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Preventive maintenance prevents headaches

For owner-operators, a staunch preventive maintenance (PM) program prevents more than maintenance issues. Maintaining your equipment will also prevent bad roadside inspections, some accidents and costly repair bills. Certain equipment failures on the road are difficult to foresee, such as

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Are tire chains necessary?

The answer to that question is yes….and no. You should have them but not use them. What that means is that if you’re somewhere that conditions require chains, just pull over and shutdown. Don’t risk it. Most motorists don’t have

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Damian Rohde: driver extraordinaire

Damian Rohde is a Pinnacle Drive-away driver. He’s been with the company since July. Since September he has earned 13 good roadside inspections. Wait…what? Thirteen…what? That’s right, 13 good roadside inspections. The 53-year-old Georgia resident, who grew up in Ann

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Work Zones present many hazards

Work Zones present many hazards Winter is coming but road construction won’t stop until the ground freezes, at the earliest. Some construction sites will continue past that. Regardless, we are still navigating orange barrels. Everyone knows to slow down and

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Black ice and worse on the way

It’s fall so college football season is winding down and Daylight Savings fall back is over. Now comes the beginning of inclement weather and poor driving conditions. Not even a Michigan fan has to steal signs from Mother Nature to

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Lions and tigers and deer, oh my!

It’s that time of year again when deer and other large wildlife are in the rutting season and are more active. All motorists are affected by this annual event but those of us driving commercial loads are more at risk

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Aggressive and reckless drivers

We talk about driving defensively and avoiding distractions—staying safe. But what happens when you encounter that impatient motorist who is careless? A main theory behind defensive driving is to steer clear of aggressive and reckless drivers. Remain calm when you

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Driving too fast is more than just speeding

No. This isn’t another lecture on speeding. This is to help make all the Pinnacle drivers aware that driving too fast is more than just speeding and can be very incidental. Everyone understands speeding—driving more than the posted speed limit. 

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Pre trips and post trip Inspections

Hand in hand with defensive driving techniques and other safe driving strategies are proper pre-trip and post-trip inspections. Every day, Pinnacle drivers must complete either a pre-trip or a post-trip inspection on a Driver’s Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR). The FMCSA

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Turning

Here’s a topic that probably doesn’t get enough print—turning. All Commercial Vehicle operators are aware that turning can be challenging but not much gets said on the topic, outside of CDL school. The bottom line is that whether you’re towing

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