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.

September 14th, 2017

Hurricane Irma is the strongest hurricane ever to hit Florida and the Caribbean. The hurricane has left behind catastrophic devastation, starting what could become a complex, multi-country relief and recovery effort. This follows closely on the heels of the historic devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Our thoughts are with any in the CFI family directly impacted by these storms, and we are following our established disaster protocols to track anyone affected.

 

 

TFI International donates additional $250,000 to hurricane relief

 

We have been humbled to see the outpouring of support by individuals within the CFI family and by our parent company TFI International in the aftermath of each storm. For both Hurricane Harvey and Irma, TFI International has pledged $250,000 to relief efforts for a total $500,000 donation. CFI will be completing in-kind transportation of donations as part of relief efforts.

It is important that we continue to come together to help mitigate the terrible consequences of these events and we will continue to assist with recovery efforts. You can read about some of the ongoing work happening here and here. Employees are also encouraged to donate on an individual level to the Red Cross. Hurricane Irma Red Cross donations are now being collected here.

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!