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Employee Spotlight: Patty Palmer

This month we’re honored to spotlight one of our drivers for Cooper Freight – Patty Palmer.

Why do you like working at Cooper Freight?
It’s a good place to work. Very laid back job. Nice people to work with and get along with.

What are some perks at Cooper Freight that you enjoy? 
Work environment.

What are your go-to snacks on the road? 
Cheese Crackers, Pork Skins and a Diet Mountain Dew.

What is your favorite quote or bible verse that you live by? 
I got my mind on my money and my money on my mind.

What are some misconceptions about truck driving you’d like for people to understand?
A lot of people think driving a truck is easy and all you do is drive. Driving a truck you have to have a lot of patience and be on your toes constantly to make several decisions while driving down the road.

What would you like people to know about trucking and working at Cooper Freight?
Working at Cooper Freight is a great place to work people are nice and that means A LOT!

Join Patty and the Cooper Freight Family

We are accepting applications for OTR, Team, and Local Company Drivers. Click here to learn more about our driver benefits, pay, and company culture.

For more information on our hiring process and qualifications, please call the Recruitment Office at (901) 215-9100 Or email to drive4us@cooperfreight.com

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Truck Drivers Keep America Moving Let’s All Celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Professional truck drivers are the backbone of the American economy. Visit any grocery store, business, or medical facility in the Mid-South, and that becomes immediately obvious. Whether you are buying clothing at a retail store or a filling up your tank at a gas station, nearly every part of our lives is impacted, and made possible, by the work of a professional truck driver.  

In the midst of a global pandemic in which they faced unforeseen challenges, the professional men and women behind the wheel came through for America when they were needed most, when the world stopped, they kept moving. Despite the numerous risks to their personal health and safety, the shelves in our stores remained stocked, and our families remained provided for. 

Why are truck drivers and the freight industry important to Tennessee you may ask? Tennessee holds 218,839 freight jobs at 13,397 establishments in transportation and logistics; the largest in the United States with over $17 billion in earnings. 1 in 13 jobs in TN are in the trucking industry and the state is home to some of the largest freight companies including FedEx here in Memphis, J.B. Hunt, CN, BNSF, Union Pacific and U.S. Xpress.

This year, from September 11-17, 2022, Cooper Freight and the nation will celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. This week is an opportunity for the general public to extend a thank you to the men and women who drive America’s economy, and keep their communities supplied. 

During our most challenging times, it is important to thank and acknowledge the essential men and women who step up and ensure that our way of life remains intact. This week, if you see a truck on the highway, or taking a break at a rest stop, I encourage everyone to take a moment and say thank you – or at the very least recognize that the driver is most  likely in the middle of delivering the goods that keep America moving. Maybe delivering to our community here in the Mid-South, or a community that a family member or loved one resides.  

The next time you’re cruising down the highway and pass by a truck, give him or her the famous honking sign – they’ll love it! If a passenger in your vehicle is able to capture the moment on video, post it to social media and include the hashtag #honkforhighwayheroes and #thankatrucker. Bonus points if you see our Cooper Freight drivers out on the road! 

As essential workers, trucking’s 3.6 million professional drivers haul more than 10 billion tons of freight every year, which accounts for 70% of total U.S. freight tonnage. It is difficult to imagine our society without truck drivers delivering our vital goods the way they do. More than 80% of U.S. communities rely exclusively on trucks to deliver their freight.

Most importantly, America’s professional truck drivers are committed to doing their jobs safely, because they too are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, and friends and neighbors. The next time you speak with a professional truck driver, ask them how many safe miles he or she has, but don’t be surprised if the answer is in the millions. 

Can you imagine what our lives would be like if groceries, medicine, or gasoline wasn’t readily available? We appreciate the hard work and the sacrifices professional truck drivers and their families make every day, so that we never have to find out. 

This National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, I ask that we all recognize the important role that truck drivers have in keeping our communities supplied and stocked with the critical goods that we take for granted. 

Sincerely,

Don Cooper, President
Cooper Freight Service

www.cooperfreight.com 

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CVSA’s Brake Safety Week: August 21-27, 2022

During Brake Safety Week, commercial motor vehicle inspectors focus on the importance of brake systems by conducting inspections and removing commercial motor vehicles found to have brake-related out-of-service violations from our roadways.

 

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently scheduled this year’s Brake Safety Week for Aug. 21-27, 2022. This annual event emphasizes the importance of ensuring sufficient brake systems in commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Specifically, the event highlights the role that brake maintenance and efficiency plays in reducing brake-related CMV accidents on the road.

The focus of this year’s event is brake hoses and tubing. During this weeklong initiative, certified vehicle inspectors review CMVs using the CVSA’s North American out-of-service criteria and remove any CMVs with brake-related violations from the roadways. Conducting these inspections, identifying brake-related violations and placing unsafe CMVs out of service is important for the following reasons:

  • Brake-related violations are common. During an unannounced, one-day inspection and enforcement initiative in April 2022, 46 jurisdictions in Canada and the United States removed 1,290 CMVs with brake-related critical vehicle inspection item violations from North American roadways. This number represented 14.1% of the 9,132 CMVs inspected that day.
  • Brake-related violations are on the rise. More than one-third (38.9%) of all CMV out-of-service conditions stemmed from brake system and adjustment violations during the CVSA’s International Roadcheck inspection and enforcement initiative in 2021, representing a slight increase from the previous year’s findings.
  • Brake-related failures can be fatal. The third-most cited vehicle-related factor among fatal CMV and passenger vehicle crashes was brake system failures, according to a recent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) report.

 

Cooper Freight is always diligent in working with our team to ensure our motor vehicles (especially our brake systems) are in safe working condition on the roadways! Here are some tips to ensure the brake systems are safe.

At the end of Brake Safety Week, inspectors will combine the data they collected and submit the results to the CVSA. The CVSA will then report its findings later in the year. Cooper Freight is proud to offer its drivers and the community at large commercial fleet resources.

 

Join our team! Now Hiring OTR Truck Drivers.

We are accepting applications for OTR, Team, and Local Company Drivers. Click here to learn more about our driver benefits, pay, and company culture.

For more information on our hiring process and qualifications, please call the Recruitment Office at (901) 215-9100 Or email to drive4us@cooperfreight.com

 

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Skin Safety Tips for OTR Drivers

At Cooper Freight Service, we take safety seriously which includes everything from getting a good night’s rest to conducting a thorough pre-trip inspection before hitting the road. Our OTR Drivers also take steps to protect their skin before driving.

You may not think it, but as an OTR Truck Driver, you may be exposed to harmful sun rays, especially while sitting in a truck cab for many hours every day. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UV (ultraviolet) rays can damage skin in as little as 15 minutes.

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Employee Spotlight: Barry Deese

This month we’re honored to spotlight one of our drivers who has driven over 2,000,000 miles for Cooper Freight over the past fifteen years, Barry Deese.

Why do you like working at Cooper Freight?
It’s a good place to work. Very laid back job. Nice people to work with and get along with.

What are some perks at Cooper Freight that you enjoy? 
Work environment.

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Cooper Freight Employees Celebrate National Great Outdoors Month

 

June is Great Outdoors Month, a month-long celebration of the outdoors encouraging everyone to embrace the outdoor spirit of America and head outside into the natural world.

During Great Outdoors Month, we celebrate our Nation’s vast array of parks, wildlife refuges, forests, monuments, marine sanctuaries, waters, national conservation lands, and other natural treasures. Every day, Americans across the country draw inspiration and pride from the beauty of our magnificent outdoor spaces. From lush forests in Washington State and coral reefs in the Virgin Islands to snow-capped mountains in Alaska and rolling hills in Vermont—the grandeur of the American landscape fills our souls and fuels our spirit of adventure. These iconic and stunning natural wonders have always been central to our heritage as a people and essential to our identity as a Nation.

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3 Ways OTR Truck Drivers Can Boost Their Mental Health

While 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness annually, a recent study by Deloitte revealed that less than half receive treatment. A study from the Mental Health in the Workplace Summit also found that mental illness is the leading cause of disability for U.S. adults aged 15 to 44 and that more workdays are lost to mental health-related absenteeism than any other injury or illness. Being an OTR Truck Driver increases your chance of behavioral health implications due to the solo-traveling nature of the career. That’s why Cooper Freight has many programs and resources in place to help their OTR Drivers keep a positive mindset both on the road and at home.

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Employee Spotlight: Douglas Davis

This month we’re honored to spotlight one of our drivers who has driven for Cooper Freight for three years now, Douglas Davis.

Why do you like working at Cooper Freight?
The atmosphere, people are easy to work with, equipment is new and always serviced, and there is an emphasis put on family. Things get done, the work moves, pay is great, and being on time is easy with the lead time we’re given.

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Employee Spotlight: Jamie Tallman

This month we’re honored to spotlight one of our drivers who has driven for Cooper Freight for a decade now, Jamie Tallman.

Why do you like working at Cooper Freight?
It is family oriented and they know your name. All of the employees are friendly and accessible. The equipment is kept in fantastic condition. You get plenty of miles with excellent pay. Decent home time. We have lots of one, two and even three million mile drivers for a reason. Best job I’ve ever had. I’m here to stay!

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