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  • 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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    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.

  • Hiring Our Heroes Program to Give Away Kenworth Truck in December

    by David Kimball | Jun 21, 2016
    Hiring Our Heroes Program to Give Away Kenworth Truck in DecemberAll veterans, National Guard and reservist truck drivers hired by a veteran friendly trucking company since January 2015 are eligible for the Transition Trucking: Driving For Excellence Award. The award recognizes veterans who have successfully transitioned from military service into truck driving. Nominations are open until Thursday, June 30, 2016. Ten finalist will be selected for a public vote Sunday, September, 11 2016. Results will be announced in December 2016 where the winner will be awarded a 2016 Kenworth T680 truck.

     

    The award was developed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes Program, Kenworth and Fastport. The idea behind the program is to address driver shortages and create jobs for transitioning military personnel. 

  • SuperRigs Show Off their Beauty at Annual Competition

    by David Kimball | Jun 17, 2016
    SuperRigs Show Off their Beauty at Annual Competition

    You don’t have to be an owner-operator to appreciate the elegance of a competition-ready SuperRig. Throughout the summer many opportunities are available for fans to appreciate the SuperRig, from The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas to Big Iron Classic in Kasson, Minnesota.

    Last week, Joplin, Missouri hosted the 34th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition where top honors were awarded to the 1988 Peterbilt 379 of Jake Lindamood. Events were held all weekend long which kicked off with a “Giants of Joplin” parade on Main Street.

    “We won Best of Show and got picked for the SuperRigs calendar, which was super exciting,” Lindamood said. “Winning Best of Show was huge and we are just beyond thrilled about it.”

    The competition judged a record number 89 trucks this year. Best of Show first runner-up was awarded to the 2015 Peterbilt 389 of Jay Blackbourn, and second runner up, Charles Self for his 2004 Peterbilt 379X.

    Rigs were judged for exterior appearance, design, detail / finish, originality, and workmanship by industry professionals who work for major trucking publications or broadcast companies. Awards included: Working Truck Category, Limited Mileage Working Truck, Non-Working Trucks (AKA Show Trucks), and several specialty categories. Photos from the competition can be seen here.

    Entrants include owner-operators from the U.S. and Canada who showcase their actively working trucks. This year 12 drivers were selected to have their trucks featured in the 2017 Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar. Ten Four Magazine has a list of other trucking events throughout the rest of 2016.

  • Buckle Up for Safety!

    by User Not Found | Jun 10, 2016
    Seatbelt Use Linked to Decrease in Accident-Related Deaths 
    060616_Seatbelt_ImageSince the inception of commercial driving seatbelt regulations in 2007, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported significant decrease in accident-related deaths and an increase in regular seatbelt usage of Commercial Drivers. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), these figures continue to steadily rise.

    Prior to the installment of the new regulation, the NHTSA reported approximately 275 driver-related accident deaths occurred due to lack of seatbelt restraint. By requiring seatbelts for both drivers and passengers and providing education on the safety benefits, the NHTSA is hoping to see the continual decrease in accident-related injury to commercial drivers.

    In 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a survey to determine the best way to get the word out about seatbelt regulations and safety. The survey showed data on highway and expressway usage rates, driver usage data in various regions and identified the types of trucks that seemed to promote poor usage of seatbelts. Having the data has allowed a more strategic approach to increasing seatbelt usage and overall driving safety.

    Starting August 8, 2016, the FMCSA's regulation regarding passenger seatbelt-usage will take place in an effort to continue with the trend of increased safety for commercial trucking.

    "Using a seat belt is one of the safest, easiest and smartest choices drivers and passengers can make before starting out on any road trip. This rule further protects large truck occupants and will undoubtedly save more lives,” said Scott Darling, FMCSA's Acting Administrator, echoing the sentiments of the safety administrations nationwide.

    For more information on seatbelt regulations, visit the FMCSA site.

  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Jeffrey Nelson

    by Kelsey Stafford | Jun 02, 2016

    Jeffrey Nelson is a trucking veteran with 20 years behind the wheel. After working as a real estate agent for four years, Jeffrey got his Class A License and started driving in 1996. Prior to beginning his career with Centerline in February of 2015, Jeffrey had driven for Swift for an impressive 12 years.

    Upon being asked what his favorite thing about driving is, Jeff says that he greatly enjoys the pay and the people he meets along the way. Jeffrey recalls his fondest driving memory being his 10-year anniversary working with Swift.

    Jeffrey has two sons and a girlfriend that he has been with for 10 years. His eldest son just returned from Iraq the other is currently a student in college. Jeff says that he and his girlfriend are nerds at heart who enjoy attending swap meets and collectible conventions. He collects comic books and his girlfriend collects dolls. They also enjoy spending time with family on the weekends.

    When asked what advice he would give to other drivers, Jeff had a few key points: work with dispatch and be open to anything they may give you, keep a positive attitude, and stick with it, plowing through any hard times you may come upon.

    Centerline is very thankful to be working with Jeffrey and we hope to work with him for many years to come! Congratulations, Jeffrey Nelson!

  • RollTek: Safety at Your Side

    by Kelsey Stafford | Jun 02, 2016

    RollTek News
    A rollover is an experience that no driver ever wants to go through. Even so, the possibility of a rollover is a reality of commercial driving and safety provider IMMI is working toward keeping drivers safe with their new RollTek equipment. 

    RollTek is being deployed across many industries for use by truckers, soldiers, firefighters and paramedics in the hopes of keeping those who work on the road safe in the event of an accident. For each industry, RollTek is custom engineered to suit the environment it is in. IMMI’s vision for RollTek is to turn possibly fatal crashes into incidents that drivers are able to walk away from. 

    There are three main components to RollTek’s safety features: the seat, the seatbelt, and an airbag. A roll sensor is installed within the truck and constantly monitors the truck’s position, side angle (tilt), and roll rate to ensure that the system is deployed correctly. RollTek monitors these statistics and only deploys its safety features when it detects that a roll is imminent. When it determines that a roll is incoming, a seat pretensioner tightens the seatbelt to keep the occupant secured. The seat is then brought down to its lowest position to give the most cab space possible whilst a side airbag deploys to protect the neck and head of the occupant. This entire process takes less than a quarter of a second to happen. 

    Tom Anthony, the president of IMMI, had this to say about RollTek, “RollTek givesdrivers a better chance of walking away when their truck overturns and we want the world to know about it. It’s the only side roll protection system available for heavy vehicles and we’re excited to demonstrate what a difference RollTek can make.” 

    IMMI recently hosted a demonstration of their new technology in a commercial trucking atmosphere. Check out the video to see RollTek in action!

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