Distracted Driving Again….

Again Distracted driving is a number one topic. Couple of drivers have been given warnings for Texting or Using the Phone While Driving. This is a serious violation even if a ticket is not issued. A warning alone can get 30 points you CSA record. Warnings really carry the weight a citation carries with no due process to contest the warning. Any violations of the “Hand’s Free” law can and will result in termination of your employment. Not only is this very unsafe but could result in jail time if you were to hurt someone in the process. It only takes a second to miss that vehicle that stopped, that vehicle, that is filled with a family. Don’t risk it. If you need to sent a text use the voice transcription or pull over at a safe location. If you need to take a call while driving, the use of a Bluetooth headset will help you to remain compliant and safe with both hands on the wheel. Two of the better headset I have used are the BlueParrott B550-XT and BlueParrott B450-XT

BlueParrott B550-XT

BlueParrott B450-XT

“Safety is 20% Common sense; 80% Compliance and the rest is good luck.”

New Website

If you haven’t had the chance yet, take a look around. Everything has been updated. It is a work in progress and more is to come in the near future including driver submitted photo albums and recruitment links. If there is anything you would like to see implemented let us know. Some things you will see are….

  • Driver Training
  • Road Conditions
  • Oversize Provisions
  • Newsletters
  • Updated Applications
  • Social Media Links
  • Driver Information


Driver Training

In the new “Driver Training” section you will see all of the required training. Over the next couple of weeks you will be sent an email with your login information. Once you have that information you will be required to complete all of the modules. The modules can be done on a phone, tablet or computer and most can be done in 30 minutes. You may have watched some of the videos over the years but reoccurant training is required.

Not everything can be serious.…..


Legal Use of Personal Conveyance


Anytime you use Personal Conveyance, it MUST be notated in the remarks of the log. No remarks, it will be changed to On-Duty, even if it puts you into violation of you HOS.


Transition From TLC

Freerksen Trucking is ending its relationship with TLC effective June 1. With that brings many changes to employee benefits including all insurances. 

For employees not using benefits there is nothing that needs to be done immediately but we will be needing some new paperwork such as W-4 and direct deposit information by June 1. 

For employees currently using TLC benefits come see Jon when possible to go over new insurance plan options. We did our best to find similar plans to what are in place now and there will be no increase to employee cost for health insurance. 

If you have used your health insurance in 2019 any out of pocket expenses you have incurred will be credited to the plans deductible. 

This also re-opens our enrollment period so all employees can enroll or make changes to the benefit plan. 

Anyone who will be using Freerksen Trucking insurance I need to have completed information sheets by MAY 20 

If you have any questions please contact Jon Fish: 

jfish@freerksentrucking.com 
507-633-6283 

2019 International Road Check

RoadCheck 2019

The focus for this year’s Roadcheck is going to be steering and suspension systems. While checking the vehicle compliance they will also be focusing on Driver’s Compliance. This is going to include seat belt usage, use of hands free devices, logbook compliance, speeding, lane restrictions and the use of Personal Conveyance.

These items are important, not just during the Roadcheck but at all times. Remember, that car in front of you holds someone’s family.

CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week Set for July 14-20 with a Focus on Speeding

In response to this issue, law enforcement personnel will be on the lookout for commercial motor vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in dangerous driver behaviors July 14-20 as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week. Drivers engaging in unsafe driving behaviors will be pulled over by law enforcement and may be issued a warning and/or citation.

  • In 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in 26 percent of all traffic fatalities, according to NHTSA. That’s 9,717 lives lost due to speeding.
  • During last year’s Operation Safe Driver Week, 16,909 passenger vehicle drivers and 1,908 commercial motor vehicle drivers were issued citations for speeding. In addition, 17 commercial motor vehicle drivers and 714 passenger vehicle drivers were cited for driving too fast for the conditions.
  • According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, speeding has been a factor in more than a quarter of crash deaths since 2008.
  • According FMCSA’s 2016 Large Truck and Bus Facts, speeding of any kind was the most frequent driver-related crash factor for drivers of commercial motor vehicles and passenger vehicles.

For these reasons, CVSA selected speeding as the emphasis area for this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week and law enforcement jurisdictions throughout North America will be endorsing, promoting and supporting the following message: Late won’t kill you, speeding will.


Dispatch

For right now when you call into dispatch any one of the dispatchers can help you. In the near future you will be assigned a dispatcher. But for the moment they are going to try to work as a team to dispatch drivers.

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