Thursday, May 21, 2015

Angel Ashleigh in Driver Services

Andrew Grayson in 16367 has been with PTL since January of this year. In eight years of truck driving he had never used electronic logs and it was a bit overwhelming. Andrew was feeling scared and not at all confident about using them. He contacted Driver Services and was put in touch with Ashleigh Eldridge of our log team. He says that Ashleigh was very patient with him and over a period of two weeks working with Ashleigh his confidence level skyrocketed and the elog process all fell into place. “I was beginning to think I was not going to make it with this job” Andrew said “until Angel Ashleigh’s patient teaching method paid off. She told me to give it two weeks and she was right!” Andrew wants to be sure that Ashleigh is recognized for the valuable asset she and our Log Team are to drivers. Ashleigh says it was “all in a day’s work” and that Andrew made it easy to work with him. 

Do not hesitate to ask for help with your elogs. We don’t expect you to know all about it. If you have any questions at all contact our Driver Services Log Team for help at 800-225-7120, Option 5. We want you to succeed!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"Best Trainer Ever" -Mike J.

Today while at the North Lot I had the pleasure of meeting Mike J. One of the first things he said is, "I'm the best trainer here!" Hard to believe that about someone you just met. Seeing my skepticism, he made sure to explain to me why he was one of our best trainers. I have to say after our talk...I think he could definitely be one of the top ranking trainers we have!

Mike talked about the importance of liking the company and sharing that with his trainees. He tells his trainees that you have to remember when you start any job, you are going to be at the bottom of totem pole.  He goes on to say that if they give Paschall Truck Lines 6months to a year to get to know them as an employee, the trainees will see that good things will follow. If you push and work hard for what you want, and can be patient when days are tough, you will see that the end result can be better than you had hoped.

Mike tells his trainees that this company keeps our drivers moving. Mike thinks that as a driver, you could not want more than that. Since Mike works so hard to stay moving for not just himself but also his trainee's, he is able to appreciate the consistency of having long miles to haul.

Mike informs his trainee's of the benefits that Paschall Truck Lines offers to their employees. Mike has personally learned that by following protocol, he is able to get the fuel bones nearly every quarter. Mike has also been at Paschall Truck Lines for over a year and is able to see what can become of the privilege that is being an employee owned company. These are the things that he works on instilling in his trainees.

Mike does not forget to work on the driving skills of his trainees. As any trainer, they work with the trainees on backing up, parking to sleep, how to work the QUALCOMM, etc. He said, "Safety is first".  Mike is someone that is willing to work with any driver on these skills and to help make our roads a safe place to be.

Hard work, respecting those that you are working with, loving your company, communicating, and most importantly safety is what makes for a great driver and trainer within Paschall Truck Lines. All of these traits are at the forefront of Mike's teaching which may make him the "Best Trainer Ever".

Mike wanted to make sure that any driver that reads this should feel free to contact him. His driver code is JOMIKA if you reach out with a message on the QUALCOMM.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Accident Prevention: Motorcycles

Warm weather guarantees you will see more motorcycles than ever before. Because of their smaller size, motorcyclists can be hidden in a vehicle's blind spot and are more vulnerable than passenger vehicle drivers in the event of a crash. National research shows that 80% of motorcycle crashes injure or kill a motorcycle rider, while only 20% of passenger car crashes injure or kill a driver or passenger vehicle.
Be careful not to crowd a motorcycle. Always allow a motorcycle a full lane width. Carefully check for motorcycles around you and do not change lanes if you have lost sight of a motorcycle that was beside you. He is probably in your blind spot. Road conditions are more critical to motorcyclists. A slick road can hydroplane or skid a cycle easily. A rough or bumpy road can send the driver and/or passenger airborne. Allow an extra amount of following distance when behind a motorcycle since they have the ability to stop quickly.
If you have a motorcycle, be sure you are properly trained., licensed and wear the proper protective gear. Avoid being in other vehicle's blind spot and make yourself visible by always having your lights on and wearing bright clothing.
Whether you drive a commercial motor vehicle or a motorcycle, sharing the road is your responsibility. Here is a breakdown:
  • Do not crowd a motorcycle. Allow the cycle a full lane width
  • Do not change lanes if you have lost sight of a cycle. It may be in your blind spot.
  • Road conditions are more critical to motorcyclists (hydroplaning or bumpy roads)
  • Allow extra following distance since motorcycles can stop quickly
If you have a motorcycle:
  • Be properly trained, licensed, and wear protective gear
  • avoid being in another vehicles blind spot
  • be visible. Have your lights on and wear bright clothing
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Meet Howard Orcutt

We decided that we needed to start getting to know our drivers. What better way than interviewing them as they come through the north lot?! We have a series of questions that we are going to be asking as we meet them. Here is what we learned about Howard Orcutt from Calhoun, LA.

What is your favorite trucking memory?
"Pretty much anytime my wife Stacey is out on the road with me."

What brought you to PTL?
"More money, I am making $.04 more a mile then I did at my last company!"

What is a piece of advice you would give?
"Same thing I used to give to all my students when I was an instructor...keep the left door closed. Meaning, keep rolling! If my wheels are not turning, I am not earning."

It was great to get to know more about Howard today. Thanks for being our guinea pig of this new project. Be safe out there! Glad to have you on the PTL team.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

International Road Check 2015


Roadcheck, now in its 28th year, is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses, on average, every minute from Canada to Mexico during a 72-hour period in early June.  Each year, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors in every jurisdiction across North America perform the truck and bus inspections.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) sponsors International Roadcheck with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline, and Hazardous Materials Safety Secretariat, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).

International Roadcheck is an annual three-day event when CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement, and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security.

Since its inception in 1988, roadside inspections conducted during Roadcheck have numbered over 1.4 million, resulting in more than 318 lives saved and 5,840 injuries avoided.  It also provides an opportunity to educate industry and the general public about the importance of safe commercial vehicle operations and the roadside inspection program.

In the Inspector’s Seat
The Point of the North American Standard Level 1 Inspection Procedure
From a commercial vehicle safety inspector’s perspective, the point of the NAS inspection is to ensure both your safety and those of others traveling on the highways. The costs associated with being put out of service are insignificant when compared to the costs of crashes with innocent people. Be proactive and inspect your vehicle thoroughly before you take your next trip. The keys are in your hand.
If you are put out of service, it will cost you $861 on average- which does not include the costs of fines or repairs as a result of the inspection.




1.       Brakes

Check for missing, non-functioning, loose, contaminated, or cracked parts on the brake system; Check for “S” cam flip-over; Be alert for audible air leaks around brake components and lines; Check that the slack adjusters are the same length (from the center of “S” cam to center of clevis pin), and that the air chambers on each axle are the same size. Check brake adjustment; Ensure the air system maintains air pressure between 90 and 100 psi; Measure pushrod travel; Inspect required brake system warning devices, such as ABS malfunction lamps and low air pressure warning devices; Inspect tractor protection system, including the bleedback system on the trailer.


2.       Coupling Devices

Safety Devices-Full Trailers/Converter Dolly(s): Check the safety devices (chains/wire rope) for sufficient number, missing components, improper repairs and devices that are incapable of secure attachment. On the Lower Fifth Wheel check for unsecured mounting to the frame or any missing or damaged parts; or any visible space between the upper and lower fifth wheel plates. Verify that the locking jaws and around the shank and not the head of the kingpin and that the release lever is seated properly and that the safety latch is engaged. Check the Upper Fifth Wheel for any damage to the weight bearing plate (and its supports) such as cracks, loose or missing bolts on the trailer. On the Sliding Fifth Wheel check or proper engagement of locking mechanism (teeth fully engaged on rail); also check for worn or missing parts, ensure that the position does not allow the tractor frame rails to contact the landing gear during turns. Check for damaged or missing fore and aft stops.

3.       Fuel & Exhaust Systems

Check your fuel tanks for the following conditions: Loose mounting, leaks, or other conditions; loose or missing caps; and signs of leaking fuel below the tanks. For exhaust systems, check the following: Unsecured mounting; leaks beneath the cab; exhaust system components in contact with electrical wiring or brake lines and hoses; and excessive carbon deposits around seams and clamps.

4.       Frame, Van & Open-top Trailers

Inspect for corrosion fatigue, cross member(s) cracked, loose or missing, cracks in the frame, missing or defective body parts.  Look at the conditions of the hoses, check the suspension of air hoses of vehicle with sliding tandems. On the frame and frame assembly check for cracks, bends, sagging, loose fasteners or any defect that may lead to the collapse of the frame; corrosion, fatigue, cross members cracked or missing, cracks in frame, missing or defective body parts. Inspect all axle(s). Inspect for non-manufactured holes (i.e. rust holes, holes created by rubbing or frictions, etc.), for broken springs in the spring brake housing section of the parking brake. For vans and open-topped trailer bodies, look at the upper rail and check roof bows and side posts for buckling, cracks, or ineffective fasteners. On the lower rail, check for breaks accompanied by sagging floor, rail, or cross members; or broken with loose or missing fasteners at side post adjacent to the crack.

5.       Lighting

Inspect all required lamps for proper color, operation, mounting and visibility.

6.       Securement of cargo

Make sure you are carrying a safe load.  Check tail board security. Verify end gates are secured in stake pockets. Check both sides of the trailer to ensure cargo is protected from shifting or falling. Verify that rear doors are securely closed. Where load is visible, check for proper blocking and bracing. It may be necessary to examine inside the trailer to assure that large objects are properly secured. Check cargo securement devices for proper number, size and condition. Check tie down anchor points for deformations and cracking.

7.       Steering

Check the steering lash by first turning the steering when in one direction until the tires begin to pivot. Then, place a mark on the steering wheel at a fixed reference point and then turn the wheel in the opposite direction until the tires again start to move. Mark the steering wheel at the same fixed reference point and measure the distance between the two marks. The amount of allowable lash varies with the diameter of the steering wheel.

8.       Suspension

Inspect the suspension for: Indications of misaligned, shifted, cracked or missing springs; loosened shackles; missing bolts; unsecured spring hangars; and cracked or loose U-bolts. Also, check any unsecured axle positioning parts and for signs of axle misalignment. On the front axle, check for cracks, welds and obvious misalignment.

9.       Tires, Wheels, Rims, & Hubs

Check tires for proper inflation, cuts and bulges, regrooved tires on steering axle, tread wear and major tread groove depth. Inspect sidewalls for defects, improper repairs, exposed fabric or cord, contact with any part of the vehicle, and tire markings excluding it from use on a steering axle. Inspect wheels and rims for cracks, unseated locking rings, and broken or missing lugs, studs or clamps. Also check for rims that are cracked or bent, have loose or damaged lug nuts and elongated stud holes, have cracks across spokes or in the web area, and have evidence of slippage in the clamp areas. Check the hubs for lubricant leaks, missing caps, or plugs, misalignment and positioning, and damaged, worn or missing parts.





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Thursday, May 7, 2015

National Teacher Appreciation Week

It's National Teacher Appreciation Week so we wanted to give a big thank you to all of our trainers at PTL.  If you are interested in becoming a trainer please contact your fleet manager for details.

19686    NICK S
19778    REYNAL C
16436    STERLING G
16438    BRADLEY A
16343    LACOLLIS S
16432    RICARDO G
16530    BRIAN S
16622    SORTERRIO P
16312    LAWRENCE M
16446    MICHAEL C
16477    NORMAN P
16481    TYRONE D
16408    JON M
16489    LAWANNA J
16228    QUINTON T
16534    WILLIAM S
16538    DARNELL G
16509    BILL B
16277    CYRUS A
16501    ZACHARY J
16255    DANA M
16361    JOVARIS G
16517    DARRYL C
16666    JAMES R
19689    BYRON S
16000    JOEL P
16467    GEORGE E
16506    LEE A
16602    JAMES C
16523    CORY L
16406    DUSTIN L
16456    MUHAMMAD R
19793    BRIAN S
16256    JUSTIN M
15164    EDNA P
16480    FODAY M
16206    CHARLES O
16314    DWAYNE C
16431    ANTONIO G
16062    ANDREW S
16366    ALVIN W
16541    TREMELL M
16599    GARY W
19638    BRANDON E
16623    MICHAEL S
16520    JESSIE R
16532    JIMMY R
16309    MAME T
16439    TIMOTHY B
16463    KIRK J
19704    ANDREW C
15163    IRVIN C
16022    MICHAEL J
16282    BARRY G
16339    KENNETH F
16417    MICHAEL J
19631    FAITH M
19703    ROBERT P
16318    DENNIS S
16441    BRANDON M
16461    DAMARION P
16465    MARVIN K
16414    JOESPH W
16442    DARRYL B
16482    MARTIN T
16515    STEPHEN S
16536    GABRIEL C
16690    STEPHEN O
16466    TARUS H
16464    ALEXANDER H
16451    ANGELIA L
16486    SOPHIA C
16528    NATHANIEL W
16494    BRET R
16435    LARRY B
16280    STEPHEN D
16458    KENNETH M
16470    DAMARION P
19739    STACEY S
16415    CLYDE J
16419    GREGORY P
16643    JOEBOB S
19794    TIMOTHY H
16443    WILLIAM S
16418    ORDIE C
16449    ANTONIO N
19616    LINDA G
16473    REGEIL S
16507    JASON S
16263    DAVID N
16185    RANDY B
16212    ALLAN R
19671    BRIAN F
16663    RAYMOND C
16606    ROBERT W
19600    JERRY K
16544    JOSEPH D
16675    CLIFFORD A       
16491    LOAL C
19650    CLINTON H
16335    GARY H
16411    DARRELL W
16448    MAJOR S
16498    SHEROD H
16657    ANTHONY R
16522    JOEL A
16404    JOSHUA S
19664    CLIFTON B
19725    STEVEN B
16513    WILLIAM J
16476    JOSEPH S
16535    SCOTT S
16502    ERIC J
16207    RODRIGUEZ E
16426    ALAN D
16618    RICKY C
16424    MICHAEL T
16469    EDWARD B
16576    BRYAN D
16495    DAVID C
16493    JUSTIN S
16478    CARLOS S
16450    RICHARD F
19663    TOMMIE J
16518    BENNIE F
16420    MICHAEL M
16402    RICHARD N
16271    PHILIP S
19637    ZAVIUS G
16496    MICHAEL M
16555    FLOYD B
16168    ERIC F
16460    MICHAEL P
16497    JAMES P
16499    NORRIS S
16665    LELAND B
16401    JOHN T
19776    ANTHONY F
16196    JOEY C
16553    DONALD B
16278    RICK B
16413    KELVRON L
16409    RICKY H
16685    ALIX E
16571    ALLEN C

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Meet the Trainers!

Thanks to Trainers Kenneth Frogge, Gary Warren, and Joe Allen for showing some of the corporate office employees some truck and trailer basics.  We appreciate you taking the time to share your knowledge with us.

We watched how to drop a trailer, how to do a pre-trip inspection, how to move tandems, and learned about tire pressure.  Several employee-owners also got to take a peek into the cab.  We got to see messages on the qualcomm and looked at e-logs.

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