CAR­RIER’S SPOT

Road Today - - Contents -

Your cargo is most vul­ner­a­ble while it is in tran­sit be­cause you don’t have the added pro­tec­tion of a fa­cil­ity. While you’re on the road, make sure you fol­low the Lock it, Watch it, Re­port it, Move it process at all times. This will help pre­vent a theft or a hi­jack­ing, but there are more things you can do to in­crease your se­cu­rity on the road.

MIN­I­MIZE YOUR STOPS

• If ap­pli­ca­ble, fol­low your car­rier’s “no stop” pol­icy. Do not stop after pick­ing up a load for 3 to 4 hours to de­ter thieves or hi­jack­ers who may be wait­ing for you to stop.

• Check with your car­rier for more in­for­ma­tion about spe­cific poli­cies.

COM­MU­NI­CATE WITH YOUR CAR­RIER OFTEN

• Com­mu­ni­cate with your dis­patcher or su­per­vi­sor reg­u­larly through­out your trip. Once you have a set com­mu­ni­ca­tion pat­tern es­tab­lished, your dis­patcher will no­tice any changes and be alerted to a pos­si­ble prob­lem.

• Re­mem­ber to never dis­cuss spe­cific in­for­ma­tion, such as the cargo, route or sched­ule over CB ra­dios or cell phones, since po­ten­tial hi­jack­ers may be lis­ten­ing.

• If the cus­tomer con­tacts you en route and re­quests that you change the de­liv­ery lo­ca­tion or time, im­me­di­ately con­tact and ver­ify this with your dis­patcher.

• Al­ways re­port any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity that you see - whether it is around your own ve­hi­cle or an­other truck.

DO NOT AL­LOW ANY UNAU­THO­RIZED PAS­SEN­GERS IN YOUR VE­HI­CLE

Check with your car­rier for spe­cific poli­cies around stop­ping to help stranded mo­torists.when you see some­one who needs as­sis­tance at the side of the road, make sure you alert lo­cal au­thor­i­ties be­fore you stop to help.

STAY VIG­I­LANT

• Re­mem­ber to be ex­tra care­ful on high­way of­framps as many hi­jack­ings take place there.as you drive, watch for any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­i­ties in and around re­fu­el­ing lo­ca­tions, rail­way fa­cil­i­ties, bridges, and tun­nels.

• Do not stop on dark road­ways or in de­serted ar­eas while wait­ing to make de­liv­er­ies.

• Don’t take your load home or park in an un­se­cured area such as a park­ing lot or mall.

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