January 2021 Newsletter
As you know from last month’s training, cargo securement is a vital part of driving. Before leaving pick up, make sure you check your load and that it is secure and safe for transit. We had a driver take evasive actions to avoid an accident in Texas. Although an accident was avoided, there was still an incident. The coils were placed on metal footers to create friction and avoid the pallets from sliding. There were no straps on this load so when the hard brake occurred, the pallets slid through the nose. The load shift caused over $4,000 damage to the trailer. This incident could have been much worse but it is an important reminder to slow down, check your load, and ensure securement
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
Terminal COVID Precaution
With COVID numbers increasing the office has again enacted our mask mandate. Any time an employee is away from their desk or moving around the office a mask must be worn. We have masks available at all entrances. Please ensure you are wearing a mask and practicing social distancing while inside. If you do not wish to wear a mask, please call and someone can meet you outside
Don’t forget to grab your YETI cup next time you are at the GT yard! Color selection is limited!
Driver Spotlight- Donald Moore
Donald “Donnie” Moore has been a regional driver for General Transport since December 2020. In that time, he has driven 118,000 safe miles! Donnie has always been a GT advocate and will help out another driver in a heartbeat. When Donnie isn’t behind the wheel of a semi, you can find him behind the controller of his RC boats. We are proud to have you part of the GT Family!
·Randy R.- Truck 563
Top Miles for 2022
In no particular order:
· Ricardo Z.
· Jimmy A.
· Russell D.
· Aaron D.
· Tommy D.
· Regis M.
· Steve E.
· Don J.
· Keith H.
· Mike W.
Office Spotlight- Rick Sumser
Rick Sumser has been affiliated with General Transport since 2000. In his time with the company, he has worn many hats but is the current Safety and Recruiting Manager. Much like at work, in Rick’s personal life he is always on the move. He is an avid bicycle rider, outdoorsman, and hiker. We are proud to have you part of the GT Family!
Tips to reduce stress
Take care of your body- One of the best ways to reduce stress is to take proper care of your body. Eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting proper sleep can set the tone for a good day!
· Make your truck comfortable- Put things inside your truck that make you comfortable and feel like home. Spending majority of your day inside your truck, you want to feel safe and comfortable.
· Schedule home time- A major stressor on the road is missing friends and family. Make sure you are planning ahead to keep in touch!
· Build a community- Don’t be afraid to make friends. Often times our drivers have been where you are going and can lend a hand. We know of several drivers on the fleet who talk daily or in group calls.