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National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Interstate hosted 21 children at two of our locations, Tacoma and Lebanon on National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. In Lebanon, job shadowing opportunities were provided for two staff members’ children. In Tacoma, it was a packed day that started out with a tour led by Paul Simmons and colorfully commentated by James Reed. Next up, the Safety Team dazzled with truck JHAs and gave each child a truck ride. Special feature… Posted by intd on May 11, 2016 | Categories: News.

Vehicle Inspections - What You Need to Know

This article was contributed by an Interstate driver who asked to be anonymous. Vehicle Inspections - What You Need to Know Have you seen a driver drop a trailer without doing a thorough vehicle inspection or, worse yet, hooking and booking? Light the fires and bump the tires? Professional drivers know the importance of moving safe equipment, and they take the time to do vehicle inspections at the beginning and end of every day and when changing equipment.… Posted by intd on April 28, 2016 |

Preventing Tunnel Vision

Tunnel-Vision-Feature Preventing Tunnel Vision for Truck Drivers As a truck driver it’s important to prevent tunnel vision so that you are fully aware of the things around you. The best way to keep your vision active is through continuous scanning. By keeping your eyes moving, you will be able to detect potential problems ahead of time and reduce the effects of tunnel vision. Human Vision Humans have two types of vision, central and peripheral. Central vision offers… Posted by intd on April 20, 2016 |

Driver Safety Tip - Announce Yourself!

Announce-Yourself Announce Yourself With so many distractions in the driving environment today, you must be vigilant to make sure people are aware of you. The easiest thing to do is to to announce yourself. We're talking about being seen and heard. As we've discussed, driving on the roads today can be very stressful. Many people are multitasking instead of keeping their focus on driving. While it's great to focus on making sure we are not causing accidents, we should also make… Posted by intd on April 14, 2016 |

Springtime Storms & Truck Drivers

Springtime-Storms With winter winding down, drivers must still be on guard for severe springtime storms. Spring weather can be very unpredictable and can change quickly. From sunny to stormy, light rain to downpours, high winds and even tornadoes, drivers must always be prepared for any type of weather. Lower Visibility Rain and wet roads with passing storms make driving more difficult with lower visibility and possible debris in the roadway due to high winds. If your… Posted by intd on April 7, 2016 |

Long Distance Scanning for Truck Drivers

long-distance-scanning Long distance scanning is a critical tool for truck drivers to travel safely. Everything takes longer in a tractor trailer, whether speeding up, stopping, or maneuvering around obstacles. Long distance scanning is all about maintaining a proper eye-lead time of 15 – 30 seconds. At 60 miles per hour that means the driver is looking between a quarter and a half mile down the road. Long Distance Scanning Tips Look 15-30 seconds ahead for proper eye lead time… Posted by intd on March 30, 2016 |

Preserving Your Truck’s Space

preserving-your-trucks-space Preserving your truck's space is more difficult than ever. From distracted driving and general rushing around to aggressive drivers, these unsafe driving habits combined with increasing congestion make it even more important to preserve your truck's space. As professional drivers it is important to understand how to create space and leave yourself an out. When you have to react to avoid a hazard, more space is always better to avoid an incident. Here are some important tips to… Posted by intd on March 22, 2016 |

Safe Work Habits for Truck Drivers

safe-work-habits Safe Work Habits for Truck Drivers Safe work habits will protect your most valuable asset: your body. The way you perform the other functions of your job are just as important as the way you drive the truck. Having an injury can put you out of work for days, weeks, or even permanently. How would being out of work affect your finances and your ability to support your family? Severe injuries can lead to permanent… Posted by intd on March 16, 2016 |

Backing a Tractor Trailer - GOAL: Get Out And Look

backing-a-tractor-trailer Backing a Tractor Trailer Safely Backing a tractor trailer presents many challenges including limited visibility around the truck, the physical size of the truck, tight dock locations, and sometimes limited experience or skill in a particular maneuver or in certain conditions in an articulated vehicle. Because of these factors, fixed object accidents are one of the most common types of accidents in the trucking industry. However, the secret to avoiding an accident is quite simple: Get… Posted by intd on March 9, 2016 |

Safe Following Distance

Safe-Following-Distance Safe Following Distance Maintaining a safe following distance is key to driving defensively and holding to our top company value of “safety first.” Professional drivers know that due to size and weight, commercial vehicles take longer to stop, and they need to maintain a greater following distance than a regular car. Failure to have a safe following distance can cause you to lose control in a driving situation or make it so you are unable to avoid… Posted by intd on March 2, 2016 |