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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.

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.

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