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Trucking companies have reduced accidents, costs, workers' comp claims, and turnover by hiring this type of driver.

Trucking Safety: S is for the Safe Driver

Trucking Safety: S is for the Safe DriverHave you ever wondered why some drivers seem to be accident prone and others have never caused an accident? Would you like to know you're getting safe drivers before you hire them?Safety research shows you can determine driver applicants' probability of causing future accidents by determining their behavioral style and attitudes. (Source: Behavioral and Values Associates, 1993.)A behavioral assessment measures a person's normal behavior in four areas: D (Dominant), I (Influencing), S (Steadiness), and C (Cautious, Compliant to Standards).The D factor determines how drivers tend to handle problems and challenges, the I factor looks at their interactions and influence with others, the S at how they respond to the pace of the environment, and the C at how they respond to company and federal rules and regulations set by others. A DISC behavioral assessment shows how the applicant ranks in each of the four factors from 0% to 100%. Fifty percent is the mid line; above this the person is said to be high in the factor, below 50% - low. The higher or lower the ranking, the more intense the behavior will be. In this article, we'll look at the highs and lows of the S factor.Research shows the safest drivers are high in the S factor. Here's the reason why.People with a Core S style tend to be steady, reliable, patient, and mild mannered. They're genuinely nice people who care about serving others. And they're safety conscious because their number one psychological need is to be safe and secure.Drivers with a Core S factor can sit for hours without feeling antsy or restless. They can make good, steady time on the road without feeling stressed. They could drive even longer than regulations allow with less boredom and fatigue than those low in this style.Drivers with a low S factor tend to be active, restless, and mobile and feel stressed when they have to sit for hours at a time. They need more frequent breaks than their Core S counterparts. They tend to drive faster and get distracted more easily.Trucking companies that hire drivers with a high S factor have reduced accidents, costs, workers' comp claims, and turnover. This is the driver you want to hire and retain.A driver who also has both high S and high C behavioral styles is the ideal driver. Look for my next article on the Core C driver, who's cautious and compliant to high standards.2006 Annette Estes. All Rights Reserved. Permission to reprint granted as long as entire text and tag line are included.

Spike Lee: Top Films and Unforgettable Controversies

Spike Lee: Top Films and Unforgettable Controversies

Spike Lee is one of the most influential and provocative American moviemakers. Recently, he celebrated the 20 year anniversary for the release of his remarkable debut film Shes Gotta Have It. His films are groundbreaking in their controversial approach towards social and political issues and offer different perspective on race, class and gender issues in contemporary America. "Spike Lee" was born as Shelton Jackson Lee in 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia to a jazz musician and an art teacher. When Lee was a young child, the family relocated to Brooklyn, which was used as a background for many of Spike Lee's movies. Lee's talent was recognized while he was still a film student in NYU. His thesis film Joes Bed Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads won 1983 Student Academy Award for best director. Spike Lee's debut movie "Shes Gotta Have It" was released in 1986. The movie was shot in 12 days in a budget of 175,000 dollars. The film was written, produced and directed by Spike Lee. Shes Gotta Have It tells the story of Nora Darling, a young, independent African American graphic designer who cannot commit to any of her three lovers. Tracy Camilla Jones played the role of Nora Darling. Tommy Redmond Hicks and John Canada Terrell along with Lee himself played the three men in Noras life. Shes Gotta Have It was a landmark film in its presentation of African American characters in an American movie and part of the explosion of 80s independent movie industry. The African American community embraced the movie, which displayed a non stereotypical group of young, intelligent black American people. The film won the Prix de Jeuness at the Cannes film festival for the best new film by a newcomer. The 1992 biographic epic Malcolm X is considered by many as Lee's best film. The 195 minutes movie depicts the story of the African American activist "Malcolm X" , from his early childhood to his assassination. Lee uses the Malcolm X story to confront the audience with the racial discrimination and violence that black people went through during the 1950s and 1960s in America. Spike Lee's name was associated with many controversies. He was often accused of anti Semitism and racism for portraying Jews and Italians in his films a stereotypical manner. His 2001 television miniseries about one of the Black Panthers founders, Huey P. Newton, stirred another controversy, which helped establish Lee's image as a provocative and radical figures in the American film industry. Lee's latest project is the documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, which tells the story of New Orleans post and pre hurricane Katrina. The four hours documentary is about the New Orleans culture, the damage caused by hurricane Katrina and the recovery efforts. Lee does not spare his critic on the government inadequate reaction to the destruction. 5 Top Movies Directed by Spike LeeDo The Right Thing: this 1989 comic drama shows what happens in Brookline when the interracial tension heats up during the hottest day of the year. Starring: Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, John TurturroMo Better Blues: Denzel Washington as a jazz trumpeter who makes all the wrong decisions regarding his musical career and relationships.Jungle Fever tells a pessimistic interracial love story between an African American man and an Italian American woman.Girl 6 looks at the life of a young black actress who prefers working as a phone girl than being abused by movie directors25th Hour is dedicated to the last 24 hours in the life of a New York drug dealer before his jail term begins.

Great Toyota Parts

Great Toyota Parts

Cars are something we use to get by with our daily lives. They have been changed and improved over the years, with better safety feature and luxury features as well. With the stress of our lives today we would like to have comfort and power operated auto part with the push of a button. Today, most cars come with an air conditioning system that keeps the driver and the passenger cabin comfortable with the scorching heat the summer can bring. The introduction of the air conditioning and heat system was a big step in the auto industry. It gave drivers the same comforts as home. At the heart of this system is the Toyota AC Condenser. This part is the one in charge of dissipating heat absorbed from the car's interior. It works the same as the Toyota Radiator, which actually cools the engine. Usually, the air flowing through the a/c condenser is supplemented by the Toyota Condenser Fan.A bad A/C system means great discomfort on your part so if your Toyota A/C system isn't functioning because of damaged auto parts make sure you replace the defective part or parts immediately to avoid the problem. Especially when you are using your car on long drives, replacing it is essential. A long drive can be very tiring; but with an efficient A/C system you can arrive at your destination with more ease and more comfortably. Of course, just having a good A/C wont make the whole ride comfortable there is also the issue of weather and traffic to consider. However the small role the A/C has makes a big difference. For your A/C condenser needs, you can go to Toyota Parts Online. This auto parts store offers many Toyota parts, including Toyota Headlights and Toyota Wheels. Purchasing new and high quality auto parts for your Toyota car can be better than buying Toyota parts used. Old and used parts are usually harder and more expensive to maintain and they can drain your pockets in the long run. Toyota Parts Online is a top Toyota Parts Discount dealer that caters to almost all your Toyota auto parts needs. The Toyota Parts used is priced to fit your budget.So take a look and visit the site, you will probably find what you are looking for.

Should You Give Your Car Away?

Should You Give Your Car Away?

You can give your car to charity and deduct the gross proceeds from the sale if the proceeds are for more than $500.If the claimed value of the donated motor vehicle, boat or plane exceeds $500 and the item is sold by the charitable organization, the taxpayer's claimed value is limited to the gross proceeds from the sale. The charitable organization must notify the donor within 30 days of the sale of the amount of the gross proceeds. However, if the charity adds improvements to the vehicle, the charity must notify the donor within 30 days of the contribution. If the charity betters the vehicle then the donor may deduct the vehicles market value. Actually, it is much better if the Taxpayer can deduct the vehicle's market value, because there normally is quite a gap between perceived market value and actual proceeds, and this difference can literally be thousands of dollars.One car donation center states that it has processed over 500,000 car donations since 1992, which adds up to about 30,000 cars a year.Did you know that you can also donate boats and RV's?So if aunt Dora dies, and leaves her jalopy in the driveway then maybe this is an attractive way to get rid of the car especially since it does not start anyway.But wait! It is not that easy.Where is the Title to the car? Not in the glove compartment? You may have a problem.You may also have a problem if the title is joint, say Aunt Dora and Uncle Nick.If Aunt Dora died and UncleNick is still alive there will be all kinds of problems.How about vehicle emission controls, was the car equipped with them, were they disabled?When you make a charity car donation: You get free vehicle pick-up whether your car to donate is running or not. In some cases the company will actually put a new battery in the car to get it running again.You avoid confusing Department of Motor Vehicles paperwork or Smog hassles.How it works:Call a reliable Vehicle Donation company. They'll take your information over the telephone, they'll handle all the DMV documents, they'll pick up your vehicle , arrange an auction sale and distribute the proceeds to the charity. If your donated vehicle/vessel sells for under $500 the receipt you receive at the time the vehicle is picked up is all you need for filing your taxes. The actual net proceeds of a donated car seem to range around the $400 figureIn all cases, a charity car donation is sold to the highest bidder by a well-established charity vehicle auction. You must have a certificate of title.Some companies will also guarantee that if your donated car gets a ticket after your donation date, they'll take care of the ticket for you and they zealously will fight it so you don't have to worry about it.The reason cars are sold by public auction is that people simply will pay more at an auction for your car than they will pay at a dealer.Also, if the car is running at the time of the auction people will pay more so it is advisable to get it to running condition when reselling it.

K&N Air Filters cleaning air for up to 1,000,000 miles?

For more than 30 years, K&N Filters have been the choice in engine filtration. The K&N filter delivers virtually unrestricted flow letting your engine run stronger, cleaner and with greater fuel efficiency. And yes, their warranty is good for 1,000,000 miles. So you could use your single air filter on all of your familys vehicles for your entire life and only K&N has a guarantee and industry approval to hold up. The secret of the K&N filter is its filter medium. Four to six sheets of pleated and oiled cotton-gauze are layered between two sheets of aluminum wire mesh. This proven design stops dirt, dust and other harmful particles like no other filter, all while clean, power-enhancing air flows freely to your engine.With no costly changes and services, your K&N filter will save you money. And, youll be helping the environment by reducing the number of disposable air filters that end up in landfills.Have any doubts that you can install one on your own? Dont worry; its as easy as 1, 2, 3! Performance air filters fit in the exact spot where your restrictive paper filter once lived. Installation involves quick loosening or removal of your air box for cleaning. Once dry and dirt-free, fit the performance air filter in place. Cleaning makes for a tight seal between the air box and the polyurethane border. If you're one of the proud few who has never changed their own air filter, location and directions can be found in the manual for your vehicle. It's super easy. The average install time is 10 minutes or less. The immediate and long-term benefits to installing a K&N air filter in your ride are as follows:Improved airflow to your engine Boosted horsepower, performance and gas mileage Better filtration of engine-destroying dirt Easy maintenance, thanks to infrequent cleaning Environmentally-friendly reusable materials It's the last filter you'll ever need - saves you from the expensive disposable filter circus Helping your vehicle's power by upgrading your vehicle's air system doesn't stop with the filter. There are also entire air intake replacements that combine a performance air filter with a wider intake tube for faster, higher volume airflow. This is a topic for a different discussion and future article ; )

A Quest For Answers

I have written a handful of articles about cars. The ones about muscle cars or the old generation and new generation are easily my most popular articles. In a quest to find out why this debate seems so popular I have developed a survey, which will be found in the about the author section below.This one survey may not answer all the questions but it will be a good start. It was funny because as I was creating the survey I was trying to figure out which I prefer and I could not do it. I think it is because I like combinations of both. I was watching the Barrett Jackson classic car auction this winter and there was a car I would love to have had. It was an old muscle car, a 1970 Cuda or Challenger I believe, and it had a modern day Dodge Viper power plant.There are advantages and disadvantages to both generations, at least in my opinion. I love the styling of the older cars, without a doubt. I like the fact that the older cars are bigger and more comfortable in many ways. Take a 1969 Chevy Camaro for example. You compare it to a 2002 Camaro and there is clearly much more room in the 69 model. There is more room in the car and there is a TON more room under the hood. Ever try working on one of those fourth generation f-bodies? They are brutal.I also like the quality. The older GMs are much higher quality. That is back when GM was at the top of its game and they actually cared about making cars. Now GMs biggest business is their mortgage division, GMAC.One thing that definitely has the newer cars leading over the older cars is the handling and the braking. I have driven my friends 67 Barracuda, his fathers 70 Roadrunner, 3 of my own 87 turbo Buicks, my 95 Z28, and a 2004 Nissan 350Z. One thing is clear, as time progressed the handling and braking got better. Although the turbo Buicks handling and braking were not very good at all. The 1970 Roadrunner had no power steering or power brakes and it had a 383 for an engine. So, it had plenty of get up and go but I found myself praying it found its way to my destination because I was not confident I could navigate it.At the other end of the spectrum is the 350Z. I took one of those for a ride. It did not possess that same kind of throw you back in the seat power and torque of the American cars, regardless of generation, but it handled like it was stuck to the road. I took a sharp turn by my house at 70 MPH and it felt like I was doing 20 MPH. Different people like different things. In my survey I put a place for age because while I think most of the older generation will favor the muscle cars of the 60s and 70s I do not think that is a given. I see a lot of older guys driving the new cars like a 350Z or Honda S2000. I have heard about the Honda S2000 and how impressive it is but I test drove one of those cars when I was looking to get rid of my last Buick Grand National. I was not impressed by the Honda at all. I have no idea what all the hype is about regarding that car.One thing that I will find very interesting is the responses from Corvette owners. Corvette has been around for decades and has seen many changes. The majority of the time I see a Corvette on the road it is an older guy driving it. I am curious as to what percentage prefer the 50s and 60s Vettes over the newer models of the last 10 years or so. The new Corvette Z06 is supposed to be extremely impressive with stock horsepower being rated at 505 hp. I personally like the styling of the newer Vette as well, although I could see why the real enthusiasts might not given its European styling. One thing is clear, there are a wide variety of factors that go into why someone prefers one car or one generation of cars over the next. But, I hope to answer some of the questions with my current survey. If you are interested in this as well could you please take about 5 minutes, if that, and complete the survey below. Depending on the results I get from the survey I may do some follow up questions as well but this will be a good start at answering the age old debate of which is better, the old generation of muscle cars or the new generation of hi-performance cars.

Summary

Trucking companies have reduced accidents, costs, workers' comp claims, and turnover by hiring this type of driver.