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Characteristics of a Pro

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I would like to reinforce the following;

Safe: The professional driver pays attention to every aspect of their job; loading and unloading, driving, getting in and out of their truck, (using 3 points of contact.) Performing a thorough pre-trip and writing up issues to ensure they have a safe unit to work with.

Courteous: Polite to customers, co-workers, management, and the public in general. IS Not an aggressive or angry driver.

Thoughtful: Disposes trash, bark, wood, or other debris in the proper place, container. Not on the side of the road. Uses appropriate location to relieve themselves (not in the road!) Shows up to work on time, and is not late for appointments.

Honest: Everyone makes a mistake once in a while. The professional driver takes ownership for those errors and strives to correct them. Does not place blame on someone else. Is truthful when working with clients and co-workers alike. Does not spread rumors or gossip.

Mileage readings

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Just a reminder on your mileage readings. ALL MILEAGE readings should be pulled from the EROAD unit, not from the trucks odometer. The company pays off of satellite miles that EROAD provides. Odometer miles are not as accurate as the EROAD mileage. Please use these miles if you are not already.

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A few days ago there was a notice on the bulletin board about characteristics of a Professional Driver.

I would like to reinforce the following;

Safe: The professional driver pays attention to every aspect of their job; loading and unloading, driving, getting in and out of their truck, (using 3 points of contact.) Performing a thorough pre-trip and writing up issues to ensure they have a safe unit to work with.

Courteous: Polite to customers, co-workers, management, and the public in general. IS Not an aggressive or angry driver.

Thoughtful: Disposes trash, bark, wood, or other debris in the proper place, container. Not on the side of the road. Uses appropriate location to relieve themselves (not in the road!) Shows up to work on time, and is not late for appointments.

Honest: Everyone makes a mistake once in a while. The professional driver takes ownership for those errors and strives to correct them. Does not place blame on someone else. Is truthful when working with clients and co-workers alike. Does not spread rumors or gossip.

RIGHT HAND TURNS

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As professional truck drivers, you are aware that you have to watch out for the other guy, because they are not watching out for you.

This is particularly true when you are about to negotiate a RIGHT HAND TURN.

Chances are high that regular drivers only see the opening on your right and think they can squeeze by you.  They don’t see your turn signal, or even think you’re going to make a right turn; why would they- they see you taking up part of the left lane and the turn lane, without realizing you need that room to make the turn without running over the curb, or anything else!

Even though you can’t fix stupid, YOU CAN be constantly watching out for them. Plan ahead. Know that at any time someone is going to try and take advantage of the little bit of space you are creating, and put you and themselves in a compromising situation that can result in significant damage, or injury.

Consider approaching your destination from a different direction that takes out the element of surprise on your right side. It is often better to face traffic and make a Left Turn while watching what is coming towards you, rather than trying to see in your mirror who is coming up on your right, from behind you.

Please remember YOU ARE THE PROfessional driver. Your reputation, career, and peace of mind are at stake. Drive accordingly!!

Thank you!

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Over the last few months, we have noticed fewer errors/issues with the Elogs. That is due to everyone asking for help and listening on how to fix issues. Thank you for trying your hardest to get it figured out.

W2’s are ready!

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W2’s are available in the office for pick up at your earliest convenience. Thank you for being patient and not hounding every day to find out when they would be available, it makes it easier and faster to get them to you.

Driver’s room

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For a few years now, we have offered coffee in the driver’s room. Is it being used? Is it wanted? With the help from several shop and office employees we have been trying to keep coffee, sugar and creamer in stock at all times. Sometimes it goes unnoticed that the coffee is empty and needs to be refilled. If you notice that we are out of anything in the driver’s room, let someone in the office know and it will be refilled. Same goes with paperclips. If we are LOW or COMPLETELY OUT of paperclips, please let the office know. It is a nuisance when paperwork is put together with anything other than paperclips. An few examples of what has been used in place of a paperclip that WE as a company offer to you: glue, staples, tape, rubber bands, sticky part of the sticky note or just tossed in the box with nothing holding it together. Say something, so something can be done about it.


Getting Busy!

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I just got word our big job west of Eugene is about to start. Get ready, we should be getting busy.

Sorry to the folks at the bottom of the seniority list and our owner operators. I thought I had this all worked out when Boise backed this job up 2 months. You all should have been working steady already.