Archive for April, 2017

Diverse Trio Named As Drivers of the Month

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Irving, TX – National Carriers is pleased to announce our Drivers of the Month for the first quarter of 2017. Dmitry Kompaneyets, January, Kenrick Persad, February and Anthony Higginbottom has been named March Driver of the Month. Combined, they have not had any service failures this past year while driving over 350,000 miles without a preventable accident. Kompaneyets and Higginbottom drive on the NCI 48 State Fleet and Persad operates within the NCI Southwest Regional Fleet.

Born in Russia, Dmitry Kompaneyets became a citizen of the United States in 1999. He began driving truck with a small company in the Dallas area, then moved to National Carriers in 2000. Over the past 17 years, he has delivered freight throughout the nation both as an owner operator and now as a company driver.

When asked why he stays with NCI Kompaneyets replied, “NCI takes care of their drivers. If you have a problem with operations or settlements, someone is there to help you. They have the best management of any company I know of.”

A native of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Kenrick Persad became a US citizen in 2005. He joined NCI in 2015 as a company driver. After conducting online research, Persad selected employment at NCI due to the options offered to drivers and the company’s outstanding reputation. He is an operator who leases a truck through NCI and transports freight on the Southwest Regional Refrigerated Fleet.

“Driving a truck allows me to be my own boss and to be independent. I see different scenery every day plus driving is in my blood. My dad drove truck. The best thing about NCI is the good communication between the drivers and the office support team,” Persad stated.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Anthony Higginbottom now makes Mississippi his home state. While driving for a large carrier, Higginbottom sought a company that would know him as an individual, while offering consistent year-round freight. In 2010 he choose NCI and operates a company truck on the 48 State Refrigerated Fleet.

Diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure, Higginbottom cautions drivers, “Stay away from fried foods and sodas. Drink water and eat salads while out on the road. Without proper diet and exercise you may find yourself unable to maintain your CDL.”

NCI Spokesperson Ed Kentner shared, “This group of gentlemen represent the best of the “Elite” Fleet. With their varied backgrounds, it is their outstanding work ethic combined with safe driving practices that makes National Carriers proud to recognize these driver for their accomplishments. Each driver received a $500 bonus check and will be a finalist for 2017 Driver of the Year.”

Each Driver of the Month is a finalist for NCI Driver of the Year 2017. Monthly award winners receive a $500 bonus. National Carriers Driver of the Year is awarded a $5000 prize at the NCI Driver of the Year Banquet held in Arlington, Texas in the spring of 2017.

 

Company Information

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services. At National Carriers, our mission is “to be the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class.”  

Being part of the Elite Fleet® means enjoying a career worthy of your skills and commitment to excellence. We believe long-term success is waiting for you at National Carriers®, one of the nation’s oldest, most respected and largest carriers. Learn about our exciting opportunities for owner operators as well as company drivers.  If you are interested in a leasing a truck, National Carriers® Leasing Division is the ideal partner to help you get started.

Aggression and driver jobs

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

The vast majority of people on the road, including those with driver jobs, express anger and rage while driving, according to a recent survey.

Nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the past year, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The most alarming findings suggest that approximately eight million U.S. drivers engaged in extreme examples of road rage, including purposefully ramming another vehicle or getting out of the car to confront another driver.

“Inconsiderate driving, bad traffic and the daily stresses of life can transform minor frustrations into dangerous road rage,” said Jurek Grabowski, Director of Research for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Far too many drivers are losing themselves in the heat of the moment and lashing out in ways that could turn deadly.”

Aggressive driving and road rage varied considerably among drivers:

  • Male and younger drivers ages 19-39 were significantly more likely to engage in aggressive behaviors. For example, male drivers were more than three times as likely as female drivers to have gotten out of a vehicle to confront another driver or rammed another vehicle on purpose.
  • Drivers living in the Northeast were significantly more likely to yell, honk or gesture angrily than people living in other parts of the country. For example, drivers in the Northeast were nearly 30 percent more likely to have made an angry gesture than drivers in other parts of the country.
  • Drivers who reported other unsafe behaviors behind the wheel, such as speeding and running red lights, also were more likely to show aggression. For example, drivers who reported speeding on a freeway in the past month were four times more likely to have cut off another vehicle on purpose.

Missing sleep, crash risk, and driver jobs

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

A new survey estimates that missing even one hour of sleep can double your crash risk when handling driver jobs.

Drivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 35 percent of U.S. drivers sleep less than the recommended seven hours daily. And with drowsy driving involved in more than one in five fatal crashes on U.S. roadways each year, AAA warns drivers that getting less than seven hours of sleep may have deadly consequences.

“You cannot miss sleep and still expect to be able to safely function behind the wheel,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Our new research shows that a driver who has slept for less than five hours has a crash risk comparable to someone driving drunk.”

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s report, Acute Sleep Deprivation and Risk of Motor Vehicle Crash Involvement, reveals that drivers missing 2-3 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period more than quadrupled their risk of a crash compared to drivers getting the recommended seven hours of sleep. This is the same crash risk the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration associates with driving over the legal limit for alcohol.

 

Managing a healthy work-life balance can be difficult and far too often we sacrifice our sleep as a result,” said Jake Nelson, director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research for AAA. “Failing to maintain a healthy sleep schedule could mean putting yourself or others on the road at risk.”