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Weighing your options…

By Joanna Figueroa

“Maybe I will just save the money and not scale out today” How many of you have thought this a time of two? Most the time you get away with it.

Did you know  you can get stopped and ticketed for hauling an overweight load. Remember you are not a scale you can’t predict how much a load will weigh, always get certified scale tickets to cover your work.  You can request a PO and Navajo will reimburse you for the price of the scale ticket. If location is an issue contact your manager and they will help you find the closest location to you. There is never a reason why you can’t scale. Navajo is here to help you be successful and legal. Thank you to all that continually do an outstanding job.

 

Look us up at www.navajo.com

1-800-525-1969

Stop by and see us at

1400 W. 64th Ave.

Denver, CO 80221

Recognize and Avoid Road Rage

 

 

 

Road rage is defined as violent or visibly angry behavior by a driver of a motor vehicle which can result in crashes or other incidents on roadways. It also called an extreme case of aggressive driving. The following are possible signs of road rage or aggressive driving:

 

 

 

Generally aggressive driving, including sudden acceleration, braking, and closely tailgating, Cutting off other drivers, or preventing other vehicles from merging, Hitting the horn or flashing lights, Shouting obscenities, or threats, Hand gestures, Intentionally causing a crash between vehicles, Getting out of a vehicle in an attempt to start a confrontation

 

Threatening to use or using a weapon, Throwing objects from a moving vehicle

 

 

 

 

 

Ways to Avoid Road Rage

 

 

 

Keep a cool head, Avoid eye contact, Never make obscene gestures, Do not use your vehicle to intimidate others, Get out of the left lane for other fast moving vehicles

 

Do not become frustrated or stressed out—if you do, remove yourself from the situation.

 

Avoid confrontation If an angry driver yells at you or shares a rude gesture out his or her window, don’t make eye contact or yell back. Keep your eyes on the road and ignore the angry driver. Fighting and driving angry is dangerous to both of you as well as the other drivers and will only cause the situation to escalate.

 

Looking At The Causes Of Rollovers

By David Lemke

Many rollovers happen when drivers try to return to the road after putting a tire off the pavement. You can rut in soft ground or catch a pavement separation here and go over. If you put a wheel off the pavement or even onto a paved shoulder that may have separations, straighten the rig out and bring it to a stop. Don’t try to return to the road at speed. Get out of the rig, carefully inspect the site and determine that you can get back on the road without catching or tripping a tire before you move out again. If you do decide to drive it back on, return to the road as slowly as possible and at as shallow an angle as possible. The more steer you put in the easier it is to go over.

If it looks too bad, call a wrecker! We are not kidding here, we know that some drivers have gone off the road and come back without rolling the rig, but hundreds of others have also tried and rolled the rig! DRIVE SAFE

 

Look us up at www.navajo.com

1-800-525-1969

Stop by and see us at

1400 W. 64th Ave.

Denver, CO 80221

Changes Are Just Part Of What We Are Doing

By Nicole Castrovince

The Navajo recruiting department has seen a lot of changes recently and we wanted to take a moment and share some of those things with all of you.

We recently welcomed a new Director of Recruiting named Leslie Compton. She brings a wealth of knowledge and many fresh new ideas to our team. We are excited to pass the reins over to her so she can continue evolving our team in a positive direction.

We also recently began phasing out some of our older trucks and are bringing in more brand new equipment! This is exciting as Navajo has always been known for its premiere equipment! A lot of what gets other drivers to notice our company is how nice our trucks are, so thank you to all the drivers who always keep their equipment looking amazing!

The biggest change in our department has by far been our recent pay increase. After receiving a variety of feedback concerning our pay scale, Navajo decided to alter our pay structure and we have now been receiving more positive feedback! We increased the pay for someone with 6 months-1 year experience by .07 cents per mile! This change made us not just in line with industry standards, but above most other companies in this category. At Navajo, we are striving for excellence every day and we will continue to stay competitive in our markets! 

Our new pay scale in print:

Years of Experience Solo Team
6 months -5 Years .30 CPM (add .05 for Doubles) .44 CPM split
6 Years .31 CPM (add .05 for Doubles) .44 CPM split
7 Years + .32 CPM (add .05 for Doubles) .44 CPM split

 

All of these changes are just a part of what we are doing in Recruiting to keep supplying Navajo with the safest, most qualified and dedicated drivers.  We look forward to sharing other changes in the near future! Stay tuned!

Openings For Dedicated Drivers

By Nicole Castrovince

Navajo Express has immediate openings for dedicated drivers going from Salt Lake City to several locations in Montana.  We have an established account with Costco and we are really trying to grow our business with them! This run offers great home-time and awesome pay! The run is hauling Rocky Mountain double sets and so it requires that you have your doubles endorsement.  If you have your endorsement for doubles, but don’t have any experience, don’t worry – we can train! I have received really positive feedback from the drivers on this route. They like that they are getting home almost every other night, that there is always miles and of course the pay! They also really love the team working in the Salt Lake terminal that is running this account. Headed up by Michael Haas, the folks there are all working diligently to keep customer service a top priority!

 

If you have any interest in this run or knows anyone who might, please feel free to give me a call anytime!

 

Thanks,

Nicole Castrovince

Driver Recruiter

n.castrovince@navajo.com

303-286-0711

Toll Free – 1-800-525-1969 EXT. 0711

Are You Ready If You Have Any Accident

By Ron Wristen

 Macro 10:

We all know an accident can happen at any time. That is why they are called “Accidents”. Make sure you are prepared for an accident.   If you are involved in an accident, be sure to get as much information as possible from the other driver and put your comments in the section in Macro 10.

 

 

Does your truck have an accident kit?  If you don’t then you need to stop by Safety to get one!

 

 

Accident Kit consist of:

Vehicle Accident Policy Procedures

Exoneration Card/Witness Card

“If you have an accident” Envelope

Driver Statement

Chain of Custody & U/A Cup

Disposable Camera

Fedex Envelope & Shipping Label.

 

Make sure you are prepared in the event of an accident.

The Tools You Have, Can Make Your Job Easier

By Joanna Figueroa

Remember when everything was easy and you worked with paper logs? It can still be that easy as long as you let the tools provided work to your benefit.
 
Make a check list so that a routine is easier to follow, especially when it comes to getting all the macros sent in. A great way to start would be Macro 18 and 19, which we all know are pre and post inspections for tractor and trailer. It is very important that these macros get sent  in daily at least twice a day. Sometimes we forget to send them in whenever a trailer is switched out. This happens with relays and/or drop and hooks. By making sure these macros are completed and sent in, we are ensured that  the equipment is safe for transit.
 
Accidents do happen, always send in delay macros when an issue arises. Delay macros notify everyone involved with the load. Even if a flat tire doesn’t delay our on time performance we are prepared for the worst.
 
If we take just a few steps towards the right path we will make our jobs a lot easier and the roads a safer place
 
Thank you and good night!

Taking Ownership, Starting at Your DESK

By Douglas Webberley

On time is everything. It is our livelihood, it is our pay check, it is your job.  The owners can cry,  beg, and yes even yell, but it is your job to deliver on time and set appt’s that can be delivered on time.  That is what you and I were hired on for.  All the other stuff is for fun. Tthe driving part is fun. Talking to customer is fun, and so on. 

If you are late it then become your attitude and your professionalism in working through this dilemma.  If a planner has put in a wrong ETA or a CSR has put in a wrong delivery date and time, it is your job to be the point person on this and take the hit not the driver. 

Bottom line, we all like our pay check and we all need a career and it doesn’t get any better than what we have. So make it the best you can and deliver and schedule for on time on time on time….. And yes it is sales job to sell power alleys that can give you on time and better CSA scores.

JOB WELL DONE Stephen Watkins and James Peebles

By Howare Rodarte

Navajo wants to thank Stephen Watkins & James Peebles for doing an awesome job on the Pier 1 account. James and Stephen start their day very early and travel to three to five Pier 1 stores performing “white Glove” deliveries. This is no small feat considering that they hand unload every box and then move the items in to the back of each store. No pallet jacks, no fork lifts, no docks, all by hand in the 110 degree heat of Arizona. Pier 1 store 1373 recently reported that “we love this crew!”.
 
Thanks for the effort and keep up the great work!

New Cell Phone Rules For CDL Drivers

By David Lemke

FMCSA Summary of the Federal Restriction on Hand-held use of Cellular Phones for CDL Drivers
FMCSA and PHMSA issued a final rule that restricts the use of hand-held mobile telephones by interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers (CMV) and intrastate hazmat drivers. The rule does not restrict or prohibit the use of hands-free devices. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on December 2nd, 2011 and will take effect on January 3rd, 2012.
Changes:
1. The final rule prohibits CMV drivers from holding, dialing, or reaching for a hand-held cellular phone. This includes all push-to-talk functions. Hands-free use of a cellular phone is allowed. The ban does not prohibit or restrict the use of Citizen Band Radios, GPS, or fleet management systems.
a. Dialing – As defined by FMCSA, a driver is allowed to initiate, answer, or terminate a call by touching a single button on a mobile telephone or on a headset. This action should not require the driver to take his or her eyes off the road.
b. Reaching – FMCSA banned reaching for a cellular phone or hands-free device that is done in “an unacceptable and unsafe manner.” Examples of this behavior would be reaching for a cellular phone on the passenger seat, under the driver’s seat, or into the sleeper berth. To be in compliance with the rule, a driver must have a cellular phone and/or hands-free device within “close proximity” to his or her person.
2. Driver and Motor Carrier Penalties – Under the final rule, CMV drivers who are convicted of a hand-held cell violation twice within a three year period will be disqualified for 60 days. If convicted for a third violation within three years the driver will be disqualified for 120 days. Drivers will be subject to federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense. Motor carriers that allow their drivers to use hand-held cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle face a maximum civil penalty of $11,000 per violation.