Archive for the ‘Maintenance’ Category

July 9th, 2015
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When the summer temperatures reach extremes, it’s easy to see how it affects our surroundings. We can see the grass turn brown or the sunburn on our skin, but it’s hard to understand the damage it does on our vehicles when you can’t see it. We put so much focus on vehicle maintenance during the winter months that we tend to forget that the heat can do just as much harm as the cold. Ensuring you properly maintain your vehicle will ensure that you reach your destinations safely. Below are some examples of parts of your vehicle that might experience extra wear and tear during the summer months.

Tires

Heat causes your tires to expand, meaning they need more air to be properly inflated. The asphalt can reach temperatures well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit during sunny days. Due to the constant contact with the hot asphalt, your tires will lose air more quickly than normal, which increases the chances of having a blowout. To avoid a hazardous situation, be sure to check your tires at least once a month and keep them properly inflated.

Summer breakdown kit

Just like the winter months, it’s a good idea to have a ‘breakdown kit’ specific for the summer months. Below are some examples of what to keep on hand:

  • Water (one gallon per person)
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Emergency blanket (doubles as shade)
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Basic tool kit
  • Pocket knife and/or multi-tool
  • Cell phone charger
  • Jumper cables
  • Hazard signs and flares
  • Can of tire sealant
  • Shop towels or paper towels
  • Work gloves

Oil

With the kids out of school, summer is a perfect time to take road trips. With the extra miles you put on your vehicle during the summer months, be sure to check your oil levels, especially before taking a long trip. Typically, it’s good practice to check your oil at least once a month and change the oil every 3,000 miles. If you are putting extra miles on your vehicle, you might need to increase the frequency of your oil changes to ensure your engine stays properly lubricated. Most modern cars and trucks have a low oil level indicator light that will come on to alert the driver. Lack of preventive care can cause your engine to seize and blow up. Making sure you get regularly scheduled oil changes can save headache — and money — down the road.

While we can’t control everything that happens, we can take steps to prevent unsafe situations from occurring. By following these tips, you can help make sure that you spend your time doing something fun this summer, instead of sitting at a mechanic’s shop.

 

 

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!