Buchanan Driver Newsletter
January 7, 2022
Winter is upon us. Wind, snow & ice are unavoidable for many in our fleet.

It is more important for you to arrive safely with the load than for you to be on time.

When navigating winter weather, avoid distractions, give yourself the space you need to stop and if you feel it is unsafe to operate - SHUT IT DOWN.

Ask yourself - would you want your family driving next to your tractor + trailer with a driver mirroring your decisions?

Make safe decisions this winter,
Jessica Studle
DRIVER MEETING:

Wednesday, January 12 @ 6p EST
OR
Saturday, January 15 @ 10a EST

Celebrate Buchanan Shout Outs with us!

We appreciate all that everyone on our team does every day. Sometimes, we have a a big win to celebrate and other times, someone deserves a shout out because they make our days a little brighter. Join us as we celebrate each other and take a moment to give a fellow Buchanan team member a shout out!
During the December Driver Meeting, we asked drivers what items they keep in the truck to be safe and prepared through the winter months. Some recommendations surprised us! Have additional recommendations? Share them TOMORROW (Saturday, January 8) on Facebook - we'll be asking our followers what they keep on hand for winter safety!
WINTER TIPS FROM YOUR FELLOW BUCHANAN DRIVERS
Shared during the December Driver Meeting

Items to keep in your truck:
  • Kitty Litter or Salt - One of the drivers keeps this in the cab and sprinkles it outside the driver door to keep from falling when getting out of the truck. Doing so at night may help ice from forming. It was noted that drivers traveling with pets may prefer kitty litter as salt can burn an animals' feet.
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Overalls
  • Rubber Gloves - The driver shared he puts rubber gloves OVER his winter gloves to keep them dry. What a great idea!
  • De-icer & anti-gel (recommendations below)
  • Standard recommendations: Blanket, Cold Gear, Cell Phone Charger, Extra Food & Water
The following information was sent to the driver group via email 12/30/2021 @ 5p EST
Dear Driver,

Buchanan Hauling & Rigging has restructured the Driver Scorecard Bonus to align better with our safety and compliance goals for 2022. The new Driver Safety & Compliance Incentive will focus on rewarding driver’s safe behavior and adherence to compliance to better protect our drivers, our assets, and our interests. 
This new Safety & Compliance Incentive gives drivers the potential to earn more than double previous Driver Scorecard Bonus potential.

Old Driver Scorecard Bonus maximum payout potential = $1,200.00/year
New Safety & Compliance Incentive maximum payout potential = $2,800/year

  • Full time drivers will be automatically entered into the incentive program on the first calendar day of the beginning of the next eligible quarter. For example, if a driver is hired Feb 1, the driver will not be enrolled and eligible for the program until the start of the new quarter (in this example, April 1).
  • Safety and Compliance Incentive will be paid out quarterly. The driver must be in active driver status at the time of payment to be eligible for payout.
  • Payout amounts will be determined based on the driver’s current CSA score range at the beginning of every new quarter using the Carrier Summary (CSMS), as well as any safety/compliance violations accrued. (listed below)
  • Drivers must show driving activity within quarter to be eligible*
  • Quarterly bonus payout scale details below (1) CSA point range for total eligibility (2) total dollar amount eligibility per CSA range (3) deduction for violations (4) Payout total
  • Safety and Compliance violations will include the following:
  • Inspection with violation(s)
  • Citation
  • Failure to complete assigned Infinit-I classes
  • Failure to attend one (1) Driver Safety Meeting per quarter
  • Failure to properly log at least 10 minutes for both pre and post trip inspections on every piece of equipment utilized
  • Any incident or accident deemed preventable
 
*Driving activity per quarter must equal >75% for incentive eligibility
*All payout amounts are considered income and will be taxed appropriately   
     
Larger document example available in link below.
January Infinit-i Classes are live!

This month's topics are backing & U-turns with a combined viewing time of 10 minutes & 11 seconds.

This is REQUIRED of all Company Drivers and criteria for the Safety Incentive.
THIS IS IMPORTANT. DO NOT MISS THIS.
Social Media posts from behind the wheel…is still from behind the wheel! Don’t get caught up in that mess. 
DO NOT POST TO SOCIAL MEDIA, OF ANY KIND,
WHILE OPERATING A CMV AND / OR WHILE IN DRIVE STATUS

FACEBOOK POSTS, TIK TOKS, INSTAGRAM REELS, ETC. FROM BEHIND THE WHEEL CANNOT BE CREATED HANDS FREE. DOING SO IS A VIOLATION OF BUCHANAN POLICY AND IS GROUNDS FOR DISCIPLINE AND / OR TERMINATION.

DO NOT GET CAUGHT UP IN THIS MESS.
THIS IS AN OFF-DUTY, PERSONAL ACTIVITY.
For Your Convenience: State Chain Laws
While winter may be a distant thought, the time to prepare is now. Some state chain laws take effect October 1. Please review the included resource and be in-the-know. Contact your Driver Manager with any questions.
OO / LP Drivers: The below is the guidance for CO Drivers and BHRI employees. The information below is based on current guidelines put forth. While Buchanan recommends you follow the same guidelines, the specific protocols, PTO references, etc. outlined below are not necessarily applicable for you.
If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, please stay home, contact your supervisor and visit www.BuchananHauling.com/Covid
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