IT’S A NEW YEAR AND I RESOLVE TO…

·         Lose weight

·         Exercise more

·         Save money

·         Make more money

·         Eat healthier

·         Spend more time with family and friends

·         Plan a GREAT vacation

·         Find a better job

·         Quit smoking

·         Clean out the clutter and get organized

·         Help someone less fortunate

·         Volunteer to help at a shelter, food bank, etc.

·         ______________________________________(fill in your personal resolution)

At least until January 17, which is officially “Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day”!

“The tradition of New Year’s resolutions goes all the way back to 153 B.C..  Janus, a mythical king of early Rome was placed at the head of the calendar.  With two faces, Janus could look back on past events and forward to the future.  Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions and many Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies and also exchanged gifts before the beginning of each year”.

The origin of New Year’s Day;  “In 46 B.C.E., the Roman Emperor Julius first established January 1 as New Year’s Day.  Janus was the Roman god of doors and gates, and has two faces, one looking forward and one looking back.  Caesar felt that the month named after this god, (January) would be the appropriate “door” to the year”.

As the “door” of 2015 is closing, some of us may find it difficult to even remember what our past new year’s resolutions were.  With the “door” of 2016 already opening, we all have a fresh opportunity to make new resolutions or renew our past resolutions.

******May I suggest a 2016 resolution involving SAFETY in all aspects of our daily lives.  This is a resolution ALL OF US can easily adopt and maintain every day of every year.*****

For CDL Truck Drivers, some suggestions from Peoplease PLC Services for increased SAFETY, especially during the winter season:

“Slips, trips and falls are the most common injury in our industry; the winter months call for heightened awareness to protect ourselves from debilitating and often fatal falling injuries.”

·         When exiting the truck or tractor cab, always climb out in the same manner you entered

·         When climbing into or out of a truck or tractor, use the Three-Point Rule, (i.e., always keep three points in contact with the vehicle).

·         Wear ankle high boots with hard rubber (oil resistant) non-slip soles.

·         Always keep your hands free.

·         Avoid jumping from any elevation (truck, trailer, deck plate).

Some additional winter weather gear that CDL Truck Drivers should have:

·         Cell phone with hands-free accessories and a cell phone charger

·         Flashlight and extra batteries

·         Gloves:  a pair that are waterproof and a pair for warmth

·         Anti-gel – carry an extra supply

·         Extra washer fluid

·         Reflective vest or jacket – a reflective cap and gloves too – make yourself REALLY visible

·         Chains – ample supply and size for the outside drive tires

·         Heavy duty bungee cords

·         Cam lock T-handles

·         Good boots for traction and warmth

·         Blankets, sleeping bag, hats and scarves for warmth – heavy duty coveralls if headed to the North, East or Northeast

·         Tarps

·         Flares and hazard triangles

·         Drinking water and snacks

Non-CDL truck drivers can use many of the above suggestions for their everyday travels to work, errands, school, vacations and other activities too.

Please don’t forget your furr kids a.k.a., pets.  The colder temps for outside pets will require them to need more food for energy to stay warm, ice-free water and a warm place to snuggle into, (something with a roof to help keep the pet’s own heat contained).  Inside pets may spend less time outside but may need to go out more often.  Short-haired, aged, informed and very young pets may need pet-clothing specifically designed for them.

In all aspects of our daily lives, no matter the occupation, SAFETY should be of utmost concern to ourselves and others.  SAFETY can take place at our homes, in our vehicles, at work, school, play or any situation we may find ourselves.  Be alert to give aid to someone that may not be as SAFETY conscious as yourselfSAFETY IS NO ACCIDENT!!!

The Staff of Contracted Driver Services wishes everyone a Happy, Prosperous and SAFE New Year!

P.S. As 2015 draws to an end, let us share the lyrics of Scottish poet Robert Burns, penned in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song.  It is well known in many countries, especially in the English speaking world.  It’s traditional use being to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight.

“Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought

To mind?  Should old acquaintance be forgot and old lang syne?

CHORUS:  For auld lang syne my dear, for auld lang syne,

                            we’ll take a cup of kindness yet for auld lang syne.

                   And surely you’ll buy your pint cup! And surely I’ll buy mine!

And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne

CHORUS:  We two have run about the slopes, and picked

                                 The daisies fine; but we’ve wandered  many a weary

foot, since auld lang syne.

         CHORUS:  We two have paddled in the stream, from morning

                                  sun till dine; but seas between us broad have roared

since auld lang syne.

         CHORUS:  And there’s a hand my trusty friend! And give me a

                                      hand o’ thine!  And we’ll take a right good-will draught,

for auld lang syne.

S.A.F.E.T.Y. – Stay Alert For Every Thing Y’all – See you in 2016