C.R. England Trucking Blog - Safe Driving Tips & More
Keep up to date with the latest from C.R. England, our trucking blog is updated regularly with career statistics, safety tips, company news & fresh topics. C.R. England, Inc. is a Utah based refrigerated trucking and transportation company, one of the largest in the United States.
April 26, 2019 – We are pleased to announce that C.R. England has been named Intermodal Carrier of the Year by ARYZTA. The award is in recognition of the strategic partnership and value we create for their supply chain. Dan Wartalski, Vice President of Customer Service and Logistics, along with his team at ARYZTA and Blujay, presented the award.
Special congrats to Brandon Leonard, President of Intermodal at C.R. England, and his team. C.R. England’s temperature-controlled Intermodal network is the largest in the U.S. and provides reliable capacity across a diverse set of customers and industries.
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About C.R. England
Founded in 1920, C.R. England, Inc. is headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, and is one of North America’s largest refrigerated transportation companies. C.R. England services include National, Mexico, and Regional Truckload service in addition to Dedicated and Intermodal services.
Pictured above (left to right):
Dan Wartalski – Vice President, Customer Service and Logistics (Aryzta); Ricky Stover – Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing (C.R. England); Jacob Powers – Logistics Manager (Aryzta); Daniel Krakowiak – Transportation Manager (Aryzta); Matt Anderson – Director, Logistics as a Service (Blujay)
That collective sigh of relief you’ve been hearing for the last couple of weeks is the trucking industry welcoming the arrival of spring. After what has been a brutal winter in most of the country, drivers and dispatchers are looking forward to the next several months of clear roads and warm temperatures. It’s an annual ritual that has been occurring since man started traveling on four wheels.
As much as the trucking industry welcomes the arrival of spring every year, drivers, dispatchers and managers cannot let their guard down. Trucking is still a dangerous operation long after the winter snows have melted. It’s still as competitive and demanding as well. At C.R. England, we encourage everyone in the trucking industry to enjoy the arrival of spring – but be sure to do so safely.
Weather and Traffic Accidents
Most people assume that the majority of weather-related traffic accidents are the direct result of snow and ice, making winter driving more hazardous. However, that assumption is false. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) tell a different story. The first part of that story is the fact that only 23% of the reported traffic accidents every year are related to weather.
The next thing to consider is that only 17% of the weather-related accidents occur during winter driving conditions that include snow and ice. Just 17%! The data goes on to demonstrate that 74% are related to wet pavement; approximately 64% are the direct result of wet pavement during episodes of rainfall. Putting all of the data together suggests that more accidents occur as a result of spring rainfall than winter snow.
Sunshine and Driver Fatigue
One last thing to think about with the onset of spring is the relationship between sunshine and driver fatigue. Indeed, we all prefer sunny days to cloudy ones. Nevertheless, driving for extended amounts of time in bright sunshine can be very wearying on both the eyes and the mind. Drivers should take regular breaks to avoid sun-related fatigue.
Polarized sunglasses and hats are also useful tools for truckers on extremely sunny days. They’re especially helpful to reduce the glare created by the sun reflecting off a truck hood. And of course, be extremely careful during the summer months when driving eastward in the morning or westward in the evening.
A Look at Some of the Worst Storms
Truck drivers with decades of experience know how treacherous late winter and early spring storms can be. For example, CDL jobs in Utah, Nevada, and Colorado take drivers through steep mountain passes that can be snow-covered well into late spring and early summer. Drivers who frequent the Plains states are also familiar with how quickly storms can spring up. Please keep this in mind as you travel the nation’s highways and byways over the next few weeks. Spring is most certainly on the way, but winter is not ready to take a vacation quite yet.
At C.R. England, we are as thrilled about the arrival of spring as everyone else is. We are looking forward to a very productive spring and summer providing for our clients across the country with the reliable refrigerated services they have come to trust. We currently have openings for company drivers, team drivers, and experienced drivers. If you are not yet licensed, we can even help you through our CDL training partner.
March 7, 2019 (Salt Lake City, UT) – – C.R. England, one of the nation’s leaders in transportation solutions, has recognized 10 drivers as Drivers of the Year and one driver as Trainer of the Year for 2018. These drivers were selected from the more than 6,500 drivers in the C.R. England fleet, including Dedicated, National, Regional and Intermodal.
“We are honored to recognize 11 of our top professional drivers in the C. R. England fleet,” said C.R. England CEO Chad England. “Each of these drivers has shown by their example what it requires to be successful in our industry, including a commitment to on-time performance, professionalism and safety. These drivers are a great asset to our company and are truly the best of the best, representing the thousands of dedicated C.R. England drivers who are also committed to the same values.”
In order to be considered for these awards, drivers must meet the following requirements:
A minimum tenure with C.R. England of 12 months.
Demonstrate competency in safety, service, fuel efficiency, and production.
No traffic citations
No CSA violations
Drivers were nominated by their fleet managers, who also considered professionalism, attitude, and other strengths that set these honorees apart from other outstanding drivers in the fleet.
Drivers of the Year
Jody Asbury has been driving with C.R. England for six years and serves as a driver trainer in the National Division fleet X7. She resides in Garden Grove, CA.
Scott Braden is a National driver in Fleet A2 and has been with C.R. England for five years, serving as a trainer for the last four years. Scott is a United States Navy veteran and resides in Bellflower, CA.
Amanda Bannister is on Fleet B6 in the National Division and is also a Road Team Captain. She has been driving for C.R. England for five years and resides in Kansas City, MO.
Gary Hoffman has been driving for C.R. England for nine years and is on Regional Fleet R6. Gary lives just outside of Sacramento in Woodland, CA.
Angus McNutt started with C.R. England in 1993, but his current tenure is eight years, driving in the Intermodal fleet I8. He is from Franklin, MA and is a veteran of the United States Army.
Edgar Corrales is in the Intermodal division in Fleet IE. He’s been driving for C.R. England for nine years. Edgar is from New York City and lives in New Jersey.
Joshua Caldwell has been with C.R. England for three years and is currently on Dedicated Fleet KZ. He resides in Fayetteville, NC and is a veteran of the United States Navy.
Gary Goggans has been with C.R. England for two years and is currently part of the John Morrell Texas Dedicated fleet. He lives in Decatur, TX.
Davene Bryant has been driving for C.R. England almost five years and is part of the 99 Ranch Dedicated account. She lives in Turlock, CA.
Larry Chavez drives in fleet MK for the JC Penney account and has been a C.R. England driver a little over three years. He was born in Mexico, migrated to the United States and makes his home in Grand Junction, CO.
Trainer of the Year
Tony Stroup has been with C.R. England for two years and has been a trainer the entire time. He is a veteran of the United States Army and makes his home in Hayes, KS.
About C.R. England
Founded in 1920, C.R. England, Inc., is headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, and is one of North America’s largest refrigerated transportation companies. C.R. England services include National, Mexico, and Regional Truckload service in addition to Dedicated and Intermodal services. Visit www.crengland.com. To learn more about the One Initiative and C.R. England’s goal of providing one million meals to children each year visit www.oneagainstchildhoodhunger.com.
While it is true that truck drivers may have fewer opportunities for social interactions while out on the road, that doesn’t mean you can’t be social and build lasting relationships. People tend to think that truck drivers are secluded, anti-social, and have limited interactions with others, but that isn’t the case. Many truck drivers are friendly, social, and maintain strong relationships with those they meet out on the road. If you are striving to be more social as a truck driver, use these four tips to help you step out of your comfort zone and build new relationships.
A great way to make connections with people you meet while out on the road is to ask questions. Most of the drivers you meet will be willing to answer a question for you, whether it be about directions, safe driving practices, the local area you are in, or any other topic. Asking a question will increase your knowledge and open the door to further your discussion and interaction with someone. Next time you are unsure of something and you are around other drivers, ask a question instead of trying to figure it out on your own. You will fill satisfied by the social interaction and may walk away with a new friend.
Give a Compliment
There’s no better way to create a friendship than starting it off with a compliment. Giving a compliment is an easy way for someone to open up and begin a conversation. A simple, kind gesture is a surefire way to build a new genuine relationship. Plus, offering a compliment to someone will lift your spirits, so why not do it? If you see someone who you think you would get along well with, offer them a simple compliment to start a conversation.
Even for truckers that are constantly on the move, there are plenty of ways you can keep in touch with those you meet on the road. Thanks to technology, you can text, email, call, and video message practically anyone at any time. Take advantage of this opportunity and stay connected with your fellow trucking friends. Next time you meet someone on the road, ask for their phone number, email, or social media handles and make an effort to keep in touch with them. Even if you are both delivering loads in complete opposite parts of the country, you will be able to still feel connected and have that social interaction.
Get Involved in Trucking Communities
A great way to be social on the road is to get involved in the various trucking communities. Participating in these communities and groups is a simple way to get involved with something you are passionate about and connect with those who share your same interests. Trucking communities like Women in Trucking, American Trucking Association, Truckers Against Trafficking, and various veteran groups often have events, meetups, and social media groups that you can participate in. You get to be involved in the things you care about and make new friends. It’s a win-win! To start, we would suggest searching for these groups on Facebook or other social media platforms and looking for ways to get involved.
Just because you spend the greater part of your day in a truck, doesn’t mean you can’t create and enjoy meaningful relationships. Don’t let being on the move stop you from being social. Try out these four tips and you might be surprised at how easy it is to be social, even when out on the road.
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Love is in the air this week, but do you have a love and passion for your career? Whatever it is you do, it is important that you are passionate about your job. Loving what you do increases your morale, productivity, and overall well-being. If you aren’t feeling head-over-heels for your career, here are a few tips to help you love your job as a truck driver.
Look on the Bright Side
Shifting your perspective and focusing on the positive accepts of your job is a great way to boost your feelings toward your job. There are so many great things about trucking, so don’t let one or two negative situations spoil the fun. Being a truck driver is a unique career that offers a lot of perks that most jobs do not. Most notably, as a truck driver, you can travel across our great and beautiful country. You get to experience different climates, pass through many of our states, and enjoy many of the scenic views the U.S. has to offer.
A career as a truck driver also offers a lot of freedom. Whether you want to be a long-haul driver and spend your days out on the road, or run a Dedicated lane with maximum home time, there is a truck driving career for you. You have several different career paths you can take with your skills, which isn’t something every person can say. When you are feeling less than passionate about your career, remember the great things that come with being a truck driver that aren’t available to most!
Try Making New Relationships
If you’re feeling in a funk, try reaching out to someone and building a new relationship. Friendship and comradery can be very beneficial to your well-being when out on the road. Next time you are at a truck stop, try to get to know someone new. Social interactions will make your days more exciting, rewarding, and overall more enjoyable. Creating relationships will also give you something to look forward to when you are working. Thanks to technology, staying in contact with friends is easier than ever. Even as a truck driver that is always on the move and rarely in the same place for long, you can create and foster relationships with those around you. Doing this will be sure to make your job more enjoyable.
Understand Your Importance
Without truck drivers, our lives would be drastically different. We would not have access to some of the most important things in our lives like water, gasoline, and hospital supplies. We also wouldn’t be able to enjoy the luxuries we love like our favorite snacks, electronics, the latest clothing, and more. When you are able to understand the important role you play as a truck driver, you will feel proud of your job and the work you do. Having a sense of pride will enable you to love your job and give you a sense of purpose.
No matter what industry you are in, your skills, or your position, it is so important that you are able to be passionate and love your job. If you are struggling with this concept, try using these three tips to change your perceptive. You might be surprised at the newfound love you have for your career!
SALT LAKE CITY February 12, 2019 – C.R. England and England Logistics have set a goal to provide funding for one million meals for children in 2019 through partnerships with 21 food banks located in the United States and Mexico.
This marks the second consecutive year the two companies have set a goal to provide funding for children’s meals programs as part of the “One Initiative,” a campaign that invites company employees, customers, carriers, freight agents, and the general public to join the fight against childhood hunger. The companies set a combined goal in 2018 of one million donated meals and far exceeded that milestone, funding more than 1.6 million meals by year-end.
Forty million people face hunger in the United States — including more than 12 million children. One in six children may not know where they will get their next meal. In January 2018, C.R. England and England Logistics implemented a donation structure that converts proceeds earned from any business service at either company into meals for children in need. For instance, for every load C.R. England delivers, it donates a meal to a food bank of the delivery driver’s choosing. Similarly, for every load England Logistics arranges, a donation towards a meal is provided.
“When we launched the One Initiative in 2018, we hoped we could have an impact in fighting childhood hunger in the communities where our employees and customers live and work,” said Josh England, president of C.R. England. “We were thrilled to far exceed our goal in 2018 and hope to surpass the one million meals goal again in 2019. The One Initiative has helped unite our employees, customers, and the general public in an effort that is making an immediate contribution to alleviating childhood hunger.”
“We are grateful for the opportunity to take our efforts to the next level in 2019,” stated Jason Beardall, president of England Logistics. “The One Initiative has provided our team the opportunity to become more fully immersed in our commitment to serving a cause greater than ourselves. As we continue to strengthen our team and customer relationships, we will also continue to strengthen our communities.”
The One Initiative’s efforts are focused on 21 partner food banks in communities where their employees live and work. Every donation leads directly to a food-insecure child receiving a meal. Some of the funding supports Kids Café, Back Pack programs, Mobile and School-based Food Pantries, Summer Meals for Kids, and Healthy Student Initiatives, among other programs.
The One Initiative is founded on the idea that through a united effort, a nationwide difference can be made to benefit children in need. For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation to the One Against Childhood Hunger Foundation, visit www.oneagainstchildhoodhunger.com.
About C.R. England
Founded in 1920, C.R. England, Inc., is headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, and is one of North America’s largest refrigerated transportation companies. C.R. England services include National, Mexico, and Regional Truckload service in addition to Dedicated and Intermodal services. Visit www.crengland.com.
About England Logistics
England Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of C.R. England, is one of the nation’s top freight brokerage firms and offers a vast portfolio of non-asset based transportation solutions, including full truckload services, intermodal, dry and cold chain LTL, parcel, global logistics, and complete supply chain management. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, the company also has offices in Atlanta, GA; Detroit, MI; Greeley, CO; Ogden, UT; and Portland, OR. For more information, visit www.englandlogistics.com.
For the month of February, we are focusing on distracted driving and the best ways to avoid related accidents. At C.R. England, we have a strict hands-free device policy and expect our drivers to remain focused and alert behind the wheel, but we know there are a lot of things to be distracted by. Passengers, music, the beautiful views on the open road, and electronic devices. Here are some tips to help you avoid getting distracted behind the wheel, so you can work safe and return home safe. It is important to know that there are three different types of distraction: manual, visual, and cognitive- you can read about them here.
Remove Electronic Temptations
Sending a text real quick seems like an innocent and harmless thing, right? But did you know that sending one text takes your eyes off the road for 3.8-4.6 seconds, which when traveling at 55 mph is enough time to travel 300 feet? That text would be taking your eyes off the road for more than the length of a football field!
One of the best things you can do to avoid distracted driving is to never use a hand-held device while behind the wheel. Before you begin a trip, you should let your friends and family know when you expect to be driving so they can reach out to you at times when they won’t be a distraction. If you find yourself being tempted by your cell phone, simply turn your phone off and wait until you are safe, and the truck is not running, to turn it back on. If you would still like to be reachable while driving, make sure that you are only ever using a hands-free device.
Instead of fidgeting around and reaching for things while you are driving, get comfortable and settled in before you hit the road. Think of the things you might need close by you during your journey beforehand and put them in an easily accessible place. Reaching for an object in your vehicle makes you 3-6 times more likely to be involved in an accident and should be avoided. Keep your most used items close to you and get situated before beginning your drive so you can keep your eyes and mind focused on the road.
Know Your Route
Another great way to avoid being distracted in your truck is to properly trip plan and know your route before you begin driving. If you need to use a GPS, atlas, or instructions from a shipper, make sure you have then ready before you turn your truck on. Having directions ready early on will not only combat being distracted later but will also give you peace of mind and help you feel more confident in where you are going.
Take Regular Breaks
We’ve all been there. You’ve been working for a while and suddenly you start losing focus. It’s been some time since you last took a break and your mind is getting tired and starts to wonder. This can be dangerous and is a form of distraction that we often don’t think about. Taking regular breaks will help you feel rested and refreshed, making it easier to fight daydreaming. Having an alert mind will allow you to be more focused, you will have a greater ability to make sound decisions and it will keep you safer.
We know that staying completely undistracted is a hard task but using these four tactics will help make staying alert and focused possible. Always remember, C.R. England has a strict hands-free device policy and handheld devices are never allowed while driving. Think twice the next time you want to send a text or reach for something in your truck. Doing so greatly increases your chances of being involved in an accident and is avoidable by having a safety mindset.
Truck driving can be an extremely rewarding career but as a new driver, it may seem intimidating. Learning new skills and adjusting to a different lifestyle can seem overwhelming and daunting. If you just started truck driving, here are five tips that will help you be successful as you start your new career.
It Takes Time
Even as much as we would like it to, becoming a highly-skilled, experienced driver won’t happen overnight. While you will have gained many great skills during CDL training, you will still need time to feel more comfortable behind the wheel. You will be placed with a trainer and given plenty of time to build your confidence. Don’t worry if you aren’t feeling totally comfortable on your first run, after a few weeks with a trainer by your side, you will start feeling more like an experienced driver. If you find yourself feeling uncertain about your skill levels, don’t be too hard on yourself. Learning something new takes time!
Maintaining your workflow and making sure you are on time for each load is a very important aspect of your new career. Being punctual is a necessary quality to have when working in the trucking industry. Shippers and receivers work on tight schedules and if one part of the distribution chain is late, it often creates a domino effect, impacting the entire rest of the chain.
Completing your loads on time will also help you maintain a better score in Elite Awards and help you earn free prizes. If making a good impression on customers or your manager is not very motivating for you, let the possibility of earning free prizes in Elite Awards be your motivation. The better your On-Time score, the more status points you will receive, helping you reach another status level and more prizes!
Communication is Key
Drivers that are unable to communicate and get along with their manager or dispatcher tend to get frustrated easily. It is important that you work on building a relationship and a mutual respect with your manager. When you can get along well and communicate clearly with your manager, you will feel less stressed.
Not only do you need to communicate with your manager, but you should also practice good communication skills with shippers, customers, and fellow drivers. Overall good communication is an important skill to have in any career. Being able to check in, address your concerns, or relay important information is vital in having a successful truck driving career.
Build a Safety Mentality Now
When you first begin driving, make an effort to practice safe driving techniques now, so that they soon can become a habit. If you can get in the mindset of never compromising your safety early on in your career, then you will better your chances of working safe and returning home safe. We of course understand that there are incidences and factors that are out of your control, but it is important that you learn to always be safe in the things you can control. Starting your career off with a safety mindset will serve you well for the rest of your career.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
If you feel like you don’t quite understand the method of backing, turning, or any other area in driving, inform an instructor, trainer, or fellow driver. There will always be someone who can go through a technique again, give you some pointers, and help boost your confidence. If you don’t ask for help, we can’t help you. You will avoid a lot of potential unfavorable situations if you practice and ask for help, and you will be far more successful. Sometimes all it takes is having someone explain a technique to you in a different way or practicing it a few more times for it to make sense. There is nothing wrong with asking for help and you should feel comfortable reaching out when you have a question.
Finally, being a successful driver doesn’t just happen behind the wheel. Being reliable, self-dependent, staying alert, courteous, and having a good attitude will help you be successful in your career and beyond.
January 31, 2019 (Salt Lake City, UT) – – C.R. England, one of the nation’s leaders in transportation solutions, has announced its second multi-million dollar driver pay increase in the last eight months. The pay increase will benefit solos, teams, and trainers in C.R. England’s National, Regional, and Training Divisions and takes effect January 31, 2019.
“Including today’s pay increase, C.R. England has invested an annualized amount of over 30 million dollars in driver pay increases in the last eight months,” said Chief Executive Officer Chad England. “This increase comes just eight months after Over the Road (OTR) drivers received the largest driver compensation increase in the 99-year history of the company. Raising pay is an indicator C.R. England is committed to providing our employees with a long-term career path they can count on financially.”
With today’s announcement, every line-haul National and Regional driver received a pay increase. This includes solos, teams, and trainers. Trainers will continue to be the highest paid group of drivers at C.R. England. In addition to these increases, the company continues to evaluate and adjust pay for its already highly paid drivers in the Dedicated and Intermodal Divisions.
C.R. England is an industry leader in length of haul and offers benefits such as detention pay, referral bonuses, and competitive health insurance plans. C.R. England also offers significant long-term career opportunities in all its divisions. About 95 percent of drivers who complete Phase 2 are trainers or in a Dedicated, Intermodal, Regional, or OTR set run. In 2018, the company added 755 new Dedicated driving jobs. Almost 2,000 C.R. England drivers get home daily or almost every day.
Through the company-sponsored One Initiative, C.R. England drivers are also able to give back to the community. With each load delivered, a meal is donated to one of 22 food banks to provide a meal to a hungry child. Over 1.6 million meals were donated in 2018.
About C.R. England
Founded in 1920, C.R. England, Inc. is headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT and is one of North America’s largest refrigerated transportation companies. C.R. England services include National, Mexico, and Regional Truckload service in addition to Dedicated and Intermodal services. Visit www.crengland.com.
2018 was a great year for trucking, but will 2019 be just as successful? Industry experts predict that 2019 will be almost as good as 2018. The Federal Reserve predicts the U.S. economy will gradually slow to a 2.3% growth rate in 2019, slightly down from 3% last year, setting the stage for another successful year in trucking. With industry experts having a positive outlook for 2019, here are some of the top trends we should expect to see.
The driver shortage we saw in 2018 will continue to be one of the biggest struggles for trucking companies. Currently, the industry is still short approximately 50,000 drivers and companies are competing in a tight hiring market. The National Transportation Institute expects driver wages to raise in 2019 in fleet’s efforts to shrink the driver shortage. Driver wages are already more favorable from that of just a year ago. For example, in May 2018, C.R. England announced its largest driver pay increase in our 98-year company history.
Electric and Autonomous Trucks
One of the most talked about topics in the trucking industry in 2018 was electric and autonomous trucks. Electric semi-trucks from various manufacturers have been on the rise and are being tested for short haul trips by many companies. In 2019, we should expect to see more adoption, testing, and acceptance of this new technology. One of the most anticipated milestones of 2019 is for Tesla to begin production of their electric Class 8 Semi, but Tesla’s history of missing deadlines has many industry experts asking if the lavish semi will actually make it into production this year.
Research and development of autonomous trucks will continue to make its way into 2019, slowly progressing from concept to reality. While the actual deployment of self-driving trucks could take a decade or two, it remains as one of the most talked about topics in the industry.
In efforts to make supply chain systems more efficient, Artificial Intelligence is expected to make big developments and become more mainstream in the trucking industry this year. Many companies are already integrating AI into their fleets by using it for predictive equipment maintenance, pallet loading onto trailers, freight matching, and more. Really, the possibilities of AI in trucking are endless.
Another technology innovation that is projected to make great strides in 2019 is blockchain. Blockchain is a new technology that has huge potential in the trucking industry. Blockchain allows for data to be stored on various servers in multiple locations, is more secure (so far, no blockchain has been hacked), and information cannot be lost.
With retailers left uncertain of possible tariffs in 2019, many retail businesses have been “front-loading” their imported inventories before tariffs are implemented. This stockpiling of goods has changed freight demand during the last few months of 2018 and could continue to alter the traditional seasonality trends in 2019.
The trends on the horizon for 2019 are promising. Industry experts predict that 2019 will be similar to 2018, with a steady economy, industry growth, and technological advancements.