Regarding Safety

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.


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.

Arctic Blast! Are You Prepared?

Posted on February 13th, 2015

Stay safe!

For the next few days temperatures will be dropping across the Midwestern and Northeastern parts of the country. In addition to the expectation of below freezing temperatures many areas are faced with heavy snow accumulation. This is a friendly reminder for fleet operators to get vehicles and drivers prepared for winter conditions. These preventative measures can maximize your fleets up-time, prevent unexpected maintenance costs, an give you greater piece of mind that your drivers are safe.

Tips for Successful Winter Operations:

  • ENGINE HEATER: Plug in engine heater after each trip. It must be done while the engine is still hot. Be sure to check electrical hook ups at your location to make sure they are operational.
  • STARTING EQUIPMENT: If you experience difficulty starting, please do not crank the engine more than 15 seconds. After 3 attempts of no more than 15 seconds, please contact Road Rescue.
  • AIR TANKS: Air tanks must be drained at the end of each trip to verify that the system is free of water. This is done by pulling the cord that is attached to the air tanks.
  • FUEL: Aim fuel will be blended with additive. If you get fuel elsewhere please be sure that the fuel is blended or an additive is used. Make sure that the additive you use is for Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel only.
  • SCHEDULING: Drivers should start out on their routes a little earlier than normal so they will have extra time to deal with any unexpected delays.

Thank you and please contact us with any questions on how to get your fleet ready for the cold.

Aim ROAD RESCUE: 1-800-321-9038

Bob Thibodeau
Safety Directory
1-800-321-9038 Ext. 155

Lou Johantges
Directory of Maintenance
1-800-321-9038 Ext. 132

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