Drive With Pride; Set Your Cell Phone Aside: How to Avoid Distracted Driving with Mobile Settings

A Preventable Danger

As a driver, you have been given a huge responsibility. Everyone is counting on you to get the goods to the proper destination quickly and safely. You take safety seriously, but even the most experienced drivers can sometimes get distracted. The number one distraction for drivers today? Our cell phones. Even in hand-free mode, multiple studies have shown that drivers could be missing up to half of the visual stimuli around them.

Here’s a disturbing statistic for you. According to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), taking your eyes off the road for a single text while traveling 55 MPH is equal to driving with your eyes closed for the length of an entire football field. Imagine your family members and loved ones surrounded by people driving with their eyes closed at high speeds, perhaps even in a large commercial vehicle. Talk about a sobering reminder of the importance of staying focused while driving!

The NHTSA reported that 3,142 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2019, accounting for 8.7% of all crash fatalities that year. Because of the high risk involved, handheld devices have been banned for drivers of commercial vehicles since 2011.

To put it simply, multitasking, especially while driving, is a myth. The human mind simply cannot devote equal attention to multiple tasks at the same time. Any task that takes your mind off the road should be avoided if possible. Not only is distracted driving a major safety concern, it also carries hefty penalties, which include the following:

· Up to $2,750 in fines per offense for drivers

· Up to $11,000 in fines for employers who allow or require drivers to use handheld devices

· Possible driver disqualification for repeat offenders

· Negative impact on Safety Measurement System (SMS) results

What actions count as using devices illegally?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), you may be fined for the following actions:

· Using at least one hand to hold a mobile phone to make a call

· Dialing a mobile phone by pressing more than a single button

· Reaching for a mobile phone in a manner that requires a driver to maneuver so that he or she is no longer in a seated driving position, restrained by a seat belt

Staying in touch while avoiding distracted driving

Now you understand why distracted driving is a problem. But how can you stay in touch for important messages or calls while still maintaining a safe focus on the road? Luckily, your mobile phone can actually help with some special setting features.

For Apple Users:

Set up the Driving Focus to silence or limit messages and other notifications. Just go to Settings, then Focus. Tap the + sign in the upper right-hand corner and select “Driving.” You can customize the Driving Focus feature to allow specific contacts or allow emergency notifications. Through Driving Focus, you can also automatically share with others that your notifications are silenced so your contacts know you are waiting to respond until you safely reach your destination, or choose an auto-reply to let contacts know you are unavailable. Driving Focus can be set up to turn on automatically for a “set it and forget it” option that always keeps your driving free of mobile phone distractions.

For Android Users:

For every phone with Android 9 or newer, users can set up Focus Mode. Go to Settings, then Digital Wellbeing. You can also search “Focus Mode” under Settings. From there, you are presented with a list of distracting apps. You can choose which ones to silence in Focus Mode and which ones to leave active. Focus Mode can also be added to the Quick Settings menu to more easily turn it on and off.

With just a few taps, you can do your part to keep the roads a safer place for all drivers. You can also spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving to other drivers, your friends, and family. As awareness increases, it is our hope at Trillium Driver Solutions that safety increases as well.

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Driver Staffing Careers: Recruiter

Whether you are experienced in the driver staffing industry or have previous recruiting or HR experience in another industry; if you are seeking a career change a Recruiter position with Trillium Driver Solutions may be the right fit for you!

Our Recruiters work closely with clients to identify a recruiting strategy aimed at attracting the specific talent they need to excel in their industry. A career as a Recruiter in driver staffing involves attracting potential candidates, screening, and evaluating a driver’s qualifications with great attention to detail. Trillium Driver Solutions takes pride in our ability to locate safe and professional drivers across the country for clients ranging from third party logistics companies to manufacturing facilities. Providing clients with predictable pricing for casual drivers, temp to hire drivers, and permanent drivers; we allow our clients the opportunity to take on additional business and routes with the security of knowing that they’ll have safe and professional drivers to represent them to their customers.

200023885-001“As a Senior Recruiter for Trillium Drivers- National Accounts, I have been able to incorporate my expertise in logistics, my skills in several years of recruiting, and my desire to support the needs of current and prospective clients. The National Recruiting Center for Trillium Drivers is dedicated to assist filling CDL driving positions for long term or permanent placements so our clients can focus on their business at hand. The level of pride our staff takes in their work, our employees, and our clients’ success sets us apart from the competition.” stated Damian Hendricks, Senior Recruiter for Trillium Drivers.

A Recruiter role with Trillium Driver Solutions involves recruiting, interviewing, conducting reference checks, background checking, verifying qualifications and DOT eligibility, and conducting motor vehicle reports. Our recruiters interact with employees and clients on a daily basis to conduct dispatching efforts, counsel staff, and conduct hiring and termination procedures. Our Recruiters’ backgrounds range from former logistics supervisors to those who have previous held dispatching roles for the logistics industry. If you enjoy a challenging position, are detail oriented, enjoy interacting with others, and have an interest or previous experience in the logistics industry; consider a career as a Recruiter with Trillium Driver Solutions.

 

 

Click here to express interest in a driver staffing career with Trillium Driver Solutions, recognized as a national leader in driver staffing.

 

 

Want to learn more about how you can gain access to Trillium’s national network of top level talent? Contact us today! If you are a stand out in your profession and seeking contingent or long term career opportunities, visit our job seekers section for more information!

 

Trillium, a national leader in staffing and recruitment is a valued staffing partner to over 5,000 companies nationwide. Trillium is privately owned by Oskar René Poch.

Driver Staffing Careers: Selling Branch Manager

Whether you are experienced in the driver staffing industry or have outside sales experience in the logistics industry; if you are seeking a career change a Selling Branch Manager career with Trillium Driver Solutions may be the right fit for you!

Our Selling Branch Managers work closely with clients to identify a driver staffing plan that best fits the needs of their business. Providing clients with predictable pricing for casual drivers, temp to hire drivers, and permanent drivers; we allow our clients the opportunity to take on additional business and routes with the security of knowing that they’ll have safe and professional drivers to represent them to their customers.

200023885-001I love coming to work every day and appreciate the opportunity that I have with Trillium.  Yes, it might of come late in my working career but it could not be appreciated anymore by anyone, since I have worked for several companies in my career I know  I finally found the best, I enjoy every day, and take every opportunity to tell employees, clients, family and friends what a great company Trillium is and the opportunities we have.  It is so important for employees to know they are appreciated and  their efforts are noticed as well as the encouragement  we receive.” stated Selling Branch Manager, Deb Scott.

A Selling Branch Manager role with Trillium Driver Solutions involves cold calling, following up on client inquiries, providing rates and proposals, account management, and supervision of staff. Our Selling Branch Managers’ backgrounds range from former logistics supervisors to those who have previous held sales positions for the logistics industry. If you are driven to provide results, have an interest or previous logistics industry experience, and are looking for a career that provides a strong professional and personal life balance; consider a Selling Branch Manager career with Trillium Driver Solutions.

 

Click here to express interest in a driver staffing career with Trillium Driver Solutions, recognized as a national leader in driver staffing.

Want to learn more about how you can gain access to Trillium’s national network of top level talent? Contact us today! If you are a stand out in your profession and seeking contingent or long term career opportunities, visit our job seekers section for more information!

Trillium, a national leader in staffing and recruitment is a valued staffing partner to over 5,000 companies nationwide. Trillium is privately owned by Oskar René Poch.

Are You Using Truck-Specific GPS?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is continuing their efforts to help drivers reduce bridge strikes and other dangerous accidents by distributing cards to truck drivers warning of the dangers that can arise from using GPS units meant for non-commercial and smaller vehicles.

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The FMCSA has posted warnings on their site and continues to bring awareness to the dangers that come from using improper equipment. A 2009 study found that about 80% of bridge strikes in New York were a result of large vehicles using the wrong navigation devices. With simple prevention, drivers can avoid these life threatening accidents that often result in serious injuries, heavy equipment damage, costly road repairs, and long delays for other motorists. Click here for a copy of the FMCSA’s GPS Selection Guide for CMV’s.

Are you a stand out professional, technical professional, driver, or skilled worker seeking contingent, temporary, or long term career opportunities?  Visit our job board  for more information!  Want to learn more about how you can gain access to Trillium’s national network of professionals and skilled workers? Contact us today!

Trillium, a national leader in staffing and recruitment is a valued staffing partner to over 5,000 companies nationwide. Trillium is privately owned by Oskar René Poch.

 

Distracted Driving Remains A Deadly Epidemic

Despite a 2011 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulation prohibiting the use of handheld phones while driving for bus and truck drivers, distracted driving is still a deadly epidemic on our roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as many as 660,000 automobile drivers are using a cell phone or manipulating an electronic device during daylight hours.

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What does this risk factor amount to? Here are a few statistics from the CDC:

  In 2011, more than 3,300 people were killed in distracted driving related crashes

  • In 2011, more than 387,000 people were injured in distracted driving related crashes
  • In 2010, nearly 1 in 5 crashes that resulted in injury involved distracted driving
  • With professional drivers facing fines of almost $3,000 per offense and even loss of their license for repeat offenses for the use of handheld phones while driving, the FMCSA is working hard to combat the deadly issue. Unfortunately these consequences are not significant enough for some drivers. Companies who employ drivers must take additional steps and efforts to help enforce the safety of their staff and others. So what can you do?

    • Create and enforce policies in your employee handbook to prohibit distracted driving
    • ·         Place phone numbers on your vehicles allowing other drivers to report distracted or poor driving behaviors

    • ·         Regularly communicate the dangers of distracted driving to your staff and provide safety tips to prevent it

    • Make safety a main priority for your organization
    • Recognize and reward drivers for safe behaviors and compliance with your safety rules, state, and federal regulations

    Want to learn more about how you can gain access to Trillium’s national network of professional drivers? Contact us today! Learn more about our Dedicated Driver Services here! Are you a safe and professional driver who is seeking a rewarding career? Visit us here to locate a driving career in your area!

    Trillium, a national leader in staffing and recruitment is a valued staffing partner to over 5,000 companies nationwide. Trillium is privately owned by Oskar René Poch.


     

    Hiring for Temporary and Contract Workers Is Up 21%

    Are you looking to add temporary or contract workers to your staff? If so, you join an estimated 31% of employers in the United States. Hiring for temporary and contract workers saw a spike in 2012 across the U.S. and those numbers are up an additional 21% from last year.

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    While employer confidence continues to grow following the recession, many hiring managers are still unsure of long term projections and look to temporary and contract staff to assist during peak seasons. As many as 44% of employers plan to hire on additional full-time employees by year end in 2013, many in addition to temporary staff.

    What positions are most in-demand for temporary or contract staff? According to Forbes, they include:

    • Team Assemblers
    • Office Clerks
    • Customer Service Representatives
    • HR, Training, and Labor Relations Specialists
    • Registered Nurses
    • Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
    • Home Health Aides
    • Maintenance and Repair Workers
    • Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
    • Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
    • Sales Representatives
    • Computer Support Specialists
    • Computer Programmers
    • Accountants and Auditors
    • Business Operations Specialists
    • Electricians
    • Sales Representatives in Wholesale and Manufacturing

    With the in-demand positions ranging from light industrial through professional roles, there are a wide range of opportunities for those seeking employment.

    Whether you are seeking employment or seeking temporary or contract workers for your company, choosing the right staffing partner can make or break your experience. Be sure to partner with a staffing agency who specializes in your line of work, is currently representing both clients and candidates in searches in your line of work, and is well established.

    Are you a stand out professional, technical professional, driver, or skilled worker seeking contingent, temporary, or long term career opportunities?  Visit our job board  for more information!  Want to learn more about how you can gain access to Trillium’s national network of professionals and skilled workers? Contact us today!

    Trillium, a national leader in staffing and recruitment is a valued staffing partner to over 5,000 companies nationwide. Trillium is privately owned by Oskar René Poch.

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    This Could Effect Your Fleet!

    How have recent regulations, weather conditions, and distractions effected your bottom line? Managing a fleet, remaining in compliance, and engaging a safety program is a lot to handle. Often times, employers lose focus on safety in the shuffle of handling multiple job responsibilities and keeping tabs on the latest regulations. How quickly can this add up?

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