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  • When in Doubt: G.O.A.L. - Get Out and Look!

    by User Not Found | Sep 07, 2016

    A costly and dangerous mistake that truckers sometimes make is backing up without first getting out and looking behind the vehicle. These are preventable backing accidents if the drivers takes a few minutes to review the situation. The best way to avoid accidents is to get out and survey the situation prior to beginning any backing maneuver.

    There are really only two ways to avoid these backing accidents:

    1. Get out and look for yourself (best option)
    2. Have someone help you out (less reliable)

    There are several types of backing that are required as part of your daily deliveries with some more dangerous than others. The CDL tests for each state test on various backing types including:

    1. Backing straight back
    2. Offset Backing
    3. Alley Dock Backing
    4. Parallel Parking Backing

    You can review these backing techniques using YouTube videos.

  • Lifting Without Overexertion

    by User Not Found | Sep 07, 2016

    Overexertion, often caused by lifting, pushing and pulling, is the leading cause of disabling injuries since 2012. According to Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety’s 2014 Workplace Safety Index, overexertion ranked number 1 on the top 10 leading causes of workplace injuries, accounting for just over 25% of all injuries. An overexertion injury is a strain or sprain to your back or a major joint. The most common result of overexertion is back injuries, especially in the trucking industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,

    • Every year more than 1 million workers experience back injuries.
    • One of the most common reasons people miss work is because of low back pain.
    • In America, more than $100 billion is spent annually on medical bills, disability and lost productivity at work due to back injuries and illnesses.
    • 75% of back injuries occur while performing a lifting task.

    It is extremely important to take your time, assess the situation, and use proper lifting equipment when necessary. Back injuries can be debilitating and affect both your work and home life. Don’t become one of these statistics, lift smart. Below are some do’s and don’ts when lifting.

    Do's

    • Know the object’s weight before lifting
    • Use ergonomic lift assists
    • Determine and clear your path
    • Ask for help with a heavy load
    • Use your legs
    • Push the load, don’t pull
    • Keep the object as close to you as possible

    Don'ts

    • Don’t hold your breath
    • Don’t bend or twist at the waist
    • Don’t lift or jerk the load quickly
    • Don’t try to “muscle” the load
    • Don’t use a partial grip


    Watch this video for more information on proper lifting techniques.

  • A Truck Driver's Winter Survival Kit

    by User Not Found | Sep 07, 2016

    As October has come to an end and cold weather approaches, it’s time to ensure that any truck you drive is stocked with the essentials. As a professional driver, you must encounter many winter weather conditions to get your job done. Below is a list of items, recommended by other truck drivers, to have available in your company truck as the winter months roll in. Click to enlarge.

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    As you set out on assignment bring the personal items with you and make sure the essentials are kept in the truck at all times. Stay warm and stay safe!

  • Stay Safe on the Busiest Travel Day of the Year

    by User Not Found | Sep 07, 2016

    As a seasoned driver, it is no secret that this coming weekend we are in for some crowded roads. Thanksgiving is the busiest travel holiday of the year. This year, AAA and IHS have projected an increase of 300,000 travelers this Thanksgiving weekend. This puts the grand total at 46.9 million travelers, 89.3% of which will travel by car. With the increased congestion of the roads, truckers need to take extra precautions to maintain safety. Here are a few things to remember this holiday weekend.

    • Check the Traffic. Before beginning to drive, check the routes and evaluate the traffic conditions. Several apps like, Apple's Maps or Google Maps, will indicate the traffic by different colors. By checking ahead you can choose a route that, may not be typical, but will save you time in the end.
    • Stopping Distance. Leaving adequate stopping distance is stressed over and over again in the trucking industry, and for a good reason. At 65 mph it takes a semi-truck 525 feet to completely stop. If you add in some rain or snow, that distance increases.
    • Defensive Driving. With the surge of motorists on the road, you are bound to come across individuals who are zipping in and out of traffic. Be sure to be aware of your blind spots and be extra vigilant and patient. Don’t let others catch you off guard.
    • Emergency Kit. Check your emergency kit before leaving for your daily route. It is important to carry some essentials such as, a blanket, jumper cables, and flares. Check out more items to carry here.
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  • Look to the Past for a Safer New Year

    by User Not Found | Sep 07, 2016

    Truck SafetyIt’s easy to see the past, so how can you use this knowledge to make 2016 safer? When we reflected back on 2015, we found that the top 4 hazards consisted of taking an unsafe position, inattention to surroundings, improper use of tools, and driving errors on public roads. Below are Centerline's top safety tips addressing these 4 hazards in trucking. Your safety is our number one priority so let's kick the year off right!



    #1 hazard – Taking an unsafe position or posture

    1. Avoid awkward postures
      • Move items close to your body and use your legs when lifting an item from a low location.
      • Avoid twisting, especially when bending forward while lifting. Turn by moving the feet rather than twisting the torso.
    2. Cold temperatures can cause decreased muscle flexibility, which can result in muscle pull.
      • Wear warm clothing when exposed to cold temperatures.
      • Stretch and warm up before unloading your truck.
    3. Pulling Vs. Pushing
      • Pushing is generally preferable to pulling. Pushing allows the driver to use large muscle groups and apply more force to the load. Pulling carries a greater risk of strain and injury.

    #2 hazard – Inattention to footings and surroundings

    1. Avoiding Slips, Trips, and Falls
      • One of the most common hazard groups is slips, trips, and falls. When you carry and move materials on different levels, and on different types of floor surfaces, it's all too easy to lose your balance or stumble over an out-of-place item.
      • Put items in their assigned places immediately, rather than moving them from one stopping point to another.
      • Clean up all spills immediately.
    2. Loading Dock Safety
      • Check dock plate load capacity before piling up materials or starting to unload. Slide the dock plate into place, rather than dropping it.
      • Don't jump off the loading dock.
      • Protect yourself and others by making sure that trucks or trailers can't move once parked at the dock. Check that the wheels are blocked or chocked.
      • Pay attention to weather conditions on the loading dock. To prevent slips and falls, keep the area dry and don't let ice form on it.

    #3 hazard – Improper use of tools/Lack of use of personal protective equipment

    1. Packing and Unpacking
      • Any cutting tool demands caution. Hold and use it in a manner that won't cut yourself or someone else. Don't leave an open blade on the floor or any surface where it creates a hazard.
      • Take care with metal and plastic strapping, too. If it whacks you in the face or eyes—or anywhere else, for that matter—you could be hurt. Always wear heavy gloves and goggles when you attach or remove strapping. Use cutting tools that don't leave sharp edges.
    2. Personal Protective Equipment
      • A lot can happen overhead, either in the warehouse/distribution center or in the back of a trailer, so hard hats or bump caps can be very important forms of protection.
      • Protecting your feet is important, too. OSHA requires protective footwear "where there is a danger of foot injuries due to falling or rolling objects, or objects piercing the sole...." Your shoes should also have nonskid soles to prevent slips when you work on loading docks.
      • Some environments may require other forms of PPE. For instance, you need gloves to protect your hands when you're handling materials that are rough or sharp or have splinters. Some tasks may also require safety glasses. You'll also need gloves and safety glasses—and perhaps protective clothing—if you handle chemicals. In high-noise areas, you also may need hearing protection.

    #4 hazard – Driving errors on public roadways

    1. Night Driving
      • Take extra caution when driving at night. Too often, drivers leave a truck stop at night and misjudge the exit, resulting in sliding into a ditch or hitting a trailer or post. Be extra alert and move slowly at night.
    2. Changing lanes and taking it slow
      • The best thing to do while driving long stretches of highway is to pick the best lane and stay in it. Avoid making unnecessary lane changing and when exiting its best to stay in the 2nd lane from the right. This helps you avoid merging lanes and cars who dart all over.
      • Take corners and ramps slow. It does not matter if you hold up a little bit of traffic, it is important to be safe and remember that you are driving something much larger than a little car that zips around corners.
    3. Utilizing GPS to the fullest
      • Using a truckers GPS is well worth the money. It provides valuable proactive information for the truck driver such as, distance before an exit, when to change lanes, traffic reports, etc. These early prompts help alleviate stress when driving in an unknown area.

    We look forward to a safe new year!

  • Safety First: Pallet Jack Safety

    by User Not Found | Sep 07, 2016
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    Using equipment such as pallet jacks is a daily occurrence in the transportation industry. And when we use something so frequently, sometimes we forget how to protect ourselves from injury. Our friends from Grainger Industrial Supply provided some helpful reminders on how use pallet jacks, hand trucks and carts properly.

    Take time to review the task.  Before moving a load, review the task to determine what will be moved, how heavy the load is, and where it’s going. Ask yourself, “Can I handle this load alone? Is the item large and bulky, or small and heavy? Will it block my vision?”

    Know the load capacity of your pallet jack, cart or hand truck. Trying to load your cart with small individual items or large unstable pieces can cause the load to fall off, resulting in an injury or huge mess.

    Make sure the load is evenly distributed. A top-heavy load can tip over and hurt you or someone else. Use a two-wheel hand truck for light loads and a four-wheel truck for heavy loads. Make sure to load the heaviest items first. When using a pallet jack, center the forks evenly under the load to maintain good balance and ensure stability. Make sure the forks are positioned completely under the pallet. Try to maintain a clearance of about 1 inch between the floor and the pallet, because the load is more stable if it is kept close to the floor. Always follow the load capacity of your equipment and never overload.

    Don’t let a load get too big. Try to break down larger loads into smaller ones, as much as possible, so they are easier to handle.

    Always secure your load. Use a ratchet belt tightener with auto rewind to keep loads from shifting or slipping.

    Never pull a cart or hand truck. Always push the cart or hand truck when moving loads. This helps you avoid muscle strain and maintain control of the load.

    Know when it is time to use mechanical equipment. Never use your back when raising or lowering a load. Instead, use mechanical or hydraulic lifting mechanisms when you need to move extremely heavy loads.

    Source: Grainger Industrial Supply, “Using Pallet Jacks, Hand Trucks & Cart Properly,” February 25, 2016.

  • Safety First: Protect Your Back

    by User Not Found | Sep 07, 2016
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    Did you know that back injuries and muscle strains are among the most common injuries to drivers? Sitting is a primary function for your job. So how can you prevent injuries and muscle strains when you reach your destination? The Healthy Trucker has some great tips in their article, “How To: Prevent Truck Drivers Back Pain.”

    • Watch your posture
    • Do some light stretching in your cab to keep your muscles loose
    • So some walking every few hours

    For more on safety, we have seats available with the safety training program, J.J. Keller. Take the course, Back Safety: Keep Your Back in Action by logging into the Centerline Driver Center.  

    After completing this course, you will be able to:

    • Describe how the human back works

    • Discuss various types of back pain and identify what causes it

    • Demonstrate how to properly perform everyday tasks to prevent back pain and injuries

    • Recognize steps you can take to prevent back injuries

  • Video: What Do Centerline Mobile Drivers Like About Their Job?

    by David Kimball | Sep 01, 2016

    Thank you to our drivers that shared their stories! You can learn more about our Mobile Driver Services here

  • ‘30 Minute Break’ Rule for Drivers Still Stands

    by David Kimball | Aug 25, 2016

    08 23 16 law image“Safety” is the key reason the 30 minute rest break provision remains.

    Based upon the studies conducted from 2013 to 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration contended there is little evidence to support ineffectiveness of safety benefits, or that enforcing such policies is especially difficult.

    Last October, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance had established a petition expressing concerns about the rule’s enforceability, citing the difficulty of verifying whether or not the driver was truly off duty, or if he or she was working. The alliance of North American trucking regulatory enforcement agencies also weighed in with similar sentiments.

    “While CVSA does not object to these exemptions on an individual basis, exemptions complicate the enforcement process, causing confusion and inconsistency in enforcement, which undermines the very foundation of the federal commercial motor vehicle enforcement program—uniformity. The regulations are only effective if they are clear and enforceable,” wrote CVSA in the letter. “Removing the requirement would eliminate confusion and inconsistency in enforcement, which benefits both industry and the enforcement community, while also saving both industry and the agency time and resources currently being spent on the petition process. All without negatively impacting safety, as FMCSA has already indicated in the many exemptions granted from the requirement.”

    Despite these sentiments, FMCSA found “no merit” in the petition, and continues to stand by their rule. T.F. Scott Darling III signed the response to CVSA.

    A list of petitions is viewable online via the FAST Act.

  • New Federal Speed Limit will Affect Drivers

    by David Kimball | Aug 22, 2016
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    The effort to decrease the speed limit for heavy trucks has been cleared by the White House, and will be published within a matter of days.

    Fifteen months since the review began, a decreased speed limit will be rolled out as “a top priority” within the next month or so.

    Almost 10 years ago, Road Safe Americaand the American Trucking Associations initiated a petition calling for this rulemaking.

    After careful review, the mandate follows regulatory guidelines as well as safety protocols according to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

    While the actual public speed limit is unknown at this time, ATA has requested a limit of 65 miles per hour.

    Some driving organizations disapprove of this proposition, however. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association contends the mandate lacks proper evidence to be considered a good plan of action.

    “As professional truck drivers, we write to warn the public and officials about the dangers of mandating speed-limiting devices on commercial trucks,” says a petition the OOIDA sent to Congress and regulators. “Our opposition to speed limiters is based upon our experience as truck driving professionals with millions of safe, accident-free miles behind the wheel.”

    The rule is slated to be published on August 27, with a 60 day comment period to follow prior to implementation. 

  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Bryant Money

    by User Not Found | Aug 11, 2016

    Bryant Money BrandedEvery now and then we all have those moments – the ones where time slows down, fight-or-flight kicks in, and you hope your instincts and years of training step up to take the wheel and deliver you to safety. Bryant Money recently experienced every driver’s worst nightmare when another vehicle failed to yield and cut him off mid route; Bryant’s training, attention to the road and surroundings, and instincts not only saved both drivers’ lives but also prevented a major collision. The whole scene was caught on camera due to the SmartDrive system installed in Bryant’s rig, and it is clear as day Bryant is a Safety Spotlight star!

    Bryant first started his driving career in 1989 when attending school in North Carolina, became a Centerline driver in March 2016, and has an extensive background in aviation and as a yachtmaster. With a daughter in the Navy, and hobbies including surfing, sailing, driving, and flying, it’s no wonder Bryant is drawn to the trucking industry as his career choice – being on the open road and not cooped up in an office is the dream environment for him. Bryant’s favorite memory in his career was the first time his route took him across the country into California, when he was working for Schneider National Bulk Carriers.

    What advice would you expect from Mr. Money? Bryant says he’d always teach new drivers to listen, be aware of your surroundings at all times, and practice your patience – you’ll need it.

    Thank you Bryant for a job well done, and for putting safety first!

  • 7 Tips for Proper Posture and Good Health

    by David Kimball | Aug 11, 2016
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    As a truck driver, you spend hours upon hours of your day sitting down. Fortunately there is a way you can manage your sitting habits that will help prevent lower back strain, or unnecessary pressure on your body in general.

    The issue: Prolonged sitting can put a lot of pressure on the spine. More so, slouching can be an even bigger problem for the pelvis, neck muscles, and can even limit blood flow from the head and back.

    The solution: Adjusting your seat and fixing your posture can improve your health tenfold. Here are some tips for doing just that.

    • Sit upright in your seat. The back of the seat should be at a slight recline. It’s generally a good idea to allow a 110 degree angle between your back and legs.
    • Try to keep your knees lower than your hips. The front edge of the seat shouldn’t connect with the back of your knees, make sure there’s some space there.
    • Make sure you’re able to depress both pedals all of the way without contorting your body or moving forward in your seat.
    • Give yourself lumbar support where you can, either by adjusting the seat or by using a Lumbar support pillow.
    • Adjust the steering wheel so that your elbows are as close to the sides as possible. This will give you the most flexibility for reaching without strain.
    • Be sure that mirrors are adjusted so you can easily use them without having to move your head or twist your body.
    • Make sure to find opportunities to take breaks from sitting at stops.

    By adhering to these tips, you should see improvements in your health. 

  • 3D Printing Could Change the Trucking Industry

    by David Kimball | Aug 05, 2016
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    Imagine: trucks with 3D printers actively printing ordered items during delivery.

    While not quite operational yet, Amazon Technologies, Inc. patented a method of on-demand 3D printing on delivery trucks. Their goal is to create the product through 3D printing while the delivery truck is in route to the customer to reduce wait time.

    In the same line of thinking, trucking companies are looking into generating new truck parts on demand. In fact, in Europe, Mercedes-Benz is printing 30 spare parts for their Actros trucks. They cite consistent quality, immediate access, and the elimination of typical supply/distribution practices as many of the advantages.

    In fact, popular venue National Harbor, MD has a small 3D printed, AI controlled, and electric powered minibus named “Olli” Created by Local Motors. While not completely autonomous, the device is able to answer questions and take up to a dozen or so passengers. 3D printing has saved Local Motors, the hassle of supply and distribution, and has enabled them to cut directly to production.

    3D printing has created a lower barrier to entry for entrepreneurs and with its improved smoothness and quality over the years, creators are able to bring their ideas to life in a more fully-realized way. Ford has been using Carbon3D to develop smoother items and has been experimenting with 3D printing for over 25 years.

    Combining these ideas, namely, (1) quick idea-to-production processes, (2) automated, electric-powered vehicles, and (3) a mobile solution for generating products, and you get a future full of opportunity for 3D printing and trucking. Exciting times are ahead! 


    Photo credit: Studio Desks: Sarah Kaiser via photopin (license)

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  • Pride & Polish: Cast Your Vote to Decide the Winner of Working Bobtail Trucks

    by David Kimball | Jul 29, 2016

    07.27.16_This year’s Pride & Polish, Overdrive’s National Championship for truckers and their vehicles, will take place on August 25-27 at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas.

    In the Working Bobtail category, there are 4 finalists left (photos from Overdriveonline.com).




     
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    2014 Kenworth T600. It won Best of Show, Working Bobtail last month at Pride & Polish’s event at Fitzgerald Gilder Kits’ sales and maintenance facility.  

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    Cody Madsen’s 2015 Peterbit 389. Last October, it won Best of Show, Working Bobtail at the PDI Pride & Polish event.

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    Sid Colangelo and Kyle Cousin’s 2015 Kenworth W900L. It won Best of Show, Working Bobtail at the 75 Chrome Shop Pride & Polish Show in Wildwood, FL this year.

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    Dustin Ballard and Jim Bob Cross’ 1995 Peterbilt 379. It won Best of Show, Working Bobtail at the 2015 Great American Trucking Show.

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    For those interested in voting, click
    here.

    A site visitor can vote once every 24 hours. Voters can view photos in greater detail by clicking on them, or can share their votes to social networks. All you need is your email address to vote.

    You can follow more about what’s going on with Pride & Polish this year by checking out
    their Facebook page

  • Top Ten Cities for Trucking Jobs

    by David Kimball | Jul 25, 2016
    SpareFoot, a moving and storage market website, ranked the top 10 cities in the United States that have the most truck driving jobs.

    The cities listed consist of metro areas, and are ranked based upon job availability, average salary, and average home and rent price.

    Here are the cities:

    10. Nashville, TN

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    8. Dallas, TX

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    6. Houston, TX

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    4. Indianapolis, IN

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    2. Charlotte, N.C.

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    9. Louisville, KY

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    7. Kansas City, MO

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    5. Chicago, IL

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    3. Columbus, OH

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    1. Atlanta, GA

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    Centerline has locations in 8 of those 10 cities!

    Are you a driver from these areas? Leave a comment below and give a shout out to your city.

  • ELD Rule Mandate: Are your Fourth Amendment Rights at Stake?

    by David Kimball | Jul 15, 2016
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    FMCSA has pledged to support the electronic logging device mandate effort, asserting the rule is not in fact at odds with the Fourth Amendment.

    The American Trucking Associations also is excited about the rule coming into effect, as they’ve been pushing to implement a digital solution for monitoring hours-of-service for drivers since 2010.

    Proponents of the rule, which was announced on December 10, 2015, argue it will improve efficiency, safety, and accuracy all around.

    Early this year, however, Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association sued FMCSA for mandating a practice that violates the Fourth Amendment, doesn’t account for increased compliance costs, and failed to account for a drivers’ shifting duty status.

    Despite these claims, the Trucking Alliance for Driver Safety and Security and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety filed an amicus brief supporting FMCSA’s efforts to fend off OOIDA’s challenge.

    “It is time to rid the industry of the outdated and unreliable use of phony comic books that allow truck drivers to flout HOS limits and jeopardize safety for everyone,” Jackie Gillan, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, said about using traditional paper log books. “Driving too many hours is a recognized safety problem in the trucking industry and ELDs are a proven safety solution.”

    If all goes as planned, the ELD rule will become effective December 2017

  • Wellness: How a Small Amount of Exercise Will Go a Long Way

    by David Kimball | Jul 08, 2016
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    Danny George, a U.S. Xpress driver, completed the Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga triathlon, involving a 2.4 mile swim, 116 mile bike course, and a 26.2 mile marathon.

    “If the truck stops, I get out and start running,” says George, who trains whenever he is able.

    While George participated in Xpress’ Highway to Health program, not every driver needs to run a triathlon. Staying healthy is something every driver should strive to do; a small amount of exercise each day can do wonders.

    A survey by HireRight discovered many drivers leave their jobs for health-related reasons.

    While providing wellness services can be difficult for some facilities, truck-stops and trucking companies are increasingly adding wellness amenities. These include providing on-site gyms, wellness managers, screenings, trails, healthy snacks and clinics. The industry is striving to create an active culture because it recognizes the great number of benefits, including longevity, driver retention, and improved quality of life.

    Although solutions are becoming available, fitness starts with you. The National Institutes of Health says losing between 5 to 10 percent of one’s current weight over six months will lower risk of heart disease. Here are some workout suggestions specifically tailored for truckers. Active Trucker Phase 1 and Active Trucker Phase 2 by Skimble are mobile applications available for iOS and Android that lead you through a series of workout plans.

    Danny George is an excellent example of how to incorporate wellness in your workflow. With the many resources available to truckers today, there are plenty of opportunities for growth. 

  • Extending Tire Life Leads to Higher Fuel Efficiency

    by David Kimball | Jul 01, 2016

    062916_Tire_Life_Fuel_EfficiencyTires play a significant role in fuel efficiency. If treads are thick, the more rolling resistance there is. Conversely, a thin tire tread will use less energy due to less rolling resistance. Since tires typically cause 25-35% of any given truck’s rolling resistance, this factor becomes vital in gas consumption.

    According to the ATA’s Technology and Maintenance Council, tires at half-worn tread depth possess a 6% increase in efficiency, and at 80% worn tread increases efficiency by 6.6%.

    Tires like Equal Flex by IMI decrease wasted gas consumption by a reduction in vibration compared to standard tires. Less vibration also means a smoother ride and a higher longevity for the vehicle. Reportedly, choosing smartly about which tires are used is more effective than having to use tire weights due to imbalance later on.

    Irregular wear is a constant concern with tires. Alignment should be checked, in addition to tire feathering, and wear on the opposite shoulders of tires. Vice president of maintenance at CRST Cedar Rapids, Fred Staugh, says these issues should be checked at every PM interval.

    According to Yokohama Tire Corp’s vice president of sales, Rick Phillips, dual tires should be in a fully loaded tandem axle at 80 psi rather than 100 psi. Joel Morrow of Ploger Transportation suggests that at 85 psi, he’s able to get 400,000 miles or more out of their vehicles. 

    Factors such as selecting the tires with proper tread patterns, the proper size, and keeping typical driving habits in check are paramount for optimal tire performance. Therefore, make sure you choose high quality tires and take care of them so they last.

  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Bounthavy Soukhaseum

    by Kelsey Stafford | Jun 27, 2016

    Bounthavy SoukhaseumEvery quarter Coastal Pacific Food Distributors (CPFD) announces a Coastal Award winner in appreciation of their dedication, hard work, and commitment to the Coastal team. At the most recent celebration dinner, CPFD awarded driver Bounthavy Soukhaseum with the honor. Bounthavy is a veteran driver who has been with CPFD and Centerline for over a decade!

    Bounthavy was first introduced to commercial driving as a young boy when he would get to accompany his dad on local routes during his summer breaks. Once he earned his own driver’s license in high school his love for driving only grew and he spent more and more time riding with his dad. It was a natural fit for Bounthavy to choose commercial trucking as his career choice.

    Bounthavy loves the freedom driving brings –operating his own routes, the flexibility of the position, changes in routes and territories, and the trust his employer puts in him knowing he’ll get the job done well. Working at CPFD also allows Bounthavy to fit in plenty of quality time with his wife Kim, because they have set schedules, always know their schedule plenty of time in advance, and have weekends off.

    One of his favorite memories in his driving career is the first time he drove an early morning route through New York. The sun was rising as he was crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, and there was no traffic to block his perfect view of the sunrise over the water. The one thing Bounthavy dislikes about driving, however, is the increased chance of sitting in traffic throughout the day. Something morning and evening commuters take for granted since they only have to experience it for a short period of the day!

    With his free time on the weekends, Bounthavy and Kim spend plenty of time outdoors doing their favorite activities together. They go on bike rides, explore new places on their hikes, and enjoy fishing. Kim prefers to spend a relaxing day on the lake fishing, while Bounthavy looks forward to the excitement of deep-sea fishing in San Diego and Mexico.

    Bounthavy’s advice for new truck drivers? “Driving is only for the patient! You have to plan your route(s) ahead of time and factor in time for the unknown. You have to learn to slow down and not rush from Point A to Point B; when you rush you tend to make mistakes and put safety on the back burner – always practice Safety First!”

    Congratulations Bounthavy for a job well done!

  • Trucker Path Pro Just Became More Valuable for Drivers

    by David Kimball | Jun 24, 2016

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    Trucker Path’s trip-planning app for truckers, Trucker Path Pro, has been updated with 1,000 parking locations.

    The app, which already has 450,000 users, or 30% of all Class 8 drivers in the U.S., allows truck drivers to receive truck stop info such as ratings, real-time parking, and reviews. According to users of the app, the highest-rated stops are Busy Bee in Live Oak, FL, Tullo Truck Stop Inc in Kearny, NJ, and Travel Express in Lathrop, MO, each possessing a 5-star average rating. Truckers’ ratings are based upon good diesel prices, plenty of parking spots, and facility cleanliness. The best often have free w-fi, ATMs, and healthy restaurant choices nearby.

    Another benefit for users is the ability to display real-time information about available truck parking locations by time and day of the week. Both real-time and predictive capabilities enable users to plan safe, efficient trips.

    Trucker Path Pro’s update also includes real-time fuel pricing information nationwide, Trucker Path aims to make their Trucker Path Pro plans a replacement to CB radio and become the #1 trusted destination for drivers, brokers, and carriers alike.

    The application can be installed on the iOS Appstore or Android’s Google Play store, and can also be accessed via the web all for free.

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