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As you may have read on our latest blog, April 26-31 is National Work Zone Awareness Week. We should be mindful of safety for motorists and workers alike all year long, but this time of year is when construction starts to pick back up so there are more road construction zones.

Most construction projects (if not all) are announced in advance so it can often be easier to find an alternate route than dealing with the delays and dangers of a work zone. If an alternate isn't possible, be mindful of everything around you and slow down! Speeding through work zones, even if it doesn't look busy, is dangerous and expensive. 

That's not the only safety issue that comes to mind in the Spring. The nicer weather is encouraging motorcyclists to get out more but it's also making that grass grow!

Where are we going with this comparison? 

Well, if you or your crews trim your grass and it sprays out into the road, you are creating a grave danger for motorcycles. Depending on your location and situation, take care of the grass trimmings yourself or make sure your landscaping company is aware of the dangers they could be causing. 

Safety Bulletin: 
Things Drivers Must Know About CVSA International Roadcheck 2021

(Article Courtesy Penske) 
 It’s the largest dedicated commercial motor vehicle (CMV) roadside inspection event of the year. It lasts for 72 hours. And it can lead to out-of-service (OOS) violations for both trucks and drivers if vehicles and record of duty statuses aren’t in tip-top shape. It’s the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual International Roadcheck, and it’s happening from May 4 – 6.
Here are five things all drivers must know if they’re hitting the highways during the Roadcheck.
1. This year’s Roadcheck will happen on schedule. Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the CVSA International Roadcheck to the fall. This year, it’s back to its normal early-spring date, so expect it to go off as scheduled from May 4 – 6 in North America, Canada and Mexico.

2. Pay careful attention to your lights. Lighting is one of two key areas of focus for inspectors during this year’s Roadcheck. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, lighting ranked as the No. 1 vehicle violation during its 2020 fiscal year, occurring in more than 12% of all roadside inspections. To stay compliant, make sure all lighting devices, reflectors, turn signals and electrical equipment inside your CMV are in good working order. Broken or burnt-out headlights or taillights can lead to an automatic OOS. Dim or broken lights anywhere on your truck may give an inspector reasons to question the quality of maintenance for your entire vehicle.

3. Watch your hours of service (HOS). HOS is the second main focus area for CVSA inspectors this year. During the 2020 Roadcheck, slightly more than 1 in every 3 OOS driver violations in North America were due to HOS violations. Make sure to properly record your HOS through your vehicle’s electronic logging device (ELD) or with a paper log. Know the HOS rules, such as the 14-hour limit.
Visit the FMCSA website ( for a refresher. It is the responsibility of the driver to know what exemptions they operate under if any. The inspector will assume you do not fall under any exemptions unless you tell them and you will be cited accordingly.

4. Do your pre- and post-trip inspections. They are the best way to identify any potential violations. Report any problems you spot to dispatch. In addition to checking lighting and HOS, roadside inspectors will check these items for compliance:
• Brake systems • Cargo securement • Coupling devices • Driveline/driveshaft components • Driver’s seat • Exhaust fumes • Frames • Fuel systems • Lighting devices • Steering mechanisms • Suspensions • Tires • Van and open-top trailer bodies • Wheels • Rims • Hubs • Windshield wipers • All state/federal paperwork as required.
5. Show off your decal. Drivers completing a successful Level I or Level V inspection during the International Roadcheck will receive a CVSA decal, valid for three months. Wear it on your truck with pride!

Birthdays in May

Rex Fields-05/05
James Hopkins-05/08
Chris Lighthall-05/09
Justin Rogers-05/15
Bennie Cash-05/20
David Thompson-05/25

New reviews section on our website

Anyone who operates a business knows that you can tell your customers how qualified you are but what really gives you credibility in a potential customer's eyes are the words of others who have done business with you. Reviews are valuable for any business and we are not an exception!

We are in the process of revamping our website but have already added a review section to our existing website. You can now view reviews from a variety of sources, including Facebook and Google. It also gives users the opportunity to review our services themselves. 

We would love for you to check this feature out on our site and if you've done business with us, we'd love you to add a review! 

We update our blog several times a month. It includes company news, team member highlights, industry insights, and more. Read more on our website

Don't forget to shop with NWA Unclaimed Furniture!

Do you follow our NWA Unclaimed Furniture company on Facebook? We frequently share some of the many pieces of fantastic furniture that is available in our two showrooms:in Springdale (1710 S. Powell Street, Springdale) and now in our booth at Gathered Goods (100 N 8th St STE A, Rogers). Some items may have minor imperfections and all items are at great prices. 
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