What’s Worth Fighting For?

Written by: on July 7th, 2016

We recently held a photo contest encouraging individuals to show us what freedom meant to them. Whether that was cookouts, grandkids or friends, we wanted to see how different people interpret that meaning. Many of our professional drivers are military veterans and the two groups share many of the same qualities. Determinations, loyalty, good work ethics and a commitment to serve. Thank you to both our military veterans and our professional drivers for all you do each day.

Now for the fun part – announcing the winners!

Sally Ellis

“Grandchildren. Their daddy is deployed protecting their future.”

sally ellis

 

Amanda Dunkle

“Family.”

Amanda Dunkle

 

Lou Ann Hill

“For family to live and enjoy a free country!”

Lou Ann Hill

 

Candice Nixon

Good friends!”

Candice Nixon

 

Silvia Anger

“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.”

Silvia Anger

At XPO Logistics Truckload, we talk a lot about the dangers of distracted driving and this holiday weekend it’s no different.

According to AAA, an estimated 43 million Americans will drive more than 50 miles from their home creating more congestion on the highway and will increase the possibility of a crash. “June is National Safety Month, but just because the month is ending, doesn’t mean safety can be ignored,” said America’s Road Team Captain David Green who is a professional driver at Werner Enterprises. Make sure you are doing trip planning and pre-trip inspections to help avoid any unsafe situations.

The ATA shared some helpful reminders for both passenger and commercial vehicles as they navigate the roads the 4th of July weekend.

 

  • Buckle Up: Seat belts save lives. Day or night and even if you’re riding in the back seat – wear your seat belt.
  • Slow Down: Chances of a crash nearly triples when driving faster than surrounding traffic. The spring and summer are periods when work zones are busiest. It is important to reduce speeds when traveling through those areas.
  • Do not drive impaired: There is a lot to celebrate this time of year, with graduations, weddings and holidays seemingly every weekend. With that said, driving is a great responsibility and your fellow travelers are relying on safe, attentive drivers to respectfully share the road and make good decisions.
  • Be aware of truck blind spots: When sharing the road with large trucks, be aware of their blind spots. If you can’t see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, then the truck driver can’t see you.
  • Keep your eyes on the road: Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. Even just two seconds of distraction time doubles the chances of an accident. Use your cell phone when stopped and never text while driving.
  • Do not cut in front of large trucks: Remember trucks are heavier and take longer to make a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them.
  • Prepare your vehicle for long distance travel: Check your wipers and fluids. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced. Simple maintenance before you leave your home can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the road.
  • Leave early and avoid risks: Leave early so you won’t be anxious about arriving late. Road conditions may change due to inclement weather or traffic congestion.
  • Be aware of the vehicle in front of you: Leave extra room between you and the vehicle ahead.

Beat the heat this summer

Written by: on June 23rd, 2016

Safety Driver Training Manager, Ronald Erving at our Field Support Center location shares some tips on how to stay cool this summer.

As we approach the dog days of summer, we try to make sure our trucks are ready for the road, but what about ourselves? We must ensure we have plenty of fluids ready for our travels. As we know, being inside the cab of our trucks can be tough. Your body can enter many heat induced illnesses quickly, and we must make sure we are watching out for the signs.

 

Symptoms of heat exhaustion can include headache, dizziness, weakness and moist skin. The more severe heat stroke symptoms would be dry, hot skin with no sweating, mental confusion, losing consciousness, seizures or convulsions. Let’s take a look at ways to prevent heat illness while out on the road.

 

It seems like it should be simple, turn on the A/C and grab a beverage right? Wrong. Having the right drink, clothing, meals and environment can also help. If you feel yourself having any of the symptoms listed above, beat the heat by trying the following steps:

  1. Block out direct sun or other heat sources
  2. Use cooling fans/air conditioning
  3. Rest regularly
  4. Drink lots of water; about 1 cup every 15 min
  5. Wear lightweight, light colored, loose-fitting clothes
  6. Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks and heavy meals

Following these steps should help us in our survival of summer! We can keep our trucks running well, but if your body is about to breakdown… that will not help us either. Monitor your body’s gauges!