Bob and I in our younger years raced "Odysseys" on dirt road course tracks, we both honed our skills at being able to quickly look at a situation and figure out the best way through without wrecking.  We also learned how to handle a vehicle in all manner of skids and to drive it till the very end never giving up that we would get it back under control.  We also learned what to do when the vehicle decided to flip flop through the air before coming back to the ground. 
Do YOU drive for five?

Insert loved ones names above each of the numbers

Looking at the diagram and playing the "what if game" helps to make reaction time to something unexpected happening second nature.   When we think about our family members being in the vehicles around us I am sure we would drive a little different.   If we let our mind wander and traffic comes to a stop which one of our family members would we take out if we could not stop?
Excellence is not only a part of what we do and how we do it, but it is also a matter of who we are as individuals.  It speaks to our character, our competence, our personality, and our legacy.  Personal and professional excellence is the never-ending quest to determine and actualize a monument of our existence that transcends roles, positions, jobs, titles, and life itself.  
Living in excellence requires constantly asking yourself: Am I right, am I safe, and am I legal? 
The Ethics of Excellence
1. Contribute to society and human well-being.
            Professional truck drivers must avoid causing any potential damage to the    local or global environment with their driving.
2. Avoid causing harm to others
            "Harm" means injury or negative consequences, such as loss of life, loss of     property, property damage, or unwanted effects.
3. Be honest and trustworthy
            Honesty is an essential component of trust. Without trust, an organization      cannot function effectively.
4. Be fair, and model cooperative driving behavior.
            The company's reputation rides on each person's behavior, especially while he or she is out on the road.  If you want goodwill with the public, you must  earn it!


Know your surroundings

Information was taken from National Safety Council - Defensive Driving Courses for Professional Truck Drivers.


Comment (1)

Linda Caffee

Bob and Linda started their driver careers after their children left home for college in 2000. Bob started as a driver for a large motor carrier with Linda as a rider. They decided to enter the Expedite industry as team drivers in 2005 and purchased their first Freightliner. Both, Bob and Linda have had their Class A licenses since the early 80's starting out driving in the oil field and hauling grain as fill in drivers where Bob worked as a diesel mechanic. Linda worked at the local country courthouse in data processing.

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Great reminder! 👍

December 05, 2014 21:33:28 PM