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  • [Infographic] Preventing Truck Driving Accidents

    by Super Admin | Jun 12, 2019

    Even the most well-trained, safety-conscious driver is at risk of engaging in driving behaviors that could lead to a crash on today’s crowded highways. most common causes of accidents are distracted driving and driving while tired.

    Driver safety is always the highest priority so here are some quick facts on preventing accidents on the road.

    An infographic about truck driving accidents for national safety month
  • Be a Safer Driver: The 5 Principles of the Smith System

    by Super Admin | Jun 10, 2019
    A driver using their mirrors to follow the rules of the Smith System

    There are many types of driving systems to choose from but one of the most common is the Smith System.

    It was invented by Harold Smith in 1952 to increase the safety of commercial drivers. The Smith System is based on using five rules when operating a motor vehicle and aim to provide space, visibility and time to reduce the chance of a major accidents.

    1. Aim High

    The first principle of the Smith System is to aim high while steering. Our eyes are meant to work for us at walking speed and not the high rates of speed of motor vehicles. In order to improve eye-lead time, you should look ahead to where you’ll be about 15 seconds into the future. This helps provide advanced warning of oncoming hazards and gives you more time to react. This is especially important when trying to avoid rear-end collisions. 

    2. The Big Picture

    While you are looking 15 seconds ahead, you should also be scanning the sides and rear of your vehicle in order to get the full picture. By consistently updating your information, you will be alert to the most relevant information and make well-informed decisions. You should check at least one of your mirrors every 5-8 seconds. By having the whole picture, you are doing your part to keep your vehicle safe and avoid major accidents by noticing what other drivers are doing on the road.

    3. Keep Your Eyes Moving

    Consistent eye movement prevents your body from entering a trance state and allows you to remain alert by stimulating brain activity. When you stare at any object for too long, you reduce your peripheral vision and increase your chances of missing something on the road. You should be moving our eyes every 2 seconds and scanning all intersections before driving through them.

    4. Leave Yourself an Out

    You should always leave yourself an out while driving. This means you should be surrounding your vehicle with space as much as possible. Do not follow other vehicles too closely and do your best to leave at least the front and one side open. You do not want other drivers to box you in because it reduces the chance of being able to avoid a hazard. 

    5. Make Sure They See You

    The final principle of the Smith System is to make sure other drivers see you. You should never assume another driver can see you or that they are concerned with driving safely. By getting eye contact from those who are seemingly unaware, you can avoid potential accidents. Use your blinker and your horn, if necessary, to alert others of your next move. 

    When used correctly, the Smith System can reduce preventable accidents by 60 percent. By employing these tips, you can help driver safer every day.

  • May Regulation Round Up

    by Charlotte Freed | May 31, 2019

    Centerline Regulation Round UpCenterline is committed to keeping professional drivers up-to-date on hot button issues. Each month, we will provide you with summaries of changes or introduce new regulations that you should keep an eye on. Click on the links provided to read more:

    Date Set for HOS Regulation Update

    Drivers need to mark June 7th on their calendar, as this is the date slated for the FMCSA notice of proposed rulemaking on changes to the HOS rule. This date is not legally binding but does indicate that the pre-rule is slated to become a notice of rulemaking. Learn more about the rulemaking process and stay up to date on HOS changes here.

    Under 21 Drivers Get a Chance

    On May 14th, the FMCSA announced its intention to officially move forward with a proposal that would allow younger drivers to operate CMVs across state lines. The FMCSA is asking for public comment on the program which would allow 18-to 20-year-old drivers to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. This program is the second pilot program for drivers under the age of 21; however, the new program will focus on non-military drivers.

    Drivers under the age of 21 got another on May 15th, when Alabama lawmakers passed a bill that lowered the age for intrastate truck drivers to 18 years old. Alabama was one of the only two states to require drivers to be 21 to obtain a CDL for intrastate routes. Truckers under the age of 21 will still be restricted from hauling hazmat and/or oversized loads.


  • Finding a Career in Trucking after Military Service

    by Charlotte Freed | May 24, 2019

    United States army medium tactical vehicle Memorial Day is more than the unofficial start of summer – it’s a day for Americans to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our nation’s freedoms. While this holiday is a day off of work for many, our nation’s truck drivers, many of whom are veterans, will be out on the road, continuing to move our nation forward.

    The skills acquired in the military help many veterans excel in the trucking industry.  Here are 3 skills that translate from the military to the world of transportation.

    Situational Awareness

    As a soldier or officer, it’s imperative to know one’s surroundings at all times. This helps you keep your unit safe. Situational awareness is a core component of being a safe driver. A driver must be aware of the other vehicles, changing weather conditions and road conditions. Having this awareness and being able to adapt to evolving circumstances set veterans apart from their counterparts.

    Logistics

    In the military, tasks must be completed efficiently and effectively. Many veterans have experience moving equipment, personnel or supplies for training exercises or missions. In the trucking industry this experience helps with important tasks like route planning. An efficient route planner can help cut fuel costs, and increase customer satisfaction by meeting set delivery windows.

    Teamwork

    Soldiers and officers must rely on one another to achieve set objectives. In a single troop, there are likely to be a number of individuals from different backgrounds who have different beliefs, interests and personalities, yet troops must overcome these differences to be successful. In trucking, operations managers, dispatchers and drivers must work together to ensure deliveries are made on time and routes are executed efficiently. Understanding how to work with differently personalities gives veterans a leg up on their colleagues.

    Whether looking to acquire a CDL or looking to get involved in dispatching or operations, all veterans can find a home in the trucking industry. If you are interested in pursuing a career in trucking, contact one of our recruiters to learn more about what it takes to drive for Centerline. And, to all of our veterans, thank you for your service.

  • Preparing for CSVA's Annual Roadcheck

    by Charlotte Freed | May 22, 2019

    CVSA Road CheckThe Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck takes place for only 72 hours, but can have a big impact on commercial motor vehicles and drivers. If you are unprepared, you may find yourself, or your vehicle, placed out of service.

    In 2018, state and federal officials conducted 67,603 roadside inspections resulting in 21.6% of vehicles being placed out of service. In addition, 4% of drivers were placed out of service. Drivers can prepare themselves for CVSA’s International Roadcheck by understanding what officials will be looking for.

    • Drivers should be prepared for a Standard Level 1 Inspection, but Level II, III and V Inspections are possible.
    • The vehicle inspection will include checking brake systems, cargo securement, frames, fuel systems, headlights and more.
    • Drivers will need to provide operating credentials, Medical Examiner’s Certificate, duty status and vehicle inspection report(s).
    • A driver’s health will also be part of the inspection, with inspectors checking for sickness, fatigue and apparent impairment.

    The best way to keep you vehicle in service is to preform proper pre- and post-trip inspections before and after each route. Always alert your supervisor if you find anything wrong with your vehicle.

  • Are you prepared for Safe Driver Week?

    by Charlotte Freed | May 10, 2019

    Posted Speed Limit SignEvery year the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) sponsors Operation Safe Driver Week. The CVSA focuses on unsafe driving for both trucks and passenger vehicles. The organization just announced that this year, Operation Safe Driver Week will be held from July 14-20, focusing on speeding.

    Why speeding?

    CVSA has chosen to focus on speeding because it is 100% preventable, yet it has caused nearly one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities in the past two decades. Even during times of heightened safety awareness, drivers continue to ignore posted speed limits. During last year’s Safe Driver Week, 1,908 CMVs and 16,909 passenger vehicles were cited for speeding.

    What does this mean for drivers?

    During the week of July 14-20, drivers should be aware that law enforcement officers will be on the road looking for speeders. They have been instructed by the CVSA to spread the message: “Late won’t kill you, speeding will.”

    But it’s not just speeding drivers should be aware of. Law enforcement officers will also be targeting drivers who are texting, failing to wear a seatbelt, or are driving recklessly.

    What’s the goal?

    Studies have shown that traffic citations and warnings are an effective way to change behavior. The CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Program was created to help to reduce the number of crashes, deaths and injuries involving all vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors. By combining efforts of federal and local partners, such as the FMCSA and local law enforcement, the CVSA has been able to address high-risk driving behaviors.

  • Entry-Level Driver Training to be standardized

    by Charlotte Freed | May 03, 2019

    Truck driver trainingOver the past three years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has placed a number of new regulations into effect with the hopes of improving safety on the road. The next regulation on the clock: Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators, entry-level driver training for short (ELDT). 

    The ELDT requirements will attempt to standardize today’s existing training curricula. Existing curricula is currently developed at the state level. CDL schools, in-house CDL programs and other courses are expected to overhaul their programs by February 7th, 2020. 

    Currently, programs are only required to cover four topics for CDL training: hours of service, driver qualification and disqualification, health and wellness, and whistleblower protection. Under ELDT, these standards will be expanded, with schools and trainers being required to teach 31 specific theory courses as well as 19 behind-the-wheel skills and courses. All driver candidates must have an 80 percent pass rate in theory courses and demonstrate proficiency in all 19 behind-the-wheel skills.

    Some are worried that the proposed standards could exacerbate the already daunting driver shortage. Others are concerned that there are not enough qualified training professionals. The FMCSA hopes that these standards will help new drivers adapt to the realities of business and life on the road.

  • Discussing Distracted Driving from a CDL Veteran

    by Charlotte Freed | Apr 26, 2019

    Richard DoyleOver the last 20 years, a lot has changed. Satellite radio has become more common, Bluetooth was introduced, and cellphones became a necessity for a majority of the population. All of these changes have increased distractions at work, home and on the road. Over the past 20 years veteran driver Richard Doyle has witnessed more and more drivers succumb to these deadly distractions.

    Doyle explains that technology isn’t the only reason drivers are distracted. The split second a driver’s eyes aren’t on the road to fix his or her hair, take a sip of water, or “gawk at an accident,” can be the difference between arriving safely and causing an accident. Doyle advises other drivers to stick to the basics: keep your eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel.

    Actions inside and outside the car are not the only reason drivers become distracted. Loss of focus is another distraction drivers need to be aware of. Drivers need to remain focused, even on longer routes or overnight shifts where driving becomes monotonous. Doyle suggests pulling over to a rest stop. This allows for time out of the cab – even a few minutes can make a difference.

    Doyle agrees that distracted driving is a problem that drivers should be concerned about. His parting advice for others: always be a defensive driver and give yourself plenty of time to react.


  • April Regulation Round Up

    by Charlotte Freed | Apr 19, 2019

    Centerline Regulation Round UpCenterline is committed to keeping professional drivers up-to-date on hot button issues. Each month, we will provide you with summaries of changes or introduce new regulations that you should keep an eye on. Click on the links provided to read more:

    HOS Regulations: Rule Changes are coming

    Transportation Secretary, Elaine Chao announced that the DOT intends to propose a rule that would change federal HOS regulations for truck drivers. Because the rule is still under review, Chao was unable to provide too many specifics. She stated that “The Department understands the strong interest in increasing flexibility and is giving it serious consideration.” The Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) was sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in March. Drivers should be aware that announcements of these changes could take months, as many members of the OMB were furloughed during the partial government shutdown, creating a backlog of work.

    In Other News: New Transportation Leader Confirmed by Senate

    At the end of March, the Senate easily confirmed and cleared President Trump’s nominee, Nicole Nason, to become the new administration of the Federal Highway Administration. Nason will be in charge of overseeing the country’s highway infrastructure which is in need of massive improvements. Learn more about Nason and the challenges the FHWA face in 2019.

  • The 8 Incidents that Will No Longer Effect Your CSA Score

    by Charlotte Freed | Apr 12, 2019

    rear end crash
    The Crash Preventability Demonstration Project, which launched in August of 2017, will become permanent this August. The project allows truck crashes in which the driver was not at fault to be listed as “not preventable” in Compliance, Safety Accountability program scores.

    To be considered for a “not preventable” rating, a crash must have resulted in a fatality, bodily injuries requiring immediate medical treatment away from the scene, or a vehicle being towed from the scene. Under this program, eight types of crashes will become eligible for review:

    1. A crash in which a CMV is struck by a motorist driving under the influence
    2. A crash in which a CMV is struck by a motorist driving in the wrong direction
    3. A crash in which a CMV is struck in the rear
    4. A crash in which a CMV is struck while legally stopped or parked
    5. A crash in which a CMV strikes an individual attempting to commit suicide by stepping or driving in front of a CMV
    6. A crash in which a CMV is damaged when striking an animal in the roadway
    7. A crash in which a CMV is struck by objects such as falling trees or rocks
    8. A crash in which a CMV is struck by cargo or equipment from another vehicle

    The DOT will review other possible scenarios which means more categories may be added in the future.

    To be classified as a “not preventable” crash, a carrier must submit a request for data review through the agency’s DataQs system, attaching documentation that establishes the carrier could not have avoided the crash. This makes it even more important for drivers to fill out accident reports accurately. Check Centerline’s safety blog regularly for updates on CSA information and accident safety protocol.

  • Are You Driving Towards an Accident?

    by Dafne Rangel | Apr 05, 2019

    CSA points explained

    Distractions are everywhere on the road, both inside and outside the vehicle. From tuning the radio to adjusting the rearview mirror, drivers are constantly battling to stay focused on the task at hand. Unsurprisingly, distractions are a leading cause of accident related injuries and death.

    Ranked below are the leading cause of distracted driving related crashes in the trucking industry:

    1. Lost in thought: The biggest cause of distracted driving fatalities in the United States is allowing the mind to wander long enough to lead to a collision. 62% of all distracted driving related crashes are the result of being “lost in thought.” If you have ever been surprised to find you have already reaching your destination, and you do not remember the journey there, you could have been driving on “autopilot.” Drivers typically switch into autopilot on longer routes or familiar routes.
    2. Cellphone use: The second leading cause of death due to distraction-related car accidents is cell phone use. Texting or dialing the phone divert a driver’s eyes from the road for an extended period of time. While this distraction only accounts for 12% of distracted-related accidents, it should be taken seriously, as experts compare using a cellphone while driving to driving under the influence.
    3. Rubbernecking: Looking at something or someone outside of the car – like an accident – is the third leading cause of distracted driving related crashes. Curiosity can cause drivers to “rubberneck,” diverting attention from the road. Even just a quick glance can increase the likelihood of a crash. Rubbernecking accounts for 7% of distracted driving related accidents.
    4. Adjusting vehicle controls: Tuning the radio or adjusting the A/C are just a few examples of adjusting vehicle controls which accounts for 2% of all distracted driving related accidents. Make adjustments before starting your trip to avoid the temptation while driving.
    5. Eating or drinking: Eating and drinking leads to 2% of all distracted driving related crashes. From unscrewing the cap on a water bottle to reaching for another chip, eating or drinking can cause a driver to lose focus of the road. This split second distraction can have deadly consequences.

    Programs and measures have been enacted to help reduce distractions on the road; however, curiosity and temptations still remain. Understanding the effects of distractions and how to avoid them will help make the road a safer place. 

  • Update: Out of Service Criteria for 2019

    by Charlotte Freed | Apr 05, 2019

    Truck driver inspectionEach year the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) updates the North American Standard Out-of-Service criteria. Updates cover everything from brakes to cargo securement devices. As a professional driver, it is important to stay up-to-date on these changes, ensuring you know what to look for in a pre-trip inspection to help keep you and your vehicle on the road.

    Below you will find a summary of the CVSA’s updated out of service criteria:

    • Decals: exposed expired decals could cause a vehicle to be placed out-of-service. Drivers must remove decals rather than covering them with newer versions. This will prevent confusion if expired decals are not completely covered.
    • Bearing Straps: a broken bearing strap could leave a vehicle out-of-service, as a broken strap would have the same imminent hazard as a missing, broken or loose retainer bolt.
    • Brakes and Rotors: cracks through vents indicate that a collapse of the rotor is imminent. Vehicles can be placed out of service for having cracks in rotors in the vent area.

    These are just a few of the many changes that can place either a driver or a vehicle out of service. To be prepared for CVSA’s annual road check, which takes place from June 4-6, review all of the CVSA’s updates.

  • “I Can do This” – the Mantra of a Female Driver

    by Charlotte Freed | Mar 29, 2019

    Toni Payment - Centerline Driver
    “I can do this.” These are the words Toni Payment repeated to herself when she quit her job as an armed security guard. These are the words she repeated as she enrolled in trucking school. These are the words she continues to repeat as she enters her sixteenth year on the road.

    Toni entered the trucking world fully aware of the male dominated industry. She understood that as a woman, being a professional driver would be a challenge due to perceptions and the current landscape. For Toni, the desire to pursue a career out of the ordinary was stronger than the difficulty, she explains, “I wanted to prove to myself that I could do something that was mostly dominated by men – if not as good, then better.” Once obtaining her CDL, Toni was met with skepticism and gender bias. Men would heckle her, saying that trucking wasn’t for women or asking why she wasn’t at home. These statements only fueled her passion to succeed, saying she never wanted her male peers to say “told you she couldn’t do it.”

    Toni silenced some of the nay-sayers by being a self-starter and a problem solver. Like other drivers, Toni hates being sidelined due to a break down and she’s more than willing to get her hands greasy to keep her truck running. In one instance, when a shop told her it would cost too much to fix a line on the truck, Toni called her company’s mechanic and had him walk her through the steps to get the truck up and running again.

    While Toni operates with the mindset of many of her male counterparts, there are moments that remind her she’s a minority in the field. Toni admits that when she first started driving, she was nervous to be alone on the road as a female. And there’s good reason for her concern. “I’ve had times where people have tried to break into my truck while I was sleeping because they saw me in the truck by myself,” Toni shares. She goes on to explain that as a female truck driver, you have to take precautions and be careful depending on where your route takes you.

    Even being precautious, Toni has been able to let her guard down and make friends on the road. Some of these friends have motivated her to keep moving forward with her career. A key motivator in Toni’s career was another female driver and coworker, Jennifer. Deaf in one ear, Jennifer earned her CDL with determination and the ability to overcome obstacles: an inspiration to Toni.

    Since obtaining her CDL, Toni has visited all forty-eight states in the continental US. She’s had numerous adventures along the way and wants to see more women involved in the industry. Toni encourages other female drivers to set their own goals and remember that “you’re not proving anything to anybody but yourself.”

    With years of experience and miles to go, Toni’s message is simple, always remind yourself: I can do this.

  • March Regulation Round-Up

    by Charlotte Freed | Mar 22, 2019

    Centerline Regulation Round Up
    As a career coach, Centerline is committed to keeping professional drivers up-to-date on hot button issues. Each month, we will provide you with summaries of changes or introduce new regulations that you should keep an eye on. Click on the links provided to read more:

    HOS Regulations: Driver Concerns lead to Overhauls

    HOS Regulations have been an area of major concern for drivers due to their lack of flexibility. This concern was expressed in over 5,200 comments during a public comment period. Now, FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez says it’s time for reform. Martinez hinted that areas of reform would be centered on increasing flexibility for on and off-duty time. Learn more about possible HOS Regulation reform here.

    Under 21 Pilot Program: Bipartisan Support for Younger Drivers

    ATA President Chris Spear was excited to see politicians work across the aisle to support legislation that would allow truck drivers under the age of 21 to operate commercial vehicles over interstate lines. Those in support of the bill hope to see continued support as it faces continued hearings before becoming law. Learn more about the DRIVE Safe Act, and track its progress here.

  • Are you Driving Inattentionally Blind?

    by Charlotte Freed | Mar 15, 2019

    Look but didn't see accident
    It is impossible to absorb and retain everything we hear or see. Instead, our mind prioritizes what we see and our expectations fill in the gaps. Focusing on other safety tasks combined with events outside of our expectations can cause “inattentional blindness.”

    What is inattentional blindness? For starters, it’s different than distracted driving. Distracted driving involves prioritizing objects or events other than the road when operating a vehicle. Inattentional blindness, on the other hand, occurs when focusing and prioritizing safety and missing something in plain sight, often causing “looked-but-didn’t-see” accidents.

    As a professional driver, it is important to take steps to minimize driving while inattentionally blind.

    1. Maximize your attention by eliminating distractions unrelated to safety
    2. Be a proactive driver by anticipating decisions made by non-professional drivers
    3. Anticipate what may be ahead by using cues from your surroundings, such as road signs

    There is no cure for inattentional blindness, but as a professional driver, it is important to minimize any and all distractions. At Centerline, your safety is our top priority. Whenever possible, plan for the unexpected.

  • What's Impacting Truck Accidents?

    by Dafne Rangel | Mar 14, 2019
    Collisions happen. From a minor fender bender to a full-on collision, roads seem to be more and more dangerous every day. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA), truck accidents have increased by 20% over the past two decades. Commercial truck drivers are generally considered above-average drivers because of their extensive training, but no one is exempt from the hazards of being on the road. Below we have outlined a few of the most common factors that contribute to accidents involving commercial vehicles.  

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  • Younger drivers are coming

    by Charlotte Freed | Mar 08, 2019

    New driving law supports younger drivers
    Lawmakers are rejoicing over the Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy (DRIVE)-Safe Act. The bipartisan backed bill is designed to facilitate interstate driving for truckers under the age of 21. Transportation experts and fleets around the country are hoping it could provide some relief to the escalating driver shortage.

    Under this law, drivers are referred to as apprentices. As apprentices, drivers will need to earn their CDL and complete at least 400 hours of on-duty time. These apprentices will also be subject to additional regulations: operating a CMV no higher than 65 miles per hour, operating a CMV with active braking collision mitigation systems, and operating a CMV with forward-facing video cameras. 

    40 national trade associations and large companies have signed on to support the bill, saying it is a common sense solution that will help address the driver shortage. ATA President Chris Spear believes this support demonstrates “how real a threat the driver shortage presents to our nation’s economic security over the long term.”

    Supporters will continue to lobby as they work to push the bill across the finish line and into law.

  • Handling Accidents of Any Size

    by Dafne Rangel | Mar 07, 2019

    Wet weather drivingBeing involved in an accident can be alarming and disorienting, but an accident involving a commercial truck can be downright frightening. Who do you call? What actions do you take? It’s important to be prepared and informed before a wreck occurs, because the steps you take afterwards can become critical down the line. At Centerline, our drivers’ safety is our top priority. We strive to arm our drivers with the knowledge and resources needed to tackle even the hardest situations. Below we have outlined the steps truck drivers should take after a collision.

    Step 1: Move to Safety

    After an accident, it is important that you move out of harm’s way to prevent further damage. Place your reflectors out on the road. This will alert other drivers of the incident and help secure the scene. Take some time to calm your mind, and remember to never admit fault or apologize for the accident.

    Step 2: Make the Right Calls

    Call the police and seek medical attention, whether you are injured or not. The moments following a crash can be very disorienting. You may not notice or feel any pain or injuries. Remember, if your vehicle requires towing or if an accident results in a party requiring immediate medical attention or a fatality, your crash qualifies as a DOT recordable accident.

    Step 3: Document Everything

    Regardless of the results of the accident, it is important to make sure you are protected. Always report an accident, no matter how small. Police officers that arrive at the scene will also be completing their own report – always ask for a copy. Take pictures from every angle of the truck, and make sure to get close-ups of any damage, including damage to other vehicles. The goal is to tell the story of what happened if things progress legally.

    Fill out an accident report as early as possible so you don’t miss a single detail. Reports should include at a minimum: information about physical injuries or property damage, a diagram showing lane assignment and cross streets, the cause, and your role in the incident. Don’t forget to capture contact and insurance information for the other parties involved.

    Accidents can and do occur, leaving even the most experienced drivers feeling on-edge. The most important thing to remember is to remain calm and follow the steps above. Remember, Centerline has your back.

  • Driver Spotlight: Tips for Maintaining Relationships on the Road

    by Charlotte Freed | Mar 01, 2019

    Maintaining relationships for truck drivers
    Driving can often be a thankless job that puts stress on home and family life. Long hours or odd shifts make it hard to see the ones you love, or can cause you to miss some of life’s biggest moments. We recently sat down with two Centerline drivers, Shaun and Guillermo, to discuss the importance of maintaining relationships while on the road.

    Guillermo learned the importance of maintaining relationships quickly as an over the road driver. He explained that he was on the road for months, and it became “tough being away from everyone I cared about.” This distance is what eventually motivated Guillermo to pursue a career as a local driver.

    For Shaun, driving becomes difficult when he’s away from his 3 children, ages 7, 3 and 1. “I try not to miss anything,” explains Sean, “luckily I’ve only ever missed one thing – a father-daughter dance.” Sean let us know that no matter what, he makes an effort to see and talk to his kids. Whether a simple phone call, or a video call, Shaun always wants to be present.

    And it’s not just personal relationships that matter. Both Shaun and Guillermo, drivers with over 10 years of combined experience, discussed the importance of keeping in touch with mentors and friends. Trainers and other drivers not only provide important information on changes in the industry, but can keep you abreast of great opportunities. Shaun explained that, “You should never be too proud to take advice. We’re all in this together.” Adding to this sentiment was Guillermo, saying, “It’s important to keep relationships – you can never make too many phone calls to friends or family.”

     Centerline is your career coach, dedicated to helping you find driving jobs that best fit your schedule and lifestyle. Let us know how we can help you maintain those important relationships by finding jobs that keep you close to home.

  • Accidents happen every day. Do you know why?

    by Dafne Rangel | Feb 28, 2019
    Safety sign on highway

    Collisions happen. From a minor fender bender to a full-on collision, roads seem to be more and more dangerous every day. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA), truck accidents have increased by 20% over the past two decades. Commercial truck drivers are generally considered above-average drivers because of their extensive training, but no one is exempt from the hazards of being on the road. Below we have outlined a few of the most common factors that contribute to accidents involving commercial vehicles.  

    1. Time:

      Traffic accidents can occur anytime. The probability of being involved in an accident dramatically increases at certain times. Out of all crashes, 83% happened on weekdays, and 35% occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. More drivers on the road during evening and overnight routes create stress leading to negligent collisions. Dim lighting can also impact drivers’ ability to handle unexpected risks.

    2. Place:

      60% of crashes involving commercial vehicles occur on rural roads.  Highly populated areas provide more hazards, therefore drivers are more attentive. In rural areas, there are fewer people making the roads seem emptier which may result in drivers being more careless with driving habits.

    3. Demographic:

      Accidents are not limited by age. They can happen to anyone; however, accidents are more likely to occur when a driver is between the ages of 18 to 34. The odds increase in this age group due to distracted driving. Other factors include lack of experience or time on the road. Driving expertise comes with more time and extensive training.

    4. Why?
    5. Although every collision on the road is different, many can be attributed to two main causes: driver fatigue and equipment failure. Most drivers are on the road for many hours, covering long distances with very little rest. Combine this with pressures of the job, and it’s no surprise that 87% of crashes were due to driver fatigue.

      10% of crashes are due to poorly maintained trucks and equipment. Poorly maintained trucks and equipment can result in an array of accidents regardless of the driver’s capabilities. Trucks should ideally be in top condition before hitting the road but this is not always the case. Always conduct pre and post trip inspections to ensure your vehicle is ready for duty.

    At Centerline, our priority is our driver’s safety. Accidents happen, that’s why being informed is the first step in being prepared.


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