CSA Blitz Messages

CSA Blitz Message 27 (2/28/18)

Some things you can do to help reduce your Unsafe Driving violations are:

Slow down and avoid distractions!

CSA Blitz Message 26 (2/27/18)

Last week, DTL was assessed ZERO Unsafe Driving CSA points! 9 violation-free inspections were given to DTL drivers. This is a great accomplishment for the entire fleet and company, as a whole, as we work to reduce our Unsafe Driving BASIC scores.

As an added bonus – All violation-free inspections are worth $100 each during the month of March!

Be sure to report all inspections to Safety immediately at x8533.

CSA Blitz Message 25 (2/26/18)

Failing to signal can increase your chance of an accident and Unsafe Driving CSA points. It’s important to let other drivers and pedestrians know your next move so they can slow down and accommodate. Always signal before turning or changing lanes.

CSA Blitz Message 24 (2/23/18)

One of the key areas Safety is focusing on with SmartDrive is coaching drivers to Maintain a Proper Following Distance. This is one of the key truck driving safety tips that will allow you to react early to what is happening in traffic ahead of you! Proper following distance will also help you avoid violations for “following too close.”

Remember that when traveling at 60 mph, a fully loaded tractor trailer unit will need approximately 370 feet to stop, which is more than a football field. 6 seconds is typically the appropriate following distance at 60 mph, depending on weather, road, and traffic conditions.

Utilize your visual search to ensure you have adequate time to slow down or avoid a crash!

CSA Blitz Message 23 (2/22/18)

Safe driving is the key to being a great driver! Avoid accidents and stay safe by following these essential driving techniques:

Going forward, the safety team will be focusing additional efforts on coaching drivers in these areas, utilizing SmartDrive.

Thanks and have a SAFE day!

CSA Blitz Message 22 (2/20/18)

Roadside inspections take time, possibly costing you money in lost loads, missed appointments, and perhaps even receiving a fine for infractions. The key is preparation to avoid bringing undue attention to one’s self and equipment. Always be prepared for a roadside inspection!

Remember, DTL pays $50 for every violation free inspection!

CSA Blitz Message 21 (2/17/18)

This Safety message is meant to serve as a reminder to always check your permit book anytime you are assigned a new tractor and periodically throughout the year. It is always best to check the permit book BEFORE you leave a DTL Terminal or tractor location in order to avoid complications while on the road. In the event of an inspection or accident, it is important that all necessary paper work is in you permit book and that all information is current. If you notice that documentation, permits, and/or registrations are expired or missing, please contact Stacy Schwan in the Safety and HR Dept. at 515-576-4141 x2370.

CSA Blitz Message 20 (2/16/18)

It is critical that we work together to reduce the Unsafe Driving and Controlled Substance CSA scores by reducing violations and increasing violation-free inspections.

We pay you $50 for each violation-free roadside inspection!

Thanks and have a SAFE weekend!

CSA Blitz Message 19 (2/15/18)

Consequences of drug or alcohol violations are immediate, severe, and long lasting. Not only do these violations impact the individual driver, but they also negatively impact the carrier’s CSA scores. Operating under the influence can also result in injury or death to the driver as well as other motorists. NEVER operate under the influence.

CSA Blitz Message 18 (2/14/18)

Our Unsafe Driving and Controlled Substance CSA scores remain a serious concern.

It is crucial that we work together to reduce these scores. The CSA Blitz will continue to focus on ways we can all work to improve in these areas.

Remember to ALWAYS be compliant with all laws and regulations!

CSA Blitz Message 17 (2/13/18)

Proper following distance can allow you to prevent almost any accident. Leave yourself an out! This means ensuring that other drivers do not “box you in” while selecting their lanes. Do not follow other vehicles too closely, and always anticipate what choices other drivers may make.

CSA Blitz Message 16 (2/12/18)

Top Unsafe Driving Violations in 2017 for DTL were Speeding, Construction Zone Speeding, Failure to Obey (Wrong Lane Usage, Fail to Stop for Downgrade, and Fail to Stop at Scale), and Unlawful Parking.

All Unsafe Driving Violations are avoidable, negatively impact your and Decker’s CSA score, and result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

Protect your CDL and the motoring public by driving safely at ALL times.

CSA Blitz Message 15 (2/8/18)

This quarter’s safety training focuses on behaviors that can help prevent Unsafe Driving Violations; Eliminating Speeding Events, Proper Seatbelt Usage, and Properly Following Signs and Signals. Please complete your quarterly safety training if you have not already.

CSA Blitz Message 14 (2/7/18)

Safety is an attitude, and it starts each time you step into the cab and buckle your safety belt. Drivers who use safety belts are able to maintain better control of a vehicle when involved in a crash. It’s a fact that lives are saved and the severity of injuries is reduced by buckling up. And remember – it’s the law! Be safe, be smart – always wear your safety belt!

CSA Blitz Message 13 (2/6/18)

Speeding is one of the major causes of accidents. Accidents involving excessive speed are more serious. Speeding citations also affect your driving record and your CSA score, as well as Decker’s. We use SpeedGauge to monitor truck speeds to correct unsafe driving behaviors. For all the drivers who are not speeding – thank you for a job well done! We need everyone to be safe out there. Slow down and obey the speed limits!

CSA Blitz Message 12 (2/5/18)

In 2018, Decker has already had to terminate the employment of three drivers for their repeated failure to wear their seatbelt. Proper seatbelt use is the law; all drivers found to be in violation of this regulation will be subject to the company progressive disciplinary action policy. Always wear your seatbelt!

CSA Blitz Message 11 (2/1/18)

Decker’s Unsafe Driving CSA score is currently in Alert status. It is important for everyone to continue to avoid Unsafe Driving violations in an effort to reduce the score below the threshold. Remember to obey all posted speed limits, never use handheld devices, and watch carefully for all signs/signals.

Thank you to those of you who consistently stay safe and prevent Unsafe Driving violations!

CSA Blitz Message 10 (1/31/18)

Always leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Large trucks require more stopping distance than other vehicles. If you hit someone from behind, they can be seriously injured and the accident is typically considered an “at fault” collision. In addition, citations for “following too close” will result in Unsafe Driving CSA points to your and Decker’s scorecards.

Always keep your distance!

CSA Blitz Message 9 (1/30/18)

In 2018, Decker has already had to terminate the employment of 5 drivers for repeated handheld cell phone use. Hands-free phone usage is the law, all drivers found to be in violation of these regulations will be subject to the company progressive disciplinary action policy. Never hold your phone while driving.

CSA Blitz Message 8 (1/29/18)

Violation free inspections help improve our CSA scores. Complete thorough pre-trip inspections, properly note your logs, and be prepared for roadside inspections. Last week, we have 14 violation-free inspections! Every violation-free inspection results in a $50 bonus to the driver or O/O!

CSA Blitz Message 7 (1/25/18)

Most Unsafe Driving violations occur because the driver is in a hurry or distracted. Some things you can do to help reduce Unsafe Driving violations are:

CSA Blitz Message 6 (1/24/18)

Driving too close to the car in front, undertaking, and failing to signal are widely accepted examples of bad driving. However, some drivers fail to accept that driving too fast is also poor driving, despite the fact that this is a contributory factor in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries every year.

Stop Speeding Before It Stops You.

CSA Blitz Message 5 (1/23/18)

Driving distracted is dangerous and can result in costly fines or termination. Using a handheld device for any reason while operating a CMV is against federal law. Some tips to keep you safe:

Please contact your Fleet Manager or Safety if you need help setting up or finding the right Bluetooth or a phone mount. Hands free is the only way to be!

CSA Blitz Message 4 (1/22/18)

Failing to use your hazard warning lights, when needed, can result in Unsafe Driving violations and costly citations. In the event of an emergency, activate your hazard warning lights immediately. Three warning devices (reflective triangles) are required to be placed on the highway within 10 minutes of a disabled vehicle coming to a stop. Reflective triangles are stored in a red box located under the bunk on the driver’s side. Placement instructions can be found in the storage box or in your accident kit. Please check to ensure that you have triangles in your truck. Be prepared for an unexpected emergency!

CSA Blitz Message 3 (1/19/18)

Drinking and driving don’t mix. Sounds simple, right? Unfortunately, many drivers put their safety and that of the general public at risk. At Decker, we’ve seen an increase in alcohol-related violations. Alcohol impairs judgment and affects coordination and vision. What’s worse, individuals under the influence lack the judgment to realize what’s happening. Mixing alcohol with your job as a professional driver is never acceptable. No alcohol in trucks – never drive impaired!

CSA Blitz Message 2 (1/18/18)

With so many things to concentrate on while driving, it can sometimes be easy to miss an open DOT scale. Bypassing a scale is often written up on an inspection as “failure to obey traffic control device”; this is a serious moving violation and carries 15 Unsafe Driving CSA points for both the driver and the company. It is important to be diligent in watching for open scales and all other traffic signs/signals.

Be careful to obey ALL signs and signals!

CSA Blitz Message 1 (1/17/18)

Speeding is Decker’s top Unsafe Driving violation with the most violations being issued for speeding 6 – 10mph over the posted limit. Always be observant of the posted speed limit and watch your speed on hills and curves. If you are running behind on your delivery, do NOT speed; contact your dispatcher to reschedule your delivery appointment. Speeding is dangerous and can be costly to both you and the company. Never speed! Always obey the posted speed limit!

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