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 10th, 2016

Summer is the perfect time to grill out. These grilled steak kebabs are an easy, nutritious meal that takes advantage of the fresh produce available. You can easily substitute the steak for chicken or make them vegetarian kebabs if that’s what you would prefer. The best part it is it can be ready in less than 20 minutes!





½ cup olive oil

½ cup soy sauce

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon black pepper

2 pounds sirloin steak, cut in 1-inch cubes

1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut in 1-inch pieces

1 orange bell pepper, seeded and cut in 1-inch pieces

1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut in 1-inch pieces

1 red onion, cut 1-inch pieces

8 (12-inch) metal skewers



  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, soy sauce, garlic and pepper. Add the cubed sirloin steak to marinade and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate for 30 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  2. Once the meat has marinated, thread it onto the skewers alternating with pieces of bell pepper and red onion.
  3. Grill kebabs over medium heat, turning often, until all sides of the meat is well brown and vegetables.

June 7th, 2016

The CVSA’s 29th annual International Roadcheck kicked off today and will run thru June 9, 2016. According to their site, they will check and complete 17 vehicles a minute. They will be doing a level one inspection or North American Standard Level 1 Inspection with a special focus placed on tire safety (i.e., measuring the tire tread depth, checking the tire pressure, checking to make sure that no items are lodged between dual tires and examining the overall condition of the tire to make sure that no deep cuts or bulges exist in the sidewalls of the tire). This is an annual three-day event.

While checking a vehicle’s tires is always part of roadside inspections, below is some information provided by the CSVA to help you understand the importance of tire safety.

Understanding Tire Specifications

Tires are rated not only for size, but for maximum load, type of service and speed of operation. Tire specifications on the vehicle tire information label should be followed. Inspectors may check for overloading of tire capacity when scales are in use.

Air Pressure

Tires with a 15 percent under inflation equals approximately to an 8 percent decrease in expected tread mileage and tires with 10 psi under inflation can cause tire wear out to be 20 percent faster than normal. Tires can run up to 5 degrees hotter for every psi the tire. A mismatch of 5 psi can change the tire circumference and over 100,000 miles would be equivalent to dragging the under inflated tire 246 miles.

Tread Size

For every size that a tread width is undersized from the recommended width, mileage is reduced by 10 percent.

Tread Depths

Across axles and between tandem axles, tread depths need to be within 4/31″.


May 26th, 2016


With the holiday weekend coming up, professional drivers should be extra cautious and aware of their surroundings. FreightWatch International and CargoNet have each issued warnings, along with recommendations to carriers and drivers regarding annual increase cargo theft activity during the Memorial Day weekend. In 2015, the firm saw a record-high cargo theft incidents averaging more than $600,000 in value in the last four years, 98 cargo theft have occurred during the same weekend.

CargoNet shared some best practices for drivers working over the holiday weekend:

  • Secure all trailers both loaded and unloaded with a lock. When parking for the night, back the trailer up to a fence or light pole where the doors can’t be opened.
  • Avoid stopping immediately after you pick up the load or trailer. They recommend driving at least 200 miles before stopping.
  • Make sure you arrive at the customer well rested, showered and full fuel tank. Keep an eye on your surroundings and trust your instinct. If something looks out of place, err on the side caution.
  • Never leave your truck unlocked and unattended. Remove all keys and make sure trailer is locked before you leave the equipment.