General Transport Inc. Performance for the long haul Thu, 12 Nov 2020 19:49:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 General Transport Inc. 32 32 November 2020 Newsletter Sun, 01 Nov 2020 19:37:00 +0000

Don’t Fall into the Fall Driving Hazards


With every season change, there are new hazards to be aware of. Here are a few hazards to be on the lookout for.

1. Kids
I am sure we are all aware to be extra careful in school zones, but we also have to extra alert in residential areas as kids could be home schooling at recess.

2. Darkness
Now that day light savings time has ended, we are going to be driving in the dark more. Though just 25 percent of our driving is at night, 50 percent of traffic deaths occur then, according to the council, a nonprofit founded in 1913 to reduce preventable deaths.

3. Animals
As talked about last newsletter, be on the lookout for deer as you are more likely to hit a deer in November than any other month.

4. Leaves
With the winds whipping, leaves can cause visibility issues or hid pout holes, pavement markings, or clog up drainage systems. A buildup of leaves on sideways can also push bicyclists and pedestrians to walking in the street.

5. Tires
Make sure your tires have a good tire depth and are to pressure. With the temperature dropping, tire pressure can also drop.

6. Fog and Frost
Otherwise refreshing chilly autumn mornings can trigger fog, reducing your vision and distance perception. Although your visibility is lower, do no put your high beams on as the light bounces off the fog and right back into your eyes. Also, plan ahead so you can scrape off any frost. We are all guilty of leaving in a hurry and waiting for the defrost to catch up!

Spot Light Driver- Torey Garmon

Torey has been an owner operator with General Transport since August 2015. In that time, he has driven 674,827 safe miles. Torey is in the tail end of his lease purchase and will soon be free and clear! When Torey isn’t behind the wheel you can find him with his dogs. We are proud to have you part of the GT family!

We are proud to have you part of the GT family!

• Dave L.- Truck 598

• Randy M.- Truck 2382

You can now find General Transport on YouTube!
So far we have a few Zonar training videos up, but more will be coming. Make sure you subscribe to be alerted of our new posts. In the meantime, if you need any ELD refreshers- you know where to go!

Looking for Something New?

Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) has recently created a podcast of concise and content-rich episodes, that serve as an additional training tool for the largest mobile army of eyes and ears dedicated to discovering and disrupting human trafficking networks.

Check your Tag’s and Permit Books

Our GT trailer and tractor plates expire at the end of the month! Make sure you have the updated registrations for the equipment you have. If you are an owner operator with a GT tag, it will be mailed to your house. Company drivers- please see the shop for your truck registration. The trailers will also get a new sticker in addition to the registration unless it has a forever plate

Don’t Leave Your Maintenance Problems for Someone Else

Obviously when you are doing your pre-trip and you discover a problem with the GT equipment, call the shop before pulling it. It is also important to look up when doing a pre-trip to make sure there are no holes and all marker lights are working.

We have seen an increase in dropping equipment with maintenance defects and leaving it for the next driver to deal with. We all would not that done to us.

If there is a maintenance problem that needs address, please contact the shop at 330-612-2418 (call or text). If you do not want to disturb someone you can always send an email to Tracy.Starling@generalt with details of where you dropped it, load/unloaded, what the 

problem is, or even send pictures. We understand that you do not 

always have the time to get a repair done but we also don’t want to leave it for the next driver.

October 2020 Newsletter Thu, 01 Oct 2020 00:08:00 +0000

Rut-Roh, It is Rutting Season!


Rutting Season is coming up again. As always it is important to be vigilant to avoid and accident. Here are some tips to keep you and Bambi safe this season!

  • Slow Down– by reducing speed, you increase your ability to stop if a deer is in the road.

  • Heed Warning Signs– In rural areas where deer frequent, be on the lookout for deer crossing signs to be extra cautious.

  • Dawn and Dusk– High animal movement is high at dawn and dusk, while visibility is low. Be cautious driving at this time.

  • Use High Beams– If in a rural area with no oncoming traffic, use your high beams. They will allow you to spot a deer ahead of time giving more time to stop.

  • Look for Shine– Look for a reflection or something shiny that could be the “eye shine”.

Spot Light Driver-
Steve Emery

Steve has been a company regional driver since January 2020 with General Transport.
In that time, Steve has run 100,530 safe miles.
Steve keeps a spotless record and a spotless truck, and is always in the top tier of the camera scores.
When Steve isn’t behind the wheel of a GT truck, you can find him enjoying his teal GMC pickup or taking care of his mother.

We are grateful to have you part of the GT family, Steve


Steve H.– Truck 582

Ramon D.– Truck 2381

You can now find General Transport on YouTube!
So far we have a few Zonar training videos up, but more will be coming. Make sure you subscribe to be alerted of our new posts. In the meantime, if you need any ELD refreshers- you know where to go!

Just a reminder- If you have a camera in your truck, make sure you download the app to review your videos.
Contact Safety if you need help! 

New HOS Assistance

Are you confused with all of the new hours of service regulations?
We get it, and so does the DOT.
They have created an online portal to check your logs.
You can enter your actual log, or hypothetical logs to see if it is legal before you run the risk of a violation.

Click this link to see:

The ELD systems in the truck were supposed to update automatically with the new rules. If for any reason, yours did not update then please contact safety.

Driving at Night Dangers

Unfortunately, transportation doesn’t have a shift. Often times it can lead to you driving at night. Although the traffic will be lighter driving at night, it is important to be aware of the higher risks.

Fatigue- Your natural circadian rhythm (the sleep/wake cycle your body cycles through). In addition, fatigue can cause physical changes to your body. Being awake for 18 hours can cause impairment equal to having a BAC of .05. After 24 hours of being awake, the body will be equal to an impairment of a BAC of .10. “Tricks” to stay away such as smoking, rolling down windows, caffeine are not cures and should not be used as a replacement for good quality sleep.

Visibility– There is obviously less visibility at night and glare from the other headlights can make it worse.

Road Hazards– As mentioned before you have to be aware of animals at night, but also impaired drivers. 60% of impaired driving fatalities happen between 9 PM and 6 AM.

September 2020 Newsletter Tue, 01 Sep 2020 18:32:00 +0000

CVSA’s International Roadcheck Rescheduled for September 9-11

CVSA has officially rescheduled roadcheck! Like most 2020 events, the previously scheduled May 5-7 dates were cancelled due to COVID 19. This year’s focus is on the driver requirements. As always, make sure all of your paperwork is current, you have a copy of your physical, paper log book, ELD instruction sheet, and are able to email your logs to an officer. Be on the lookout for a video from Safety that will show you how to send your logs. We understand it is hard to remember how to do something that isn’t done every day.

During your pre/post trips, make sure your truck and trailer are level 1 ready! And here is the best part of the CVSA Roadcheck week, double bonus!!! During these three days, any inspection with “no violations discovered” will receive the double bonus on the next pay.


Driver Appreciation Week Sept. 13-19

As we approach driver appreciation week, we along with the rest of the nation take a moment to thank the back bone of our economy- our truck drivers! General Transport is celebrating our 35th year of business and it would not be possible without our dedicated drivers.
This year more than ever, we were reminded how crucial our drivers are to the nation. As a global pandemic shut down most of the world, the truck drivers were still out there to ensure our most basic needs continue to be met.

Thank you all for everything you for General Transport and for us individually. Make sure you see safety to get your new jackets!

Spot Light Driver- Tommy Dewey

Tommy has been an owner operator with General Transport since March 2013 and has driven 1,142,889 miles. Tommy can often be found tinkering on his truck, cooking up a meal, or walking with his dog Jasmine. When Tommy isn’t hard at work, he can be found fishing with his daughters, or enjoying time with family. We are proud to have you part of the GT Family

• Steve C.- Truck 2380
• Dave H.- Truck 550

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New Hours of Service

On September 29, 2020 the FMCSA hours of service will change. The new rulesets will automatically update on your ELD.

The changes that will take effect are below:
• Expands the short-haul exemption to 150 air-miles and allows the driver to be on duty for 14 hours as a part of the exemption, as opposed to the 12 hours on duty/shift that was previously allowed.
• Expands the adverse driving conditions window by an additional 2 hours.
• Allow 30-minute break to be recorded as off duty or on duty
• The 8-hour break will be measured by driving time instead of on duty and driving previously.
• In addition to the 10-hour break, and the 8 and 2 hour split, drivers will be able to split their break into 7 and 3 hour increments.
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to safety.

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