Greetings and welcome to the August edition of the Melton OpenLine!

As I write this during a very hot summer day, I want to take this opportunity to recognize our drivers for their hard work. Your health and safety are our top priority, so please stay hydrated and take frequent breaks throughout the day.

Last week, we learned of the unfortunate loss of Ambassador of the Road, Darrell Deering. Darrell served 10 successful years at Melton and was respected by so many.  We wanted to pay special tribute to Darrell in this edition of our newsletter. Please visit the page here.

To touch on some Maintenance reminders, if you do not have an APU on your truck, make sure you turn off your truck for at least an hour or two each day. Not turning off your truck can cause many different issues with sensors, DPF filters, and check engine lights. Of course, we want you to stay comfortable out on the road; but, when you have the opportunity, please turn your truck off. Turning your truck off for just a few hours a day can make a huge difference!

Unfortunately, Melton’s CSA scores are not improving as I hoped they would. In fact, they have gotten a little worse. We could be at intervention levels for Maintenance if we don’t make some improvements soon. The most common violations I see are tire-related, and these carry big penalties. Lighting and audible air leaks are also areas that cause out of service violations/points. Most of these out of service violations can be prevented by doing a thorough pre- and post-trip inspection. These simple inspections are a very important part of your day and could prevent possible breakdowns or out of service violations if you are at a DOT station. I can’t stress enough how important it is to perform these tasks, and if you see problems, let’s get these repairs done on our terms.

I would also like to provide a few reminders when it comes to dropped trailer procedures. In the end, the proper steps in getting these repairs will save hours and increase our entire fleet’s productivity. Please send in a macro 18 if you are dropping a trailer and you know it needs some attention! Let’s get it fixed before someone else picks it up and has to deal with those repairs.

Next, I’d like to take a moment to congratulate our Driver of the Month, Michael Livingston, and Rookie of the Month, Oscar Ekah. It takes a tremendous amount of concentrated effort to hit all criteria for this recognition. Thank you both for all that you do!

Lastly, I would like to give kudos to all of our wonderful employees whether they be in the shop, on the road, in the office, or at home. During these unprecedented times, we have been challenged more than ever, but our incredible staff has met every obstacle with a solution.

Drive Safely,

Jeff Robinson

Senior Vice President of Maintenance