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Drivers4Drivers | Season 2 Episode 2: Dropped Trailers, Detention, and more…

In a recent episode of Drivers4Drivers, hosts Ken Cox and Francis Hamm discuss critical issues in the trucking industry, with a significant focus on trailer upkeep. Their insights offer valuable advice for drivers and companies alike.

The Importance of Proper Truck Trailer Maintenance

The hosts emphasize that keeping trailers in good condition is a shared responsibility among all drivers. They highlight growing concerns in the industry:

  • Some drivers are leaving trailers in poor condition, with issues like worn-out tires and missing doors
  • Unclean interiors create problems for the next driver assigned to the trailer
  • Neglecting proper upkeep can lead to safety hazards and costly repairs

To address these issues, Cox and Hamm recommend that drivers take time to clean trailers and report any concerns to dispatch promptly. This proactive approach ensures safer operations and smoother transitions between drivers.

Beyond Basic Upkeep: Logging and Communication

While discussing trailer maintenance, the hosts also touch on related topics that impact overall efficiency:

Proper Logging of Detention Time

Accurate logging is crucial for driver compensation:

  • Many drivers fail to log their arrival times at receivers
  • This oversight complicates the process of collecting detention pay
  • The hosts provide guidance on logging arrival times using various tracking devices

Communication: Key to Efficient Operations

Cox and Hamm stress the importance of clear communication in maintaining equipment and resolving issues:

  • Drivers should promptly report any problems encountered on the road
  • Office staff are committed to helping resolve issues quickly
  • Open lines of communication lead to smoother operations and better problem-solving

Appreciating Drivers’ Efforts in Upkeep

The hosts take a moment to express gratitude for drivers’ dedication to maintaining their equipment:

  • They acknowledge the hard work involved in keeping trailers in good condition
  • Recognition of the challenges drivers face in balancing upkeep with tight schedules
  • Appreciation for drivers’ role in upholding company standards and industry safety

By prioritizing truck trailer maintenance, drivers not only ensure their own safety but also contribute to the overall efficiency and reputation of the company.

Are you a driver who values proper upkeep and clear communication? Join our team at Giltner Transportation. Visit our Apply Now page to learn more about opportunities with a company that prioritizes driver success and industry improvement.