SHOPTALK WITH TITO - An Ill Fated Voyage

SHOPTALK WITH TITO - An Ill Fated Voyage

Return with me now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. Colorado territory, March, 1872. You have been commissioned to move supplies from Central City to the mining community of Georgetown. An unusually warm wind heightens the anticipation of an early spring after a somewhat mild Western winter. A bright and clear morning as you head to the livery to begin your journey. The owner of the livery is quite eager for your mission to be successful as he has “kin folk” eagerly awaiting your...

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CVSA Roadcheck

CVSA Roadcheck

This year the annual CVSA Roadcheck, often referred to as the Safety Blitz, will be on June 5-7. Each year a special area of emphasis is selected. It is no surprise that this year it will be on the Hours of Service regulations. Here are a few pointers to help you get through with no violations and a few extra dollars in your pockets. If asked which type of electronic log you are utilizing it is an AOBRD (Automatic On Board Recording Device). Approve / Certify your logs each day. ...

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Spring Time on the Road

Spring Time on the Road

Spring is here and along with improved weather, you can look forward to an increase in roadside inspection activity. Conduct a comprehensive pre and post trip inspection. Record the time you spend conducting the inspection on-duty or line 4 of your electronic logs. The report must identify the vehicle and cover at least the following parts and accessories: Service brakes including trailer brake connections Parking (hand) brake Steering mechanism Lighting devices and...

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Shoptalk with Tito - Devil and the Priest

Shoptalk with Tito - Devil and the Priest

I bestow upon you the following parable: Long, long ago an old priest wandered the wilderness. He journeyed far and wide across the old world for many years with nothing but his clothing and his message. He visited many villages and farms throughout the countryside and spread his message to young and old, rich and poor alike. He trudged forth wearily but with purpose. One day as he traversed a narrow path that wound through the mountains he came upon another voyager approaching from the...

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Shoptalk With Tito! Bear Hunting With a Pocket Knife

Shoptalk With Tito! Bear Hunting With a Pocket Knife

The wind blows cold across a frozen meadow somewhere in the Alaskan outback. You scan the scene from a make-shift blind you constructed out of broken juniper branches. You squint at the sun as it peeks from behind a cloud. You shiver slightly as the breeze whistles across the back of your neck. A rustling in the scrub brush from the far side of the meadow alerts you to the coming of your quarry: Ursus Arctos Horribilis…the great grizzly bear. The giant boar ambles into the clearing and sniffs...

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Stop Critical Crashes

Stop Critical Crashes

A professional driver is always looking for ways to improve his/her driving performance. Once a driver realizes that unsafe patterns have been created, corrective actions, such as driving patterns and habits, must be taken. For example, a driver may become complacent with speeding or following too close. Exercise driving techniques - Maintain at least a (7) second following distance. Be prepared to stop. Increase following distance in adverse conditions. Avoid...

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TIPS FOR DRIVING SAFELY THROUGH HIGHWAY WORK ZONES

TIPS FOR DRIVING SAFELY THROUGH HIGHWAY WORK ZONES

Expect the unexpected in any work zone, normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes changed, and people and vehicles may be working on or near the road. Slow down! Be alert! Heed the signs! Diamond-shaped orange warning signs are generally posted in advance of road construction projects. Obey the flagger’s directions. In a work zone, a flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign, so you can be cited for disobeying their directions. Stay calm. Maintaining calmness will...

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CVSA Road Check 2017

CVSA Road Check 2017

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced that the Annual Roadcheck 2017 will occur on the dates of June 6-8. During this 72 hour window drivers can expect to see increased enforcement activity by the DOT officers. This year the focus will be on Cargo Securement Safety. With that in mind drivers verifying that loads are properly secured, etc. Also under Cargo Securement would be any spare tires or tire carcasses in the tire rack under the trailer. Make sure these...

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Following Distance

Following Distance

Following Distance Scott Jensen – Director of Fleet Training Tailgating is the number one complaint the motoring public has against the trucking industry. Maintaining a proper following distance not only helps improve our image as an industry, but is also a key to preventing rear-end collisions. A large number of trucks at Epes are now equipped with the ON-Guard Collison Avoidance System. While this is a great piece of technology, the driver is still the key in preventing rear...

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Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

Winter’s arrival always coincides with the Holiday Season, so most people actually look forward to this time of year...until after New Year’s Day. It is then when we get the slow realization that we will have at least two months of cold, wet, and windy days. As a professional driver you have no choice but to go out every day and do your best to come home unscathed. Here are a few tips to help you accomplish this goal. Keep your windows clean, make sure your window wipers are in good...

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Shop Talk with TITO

Shop Talk with TITO

Eons ago when the first mechanics were inventing simple hand tools, the wheel and other great epiphanies, they could never have imagined the heights technology would reach at this stage of our development. Technology as a whole increases exponentially every year and nowhere is this more apparent than in my current vessel for world domination: trucking. Eighteen years ago when my journey towards absolute power brought me here to our beloved Epes, anti-lock braking (ABS) had only recently...

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Shop Talk with TITO

Shop Talk with TITO

Alex was a rat. Not an individual of questionable character, mind you, but a small white laboratory rodent with a small brown spot in the center of his forehead. His family had worked in the research science field for generations. Alex had always excelled in any of his endeavors but his specialty had always been "rodent reasoning". Alex had quite a gift for problem solving, from solving simple food reward puzzles to more complex memory testing projects. Alex was awakened early one morning and...

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Shop Talk with TITO

Shop Talk with TITO

So many mysteries in life that I may choose to enlighten on, my minions! The mathematical equations and construction methods used to build the great pyramid at Giza. The methodology and calculations involved in the Mayan calendar or possibly what the Druids real intention was when they built Stonehenge. However, to avoid the eternal guilt of a thousand craniums exploding simultaneously from the terminal overload of all the knowledge in the universe, I will tone it down to one of great...

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