Distracted Driving Is Everywhere

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

Becoming distracted is much easier than most people realize. It happens whenever drivers take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel or their minds off driving. Focusing on anything other than safe driving is a distraction and can easily lead to a crash. All it takes is a split second for a small distraction to result in huge …

The Unwritten Rules of Roadside Inspections

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

Pre and post trip inspections help drivers operate safely, efficiently and legally. Knowing how to complete thorough checks can help prepare for success in roadside inspections also. Aside from conducting thorough inspections, you can help put your best foot forward during roadside inspections with a few other tips. Keep it clean – While not a part of an official inspection, …

On the Road Safety

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

When planning your trip: Map out two or three safe places for each rest or refueling stop Make a note of other safe locations to stop On the road: -Watch for vehicles following you -Vary your route -Check in with carrier regularly -Never share info about your load, route or schedule When stopped: -Park in a well-lit, high traffic location …

Take the Time to Stop and Think

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

There has been much upheaval in the transportation industry this year so it’s easy to forget about the basics. When it comes to safety and security, sometimes the small stuff is the big stuff. Simple decisions that might feel inconsequential can sometimes make all the difference when it comes to getting home safely. It may seem like a small thing …

The Psychology of Distracted Driving

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

Every time a driver engages in distracted driving behaviors without a negative outcome, they are subconsciously encouraged to continue doing so. For example, a driver who decided to remove his/her jacket while continuing to drive may very well be aware that the decision will put him/her at risk. However, if done successfully the idea that the behavior was unsafe becomes …

Take It Slow

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

Drivers in a hurry may be tempted to hop down from the cab to make a quicker exit, but doing so could be a big mistake. Depending on the height of the jump, the impact could cause spine and joint injuries. Ankles, knees and lower back must absorb the jump, contributing to musculoskeletal damage. According to experts, jumping just from …

The Difference Between a Company Driver and an Owner Operator

Written by Stephanie Steffens

Company Driver A company driver is paid with a W-9 which means taxes such as FICA, Federal and State are withheld from the gross pay. As a rule, company drivers are paid by the mile. Dispatchers would work closely with the driver and coordinate all loads. A company driver does not have to worry about issues like insurance, tolls, fuel …

School Bus Safety – Understanding The Hazards

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

Past studies show that one in every three school-aged pedestrians were struck by other vehicles (cars, light trucks, vans, large trucks, motorcycles). Our youngest students ages 5 to 7 account for one in every three pedestrian-related fatalities. Students between the ages of 8 to 13 accounted for another 1/3 of pedestrian-related fatalities. Factors that cause younger children to be at …

Work Zone Safety – Surviving Road Construction Season

Written by Stephanie Steffens

Speed is a factor in one of every four work zone crashes. With hazards such as narrow lines, merging vehicles, shifting lanes, and slowing and stopping traffic, there is less time and room to react to a dangerous situation. Here are some safety tips to consider when driving in construction zones: Pay close attention – Drivers should eliminate all activities that …

Norsemen Diesel Mechanics Drive Our Success

Written by Stephanie Steffens

Diesel Mechanics are a vital part of the transportation industry.  Having your own Maintenance facility and Mechanics is a very valuable thing.  Keeping your equipment well maintained saves you time and money.  Norsemen invests not only in our Diesel Mechanics but also in the technology it takes to maintain our equipment.  By maintaining the equipment properly and on a regular …