From the Desk of Jim Collins
Greetings from Cincinnati! As many of you may have seen, Punxsutawney Phil – the weather predicting groundhog from Punxsutawney, PA., supposedly saw his shadow a few weeks ago when he peered from his hole in Gobblers Knob, meaning that according to legend, we are in for six more weeks of winter weather. While I don’t believe in weather prognosticating groundhogs, I do have to say that his forecast doesn’t surprise me one bit! It has been a rough winter for most of you, having to battle frigid temperatures and dangerous winter storms throughout the country, all while trying to operate profitably and safely. Trucking is never easy but trucking in the wintertime can be especially difficult and challenging. I applaud and thank each and every one of you for your efforts.
As we close out winter over the next several weeks, I’d like to ask each of you that in addition to continuing to make smart decisions regarding driving conditions, to please stay focused on your speed control and other safe driving habits. A large percentage of our CSA points come as a result of our drivers being pulled over for unsafe driving behaviors such as speeding, following too close, improper lane changes, driving in restricted lanes, and other such violations. Once stopped for an unsafe violation, our drivers are then often cited for other violations, such as hours of service or vehicle maintenance issues. We would like to ask that you stay focused on avoiding these unsafe violations to protect your personal safety, your driving record, the company, and the safety of the motoring public.
Thank you again for all of your efforts during this most difficult time of year. I have the utmost respect and admiration for the difficult job that you do every day – especially during the winter months. With any luck that groundhog in Pennsylvania is dead wrong and warm sunny days are right around the corner for all of you. Please continue to stay focused every time you get behind the wheel and get home safely.
Jim Collins – PresidentAce Doran February 2018 Newsletter