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  • 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. 

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Roll Over Prevention Tips

    by Anna Mischke | May 08, 2018
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    by Anna Mischke | Feb 02, 2018
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    by Anna Mischke | Dec 06, 2017
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    by Anna Mischke | Dec 05, 2017
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  • Centerline Introduction to Omnitracs

    by Anna Mischke | Nov 10, 2017

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  • Safe Lifting with Centerline

    by Anna Mischke | Oct 17, 2017

  • New Methods to Spot Distracted Drivers

    by Anna Mischke | May 17, 2017
    04-03-17_buckettruckIn an effort to stop distracted driving, Canadian cops have become creative in their tactics. The police force has paired up with bucket trucks to catch drivers behind the wheel attempting to text, use their phone, or other everyday infractions such as not wearing a seatbelt. The effort is part of a campaign in Chilliwack called “Project Sweep”. Officers dress as construction workers, and take their vantage point in bucket trucks. Once a distracted driver is spotted using high-powered scopes, a uniformed officer on the ground is contacted to pull over the offender and issue a ticket.

    Distracted driving kills 81 people on average every year, and someone is five times more likely to crash if they are not paying attention to the road. In one afternoon, 77 tickets were handed out, 37 of the tickets were for people being on their cellphone or other electronic devices. The 12 officers on hand to write the tickets were not enough to keep up with the constant flow of vehicles targeted for infractions. The method used by Canadian police was summed up to be extremely successful in enforcement and awareness for distracted driving. Distracted driving can be prevented with more awareness to the public and traffic enforcement. 
  • Distracted Driving Awareness

    by Anna Mischke | May 17, 2017
    03-28-17_distracteddrivingDistracted driving is a problem for every age group. No matter if you’re on or off the job you should always try to focus on the road. These are the three categories of driving distractions: 

    • Visual (eyes off road) 
    • Manual (hands off wheel)
    • Cognitive (taking your mind off driving) 

    Examples of visual distractions would be staring at people, landmarks, or collisions that occurred. Actions such as eating, drinking, smoking, changing the radio, or reaching for an object inside the vehicle are primarily a manual distraction, but can be cognitive and visual as well. Cognitive distractions are thinking about difficult issues at home or other complex life issues.

    Some actions involve all three categories, and therefore are the distractions with the highest risk. This can include using a cell phone, texting, using a GPS device, and reading a map or other paperwork. While driving 55 MPH a vehicle will travel 80.6 feet per second. When you type a text message that requires five seconds of your time, you travelled 403 feet without an idea of what was going on around you.

    According to, 3,179 people were killed in crashes involving distracted driving in 2014, and 431,000 people were injured. This is almost one out of every five crashes. We owe it to our friends, our families, and ourselves to eliminate distractions while driving and focus on returning home safe every day. 
  • So you think you Can Drive and Multitask?

    by Anna Mischke | May 17, 2017
    03-28-17_mythsThe National Safety Council has given 5 common myths about distracted driving, and their surprising realities:

    Myth #1: Drivers can multitask.

    Reality: The human brain cannot do two things at the same time, as it switches between two tasks reaction time is slowed. 

    Myth #2: Talking on a cell phone is the same as speaking to a passenger. 

    Reality: Backseat and passenger drivers actually can help the driver be more aware, but people on the other end of a phone cannot.

    Myth #3: Speaking on a cellphone using a hands-free device is safe while driving.

    Reality: Drivers on cellphones can miss seeing up to 50% of their environments, including pedestrians and red lights.

    Myth #4: I only use my phone at stop lights, so it’s safer. 

    Reality: Even at a stoplight you still need to be attentive. A recent AAA study shows that people are distracted up to 27 seconds after they finish sending a voice text. 

    Myth #5: Voice-to-text is safe to do while driving.

    Reality: Voice-to-text is still very distracting because you are visually distracted due to the common auto-correct errors. 
  • Working with No Fall Protection

    by User Not Found | Mar 24, 2017

    03.23.17_SafetyClimbing on and off trucks, trailers, and other equipment with no railing or other fall protection poses a significant risk to safety. While injuries do not occur often, the consequences can be severe. Please use the following steps when climbing on and off equipment with no fall protection: 

    • Use three points of contact. 
    • When climbing on a truck or trailer, turn the engine off, put the key in your pocket, and set the parking brake(s). 
    • Ensure that the climbing surface is stable, not in motion, and capable of supporting your weight. 
    • Confirm there are no hazards such as weather, debris, uneven/slippery surfaces, and traffic that could pose a threat to you. If you must climb on the equipment in these conditions, work cautiously, carefully, and ask for assistance whenever possible. 
    • Do not jump off of any equipment. 
    • Use proper ladders or steps if available; if not, reassess if it is safe to climb. 
    • Stay as far away from the edge(s) of the equipment as possible. 
    • Avoid carrying tarps and other heavy or difficult objects while working on trailers and surfaces above 4 ft. Instead place objects in position from the ground. 
  • Avoiding Slips, Trips, and Falls in Winter Conditions

    by User Not Found | Mar 03, 2017

    As winter continues its run across much of the country, the extra caution in and out of the truck is needed. Slips, trips, and falls cause many nonfatal injuries every year among truck drivers.

    Remaining aware of the conditions and taking your time can make a big difference in remaining safe. Here are a few tips to prevent injuries this winter:

    • When entering or exiting the vehicles, use the vehicle for support.
    • When you see streets and sidewalks cleared of snow and ice, still use caution and lookout for “black ice”. Dew, fog, or water vapor can freeze on cold surfaces and form an invisible thin layer of ice.
    • When walking on steps, always use the hand railings and plant your feet firmly on each step.
    • When walking on an icy or snow-covered walkway, take short steps and walk at a slow pace so you can react quickly to change in traction. Bend your knees slightly and walk slowly to increase traction and reduce risk of falling.
    • When entering a building, remove as much snow and water from your footwear as possible to prevent wet, slippery conditions indoors.
    • When exiting the vehicle, use 3 points of contact: two feet and one hand, or two hands and one foot.
  • The Importance of Situational Awareness

    by User Not Found | Feb 10, 2017
    At Centerline your safety behind the wheel is our #1 priority. Safety is not only associated with driving, but with all processes while on the job. What if you could predict an event is about to take place and be one step ahead as it happens? This is possible with regularly practicing situational awareness in your work environment. 

    Situational awareness simply means paying attention to your surroundings to increase your response time and safely handle unexpected events. Is there something that could fall on you? Is the wind going to cause the trailer doors to slam? Is there anything that is broken or needs repair? The key steps to situational awareness are to slow down, look around, then act.  

    Remember, speed is not always better, we want you home safe!
  • How well do you know the BASICs?

    by Charlotte Freed | Jan 19, 2017

    At Centerline, our goal is to ensure our drivers are the safest drivers on the road. That’s why we make sure you understand the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s(FMCSA) Safety Measurement System (SMS). 
    The SMS organizes roadside inspection, crash, and investigation information into seven BASICs. Click the links below to review this important safety information: 
    Unsafe Driving
    Crash Indicator
    Hours-of-Service Compliance
    Vehicle Maintenance
    Controlled Substances/Alcohol
    Hazardous Materials Compliance
    Driver Fitness

  • Maintain Three Points of Contact

    by Charlotte Freed | Jan 06, 2017

    Two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand are required to keep you safe when entering a vehicle or climbing onto a piece of equipment. For safety, you must always face toward the unit.

    Now that's the safe way to work!
  • Battling the Elements and Fatigue

    by Charlotte Freed | Nov 18, 2016
    11.18.16_FatigueWith the holidays quickly approaching, many drivers have family on their minds. Holiday plans can easily be delayed by the dangerous combination of winter driving conditions and fatigue. Centerline wants to remind you that making it home safe is more important than making it home quick.

    Winter Driving

    Slick roads, changing weather and road conditions, and less daylight hours are just some of the dangers of winter driving. When driving this winter remember to:

    1. Check weather reports and highway information before you leave - you can use your state's Department of Transportation website.
    2. Make a plan for when conditions deteriorate - keeping an emergency supply is a great place to start.
    3. Keep your headlights on at all times.
    4. Give yourself room to avoid sudden braking as this can lead to skidding on slick roads. If you're in a skid, always turn into the skid, depress the clutch fast, look at the left mirror only, and get back in front of the trailer.
    5. Make sure you're comfortable driving in the conditions you are facing - if not, pull over.

    Driver Fatigue

    Tight schedules and the fear of service failure have created a culture of "pushing through." In order to prevent accidents you must recognize the signs of fatigue and pull over. Be on the lookout for:

    1. Frequent yawning.
    2. Heavy eyes and blurred vision.
    3. Difficulty focusing or zoning out.
    4. Drifting to the shoulder or adjacent lanes. 


  • Preventing Back Injuries

    by Charlotte Freed | Oct 21, 2016

    What do the common cold and back injuries have in common? They both rank the highest among reasons Americans miss work. Unlike the common cold, back pain can linger longer, causing unnecessary discomfort and lifestyle changes. The most common cause of back injuries? Lifting incorrectly.

    Safety is our number one priority. Whether it is behind the wheel or unloading the truck, we want you to make it home safe, no matter the task. Below are some tips to keep you safe when lifting.

    • Stretch before you lift.

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    • Plan ahead. Know the weight of the object you are carrying, and know if you will need assistance from a handcart, forklift, or other piece of equipment.
    • Ask for help if necessary.
    • Use proper lifting techniques. Lift using your legs


    • Carry the object in your "power zone." This is the area closest to your body. 

    Power Zone