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Driver Appreciation Week is Sept 12th-18th

Driver Appreciation Week is Sept 12th-18th

This year's National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 12-18, 2021, and takes on a special significance considering the crucial role truck drivers have played during the COVID-19 pandemic. Americans in all fifty states have taken...

Safety Technology Means Safer Workplace for Drivers

Safety Technology Means Safer Workplace for Drivers

Using safety technology can create a safer workplace for your drivers. Every time your driver gets behind the wheel, he or she is at risk. Trucking driving ranks seventh in the deadliest occupations in America. Truck drivers also face the highest...

New FMCSA Driver Physical Exam Form Required on Sept. 7th

New FMCSA Driver Physical Exam Form Required on Sept. 7th

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a revised version of its Medical Examination Report form (long form) with a September 7, 2021, compliance deadline. The updated form includes a variety of minor technical changes, the...

Back to School Safety

Back to School Safety

In the next two weeks we will see many students returning to school after the summer break.  For some of these students this will be the first time since the pandemic started that they will be returning to school in person.  Pedestrian-vehicle...

[Recap] Idealease Nashville partners with Lifest

[Recap] Idealease Nashville partners with Lifest

Cumberland Idealease partnered with Life Promotions for the first annual Lifest – Music City music festival. We donated two rental trucks – 1 Box truck and 1 refrigerated truck. Lifest used our donated trucks to move staging, sound gear and to...

[Recap] Powering the Future & Technical Education for Communities

[Recap] Powering the Future & Technical Education for Communities

Cumberland has partnered with Cummins, the Tennessee Trucking Association and a dozen other organizations to recruit and train future technicians. On Thursday, July 22, 2021 we hosted a fundraiser benefitting McGavock Hich School's Transportation...

[Recap] Drive-In Movie

[Recap] Drive-In Movie

Cumberland partnered with End Slavery Tennessee for their event, Drive-In & Drive Out Trafficking, hosted at our location in Lebanon, TN back in June.   Drive-In & Drive Out Trafficking was a Drive-In moved hosted at our dealership...

CVSA Announces Dates for Brake Safety Week

CVSA Announces Dates for Brake Safety Week

This year's Brake Safety Week is scheduled for August 22-28, according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). The enforcement campaign is a part of the larger Brake Safety Awareness Month, which takes place in August. During CVSA's...

FMCSA Proposes Rule Changes for Vehicle Safety Technologies

FMCSA Proposes Rule Changes for Vehicle Safety Technologies

On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed to change the rules for windshield-mounted cameras in commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The proposed changes would make filing for an exemption and prior...

MROs May Sound the Alarm Even if a DOT Test is Negative

MROs May Sound the Alarm Even if a DOT Test is Negative

The addition of four commonly prescribed opioids to the DOT drug testing panel effective January 1, 2018, has left some drivers and carriers with unanswered questions, especially when the Medical Review Officer (MRO) calls into question a driver's...

Managing Drivers with Prescription Drugs

Managing Drivers with Prescription Drugs

Prescription Drugs and Commercial Motor Vehicle Operation Do Not Always Mix Our society continues to be challenged with opioid overdoses. As managers of commercial drivers, we need to be aware of the medications our drivers are taking as they may...

Top 3 Hazmat Violations in 2021

Top 3 Hazmat Violations in 2021

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) Analysis & Information (A&I) online data, the top three hazardous materials regulations violations so far this year are as follows: Package not secure in vehicle...

10 Tips for Driving Safely in Work Zones

10 Tips for Driving Safely in Work Zones

We are now in the middle of work zone season and you cannot drive anywhere without experiencing a work zone. As traffic volumes begin rebounding as COVID-19 lockdown orders are relaxed, renewed emphasis is being placed on highway work zone safety...

Beware- It’s the Busiest Time of Year for Road Construction

Beware- It’s the Busiest Time of Year for Road Construction

Drivers should be especially cautious of construction zones this summer. States are making a concentrated effort to raise the awareness of the dangers in these zones. Here are some safety tips you can share with your drivers regarding construction...

The Heat is On!

The Heat is On!

This crazy weather continues this year and the heat is setting record temperatures across North America. What are you doing to protect your employees from heat stroke and exhaustion? These conditions are created when our body is unable to regulate...

Tips For Getting the Most Out of Your Reefer Unit In Hot Climates

Tips For Getting the Most Out of Your Reefer Unit In Hot Climates

A proper pre-trip on ThermoKing and Carrier units is the start to Loading Best Practices: Initiate an automatic pretrip to identify any operational concerns while the reefer cycles through all its modes. Do not load truck/trailer if alarm codes...

Pay Attention to these A/C System Failure Warning Signs

Pay Attention to these A/C System Failure Warning Signs

When issues with your A/C system begin to occur internally, your truck will give you some warning signs. Listen to your truck and invest the time now to avoid spending more time in the shop later on. If you experience one or more of the following,...

It’s Finally Summer!

It’s Finally Summer!

FOR MANY, THE HEAT HAS BEEN HERE FOR QUITE SOME TIME With much of the U.S. experiencing unprecedented heat and drought, you’ll want to consider the following precautions to beat the heat while on the road during these hot summer months. Stay...

Hurricane Season is Here!

Hurricane Season is Here!

June 1st was the official start date of the 2021 hurricane season that runs through November 30th. If we have learned anything from prior storms, preparation is critical. Now is the time to re-evaluate emergency plans and update as needed. The...

FMCSA Vision Standard for CMV Drivers

FMCSA Vision Standard for CMV Drivers

Safe driving requires a combination of good vision, adequate visual field, ability to spread attention over the field of view, and motor skills. While protecting your eyes from UV is important, let’s not forget about how well you need to be able to...

Get Out Your Sunglasses! July is UV Safety Awareness Month

Get Out Your Sunglasses! July is UV Safety Awareness Month

Thanks to eyeandhealth.com, we found the below information to be extremely helpful to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. During the summer there is usually emphasis on protecting your skin from UV rays. But you shouldn’t forget about protecting...

FMCSA Extends COVID-19 Waivers for Another Three Months

FMCSA Extends COVID-19 Waivers for Another Three Months

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provided a three-month extension to several emergency waivers enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Declaration and license and medical-card waivers were due to expire on...

CVSA Announces Dates for Brake Safety Week

CVSA Announces Dates for Brake Safety Week

This year's Brake Safety Week is scheduled for August 22-28, according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). The enforcement campaign is a part of the larger Brake Safety Awareness Month, which takes place in August. During CVSA's...