In This Issue
• Fun Facts
• Red Light Cameras
• Driver Appreciation
• History of Trucking
August 2020 Issue 35
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is an important time for America to pay respect and thank all the professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in undertaking one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs. These 3.5 million professional men and women not only deliver our goods safely, securely, and on time, they also keep our highways safe. Nearly every aspect of daily life is made possible because a truck driver delivered the goods and resources people need.
This year’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 13-19, 2020, and takes on a special significance considering the crucial role truck drivers have played during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Americans in all fifty states have taken extraordinary steps to show their appreciation for the important work that professional truck drivers have done as we navigate our way through the coronavirus pandemic. From children passing out lunches, to “I Heart Truck” signs across America’s highways, the public has taken notice of the essential role truck drivers play in their lives. President Trump and Secretary of Trans-portation, Elaine Chao said, “Thank God for truckers.”
Its no secret that truck drivers are a breed apart—independent, tough and capable. Without that legendary truck driver spirit, our nation, and our lives would look very different. Drivers make a difference in the world every day, just by virtue of being you! We at Guaranteed Transport Service sincerely would like to say Thank you for what you do everyday, all year long. There are gifts for you at the Winter Haven Terminal to show some of our appreciation.
Thank you for making a difference!
A Brief History of Trucking
The trucking industry in the United States has affected the political and economic history the United States in the 20th century. Before
the invention of automobiles, most freight was moved by train or horse-drawn wagons.
In the early 1900s, trucks were basically motorized wagons that resembled their horse-drawn predecessors. Trucks didn’t have noses
in front of the cab and the motor and other machinery were simply suspended below the driver’s seat. Paved roads at the time were
few and far between. Any truck traveling on the roadways rode on solid rubber tires, making the trip very rough and very slow. It wasn’t
until around 1920 that most trucks were equipped with pneumatic (air-fill) tires, making the ride much easier on the driver and also allowing
the truck to travel at much higher speeds.
There was about 10,000 trucks in the whole country in 1912, with many of them being used for deliveries in and around larger metropolitan
areas. The Settle Chamber of Commerce sponsored a truck and driver to travel from Seattle to New York City in 1916. This trip
showed the manufacturers and merchants of the country that highways and truck transport were going to become major influences in
their lives. The trip from Seattle to New York City took a grand total of 31 days!
As motorized trucks became more practical and available, the railroads began losing business to trucking companies. Given the regulatory
environment, rail was usually less expensive, but service by truck was far superior in terms of timing.
In 1912, trucks were equipped with electric running lights to allow them to be driven at night and make up travel time that was previously
spent sleeping until the morning light. The fifth wheel innovation came to be in the 1920’s, greatly enhancing the speed with which
loads could be picked up and dropped off. During this time, the semi-trailer was becoming more popular and this innovation made a
huge impact on the way that freight and cargo were transported.
In 1914, there were less than 15,000 miles of paved roads throughout the whole country, but during the next decade the federal government
spent $75 million on new road construction along with the improvement of existing roadways.
Trucks were first used extensively by the military during World War I. With the increased construction of paved roads, trucking began to
achieve significant foothold in the 1930s, and soon became subject to various government regulations (such as the hours of service).
During the late 1950s and 1960s, trucking was accelerated by the construction of the Interstate Highway System, an extensive network
of freeways linking major cities across the continent. At this time, diesel fuel was a whopping 14.9 cents a gallon! Quite a difference
from the fuel costs of today. Trucks with refrigerated trailers ran them on propane which made it necessary to fill up on propane as well
as diesel fuel in order to keep frozen items on ice.
Trucking achieved national attention during the 1960s and 70s when songs and movies about truck driving were major hits. Truck drivers
participated in widespread strikes against the rising cost of fuel, during the energy crises of 1973 and 1979, and the industry was
drastically deregulated by the Motor Carrier Act of 1980. Trucking has come to dominate the freight industry in the latter portion of the
20th Century, along with what are termed “big-box stores” such as Wal-Mart and Target.
With the growth of the “big-box stores” grew the flow of goods that were being transported. New measures led to a greater demand for
new efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly cargo restraint products. Pallet loads, crates or other items need to be secure
to prevent damage during transit. An unsecured load can shift in transit and create dangerous dynamics, damaging the cargo and the
structure of the vehicle or intermodal container. To prevent shipment damages and for a more cost effective way to block and brace the
cargo, the Loadbar was invented. The Loadbar is a disposable restraint system that is combined with a 2×4 to prevent longitudinal and
lateral movements in the trailer with no need to maintain ownership after use.
As the freight and transportation industry continues to grow we continue to innovate and enhance our products to bring the absolute
best in freight securement.
“Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are.”
– Teddy Roosevelt
“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become
a man of value.”
– Albert Einstein
Red Light Camera Citations
Driving through a red light is dangerous and illegal. Driving through a red
light with a red light camera is dangerous, illegal and expensive. Red light
tickets usually cost $158. Here are a few important things you should know,
about red light cameras.
Stop when turning right
These red light cameras are notorious for flashing if you turn right without
coming to a complete stop. If you fail to make a complete stop at a
red light, even when making a right turn, you can expect to receive a ticket
in the mail.
You won’t get ticketed for driving through a yellow
The red light cameras are only programed to capture your vehicle if you
enter the intersection when the light is red. If you enter when the light is
yellow and then it turns red when you are already in the intersection, you
will not receive a ticket.
Not every flash ends up being a violation
Sometimes the cameras will go off even if someone did not drive through
the red light. This usually occurs when someone makes a hard break
before a red light, triggering the cameras without actually driving through.
The front wheels of the truck might have gone past the trigger point, setting
the camera’s lights off. When this or similar events happen, a Notice of Violation
is not always sent.
It is important to note that each image the camera captures is reviewed by
a police officer, who then judges if a violation occurred.
What the cameras capture
The camera will take two pictures and record 12 seconds of video. Your
notification will include the date, time, and the intersection location.
Paying the ticket
You will then be notified by the Safety Director, Tony Hobbs, that you
received a red light violation and the cost will be deducted from your
paycheck. This will also cause you to lose the safety bonus for the month.
Fun Facts
• Truckers deliver about 10 billion tons of
freight, or about 70% of all the freight
moved in the U.S.
• Alexander Winton is considered the inventor
of the semi-truck.
• There are currently about 15.5 million
trucks operating on US roads and highways.
• Trucker’s account for 12.8% of all the
fuel purchased in the U.S.
• One out of every 14 American jobs,
more than 9 million, belong to the trucking
• The Federal Aid Highway Act, passed in
1956, authorizing the creation of 41,000
miles worth of interstate highways.
• Most truck accidents occur during lane
• The average truck driver uses about
20,500 gallons of fuel each year.
• Today it would take 60 trucks to equal
the exhaust emissions of a single truck
in 1988.
• In 1913, 4 states (Maine, Mass., Pennsylvania
and Washington) were the first
states with weight limits. In 1981 all
states adopted a uniform weight limit of
• Of every dollar a small business spends
on shipping, .82¢ goes to shipping by
• Truckers generate about $650 billion a
year or about 5% of the American GDP
(Gross Domestic Product).
• Three and a half million men, and about
200,000 women, are whats called “long
haul truck drivers” in the U.S.
• In the last few years truck sales have
risen 45%.
• The trucking industry is predicted to
grow up to 21% in the next 10 years.
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Most Common Crash Types and Prevention Tips
Weather-related accidents: When the roads are slick with rain, ice or snow, even an experienced driver can be involved in a collision. The
weather forecast should be monitored, and routes should be adjusted or delayed when needed. Additionally, commercial vehicles should have
important winter weather equipment, such as tire chains and salt or sand.
Accidents involving blind spots: When drivers cannot see their surroundings, there is an increased risk of a collision involving other
vehicles, pedestrians or bicyclists. Drivers must be trained to avoid such accidents. Additionally, certain technologies, such as backup camera
systems, can improve safety.
Accidents caused by tire blowouts: When a tire blows, the driver may lose control. Tires should be properly inflated and maintained to
reduce the risk of a tire blowout. Additionally, drivers should be trained on how to handle a tire blowout – without turning or stopping abruptly.
Jackknives and rollovers: A truck is said to have jackknifed when the trailer collides with the front tractor. This is more likely to happen
when the truck is braking on a slick surface, a decline or a curve. Jackknifing can be avoided by braking properly, maintaining the vehicle and
using modern anti-lock brake systems. A rollover accident is more likely to occur when speeding on a turn or curve. Drivers must slow down and
account for the weight of the vehicle.
Head-on and T-bone accidents: If a large truck hits another vehicle, the truck’s size will result in significant damage. Even with smaller
commercial vehicles, the damage can be severe. This may happen when a driver is speeding, not paying attention or running a red light, so
these dangerous driving habits should be avoided.
Rear-end and underride accidents: Instead of the commercial vehicle hitting another car, the other car might hit it. When a large truck is
involved, this can cause the other vehicle to become lodged under the trailer, in what’s known as an underride collision. Commercial drivers
should avoid stopping short and should be careful when changing lanes.
Accidents caused by distracted drivers: Texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving contributed to 5,367 deaths in 2019,
according to the NHTSA. There are laws against texting while driving, for commercial motor vehicle drivers.
Accidents caused by drowsy drivers: Sleep deprivation is another serious safety issue. The FMCSA states that 13 percent of commercial
motor vehicle drivers were fatigued when they crashed. The FMCSA offers several tips to prevent drowsy driving, which include getting enough
sleep, avoiding medicine that induces drowsiness and taking naps.
When driving, reacting in a timely manner is crucial to crash avoidance. If a driver is distracted – failing to look forward at the onset of a conflict
can substantially delay a response maneuver and drastically increase stopping distance.
Scanning the road ahead of you is essential, but you should also be alert to road conditions at your sides and behind you. If you encounter an
unexpected situation – debris in the road, a stalled car, an accident, an emergency vehicle approaching from behind you – you’ll have alternative
options besides slamming on the brakes, such as speeding up, changing lanes, or turning.
Get into the habit of checking your mirrors frequently as you drive. Always look in your mirrors before you reduce your speed, including when
you’re preparing to make a turn onto a side road or driveway. Since you can’t predict what other drivers will do, using these tips to keep a “space
cushion” around your vehicle will give you more time and more options to react to unexpected situations.
Did you know?
You have brown eyes. Eye color is a result of how much
melanin, a brown pigment, is in your iris. The more melanin
in your eyes, the darker they appear because they absorb
more light. If your eyes are blue, it just means there’s less
melanin in your iris, which reflects shorter wavelengths of
light on the blue end of the color spectrum. Therefore, no
matter what color your eyes appear to be, they’re technically