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Improve motion, relieve stress with proper stretching

Sitting for prolonged periods behind the wheel or at a desk is bad for your health. Regular stretching can help improve flexibility, circulation, and range of motion. Stretching is also good for stress relief. Here are several stretching techniques to try during rest breaks.
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What truck drivers need to know about germ protection

Influenza (flu), COVID-19, and other contagious respiratory illnesses can be spread by coughing, sneezing, and talking. These illnesses can attack your lungs, nose, and throat. To help reduce the risk of catching one of these illnesses, read the information below about germ protection. Consider these techniques, and then ask yourself how you can better protect yourself from illness. Find more information about these illnesses and flu prevention on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
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Establish career paths to retain top trucking talent

Adapting to ever-changing business conditions is nothing new for motor carriers. Staffing, in particular, has been exceedingly difficult in recent years and not just from a driver shortage standpoint. The “Great Resignation” has hit every industry as workers across the nation have stepped back to re-evaluate their careers, reset their work-life balance, and establish new personal goals.
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Proper mirror usage helps reduce the risk of crashes

Mirrors are an essential piece of safety equipment. A skilled driver knows how to use mirrors to help manage the space around the truck and avoid crashes while changing lanes, backing, turning, and during startups. Read the information below and ask yourself if there are actions you can take to improve your driving skills, by using your truck’s mirrors more effectively, to help reduce the risk of a crash.
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Tips to effective truck driver coaching

Coaching and mentoring are two different approaches to improving human performance. A mentor is someone who shares their experiences and skills to help another person grow, such as mentoring a new driver as they acclimate to the company culture and operations.
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Tips to avoid spoilage or rejected loads

Spoilage and rejected loads are potential risks when hauling refrigerated loads. Various factors can lead to a cargo loss if you are not careful. To help reduce the risk of a loss, read the information below and ask yourself if there are actions you can take to prevent a refrigerated load from spoiling or being rejected.
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Tips to help avoid jackknifes

There is an increased risk of jackknifes in winter due to icy roadways, but this type of loss-of-control crash can occur any time of the year. To help avoid a jackknife, or recover from one, drivers must be able to recognize the hazards that can lead to a jackknife and react properly. Read the information below and ask yourself if there are actions you can take to improve your driving skills and reduce the risk of a jackknife.
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Ask Risk Control: Hours-of-Service exceptions during adverse conditions

  Question:How does the hours-of-service (HOS) exception work during adverse driving conditions? Answer: According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) 49 CFR Part 395.1(b)(1), the rule allows a driver to have extra time to complete their day after encountering unexpected delays caused by weather or traffic. A driver may extend both driving and on-duty limits by two hours. This is a change from the old rule, which permitted drivers to extend their driving limit, not their on-duty limit. Truck drivers subject to the 14-hour limit will be most affected by the change.
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Know the defense against winter weather hazards

Winter can bring frigid temperatures and slippery conditions around the truck. The key to protecting yourself is to recognize the hazards that can lead to winter-related injuries and illnesses and take proper precautions. Read the information below and determine what you can do to better protect yourself in winter.
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Assess your company's culture with these tools

Company culture plays a pivotal role in a motor carrier’s success. Culture impacts every facet of operations, from safety and compliance to hiring and retention. The term “culture” is sometimes described simply as “The way we do what we do,” and might be viewed as an undefined vibe permeating the walls of a company.   In reality, culture can be measured, and just like any safety initiative, if it can be measured, it can be improved. Below are several culture measurement techniques and action items. Consider using one or more of these to establish a baseline for your company's culture and track your transformation.  
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