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Load Securement Crucial to Safety

The Federal Motor Carriers’ Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program carries severe penalties for cargo securement. Load securement violations can be simple to identify and a driver’s ability to recognize them is crucial to road safety.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 6-8, 2017, which will focus on cargo securement.  During this year’s blitz, inspectors will be conducting the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection.  Specific details are important when it comes to load securement, like knowing the dunnage must be tied down with a strap or chain and that a bungee cord cannot be used.

Good load securement is critical, not only because law enforcement will be keeping a close watch, but because the public is vulnerable if a load is improperly secured.  Improper securement is not safe and can cause road hazards as well as damage to freight.  Operators must fully understand the cargo securement criteria listed in the federal motor safety regulations.

Landstar offers securement training in the classroom as well as online courses on securement.  Contact Landstar’s Cargo Securement Advisor, Pete Hitzemann in the Orientations Centers department for more information 800-847-8464.

Join us on the Safety Thursday Conference Call, Thursday May 18, 2017 at 12 p.m. EDT.

Dial 877-717-5921 to join the call.

LANDSTAR NAMED AMONG TOP 20 FLEETS TO DRIVE FOR

For the sixth consecutive year, Landstar is among the “Top 20 Fleets to Drive For” according to the latest survey conducted by Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge.

The nomination process began in 2016, with transportation companies evaluated in a variety of categories including professional development opportunities, career path/advancement opportunities, annual turnover rates and fleet safety record.

TCA and CarriersEdge interviewed each nominee’s representatives and executives about their company’s direction, policies and programs. Those comments were compared to a selection of each fleet’s drivers or owner-operators surveyed and then incorporated into the fleet’s final score.

“We are proud that the owner-operators leased to Landstar feel they have freedom, opportunity and the support services they need to successfully run their own businesses,” said Landstar Executive Vice President of Capacity Development Rocco Davanzo. “We appreciate all that Landstar owner-operators do to provide customers with excellence in safety and service, helping to make Landstar an industry leader.”

This is the ninth year of the survey which is open to all U.S. and Canadian fleets that operate 10 or more trucks. To be considered, fleets must be nominated by either a company driver or an owner-operator.

According to the TCA, phase two of the evaluation will divide the highest scoring fleets into small and large categories, from which two overall winners will be selected. The overall winners will be announced during TCA’s Annual Convention, March 26-29, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

For more details, visit www.BestFleetsToDriveFor.com. Click here to download a PDF of this story.

BCO Appreciation Days 2017 Truck Giveaway

 

One lucky Landstar business capacity owner 2017-Truck-Giveaway(BCO) will drive home from the 2017 Landstar BCO Appreciation Days in Jacksonville, Florida in a brand new 2017 Peterbilt 579. The pierce candy red Peterbilt 579 features a 455-HP PACCAR MX-13 engine 10 speed Eaton Fuller transmission.

According to Peterbilt, the 2017 version of the 579 was built with maximum driver comfort in mind. Compared to previous years’ models, the cab is wider and provides 8 more inches of room between seats and an additional 2.9 inches in depth. Also, a 45 percent increase in glass, provides owner-operators with best-in-class visibility.

The 2017 model truck was designed with a new dash and sleeper. The 579’s spacious titanium colored interior provides an 80 inch high roof sleeper, a premium pocket spring mattress, and a rear wall storage cabinet. According to Peterbilt, the ergonomic dash was crafted for driver efficiency, increased visibility and improved driver comfort. The truck’s new sound abatement technology minimizes outside noise, giving owner-operators a more peaceful ride.

Equipped with an enhanced fuel efficiency package, the 579 takes fuel savings to new levels. Complete with aerodynamic styling, optimized powertrain, low rolling resistance tires and SmartTire Pressure Monitoring System, the 579 increases owner-operators’ bottom line with a 14 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over previous models, according to Peterbilt.

The Landstar Deliver to Win truck giveaway, powered by Comdata, will be held on the first night of the two-day event in Jacksonville this year, January 26-27. Landstar BCO Appreciation Days are held each year to thank BCOs for their service and dedication to safety.

 

Safety Thursday: Winter Driving Safety Tips

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Driving in winter weather means cold, wet and sometimes freezing road conditions. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), taking proper, preventative safety measures on the roads during the winter keeps professional drivers safe, as well as other vehicles on the road.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recommends these tips to professional drivers to stay safe on the roads this winter:

  • Reduce your driving speed in bad weather conditions. Adjusting speed to match weather and road conditions is imperative helps decrease the risk for fatal crashes.
  • Reduce speed when turning and before entering an exit or entrance ramp. A large percentage of crashes happen when large trucks or buses are making a turn or traveling on a curved ramp. Reducing speed helps drivers maintain control of their trucks.
  • Drive slowly with a loaded trailer. Large trucks with fully loaded trailers are 10 times more likely to roll over than those with empty trailers.

While traveling this winter, the National Safety Council recommends drivers always:

  • Prepare your truck for winter. Do a pre-trip inspection and be sure to check your truck’s brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts, spark plugs, batteries, tire wear and pressure, antifreeze level and freeze lines.
  • Have emergency supplies in their trucks. It is recommended that drivers ride with a shovel, tire chains, tool kits, first aid kits, blankets, matches, scrapers, triangles, flares, a flashlight and extra batteries.

Join Landstar on the Safety Thursday Conference Call on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 12 p.m. ET. Call 877-717-5921.

Download the Landstar Connect App Today!

 

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Download Landstar Connect today to experience the app’s new features – less work for app users and more visibility for customers. With the latest enhancements to the shipment tracking app, BCOs and other approved carriers using Landstar Connect no longer have to make check calls. Instead, the app automatically updates a BCO’s arrivals and departures via smart phone, so there’s no lag time for agents and their customers who need to know exactly where their freight is and when it’s been received.

“The auto arrive and departure enhancements save us from having to make multiple calls to get current locations, loaded times and empty times,” says Landstar DUV Agency’s Misty Plata.

Besides the time-saving benefits to agents and capacity providers, the more extensive GPS load-tracking capabilities also help meet customer demand for timely, accurate status updates about their shipments.

“Landstar Connect is a great way for us to quickly provide the customer with detailed, real-time status updates,” said CAN Agency’s Steve Linsalata.

Other recent app enhancements include:

  • GeoFence Lock and Unlock: An owner-operator can activate the GeoFence around his or her trailer while under a load using the app – an alert is sent if the fence is broken.
  • Store and Forward: When the device is in a poor service area, Landstar Connect stores the GPS location and forwards it to the customer when service is regained.
  • Document Scanning Services: Capacity providers can upload paperwork to Landstar using the app.

Download Landstar Connect today from either the Google Play or Apple App Stores. Or, contact the Account Management department about Landstar Connect by emailing connect@landstar.com or calling 866-440-9161.

SAFETY THURSDAY: 6 TIPS TO REDUCE DISTRACTIONS WHILE DRIVING

4583_distracted-drivingDistracted driving is defined as any activity that takes your attention away from the road and can endanger the driver, as well as the motoring public.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the three main types of distractions while driving are visual, manual and cognitive distractions. Visual distractions cause drivers to take their eyes off the road. Manual distractions make driver’s take their hands off of the wheel. Cognitive distractions, like listening to the radio or talking on a phone, cause drivers to take their minds off of the task of driving.

Every time an owner operator’s focus is not on the road ahead, lives may be put in danger according to the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA.) The FMCSA considers distracted driving a deadly epidemic on the nation’s roads. Research from the FMCSA shows in 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

Here are six tips from the FMCSA to commercial drivers or independent owner operators on ways to reduce distractions on the road:

  • Don’t let outside objects be a distraction, stay focused on driving the truck. Anything that takes eyes away from the road can be a dangerous distraction.
  • Never text while driving, it is illegal and one of the most dangerous distractions to any driver.
  • Do not use a dispatching device while driving, mobile and portable dispatching devices cause drivers to take their eyes off the road.
  • Do not dial a handheld phone while driving. Consider using a voice-activated or hands-free phone app that does not require drivers to take their hands off the wheel while driving.
  • Do not read, write or use paper maps while driving.
  • Avoid eating and drinking while driving.

 Join the Safety Thursday Conference Call November 17, 2016 at 12 p.m. ET. Dial 877-717-5921.

Landstar Earns 2016 Top 100 Trucker Award from Inbound Logistics

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Landstar is proud to be named one of the 2016 Top 100 Truckers by Inbound Logistics magazine.  According to Inbound Logistics, the Top 100 Truckers list serves as a qualitative assessment of service providers, best equipped to meet and surpass its readers’ evolving motor freight transportation needs.

“Given today’s complex transportation and logistics challenges, the blended transportation solutions offered by Landstar’s s operating companies show true leadership in the trucking sector. For continuously providing the kinds of trucking solutions that readers need, Inbound Logistics is pleased to recognize Landstar as a 2016 Top 100 Trucker,” said Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton.

Each year, Inbound Logistics editors select the best transportation providers by carefully evaluating submitted information, conducting personal interviews and online research, and comparing that data to Inbound Logistics’ readers’ burgeoning motor freight and logistics challenges.

This year’s list of 100 truck transportation providers was selected from a pool of more than 200 companies.

“Landstar is proud to be listed among the elite companies offering diverse operational capabilities and experience to meet even the most unique transportation challenges,” said Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni.

 

Safety Thursday: Safe Backing, Get Out And Look

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Even under the best circumstances, backing a commercial motor vehicle is not risk-free because, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, tractor-trailers have limited visibility and large blind spots. Before backing up, Landstar, along with the National Safety Council, urges drivers to practice the G.O.A.L. method – “Get Out And Look.”

“Landstar encourages business capacity owners (BCOs) to practice the G.O.A.L. method before backing up. Get Out And Look is an extra step to ensure the driver has sufficient space to back safely,” explains Landstar Vice President of Loss Prevention Shelly Seaton.

According to the National Safety Council, backing crashes are common with larger vehicles, but can be prevented when drivers get out of their trucks and look for potential obstacles in their paths prior to backing their rigs.

The Safety Council offers these guidelines to help prevent backing collisions:

  • Avoid backing whenever possible by parking in spaces you can pull-through.
  • Know your vehicle’s blind spots and remember mirrors do not show the whole picture.
  • Be aware that steep inclines add to the difficulty of seeing behind vehicles.
  • Use a spotter, someone who can guide you and ward off any pedestrians or other vehicles until you have pulled away.
  • Honk to warn anyone in the area that you are going to begin backing up.
  • Think and plan in advance, try to avoid putting yourself in unnecessary backing situations.

 Join us on the Safety Thursday Conference Call, dial 877-717-5921 at Noon ET on October 20, 2016.

September Star of Quality Awards Announced

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When members of the Landstar family go above and beyond the call of duty, their extra efforts are recognized with Landstar’s Star of Quality Award. Deserving business capacity owners (BCOs) and agents receive bronze, silver, gold or platinum lapel pins recognizing their dedication to the best in transportation services.

Our thanks to the following Landstar owner operators and agents who are among the most elite in the freight transportation industry.

Star of Quality Award Winners of September 2016

Platinum:

Christopher Lamar Orr

*A platinum star is awarded in exceptional circumstances such as those faced with a life or death situation.

Gold:

Vickie L. Hogue Dodwell*, James Dominguez, Newell Nixon, Ronda Nixon.

*Going beyond the Gold – recipient has received multiple Gold Star Awards.

Silver:

Stanley J. Boss Sr., V. Wayne Crutcher, Dickie G. Penrod, David R. Twigger, Connie L. Twigger.

Bronze:

Anthony J. Battle, Scott C. Beddingfield, Alberto Chavez Chavez, Phung Ky Duong, Charles E. Garrett Jr., James Karl Hopson, Daniel Kepler, Lloyd Edward Lampman, Donald J. Legowsky, Shawn Lemmon, Edwin F. Melvin Jr. Caroline J. Ray, Jason D. Ray, Victoria Lee Sampson, William Keith Sampson, Steven Aulis Santala, James Edward Slinkard Jr., Leona Fay Slinkard, Tim L. Smith, Robert L. Viele Jr., Jack D. Wilder.

If you would like to nominate a Landstar BCO or agent to receive a Star of Quality Award, send an email to StarQ@Landstar.com

Safety Thursday: Speed and Space Management

driveforfiveThe size and weight of large commercial vehicles create challenges that owner-operators can manage using good judgement and defensive driving techniques.  According to the National Safety Council (NSC), safe following distances, proper speeds and yielding the right-of-way are vital to collision avoidance. The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NTHSA) also reminds drivers that managing speed and space not only gives the owner-operator more time to think and take action, it also helps to avoid collisions with other vehicles on the road.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is working on educating the public about how to drive safely around large commercial vehicles that are on the road with its new campaign, “Our Roads, Our Responsibility.” The campaign educates drivers of four wheeled vehicles about sharing the road, reminding the public that trucks and buses are more difficult to maneuver, have massive blind spots and need more time for stopping. The FMCSA also reminds professional truck drivers that smaller vehicles may not know the key ways to share the road with big trucks.

Safe Lane UsageAccording to the NTHSA, there are certain things large commercial vehicles can do to manage speed and space around smaller vehicles:

  • Scan the road ahead
  • Use extra caution during inclement weather
  • Maintain a safe following distance
  • Know how long it will take to stop
  • Yield the right-of-way
  • Use caution when turning and changing lanes

Landstar’s “Drive for Five” campaign designed with information from the NSC and the NTHSA, reminds owner-operators to always protect the zones around your truck and drive for five people: 1) yourself, 2) the vehicle in front of you, 3) behind you, 4) to the right side of you, and 5) to the left side.