Professional Truck Drivers Offer Safety Tips For Holiday Travel

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ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — American Trucking Associations want to ensure the 94.5 million motorists traveling over 50 miles or more during the year-end holiday arrive at their destinations safely.

“This time of year should be a festive and happy occasion for Americans, not one spent remembering loved ones lost in tragic highway crashes,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “As we all hit the road, take time to learn from America’s Road Team, elite drivers with millions of miles of safe driving under their belt. By following their advice on the roads, you’ll be better able to share the road and arrive at your destination safely.”

America’s Road Team Captains, elite professional truck drivers with millions of accident-free miles, are offering advice on how to navigate through highway traffic and winter driving conditions this busy traffic season.  Tips include:

  • Prepare your vehicle for long distance travel: Check your wipers and fluids. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced. Simple maintenance can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the road before you leave your home.
  • Plan ahead:  Before you get on a highway, know your exit by name and number, and watch the signs as you near the off-ramp. Drivers making unexpected lane changes to exit often cause accidents.
  • Do not cut in front of large trucks:  Remember that trucks are heavier and take longer to make a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them.
  • Be aware of truck blindspots:  When sharing the road with large trucks, be aware of their blind spots.  If you can’t see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, then the truck driver can’t see you.
  • Check your emergency kit: Contents should include: battery powered radio, flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, maps, tire repair kit and flares.
  • Be aware of changes in weather: Weather conditions across the U.S. will be changing – especially during early mornings and evenings with the cold. Watch for ice, snow and other weather related obstacles.
  • Keep your eyes on the road:  Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. Even just two seconds of distraction time doubles the chances of an accident. Use your cell phone when stopped and never text while driving.
  • Leave early and avoid risks:  Leave early so you won’t be anxious about arriving late and to accommodate delays. Road conditions may change due to inclement weather or traffic congestion.
  • Avoid extreme weather conditions: Ice, hail and snow make roads difficult to travel. Try to avoid driving through extreme weather conditions, and travel during daylight.
  • Remove ice and snow from your vehicle:  Clear your windows and roof of snow to insure you have maximum visibility and avoid creating a hazard for the vehicle behind you. Don’t allow ice and snow to create additional blindspots on your vehicle.
  • Be aware of the vehicle in front of you: Leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front so you can avoid snow and ice blowing onto your windshield or maneuver around patches of ice.
  • Pack your vehicle smart:  With luggage, sports equipment and presents be sure to pack your vehicle so that you can see out of all of your windows and mirrors.
  • Slow Down: With the extra highway congestion due to Holiday travel, speeding becomes even more dangerous. Allow plenty of a space cushion and reduce your speed.
  • Buckle up: Safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent and are a simple way to increase your safety on the road.

“Always buckle up,” said America’s Road Team Captain Dale Williams (Trimac Transportation).  “Weather can also be a factor during this time of year so check weather conditions before you get in your vehicle,” Williams added.

“The holidays are a challenging time on the highways,” said America’s Road Team Captain Bryan Wold (Con-way Freight).  “Between motorists visiting families or finishing up last minute shopping there is nothing better than patience and safe driving practices behind the wheel,” he added.

*Editors: America’s Road Team Captains are available to speak in your local area about Holiday and winter safe driving tips during the holiday season.

The America’s Road Team, sponsored by Volvo Trucks North America, is a national public outreach program led by a small group of professional truck drivers who share superior driving skills, remarkable safety records and a strong desire to spread the word about safety on the highway.  Follow America’s Road Team on Facebook or Twitter.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight.  www.trucking.org.

SOURCE American Trucking Associations

ATA Share the Road Truck Delivers for Wreaths Across America

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ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — American Trucking Associations’ Share the Road Truck is en route from Harrington, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery carrying a special shipment of handmade wreaths as a part of the Annual Wreaths Across America tour.

“ATA is proud to participate in this wonderful annual event,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “For nearly a decade our members and drivers have helped deliver wreaths to ensure that during the holidays, we remember and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”

ATA, along with over 100 motor carriers, are delivering more than 500,000 wreaths to over 900 veterans’ cemeteries and locations nationwide.

“Our nation’s fallen servicemen and women gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and Mack is honored that our truck transports these wreaths to help signify our gratitude,” said John Walsh, Mack vice president of marketing.

The convoy from Maine is expected to arrive at Arlington National Cemetery at 8:30 AM on December 14. ATA staff and other volunteers will join military members, Boy Scouts and various service organizations in unloading and laying wreaths on the graves of America’s heroes.

Professional truck drivers are available for interviews.

The American Trucking Associations’ Share the Road is a highway safety program that delivers life-saving messages to hundreds of U.S. cities and reaches millions of motorists annually, designed to educate automobile drivers about sharing the roads safely with trucks.  The program, sponsored by Mack Trucks, Inc. and Michelin North America Inc., is represented by an elite team of professional truck drivers with millions of miles of accident-free driving.  www.atastr.org Follow the Share the Road on Twitter and Facebook.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook.  Trucking Moves America Forward.

 

SOURCE American Trucking Associations

It’s Christmas Parade Time Across America

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Want to Know More About Christmas Parades for Trucks?

– Article from Overdrive Magazine

This season, truck owners will compete for prizes in Christmas parades where trucks are the main attraction.

For two decades, up to 100 trucks have assembled in Eureka, Calif. for the annual Christmas Truckers Parade, Multiple generators have been used to light trucks, festooned with additional decorations ranging from bandstand platforms to flying fish. This year’s event benefits Families Advocating Autism Now and begins 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. Click here for more information on the Eureka parade.

In Oregon, the 19th annual Timber Trucker’s Light Parade will make its 5-mile trip from Riddle to downtown Myrtle Creek Dec. 14. Entry fees are not required for participants, who throw candy and trinkets to spectators along the bonfire-lined route. Free refreshments will be available at the event that begins at dusk and ends about 10 p.m.

 

read the complete article at OVERDRIVE MAGAZINE

Trucker Charity ramps up for sixth annual Christmas Group fundraiser

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The Trucker Charity Christmas Group is now accepting donations and nominations for their sixth Annual Christmas fundraiser. The proceeds will be used to help needy trucking families.

Trucker Charity is a 501 (c)(3) group made up of truckers. The volunteer charity raises funds for trucking families across the U.S. and Canada each Christmas season as one of their many projects. In the past five years, the group has raised $46,500 and helped 78 trucking families.

If you know of a trucking family who needs assistance, nominate them at truckercharity.org and click on Christmas Group. You can also find out how to make a donation at the website.

PILOT FORCED TO PAY UP IN FUEL REBATE CASE

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The total amount Pilot will dole out in its class-action settlement with trucking companies who sued the company over an alleged fuel rebate withholding scheme is $72 million, according to a petition Pilot submitted this week to the Arkansas court that settled the case in July. 

Of the total, $55 million is designated as the principle amount owed — what the truck stop chain had allegedly defrauded customers out of — $4.1 million will be paid to class members as part of the 6 percent interest owed on the principle, $3.5 million will go to the cost of the internal auditing and another $14 million is designated for attorneys’ fees, though that amount could be smaller, the court documents say.

– See more at: http://www.ccjdigital.com/pilot-settlement-reaches-72-million-in-owed-rebates-and-interest-court-petition-shows/#sthash.ZYzSjYg2.dpuf

Mobile communications technology stands to transform the way truck inspections take place

ImageThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Intermodal Association of North America will demonstrate its paperless Driver Vehicle Examination Report Notification Service Nov. 18 at the Intermodal Expo next week in Houston, Texas.

Mobile communications technology stands to transform the way truck inspections take place, with big implications for the CSA program and owner-operator businesses.‘Wireless Roadside Inspection’ inches closer to reality

The technology provides intermodal equipment providers and motor carriers with paperless DVER access, retrieval and storage. The association collaborated with agency officials on the program, which it expects to modernize the process of obtaining IEP provider reports.

The new DVER service will notify IEPs and carriers when a DVER has been issued. It also provides a paper copy of the IEP provider report, which concerns intermodal chassis violations, and emails a IEP report copies to the carrier and the IEP. A dedicated web portal manages and stores the reports.

More information is available at www.intermodal.org

Troops2Truckers Helps Vets Become Professional Truck Drivers

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  During 2013 and 2014, the United States Armed Forces will return nearly 30,000 troops from the Middle East, mostly from Afghanistan, back to the United States. As these men and women return, what we do know is that they return with a “new normal” that will impact where they go, how they live, and what type of jobs they will be more successful at.
       The goal of the Veteran Resource Network’s CDL training for veterans is to leverage as many existing resources as necessary in offering services to veterans. The Troops to Truckers program will further this goal but utilizing existing training, Veterans Affairs, veteran organizations, and other connections so that the only new elements created to provide these training opportunities are created to facilitate the breaking down of barriers to opportunity.
       Find out more at  http://troops2truckers.net/