Featured Driver – Dan Lavy

As we fall into another new month (where has this year gone?!), it’s time for another driver to be put in the spotlight. This is Dan Lavy from O’Fallon, MO & he works out of our Muskogee, Oklahoma terminal  providing power only transportation for the cargo trailer industry.

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In Dan’s 5.5 years with Star Fleet & 45 years in transportation, we’re sure he’s seen a lot of funny things out on the highways, but the one that he finds most memorable is a pickup truck that’s customized to drive upside down. How does that work?! And while he claims his only hobby is truck driving, don’t be fooled, he is also a welder and an operating engineer of heavy equipment!

After all these years out on the road and seeing so many different places, Dave is still passionate about driving truck and loves his home state more than any other. We’re glad to have dedicated drivers like Dave on our team & are so glad he chooses to #DriveForStarFleet!

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Make the Call, Save Lives

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and it’s a very real problem. If you’re unfamiliar with what human trafficking is it’s “the action or practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation” (Google). Often times traffickers use force and coercion and it can happen in a variety of places such as truck stops, rest areas, hotels, motels, and even private homes.

Truck drivers see and hear a lot while on the road & that’s why we’ve partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking. We want to do our part to end this suffering and that’s why we now train every one of our drivers on what to look for & what to do if they suspect a person is selling sex under someone else’s control. You can help too!

What to look for:

  • Person has lack of knowledge or confusion on where they are
  • Signs of branding or tattooing (often on their neck)
  • Don’t carry their own ID/passport
  • Acknowledgement that they are making a quota
  • Controlled or restricted communication in that they can’t speak for themselves
  • CB radio talk of “commercial company” or flashing lights signaling “buyer” location

If you see any of these red flags, make a note of these “actionable items” to help police open an investigation:

  • Description of vehicles (make, model, color, plate #)
  • Description of people (height, weight, hair, age, race)
  • Date, time, & address/location you saw suspicious activity
  • DO NOT APPROACH TRAFFICERS YOURSELF!!!

Remember that if you see any of these indicators, for males or females, call 1-888-373-7888 (US) or 1-800-222-8477 (Canada) & if the suspicious activity is at a truck stop or travel plaza, notify the manager as well. Do your part – make the call, save lives.

Photo Contest Rule Changes

Announcing a few changes to our photo contest, below is an updated list of participation rules.

  • Take an interesting photo of you, your truck, and/or trailer/motor home. This can include, but is not limited to pictures that are weather-related, truckers helping each other, sun rise/set, nature, road hazards, DOT inspections, down time on the road, etc.
  • Post the photo to our Facebook page or submit it to starfleettrucking@gmail.com with the subject line as “Photo Contest.”
  • The person who submits the photo will be entered in the contest (even if there are multiple Star Fleet drivers/trucks in the picture). If the person submitting is not a driver or co-driver, they MUST provide the name & RV number of the driver they’re submitting for when they post/email the photo.
  • Each month, 5 finalist photos will be posted to Facebook to be voted on from the previous month. Ex: the 5 finalists posted in July will be photos that were submitted for the June contest.
  • The picture with the most likes/reactions will be the winner.
  • The prize for winning will be $500.
  • You may submit more than one photo per month and you may win more than once during the year.
  • Driver must be currently leased-on with Star Fleet Trucking at the time of selection to claim the prize.
  • There may be suggested themes throughout the year, but when a theme is not announced, the focus should be on the current season or holiday.
  • Always position your truck and trailer in a safe and legal manner!

 

That’s it! Finalists will be selected based on how engaging the photo is, quality, and overall mood. Please note, by submitting your photo for our contest, you are giving Star Fleet permission to use that photo in future Star Fleet marketing and advertising.

Good luck!

 

Featured Driver – Robert Bishop

Summer may be coming to an end more quickly than we’d like, but our drivers are still here & staying steady with taking loads. This month we’re featuring a ray of sunshine, Robert Bishop, who is based out of our Twin Falls terminal.

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Robert has been with Star Fleet almost 4.5 years, but has been in transportation for 10! When he’s not out hauling RV’s for us he enjoys going camping as well as dirt bike riding.  He also enjoys spending time with his 8 big dogs!

Robert’s favorite state is Idaho, which should come as no surprise since that’s where he’s from, because of the state’s beautiful scenery. We’re so thankful to have Robert on our team and that he chooses to #DriveForStarFleet!

Downtime Doesn’t Mean You Have To Be Down

You have to take a break within an 8 hour period. If you want to “reset,” you have to be off duty for 34 consecutive hours. You have to take 10 hours consecutively in order to get a new 14 hour period to drive. You’re only allowed to drive 11 hours.

Needless to say, you might have some down time while you’re out on the road. So what’s there to do? Well here are some of our suggestions we recommend with some from our drivers as well!

  • Exercise – for a profession that sits so many hours a day & makes it tough to stretch every so often, this is a good option. Whether it’s just a walk around the parking lot or some muscle building exercises like lunges or squats, some physical activity is better than none.
    • Bonus: If you’re out and away from the city, find a hiking trail. Many places offer trails that take a few hours, but others that take a lot less. Worst case, however long you have, walk half of it, then turn around and come back!
  • Read – A good alternative to TV and a way to build memory muscle, boost vocabulary, & reduce stress. There’s so many genres, you’ll never be short on things to read.
  • Draw – If art is your thing, this is a great option! It’s increases creativity and memory and reinforces our motor skills. Plus, drawing has no limits so you’ll never be short on things to draw!
  • Learn (language apps, watch videos on hobby) – Continuing education doesn’t have to happen in a classroom. You can learn or brush up on a language through apps like Duolingo, learn a hobby or a new technique by watching videos online. Learning never stops no matter how old you get!
  • Clean your truck – We always tell you to keep your dash clean, but being in your truck for days and weeks on end, it can really add up. So get rid of any trash, put the stuff you need in a safe place so you know you won’t lose it, use the vacuum at the fuel stations, & take your truck for a wash when it’s really dirty.
  • Nap – Well this one should be obvious. A quick cat nap can do wonders for the next leg of your trip.
  • Puzzles (Sudoku, crossword, word search, brain teaser app) – These can exercise your brain as well & while physical health is imperative, so is your mental health.
  • Unique eats – One great thing about America is there are SO many different types of food & different takes on classics. Try something different when you’ve got the time & take a break from your typical grab-and-go.

 

So tell us…what do you do in your down time?

Featured Driver – Daniel Raber

This month we’re recognizing another one of our amazing contractors! Say hello to this firecracker, Daniel Raber! Originally from Angola, Indiana, Daniel is a toter (manufactured housing) driver our of our Middlebury North terminal.

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Daniel has been with Star Fleet for 6 years, but has over 34 years in the transportation industry! His favorite states are Arizona and Utah for the scenery (we’ve heard that from a lot of drivers). The funniest thing he’s seen out on the road is when a pickup pulling a boat trailer had the boat come off, but continued to drive with the boat dragging behind the trailer while they passed him. There are no words….

However, transportation isn’t Daniel’s only specialty; he also has skills as a mechanic as well as welding! On top of that he also enjoys woodworking, metal fabrication, and camping. He also loves his family and grandchildren and spending time with them.

We’re so glad to have Daniel on our side. Thanks for choosing to #DriveForStarFleet!

 

The 7 Man-made Wonders of the U.S.

Last time we touched on the 7 natural wonders of the US, however as humans, we’ve created some pretty phenomenal stuff. What makes it so amazing? It could be that it was made in a short amount of time, it was built without modern technology, or even just that it defied all expectations. Ultimately it’s up to the individual and again the list below isn’t official, just the top attractions people suggest. Tell us what you think…do you agree?

  • Rushmore – made of granite it took over 10 years to complete & welcomes close to 2 million visitors a year.
  • Brooklyn Bridge – 1.1 miles long, it was the longest suspension bridge until 1903 & the toll today costs less than when it first opened!
  • Washington Monument – surviving an earthquake & still standing 555 feet tall, this monument is much different than the original design.
  • Golden Gate Bridge – 1.7 miles long & the first non-building structure to receive the “Distinguished Building Award.”
  • Space Needle – intended of being unveiled at the opening of the World’s Fair, the needle is 605 feet tall with the foundation reaching 30 feet underground & the rotating restaurant turns with just a 1.5 horsepower motor.
  • Empire State Building – Built during the Great Depression, the building is 102 floors & 1,454 feet tall (to the tip).
  • Hoover Dam – Built with the intention to provide water & hydroelectric power, it’s located on the Nevada/Arizona border & holds enough water to irrigate 2 million acres.