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.
Attention, all drivers! Operation Safe Driver Week, which takes place across the United States, Canada and Mexico, is Oct. 18-24, so please be prepared. Drivers can expect an increase in commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement, safety belt enforcement and driver roadside inspections.
Through this week-long initiative, law enforcement will look to improve driver regulatory compliance; implement commercial driver educational and awareness programs to the motor carrier population; educate youth about safely sharing the roads with large trucks and buses; and increase awareness to the general motoring public about safe operations around commercial motor vehicles.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), state, provincial and local law enforcement and the industry, first launched the Operation Safe Driver campaign in 2007 in an effort to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and cars.
Click here for more information on Operation Safe Driver Week.
Professional Werner driver Dennis Brown believes in determination, hard work and earning what you get. It is no surprise then that his own commitment and work ethic earned him a 2 million accident-free miles award at the Sept. 18 Third Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.
Brown, a Werner driver since 1996, had this advice for new drivers: “Stay back away from people and give them plenty of room.”
As for his own personal safety motto, it’s all about being in control.
“Don’t let other drivers around you get you stressed,” he said. “No load or paycheck is worth risking your life or anyone else’s.”
When not on the road, the Ashley, Illinois, native stays busy with a family that includes six children, 23 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
It’s that mindset that helped him achieve his 2 million accident-free miles award for which he was recognized at the Sept. 18 Third Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.
Derr, a Werner driver since 1992, has this advice to new drivers: “Take pride in the industry, whether you are driving or dealing with customers.”
Derr has taken pride in his own career over the years. As an avid competitor, he has participated in 12 Nebraska State Truck Driving competitions and advanced to nationals seven times. Derr also is an active member of the community, volunteering for safety events with the Omaha Police Department and charity events with the Boy Scouts. And each year, he participates in the Special Olympics Nebraska convoy.
Derr and his wife Joanne reside in Omaha, Nebraska, and enjoy spending time with their six daughters and eight grandchildren.
Professional Werner driver James Dill heard many stories as a child about his grandfather’s truck driving days, but it wasn’t until a friend inspired him that he decided to start his own career. That choice turned out to be a good one not only for Dill, but also for Werner – he was awarded the 2 million accident-free miles award at the Sept. 18 Third Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.
For Dill, a Werner driver since 1988, having a successful career isn’t just about skill. Attitude also plays a large part.
“It’s important to have a good attitude when dealing with the motoring public and the customer,” he said.
His advice for new drivers is all about caution on the road.
“Keep your distance from the vehicle in front of you and give yourself plenty of time to stop,” Dill said.
The native of Bartelso, Illinois, makes time to enjoy fishing and relaxing when not on the road.
When you meet professional Werner driver Cornell Martin, it doesn’t take long to pick up on his easy-going demeanor and sense of humor. Those qualities likely helped him achieve the 2 million accident-free miles award he received at the Sept. 18 Third Quarter Recognition Ceremony.
Martin, a Werner driver since 1993, gave high praise to his wife of 37 years, Joann, and his good friend and fellow driver Clarence Ward for providing him with much needed support. His success can also be attributed to his safe practices on the road.
“I am prepared because I do a pre-trip every time I stop, and I always make sure to get enough rest,” he said.
New drivers on the road would do well to heed Martin’s advice on how to behave on the road: “Be patient, take it slow and get out and look.”
Martin and his wife reside in El Paso, Texas. When not on the road, he can be found woodworking, fishing or cheering on his beloved Oakland Raiders.
Lance Rhinesmith enjoys his career as a professional Werner driver, and earning the 2 million accident free miles award at the Sept. 18 Third Quarter Recognition Ceremony is proof that he has made it quite a successful one.
According to Rhinesmith, a Werner driver since 1994, his approach to driving is simple.
“I take my time and always obey the laws,” he said.
As for his advice for new drivers, it’s not that much different.
“Maintain the speed limit, keep a safe following distance and be cautious in construction areas,” Rhinesmith said.
A native of Inverness, Florida, Rhinesmith enjoys relaxing when he is not on the road, but he admits he is happiest when behind the wheel.
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.
Werner honored the Phoenix terminal’s Gra-Gar team with an Excellence in Safety award during a special luncheon Aug. 26. The team was presented with a plaque, and each team member received a jacket for successfully completing two years without an OSHA recordable accident or injury.
“Gra-Gar has traditionally recognized individuals for injury-free achievements with an annual safety award,” said Boyd Redinbaugh, Gra-Gar’s assistant compliance manager. “We are now recognizing team success, as it takes everyone looking out for one another to reach injury-free achievements.”
The heat was on at this year’s Werner Roadeo on July 24, but our professional drivers remained cool under pressure and delivered a top-notch display of skill, knowledge and talent. Associates came out in droves to support our drivers in the competition, and everyone even had the chance to enjoy an icy treat. From associate ride alongs to raffle prizes to the competition itself, there was a little something for everyone.
Congratulations to our drivers who placed along with their respective department teams: David Korkosz (Team Reed)-first place; Larry Derr (Team Mullen)-second place; and Chris Baade (Team Parry)-third place.
Thanks to all who attended and cheered on our professional drivers.
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