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TRALA Recognizes Aim Driver for Exceptional Driving and Community Service

Posted on May 31st, 2018

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) has recognized Aim driver Daniel Kinsman for his commitment to exceptional driving and community service that benefit the truck renting and leasing industry and respective communities.

“The honor I feel to be nominated for this award, I can’t put into words; it was, and still is, unbelievable,” Kinsman said. “I am also extremely humbled to be among other drivers who are counted as being amongst the best in the industry, despite my record not being near as accomplished as the others’. I don’t know how to convey how honored I truly am to have been chosen to represent Aim.”

Kinsman has been with Aim for 1½ years and drives for Aim Integrated customer Youngstown Pipe & Steel (YPS), out of Youngstown, OH, whose customers Kinsman is committed to taking care of.

Kinsman also trains Aim’s new YPS and apprentice drivers. And because of his positive attitude, patience and knowledge, Aim’s Operations and Safety departments rely on Dan to be “the face of Aim,” often pairing him with new drivers on their first days.

“Dan Kinsman shows up every morning ready to work, and most importantly, ready to work safely,” Mark Pelini, of Youngstown Pipe & Steel, said. “He takes care of one of our more difficult routes, and we truly appreciate Dan’s daily work ethic and communication. We at YPS want to congratulate Mr. Kinsman on his nomination for this great award and look forward to our continued work relationship for a long time.”

For those who know Kinsman, they’re probably not surprised by his adeptness behind the wheel. It is, after all, in his blood. His mother, who sadly passed away last year, was an over-the-road trucker and raised him in the truck, even going as far as to “homeschool” him while on the road. She did this for 16 years before becoming a driver instructor at New Castle School of Trades, in New Castle, PA.

And when he’s not in the driver’s seat? Well he’s still committed to trucking. In fact, he spends much of his free time developing new technologies for the industry and is currently working on obtaining a patent for a new suspension system he’s been working on for years.

Even with Kinsman’s extraordinary dedication to trucking, he still finds time to be an active participant in a Youngstown outreach program, where he helps the area’s homeless population.

Kinsman also spent four years serving our country in the United States Marine Corps.

“Dan Kinsman is one our best and brightest drivers at Aim. It is truly a pleasure working with someone that represents himself and Aim so well,” Aim Integrated Director of Regional Logistics Pat Grandy said.

According to TRALA, this year, the organization received 21 nominations, of which 20 drivers will be receiving certificates of merit for their outstanding service. These 20 drivers logged over 25 million miles, which includes city and over-the-road driving and have already earned statewide and company recognition for their safe driving careers.

Aim, as well as the transportation industry as a whole, is extremely fortunate to have individuals like Dan on the road and serving their communities.

Aim Integrated Director of Regional Logistics Pat Grandy (left) presents TRALA Certificate of Excellence to Aim Integrated/Youngstown Pipe & Steel Driver Daniel Kinsman and are joined by Aim Integrated Operations Dispatcher Ralph Wilson.


Pre-Trip Inspections

Posted on December 7th, 2016

Performing a pre-trip inspection of your vehicle is one of the most important duties of a truck driver.

Click HERE for more information on pre-trip inspections!


Aim Integrated Driver Nominated for TRALA ‘Driver of the Year’

Posted on May 25th, 2016

Aim Integrated Logistics, Inc. is honored to announce that Elite-Fleet Driver, Brad Slabe, has been nominated for the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) 2016 Driver of the Year Award. In addition to the nomination, TRALA has also presented Brad with a “certificate of merit” for his outstanding service.

Simply put, Brad Slabe sets the industry standard for what a safe and dependable driver encompasses. A (4) year veteran at Aim, Mr. Slabe has provided professional services to 20+ Aim dedicated accounts…all across the United States. Working in the fluidity of the “Dedicated” arena, Brad has revolutionized what it means to be “flexible”. He has displayed the critical and unique ability to operate different types of equipment and execute various forms of work (including permitted and hazmat endorsed loads), all without compromising his high levels of production and safety. When an Aim customer needs a replacement driver, they tend to ask for Brad by name…these types of requests speak volumes for Brad’s value.

Off the road, Brad enjoys spending his free time with his family. Brad and his wife, Mary, are proud parents of one son, Bradley…who is currently working on his PhD at The Ohio State University…and a daughter, Patricia, who is currently employed as a dog groomer. During his off-hours, Brad is an avid sports fan…mainly, cheering on his beloved Green Bay Packers.


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Brake Safety Week: September 6-12, 2015

Posted on September 3rd, 2015

Brake Safety Week: September 6-12, 2015

Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operation. CMV brakes are designed to hold up under tough conditions, but they must be inspected and maintained carefully and consistently so they operate and perform properly throughout the vehicle’s life. Brake Safety Week is an annual outreach and enforcement campaign designed to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America.

Brake Safety Week – September 6-12, 2015 – is part of the Operation Airbrake program sponsored by CVSA in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). During the week-long brake safety campaign, CMV inspectors will conduct brake system inspections (primarily Level IV Inspections) on trucks and buses throughout North America to identify out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations.

Brake-related violations comprise the largest percentage (representing 46.2 percent during Roadcheck 2014) of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce the braking capacity and stopping distance of trucks and buses, which poses a serious risk to driver and public safety.

Brake inspections conducted during Brake Safety Week include inspection of brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors, and other faulty brake-system components. Antilock braking systems (ABS) malfunction indicator lamps also are checked. Inspectors will inspect brake components and measure pushrod stroke when appropriate. Defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will result in the vehicle being placed out of service. Read more about the inspection procedure.

Additional inspections may include some Level I Inspections and, in ten participating jurisdictions, overall vehicle braking efficiency will be tested using performance-based brake testing (PBBT) equipment. These systems include a slow speed roller dynamometer that measure total vehicle weight and total brake force, from which braking efficiency is calculated. The minimum braking efficiency for trucks is 43.5 percent, required by U.S. federal regulation and the CVSA Out-of-Service Criteria.

Outreach and educational efforts by CMV inspectors, participating motor carriers and others in the industry also take place during Brake Safety Week and are integral to the success of the campaign.

In 2014, 13,305 vehicles were inspected during Brake Safety Week. View the 2014 results. More than 3.4 million brakes have been inspected since the program’s inception in 1998.

In addition to Brake Safety Week, CVSA also holds an unannounced brake inspection day each year in the spring. In 2014, the Operation Airbrake unannounced inspection day was on May 7, 2014. Click here to read about the results.

Click on the links on the right to obtain Brake Safety Week resources and educational materials for inspectors, drivers, technicians, mechanics and the general public.


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