Another season begins slowly with volumes down but this latest economic boost (growth of 1.2% in the first quarter!) tells us the future looks bright for the shipping industry. Signs of increasing consumer confidence are evident as we are starting to see sales of boats, swimming pools, machinery and auction equipment.
If you’re not already using the Wideload Shipping phone app you will want to. It works on both iPhone and Android phones and is available in the itunes and Google play store; simply search “Wideload Shipping” and click install.
If you wish to search by state, try searching with the state/province name abbreviation or fully spelled out in your search. This will show all loads/customers shipping to/from this state/province. Be sure to leave us feedback!
Remember PiloTrac.com is just a click away anywhere on the site and in the phone app. Clicking on any of the links to pilot cars will take you to a live map with live pins in it. Simply click the pin for contact information.
Driver nutrition. This is a serious topic.
Drivers need balanced nutrition and healthy choices to stay “heart smart” and alert on the road. Truck stops and Road-side diners think more about their profit margins than being consumer conscientious.
We’ll be reporting much more on this topic throughout the summer to help drivers live longer, healthier lives… stay tuned!
Other quick reminders:
Check rig brakes, air and all fluids.
Inspect all signs, flags and brackets/holders.
Check all lights, turn signals and strobes.
Inspect safety equipment flares and extinguishers.
Check radio equipment, electronics, etc.
Make sure driver safety vest, jobsite hard hat’s in good shape, fits your driver and is in the cab handy.
If your drivers do not have TWIC cards, get them. There’s no reason you should miss out on work over something so trivial. Need a TWIC card? Need TWIC cards?.
We expect a solid season with driver safety at the top of the list and driver nutrition to follow. Please consider these issues as they promote a healthy, sustainable and profitable company.