Posts written by LLarimore

Author Bio: Lakin joined the CFI team in February 2015 and is Communications Editor. She plays an important role in social media and internal publications like Drive Line to keep drivers engaged and informed. Lakin is a valuable asset to the team and hopes the blog is a useful resource for drivers and inspires them to live a healthier lifestyle. She attained her degree in Mass Communications from Missouri Southern State University located in Joplin, Missouri. She enjoys talking to drivers and sharing their story using all avenues of communication.

June 12th, 2017

We recently held a photo contest asking people to show us what drives them to succeed. Whether it’s family, friends or a personal aspiration, we all have something or someone that inspires us to succeed each day.

Our “What drives you?” contest ran for the month of May and asked people to show us what motivates them. Congratulations to our three lucky winners Mariana Storm, Chris Breen and Kevin Lewis!

The winning entries are below.

Mariana Storm

How did you get into trucking?  “I started driving school [over] two years ago when my youngest son graduated high school. My husband has been with CFI since 1996 and has over two million miles. Once I was done with school, I started driving team with him. He taught me discipline and good business practices.

Explain how your picture motivates you: “To help our business we went to a workshop where I listened to Larry Winget talk about his philosophy about money. I took his book and read it. It helped me to understand how to change my way of thinking about money. I never want to be poor or live pay check to pay check again. I am so grateful for CFI for giving us the opportunity to be financially secure. “You’re Broke Because You Want To Be” by Wingett whipped my but to get to working.”

Advice for others: “It is from the book. ‘Do what you say you are going to do, when you say you are going to do it.”

Chris Breen

How did you get into trucking?  “I’ve been in the trucking industry for 13 years and have been around trucks pretty much my whole life. I had a few uncles that drove and then my little brother started driving and enjoyed it. So, I figured I’d go for it. Also, I come from a military family that traveled a lot, I figured it would be a good fit and it has been.”

Explain how your picture motivates you: “My photo is of my wife and me. She travels with me full time and trucking is what brought us together. It has given us a place to grow together and build our relationship. It also is what provides the means for the life we live.”

Advice for others: “Try and learn something new every day and if you can, pass that knowledge to others. Be patient and remember no matter how stupid the question may seem to you, that person is trying to learn something new and needs your help. We were all rookies at one time. Remember every stone you drop creates a ripple. Try and make that stone constructive and not destructive.”

Kevin Lewis

How did you get into trucking?  “I’ve been driving for 17 years now. Prior to driving, I was working at a cotton mill. I would watch the trucks come up to the loading docks and would talk to the drivers while they waited. There was a rumor going around that they were going to close the mill so I started talking to a friend of mine about driving and ended up going to school. ”

Explain how your picture motivates you: “The picture is of my wife. She had been riding with me and then ended up going to school at Crowder and now we run team together. It’s hard being away from home, but having her with me helps a lot. It’s a good support system for both of us.”

Advice for others: “Don’t hesitate to ask for advice. When I first started, I was hesitant to ask for help and it caused some problems. You’ll avoid jams and mistakes if you just ask and not assume.”

 

May 5th, 2017

Do you have some health goals you are working on reaching this year? CFI will be participating in the  Healthy Fleet Challenge sponsored by Healthy Trucker. This challenge is app based and will run May 1st – June 30th.

The challenge is free for you to join, all you have to do is download the app in either the Apple App Store or the Android Play Store. It will be available shortly before the challenge begins.

To participate, you’ll post your meals and exercise, and you’ll see what everyone on your team is doing as well, and you’ll be able to interact with each other right within the app. If you prefer, you can keep your posts private but still participate along with your team.

The challenge will run May 1- June 30th.

This new challenge follows the most recent one that took place in January and February of this year, where participants lost a total of 579 pounds. Below is some of the feedback from the last Healthy Fleet Challenge:

  • 96.4% are eating better
  • 93.8% are exercising more
  • 78.1% are feeling better
  • 71.6% are sleeping better
  • 95.2% are happy that their fleet encouraged them to participateThe app features:Coaching Feed: expert tips on nutrition and exercise to help participants live a healthier lifestyle.

    Goal Setting: participants can set goals for themselves, including feeling better, building muscle, weight loss, improving sleep, & more.

For more information visit http://www.healthyfleet.com/current-challenge/.

April 13th, 2017

 

 

In 2015 reported crashes involving cellphones increased by 16%. In fact, cellphones contributed to 2,237 crashes in Missouri. That is 2,237 different times that drivers chose to split their attention between driving and another activity. Distracted driving crashes are 100% preventable.

According to safety experts there are three types of distractions.

Manual

These are the type of distractions where you move your hands away from the task of the controlling the vehicle. Eating, answering the phone, grabbing your atlas these type of activities physically you require to let go of the steering wheel to get something.

Visual

As you might guess these distractions take your focus away from the road. Looking to grab your drink or looking down to adjust the radio are a couple of examples.

Cognitive

When your mind wanders from the task of driving and you begin to daydream, you are experiencing a cognitive distraction. When you think of how many miles you have for the week and find yourself doing a mental budget of bills due and where you would want to go on vacation you aren’t focusing on the road, the cars or trucks around you or what looks like heavy rain ahead.

 

The dangers of using cell phones are the consequences arising from its use, typically all three types of distractions listed above. In a recent survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, over 90 percent of drivers recognized the danger from cell phone distractions, but 35 percent of those same people admitted to having read or sent an email or text message.

Driving is the event. Talk to your family and friends about distracted driving and what they should do to avoid it. Using the SMITH system, planning your trip thoroughly and making sure you have enough rest are a few ways to prevent distractions behind the wheel.

For more information, visit http://www.enddd.org.