March 2018 News Letter

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From Our Desk to You

DID YOU KNOW

One of the most important character traits in transportation is having a sense of urgency. I would like to stress the importance of developing and exemplifying this trait regardless of what position you hold at Fleetwood. It is important for us all to recognize that our lack of urgency or exemplification of urgency directly effects each one of your team members in either a positive or negative light. Whether it is someone behind the wheel, a dispatcher, log clerk, accounting associate, mechanic, broker, manager, recruiter, or the CEO. Having a sense of urgency is paramount to us achieving the goals we have set as a company. Our drivers and owners deserve the respect to have their issues addressed and taken care of as soon as possible as they safely navigate to their destinations. We owe it to each other to work together to solve the issues and challenges each of us face in our individual responsibilities in order to create a productive work environment. I am challenging each of you to work on developing a sense of urgency in every aspect of your duties. As you greater develop this tool you will notice a big difference in how much more productive and successful you will be.
Jeff Jenkins President & CEO


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To all Flatbed and Van drivers: When you transflo your paperwork, be sure to transflo all pages of the proof of delivery. The customers are delaying payment if all pages are not received. Also, if a weight ticket is required for the load, transflo that along with the proof of delivery for the load it is pertaining to. Be sure to get the Fleetwood order number from your dispatcher for the load to write on your bol. If you are contacted by your dispatcher requesting paperwork, if you have a transflo number please email to debra.simons@ftwd.net as soon as possible for payroll processing. If you have a Zonar Unit or electronic logging system in tractor you will still need to send in your fuel receipts so they can be reconciled. This is especially true if you pay cash for your fuel purchases. An original is best but a copy is acceptable and those can be emailed them to gina.currie@ftwd.net, or you can also use transflo to send them. Also a reminder if you do not have a Zonar Unit in your tractor or should your Unit malfunction trip sheets are still required to be turned in to account for your mileage those can also be sent to gina.currie@ftwd.net or sent by transflo as well.

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ARE YOU IN CONTROL? 
Experience, skill and ability, knowledge of trucking: these are all critical to safe driving. If you do not stay in control in all situations and conditions, you are suspect to be involved in a collision. How to stay in control: Distractions; keep distractions to a minimum. Cell phones, eating/drinking/smoking at the wheel, while seeming minor, can cause you to miss early warning signs of a potential hazard. Focus; focus on your driving. your speed, following distance, position in the lane, the driving behavior of vehicles around you and the weather, road and traffic conditions. Alert; get adequate sleep and rest. There is no substitute for sleep. (Coffee and energy drinks may help briefly, but they will not cure fatigue.) Alcohol, drugs (prescription and over the counter), illness, stress, anxiety are just some of the things which may impact your alertness. Don’t make assumptions. Anticipate other vehicles mistakes. Don’t assume a vehicle will yield, stop or follow traffic laws. Be prepared in the event they make a sudden lane change, stop or unannounced turn. Limit your mistakes but expect others to make mistakes. Studies show that driver error/mistakes cause most collisions. Understand following distance in real time/distance. At 70 MPH, your vehicle is traveling at approximately 105 feet per second. If you apply the 4 second rule for following distance (under ideal conditions), your needed distance for 70 MPH would be 420 feet (about 1 football field plus 40 yards). Add more distance for heavy traffic, wet roads and construction zones. Additional Tips: Mirrors and windows clean Clean lights and reflective tape on trailer and truck (provides optimum visibility of your vehicle) Keep your eyes moving (frequent mirror checks and look ¼ mile or more to the front of vehicle) Keep your speed slightly below the flow of traffic (this keeps continually opening space between your vehicle and those in front of you) Keep an escape plan (know where you will go to avoid incident if something happens in your driving surroundings) Drive at safe speed for road and load. (Adjust speed accordingly) Drive in a manner to protect you and others always! Collision free driving is possible! Drive the right way because it is the right thing to do!! 
Bruce Wrinkle, Director of Safety
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Norman Suber- Van Division

How long have you been with Fleetwood?

5 years this April

How long have you been driving?

Since January of 1999

What do you like about Fleetwood?

Everything, my home time, the pay!.

What is your hobby outside of work?

Riding my motorcycle

Do you have a family? 

I am Married with 2 children and 1 grandchild

What kind of music do you like?

Music-R&B and My favorite movie is LIFE

Thank you, Norman for all you do at Fleetwood, we appreciate you!

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How long have you been with Fleetwood?

June 23rd will be 20 years.

What do you like about Fleetwood?

The people and the opportunity to do a job I enjoy

What is your hobby outside of work?

Reading, spending time with family, going to flea markets and auctions

Tell us about your family?

Married for 35 years with 2 children and 3 grandchildren

What kind of music do you like?

Country Music and steel magnolias.

Thank you, Nancy for all you have done and continue to do at Fleetwood, we appreciate you!


Anniversaries
Recipient Years Of Service
Larry Crocker 35 Years
Salvador Heredia 22 Years
Matthew Coats 14 Years
Jose Beiza 13 Years
Harold Hadnot 8 Years
Clem Johnston 5 Years
Duane Otis 5 Years
David Hill Jr 4 Years
Bruce Collins 3 Years
Lonnie Chavis 3 Years
Jane Dorman 3 Years
Timothy Gordon 3 Years
John Evans 2 Years
Garland Corbitt 1 Years
Arthur Wells 1 Years
Daniel Hofferek Jr. 1 Years
Matthew Allen 1 Years
Debra Williams 1 Years


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