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Prioritizing Brake Safety: Cooper Freight’s Commitment to Road Safety

August marks the trucking industry’s observance of Brake Safety Awareness. This initiative, which promotes motor vehicle brake-safety inspection, enforcement, and education across North America, is of paramount importance to Cooper Freight.

Brake systems and brake adjustments are the most cited violations during roadside inspections, accounting for 38.9% of all vehicle out-of-service violations. At Cooper Freight, we understand the gravity of these statistics and take them very seriously.

According to data from The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance:
– Understand Speed-Distance Ratios: Truckers operating a big rig under 40 mph should generally calculate at least one second of stopping time, per your truck’s length, for every 10 feet between you and the vehicle ahead. When operating above 40 mph, that safe stopping distance usually increases at least one more second. As your rate of speed increases, consider even wider safe distances whenever possible. Always err on the side of caution.

– Fully Loaded Rigs: When a tractor-trailer is at or near capacity, the safe stopping distance increases substantially. Under ideal road conditions, a freight-hauling vehicle requires nearly 400 feet of stopping distance while traveling at just 55 mph, and more than 525 feet at 65 mph. To put that in perspective, that distance is almost the length of two football fields. Adverse road conditions make braking distances even greater.

Under ideal road conditions, a freight-hauling vehicle requires nearly 400 feet of stopping distance while traveling at just 55 mph, and more than 525 feet at 65 mph.

Professional truck drivers, like those at Cooper Freight, are well-aware of how crucial a rig’s moving parts and stopping practices are. Our mission has always been to build and maintain long-term partnerships with our customers, employees, and suppliers. With our dedicated workforce, we have been able to safely deliver essential products for almost 50 years, and we intend to do so for generations to come.

Ensuring the safety of our drivers, the public, and the goods we transport is at the core of our operations. This Brake Safety Awareness Month, we reiterate our commitment to road safety and urge all drivers to prioritize brake safety.

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Staying Healthy in the Heat: A Cooper Freight Guide to Summer Trucking

Summer is in full swing, and as the temperatures soar, it’s essential for our truckers to stay cool and healthy on the road. At Cooper Freight, we prioritize the well-being of our drivers, ensuring they’re equipped with the knowledge and tools to navigate the challenges of hot summer month driving. Here’s a listicle to guide you through the best practices for staying healthy in the heat:

  1. Stay Hydrated 🥤
    • Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Keep a reusable water bottle in your cab and refill it at every stop.
    • Avoid sugary or caffeinated beverages, as they can lead to dehydration.
  2. Eat Light and Right 🥗
    • Opt for light meals that won’t weigh you down. Think salads, fruits, and lean proteins.
    • Avoid heavy, greasy foods that can make you feel sluggish and uncomfortable in the heat.
  3. Protect Your Eyes 😎
    • Wear UV-protective sunglasses to shield your eyes from harmful sun rays and reduce glare.
    • Ensure your sunglasses fit well and don’t obstruct your view.
  4. Dress for the Weather 👕
    • Wear lightweight, breathable clothing to help your body stay cool.
    • Light-colored clothes reflect the sun’s rays, helping you stay cooler than dark-colored clothing.
  5. Take Regular Breaks 🚛
    • Stop periodically to stretch your legs and get some fresh air.
    • Use these breaks to check your hydration levels and have a healthy snack.
  6. Keep Your Cab Cool 🌬️
    • Use sunshades on your windows when parked to keep the interior temperature down.
    • Invest in a good quality fan or portable air conditioner for those particularly hot days.
  7. Protect Your Skin 🧴
    • Apply sunscreen to exposed skin areas, especially if you’re stepping out during peak sun hours.
    • Wear a wide-brimmed hat for added protection.
  8. Stay Informed 📻
    • Listen to local weather updates and be aware of any heat advisories in the areas you’re traveling through.
    • Adjust your driving schedule if extreme heat is predicted.
  9. Know the Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses 🌡️
    • Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
    • If you feel dizzy, nauseous, or excessively sweaty, it’s essential to cool down and hydrate immediately.
  10. Maintain Your Truck 🔧
  • Ensure your truck’s air conditioning system is working efficiently.
  • Regularly check the coolant levels and ensure the engine is in top shape to prevent overheating.

At Cooper Freight, we understand that summer brings its own set of challenges for our drivers. By following these tips, you can ensure a safer, healthier, and more comfortable journey on the road. Remember, your well-being is paramount, and taking these simple precautions can make all the difference during the hot summer months. Safe travels! 🚚

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Celebrating National Sunglasses Day with Cooper Freight: Your Guide to Summer Road Safety

As we welcome the summer season, Cooper Freight is here to ensure your goods are transported safely across the sun-drenched roads of America. Coinciding with National Sunglasses Day on June 27, we’re highlighting the importance of road safety during the summer months and the role of protective eyewear in ensuring our drivers’ comfort and safety.

The Importance of Sunglasses for Drivers:
National Sunglasses Day isn’t just a day to show off your stylish shades. For our drivers at Cooper Freight, it’s a reminder of the importance of eye protection on the road. Sunglasses reduce glare and eye strain, improve vision clarity, and protect the eyes from harmful UV rays. They’re an essential part of our drivers’ gear, helping them stay focused and safe on their journeys.

Summer Road Safety Tips:
Summer brings longer days and more traffic on the roads. Here are some safety tips our drivers follow to ensure the safe delivery of your goods:

Regular Vehicle Maintenance: Our trucks undergo regular maintenance checks to ensure they’re in top condition to handle the summer heat.

Stay Hydrated: Our drivers keep themselves hydrated to maintain focus and avoid fatigue.

Rest Breaks: Regular rest breaks are taken to ensure our drivers remain alert and refreshed.

Sunglasses for Safety: Sunglasses are a must to protect against glare and improve visibility.

Watch for Construction: Summer is a popular time for road construction. Our drivers stay alert for changing traffic patterns and construction zones.

Cooper Freight’s Commitment:
At Cooper Freight, we’re committed to the safety of our drivers and the secure delivery of your goods. As we celebrate National Sunglasses Day, we’re reminded of the importance of road safety, especially during the summer months. We’re proud to serve our customers with safety and efficiency at the forefront of our operations.

Whether it’s National Sunglasses Day or any other day of the year, Cooper Freight is dedicated to ensuring the safe and efficient delivery of your goods. As we navigate the summer roads, we invite you to join us in celebrating the hard work and dedication of our drivers. Remember, safety never takes a holiday!


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National Transportation Week 2023: The Pivotal Role of Cooper Freight in America’s Trucking Industry

Uncover the importance of National Transportation Week and the integral role Cooper Freight plays in America’s trucking industry, ensuring the safe and efficient delivery of your goods.

National Transportation Week, celebrated annually during the third week of May, pays tribute to the tireless professionals powering America’s transportation industry. From May 14-20, 2023, we salute the individuals who keep America on the move and fuel our economic prosperity. Cooper Freight, a stalwart in the logistics and freight industry, is instrumental in transporting goods across the nation. This blog post delves into the significance of Cooper Freight during National Transportation Week and how our services guarantee the safe and punctual arrival of your products.


The role of Cooper Freight in the American trucking industry:
For nearly half a century, Cooper Freight has been dedicated to forging enduring relationships with customers, employees, and suppliers. Our comprehensive suite of services, encompassing truckload, yard management, expedited pick-up, drop and hook, multi-stop, long haul, short haul, and team services, addresses a myriad of transportation requirements. As a dependable ally, we pledge the safe, efficient, and prompt delivery of your goods and freight.

Ensuring safe delivery of goods:
At Cooper Freight, safety is paramount. Our drivers are subject to stringent safety training and adhere to rigorous safety protocols to guarantee the secure transit of your cargo. Our cutting-edge equipment and facilities, coupled with our unwavering commitment to safety, make us a trusted choice for delivering your goods and freight during National Transportation Week and beyond.


Streamlined logistics for businesses:
In the dynamic business landscape of today, efficiency is vital. Cooper Freight recognizes the significance of punctual deliveries and seamless logistics for your business’s triumph. Our team of logistics specialists tirelessly works to streamline transportation routes and curtail delays, ensuring your goods and freight reach their destinations as scheduled.

Promoting sustainability and reducing environmental impact:
As we commemorate National Transportation Week, it’s essential to acknowledge the role of sustainable practices in the transportation industry. Through investments in fuel-efficient vehicles and the implementation of eco-friendly strategies, we strive for a more sustainable future for the coming generations.

National Transportation Week serves as a reminder of the indispensable role transportation professionals play in our everyday lives. Cooper Freight takes pride in being a part of this industry, and we remain dedicated to delivering your goods and freight safely and efficiently.

As we applaud the diligence and dedication of those in the transportation sector, we invite you to consider Cooper Freight as your partner for all your logistics and freight needs.

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Stay Focused and Safe on the Road: April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month for OTR Truck Drivers

April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month, and as an OTR truck driver, it’s crucial to prioritize safety on the road. Distracted driving is a significant risk that can result in accidents, injuries, and even fatalities. At Cooper Freight, we value the safety of our drivers and want to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. In this blog post, we will share important statistics, tips, and insights to help OTR truck drivers stay focused and safe while driving.

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Tips for OTR Truck Drivers to Stay Healthy, Safe, and Happy on the Road

As we welcome the new year, it’s a great time for OTR truck drivers to prioritize their health, wellness, and safety on the road. At Cooper Freight, we value the well-being of our drivers and want to provide them with the support and resources they need to thrive in their careers. In this blog post, we will share some tips and insights to help OTR truck drivers start the new year strong and stay healthy, safe, and happy on the road.

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Hit the Road this Fall: Join Our Team of OTR Truck Drivers at Cooper Freight

As the fall season approaches, the trucking industry is gearing up for one of the busiest times of the year. With the holiday season just around the corner, the demand for freight transportation increases, and at Cooper Freight, we are actively recruiting over the road (OTR) truck drivers to join our team. If you’re a seasoned truck driver or looking to start a new career on the open road, now is the perfect time to explore the opportunities that Cooper Freight has to offer.

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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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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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