Bringers of Fire

Bringers of Fire

When the first Technicians discovered fire many eons ago not one among them could have known the magnitude of this technological discovery. In the modern day, there is very little that we do on a day to day basis that is not attributable to the mastery of fire. Even the later, more advanced inventions of my people (Technicians); the wheel and the internal combustion engine could not have been married to create our modern day freight hauling warhorses without this, our most important and...

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We Salute Our Veterans

We Salute Our Veterans

“The Great War”…World War I, officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting had actually ceased some seven months earlier, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month…November 11, 1918. It is for that reason this particular date in our history became known as the end of “the war to end all wars” and maintained special significance for generations to come. With these words, “To us in...

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Apprenticeship Training for Veterans

Apprenticeship Training for Veterans

Epes Transport has partnered with the N.C. Department of Labor for the past 4 yrs in the Apprenticeship Program for Veterans. The Apprenticeship training is on–the-job learning combined with theoretical related instructions. The program allows Veterans who are hired into the company as truck drivers to use some of their GI Bill Benefits provided they still have benefits remaining while completing the program. This Apprenticeship Program is for 1 yr; and once they complete the program they...

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Self-Certification of your Medical Card

Self-Certification of your Medical Card

After you have completed your DOT physical, the state in which you have your CDL requires that a copy of your medical card be submitted to them. The medical card is required to be recorded within 15 days of receipt. The only three states as of today that require it to be completed online are Florida, Massachusetts, and Mississippi. As a courtesy the Safety Department will submit the medical card for you. Most states will only discuss the status of your medical card/CDL with CDL holder, so...

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New Pay Increase

New Pay Increase

Epes Transport System invests nearly $3 million in new company driver pay package Carrier announces largest pay raise in its eight-decade history May 24, 2018 (Greensboro, NC) --Epes Transport System, Inc. of Greensboro, N.C., recently announced its largest pay increase in the company's 85+ year history. Nearly $3 million is being invested into compensation for company drivers effective June 3, 2018. "We appreciate the support our tremendous customer base has provided through rate...

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SHOPTALK WITH TITO - Into the Abyss

SHOPTALK WITH TITO - Into the Abyss

The stench was horrific. An aroma that curls the nose hairs of its unfortunate recipient. An absolute torture to the olfactory sense and one that you feel could be perceived to the heavens above. A soured, musky smell with just a hint of carrion mixed in for good measure. The scattered bones of prey litter the floor of the chamber as you navigate the narrow, debris lined path towards the rear of the structure. You cautiously journey onward, still trying not to breathe any more than necessary to...

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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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