In This Issue
• Driver Appreciation
• Fun Facts
• Distracted Driving
• Insurance Renewal
September 2018 Issue 13
Driver Appreciation Week 2018
I want to start this article by saying all of the hard work and sacrifice that all drivers do for us on a daily basis merits year-round attention!
Operating such a large, complex vehicle is hardly an easy task. It takes serious time and effort to acquire the skills needed to handle a truck — and not everyone can do it. And that’s just learning the basics — there’s always more training to be had, from mastering the latest new technology to learning a new company’s way of doing things. Thank you for your unwavering commitment to being the very best at what you do. Our office is frequently complimented on your driving skills, your concern for safety, your professionalism, your customer service and your willingness to make our customers happy.
It’s a simple fact — truck drivers don’t get to be at home as often as most other people. Whether they’re leaving at the crack of dawn and getting home late, or staying on the road for weeks at a time, it’s definitely not a 9-5 job. And that kind of schedule comes with some major sacrifices. Professional drivers know how to make every minute spent with family and friends count.
We also realize that without the hard work and dedication of professional truck drivers, our way of life would come to a grinding halt. From the food we eat and the clothes on our back to the tech we use in our homes, schools, and workplaces, it all has to be delivered via truck.
It’s 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. You make a difference in the world every day, just by virtue of being you. We at Guaranteed Transport Service sincerely Thank you for what you do everyday, all year long!
Distracted Driving Prevention
Driver distraction is the diversion of attention from activities critical for safe driving to a competing activity. Driver distraction increases your risk of getting into a crash.
Distractions can come from both inside and outside of your truck cab. Distractions inside of your cab can include dialing cell phones, texting, using dispatching devices, eating, reading, or adjusting the radio. Distractions outside of your cab can include looking at a passing building, billboard, or person. One way to think about distraction is to ask yourself if something is drawing your attention and taking your eyes away from the road ahead of you. If the answer is “yes,” it is probably a distraction.
TIP #1: Do Not Let Objects Outside of Your Truck Distract You
When driving, stay focused on the job of driving your truck. You should avoid focusing on things outside of your truck that aren’t related to driving. This includes things like billboards, buildings, and people. Remember, anything taking your eyes away from driving is a dis-traction and can be dangerous. Paying attention only to things that are related to driving will help keep you aware of the road and cars around you, and will help make sure you are ready to react to anything unexpected.
TIP #2: Do Not Text While Driving
Texting while driving is illegal for CMV drivers. Texting is an easy way to keep in touch with people. Yet, texting can also be one of the most dangerous distractions in your truck. Texting takes your eyes, hands, and mind off the job of driving. In order to read or send a text message, you must look at the phone. This takes your eyes off the road. You must use the buttons on the phone to open or write a message, which takes at least one hand off the steering wheel. You must read or think about what you are going to write, which takes your mind off the road.
TIP #3: Do Not Use a Dispatching Device While Driving
Peoplenet allows you and your dispatchers to communicate, can help you navigate, and can help keep your logs. These devices are sometimes called mobile or portable data terminals and can help make your job easier. Although a message on the Peoplenet might seem urgent, using a dispatching device while driving can be dangerous. This is because the dispatching device can take your eyes, hands, and mind away from driving safely. Since using a dispatching device while driving raises your risk of a crash, many companies have policies in place or lock out features when the truck is moving. Using a dispatching device is “texting for truckers.”
TIP #4: Do Not Dial a Handheld Phone While Driving
Handheld cell phones involve multiple types of distractions and using them while driving is illegal for CMV drivers. Handheld phones can take your eyes and hands away from driving. Dialing a handheld cell phone requires you to take your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel. If you have to make a call while driving, find a safe place to stop and keep your call short. Or, consider a voice-activated hands-free phone or phone app. Phones that do not require you to hold them while dialing a number or talking can help keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Most smartphones either have this hands-free ability or have apps available to provide it.
TIP #5: Do Not Read, Write, or Use Paper Maps While Driving
Printed directions, notes to yourself, and maps are a normal part of your job. However, reading or writing while you are driving is a much bigger risk than you might think. Reading a map while driving increases your risk of being in a crash. This is because both read-ing and writing take your eyes off the road ahead of you. If you need to read something or write yourself a note, the safest thing to do is pull over. Never read, even a map, or write while you are driving!
TIP #6: Avoid Eating and Drinking When Driving
Sometimes you may feel like driving is the only time you have to eat or drink. But you may not realize that eating while driving can be dangerous. Eating while driving can take your eyes off the road. It always takes at least one of your hands off the wheel. Always try to eat or drink before getting behind the wheel or leave time to pull over and eat.
Be safe and arrive alive!
“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and per-sistence.”
– Colin Powell
“ There is no substitute for hard work. Never give up. Never stop believing. Never stop fighting.”
– Hope Hicks
GTS Ph#’s
ALL calls to Dispatch need to be made to the following ph#:
833-487-8265 Opt.2 Dispatch 24/7
Maintenance 863-812-4685 24/7
Safety 863-333-1918
Please do not call the Dispatchers on their cell phones, if you call 833-487-8265 and choose option 2 then it will take you to Dispatch. After hours and on weekends it will rollover to the Dispatcher on call or that is working. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Fun Facts
• The naming of hurricanes and tropical storms officially began in 1953.
• The wind does not make a sound until it blows against an object.
• The country most affected by tornadoes is the USA which faces on average 1200 tornadoes every year.
• The fastest speed a falling raindrop can hit you at is 18 mph.
• A cubic mile of ordinary fog contains less than a gallon of water.
• In 1899, it was so cold that the Missis-sippi River froze over its entire length.
• The air located around a lightning bolt is heated to around 30,000-degree Celsi-us. This is 5 times hotter than the sur-face of the sun.
• A mudslide can carry rocks, trees, vehi-cles and entire buildings.
• The average width of a tornado’s funnel averages about 100 to 200 yards, but it may be as wide as a mile.
• Snowflakes falling at 2-4 mph can take up to 1 hour to reach the ground.
• Every second around 100 lightning bolts strike the Earth.
• A heatwave can make train tracks bend.
• For each minute of the day, 1 billion tons of rain falls on the earth.
• A molecule of water will stay in earth’s atmosphere for an average duration of 10-12 days.
• Worms wiggle up from the ground when a flood is coming.
• The Earth is closest to the sun during the winter.
• Wildfires sometimes create tornadoes made of fire called fire whirls.
CVSA Brake Safety Week
From September 16-22, 2018, many states will participate in the Com-mercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week. During this event, law enforcement agencies across North America will inspect brakes to verify compliance.
CVSA says most of the inspections performed during the week blitz will be full Level I inspections, the most comprehensive inspection. Howev-er, inspectors will have a keen focus on brake components, including ; loose or missing parts; air or hydraulic fluid leaks; defective rotor condi-tions; measurement of pushrod travel; mismatched air chamber sizes across axles; air reservoir integrity and mounting; worn linings, pads, drums or rotors; required brake-system warning devices and other brake-system components. Vehicles with defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will be placed out –of-service. Last year 14% of trucks inspect-ed during the blitz were placed out of service for brake related viola-tions.
Be prepared—let’s get violation FREE Level I inspections!
Contact Us
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Recruiting — Option 1
Payroll – Option 3
Insurance Open Enrollment
As healthcare costs continue to rise, Guaranteed Transport Service strives to minimize the cost increases to their valued employees by making strategic changes to the benefit plans. Effective October 1, 2018, we are making changes and adjustments to the plan offerings.
Highlights of the changes effective October 1, 2018:
• Medical is changing from Florida Blue’s Blue Options PPO to United Healthcare’s Navigate Plus PPO;
• Dental there are two Dental PPO options to choose from available through United Healthcare’s PPO Network;
• Vision is changing from Florida Blue’s Blue View Network to United Healthcare Vision;
• New! Voluntary Life/AD&D will be offered through the Standard. This is your opportunity to purchase additional Life/AD&D coverage for your-self and your eligible dependents.
New! Wellness coming for 2019! There will be a premium difference depending if you meet the wellness parameters during the 2018-2019 plan year. More details to follow on the Wellness rollout.
Next Steps:
For the upcoming changes, here are suggestions to help smooth the transition:
Medical: Check if your doctor(s) are participating in the Navigate Plus network;
• Navigate Plus: If you reside in the following states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Wyoming, or Minnesota, this network may change in the near future. Please inform Amy if you are having difficulty locating a PCP (Primary Care Physician) in your home state.
Rx: Check if your current pharmacy is participating and which tier your medication belongs;
• Mail-Order: If you are participating in the mail-order program, you need to request a new prescription to set up the Mail-Order with OptumRx. As Mail-Order takes time to set up, please be sure to have adequate medication supply on hand during the transition.
• This is your opportunity to enroll your eligible dependents into the benefits. You will need to provide the dependent’s Social Security Num-ber and Date of Birth on your enrollment form.
The new United Healthcare Navigate Plus plan aligns with Guaranteed Transport Service’s desire to control medical costs by promoting care coordination. On this plan, each member must elect a Primary Care Physician (PCP) or United Healthcare will assign. Once you choose your PCP, he or she will provide most of your routine care. For specialists, you must request a referral from your PCP before you see another network physician or specialist. By having your PCP coordinate your care, you are saving money by being referred to participating providers and reducing unnecessary costs. When traveling, emergencies are covered as in-network by the plan.
Member ID Card:
If you enroll in the United Healthcare coverages, you will receive a new ID card effective October 1, 2018.
If you are waiving coverage, please select Waive/Decline on your Enrollment Form and return the signed copy to Amy.
Did You Know?
A lumber businessman Peterman, who was looking for an enhanced way for mov-ing logs from the forests to his factories, after revamping army trucks, developed his own first ever truck, and termed it as the Model 260. Peterbilt was named after the same businessman, T.A. Peterman.