Take the Time to Stop and Think

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

There has been much upheaval in the transportation industry this year so it’s easy to forget about the basics. When it comes to safety and security, sometimes the small stuff is the big stuff. Simple decisions that might feel inconsequential can sometimes make all the difference when it comes to getting home safely. It may seem like a small thing …

The Psychology of Distracted Driving

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

Every time a driver engages in distracted driving behaviors without a negative outcome, they are subconsciously encouraged to continue doing so. For example, a driver who decided to remove his/her jacket while continuing to drive may very well be aware that the decision will put him/her at risk. However, if done successfully the idea that the behavior was unsafe becomes …

Take It Slow

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

Drivers in a hurry may be tempted to hop down from the cab to make a quicker exit, but doing so could be a big mistake. Depending on the height of the jump, the impact could cause spine and joint injuries. Ankles, knees and lower back must absorb the jump, contributing to musculoskeletal damage. According to experts, jumping just from …

The Difference Between a Company Driver and an Owner Operator

Written by Stephanie Steffens

Company Driver A company driver is paid with a W-9 which means taxes such as FICA, Federal and State are withheld from the gross pay. As a rule, company drivers are paid by the mile. Dispatchers would work closely with the driver and coordinate all loads. A company driver does not have to worry about issues like insurance, tolls, fuel …

School Bus Safety – Understanding The Hazards

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

Past studies show that one in every three school-aged pedestrians were struck by other vehicles (cars, light trucks, vans, large trucks, motorcycles). Our youngest students ages 5 to 7 account for one in every three pedestrian-related fatalities. Students between the ages of 8 to 13 accounted for another 1/3 of pedestrian-related fatalities. Factors that cause younger children to be at …

Work Zone Safety – Surviving Road Construction Season

Written by Stephanie Steffens

Speed is a factor in one of every four work zone crashes. With hazards such as narrow lines, merging vehicles, shifting lanes, and slowing and stopping traffic, there is less time and room to react to a dangerous situation. Here are some safety tips to consider when driving in construction zones: Pay close attention – Drivers should eliminate all activities that …

Norsemen Diesel Mechanics Drive Our Success

Written by Stephanie Steffens

Diesel Mechanics are a vital part of the transportation industry.  Having your own Maintenance facility and Mechanics is a very valuable thing.  Keeping your equipment well maintained saves you time and money.  Norsemen invests not only in our Diesel Mechanics but also in the technology it takes to maintain our equipment.  By maintaining the equipment properly and on a regular …

Back Safety

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

Back problems are a common cause of lost work time for the professional driver. The nature of the job, including prolonged periods of sitting behind the wheel and lifting heavy objects, can contribute to back pain. Many of these problems can be prevented by practicing proper lifting techniques and engaging in a healthy lifestyle. Before lifting: Stretch Wear proper footwear …

Cell Phone Restrictions In CMV’s

Written by Cyndi Fjelstad

Drivers need to remain focused and be aware of their surroundings, pedestrians, and other drivers. Using a cell phone while driving leads to unsafe actions such as: Following the vehicle in front of you too closely Maintaining an improper lane position Failing to recognize traffic signals or signs Reacting slowly to traffic situations Research commissioned by the FMCSA shows that …

Dispatchers – Helping Us Move Forward

Written by Stephanie Steffens

Dispatchers are an essential part of any successful trucking company. Depending on the size of the trucking company, dispatchers can have a multitude of duties. At Norsemen Trucking, our dispatchers work closely with our customers to establish freight lanes, bid on lanes, and organize with the customer the shipping and delivery of their freight. Once a load is ready to …