Idealease Safety Bulletin
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Do You Have a Career Path for 
Your Employees?
Our industry continues to struggle with finding enough drivers and technicians to service and drive trucks. When was the last time you heard a young boy or girl say, "When I grow up, I want to be a truck driver or truck technician?"  There is not a week that goes by that someone is asking me what they can do to recruit new drivers and technicians. My first response to that question is, "What are you doing to keep the good drivers and technicians that you currently have?" 
In today's employment environment if you are not actively working to retain your employees someone else is actively recruiting them from you! There is no clear answer to driver and technician retention but there are a number of proven methods that you can implement to reduce turnover. 
One is to develop a career path for all of your employees to follow. Another common term used for career path is driver or technician elevation program. If an employee does not have a clear vision of what they can achieve with your company, they are likely to become dormant and will eventually leave the company. Both drivers and technicians will leave a company for a pay rate that is slightly higher than what they are currently receiving. I would recommend that you tie training and pay increases together. We have implemented a career path program in the Idealease of Atlanta facility and have tied pay increases to the amount of training that a technician has completed. The technician has the opportunity to increase their pay by completing training and passing examinations. This has proven to be a benefit to the employer and the employee. The employer benefits by having technicians who are highly skilled and educated to repair and service units. Also, technician turnover has been reduced. The technicians are able to repair and service the units more efficiently with a lower occurrence of comeback repairs. Technicians are able to increase their pay and enhance their careers with education. Imagine the savings you could have with all employees at the highest level of education and pay!!! 
Does your driver have another part time job?  
A dangerous liability situation that motor carriers can find themselves in is when a driver operating a commercial motor vehicle has another part-time job, unbeknownst to the motor carrier. It is not until there is an accident or an on-site DOT compliance review that the motor carrier becomes aware of the situation and finds that the driver is in noncompliance with the hours of service regulations placing the motor carrier in a grave liability situation as the outside part-time work is compensated. As defined in CFR 395.2 (9) under definition of "On Duty" time, performing any compensated work for a person who is not a motor carrier.

How does the motor carrier protect itself from this exposure? 
Consider this. Have all of your drivers sign a statement upon hire indicating that they do not currently have any other employment that they are being compensated for? Also include in the statement that if they incur compensation for any work outside of their employment with your company that they will immediately inform their supervisor and will be required to document the hours on their hours of service documentation, either a grid log or time record as "On Duty" time. Have the driver sign and date the statement and maintain in the driver's qualification file. 
Click on the following link to see an example of the Driver's Certification of other Compensated Work statement.
February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but heart disease is preventable and controllable.

Recognizing a Stroke

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S: Ask the individual to SMILE.
T: Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
(i.e. It is sunny out today)
R: Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks , call  an emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

*New Sign of a StrokeStick out Your Tongue 
Ask the person to  stick out his tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.
Driver Recognition Awards

Now is the time to review the driver recognition awards program that you have in place and recognize your drivers who operated safely in 2013. It is important that we recognize those drivers who have performed in a safe and compliant manner. Recognition awards are best used for safe driving. A recognition award should be an award that the driver or employee cannot get anywhere else. It is best if these awards are personalized. Benefits of a recognition award are that they are non-monetary and will have a longer lasting effect. A driver should not be able to go and buy this award on their own. The only way to receive the award and recognition is to meet the requirements for receiving the award. These awards can be further enhanced by presenting award group presentations with peers (i.e. meetings, banquets, etc.).

As a motor carrier, there are a number of state and nationwide association award programs that you can enroll your drivers in. I would recommend that you contact your state trucking association for a listing of the awards programs that are available. There are a variety of awards programs available for your drivers through organizations such as the American Trucking Association ( and the National Private Truck Council (NPTC). The NPTC has the Driver Hall of Fame and National Driver All-Stars driver's awards programs that are available to NPTC members.

Go to: to enroll your driver.

Driver Incentive Awards: Incentive monetary awards are best used to motivate a driver to perform. These types of incentive programs are successful in motivating the driver to achieve a specific goal such a certain fuel mileage or a clean roadside inspection.
Registration is Now Open On Line for the 2014 Idealease/NPTC Safety Seminars

Idealease, its affiliates and the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) will again be hosting safety seminars in 2014. The one-day seminars will focus on basic safety and compliance, regulation changes and CSA. The seminars will be available to all Idealease customers, potential customers and NPTC members at no charge. The seminar provides important information applicable for both the novice and experienced transportation professionals. 

To view the schedule and register for an upcoming seminar in 2014 click on the following link:

February 7th, 2014
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Take Care of Yourself!

The most important part of a moving truck or bus is the driver! Get plenty of rest before getting behind the wheel. Eat well and stay fit. 


Remember, hours of service violations are serious and can threaten your livelihood or even your life. Stay healthy and well rested, or don't drive!



Safety Seminar Schedule: 
11-Feb: Salt Lake City, UT
11-Mar: Miami, FL
12-Mar: Fort Myers, FL
13-Mar: Tampa, FL
18-Mar: Chattanooga, TN
19-Mar: Atlanta, GA
20-Mar: Birmingham, AL
25-Mar: El Paso, TX
26-Mar: Memphis, TN
27-Mar: Kansas City, MO
27-Mar: Commerce, CA
1-Apr: Charlottesville, VA
2-Apr: Baltimore, MD
3-Apr: Landover, MD
8-Apr: Cleveland, OH
9-Apr: Dayton, OH
10-Apr: Lexington, KY
16-Apr: Philadelphia, PA
16-Apr: Lodi, CA
17-Apr: San Leandro, CA
17-Apr: Newburgh, NY
22-Apr: Wausau, WI
23-Apr: Dubuque, IA
23-Apr: Weirton, WV
24-Apr: Milwaukee, WI
24-Apr: Butler, PA
29-Apr: Harrisburg, PA
30-Apr: Greensboro, NC
1-May: Erie, PA
1-May: Columbia, SC
6-May: Toronto, Ontario
6-May: Everett, WA
8-May: Denver, CO
8-May: Edmonton, AB
13-May: South Bend, IN
14-May: Chicago, IL
15-May: Springfield, IL

The Idealease Safety Bulletin is provided for Idealease affiliates and their customers and is not to be construed as a complete or exhaustive source of compliance or safety information. The Idealease Safety Bulletin is advisory in nature and does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise certify compliance with laws, regulations, requirements, or guidelines of any local, state, or Federal agency and/or governing body, or industry standards.