Archive for the ‘Physical Health OTR’ Category

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.

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.