Truck Drivers Exhibit on Instagram

The old saying a picture is worth a thousand words proves itself true time and time again, especially for social media sites like Instagram. Founded in 2010 and later purchased by Facebook originator Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram is an application that allows mobile phone and tablet users to edit and share pictures and videos. Networking platforms such as Facebook, Tumblr and Flickr are just a few places Instagram photos are distributed.

Through the use of hashtags such as #truckdriver (which already has more than 153,000 posts) drivers can share their photos and connect with like-minded folks around the world. It’s also a platform where drivers can engage in political debate and discussions on industry topics. For instance, hashtag #truckdriverproblems showcases more than 2,100 posts that feature a variety of pertinent topics relating to the trucking industry and the number of posts are continually increasing.

Hashtag #truckdriverlife features a lot of the trucking industry’s upside. With more than 5,000 posts from drivers, there’s a long list of smiling faces, beautiful photographs of trucks, and a ton of “real life trucking moments” available for public viewing.

Why are all these truckers embracing Instagram? The answer is pretty simple. The connection between truck driving and Instagram is a natural one. Professional drivers today are much more technologically advanced. They have to be considering that the inside of most trucks are usually more technologically advanced than many aircrafts. With all said and done, there is a natural carryover from working in that kind of environment to social media sites like Instagram.

One of the more interesting and controversial features of Instagram is that you can start your own hashtag at anytime and you can usually find a hashtag on just about any type of brand. Millis Transfer is even on Instagram. Check out #MillisTransfer and you will find more than 400 random posts. One in particular is a wonderful post from “christruckermusic” who offers a personal invite to be a paid tourist with us!

On his Instagram post, Chris says he is excited to carry on the Millis Transfer family tradition. He also loves being a 4th generation trucker. His Instagram has been shared with some of the following hashtags: #paidtourist, #millistransfer, #truckernation, #truckingoutlaw, #fourthgenerationtrucker, #countryboy, and #countrymusician. The potential exposure is enormous.

Other posts on the #MillisTransfer hashtag include one from #Truckingwithdogs, who recently shared a Millis Transfer Facebook photo that highlights someone’s pet sitting in the window of a Millis Transfer truck. There are also pictures of sunsets, stadiums, and even a shot of the “Drive Friendly” Texas Welcome Sign.

Because over-the-road truck drivers usually do capture the most breathtaking views, a platform like Instagram enables them to share some of those with the world. It would not be surprising to find that a lucky truck driver or two will someday rise to international fame via the sharing of photographs from the places they visit. A look at some of the hashtags like #truckersjourney and #truckersview is a strong testament to the amount of talent out there.

Overall, there’s a lot of advice on the internet for Instagram users on how to build their individual platforms. Sites like Gramlike.Com also offer fun and creative ideas to help illustrate favorite photos. These are just a few listed on their website suggested for Instagram use.

• I’m way up, I feel blessed.
• I cannot see heaven being much better than this.
• Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not strong enough.
• Be who and what you want, period.
• Don’t be like the rest of them, darling.
• I wasn’t lucky, I deserved it.
• Whatever you do in life, make sure it makes you happy.
• The question isn’t can you, it’s will you?
• What do you think of the view?
• We all start as strangers.

With captions like that, it is easy to see why so many engage in sharing. While social media platforms are fun and innovative, it is a good idea to use them wisely and never while actually driving. With that said, enjoy the view of all the wonderful places out on the road. We look forward to seeing you at #MillisTransfer.

About Millis Transfer
Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

Millis Transfer Makes the Grade

When searching for a trucking company, what distinguishes one from the other? At Millis Transfer, we believe it is not only the training a company provides, but the full package of amenities and pay options that the company offers. Since Millis Transfer first opened its doors in 1936, the company has been dedicated to providing a family oriented environment and has been focused on what it does best – transporting materials, safely and reliably. The company has earned a reputation for excellence. That has been a consistent ranking throughout the years, not only with customers, but with our drivers as well.

Survey information posted on Brightlocal.com states that, “Almost 9 out of 10 consumers have looked at reviews in the last 12 months to help them make a decision on a business. What’s more, 4 out of 10 consumers do so as a regular action.” It is no surprise then to learn that reviews are sought after and provided on everything from hotels and restaurants to driving instructors and transportation companies.

While online reviews are not full proof, people are beginning to put more trust into them. According to Brightlocal.com, 88% trust them as much as personal recommendations. In another survey regarding online reviews, 58% of respondents said they were likely to share their experiences about a company or product online as much as they were through word of mouth.

How well has Millis Transfer performed? What have people been saying about us? Here are just a few of the non-solicited, non-paid testimonials that we found online at one of top reviewing sites:

“I enjoyed driving for Millis Transfer very much. Lots of miles, home time requests always kept. New equipment. But I would have to say the best thing about the company is that I had a great dispatch. Friendly drivers. Terminals conveniently located.”

“This is the place to be for an over-the-road career in truck driving. New truck every three years. They really take care of you.”

The testimonials do not stop there. Other comments have indicated the following perks:

  • Free coffee
  • Tv in trucks
  • Shop gets your truck in and out pretty quick
  • No forced dispatch
  • Pays every week
  • Great equipment
  • While those comments are nice, what is even better is that Millis Transfer provides much more than that. That is why we encourage anyone interested in learning more about the company to contact our recruiting department. Not only can they provide more details on the things that matter most to you, they can assist you in more ways than you thought possible.

    Millis Transfer is not just committed to being the best trucking company on the road for our customers. We’re also committed to being one of the best for our drivers. Give us a call today and find out why we’re truly making the grade when it comes to customer and driver satisfaction.

    About Millis Transfer
    Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

    Sizing Up Truckers To Make Safer, More Ergonomic Cabs

    A study to analyze the “human bodies” of truck drivers was recently conducted by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

    The “Anthropometric Study of U.S. Truck Drivers,” as it was officially called, measured truck drivers because up-to-date anthropometric data, which plays an “important role in improving ergonomic design of truck cabs…has not been collected for decades.” According to the findings of the online report, knowing the average size of truck drivers will help engineers improve cab design features and reduce work-related highway incidents.

    The study, initiated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), lasted for four years. During that time, information on 1,779 males and 171 female truck drivers was collected at 16 different locations in 15 states across the United States. Truck drivers were measured at places like the Mid-America Truck Show, the Great American Truck Show, and the Great West Truck Show. Only those with a valid Class A CDL were allowed to participate.

    Findings revealed male truck drivers tend to be larger in body width and girth when compared to the general male population. A comparison of women truck drivers showed they were about the same size as the regular work population, but the sample size for women truck drivers was very small. Because of that, results may be somewhat inconclusive. Measurements from both men and women truck drivers, however, were utilized to construct “preferred body models” for women and men truck drivers that would be suitable to use in the design of new ergonomic truck cabs.

    The study examined the way truck drivers sit, including measurements for things like sitting height, elbow rest height, buttock-knee height, thigh clearance, eye height and more. They also looked at the average hand size, shoe length, and shoe width. Information on age, sex, and race was also examined.

    After the research was conducted, a total of 15 body models for both male and female truck drivers were constructed. Each model represented a unique type of body. As noted in the study, the use of these models will help to benefit the design of the “next-generation truck cabs.” The body models designed from the truck drivers, they say, comfortably represents about 95 percent of the trucking population. For those that fall outside the 95 percent margin, customized options may be more of a long term consideration.

    Through the help of the research, it was determined that truck drivers as a group are not the same as models from the general population. Further, male truck drivers, on average, are a unique type of group in regard to size specifications. With that said, next generation truck cabs should not rely on data that is not specific to those who actually work in trucking. Otherwise, truckers will be driving cabs that were designed from a model that does not represent their true body characteristics as a group.

    With the help of this research and thanks to the new data on size, truck cabs in the future should be closer to a custom fit, more comfortable, and definitely safer for truckers in general. Read more about the findings here: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2015-116/pdfs/2015-116.pdf

    About Millis Transfer
    Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

    Be Prepared: Summer 2016 Will Most Likely Be Warmer Than Most

    This is nothing better than sitting behind the wheel, enjoying a warm breeze along miles and miles of beautiful, rolling highway. This year, however, things are expected to be a little warmer than most.

    According to the June-August outlook from the Weather Channel, “Well-above average temperatures are expected this summer for the northern tier of states, from the Pacific Northwest into the northern Plains, Great Lakes and Northeast. Warmer than average temperatures will also extend from southern California into the central and southern Plains and Southeast. The only area where cooler than average temperatures are currently expected this summer is for portions of central and south Texas.”

    While the warm weather can be relaxing and wonderful, heat can bring adverse effects. Warmer than average summers impact drivers and the reliability of transportation. On a 90-degree day, surface temperatures can easily exceed 150 degrees. Think about what that does to a tire. According to Consumer Reports, tire blowouts are on the rise, creating a number of potential dangers. Believe it or not, just having your tires properly inflated will go a long way toward avoiding such failures.

    With higher than average forecasts, tires are not the only concern. Drivers must also exercise caution. It is important, for a number of reasons, to be aware of the temperature readings. Keep in mind that the temperature on a thermometer is not necessarily the temperature for which you should be concerned. The relative humidity in an environment can significantly affect what is known as the “apparent temperature,” or the temperature you actually feel. According to Healthline.Com, “If the air temperature reads 85 F, but there’s zero humidity, it will actually feel like it’s 78 F, whereas the same air temperature in an environment with 80 percent humidity will feel like 97 F.”

    Because high environmental temperatures can be dangerous to the human body, it is important to gauge temperatures accurately. “In the range of 90 to 105 F, heat cramps and exhaustion may occur. Between 105 and 130 F, heat exhaustion is almost certain, and activities should be significantly limited.” According to Healthline.Com, “An environmental temperature over 130 degrees F is likely to lead to heatstroke.”

    Have fun traveling, but stay aware of the temperature and humidity. Being cautious and alert are some of the most important keys to a safer, more secure driving experience this summer.

    About Millis Transfer
    Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

    Courtesy: What It Means to be a Better Driver

    Little things make a big difference, especially in trucking. It is important to remember the essentials. After the initial training phase, driving can feel like a pair of shoes. The more time spent on the road, the more comfortable things feel. Things can get so comfortable, however, that drivers forget basic courtesies. While it has been said before, we will say it again. What drivers Do Not Do all to often distinguishes the mediocre from the best.

    There are plenty of examples to prove that. For instance, when a driver is attentive, others on the highway are inclined to feel more at ease. We also know that when a driver forgets to utilize a turn signal, it may cause unnecessary concern. At Millis Transfer, we work hard to ensure our drivers never forget the difference the details can make.

    A classic example of a common courtesy that drivers should always follow (when possible) is moving over to the middle lane when trucks or vehicles are merging onto the freeway. When a driver doesn’t do this and stops being courteous, people draw a world of conclusions about the driver and the trucking company. Every decision a driver makes, therefore, reflects on the individual driver as much as the company brand.

    Safe driving evolves from good choices. Good choices save lives. While eating well and exercising are an important part of the good choices we make to be better drivers, we must also know how to avoid common ailments such as “trucker’s shoulder” or repetitive strain injury. We know it is as important to get the necessary rest as it is to eat the right foods. Overall, there must be at least 101 basic rules drivers should practice for a number of different reasons. For instance, flashing your lights to motion to another driver that they can get in front of you is not only courteous, it helps prevent accidents.

    At Millis Transfer, we take pride in knowing we work with some of the most courteous and attentive drivers in the business, drivers who never take the little things forgranted. Drivers who understand little things sometimes make all the difference. Whether it is the simple use of a turn signal or any number of common sense decisions, we’re a family of drivers you can count on to help make the highways a safer, more courteous place to be.

    About Millis Transfer
    Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

    Distracted Driving: No Call, No Text, No Ticket

    There’s a growing list of penalties when it comes to distracted driving. Drivers should take note. According to new research conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the risks of being in a crash increases 23.2 times when commercial drivers engage in texting and/or distracted driving on the road. To combat risks, the FMCSA is getting tougher on when and how drivers utilize their mobile devices.

    When you first read through the rules listed on the FMCSA website, it sounds much like what you would expect. Rules stipulate that drivers may not engage in texting and/or using a handheld mobile device while operating a commercial motor vehicle. Motor carriers are also prohibited from requiring or allowing their drivers to engage in texting while driving. Commercial driver’s license (CDL) regulations have also been amended with texting or distracted driving citations now listed as a disqualifying offense.

    All to often, the devil‘s in the details. That would be particularly true for mobile phone rules. It’s not just a matter of not texting. A driver could also be cited for simply holding their phone at a stop light. Since violations of any of the rules could result in fines, disqualification, being prohibited from driving and more…it’s important to know there’s a lot more than just not texting when it comes to the use of your phone.

    According to FMCSA, drivers may not do any of the following:

    Use at least one hand to hold a mobile phone to make a call;
    Dial a mobile phone by pressing more than a single button; or
    Reach for a mobile phone in a manner that requires a driver to maneuver so that he or she is no longer in a seated driving position, restrained by a seat belt.

    CMV drivers who use a mobile phone while driving can only use a hands-free phone located in close proximity. Rules governing mobile phone use apply to “drivers operating a commercial motor vehicle on a roadway, including moving forward or temporarily stationary because of traffic, traffic control devices, or other momentary delays.”

    And for anyone unclear as to what constitutes texting… new regulations specify: “manually entering alphanumeric text into, or reading text from, an electronic device.”

    According to FMCSA, it is very easy to comply with the new rules. Simply put: There’s no reaching for the phone. No holding of the phone. No dialing of the phone and certainly no reading or texting when the driver is in transit or stationary in traffic. While some drivers might be able to text without being caught, remember that call logs are always available via your phone carrier.

    To learn more, please visit:
    http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/Mobile_Phone_Rule_Fact_Sheet.pdf

    About Millis Transfer
    Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

    American Red Cross Issues New Tornado Guidelines For Truckers, Provides Free App

    Although they can happen at any time of the year, Tornado season usually runs from March through August. Most occur in the afternoon or evening. According to research from The Trucker’s Report, the United States, on average, experiences roughly 100,000 thunderstorms each year. Of these, about 1,000 develop into tornadoes. A look at this Youtube Video of a truck flying in the air is a good reminder of what a tornado can do to a tractor-trailer. Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFjTYsAc53E

    Taking Cover: Red Cross Issues New Guidelines

    Part of being safe is being prepared and knowing how to take precautions. The following are the updated American Red Cross guidelines for tornado alerts and warnings.

    1.) Identify how wide the Tornado is and where it’s going.

    2.) If it’s coming AT YOU (looks like it’s sitting still) or touches down ON TOP OF YOU: STOP! Then, while staying in your vehicle, duck BELOW the dashboard and put (or leave) your seat belt on. This especially holds true for drivers who have newer trucks with driver’s side SRS/air bag systems… the air bag will help protect you.

    3.) If it’s crossing the road IN FRONT OF YOU, stop your vehicle and get into a ditch BEHIND where you park.

    4.) If it’s chasing your trailer, treat it like a steer tire blowout: Step ON the accelerator, Steer as necessary and get yourself out of it’s path.

    Keep in mind that the safest place is always a building, such as a sturdy house or office building with a basement or tornado cellar. If that is not an option, you may be able to find shelter at a truck stop inside a deep freezer, shower room, rest room or under a counter. Make sure to run for the main building if a tornado approaches a truck stop.

    Types of Tornadoes

    It’s safe to say that most have heard the category listings for tornadoes. For each category, however, a certain amount of damage can be predicted. Here is a listing from The Trucker’s Report that highlights the type of damage usually associated with grade.

  • F-0 has wind speeds of up to 40-72 miles per hour. Frequently causes broken tree branches and roof damage.
  • F-1 has wind speeds of 73-112 mph. Will overturn mobile homes.
  • F-2 has wind speeds of 113-157 mph. Expect mobile homes to be demolished and trees to be uprooted.
  • F-3 has wind speeds of 158-205 mph. Trains and cars will be overturned.
  • F-4 reaches wind speeds of 207-260 mph. Buildings and walls will be leveled.
  • F-5 reaches wind speeds of 261-318 mph. Usually catastrophic damage. Homes and trucks can be carried considerable distances.
  • Help When You Need It

    Should you experience inclement weather, such as a tornado, Millis Transfer will be there to help. Your safety is always a priority with us. It’s also why we offer modernized equipment and the kind of driver support that helps you through the most challenging conditions.

    Along with a dedicated staff at Millis Transfer, there are also a number of apps for your cell phones, such as the one offered through the American Red Cross. It provides early warning alerts and helpful information like step-by-step instructions on what to do if cell towers or TVs are down.

    Get The Free App

    With the American Red Cross app, an alert will be sent to the driver, even if the app is closed, helping to reduce the chance of sleeping through a tornado. Anyone can download the free Red Cross tornado app by texting “GETNADO” to 90999 or by searching for “Red Cross Tornado” in the Apple App Store or Google Play. There’s also apps for hurricane, flood, earthquakes, and more.

    The app from the American Red Cross is just one of many options, growing in scale and popularity. There’s a long list of weather apps, some free of charge and some with a subscription fee, available online, that originate from places like NOAA and the Weather Channel. Most offer alerts and are full of information on how and when to take cover.

    When a tornado is coming, you have only a short amount of time to make important decisions. Advance planning and quick responses are often key to surviving. At Millis Transfer, we work diligently to help provide assistance you need. With some of the best equipment and driver support you can count on, Millis Transfer drivers are safer and more secure in times of crisis. And with apps like the one from the American Red Cross, drivers and their families have even more access to information that will help keep them safe in inclement weather conditions.

    About Millis Transfer
    Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

    Smart Planning Key To Improved Profits, Happier Holidays

    Each year brick and mortar stores try diligently to predict what they will need for the holiday season. It is part of an equation for success. The onset of online shopping has expanded that equation to include an entire new dimension to the holiday shopping experience. Knowing how much of a particular item to order, according to retail managers, is the key factor to the complex calculation that motivates profit and keeps loads in transit. Smart planning, it is said, is really what enables managers to order the right amount of stock for Pre-Black Friday, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other significant shopping events.

    Smart Planning is not only important for success in retail, it is crucial for the transportation sector. When the holiday season approaches, having all of your ducks in a row makes a big difference. Research shows those who are organized usually enjoy better holiday experiences, safer travels, and accomplish more. With that in mind, here are a few items to remember when preparing and organizing for your own holiday season:

    Preventative Maintenance
    Make sure all of your preventative maintenance is up-to-date. Unexpected winter weather is a lot easier to drive through when you’re prepared. Regardless of how often preventative maintenance is preformed, remember to check your truck at different points in transit, especially in winter weather.

    Know Where To Find Shelter
    Plan out your routes. Make reservations in advance when possible, when needed. Have places where you can take shelter. Monitor the weather and stay alert.

    Personal Accessories
    Make sure you pack clothing for varying weather conditions. If you do not already, get a pair of gloves, a scarf, and extra clothing should temperatures or weather conditions take an unexpected turn.

    Decide Where You Want To Be During The Holidays
    Whether it is on the road or sitting at the in-laws for Christmas dinner, early planning will help to make your holidays a lot more enjoyable. Pre-planning and sharing your plans will go a long way into ensuring everything goes smoothly.

    Be Smart About Holiday Shopping
    Holiday Shopping usually means more congested highways, even with increased incentive to shop online. The article “5 Safe Online Shopping Tips for This Holiday Season” says “Above all, to stay healthy and wealthy, you’ve got to be wise. Just as you would exercise caution with your wallet and belongings in a crowded store, remember to be as vigilant in the World Wide Mall.” To read more about safe shopping, click here:
    http://www.webroot.com/us/en/home/resources/articles/online-shopping-banking/shopping-5-safe-online-tips-for-this-holiday-season

    The holidays are always an adventure, especially for truck drivers. With a little pre-planning, however, the roads are sure to be a little less stressful and a lot more enjoyable. Take a little time to make this year one of your best. Do the necessary pre-planning.

    About Millis Transfer
    Mills Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

    RoadCheck 2015: Preparing for Safety Inspections

    Your motto on the road should always be “Safety First.” That is especially true when it comes to properly functioning brakes. According to the Operation Airbrake Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and other affiliated partners, “Brake-related violations comprise the largest percentage (representing 46.2 percent during Roadcheck 2014) of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections.”

    To help combat this issue, the Operation Airbrake Program is sponsoring a national “Brake Safety Week” September 6-12, 2015. During the campaign, “…CMV inspectors will conduct brake system inspections (primarily Level IV Inspections) on trucks and buses throughout North America…”

    According to FMCSA and Operation Airbrake, properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operation. “CMV brakes are designed to hold up under tough conditions, but they must be inspected and maintained carefully and consistently so they operate and perform properly throughout the vehicle’s life.”

    Inspections conducted during Brake Safety Week consists of checking for loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors, and other faulty brake-system components.

    According to Operation Airbrake, “Additional inspections may include some Level I Inspections and, in ten participating jurisdictions, overall vehicle braking efficiency will be tested using performance-based brake testing (PBBT) equipment. These systems include a slow speed roller dynamometer that measure total vehicle weight and total brake force, from which braking efficiency is calculated. The minimum braking efficiency for trucks is 43.5 percent, required by U.S. federal regulation and the CVSA Out-of-Service Criteria.”

    Brake safety is always a priority and inspections are more important than ever. According to Operation Airbrake, more than 13,000 brakes were inspected last year. Altogether, more than 3.4 million brakes have been inspected since the program’s inception in 1998.

    To get drivers prepared, The Motorist Assurance Program is also hosting free brake safety inspections during August, considered Brake Safety Awareness month, across the country to help teach drivers about proper brake system safety and maintenance.

    “We welcome all drivers to come and learn firsthand about proper brake system and vehicle care,” Joe Henmueller, Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) President said. “And, August is a perfect time to have your car’s brakes inspected. In a few weeks, the back-to-school driving routine begins. Soon, Mom & Dad are either shuttling students with full schedules, or maybe sending their teenager off to college in an older family vehicle.”

    Before you know it, Henmueller added, the holidays and winter will be here. Checking brake condition and ensuring brake safety NOW offers great peace of mind.

    About Millis Transfer
    Mills Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

    Stirring Clear of Heat Related Medical Issues

    It was Benjamin Franklin who coined the ever popular phrase, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The meaning, of course, is rather straightforward. Putting in a little effort to prevent a problem means you will not have to put in a lot of effort to solve one. Better yet, you won’t even be faced with a problem when you take the necessary steps to avoid it. That would be the hope when it comes to dealing with the potential dangers of heat exposure and elevated temperatures.

    According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “When people are exposed to extreme heat, they can suffer from potentially deadly heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat is the leading weather-related killer in the United States, even though most heat-related deaths are preventable through outreach and intervention.”

    Precautionary measures against heat related stress will continue to grow in importance as the EPA reports “…unusually hot summer temperatures have become more frequent across the contiguous 48 states” and that extreme heat waves are “…expected to become longer, more frequent, and more intense” in the future. With that, truckers face the risk of more heat-related deaths and illness.

    How To Prevent Heat Related Illness:
    Drink plenty of water before starting an outdoor activity.
    Drink extra water throughout the day.
    Keep a cool, wet towel in your fridge to help cool your face and neck.
    Wear sunscreen and lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
    Schedule vigorous outdoor activities for cooler times.
    Be aware of the weather.

    Identifying Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

    Heat Stroke
    Heat Stroke has both physical and neurological symptoms. If unattended or unnoticed, these can lead to significant body damage or even death. It’s important to know the symptoms:

    High body temperature. Skin feels dry.
    Red face, with no sweating. Difficulty breathing.
    Altered mental state ranging from hallucinations to disorientation
    Victims may become restless, irrational, agitated or may even have seizures.
    Chills, victim collapses, becomes unconsciousness or has convulsions.
    In severe heat stroke, a victim can go into a coma in less than one hour.

    What To Do:
    There are limited options to treat heat stroke. Most resources recommend the following:
    Get the individual to shade. Try to cool the body–a garden hose or cool water is a good start.
    Call for medical assistance.

    Heat Exhaustion
    When a person has been exposed to hot temperatures for several days, they face the risk of heat exhaustion. Risk is more prevalent when temps are higher than 90 degrees. Certain medications can cause increased susceptibility. Heat exhaustion is often accompanied by heavy perspiration with normal or slightly normal body temperatures. It is caused by water or salt depletion or both. If left unattended, heat exhaustion can turn into a heat stroke. The following are the most common symptoms:

    Victim may have confusion, fainting, fatigue, and/or headache.
    Experiences muscle cramps, nausea, pale skin, and/or sweating.
    May have rapid heartbeat. Severe thirst.
    May experience diarrhea and/or clammy, pale skin.
    Sometimes the person might think they have the flu.

    What To Do:
    Move the person out of the heat and into a shady or air-conditioned place.
    Have them drink plenty of non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic beverages.
    Lay person down and elevate legs and feet slightly.
    Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing.
    Apply ice packs or cool towels.
    Contact a paramedic or medical professional.

    Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke are serious conditions. Your best bet is to prevent dehydration and overexposure to high temperatures. Because we care about the safety of our drivers, Millis Transfer trucks include amenities like a dash mounted AM/FM radio with weather band to help drivers stay up to date with weather conditions. Millis Trucks also have crank out vent windows in the sleeper with screens to allow for more ventilation as well as refrigerators to help keep towels and drinks cool. Driving in extreme heat can be challenging. When you ride with Millis, you’ll be a lot safer and definitely more comfortable.

    About Millis Transfer
    Mills Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

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