Driver App Users – No More Trip Sheet!

West Side Transport is excited to announce a new feature on the West Side mobile app that will make scanning in documents faster, easier, and more accurate.  Going forward, if you are using the mobile app you will no longer need to fill out a trip sheet.  From within the app, select the scan documents option and a list of loads you hauled will pop up.  Select the load that your document(s) belong to then select the appropriate document type (BOL, Toll, Lumper, etc).  Click send.  That’s it.  No more trip sheet and no more bubbles to fill in.

A few reminders:

  1. This only works for the mobile app.  If you are scanning at a truck stop or a terminal you will still need to fill out a trip sheet and fill in the bubbles.
  2. You can only scan in documents for 1 trip at a time.
  3. It will still be a good idea to write down your trip # and driver code on your documents to keep straight which load they are for.
  4. Retain all documents for 30 days just in case there are any issues receiving your scans so that you can resend if requested



Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving is the unsafe operation of a motor vehicle without regard for the safety of other users on the road. Aggressive driving includes:

  • Speeding
  • Frequent or unsafe lane changes
  • Failing to signal your intentions
  • Tailgating
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Driving in restricted lanes
  • Taking out your frustrations on other drivers
  • Disregarding traffic controls.

Speeding and unsafe lane changes cause accidents.  Nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities are speed related.  Speeding gives you less opportunity to react in dangerous situations.  Having plenty of space distance around you will give you reaction time.

Most of us make unsafe lanes changes by speeding up to make the change.  A safe lane change will include the following steps.

  1. Use turn signal
  2. Check your mirrors
  3. Bleed the speed (slow down to allow vehicles in blind spots to appear)
  4. Check the mirrors again
  5. Make the lane change

If you are confronted by an aggressive driver

  1. Make every attempt to get out of their way
  2. Put your pride in the back seat
  3. Avoid eye contact
  4. Ignore gestures and refuse to return them
  5. Call 911 if you are worried about your safety

The Speed Gauge Program at West Side Transport is utilized to monitor aggressive driving.   Did you know that every truck has an electronic control module which is the same concept as a black box in an airplane?  In the event of an accident, the ECM print out can be court ordered which will show every time the driver was speeding, had a hard brake or a stability control event.  Slow down to save lives.

The common goal of every driver is to get home to your loved ones safe and sound.  Not being an aggressive driver and avoiding other aggressive drivers will help in achieving this goal. 


Distracted Driving… Know The Facts!

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.

There Are 3 Main Types Of Distraction:
Visual – Taking your eyes off the road. Looking away for 2 or more seconds will double the risk of a crash. Keep your eyes on the road.
Manual – Taking your hands off the wheel. Checking a message while driving at 55 mph is the same as covering the length of a football field while blindfolded.
Cognitive – Taking your mind off what you are doing. Phone conversations, whether hands-free or not can be equally distracting. It can take your mind off the road.

Potential Distractions

  • Cell phones
  • Eating and drinking
  • GPS navigation
  • Talking with passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading (even maps)
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Sleepiness

Approximately 3285 people are killed every year due to distracted driving.

Please don’t be a statistic, KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD.



Space Distance

Not looking properly is a major cause of accidents. Both stopping and changing lanes require a lot of distance so knowing what traffic is doing on all sides is very important.

To prevent sideswipe collisions when changing lanes, signal early, check your mirrors, bleed your speed (slow down), and check your mirrors again before making a move.

Remember safe speed and proper following distance prevent rear-end collisions and jackknife accidents.

Limit changing lanes and stay in the right lane whenever possible

Help prevent rear-end collisions, by maintaining a safe speed and avoid sudden stopping.

Space distance must focus on these 4 aspects:

1. Look at least 15 seconds in front of you.
2. Night time driving limits distance. Drive slow enough to stop within the distance of headlamps.
3. Scan mirrors every 5 to 8 seconds. Mirrors are essential in lane changes.
4. Stopping distance. Perception distance + reaction distance + breaking distance = stopping distance

Managing space is critical. When things go wrong, space gives the driver time to think and take action.


West Side Transport’s Winter Driving Tips

With winter weather coming, it is important to keep these winter driving tips in mind.

  • Clean snow and ice off all mirrors, windows, lights and reflective tape.
  • Watch for brake lights on the vehicles ahead of you and maintain a safe distance.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Cars can get hidden in the powdered snow coming from your truck.
  • Be extra careful on exit ramps and on ramps.
  • Be cautious when driving on bridges, they tend to be more icy than the road.
  • Brake early for stop signs and red lights.
  • Large open areas are more windy. Be extra cautious, especially if your trailer is empty.
  • Stay off cruise control when it’s rainy or icy.
  • Accelerate and decelerate gradually. If the road is slick, the possibility of a jackknife increases.
  • SLOW DOWN. You have less traction when driving faster.
  • Turn the engine brake off when it’s icy or snow-covered, when approaching bridges, and when driving on exit and on ramps.
  • Preventing an accident sometimes means letting the driver who is in the wrong have the right-of-way.

Stay warm this winter and DRIVE SAFE!