ATRI Seeks Professional Driver Input on NC Parking Issues

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released a survey for professional drivers that will identify and analyze truck parking issues in North Carolina. The brief online survey requests important information from professional drivers on where, why and when they park at locations throughout North Carolina and how truck parking can be improved at both private truck stops and public rest areas.

The survey effort is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and the information will provide important input on freight planning throughout the state. Commercial drivers who operate in the southeastern U.S. are encouraged to provide their insights and information through ATRI’s survey by Friday, Nov. 18. The survey is available at www.atri-online.org.

All survey responses are confidential, and the results will be available later this year.

Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration 2016

Werner Enterprises hosted a weeklong Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration March 20-26 at its global headquarters and locations nationwide, honoring the commitment and service of all professional drivers who deliver freight safely and efficiently.

“This event is really about something we try to do year-round and that’s to show our professional drivers appreciation for the crucial role these individuals play in supplying goods to our nation,” said President and COO Derek Leathers.

In addition to providing meals and appreciation gifts at all of Werner’s terminals, members of the executive team and associates from Werner’s global headquarters lead discussions about the future of the transportation industry and held question and answer sessions. Of Werner’s 11,750 total associates, more than 9,500 are professional drivers.

Please click here to view the recap video.

George Stutts – 2 Million Accident-Free Miles

Werner professional driver George Stutts is easy going and good humored, but behind the wheel he’s a serious professional committed to safety.

It’s that dedication that helped him earn the 2 million accident-free miles award
at the Dec. 8 Fourth Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

“I am proud to get to this goal, but my main goal is to move freight,” he said. “I just take it one day at a time.”

A Werner driver since 1997, Stutts has trained more than 245 students and passed on his talent and knowledge to the next generation.

The native of Tuscumbia, Alabama, enjoys old cars and spending time with his pride and joy – his two granddaughters.

James Moses – 2 Million Accident-Free Miles

While safety has been a great motivator for Werner professional driver James Moses, he also credits the positive working relationships he shares with his co-workers for his success.

At the Dec. 8 Fourth Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony, he received the 2 million accident-free miles award and credited another reason for his success and commitment to safety.

“I was just doing my job so I could get home to my family safe and sound,” he said.

Moses, a Werner driver since 1988, offered several safety tips to help other drivers succeed.

“Don’t rely on your GPS alone,” he said. “Use a map. Get plenty of rest, plan your trip and always do a pre-trip.”

When not on the road, Moses enjoys cooking, volunteering for Habit for Humanity and for his church and cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs. Moses and his wife, Gwen, reside in Plain Dealing, Louisiana, with their four children, 13 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and eight foster-grandchildren.

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween

We’d like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Halloween this weekend.

Take your time as you make your way to trick or treat or travel to costume parties, and be sure to look out for little ones canvassing the neighborhoods to gather their loot.

Happy Halloween!

2015 CVSA Brake Safety Week – Sept. 6 – 12

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA’s) 2015 Brake Safety Week starts Sept. 6. Will you pass the inspection?

It especially is critical that you start your day with a thorough pre-trip inspection. Here are the major areas you should check:

• Airlines – Check for abrasions, bulges, cuts or leaks.
• Drums and Linings – Inspect for grease and oil, and make sure linings don’t have cracks and are at least a quarter of an inch thick.
• Clamps and Mountings – Confirm they are secure and tight.
• Slack Adjusters – Check that they are secured and undamaged.
• ABS Light – Make sure the ABS light is on when you turn on the truck and then turns off. If it stays on, there is a fault in the system.

In addition to inspecting your brakes, officers also will be looking at your paperwork and permits. Be sure your CDL and medical certificate are up-to-date and your BOL’s and permits are within reach.

Nebraska State Truck Driving Competitor – Brad Graybill

Professional Werner driver Brad Graybill will be competing in the Flatbed class at the Nebraska State Trucking Driving Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska, on June 6.

Graybill, a Werner driver since 2008, enjoys competition and being part of the Werner team. He says the experience gives him the opportunity to sharpen his skills and meet new people. Graybill has participated in the competition the last four years and placed third in the Flatbed class in 2013.

The 32-year Navy veteran and native of Victorville, California, enjoys spending time with his wife, three kids – Tony, Cory and Jennifer – and seven grandchildren. He also enjoys model railroading and woodworking.