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Stay Hydrated this Summer: Say No to Soda, Yes to Water

The heat of summer is upon us. The season of ice covered roads, blizzards, and whiteout conditions has come to an end. Even though for some winter seemed to hold on a little too long...summer is finally here. With the heat comes more sweat. Stay hydrated this summer. The solution? Simply one word, water! 
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Brake Safety Week: September 6-12, 2015

Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operation. CMV brakes are designed to hold up under tough conditions. But, they must be inspected and maintained carefully and consistently, so they operate and perform properly throughout the vehicle’s life. Brake Safety Week is an annual outreach and enforcement campaign designed to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America.
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Heads Up: 6 Things to Remember When it Comes to Overhead Clearance

Truck drivers must be aware of overhead clearances at all times. 1. A driver cannot rely just on posted clearances; you must know the height of the equipment and/or load in order to know if there is sufficient clearance. If a clearance is doubtful, stop in a safe place and check before proceeding. Overhead clearances can be reduced by resurfacing the roadway, accumulation of ice and snow, crown/hill of the roadway, and/or uneven surface of the road. 
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Stay Cool. Best Practices for Refrigerated Cargo

Below are some tips of the trade when dealing with refrigerated cargo: Does the trailer need to be pre-chilled? A reefer unit only maintains temperature; it is not designed to lower the temperature. If you put refrigerated product in a reefer trailer with an ambient temperature of 90 degrees, you are going to have a problem.
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Complacency 101: The Cause and Cure

The commitment from management is to provide a working environment free from unsafe conditions that may affect the health of the employee, the safety of the employee, and the safety of the public. The review of losses, unsafe driving behaviors, injuries, and near misses can be the result of several different items. However, the “root cause” that can often be ignored or unseen is complacency within the operation, management, and driver. This article will take a look at some causes and cures for complacency.
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Intrastate vs. Interstate: Which is Which?

Part 390.5 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) defines interstate and intrastate commerce in the following manner: Interstate commerce means trade, traffic, or transportation in the United States — (1) Between a place in a state and a place outside of such state (including a place outside of the United States); (2) Between two places in a state through another state or a place outside of the United States; or (3) Between two places in a state as part of trade, traffic, or transportation originating or terminating outside the state or the United States.
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Cargo Theft Prevention Tips: Don't Let It Happen to You

Cargo theft continues to plague the transportation industry. It may seem that cargo theft is a victimless crime, but in actuality it affects all of us because manufacturers price their goods to include a theft component. While there are several estimates of how much is taken in cargo thefts annually, the FBI estimates place cargo theft at a $20 billion dollar a year industry. The FBI also believes that some cargo theft money goes to funding terrorism.
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Planning for Emergencies: Always be Prepared

In 2010, a massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Chile, created power outages, landslides, and tremendous damage to homes and businesses throughout the country. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy killed at least 69 people in the Caribbean before moving north and merging with a winter weather front over the United States. Sandy slammed New York City and the mid-Atlantic region with devastating wind, rain, and tidal surges. And, more recently, wild fires in northern California destroyed as many as 250 homes and charred more than 90 square miles of earth. 
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Why Front-Line Management Must Support Safety

Building an organizational culture that supports safety is no easy task. This is especially true in the trucking industry where there is little or no direct supervision or everyday personal contact with a significant portion of the work force. 
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Ask a Safety Rep: What Should I include in my New Employee Orientation for drivers?

QUESTION: What should I include in my New Employee Orientation for drivers?  ANSWER: The purpose of New Employee Orientation (NEO) is to welcome new employees, introduce them to the organization, and set expectations for their job performance. It is also an excellent loss prevention technique. A well-planned and executed NEO, especially for drivers, can save the company
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