Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Drivers Needed!!

No, it's not a glamorous job.  You won't have paparazzi clamoring for your picture.  But there is a shortage of truck drivers.  A big one and it looks like it's only going to get worse as more demand for shipping by truck goes up and current drivers retire. 

Trucking companies everywhere are trying to recruit more drivers so their trucks aren't just sitting, but they are finding it harder and harder.  They are looking at different ways to retain the drivers they have as well as recuit new drivers. 

The Tennessean published an article on August 25, 2014 titled "Trucking Industry faces uphill battle to recruit drivers".  It stated that truck drivers were 3rd of the list of the top 10 hardest jobs to fill in Manpower Groups's "2013 Talent Shortage Survey" for the United States.

Age is part of the problem.  You can't get a CDL license until you are 21, so those not going to college still have to wait 3 years after high school to get a driving job.  Also, the training can be expensive, some spending thousands before they are qualified to get a job.

For the full article, click here.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

School Bus Safety

As the summer of 2014 quickly comes to an end, schools throughout the country will be opening their doors to students returning from their brief summer recesses.

For 24 million students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. The National Safety Council indicates there are approximately 325,000 school buses operating on any given school day, with each traveling an average of 12,000 miles per school year. 

What tragedy could be worse for a parent than to lose a young child in a school bus accident? What tragedy could be worse for a trucking professional than to be involved in such an accident? There are steps than can be taken by professional drivers to minimize the potential for these types of losses.
1. Recognize And Obey The Rules Of The Road – When approaching a school bus, be extra cautious. Look for the possibility of warning signals to activate and be prepared to stop. Remember that in most every state, and in most circumstances, it is unlawful to pass a stopped school bus that is either loading or unloading students. Additionally, most buses are required to stop at railroad crossings, so be prepared. Always maintain a “cushion of safety” to avoid rear-ending a school bus.

2. Obey School Zone Speed Limits – If you must travel through a school zone to complete your delivery, obey the restricted speed limits, and always yield to school buses, clearly giving them the right-of-way.

3. Be Prepared For The Unexpected – When following a bus that is making frequent stops, don’t take a chance making an unsafe pass. Remember that school buses often pick up children during early morning hours, when fog and darkness may cause reduced visibility.

As professional drivers, we must use common sense, be courteous, and stay within the law. Think “CAUTION” anytime you observe a school bus.

At times, the trucking industry will take the position that some accidents are inevitable. Yet, when the cargo is as valuable as that carried by our school buses, nothing less than a total safety effort is acceptable.

Let’s give our children a safe and happy school year!