Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Profiles of Success- Nathaniel "Jerry" Waiters 16416

      Jerry Waiters is an educator at heart. He has trained over 150 people in his lifetime, over 30 of those with Paschall Truck Lines. He started driving a truck in 2002. After 9 months, he made the decision to leave the company. The Director of Training and Safety brought him into the office and asked him not to leave, and instead stay and train. He considered the Director his mentor, he was all about safety. "It's all about safety out here. I teach that the number one priority of a professional truck driver is to protect the motoring public, not hurry up and deliver freight."
      Jerry's mother and father are educator. He said that it's been his life. "Although I never wanted to be a teacher, I teach. We all have to have a purpose on the earth, everyone has to leave their mark. I hope I am sharing my wisdom."
      He has not always been in the transportation industry. He was a respiratory therapist for 25 years. He owned his own clinic and taught clinical respiratory care at the college level. The day eventually came when he was ready for a career change. "When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a bus driver or garbage truck driver." He said when he would look in the paper, he always saw that there were all kinds of jobs if you had your CDL.
      Jerry signed on with a company and got his CDL. "I didn't realize how much I limited my world until I got on a truck." It was there that he became a trainer. After three years of working there, the company asked him to stop training and come into the office to become a Safety Supervisor. "It's not about the money. I've done something all my life, I've done my best to help mankind in medicine and now am trying to extend that into transportation- hopefully I help teach people to be as safe as they can out there."
      Now that he's a trainer at PTL, Jerry takes his experiences in life and applies them to his training. "I have a different perspective of life because of my medical background and what I saw in the industry, working in the emergency rooms."
      Jerry said that it's all about the discipline and responsibility. He has over 500,000 Safe Driving Miles. "You must be disciplined or you will make a mistake. There is a major event (accident) out there for every single truck driver. Those guys will a million safe miles, someone taught them to recognize the problem before they get to it so they can avoid it."
      He learned to train in a 6-8 week program, now he squeezes that into two weeks. He has a plan with each trainee and what he is going to teach them in his short amount of time. "For every trainee that I take out, I try to be very positive. I try to put a positive spin on everything."
      Jerry talks to the trainees about how the grass isn't always greener. He talks to them about why they chose PTL and what they want to do after training. "They didn't give you the truck so you can vacation, they gave you the truck so you can work and deliver freight. I plan on retiring here, especially after we became employee-owned," Jerry said. "You'll have to drive me away from here."

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Tire and Fuel Management

Quick checks can reduce downtime and tire costs, increase fuel economy and improve DOT CSA 2014 citations

 Tire Pressure Checks
 
Perform tire pressure checks daily. This check should include all truck and trailer tire. Inside duals are the most neglected tires in terms of the air pressure checks. We use double seal valve caps on all trucks and trailer. These caps allow the driver to check the tires air pressure without having to remove the valve cap. These caps save time and prevent trash and contaminates from getting to the valve core. A properly inflated tire has less rolling resistance, runs cooler and is less likely to have casing damage from over flexing.
 
PLT TIRE PRESSURE GOALS           STEERS            DRIVES         TRAILER
(Cold Pressure)                                       110 psi               100 psi             100 psi
 
Daily Tire Observation
 
While performing your daily tire pressure check, observe the general condition of the tire. Tread depths should be monitored each time you check your tires. Our desired pull point for tires is 4/32nd on drives and trailer tires and 6/32nd on steers. If you find your tires are at these measurements, call the Road Breakdown department. An obvious damage sign suck as a tire that has been curbed cut or has other sidewall damage should be closely monitored and if necessary reported to the Road Breakdown department.
 

Irregular Wear

A quick observation and/or feel of the tread surface can be an indication of a tire, rim or suspension related problem. Most irregular wear issues can be seen by just looking at the tire, while other types of irregular wear it is necessary to rub your flat hand across the tread in both directions. One direction may be smooth feeling with the opposite direction you can feel a ridge. If you notice signs of irregular wear, please note on your next driver write-up when at the Murray or West Memphis shops.
 
All these daily quick checks can help you reduce downtime and extend the life of the tires. With the penalty associated with the CSA violations involving tires, it is very important that the driver take a pro-active inspections of their tire condition to reduce points against them and the company. Operational cost is another consideration when the driver is monitoring the condition of their tires. Planning for tire work rather than waiting for a failure or violation and having downtime and additional cost should be our goal. With the cost of sending a service truck to fix a problem, anything we can do to be more pro-active in addressing potential problems will improve everyone's bottom line.

-Randy Dick
Tire Manager

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Challenging Citations and Violations

Hello Drivers,

I wanted to share with you some potential good news from the FMCSA. If you have not heard, the FMSCA announced some changes in the process for handling dismissed or adjudicated citations and violations.

In the very near future, the FMSCA will allow a citation that is challenged in court and either dismissed or adjudicated to a lesser charge to result in a change to the driver's SMS and PSP.

If the charge is dismissed then with a DATA Q challenge, the violation and points associated with it will be removed from your CSA score.

If the charge is amended to a lesser charge, the violation is flagged and the point value is lowered to the lowest point value in that Basic.

This is great news for you the driver, and for every carrier. What this means is that now more than ever it will benefit you to take advantage of PTL's DRIVERS LEGAL program and allow their staff of attorneys to help you protect your good driving record.

If you are not a member, contact me at the training center at 270-753-1717, ext 101. Try to be near a fax machine when you call and I will fax the application to you right away. Or if you are in Murray, come by the training center and pick one up.

The charge per week is only $2.98 to become a member. This is a small price to pay. In the event you need an attorney to fight a simple moving violation, there is an additional charge which is a flat rate and will not change no matter how long the case takes.

-Bob Walker
Director of Training

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Profiles of Success - Irvin Cady 15163

    Irvin Cady’s phone stays busy at PTL. He has been with PTL over four years and has a philosophy that makes him a helpful trainer. “I know what it would be like if I was out there and needed help,” Cady said. “I would want someone to help me, so that’s why I’m there, to help trainees or experienced drivers.” Cady said that he tries to keep up with everybody. There are people he has met over the road that need help here and there that call him, as well as people he didn’t train. “You can call me any time of the day or night and I will answer and help you get through what you need to get through.”
     Cady began training because he wanted to teach what he knew. He believes that you never stop learning as a driver. “I know what I had to go through in training and I figured I could do it and do alright
at it.” He has now trained over 20 trainees.  As a trainer, he focuses on safety issues the most. He believes that safety is the number one key to the whole thing and if you can’t be safe out there, you won’t make it. “When you come in, you come in with a good outlook on safety and you don’t want to hurt anybody in this industry. The first time you hurt
someone it will be on you the rest of your life.” He tells them to always make sure they know what is going on with their surroundings and always watch their mirrors.  He said that when students come out of a school, they don’t realize the actual truth of trucking. “It’s not
the real world in school. Each one of us is different.”
    He tries to work with his trainees on how to deal with each type of different person and how to stay calm. “Angry is not going to do it for you, it gets you nowhere.”  He stresses that having a good attitude makes a good driver. He explains that your attitude is what everyone looks at, no matter if it is the shipper or your boss—if you have a bad attitude, they give you one back. “You are representing the company, and customers won’t keep bad drivers. They will be upset with the company.”  Cady says that he just tries to teach trainees to be the best at what they do. He got into trucking because he couldn’t provide for his family the way he wanted to. He was tired of the steel and construction industry and the foul-mouth unhappy people. Now, he enjoys his job. He enjoys driving in the mountains, even though he says they slow him down, because of their beauty and how amazing they are. He also enjoys the solitude he can find in the truck. “It’s just you and God when you’re driving the truck by yourself in the middle of the night.”

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Safe Driving Awards


Congratulations to the following drivers for earning Safety Awards during the month of
October 2014:
 ________________________________________________________________________________


2,600,000 Miles Award

Loyd E. Reynolds

 

2,300,000 Miles Award

Dolline H. Banks

 

1,900,000 Miles Award

Scott E. McDanel

 

600,000 Miles Award

Tony R. Huffman

Daniel A. Parks

Norman Patterson, Jr.

Norris L. Smith

 

500,000 Miles Award

Dennis M. Salisbury

Charles S. Widuch

 

400,000 Miles Award

Charles E. Farrington II

Autumn P. Patterson

Raymond E. Thomas

 

300,000 Miles Award

Cynthia L. Beasley

Kirk K. Jaster

Anthony G. King

James R. Reidling

 

200,000 Miles Award

Erik L. Burnett

Dana R. Morrison

Earl Morrow

Jess F. Reed

Matthew P. Sheldon

 

100,000 Miles Award

Charles R. Black

Travis L. Brewer

Nathan Brice-Coulter

David L. Carlson

Charles G. Cecil

James M. Chastain

Stephen M. Dalehite

Robert F. Dysarczyk

Cole M. Eichinger

John L. Elliot, Jr.

Brian C. Gleason

Timothy A. Holland

Alexander L. Johnson II

Anthony O. McConnico

Catherine E. Miner

Edward E. Morales

Michael F. Panno

Eric A. Robinson

Robert J. Shampine

Major B. Sheffield

Jackie A. Shockley

Justin R. Summers

Angela Thomas

Conred G. Tilson

 
 THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO
SAFE DRIVING!!! 
  
 
 
 
 
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Friday, November 14, 2014

#ThankATrucker

November is always a time where people genuinely sit down and acknowledge the things that they are thankful for. A few weeks ago, Paschall Truck Lines Facebook page posed the question, "What are you thankful for that a truck driver has brought you?"  This did not get nearly as many hits as we expected...The real question should have been, "What is it that you are thankful for that hasn't been brought by a truck driver?"  We do not say it nearly enough, our drivers KEEP AMERICA MOVING.  Without our drivers, you would not have the fixings for your Thanksgiving feast, you would not have the medications to get rid of your nasty cold in the midst of the seasons changing, you would not have the clothes on your back to keep warm throughout the cold nights that have plagued the nation, and these are only the beginning.  This November the number one thing Paschall Truck Lines is thankful for is our drivers and everything that they have to face on a daily basis to keep the rest of the world functioning.  So thank you drivers, we seriously appreciate everything that you do.
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Trainers Keep PTL Going

When looking through our most recent FineLine Newsletter, we could not help but notice the two drivers that were interviewed for the "Profiles of Success" section were both Trainers for Paschall Truck Lines.  Outside of drivers in general, trainers are a core aspect that keeps PTL up and running. Also, they  help keep the roads safe for teaching up and coming professional drivers how to be better on the road.  We are definitely thankful for everything that they do as mentors for drivers within this company.  We want to see more of our drivers come forward and help incoming drivers to be all that they can be for our company.  Other than the pride of watching your trainee grow as a driver, there are numerous other perks to being a trainer for Paschall Truck Lines.

1. You get paid your normal rate for all the dispatched miles the truck moves.

2. You get a double bunk trunk, the newest and nicest in the fleet

3. You and your trainee can run as many miles as possible.  The trainee must drive a minimum of 2,000 miles per week

4. After the trainee has driven 6,000 miles and passes his upgrade test, you will receive a $100 bonus

5. After the trainee has run 30,000 miles as a team with another trainee, you will receive ANOTHER $100 bonus

6. As an Employee Owner you can ensure our future success by training our new drivers to drive a fine line, correctly and safely

If you are at all interested in considering becoming a trainer, contact Kevin Fox at 270-753-1717 ext.285
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