Cargo Theft During the Holidays

Written by: on November 25th, 2015

With the holiday season right around the corner, we thought it was a good time to talk to about cargo safety and share some helpful tips on what you can do to reduce the risk.

According to American Journal of Transportation, thefts tended to spike on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and slowly decrease in the days following. During the week of Thanksgiving for the past three years, a total of $6 million in cargo was stolen.

Thanksgiving cargo theft trends infographic courtesy of American Journal of Transportation

Thanksgiving cargo theft trends infographic courtesy of American Journal of Transportation

Prevention is key in reducing the risks to both our customers and professional drivers. Our risk management team here at XPO Logistics Truckload, want to make sure that our professional drivers have best practices in place to help reduce the likelihood of a theft.

When it comes to parking, always make sure you park in well lit, authorized areas. When possible, back up to a wall, pole or any structure that would make opening the trailer doors difficult. Remember, cargo at rest is cargo at risk. When the truck is parked please make sure you use your anti-theft devices.

For our drivers who are carrying a high value load, an automatic notification will be sent to you via our onboard communications system when you enter a high risk area. Another one will be sent if you drop down to a certain speed or stop to remind you of the possible risk.

Whether you are picking up at a customer or stopping to fuel up, please be aware of your surroundings and always lock you truck. If you experience a theft, please call your fleet manager or the safety department immediately. Experts also recommend to drive 200 miles or four hours after picking up a load. Remember, your safety continues to be a number one priority here at Truckload. If you have any questions or concerns please call your fleet manager.

Thank you for all you do and have a happy and safe holiday season.


We Are XPO

Written by: on November 3rd, 2015

It’s official — Con-way is now XPO Logistics. Together, we’re a $15 billion global company, with even more resources and opportunities for our drivers. Many exciting opportunities lie ahead!

Our commitment to drivers includes providing updated and well-maintained equipment; 24/7 support; paid tuition and lease-to-own programs; health programs such as smoking cessation; and, above all, our enduring focus on safety.

As a driver for XPO, your voice will always matter. We’ll continue to encourage your questions and input through our podcasts Your Voice Is Heard, driver surveys and social media channels.

We encourage you to connect with us on our updated social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Stay tuned for more on Steering Your Health, and thank you for being a part of our growing team.

The Five Keys of Safe Driving

Written by: on October 14th, 2015

Professional driver Keith Zecman recently shared his take on the Smith System’s “five keys to safe driving.” Check out his take below and share your own safe driving tips with us and fellow drivers on our Facebook page.

1. Aim high in steering

“Aiming high in steering” means don’t make your steering adjustments based on what is directly in front of you. Instead, look way down the road and as far into the turn as possible. You’ll notice your turns are not only smoother, but you’re being safer, too.

Always look as far ahead as possible and observe what is happening. Recognizing danger or a potential hazard early enough will enable you to avoid the hazard in the first place. Scanning the road a half mile to a full mile ahead goes completely against our natural human response, yet it’s necessary for safe driving. Our bodies were designed for speeds of less than 10 mph. You need to learn to consciously break that natural instinct and focus farther ahead.

Scanning ahead will also cause you to drive more smoothly. You’ll find there are fewer sudden stops and hard braking during your drives because you aren’t taken by surprise as often. However, if you aren’t looking ahead, those hazards will take you by surprise, and could lead to a very dangerous situation

2. Get the big picture

One of the first things I noticed as a driver finisher was how people seem to become fixated on things — a potentially deadly habit.

When drivers fixate on something, they are not getting the big picture of the road ahead, which means, they can’t form an escape plan if necessary, and they lose track of vehicles around them.

The ultimate goal? Never be caught off guard. Know where each and every vehicle is around you, and spot all hazards early and often.

Curves up ahead, speed limits (trucks should slow 5 to 10 miles slower then posted sign on curves), exit numbers, car brakes ahead, low clearances, weather conditions, etc., together form the big picture while driving.

3. Keep your eyes moving

We have two types of vision: peripheral and central. Peripheral vision detects undefined objects of interest, while central vision investigates those objects with clarity.

Keep your eyes moving, every five to eight seconds. Observing things in quick glances maximizes your central and peripheral vision. Keeping your early warning system continuously engaged and your mind alert, assures your avoidance of a fixed or blank stare, and keeps your brain stimulated and alert.

Before entering an intersection, look left, right, and then left again. Look left twice because, normally, the first vehicle that could hit you would come from the left.

Don’t forget about all of your mirrors! As part of your scanning, you should glance into your mirrors every few seconds. It only takes a fraction of a second and it will help you get a clear picture of your surroundings and available escape routes (such as having to make a quick lane change).

4. Leave yourself an out

One of the most important driving tips I can share is to always have an escape plan. Drivers should always assume the worst will happen and be prepared for it. Constantly ask yourself questions and make up possible scenarios in your head. Some examples:

  • What if the driver in front of you slams on his brakes for no apparent reason, or an animal runs into the roadway?
  • What if someone blows a tire, or swerves to avoid an object in the road near me?
  • What if the approaching vehicle drifts into my lane?

One of the simplest ways to always have an escape plan is to establish and maintain a buffer zone. Swerving should actually be a last resort. If you are forced to swerve, that means you were following too closely. Keep a safe following distance, and the side of your vehicle free from obstructions if possible.

5. Make sure they see you

What Is Eye Contact?

Eye contact is a major benefit of proper communication with others in the driving environment. Through eye contact we assure ourselves that our intentions have been communicated, frequently bringing the desired response from other drivers and pedestrians. Eye contact, however only indicates that people see you. It does not guarantee that they will do what you would like.

Techniques for Seeking Eye Contact

  • Use your horn. A light, friendly tap or two can usually bring eye contact.
    There is no need for a long blast that might imply your disapproval, or irritate others.
  • Use your headlights; the human eye is attracted to light.
  • Use your brake lights; Early braking alerts people behind you and gives them more time to respond.
  • Use hand signals. If you have time and if your window is open, hand signals can show your intentions especially to drivers behind you.
  • Be ready to quickly alter your plans. If your signals are not heeded, use your space cushion as your out.
  • Always, use your turn signal when changing lanes, and making right or left turns, even if you don’t see anyone behind you. Initiate your signal 3 to 4 seconds before change lanes.

Bonus Key: G.O.A.L.

Get Out And Look

When backing up, after your setup, walk to the back of your trailer into the spot you’re backing into. Assess the area and ask yourself the following: Am I too close to something? Does my angle look right? How much room do I have? (Front and back.) What are all the obstacles here — a pole, a pot hole, a curb, another trailer on either side, etc.?

Remember, it doesn’t matter how many pull up’s you have to do to get you trailer safely into a dock or spot. Take your time while backing; don’t be intimidated by others around you waiting to get into a spot. And ignore those on the CB radio. If you’re taking advice from your CB, remember, if you hit something, you’re the one with the accident, not the person helping you.