National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

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We appreciate truck drivers 52 weeks a year, but during this year’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week from September 11-17, 2016, we’re showing some extra love to the professional drivers who help move America.

Landstar Business Capacity Owners (BCOs) – our term for independent owner-operators – play a huge role in transporting goods safely and on time. So, we ask that everyone join us in saying “thank you” to the men and women professional truck drivers who are on the roads each day.
Attend our online celebration all week by following Landstar on Facebook and Twitter.
We’ll have fun posts to share, prizes to win and photo tributes. Use the hashtag #ThankYouBCOs to participate in this online G - BCO-appreciation-Hipphigh-five with the Landstar family.

Also throughout the week, Landstar BCOs are invited to visit any of Landstar’s Orientation Centers for lunch. The free meal will be served at Noon, Monday, September 12 through Friday, September 16 at our Orientation Centers in: Fort Worth, Texas, Jefferson, Georgia, Indianapolis, Indiana, St. Augustine, Florida, Lewistown, Pennsylvania, Reno, Nevada, Rockford, Illinois and Burlington, Ontario.

rocktruckTo top off National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, BCOs are invited to join us at our service center in Rockford, Illinois for Landstar BCO Appreciation Days on Tuesday, September 13 and Wednesday, September 14. The event offers BCOs the chance to connect with Landstar executives, attend education and safety meetings, and network with fellow professional drivers. Also, one lucky BCO will drive off in a 2017 T680 Kenworth – the grand prize in the Landstar Truck Giveaway, powered by Comdata.

From everyone in the Landstar family … Thank You BCOs!

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August Star of Quality Awards Announced

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Every day members of the Landstar family go above and beyond the call of duty, and deserving BCOs and agents are honored with Landstar’s Star of Quality Award.  Qualified award winners receive a bronze, silver, gold or platinum colored lapel pin that recognizes their extra efforts.

Hats off to our Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Star of Quality winners for August 2016!

Platinum:

Ryan James Stip

The Platinum Award is given only in exceptional circumstances and intended for Landstar’s Heroes of the Highway.

Gold:

Joseph E. Donovan, Jonathan E. Damm*, Richard O. Davis*, Tom Herlston, Christopher W. Patton, Jeanette Simpson*

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

Silver:

Harlan Brian Boswell, Stephan Lawrence Brown, Gale Edward Choffin, Phillip M. Herlein, Richard Hill, Mark Steven Huff, Anthony T. Mitchell

Bronze:

Foster Okyere Agyepong, Constance Ilene Christy, William Carl Christy, Hussein Hassan Dirshe, Dwight A. Everett, Gerard Matthew Greenhouse, Roderick Eugene Hayden, Jeffrey Alan Hickman, George L. Hinkley, David B. Jackson, Charlotte F. Johnson, Raynold Mahotieres, Rudy T. McFowland, Carl M. Meclean Sr., James Morris, Tom Ndungu, Timothy M. Nezbeth, James Terry Reed, Stanley B. Rice, Jeffrey P. Russell, Charles Savage, Beretania Smith, Sandy Lee Smith, Keith Snyder, Darreyl D. Thomas, Kenneth Ryan Wilkins, Brian Scott Yoder

2016 Great American Trucking Show

GATSThe Great American Trucking Show (GATS) kicks off Thursday, August 25, in Dallas, Texas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Known as the nation’s most interactive experience within the trucking community, this year, GATS promises not to disappoint.

Landstar has a lot planned that you don’t want to miss during this year’s three-day trucking show. When you arrive at the convention center, stop by Landstar’s booth (#12055), to learn about the Landstar advantage and how you can become an independent owner-operator leased to Landstar.

Current BCOs and agents in attendance at the show are welcome to join Landstar each morning at 8 a.m. CT for breakfast, and daily safety meetings starting at 10 a.m. in rooms D163 & D165, with lunch and prizes to follow. health and wellness 2016

Truck driver health will be a hot topic again this year, so be sure to visit the Landstar Health & Wellness Pavilion, where CDL holders can take advantage of free health screenings, cooking demonstrations, and tips from nutritionists, health authors and health bloggers.

Check out the GATS website for a list of all the health screenings to be offered: http://www.truckshow.com/event/health-pavilion/

And all the happenings at the Landstar Health & Wellness Pavilion: http://www.truckshow.com/landstar-health-pavilion-stage/

Safety Thursday: Health & Fitness

The challenge for owner-operators to stay healthy is everywhere, from selecting healthy food on the road to getting enough exercise and sleep.

Sleep: The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults 26 to 64 years old get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night and adults 65 years and older get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Too little sleep effects daytime alertness and performance. Sleep apnea also affects performance. The disorder disrupts breathing during sleep and can cause low blood oxygen levels, which can lead to hypertension, heart disease, as well as mood and memory problems, and increases the risk of drowsy driving. Anyone who snores loudly, has a hard time staying awake and is tired even after they think they got a full night’s sleep should consider consulting a doctor. HealthyFood-540x330

Diet: Unhealthy eating habits can impact an owner-operator’s overall health in a negative way. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion eating healthy foods with appropriate calorie levels and maintaining a healthy weight will dramatically reduce risk of chronic disease. Consuming foods that are low in added sugars, saturated fats and sodium helps keep your diet on track and reduce your risk for disease. Because it’s more challenging to make healthy choices on the road, consider planning ahead and cooking healthy meals ahead to take with you on the road or cook in the truck so you’re not be faced with high calorie and high fat choices often found at truck stops.

Exercise: Research done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that people who are physically active live longer and have lower risks for a variety of diseases and conditions. Fitting exercise into your schedule regularly is important and can help overall health. The CDC recommends adults between the ages of 18 and 64 get at least 2 and a half hours of moderate to intense aerobic activity every week.12_15_Walking_Blog

According to the CDC, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help:

  • Control your weight
  • Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Reduce your risk of some cancers
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mental health and mood
  • Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult
  • Increase your chances of living longer

Learn more about these benefits at: CDC.gov 

*Check with your doctor before starting any exercise routine.

Health and Fitness are this month’s Safety Thursday topics. Join us on the Safety Thursday Conference Call: dial 877-717-5921 August 18, 2016. The call starts at 12 p.m. EST.

Sources:

The Sleep Foundation 

The Sleep Foundation: Disorders, problems 

Nutrition.gov

Health.gov 

CDC.gov: Physical Activity 

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Landstar BCO Gary Buchs on Overdrive Online

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Landstar owner-operator Gary Buchs tells Overdrive Online that things really started to come together for him after he formalized his plan for selecting loads and set some financial goals. Overdrive Magazine’s Todd Dills interviewed Buchs about everything from his successful business strategy as an owner-operator to his decision to lease on with Landstar when the reporter rode with him this summer.

You can hear the whole interview on Channel 19 Todd Dills’ podcast: http://www.overdriveonline.com/owner-operator-evolution-through-education/

Read more about Gary Buchs plan for success here: http://www.overdriveonline.com/video-owner-operator-gary-buchs-plan-for-success/

And, find out why Gary says using ELDs is beneficial to his daily operations: http://www.overdriveonline.com/owner-operator-using-elds-finds-operational-benefit/

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Safety Thursday: Load Securement

soeThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program is designed to improve large truck and bus safety in order to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities associated with commercial motor vehicles.

The CSA program carries severe penalties for cargo securement under the Vehicle Maintenance Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC). While load securement violations may seem simple to identify, they are not as easy to spot as some drivers expect. soe2

Per the CSA program, proper load securement is critical, not only because law enforcement keeps a close eye on load securement, but also, the public is vulnerable to road hazards from improper securement.

Areas to pay special attention to are:

393.104 (f) (3) Loose/unfastened tiedown

392.9 (a) (2) Failing to secure vehicle equipment

393.110 (b) Insufficient tiedowns; without headerboard/blocking

393.104 (b) Damaged securement system/tiedowns

Operators should fully understand the cargo securement criteria listed in the Federal Motor Safety Regulations.

 

Landstar offers securement training in the classroom and as an online 20160428_102644course. Contact Pete Hitzemann, Laurie Tobias or Lynn Hooper for additional information at 817-685-6253.

Join us on the Safety Thursday Conference Call, Thursday July 21, 2016 at 12 p.m. EST by calling 877-717-5921.

ANNOUNCING LANDSTAR’S NEWEST MILLION MILE SAFE DRIVERS, ROADSTARS AND THE 1st TRUCK WINNER OF 2016

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Landstar System, Inc., a worldwide, asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation services, paid tribute to the best and safest Landstar owner-operators during the 5th Annual Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration event held in their honor earlier this month.

BCO is Landstar’s term for the independent owner-operators who provide the company with transportation capacity under exclusive lease arrangements. The event featured an awards program during which Landstar inducted 10 Business Capacity Owners (BCOs) as Landstar Roadstars. Landstar was also proud to honor 122 BCOs as new Million Mile Safe Drivers for driving one million consecutive miles without a preventable accident and eight BCOs as new Two Million Mile Safe Drivers for driving two million consecutive miles without a preventable accident and one BCO as a Three Million Mile Safe Driver, for driving three million miles without a preventable accident.

To top off the celebration, Landstar presented its first Landstar Truck Giveaway of 2016. The truck, a 2017 Peterbilt 579, was exclusively reserved for a Landstar Roadstar or Million Miler.

The select group of 2015 inductees were recognized during a three-day event held in Orlando, Florida, from July 1st through July 3rd for their outstanding safety records and professionalism behind the wheel.

Collectively, the 122 active BCOs who make up the Million Miler Class of 2015 have safely driven more than 122 million miles – which is close to the distance from the earth’s surface to the sun. On average it takes a truck operator 10 years to travel a million miles. The distance would take a typical driver about 67 years to complete.

“Landstar is proud to showcase the class of Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers as the industry’s best. Their talent, hard work and dedication to safety is truly worthy of a celebration. These men and women make the roads safer for all of us; we are proud to honor them,” said Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni.

Of the 940 active Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers, 10 earned the distinction of Roadstar during the celebration. Landstar Roadstars are chosen for their consistently high levels of safety, productivity and excellence in customer service.  Each was previously recognized as a Landstar Million Mile Safe Driver. The addition of the new Roadstars raises the total number of active Landstar Roadstars to 174. BCOs have received the Roadstar honor since Landstar began presenting the award in 1990.

“Roadstars’ outstanding productivity and safety records raise the bar for the entire trucking industry. The 2015 class of Roadstars have earned the right to be called Landstar’s elite,” said Gattoni.

Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni also presented Landstar BCO Fred Durbin with the BCO Lifetime Achievement Award. Durbin leased on to Landstar in 1978. In 1998 Durbin was named a Two Million Mile Safe Driver and in 2008 he was named a Three Million Mile Safe Driver.  LT5_8636_FredDDurbin also took home a brand new truck in 2008 after winning the Landstar Truck Giveaway and still drives the 2008 royal blue Freightliner Coronado today. Over the years, Durbin has received 37 annual safe driving awards with Landstar. In 2010, Durbin received the National Safety Council’s Safe Driver of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding drivers throughout the country.

“Fred is an ambassador of safety. The BCO Lifetime Achievement Award is the perfect way to honor his years of service and safe driving. This award is a testament to the values that Fred lives and works by,” said Gattoni.

The awards ceremony also showcased Landstar’s All-Star Truck Giveaway. Each new Landstar Million Miler and each Landstar Roadstar automatically received one entry to win the truck. Those who attended the Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration received an additional entry as well.IMG_7879 That evening Million Mile Safe Driver Frankie Hill of Galax, Virginia, was the lucky winner to receive the truck keys and drive off with a brand new truck.

The Class of 2015 Landstar Roadstars inducted this year:

Bill Ater, German Burgueno, David Carothers, Bob Hinchey, Tonia Kennedy, Steve Otto, Steve Van Dyke, Gary Wager, Pat Webb, Sly Young

The Class of 2015 Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers inducted this year:

Three Million Mile Safe Driver:

Jim Block

Two Million Mile Safe Drivers:

Bill Boyer, Antonio Garza, Jeffrey Pack, Stephen Pagel, Bob Plymale, Ronald Rogers, Don Ward

One Million Mile Safe Drivers:

Bill Ater, Randy Atkins, Bob Bade, Charles Bailey, Ilan Bankston, Jose Banuelos, Trent Bartlett, Esther Bell, Jerry Bergt, Perry Borntreger, Gregg Boss, Florencio Cardenas, William Carsey, Terry Carter, Ismael Cendejas, Aaron Chapman, Lonnie Clark, Jr., Mike Clark, Derrick Clarke, Dennis Cockerham Jim Cotner, Dwight Covey, Alvin Crawford, James Culbertson, Washington Curbelo, Bill Davenport, Paul Davis, Kenneth Delzeit, Mike DeMille, Danny Downey, Arthur Dubroski, Gail Ellick, Harry Farren, Ed Fritz, Jeffrey Fulmer, Bill Gammon, Kody Giacomo, John Goodman, Paul Gordon, Marshall Grady, Terry Gregory, Wiktor Grygoruk, Ron Haddan, Rick Haywood, Jim Heiser, Tom Herlston, Miguel Hernandez, Roger Hobbs Sr., Hugh Hood, Don Houchin, E. Victor Hounsell, Debbie Hudler, Carl Johnson, John Johnson, Brady Jones, Albert Keller, Weldon Kollock, Steve Kron, Phuong Lam, Henry Littleton, Jay Maclees, Sam Maldonado, James Marra, Roger Martin, Ed Masters, James Matthews, Larry McCostlin, Jeffery McDaniel, Wayne McGahey, Rich McIntosh, Tom McPherson, Henry Medina, Greg Michels, Mike Miles, Ricky Mills, Anthony Mitchell, Carlos Moreno, Lacy Murry, Jr., Dennis Musser, John Myers, Lori Nelson, Nanette Newton, Tuan Nguyen, Frank Ortega, Steve Otto, Vlad Ougriniouk, Ramiro Padilla, Robert Page, Vicky Percious, Don Pierson, Bill Pruim, Hubert Quarles, Donnie Raby, Malik Rahim, Scott Robinson, Cesar Rodriguez, Hersey Ross, Ted Russell, Louie Russo, Michael Rybicki, John Samples, Julio Sandoval, Jr., Mario Santizo, Dan Schumacher, David Shuler, Troy Sloan, Vickie Speer, Stanford Stowers, Rex Strickler, Bob Swearingen, Ron Taylor, Mike Truitt, Ed Tudor, John Waddles, Denny Walerius, Robin Walker, Rick Weiss, Rebecca Wilder, Jan Williams, Kenny Williams, Paul Williams, Vic Williams

Landstar’s All-Star Truck Giveaway

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One lucky Landstar All-Star will drive home from the Annual BCO All-Star Celebration with a brand new 2017 Peterbilt 579. The galaxy silver Peterbilt 579 features a PACCAR MX-13 engine and a 10 speed Eaton Fuller transmission, improved aerodynamics and new chevron grille with classic Peterbilt styling. IMG_7879

The truck’s spacious, ergonomic cab and generously sized 80 inch sleeper were designed with operator comfort and productivity in mind.  The interior of the truck features an audio system equipped with satellite radio as well as MP3, USB and iPod options.

The Model 579 is built to last. According to Peterbilt, the cab is solid and durable with high quality fit and finish. The in-mold process Peterbilt uses, is designed to embed color directly on to the dash and give the interior of the truck a long-lasting finish, eliminating fading, scratching and peeling.

IMG_7882The Landstar All-Star Truck Giveaway will be the grand finale of the 2016 All-Star Celebration being held at the World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida July 1st – 3rd. The event is held each year to honor Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers and Landstar Roadstars for their safe driving records and professionalism.

A Message from Landstar President & CEO Jim Gattoni

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The June Safety Thursday Conference Call marked Landstar’s 300th call in the last 25 years.  The first ever safety call happened in June of 1991, under then CEO Jeff Crowe, Landstar’s first Chief Executive Officer.

Every year, Landstar prides itself in being one of the safest transportation providers in the industry and thanks to all of Landstar’s BCOs and agents, the focus on safety will continue and will always be a top priority at Landstar.

In 1991, when Landstar held its first ever safety Thursday Conference Call, I wasn’t yet an employee of the company; however, I was part of the team that was responsible for Landstar’s annual financial audit.  Back in 1991, Landstar had revenue of $595 million dollars and, in 2015, Landstar generated $3.3 billion.  In fact, in the first three months of 2016, we generated more revenue than the entire 1991 fiscal year.

We had 6,000 tractors provided by independent truck operators in 1991.  Today, we have more than 9,000 Business Capacity Owners (BCOs) providing truck capacity to the Landstar network.

Landstar’s growth over that 25 year period is exceptional and it is all due to the power of the network, the commitment and the contributions that every BCO contributes to Landstar.

I would like to personally thank all of the BCOs on the call with us today for their commitment to safety and for their contributions to the success of Landstar over the past 25 years.  You are the drivers of our success!  Thank you for all you do every day to make Landstar the best transportation company in the United States.

-Jim

Safety Thursday: Summer Hazards

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Driving through a summer heat wave may be preferable to owner-operators when compared to driving through a winter-whiteout but, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), summer driving is the most dangerous and the most deadly. During the summer months, there are more drivers on the road meaning more factors that make summer time driving more dangerous. The NHTSA is urging drivers to be aware of the dangers and take proper precautions on the roads this summer.

More Drivers:

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), there are more teen drivers and drivers in general on the road during the summer.  Record low fuel prices this year mean an increase in summer travel plans and traffic.  Travel grid-lock can be unpleasant, but the AAA reminds motorists to plan ahead and be patient on the roads this summer.

Tire blowouts:

Always remember to inspect your tires before a long trip, but especially in the summer heat. Hot weather causes the air inside tires to expand which can lead to a blowout.  The AAA suggests checking tires regularly and having a tire inspection done monthly throughout the summer to avoid blowouts on the road.

Construction:

Be cautious when driving in construction zones.  Summer time is the most popular time for construction on the road and, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), fatal work zone crashes occur most often in the summer.  The FHA recommends drivers be extra alert in construction zones, never tailgate and obey the posted work zone speed limit.

Sun and excess heat:

Even on the road, staying cool and avoiding heat-related illness is crucial during the summer months.  The National Weather Service recommends drivers be well hydrated before and during a long trip by drinking plenty of water and wear light-weight, light-colored clothing which helps the body maintain temperatures.

Join us on the Safety Thursday Conference Call Thursday June 16, 2016 at 12 p.m. EST call 877-717-5921.