T R A N S P O R T R E P O R T
ISSUE 1 – VOLUME 1
The Official Newsletter of
The ‘Winter Survival Guide’
By Matthew Meeks
A merry time to go sledding, drink hot cocoa and cozy up next to the fire place? OR… A misery-filled season of shoveling driveways, scraping windshields and dodging black ice?
Roughly 135,000 injuries occur on icy/snowy roads in the U.S. each year, and about 1,800 deaths. It becomes an ongoing concern for seasoned drivers and newbies alike to practice safe techniques and remain alert during winter weather driving.
Transflo is here to help you through this unforgiving season! We’ve been in this business since 1991 and we’re taking our knowledge combined with the advice of industry experts (and real truck drivers) to give you a Winter Survival Guide.
This list is designed to save time, money and even lives.
Derek Minneker – Safety Manager – Freestyle Transport, LLC
We had a chance to catch up with the Safety Manager over at Freestyle Transport, LLC, Derek Minneker. He offered up some sweet advice on three main topics below.
On Personal Conveyance (PC):
“Managing PC behavior can get more challenging in the winter months. I always remind my drivers about a provision in the regulations, 49 CFR 395.1 (b): This ‘adverse driving conditions’ provision allows up to a two-hour extension to a driver’s normal shift if they are impeded by circumstances they did not know about when they started their trip. I advise our drivers that are impeded by unforeseen storms, road closures and accidents caused by bad weather to use this to either complete their run or to find a safe place to park and rest until the trip can be completed. I would advise all drivers who use this to make sure to document it clearly and concisely on their log.”
On Winter Driving:
“Aside from slowing down and keeping a safe distance, I always remind drivers to watch out for black ice, and to exercise increased caution on bridges, overpasses and at intersections (all common places black ice accumulates). I always tell drivers to exercise extreme diligence when inspecting their equipment and while trip planning when the winter weather hits. And of course, If the weather is so bad that you need to get off the road, don’t hesitate – just do it. Find a place to get off the roadway safely and wait until conditions clear up.”
On the Transflo Mobile+ App:
“The Transflo app has without a doubt streamlined the paperwork process for our fleet. All our drivers love it. I think it’s safe to say after the feedback I’ve received thus far, that the app’s digital scanning has relieved a lot of stress for our drivers. In what was once considered a bothersome area of a driver’s job by many in the industry, now is simple and done at the touch of a button.”
A special thanks to Minneker for his insight and tips.
What has scanning, navigation, weigh station bypass, ELD integration and telematics?
The Transflo Mobile+ app does!
And we’re bringing you EVEN MORE in 2019 with our state-of-the-art UI update. You can look forward to:
• Voice Command Technology
• A New Sleek Interface
• An Interactive Dashboard
• And everything you need all in one place!
This means more customization, more options to stay organized, an overall improved user experience and one-touch voice commands (just speak to the app!)
The new update is scheduled to launch on Jan. 21, 2019. So, stay tuned as we launch the trucking industry into the future!
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