Landstar to Give Away Another Truck!

For the second time this year, Landstar is giving away a big rig to one of the more than 9,000 independent owner-operators leased to Landstar. Come July, one lucky winner will drive home from the annual Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration in a brand new 2017 Western Star 5700XE.

The red pearl Western Star features a Detroit DD15, 14.8L engine and a Detroit DT12-DA-1650 Heavy Duty 12-speed direct drive automated manual transmission. The truck’s spacious cab has a 68-inch Stratosphere High Roof, which Western Star touts as a testament to the truck’s versatility and comfort.

According to the truck maker, the interior of the 5700XE is designed with comfort, space and storage to spare. The cab is accented with cherry wood cabinets, closets, two moveable shelves, and features a 35-inch wide, liftable lower bunk and foldable upper bunk. The cab also showcases a top-of-dash navigation prep, Bluetooth and microphone technologies, and an AM/FM/WB/SiriusXM radio with CD player.

The Western Star 5700XE takes efficiency to the extreme, from the standard Western Star sun visor with LED marker lights to the three-piece headlights that cost less to replace. Western Star boasts that every feature and component on the truck is refined for maximum aerodynamics, fuel efficiency and dependability.

The Landstar All-Star Truck Giveaway, sponsored by Comdata and Western Star, will be the grand finale of the 2017 BCO All-Star Celebration being held in Nashville, Tennessee, July 7-9, 2017. The annual event honors Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers and Landstar Roadstars for their safe driving records and professionalism.

In January, Landstar also gave away a truck during its Landstar BCO Appreciation Days in Jacksonville. At that time, BCO Ralph Hall drove home in a new 2017 Peterbilt 579.

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.

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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.

Landstar’s First Truck Winner of 2017

Landstar BCO Ralph Hall wins brand new Peterbilt 579

Landstar BCO Ralph Hall wins brand new Peterbilt 579

Landstar announces the winner of its Landstar Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway, the first of two new trucks to be given away in 2017. Landstar business capacity owners (BCO), the company’s term for independent truck owner-operators, are eligible to earn entries to win throughout the year.

Landstar BCO Ralph Hall is driving a brand new Peterbilt 579 after winning the semi-truck in a random drawing held Jan. 26 in Jacksonville, Fla. The truck giveaway was the highlight of Landstar’s annual BCO Appreciation Days, a two-day event held to thank the independent owner-operators leased to Landstar for providing excellence in safety and customer service.

Hall was one of five finalists randomly selected from the 170,000 entries.

“I drove it home and I’m still in disbelief. Nothing like this has ever happened to me,” said Hall. The Tennessee resident was also surprised that his 5-year-old grandson’s prediction came to pass. “Trenton said he saw ‘Papa Ralph’ winning a big red truck,” Hall says, explaining that neither he nor the child knew the color of the giveaway truck, which is Pierce Red, before the event.

Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni hosted the Landstar Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway, along with representatives from sponsor Comdata.

“It is an honor to award BCOs like Ralph Hall with a brand new truck that can significantly and positively impact their lives,” said Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni. “These truck owner-operators are hardworking small businesspeople who are committed to our safety-first culture and provide excellent customer service each day.”

The second truck giveaway of 2017 will be in July during Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration, an annual event held exclusively to honor Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers and Landstar Roadstars, the company’s highest honor for BCOs.

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.