Driver Safety Alerts
Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our drivers and office staff, as well as providing the highest level of service to our customers. Please continue to check this site for updates.
Wednesday 03/21/18 Update – Due to severe weather in the Mid-Atlantic many customer locations and transportation state offices were closed today. Drivers, if you were in the affected areas including MD, DC, NJ, NY, DE, VT, MA and WV and had to stop today please stay in place until the current severe weather passes. The storm has cleared in NC and most of VA. We should be able to start moving and picking up southbound loads from NC and VA by mid-morning tomorrow. We will not be moving loads further north than the VA state line near Charlottesville, VA. Do not move until notified it is “all clear” to do so by operations tomorrow. Call your manager if you have any questions or concerns. If you do not feel it is safe to drive due to weather, pull off to a safe location until severe weather passes. Be Safe!
Tuesday 03/20/18 Update – Drivers, be aware of the weather conditions in areas along your route of travel. The Southeast will have heavy rains/high winds with some tornado activity today. Drivers in the Mid-Atlantic and into the northeast (MD, NJ, VA, DE, East PA) will be encountering rain, freezing rain/ice and up to 16″ along the I-95 corridor today and into tomorrow. Check the weather along your route, listen to weather updates on the radio, and ask for weather updates from drivers coming from your opposite direction. If heading to a severe weather area contact your managers to find out if your shipper or consignee in those areas are going to be open.
Thursday 03/13/18 Update – Drivers, be aware of snow/ice in the following areas this morning: central and east NC; mountains and coast of VA; state of WV, IN, OH, MD, MA, PA, NY, CT, VT, and DE. The entire northeast will see precipitation today. Rain, snow and ice mix. Drive carefully and watch for black ice. Be aware of other trucks struggling to maintain their lanes. If you encounter severe weather, pull off at the first exit available and seek shelter where you have access to food and fuel. Stay in communication with your Driver or Terminal Manager. Do not pull off onto the road shoulder. You will get stuck! Be Safe
Winter and Severe Weather Conditions – Drivers, make sure you have extra canned food and blankets in case of accidents, breakdowns and delays until help arrives. We are also asking that you drive during daylight hours whenever possible as visibility is better. Watch for ice forming on your mirrors and windshield because that is a sign the roads are starting to ice up. Keep a safe following distance – leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of your truck, and beside your truck, when possible. Also, make sure when you are climbing in and out of the unit to use the three-point of contact system. Please slow down and keep a safe following distance during severe weather conditions, leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of your truck. If travel conditions worsen please contact your Terminal Manager. Stay Alert, Stay Focused and Stay safe – We care!
Breaking: Some drivers like to use the jake brake in less than perfect weather conditions. DO NOT engage the jake brake on icy roads. Try to avoid overusing your foot brake, unless the entire unit is absolutely straight on the road. Don’t over break when the entire unit isn’t straight as the trailer can slide and spin you out of your position since the truck will slow down but the trailer will not. This is especially true when the trailer is empty. Keep fuel tanks topped up for extra weight over the drive tires, it aid with traction. Good quality lug tires, with the proper tire pressure, are essential for good traction for the best safe winter driving. Also, please treat your truck fuel systems with anti gel additive to prevent power loss and stall out.
Walking Over Ice: Approach with caution and assume that all wet, dark areas on pavements are slippery and icy. Walk in designated walkways as much as possible. Taking shortcuts over snow piles and other frozen areas can be hazardous. Bend slightly and walk flat-footed with your center of gravity directly over the feet as much as possible. Keep your hands out of your pockets while walking and extend your arms out to your sides to maintain balance as needed. Watch where you are stepping and go slowly! Use special care when entering and exiting your truck. Always use the 3-point contact system.
During bad weather, avoid boots or shoes with smooth soles, such as plastic and leather soles. Instead, wear boots that provide traction on snow & ice; boots made of non-slip rubber or neoprene with grooved soles are best. Don’t stop on the shoulder of the road especially in low visibility situations, other vehicles can mistake your position for being on the road and as a result, may run into the back of your rig.
Keep tractor and trailer lights clean. When you’re able to stop in a safe place, clear the lights off of snow, ice and crud, which builds up in foul weather…they are vital, more than ever when visibility is poor. Keep everything clean, so you can be seen when entering and exiting your truck.
Drivers, you need at least 8 seconds of following distance to allow you to safely stop your unit on dry roads. During rainy weather, fog, ice, and snow, always increase that distance. Professional drivers avoid the need to panic stop whenever possible. Use special care when entering and exiting your truck. Always use the 3-point contact system. Stay alert, stay focused and stay safe!
BE SAFE – WE CARE!