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Davis Transfer Supports Local Families this Christmas

“The Angel Tree is a unique program that started in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1979. It involves the community in a direct way allowing them to become personally involved by sharing with those less fortunate in their community. The program provides gifts of new clothing and toys to thousands of children who otherwise might not have anything for Christmas.

Children who are recipients of Angel Tree gifts are from families who have applied for Christmas assistance through the Social Services program of The Salvation Army. During the application process, the clothing sizes and special needs of the children are determined and written on the application and is then transferred to paper “angels” along with the child’s first name, age and sex.

The “angels” contain a code number which corresponds to the client’s application number. All children in a family have the same code number, followed by “1” for the first child, “2” for the second child, etc.”

This year, Davis Transfer adopted 6 angels to assist for the holidays. As a company, we raised over $400. This money was used to purchase clothes, shoes, blankets, and (of course) toys! “I love working with colleagues that care so much for others.” says Brittany Britt, a member of the safety team in Carnesville. “We are all so blessed- it feels good to give back.”

The donations were donated to the Toccoa branch of the Salvation Army on December 12th.

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SmartDrive Congratulates Customer Davis Transfer

Fleet Director of Safety and Personnel, Brittany Britt, to Share Benefits of Video-Based Safety Program in SmartDrive Booth at ATA Management Conference and Exhibition

 

LAS VEGAS (American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition, Booth #541)—Oct. 3, 2016SmartDrive Systems, a leader in driving performance solutions that reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency, congratulates Davis Transfer Company on receiving the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay 2016 Excellence Award. In recognition of fleets that have optimized the environmental performance and efficiency of their freight management operations, EPA honors only the top two percent of partners, such as SmartDrive customer Davis Transfer, that demonstrate superior environmental performance. Davis Transfer Director of Safety and Personnel Brittany Britt will be available in the SmartDrive booth during the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Management Conference & Exhibition, Oct. 1-4, 2016 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

“We commend Davis Transfer for its commitment to corporate sustainability and social responsibility and congratulate the fleet on winning the EPA SmartWay Excellence Award,” remarked Steve Mitgang, CEO of SmartDrive. “In addition to creating a more environmentally friendly business environment, we also applaud Davis Transfer for its comprehensive approach to safety and focus on constructive coaching and driver retention as core tenets of corporate culture and commercial success.”

During the ATA Conference, Britt will discuss Davis Transfer’s remarkable results in the SmartDrive booth, #541, on the exhibit floor. During her presentations, Britt will provide an overview of the fleet’s safety program; explain why Davis Transfer decided to adopt video
and why the leadership team selected SmartDrive, as well as offering key insights gleaned throughout program implementation. Britt will also share how SmartDrive influenced the evolution of Davis Transfer’s coaching methodology, positively affected driver retention and led to quantifiable safety advancements. Britt’s presentations will take place:

  • Monday, Oct. 3 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m.

“I can’t say enough about the value of the SmartDrive solution. Since our rollout, SmartDrive has helped us completely transform our driver coaching program, resulting in significantly better driver retention rates and measurably improved safety scores,” stated Britt. “With SmartDrive, we can be certain we’ve done everything possible, as an organization and at the individual driver level to prevent high-risk incidents. Only video provides insights rooted in a full picture of what happens on the road, which has enabled us to reinforce our culture of constructive driver coaching, and prevent collisions and other accidents.”

As a result of implementing SmartDrive, Davis Transfer reduced preventable accidents from 62 percent in 2014 to 39 percent in 2016, reduced drivers’ use of mobile devices while driving by 73 percent, improved seat belt usage by 66 percent and experienced a 43 percent improvement in safety scores.

To meet with Davis Transfer’s Britt and the SmartDrive team, visit the SmartDrive site. For more information on SmartDrive Systems, please visit www.smartdrive.net.

About SmartDrive Systems
SmartDrive Systems, the recipient of Frost & Sullivan’s Customer Value Leadership Award for Video Safety Solutions, gives fleets and drivers unprecedented driving performance insight and analysis, helping save fuel, expenses and lives. Its video analysis, predictive analytics and personalized performance program help fleets improve driving skills, lower operating costs and deliver significant ROI. W08960f5ith an easy-to-use managed service, fleets and drivers can access and self-manage driving performance anytime, anywhere. The Company, which is ranked as one of the fastest growing companies by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, has compiled the world’s largest storehouse of more than 140 million analyzed risky-driving events. SmartDrive Systems is based in San Diego, Calif., and employs over 500 people worldwide.

For more information on SmartDrive Systems, please visit www.smartdrive.net.

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EPA SmartWay honors Freight Carriers for Exceptional Supply Chain Efficiency

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10/03/2016
Contact Information: 

Robert Daguillard (daguillard.robert@epa.gov)

(202) 564-6618

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Excellence Awards have recognized 43 truck carriers and one barge carrier as industry leaders in supply chain environmental and energy efficiency. EPA announced the awardees today at the 2016 American Trucking Association’s Annual Management Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Awardees represent the top one to two percent of environmentally-responsible SmartWay carriers that conduct freight operations with lower emissions and less energy. Today’s awardees demonstrate how businesses in their industries can save on fuel costs, shrink their carbon footprints and contribute to healthier air in the communities they serve.

“As the SmartWay program completes its 12th year, EPA recognizes its top carrier partners for their commitment to an efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation supply chain,” said Christopher Grundler, Director of EPA’s Office of Transportation & Air Quality, “These award-winning SmartWay carriers demonstrate companies can compete and thrive while lowering fuel costs and shrinking their carbon footprint.

EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible to protect public health and reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change. Since 2004, SmartWay Partners have avoided emitting more than 72 million metric tons of carbon pollution, while saving more than 170 million barrels of oil and $24.9 billion in fuel costs – equivalent to eliminating annual energy use in over six million homes. SmartWay also contributes to cleaner air and healthier citizens by cutting emissions that help produce smog, including fine particulate matter and nitrogen oxides.

 

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Davis Transfer Receives Safety Award

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1 Million Safe Miles: Lynn Presley

Davis Transfer Company Inc. presented drivers with awards and recognition on Saturday, April sixteenth. Drivers were given several different awards; one of the awards presented were rings given to drivers who had reached at least one million safe miles. This achievement means that the driver made it to a count of one million miles of accident free driving, no incidents, no property damages, etc. One of the drivers to reach this fantastic milestone was Mr. Lynn Presley.

Mr. Presley lived in ALynn Presleyuburn for most of his childhood, playing football and golf. He now has two children and four grandchildren, about whom he says, “My family is my driving force.” Presley says that one of the biggest things he appreciates about Davis is that they are a family owned, family focused company. He says that they understand family emergencies and work well alongside their employees.

When asked how he believed he made it to one million safe miles, Presley stated that it was all due to his being a “conscientious driver.” He says that he leads an orderly, safe life and that that translates into his profession. He believes that taking care to be safe is important; “The safety training is really logical, you know? Just be safe and pay attention and you’ll do alright.”

 

The advice that Presley says he would give to new drivers, or those considering the profession is simple. “Stay around; you don’t need to go from company to company. You’re really doing yourself a disservice if you’re constantly bouncing from company to company; the grass is never really greener. It’s better to make connections and stay with one employer.” He also says that, “there is no special formula, just common sense” when it comes to trucking. As another advocate against using devices while driving, he says that he would tell drivers not to pick up their phones, especially in bumper to bumper traffic, as he says he sees all the time. “It just distracts you unnecessarily, and it’s not safe.” He also says that being courteous is a very important thing for drivers, commercial or not, to keep in mind. “Everybody’s going somewhere, and we all have to get there eventually.”

Lynn says that he appreciates the recognition from Davis and loves working for the company. However, since the ceremony, he stated that he may need worker’s comp. “Yeah, my shoulder is really hurting… This ring is just so heavy!” Presley went on to say that he was joking, of course, stating that, “I really do love the award and the way that Davis showed their appreciation for my work.”

 

Kaytlin Leanne Bailey, Davis Transfer Company, Inc.

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2014 Large Truck Crash Facts

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Florida Trucking Association: Tom Sykes

Truck drivers for Davis Transfer Company, Inc. received special recognition at their safety meeting on Saturday, April sixteenth. Of the awards presented were rings for drivers who had reached at least one million miles of safe, incident free driving. This entails no accidents, no private property damages, etc.; this incredible achievement marks a completely clean slate. One of the drivers who received a ring was Mr. Thomas Sykes.

    Born in 1966 in West Germany, due to members of his family being in the military, Sykes was always an active child. As a youth, he continued to be very socially involved, and often enjoyed playing footballTom Sykes, being in band, and participating in the Boy Scouts; he was even involved in Civil War reenactments. When asked why he decided to pursue a profession in the trucking industry, Sykes replied that his family had always driven trucks, and that he had fond memories that were centered around such experiences.

    Sykes says that, in trucking, there is a lot you have to do to make sure the job gets done correctly, though he does not completely discount the idea of good luck, joking that “these days, it takes a whole lot of luck to get anything done.” The advice he would give to new drivers, or persons looking into the job, would be to stay alert, aware, and focused; he says that it is imperative that one never becomes too comfortable behind the wheel. “As soon as you get comfortable, that’s when [things will go wrong].” Sykes says that watching traffic is important, and makes sure to pay attention to what other vehicles are doing.

    At Davis Transfer, it is, and always has been, a goal to be as family oriented as possible, and Thomas Sykes says that he has seen this put to work. “One of the best things about working for [Davis] is the home time. [The company] is really good about off time. Actually, I got the opportunity to go to Alaska recently. I needed a bit more vacation time than I had, and they worked with me to create a schedule that worked really well.” Sykes says that everyone from dispatchers to office personnelare really good people who are easy to work with. “They really are very good at listening. If I ever have something to say, I feel heard.” He went on to say that it was nice to be recognized and appreciated for the work that he has put in, and that he is grateful for the awards. Other drivers have expressed similar feelings, also complementing the company on their family orientation, how easy employees are to work with, as well as feeling heard.

 

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Valdosta Daily Times: Ed Miller and Calvin Stevenson

Calvin Stevenson and Ed Miller: The Journey of a Million Miles

   Truck drivers for Davis Transfer Company, Inc. received special recognition at their safety meeting Saturday. Of the awards presented were rings for drivers who had reached at least one million miles of safe, incident free driving. This entails no accidents, no private property damages, etc.; this incredible achievement marks a completely clean slate. The four drivers who received the rings included two Valdosta locals, Calvin Stevenson and Ed Miller.

    Calvin Stevenson, born in Valdosta, grew up working on, and being around, vehicles and began driving as a profession at age nineteen. Stevenson says he began driving “by accident,” when the warehouse at which he was employed discovered a shortage of drivers. His employer asked him to deliver a load, Stevenson agreed to do so, and, thus, began his work as a commercial truck driver. Advice that Stevenson would offer to new drivers is, “Be patient. The world isn’t like it used to be. You just have to be patient and use common sense.” Believing that the way he made it to one million safe miles by simply paying attention, Stevenson is also a very strong advocate for anti-cellphone use in vehicles. He says that in all of his time driving, he has not touched his phone. “I get in my truck and lay [the phone] down and don’t even look at it. I have my bluetooth device that allows me to speak to it and make any necessary calls.” Stevenson says that using any distracting device is not worth the risk of lives that it poses. He is married to wife, Trena, with whom he shares several children, some of which are stepchildren, as well as grandchildren. One child is in the Navy Reserve, and the rest are getting online educations.

    The other local recipient of the award, Ed Miller, born Big Rapids, Michigan, also received the Driver of the Year Award. Miller began trucking in 1993, here in Valdosta, after his time in the Air Force. He says that he decided to pursue a profession in commercial truck driving to achieve freedom, as well as travel, saying that he “just liked to go” and never fancied staying idle. Ed is married to wife Sandra; together, they have two kids, as well as four grandchildren. He says that the job takes a lot of work and discipline, and, with major time away from home, it requires strong family bonds and understanding. As far as his personal life, Miller says that he is very active in his church, New Life Ministry of Lakeland, and strives to “try to live for the Lord as best [he] can.” When asked what advice he would give to new drivers, or individuals looking into the profession, Miller joked, exclaiming, “Run!” He laughed, and proceeding with, “I’m only kidding; it really is an honest job if you do it right. Take it one day at a time, because you can’t do everything in a day. Just do the best you can do each and every day, because it adds up. Forget about yesterday, don’t worry about tomorrow; invest in today. Be prepared not to be at home, but when you do get to be home, make sure you use your time well.”

    Both Stevenson and Miller wanted to recognize their wives, saying that they would not have made it as far, and accomplished as much, as they have. “I absolutely could not have made it without my wife, Trena,” says Miller, “She has always been such a tremendous help to me in my work.” Stevenson shares this view, saying, “She isn’t a truck driver, but, boy, has she kept it all going. She’s been alone just as much as I have, and is amazingly strong. Trucking is a job that comes at a great cost to life, and she has been wonderful through the entire journey. She really keeps the family going.”

    The men share a positive view of their employment at Davis Transfer. “The best part of working for Davis? Everything,” says Stevenson, “Just everything. They’re good people to work with. ” Miller agrees, saying that he has always been happy with the job and that he always feels that his input and feedback are taken seriously. “Davis is really the best [company] to work for. They’re a good, family focused business, and I’m glad I came to work for the company.”

Calvin and Ed

From Left to Right: Calvin Stevenson, Gary Davis, and Ed Miller

Kaytlin L. Bailey, Davis Transfer Company, Inc.

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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

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Davis Transfer- PROUD member of the Florida Trucking Association (FTA)

Please give us a call if you’d like to learn more or are interested in applying! 706-384-2030

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Eight Steps to a Better “Home away from Home”

“Keeping a semi-truck clean is a big job. When truckers spend so much time on the road, they have little cleaning time, and they live in a fairly limited space. That means the truck’s cabin can get messy pretty fast.

Why is keeping your truck clean so important? For one thing, it helps make a good impression as you travel across the country…you’re a professional driver and you want to project that image to everyone. Additionally, it vastly increases your trucks’ future resale values. If you’re planning on selling your truck and upgrading at a future date, you can’t afford not to keep your truck spotlessly clean.

You could always pay to have someone clean your interior – or you could save time and money by knowing the ins and outs of cleaning your truck. Of course, most experienced truckers know how to detail their own truck. But the following information can serve as a helpful reminder, and introduce any new drivers to the importance of a clean truck.

1. Clear out Old Trash

Over a single trip, any number of things accumulate in the cabin. Trash means crumbs, stains, and even odd smells. Get rid of old chip bags, beef jerky wrappers, soda cans, and sandwich bags. Keep a trash bag in the cabin to keep things neat and tidy.

Remember not to wait until you’re done cleaning to clear out trash. Shaking out all those crumbs after you’ve cleaned and polished the truck will make a bigger mess than you started with.

2. Vacuum

First, remove any floor mats, then vacuum the floors and seats. Use a long vacuum attachment to clean the hard-to-reach areas around the pedals, between the seats, under the seats, and around the dashboard. Shake out the mats and replace them, then vacuum them thoroughly as well.

3. Clean the Dashboard

You can also use a soft brush attachment to delicately vacuum the dashboard. However, you should be careful not to damage any of the knobs or dials on the dashboard; be particularly gentle. If you’d rather not vacuum the dashboard (or if there isn’t enough dust on the dashboard to warrant it), use a gentle cleaner and soft cloth to clean it off.

Avoid cleaners or polishes that have a glossy or shiny finish. This can cause glare that interferes with driving. If you’re nervous about potential glare, use water instead of polish.

4. Remove Stains

If you find stains on the front seat’s upholstery, you’ll need to do more than vacuum. Use warm, soapy water to try to scrub out the stain. If that doesn’t work, invest in an upholstery cleaner. Perform a spot test to make sure the cleaner won’t further the damage. Then, apply the cleaning agent thoroughly and evenly across the stain. Read the cleaner’s instructions to find out how long you should let the cleaner sit, then scrub the area clean.

You can remove carpet stains with this same method. Always apply the cleaner evenly, and always let the stained area dry out as quickly as possible after you clean it. Leaving the area wet for too long can lead to mold.

You shouldn’t finish the floor mats with any kind of coating or dressing to prevent stains. These kinds of finishes can stick to the driver’s shoes, which makes them too slick to correctly work the pedals.

Remember that the sooner you remove a stain, the higher your chances are of getting it out for good. Keep upholstery cleaning supplies in your truck to take care of spills as soon as they happen.

5. Treat the Leather

Leather seats require different cleaning products than upholstered seats. Still, some of the same principles apply. For instance, you should always spot check any leather cleaning products to see if they’ll stain. You should also use a very soft, clean towel while cleaning to prevent scratching.

You can vacuum leather seats with the soft brush attachment, but be very gentle to avoid scratches. You can also apply a leather conditioner to protect the seats after cleaning them.

6. Replace the Air Filters

Unless the PM service facility replaces your truck’s cabin air filter regularly, you are breathing dirty, unfiltered air. The cabin can also fill with a musty, unhealthy smell. Different truck models have different instructions for replacing air filters, so follow the owner’s manual to clean or replace your truck’s unique cabin air filter.

7. Clean the Windows

Use a gentle window cleaner to clean the inside and outside of windows. While newspaper will remove stains better than cloth on most windows, avoid newspaper on any tinted windows. The newspaper is too abrasive and can remove the tinting. Use a soft cloth instead.

8. Make Cleaning a Priority

Now that you know the basic steps for cleaning a truck’s interior, it doesn’t seem so hard or time-consuming. Stick to a strict cleaning regimen. Take the time to clean out your truck’s interior after every major trip.

Even if you do your own cleaning, you should probably have your truck detailed by a specialist every once in a while.

Regular cleaning will save money in the long run and keep your “home away from home” a clean, comfortable and safe place. Apply these six steps today and give your truck the proper care it deserves.”

 

Sources: Arrow Marketing. “Eight Steps to Cleaning Your Semi-Truck’s Interior.” Arrow Truck Sales. Arrow Marketing, 23 Dec. 2014. Web. 05 Feb. 2016.

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