Safety Thursday: Speed and Space Management

driveforfiveThe size and weight of large commercial vehicles create challenges that owner-operators can manage using good judgement and defensive driving techniques.  According to the National Safety Council (NSC), safe following distances, proper speeds and yielding the right-of-way are vital to collision avoidance. The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NTHSA) also reminds drivers that managing speed and space not only gives the owner-operator more time to think and take action, it also helps to avoid collisions with other vehicles on the road.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is working on educating the public about how to drive safely around large commercial vehicles that are on the road with its new campaign, “Our Roads, Our Responsibility.” The campaign educates drivers of four wheeled vehicles about sharing the road, reminding the public that trucks and buses are more difficult to maneuver, have massive blind spots and need more time for stopping. The FMCSA also reminds professional truck drivers that smaller vehicles may not know the key ways to share the road with big trucks.

Safe Lane UsageAccording to the NTHSA, there are certain things large commercial vehicles can do to manage speed and space around smaller vehicles:

  • Scan the road ahead
  • Use extra caution during inclement weather
  • Maintain a safe following distance
  • Know how long it will take to stop
  • Yield the right-of-way
  • Use caution when turning and changing lanes

Landstar’s “Drive for Five” campaign designed with information from the NSC and the NTHSA, reminds owner-operators to always protect the zones around your truck and drive for five people: 1) yourself, 2) the vehicle in front of you, 3) behind you, 4) to the right side of you, and 5) to the left side.


BCO Appreciation Days Truck Giveaway

rocktruckOne lucky Landstar Business Capacity Owner (BCO) will drive home from BCO Appreciation Days in Rockford, Illinois as the owner of a brand new 2017 Kenworth T680. The flame red Kenworth T680 features a 455-HP PACCAR MX-13 engine and a 10 speed Eaton Fuller transmission.

The Kenworth T680 is designed to change the way owner-operators save money on fuel. Kenworth says the T680 can improve fuel economy by as much as 10 percent. According to the manufacturer, the truck’s real-time reporting technology, tire pressure monitoring system, predictive cruise control and driver performance assistant, help the operator achieve maximum fuel efficiency.

The truck’s spacious cab provides a 76 inch high-roof sleeper and offers modern, elegant interior features that heighten the driving experience. The driver-friendly T680 features a large capacity drawer-style refrigerator/freezer, a large under-wardrobe cabinet, a TV wall mount for flat screen monitors up to 23 inches, as well as a Kenworth radio with AM/FM/WB/CD/USB, Bluetooth and Sirius-XM Satellite truck2speakers.

The Landstar Truck Giveaway, powered by Comdata, will be held on the first day of the two-day event held in Rockford this year, September 13 – 14. Landstar BCO Appreciation Days are held each year as a show of thanks to Landstar BCOs for their service excellence and dedication to safety.


National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

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We appreciate truck drivers 52 weeks a year, but during this year’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week from September 11-17, 2016, we’re showing some extra love to the professional drivers who help move America.

Landstar Business Capacity Owners (BCOs) – our term for independent owner-operators – play a huge role in transporting goods safely and on time. So, we ask that everyone join us in saying “thank you” to the men and women professional truck drivers who are on the roads each day.G - BCO-appreciation-Hipp

Attend our online celebration all week by following Landstar on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll have fun posts to share, prizes to win and photo tributes. Use the hashtag #ThankYouBCOs to participate in this online high-five with the Landstar family.

Also throughout the week, Landstar BCOs are invited to visit any of Landstar’s Orientation Centers for lunch. The free meal will be served at Noon, Monday, September 12 through Friday, September 16 at our Orientation Centers in: Fort Worth, Texas, Jefferson, Georgia, Indianapolis, Indiana, St. Augustine, Florida, Lewistown, Pennsylvania, Reno, Nevada, Rockford, Illinois and Burlington, Ontario.

rocktruckTo top off National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, BCOs are invited to join us at our service center in Rockford, Illinois for Landstar BCO Appreciation Days on Tuesday, September 13 and Wednesday, September 14. The event offers BCOs the chance to connect with Landstar executives, attend education and safety meetings, and network with fellow professional drivers. Also, one lucky BCO will drive off in a 2017 T680 Kenworth – the grand prize in the Landstar Truck Giveaway, powered by Comdata.

From everyone in the Landstar family … Thank You BCOs!

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August Star of Quality Awards Announced

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Every day members of the Landstar family go above and beyond the call of duty, and deserving BCOs and agents are honored with Landstar’s Star of Quality Award.  Qualified award winners receive a bronze, silver, gold or platinum colored lapel pin that recognizes their extra efforts.

Hats off to our Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Star of Quality winners for August 2016!

Platinum:

Ryan James Stip

The Platinum Award is given only in exceptional circumstances and intended for Landstar’s Heroes of the Highway.

Gold:

Joseph E. Donovan, Jonathan E. Damm*, Richard O. Davis*, Tom Herlston, Christopher W. Patton, Jeanette Simpson*

*Going beyond the Gold – recipient has received multiple Gold Star Awards.

Silver:

Harlan Brian Boswell, Stephan Lawrence Brown, Gale Edward Choffin, Phillip M. Herlein, Richard Hill, Mark Steven Huff, Anthony T. Mitchell

Bronze:

Foster Okyere Agyepong, Constance Ilene Christy, William Carl Christy, Hussein Hassan Dirshe, Dwight A. Everett, Gerard Matthew Greenhouse, Roderick Eugene Hayden, Jeffrey Alan Hickman, George L. Hinkley, David B. Jackson, Charlotte F. Johnson, Raynold Mahotieres, Rudy T. McFowland, Carl M. Meclean Sr., James Morris, Tom Ndungu, Timothy M. Nezbeth, James Terry Reed, Stanley B. Rice, Jeffrey P. Russell, Charles Savage, Beretania Smith, Sandy Lee Smith, Keith Snyder, Darreyl D. Thomas, Kenneth Ryan Wilkins, Brian Scott Yoder


2016 Great American Trucking Show

GATSThe Great American Trucking Show (GATS) kicks off Thursday, August 25, in Dallas, Texas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Known as the nation’s most interactive experience within the trucking community, this year, GATS promises not to disappoint.

Landstar has a lot planned that you don’t want to miss during this year’s three-day trucking show. When you arrive at the convention center, stop by Landstar’s booth (#12055), to learn about the Landstar advantage and how you can become an independent owner-operator leased to Landstar.

Current BCOs and agents in attendance at the show are welcome to join Landstar each morning at 8 a.m. CT for breakfast, and daily safety meetings starting at 10 a.m. in rooms D163 & D165, with lunch and prizes to follow. health and wellness 2016

Truck driver health will be a hot topic again this year, so be sure to visit the Landstar Health & Wellness Pavilion, where CDL holders can take advantage of free health screenings, cooking demonstrations, and tips from nutritionists, health authors and health bloggers.

Check out the GATS website for a list of all the health screenings to be offered: http://www.truckshow.com/event/health-pavilion/

And all the happenings at the Landstar Health & Wellness Pavilion: http://www.truckshow.com/landstar-health-pavilion-stage/


BCO Appreciation Days In Rockford, Illinois

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Please join us for Landstar BCO Appreciation Days in Rockford, Illinois, September 13th and 14th. The event will take place at the Landstar service center located at 1000 Simpson Road, Rockford, Illinois 61102. There is limited on-site parking but we’ve also secured off-site parking at the Rockford Airport which in a short drive away.

We’ll have fun filled days of informative meetings, great food, and entertainment. This is the time to meet Landstar’s management team and discuss company and industry issues. It’s also the time to re-connect with your fellow BCOs. 

While you’re here, take time to visit the vendor tent. We’re expecting a great turnout of vendors coming to show their appreciation for your business and to showcase their products.

Landstar will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner. Following dinner, there will be entertainment and prize drawings for those who attend the daily safety meeting. A highlight of this year’s event will be the “Landstar Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway Powered by Comdata”. On Tuesday, September 13th, five finalists will be on stage and one lucky BCO will win a brand new truck! See you there.


June Star of Quality Awards Announced

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Every day members of the Landstar family go above and beyond the call of duty and deserving BCOs and agents are honored with Landstar’s Star of Quality Award. Qualified award winners receive a bronze, silver, gold or platinum colored lapel pin that recognizes their extra efforts.

Hats off to our Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Star of Quality winners for June 2016!

Gold:

Bob A. Hinchey*, Dennis M. Shaw

*Going beyond the Gold – recipient has received multiple Gold Star Awards.

Silver:

Billy Joe Bivins, Bruce Wayne Brown, Richard N. McArdle, Harmon Elwood Meeker III, Charles Jackson Moore III, Gary Thomas Ratliff.

Bronze:

John B. Alderman, Charles Alexander, Antoine Chillers Sr., Larry Cooper, Darnell Cosey, Anthony Darren Gillespie, Thomas O. Gwin, Edward L. Hill, Gregory Hodos, Fernando D. Lopez, James Markey, Nicholas Lawrence Mordaunt, Thomas C. Morduant, Joe Lee Reed III, Brian K. Reynolds, Quentavius L. Sailor, Darrell L. Smith.


Pilot Flying J Announces Two New Locations

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Pilot Flying J, the largest chain of truck stops in the United States has opened two new locations – one in Jacksonville, Florida and the other in Pasadena, Texas.

Pilot #1047, Jacksonville, Florida is located at Exit 25 off of I-295

4075 Jones Branch Road

Jacksonville, Florida

This location features Arby’s, PJ Fresh, Cinnabon and Auntie Anne’s restaurants. It also has eighty-eight truck parking spaces, seven showers and eight diesel lanes with DEF.

Phone: 904-786-7844

Fax: 904-786-7697

Flying J #1057, Pasadena, Texas is located at

1305 Pasadena Freeway (also known as Route 225)

Pasadena, Texas

This location features Arby’s, PJ Fresh, Cinnabon, and Auntie Anne’s restaurants as well as eighty parking spaces, seven showers and eight diesel lanes with DEF.

Phone: 530-865-0108

Fax: 530-865-0114

 

Landstar BCOs receive a fuel rebate of $0.25/gallon at all Pilot Flying J owned and operated facilities in the United States.

To find out more about Pilot Flying J please visit their website at: www.pilotflyingj.com.


Love’s Opens Four New Travel Stops

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Four New Travel Stops Opening

Landstar BCOs receive a fuel rebate of $0.20/gallon at all Love’s locations.

 

 Sidney, Nebraska #625 I-80, Exit 59 at Upland Parkway

  • IHOP Restaurant
  • 7 Showers
  • 88 Truck parking spaces
  • 9 Islands, 8 dispensing points
  • CAT scales

Phone: 308-254-4865

 

Dumas, Texas #626 Highway 287 and North 8th Street

  • Chester’s/Love’s Subs
  • 2 Showers
  • 22 Truck parking spaces
  • 5 Islands, 4 dispensing points
  • CAT scales

Phone: 806-935-0189

 

Boardman, Oregon #650 I-84 and Tower Road, Exit 159

  • Carl’s Jr/Green Burrito
  • 7 Showers
  • 95 Truck parking spaces
  • 9 Islands, 8 dispensing points
  • CAT scales

Phone: 541-481-2934

 

Meadowview, Virginia #613 I-81 Exit 24 at Glenbrook Avenue

  • Subway/McDonald’s
  • 5 Showers
  • 72 Truck parking spaces
  • 9 Islands, 8 dispensing points
  • CAT scales

Phone: 276-944-3281