Wednesday, June 26, 2019

What To Expect From Upcoming Truck Inspections

One thing we like to say around here is "stay ready, so you don't have to get ready".

We are halfway through 2019 and there are still a couple truck inspections and important dates, like the 2019 Form 2290 filing deadline, you have to make it through.

The CVSA's Operation Safe Driver Week 2019 and the CVSA's Brake Safety Week are approaching.

If you're still operating your rig, it is safe to say you survived the CVSA Roadcheck 2019.

If you have been in the industry you know that the truck inspections don't stop there. Here are a few upcoming truck inspection dates you need to be aware of.

Upcoming Truck Inspection Dates

CVSA's Operation Safe Driver Week 2019 (July 14-20, 2019)
The first truck inspection date you should remember is the CVSA's Operation Safe Driver Week 2019. This inspection will last from July 14th to July 20th.

 Each year this inspection focusses on some form of dangerous driver behavior and this year there is an emphasis on speeding. 

During this week, North American jurisdictions will be promoting and endorsing the message: "Late won't kill you, speeding will"

Speeding is the one thing we have all been found guilty of from time to time, so this comes as a forewarning to every trucker with a led foot, who may get stopped.

The CVSA will partner with law enforcement personnel to issue warnings and/or citations to drivers operating a commercial vehicle or passenger vehicle, driving at unlawful speeds.

Previous Operation Safe Driver Week Results
During the CVSA's Operation Safe Driver Week last year, there was nearly 17,000 passenger vehicle pulled over alone for speeding and almost 2,000 commercial vehicles. In addition to those, 17 commercial vehicles were given a citation for driving too fast for the weather conditions.

CVSA's Brake Safety Week 2019: (September 15-21, 2019)
The CVSA's Brake Safety Week will be taking place from September 15th through 201th. Roadside safety truck inspections will be conducted on commercial vehicles throughout North American jurisdictions. 

During this truck inspection, any vehicle found with critical brake violations, or other critical violations, will not be able to travel until they are up to protocol.  

Any commercial vehicle that passes the truck inspection during the CVSA Brake Safety Week 2019 will receive a CVSA decal to identify them as such. 

Alongside the truck inspection, law enforcement will also be doing outreach and bringing awareness to the importance of proper brake safety.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

How To Be A Trucking Father On The Road

Some people call me a truck driver the most important call me dad

Happy Father's Day 2019!

Father’s Day 2019 is this weekend and in honor of the amazing trucking father’s we all know, Truck Services of North America (TSNAmerica) is giving you our own outline of how you can be a trucking father on the road. There are a lot of books, podcasts, YouTube videos and more than try and give us the blueprint to parenthood and the truth is there is no blueprint.

With that being said, being a transportation professional with a family is a big task. Although you are on the road in order to provide for your family you are also sacrificing seeing some of their biggest moments. You miss out on first visits from the tooth fairy, first steps, and even first heartbreaks when you are a trucking father. These are the moments that impact your child’s childhood and impact your fatherhood.

Create a Schedule for Your Children Passengers

Since most traditional schools have already started their summer break what better time than now to take your child on the road with you. If your child attends a year-round school you can use their breaks as your chance to have them on the road with you.

Depending on the company you drive for you may have the privilege to bring your family on the road. Not only will you have the opportunity to provide for your children, but you will also be able to give them an experience of a lifetime as you travel from state to state.

Truck to Inspire

What makes the opportunity to truck with your family such an experience of a lifetime is because a lot of children never make it out of their own state until they are adults. By doing this you can teach them not only about your day to day occupation, but that the world is their stage and they don’t have to be constrained.

Be a Protective Trucking Father

Trucking Father and son shaving in the bathroomThe golden rule of taking your child with you on the road is considering their safety, at all times.

Odds are your children passengers will be around some pretty dangerous equipment and material. Making sure that you know what they are doing and where they are may seem overbearing, but remember it is better to be safe than sorry.

This goes for in the cab, as well as when you are making pit stops.

It is easy to say ‘that could never be my child’, but what if it could be. Having your family around as a transportation professional can make you seem like a vulnerable target so be watchful of not only your family but your cargo as well.

Create a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Finding what works best for your family is essential when establishing a healthy work-life balance. Work-life balance is difficult for a lot of parents, but as a trucking father, you will likely find it frustrating. We want all transportation professionals to live healthy lives and the key to a healthy life on the road is an even healthier support team at home. Happy Father’s Day 2019 to all of our trucking fathers who keep America moving. Your sacrifices never go unnoticed by TSNAmerica.

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