Commercial (for) Drivers

In my driver training session last week in Alabama I discussed some current driver issues with fifteen commercial drivers. These were all professional drivers who take their job very seriously. It’s their livelihood. Not to say that they don’t like to poke fun at each other on a regular basis, but these are very hard working individuals. Some were heavy haul drivers that carry huge construction machinery, some drive fuel tankers and some operated float tractor trailers and smaller type trucks. They spend many days and nights on the road to support their families.

 The training topic that I was presenting was on Speed and Space Management.  But, as happens many times, the participants brought up some important topics of their own. One of those topics was a recent roadside inspection where the driver came out smelling like a rose and had no violations (our company pays a $200 incentive for this), and another was the fact that this group of drivers had one of the best accident-free records in our company.

 It is always important to acknowledge the good things that go on in your organization and to do it frequently. Drivers that pass a commercial driving certification and carry a CDL are hard working professionals that provide vital services to us all.

 STATS – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that large truck crash fatalities declined 9.7 percent in the U.S. from 2007 to 2008. The overall number fell by 593 to 4229 traffic fatalities related to large trucks. This compared to 37,261 fatalities for all vehicles in 2008.

Down the Road – Mike


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