Snow brush
On November 3rd, shortly after leaving the yard, John Arbogast came upon an accident that turned into a vehicle fire. John grabbed his fire extinguisher and assisted with other good samaritans trying to get the fire out. John grabbed debris from the accident and busted out a window to try and get the gentleman out. We are so proud to have someone like John part of the GT family who is willing to head into an accident to help someone.
Don’t forget to grab your YETI cup next time you are at the GT yard! Color selection is limited!
Driver Spotlight- Aaron Pinkston
Aaron has been an owner operator for GT since August 2015. In that time, he has driven 716,488 miles safely! Aaron is always on top of his job making sure he is compliant with safety while hitting his delivery/pick up appointments. He doesn’t do his job alone though, he has help from his three co-pilots Molly, Rascal, and the newest addition Rockette. Aaron even referred his son to the GT Family as an owner operator this year. We are grateful to have you as part of the GT Family!
· Johnnie R.- Truck 2403
· Brooker B.- Truck 558
2022 IFTA stickers have arrived and will be distributed soon! Company drivers, please see the shop. Owner operators will have theirs mailed to the address on file. Please make sure they are on your truck before the March 1st deadline!
Office Spotlight- Lauren Doyle
Lauren has been with GT since April 2016. Although she is now our skilled payroll administrator, she began her GT career as the part-time receptionist. Lauren graduated from The University of Akron in 2020 with her bachelor’s degree in Human Resources. Her personal hero is Leslie Knope from the show Parks and Recreation. When she is not in the office, she is often checking out new restaurants, dog-sitting for friends, or traveling. We are proud to have you part of the GT Family!