Posts written by Katlin Owens

Author Bio: Katlin is communications coordinator senior for CFI. In contact daily with drivers, executives, recruiters and other CFI employees, she is a valuable resource for Steering Your Health. Joining the team in 2012, Katlin hopes the blog inspires drivers to be healthier on the road, keep safety top-of-mind, and encourages them to share their own stories. Owens earned a Bachelor of the Arts in both Public Relations and Spanish from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Have a topic you would like to see addressed on the blog? Let her know by visiting our contact section.

May 9th, 2017

World-wide within the past three years, terrorists completed 17 vehicle-ramming attacks ending in 173 fatalities and 667 injuries. Last year, high profile attacks gained attention after particularly publicized incidents in France and Israel. May 2017, TSA released an unclassified report warning commercial vehicle users about the dangers of opportunistic terrorists.

Comparatively, in the last three years only four of the 17 documented ramming-vehicle terrorist attacks used a commercial truck. While less common to use a big rig at this time, professional drivers especially know the power of large commercial trucks. Be vigilant regarding your equipment security. Our best practices of avoiding congestion, locking your tractor and trailer as well as using common sense are the best safeguards. Regular safety-conscious basics also include:

  • Park in well-lit lots
  • Plan your route
  • Know your destination, verify identity of receivers per company policy
  • Recognize suspicious behaviors that include perimeter walking, individuals holding cameras or taking notes as well as individuals using vehicles to follow or watch you
  • Ensure security devices are working properly
  • Always take your Revelco or quad lock key when away from the vehicle
  • Verify Abloy lock is attached to trailer and that the seal is intact

Always secure your truck and trailer to protect from theft. Be alert and if you see something unusual, say something-better to report than risk the alternative. When you notice potential “threat indicators” inform local law enforcements and CFI operations.

October 25th, 2016

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If you were to guess which day of the year you weighed the least would you pick a nice warm day in the spring or summer? Turns out, in the U.S., September 23 is the day you will likely weigh the least. That means September 24 must be a doozy and all uphill from there.

In a study conducted by Withings, a health app, one in three people will be able to maintain their weight after September 23. Using anonymous data from over 65,000 U.S. based users, a person is more likely to maintain their weight if they:

  • Weigh themselves 40% more often than the others.
  • Are 23% more active.
  • 78% of them fixed a target weight.

With a more sedentary lifestyle of driving truck, this is news to be shared. As you might expect, weight tends to vary over the course of the year, peaking in the December and January winter months. Have tips to keep from gaining weight? Share them below!

April 4th, 2016

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In honor of April being National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, here is a list of smart phone apps to help prevent cell phone use when driving. Remember, sharing is caring-encourage family and friends to drive distracted free.

AT&T DriveMode – Free
By limiting the extra features on your phone, DriveMode automatically sends pre-set replies to incoming texts to let people know you are driving. Once the app is selected, all calls, texts and emails are silenced, and the app blocks you from reading or typing anything.  It does offer leniency, however, giving you the option to receive and make calls with up to five people, plus 911, and allows you to access your music playlist.

DriveScribe – Free
It’s about time we were rewarded for safe driving. DriveScribe’s app measures and evaluates your driving performance by giving you points, based on how well you stay within the speed limit and obey traffic signals. Users can redeem points for gift cards and discounts at certain stores. If you are interested in your driving patterns as well, the app tracks distance driven, average speed, maps of routes driven and descriptions of your violations (if any).

Text-STAR – Free
Part auto-text responder, part digital personal assistant, Text-STAR aims to get you where you need to go without any distractions. Able to sense motion, the app disables texting when you drive 10 mph or more. It also allows you to schedule auto reply texts in advance, if you plan to be busy at a later time, whether you are driving or doing something else.

Live2Txt – $1.99
Live2Txt is an Android™ app that allows you to block incoming texts and calls while driving. Turn the app “on” when you get behind the wheel, and you’ll silence your smartphone from incoming notifications, texts and calls. When you receive a message, the app will alert the sender with a customized message that you’re unable to respond at the moment. You also have the option to block incoming calls and texts, only texts or only calls. Live2Txt also comes in handy during other times you may need to minimize interruptions, such as during an important meeting.

Textecution – $10
For those who really don’t want to mess around, Textecution uses GPS to determine speed at which your car is moving. If you are traveling more than 10 mph, the application will disable texting, so you cannot receive or respond to texts. You will be able to unlock messages when going less than 10 mph. Let’s say you were a passenger, though, or on a train; the app allows you to ask for permission from the admin, who will be able to override the settings.

DriveSafe.ly – $40 annually
Instead of completely blocking your incoming messages, DriveSafe.ly actually reads your text messages, calls or emails aloud. By reading to you, the app eliminates that urge to grab your phone and take your eyes off the road for a split second. Best of all, it automatically responds to recipients for you (with a pre-set response) or allows you to respond by voice, totally hands-free.