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Stay Alert – Stay Safe

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Throughout the course of 2018, we’ve held safety meetings every month to educate our employees and review important safety material. In November, we focused on driving conditions and how to be a proactive and defensive driver. The safety message for our meetings was “Look farther up the road. Stay focused on your driving. Think ahead and be ready.”  To go along with the November safety message, we started off the meetings by reviewing LLLC Defensive Driving:

Look ahead

Look around

Leave room

Communicate

We advise our drivers to look 15 seconds ahead at all times (equals out to one city block), focus on what is happening up ahead, identify hazards early, slow down, and avoid panic stops. By practicing these habits, it gives drivers extra time to avoid accidents. Drivers should be changing their focus every two to three seconds, making them aware of their surroundings so they can anticipate problems, react timely, and remain alert. Leaving room and maintaining a cushion of space all around the vehicle gives drivers extra time to avoid collisions. The easiest place to leave room is in front of the vehicle. Drivers communicate by making sure other drivers and pedestrians know where they are, use signals and horn to communicate intentions, and make eye contact.

Changing seasons leads to changing driving conditions. It’s important to be aware of hazardous driving environments, watch for changing road conditions, and to drive to match the conditions of the road. Be aware of roadways with soft shoulders and stay in the lane at all times. With winter approaching, the precipitation and weather can cause adverse driving conditions. Slowing down is important when the roads could be slick and if visibility is low. Defensive driving comes into play when the weather changes the conditions of the road – look ahead, look around, leave room, and communicate.

The meetings ended with local CSC updates from general managers and maintenance, then company updates. November’s safety meetings provided vital information that will help our drivers keep our roads and communities safe this winter. At Trinity, we strive to practice safe and defensive driving every time we are out on the road!

Safety Starts Here

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

For the safety meetings this month, each of our general managers led the meeting at their terminal. Per usual, the meetings started with local news and updates (operational and maintenance), then the first topic covered was preventing a rollaway. A rollaway is when a vehicle moves without the driver in the seat, which can happen when drivers are distracted and do not set the handbrake/parking brake. The next topic of discussion was pedestrian/bicyclist awareness and safety. We always teach our drivers to “Be A.W.A.R.E.”:

Always make a complete stop before turning

Watch for pedestrians’ body language and if they are distracted

Anticipate the direction of the pedestrian

Right-of-way always goes to pedestrians

Eliminate blind spots and establish eye contact

Our company’s safety performance key performance indicators (KPIs) were reviewed, first overall then by terminal. The GMs went over their terminal’s performance feedback from the different programs we use to track performance and discussed where they are at in relation to their goals.

The general managers did an awesome job conducting the safety meetings this month. Our employees reviewed and learned important information they will take with them every time they’re on the road!

How to Become a Motor Coach Driver

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Being a motor coach driver is an interesting career filled with travel, meeting new people, and servicing your community. It can be fun and rewarding, and take your career to new heights…but how do you get started? We’re going to walk you through the requirements for and process of becoming a motor coach driver, so you can be prepared to apply at Trinity Transportation!

Requirements:

  • Possess a valid Michigan commercial driver license (CDL) A or B with passenger (P) endorsement and enhancement
  • Experience with motor coach driving or minimum transit experience (transit includes city buses, school buses, or trucks – truck drivers must have P endorsement)
  • Able to calculate passenger fares and provide correct change
  • Ability to complete trip sheets, pre/post bus inspection sheets, and vehicle inspection report clearly and in a legible manner
  • Capable of operating and communicating clearly on a telephone and/or a two-way radio
  • Able to speak English fluently
  • Minimum age for drivers is 21 with no driving infractions on record
  • Drivers with up to two minor moving violations or no major violations in the past 36 months will be considered at the minimum age of 22-23

How to Obtain Your CDL:

When you are ready to apply for your first commercial driver license, you will go to your local Secretary of State office with the following items:

  • Your driver license
  • Proof of your Social Security number
  • Acceptable proof of U.S. citizenship (birth certificate, passport, etc.) or Permanent Resident Card

Upon arriving at the Secretary of State office, you will fill out the CDL certification form, which includes meeting the CDL medical qualifications. You must also meet the driver eligibility requirements and pass the required knowledge and vision tests. All CDL knowledge tests are administered on the computer at Secretary of State. A minimum passing score of 80% is required to pass each test. You can take all the tests on the same day; however, you can only take each test once. If you need to retake a test, you must go back to the Secretary of State office the following business day. The CDL Group B knowledge test is 50 questions and the passenger endorsement knowledge test is 20 questions; both require a skills test after training.

Once you finish these knowledge tests, you will be given your CDL commercial learner’s permit (CLP), which allows you to practice driving under the supervision of a driver trainer and is required for taking the CDL skills tests. You will also need to obtain your chauffeur license before processing your CDL license. To receive the required training and to take your skills test, you can either do so through a third party state certified commercial vehicle training center or truck driving school.

Upon obtaining your CDL, you are ready to apply! You can do so at drivefortrinity.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Safety First!

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

At Trinity Transportation we pride ourselves in making safety our number one priority. Safety is the most important thing to be focused on and practiced when operating a vehicle. In order to ensure our drivers are taking the necessary precautions before, during, and after operating their vehicles, we have monthly safety meetings at each of our terminals.

In December, Trinity’s operations and safety departments put on their monthly safety meeting with the help of Safety Claus! Regional Operations Manager Dave Holls dressed up as Safety Claus to add a fun touch to learning about safety.

The meeting was required for all school bus employees and was headed by Safety Director Carl Ingram and School Bus Training Manager Derrick Ingram. They discussed the different tactics of staying safe on the road while driving a school bus (and being an aide!). Many topics were covered, including proper safety procedures, distracted driving, and having heightened awareness while on the road. There were even some fun quizzes thrown in the presentation!

Our employees are prepared to work together and practice all safety procedures learned in order to reach our goal of becoming the safest transportation company!

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