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Operation Safe Driver Week

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual “Operation Safe Driver Week” begins this week of October 15-21, 2017.

The goal is to improve the driving behavior of all drivers – whether operating a commercial or passenger vehicle.  As always, avoid the following dangerous driving behaviors: speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seat belt, traveling too closely, improper lane changes and failure to obey traffic lights.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), unsafe driving continues to be the leading cause of crashes: 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger vehicle crashes are due to the kind of dangerous driving behaviors targeted during Operation Safe Driver Week.

September Star of Quality Awards

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 represent the best in the freight transportation industry.

Star of Quality Award Winners of September 2017:

Platinum:

Rodney Leon Hall & Craig Helsel

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

Gold:

Alec S. Costerus, Gregory Lee Huggins, Walter Jackson, John Glenn Jones, Laurie Ann Jones, David Allen McManus, Stephen Hugh McFarlane*, James Rowland*

*Going Beyond the Gold – recipients have received multiple Gold Star awards. 

Silver:

Linda M. Caffee, Gary R. Deemer, Gregory Lee Huggins, Peter F. Kohl, James Markey, Raymond Nickels, Kevin Todd Sigle, Thuong Van Truong, Martin Walsh.

Bronze:

Douglas James Arend Sr., Deloris Dianne Arend, Tamie Beaton, Yick Yuen Chui, Dale Lawrence Conklin, Patricia Conklin, Anthony W. Cox, George Raymond DeMarino Jr., Adolfo Bernardo Dolgiej, Gary L. Erdmann, Joey Homsey, Howard Waymond Hudson, Larry Ingham, Yvonne Lander, Valentin Lopez, Gregory Elliot McKnight, Nanette Newton, Scott Newton, Sheila Annette Nickels, Kerrick Jacob Rigmaiden, Anthony Burt Rouse, Ruth Rouse, Milton Marty Schlensig, Candice Settle, Derek Settle, Anthony K. Smith, Terence Raynard Thomas, Hill Tucker, Moises Zubiaur.

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

MILLION MILE SAFE DRIVER WINS LANDSTAR ALL-STAR TRUCK GIVEAWAY

Penrod with the keys to his new truck!

The random drawing and giveaway was the highlight of the 6th Annual Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration held July 6 – 8 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The giveaway truck, a red pearl 2017 Western Star 5700XE, was exclusively reserved for a Landstar Million Mile Safe Driver or Landstar Roadstar, the company’s highest honor for business capacity owners (BCOs). BCO is Landstar’s term for the independent owner-operators who provide the company with transportation capacity under exclusive lease arrangements.

Landstar is very proud of the safety-first professionals who make up Landstar’s unique system of independent owner-operators, sales agents and customers,” said Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni. “We’re pleased to have the contributing support of companies like Western Star and Comdata as Landstar rewards positive driver behavior with a chance to win such a grand prize.”

Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni congratulating Penrod during the 2017 BCO All-Star Celebration in Nashville, TN.

The winner, Dickie Penrod of Fayetteville, North Carolina was one of eight semi-finalists drawn by random computerized name generators. Penrod leased on to Landstar in 1999 and was named a One Million Mile Safe Driver in 2008.

“Landstar is a valued partner of Western Star Trucks and we are excited to support them in their quest of driver safety,” said Western Star Trucks’ On-Highway Marketing Manager Mike Guarino.

“It is an honor to help an owner-operator. Watching his reaction when he won the truck is extra special and rewarding. We love the partnership and ability to continue to bring value-added solutions to Landstar and its BCO and agent base,” said Comdata Chief Operations Officer Randy Morgan.

 

 

About Landstar:

Landstar System, Inc. is a worldwide asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation services to a broad range of customers utilizing a network of agents, third-party capacity owners and employees. All Landstar transportation services companies are certified to ISO 9001:2008 quality management system standards and RC14001:2013 environmental, health, safety and security management system standards. Landstar System, Inc. is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Its common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market® under the symbol LSTR.

About Western Star:

Western Star Sales Trucks, Inc., headquartered in Portland, Ore., produces tough custom trucks for highway and vocational applications. Western Star is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 5-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

About Comdata:

Comdata Inc. is a leading provider of innovative payment and operating technology that drives actionable insights from spending data, builds enhanced controls and positively impacts its clients’ bottom lines. Comdata is part of one of the largest payment companies in the world and is the second largest commercial issuer of MasterCard in North America. Our 5,300 employees partner with companies in 53 countries to manage more than 1.9 billion fleet, corporate purchasing, payroll and healthcare transactions annually.

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