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June 15th, 2015

 

Well drivers, it is finally summer. The sun is out and temperatures are rising across the country. This is great news. This means no run-ins with blizzards or patches of ice. But, it does mean that staying safe and healthy in the heat and the sun become top priorities.

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It is important to remember how harmful exposure to the sun can be. It doesn’t matter where or how you get a sunburn or tan; working in the yard, playing golf, laying outside or in a tanning bed, even just resting your arm on the driver’s side door while you are working. It’s bad news. Tans and sunburns are caused by harmful UV radiation from the sun. If you have a tan, you have damaged skin cells; it’s as simple as that.

This damage can lead to premature aging of your skin in the form of wrinkles, brown spots and sagging, or lax skin. And of course, overexposure to the sun may cause melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Studies show that over the past 40 years, cases of melanoma among people ages 18 to 39 have increased by 800 percent in women and 400 percent in men.

People at the greatest risk of overexposure are those who live in sunny climates or high altitudes, those whose jobs or favorite activities require them to spend significant amounts of time outdoors, a history of blistering sunburns as a child and, worst of all, repeated use of indoor tanning beds.

Happily, as in most things, a little common sense goes a long way. Skin damage from overexposure to UV rays can be prevented. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the warm weather without feeling the need to wrap yourself in a cocoon.

  1. Use a sunscreen that has been proven effective. Pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UV-A and UV-B rays and that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. And remember, the number here relates to the amount of time you may go between applications. A sunscreen with a protection factor of 15 blocks over 90 percent of the harmful UV rays, but would need to be reapplied more often than one with a factor of, say 100.
  2. Be sure to apply enough sunscreen — an ounce (about a handful) is generally enough to cover most exposed areas of your body. Use more if you want but don’t skimp! Apply it thoroughly and thickly.
  3. Be sure to cover all exposed skin. Get the backs of your ears, your shoulders and back, and the backs of your knees and legs. Avoid getting sunscreen in your eyes.
  4. If you plan on swimming (or sweating) look for a brand of sunscreen that is waterproof. Reapply as needed.
  5. Pay attention to the expiration date. The ingredients in sunscreen degrade over time.

These few simple steps can help you enjoy a safe, healthy summer, so apply that sunscreen and get out there and enjoy the beautiful summer weather as much as you can. And remember, just because you are in the cab of a truck, doesn’t mean you are necessarily safe from rays. Lather up!

 

 

June 8th, 2015

This Friday and Saturday, we will be sending 20 of our professional truck drivers to the Missouri State Truck Driving Championships; an annual statewide competition for the most skilled and safest truck drivers. This year’s competition is taking place, conveniently, in Joplin – just down the street from our headquarters.

State truck driving championships give professional truck drivers an outlet to showcase their driving talents, their knowledge of regulations and, most importantly, their safety skills. In order to qualify for the Missouri State Truck Driving Championships, drivers must be accident free in the past year, must be continuously employed by the same company, have a Missouri CDL and be employed as a full-time professional truck driver.

During the two-day long event, our drivers will take a written examination, compete in safety and skills tests based on their truck class and demonstrate pre-trip inspections — all judged by truck driving professionals and industry representatives from across the state. Truck classes include sleeper, straight truck, twin trailers, 3-axle, step van, flatbed, tank and 4- and 5-axle classes.

The winners from each class will join the best drivers from across the country at the National Truck Driving Championships, August 11-15 in St. Louis. Good luck to our Con-way Truckload Missouri STDC competitors!

  • Albert Arriola
  • Guy Barber
  • Pamla Blair
  • Darryl Bogan
  • Charles Branom
  • Bobby Chilcoat
  • William Church
  • Jerry Darby
  • Jason Edone
  • Jose Gonzalez
  • Melissa Hardwick
  • Brian Kinyon
  • Victor Martinez
  • Alexander Mosquera
  • Wayde Moxey
  • Virgil Pitchett
  • Greg Shaw
  • Ellen Stallibrass
  • Paul Stallibrass
  • William Yamasaki

For more information on the Missouri Truck Driving Championships, visit: http://www.motrucking.org/events/missouri-truck-driving-championships-2/, and be sure to stay in the loop about how our drivers place on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ConwayTruckload.

 

 

June 1st, 2015

Each year, the National Safety Council (NSC), a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing and preventing accidents, injuries and deaths, designates June as National Safety Month. For more than 100 years the NSC has conducted studies, issued reports and made recommendations focusing on important safety topics at home, in schools and in the workplace.

This year’s theme for National Safety Month is “What do you live for?” The question is intended to make us all stop and consider the things that are important in our lives, align our priorities and determine the best course of action to help us prevent incidents that would negatively impact these things.

We all spend a significant amount of time “on the job”. Let’s consider safety from a work-related viewpoint.

At Con-way Truckload safety is an essential core value and we take the safety of our team members seriously. Here’s a quick “Safety Checklist” to review each time you head out on the road

  • First of all, don’t forget to Buckle Up. It’s not just the law; it’s your best line of defense.
  • Pre-inspect your vehicle: Do a walk-around, checking load securement, tire pressure and wear and maximize you vision by making sure mirrors are properly adjusted.
  • When you’re on the road, get into a Safety Mindset. Be aware of and obey all posted speed limits and traffic signs. Drive appropriately for changing weather conditions and through construction zones.
  • Maintain a safe following distance: Check mirrors frequently and be aware of the actions of the drivers around you.
  • Avoid frequent or unnecessary lane changes: Lane changes increase the risk of an accident. Pick a lane and stay in it as long as is reasonably possible.
  • Minimize in-truck distractions: Activities such as changing CDs or radio stations, talking on your cell phone or eating, take your attention away from your driving and should be kept to a minimum.
  • Be sure to get enough sleep: Fatigue and sleep deprivation are major causes of lapses in attention, impaired judgment and reduced reaction time.
  • Don’t drive while under the influence: As often as this warning has been issued, it still bears repeating. Also, if you are taking a medication prescribed by you doctor, read the accompanying information and be aware of any possible side effects. Finally, look for driving behaviors of other motorists that may indicate they have been drinking.

Con-way Truckload drivers are among the safest and most professional in the industry. Working together, we all make the highways safer for those with whom we share the road, and for ourselves and ensure that we are all able to enjoy “The things we live for.”

One final note: The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have scheduled Roadcheck, the annual inspection blitz, for June 2-4. Approximately 10,000 inspectors from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies at 1,500 inspection station points in North America will perform nearly 70,000 inspections on trucks and buses during this period.

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For more information on this year’s Roadcheck and a more detailed safety checklist, go to http://www.overdriveonline.com/roadcheck-2015-inspection-spree-set-for-early-june. Let’s all stay safe out there!