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 …

Back Safety

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

Back problems are a common cause of lost work time for the professional driver. The nature of the job, including prolonged periods of sitting behind the wheel and lifting heavy objects, can contribute to back pain. Many of these problems can be prevented by practicing proper lifting techniques and engaging in a healthy lifestyle. Before lifting: Stretch Wear proper footwear …

Cell Phone Restrictions In CMV’s

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

Drivers need to remain focused and be aware of their surroundings, pedestrians, and other drivers. Using a cell phone while driving leads to unsafe actions such as: Following the vehicle in front of you too closely Maintaining an improper lane position Failing to recognize traffic signals or signs Reacting slowly to traffic situations Research commissioned by the FMCSA shows that …

Dispatchers – Helping Us Move Forward

Written by Stephanie Steffens

Dispatchers are an essential part of any successful trucking company. Depending on the size of the trucking company, dispatchers can have a multitude of duties. At Norsemen Trucking, our dispatchers work closely with our customers to establish freight lanes, bid on lanes, and organize with the customer the shipping and delivery of their freight. Once a load is ready to …

Spring/Summer Driving Hazards

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

The snow and ice may be gone but that doesn’t mean that driving risks have gone away with them. Spring and Summer can pose some very deceiving challenges on the roadway. It’s important we do not allow ourselves to relax and become complacent only because we are not driving in extreme white-outs or icy roads. Here are some reminders of …

Night Driving

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

In good weather, low beam headlights allow a driver to see about 250 feet ahead, while high beams allow 350 to 500 feet of visibility. Vehicle speed may need to be adjusted to ensure stopping within that distance. Dirty or poorly adjusted headlights can cut illumination by as much as one half. High beam headlights should only be used when …

Driving Drowsy? Try These 6 Tips

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

Driver fatigue impacts the transportation industry at every turn, from the role it plays to accidents to its impact on major rule decisions, like hours of service. The FMCSA recommends drivers follow these 6 tips to avoid driving while fatigued: Go To Bed – turns out our parents were right all along – there’s no replacement for a good night’s …