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CMI provides same day, Overnight and Time definite Ltl point to point deliveries, through out the USA. Same day truck service is determined by availability at time of call.

CMI provides our customers with internet tracking, and proof of deliveries at time of completion via email.

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How to Drive Safely in Strong Wind

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Driving in conditions that involve strong or heavy wind and rain may not seem like the most pressing safety concern for many drivers, but our safety professionals know that driving in any type of severe weather can significantly increase your risk and potential for a dangerous situation for you, your family and other drivers. Remember that severe weather demands your undivided attention, so be sure to reduce any possible distractions by turning the radio down or turning off that phone to keep your attention fully on the road. Keep in mind that sometimes the best driving decision you can make is to stay off the road completely until the weather clears.

Driving in Heavy Winds

Wind may seem like a minor risk, but this weather condition deserves special consideration from drivers. Strong wind can occur just about anywhere, but it can be more common in wide open spaces. Areas for concern also include highway overpasses, tunnels and ‘road cuts’ through mountainous areas that can act as funnels for wind. The following tips can help keep you on the road and safe if you encounter heavy winds.

1. Anticipate gusts. Take special care when driving through areas prone to strong winds or when weather reports predict severe weather.

2. Notice larger vehicles. Be aware of large vehicles on the road such as tractor-trailers and recreational vehicles. They are more susceptible to high winds and drivers may have difficulties staying in their lanes.

3. Keep a firm grip on the wheel. Keep both hands on the wheel in case the wind begins to move your vehicle, especially if you are driving a large vehicle or towing a trailer.

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How to drive safe when driving in the rain 5 of 5

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Driving sensibly in the rain will ensure you arrive safely – not to mention less stressed Credit: PA

The simple rules to remember that can make your journey easier and safer when driving in the wet

With forecasters predicting a wet and stormy Christmas getaway, the prospect of driving in heavy rain is rearing its head once again for many in Britain. For many, it’s a daunting task, and no wonder – rain not only reduces visibility, but also the amount of grip your car has, increasing stopping distances.

But drive along a motorway in heavy weather, and it’s clear that for others, the opposite is true; many of Britain’s motorists are so over-confident in rain that they barely modify their driving style to suit, if at all.

That’s why we’ve put together a guide to driving safely in wet weather. If you find rain scary when you’re on the road, then following these key pointers will help you stay safe. And even if you’re confident in the rain, have a read through, and check you’re driving as safely as you could be.

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Know what you’re getting yourself into before driving through a flood Credit: London News Pictures/Rex Features

Driving through a flood

Never forget that floods are inherently dangerous, and before you try driving through one, you should be absolutely certain that it’s safe to do so.

And even if you think the flood is relatively safe, remember that driving through deep water can cause serious damage to your car which might not be covered by your insurance company.

Watch other cars driving through to get a feel for how deep the flood is. If there are no other cars around, don’t risk it – there may be submerged obstacles, or the water might be fast-flowing, which could sweep your car away.

If you’re in any doubt whatsoever, turn around and find another route.

If you do opt to drive on, though, make sure your path is clear right the way through to the other side of the flood. Don’t drive into the water when there is still another car driving through the flood. They might stop, which would strand you in the water.

Try and keep the car at the highest point on the road, if it’s safe to do so, so that it’s as far out of the water as it can get.

Don’t drive too fast, as this might cause you to aquaplane. Instead, find a steady speed you’re comfortable with.

Once you’ve accelerated up to that speed, try not to slow down, if you can help it. Any reduction in speed can cause water to flow back into the radiator grille and be ingested into the engine, or even to be sucked up by the exhaust pipe. Either will likely cause expensive damage, potentially even writing the car off.

As you reach the other side of the flood, drive out of the water carefully, and test your brakes before continuing your journey.

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Phone: (661) 257-8689 – Fax: (661) 257-1895
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How to drive safe when driving in the rain 4 of 5

Ford in the rain
Driving sensibly in the rain will ensure you arrive safely – not to mention less stressed Credit: PA

The simple rules to remember that can make your journey easier and safer when driving in the wet

With forecasters predicting a wet and stormy Christmas getaway, the prospect of driving in heavy rain is rearing its head once again for many in Britain. For many, it’s a daunting task, and no wonder – rain not only reduces visibility, but also the amount of grip your car has, increasing stopping distances.

But drive along a motorway in heavy weather, and it’s clear that for others, the opposite is true; many of Britain’s motorists are so over-confident in rain that they barely modify their driving style to suit, if at all.

That’s why we’ve put together a guide to driving safely in wet weather. If you find rain scary when you’re on the road, then following these key pointers will help you stay safe. And even if you’re confident in the rain, have a read through, and check you’re driving as safely as you could be.

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It sounds obvious, but slowing down in wet weather is something many drivers forget to do

Adjust your driving style

Cast your mind back to your driving test, and you’ll remember that stopping distances increase in the wet. But can you remember by how much?

In actual fact, it takes about twice as long to stop on a wet road as it does on a dry one. So you should increase the distance between you and the car you’re following by about that much.

A good rule of thumb is that you should be around four seconds behind the car in front of you if the road is wet. That way, if that car has to stop suddenly – or worse still, crashes into a car in front – you will have time to stop, or take avoiding action.

To check you’re far enough away, watch for the car in front to pass an object – a lamp post, bridge or sign. Then count how many seconds go by before you pass the same object. If it’s under four seconds, you should back off and allow more space.

Driving in the wet isn’t just about leaving more space, though. You should also try and avoid sudden moves that might unbalance the car, such as sharp steering or braking. Doing so increases the likelihood of your car skidding.

Keep an eye on what’s around you, too. And remember that large vehicles kick up more spray, so if you’re about to pass one, you should be prepared to increase the speed of your windscreen wipers to compensate.

Also, if another driver is following you too closely or driving aggressively, don’t be tempted to react. It’s easier and safer to concentrate on your own driving, perhaps pulling over to let them go on their merry way if you’re able to, than to do something provocative that might cause them to crash into you.

What to do if you aquaplane

You might have heard of the term ‘aquaplaning’, but be uncertain what it means. It refers to what happens when your car’s tyres encounter lots of water that’s standing on the road – more than they can clear.

The result is that the water builds up under the tyre, lifting it away from the road surface. Once it loses contact with the Tarmac, you’re effectively ‘surfing’ along on top of the water, with little or no grip.

You can usually tell if you’re aquaplaning because your steering will suddenly feel light and unresponsive, and you can hear the displaced water roaring against the inside of the car’s wheel arches. If it happens to you, resist the temptation to brake – doing so will almost certainly cause you to skid, which could have disastrous consequences.

Instead, you should stay as calm as you can, take your foot off the accelerator pedal gently, and allow the car to slow down by itself, while keeping the steering pointing in the direction of travel.

Eventually, the tyres will bite down through the water and come back into contact with the road, at which point you should regain control.

Mini driving through flood
Know what you’re getting yourself into before driving through a flood Credit: London News Pictures/Rex Features

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COURIER-MESSENGER, INC. – BIG OR SMALL WE SHIP IT ALL
Phone: (661) 257-8689 – Fax: (661) 257-1895
Email: Sales@Courier-MessengerInc.com – Website: ShipCMI.com

How to drive safe when driving in the rain 3 of 5

Ford in the rain
Driving sensibly in the rain will ensure you arrive safely – not to mention less stressed Credit: PA

The simple rules to remember that can make your journey easier and safer when driving in the wet

With forecasters predicting a wet and stormy Christmas getaway, the prospect of driving in heavy rain is rearing its head once again for many in Britain. For many, it’s a daunting task, and no wonder – rain not only reduces visibility, but also the amount of grip your car has, increasing stopping distances.

But drive along a motorway in heavy weather, and it’s clear that for others, the opposite is true; many of Britain’s motorists are so over-confident in rain that they barely modify their driving style to suit, if at all.

That’s why we’ve put together a guide to driving safely in wet weather. If you find rain scary when you’re on the road, then following these key pointers will help you stay safe. And even if you’re confident in the rain, have a read through, and check you’re driving as safely as you could be.

Pick the correct lights

Remember, you mustn’t use your fog lamps unless the visibility is very poor – rear fog lamps will dazzle other road users, and the effect is intensified when there is spray coming out from the rear of the car. Front fog lamps have the same effect, but for cars ahead of you.

The Highway Code says that you should only use your fog lamps when the visibility drops below 100m. A good rule of thumb is to think about whether you can see the tail lights of the car in front of you. If you can’t, and you know it isn’t that far away, you (and they) should probably be using rear fog lamps. However, if you can, you probably don’t need them.

Rain does not mean you need to use your main beam headlamps any more or less often than you would normally. You shouldn’t leave them on when you are driving towards or behind other traffic, as it will dazzle those drivers.

If you’re in any doubt about which lights to use, put yourself in the position of other drivers around you. Ask yourself what your car looks like to them, whether they can see you, and whether they might be blinded by any of your lights.

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COURIER-MESSENGER, INC. – BIG OR SMALL WE SHIP IT ALL
Phone: (661) 257-8689 – Fax: (661) 257-1895
Email: Sales@Courier-MessengerInc.com – Website: ShipCMI.com

How to drive safe when driving in the rain 2 of 5

Ford in the rain
Driving sensibly in the rain will ensure you arrive safely – not to mention less stressed Credit: PA

The simple rules to remember that can make your journey easier and safer when driving in the wet

With forecasters predicting a wet and stormy Christmas getaway, the prospect of driving in heavy rain is rearing its head once again for many in Britain. For many, it’s a daunting task, and no wonder – rain not only reduces visibility, but also the amount of grip your car has, increasing stopping distances.

But drive along a motorway in heavy weather, and it’s clear that for others, the opposite is true; many of Britain’s motorists are so over-confident in rain that they barely modify their driving style to suit, if at all.

That’s why we’ve put together a guide to driving safely in wet weather. If you find rain scary when you’re on the road, then following these key pointers will help you stay safe. And even if you’re confident in the rain, have a read through, and check you’re driving as safely as you could be.

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Using your lights correctly when the roads are wet will ensure you can see and be seen

Check your headlights – and then use them

If you do decide to venture out, then before you leave, you should try and make a quick check of your lights. Turn on your dipped beams, and check the lights are working on both sides, at the front and at the back.

When the rain does start to fall, you should turn your headlights on. Don’t just assume they already are – many cars’ instruments light up even when the headlights are turned off these days, which can be misleading.

Rather than relying on the lights on your instrumentation, you should check the position of your headlamp switch and make sure it is set to the dipped beam setting. This will improve your vision, and enable other drivers to see you in good time.

If you have automatic headlamps, make sure these have activated – or if you can’t, override them manually by turning the headlamp switch to the dipped beam setting.

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COURIER-MESSENGER, INC. – BIG OR SMALL WE SHIP IT ALL
Phone: (661) 257-8689 – Fax: (661) 257-1895
Email: Sales@Courier-MessengerInc.com – Website: ShipCMI.com

How to Hire a Courier Service

Courier services have made our society even easier. Regardless of what you need to send where, you can find a courier service to do it for you. Finding such a service is very easy as well. Hiring a courier service means you need to consider quite a few things. The following steps will tell you what you should consider when hiring a courier service.

  1. Decide what you need to have shipped. Is it a basic item? An animal? A bio hazardous material? You can find a courier service to ship anything, however, you need to find one that ships your distinctive item.
  2. Figure out how much you are willing to spend. Some services will charge you a base rate for the item then a fee per mile. Others will only charge you a per mile rate, such as 40 to 50 cents a mile. Decide which service you are willing to pay for before you begin contacting these couriers.
  3. Search the internet, yellow pages or ask a friend for a referral and choose a courier service that fits your needs. If you know of someone who has used a courier service ask them about their experience.
  4. Contact the courier service and explain to them what you need delivered. Iron out all the details and ask for a copy of the receipt.

We are here to help, contact Courier-Messenger, Inc. today! (661) 257 – 8689

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How to stay safe when driving in the rain 1 of 5

Ford in the rain
Driving sensibly in the rain will ensure you arrive safely – not to mention less stressed Credit: PA

The simple rules to remember that can make your journey easier and safer when driving in the wet

With forecasters predicting a wet and stormy Christmas getaway, the prospect of driving in heavy rain is rearing its head once again for many in Britain. For many, it’s a daunting task, and no wonder – rain not only reduces visibility, but also the amount of grip your car has, increasing stopping distances.

But drive along a motorway in heavy weather, and it’s clear that for others, the opposite is true; many of Britain’s motorists are so over-confident in rain that they barely modify their driving style to suit, if at all.

That’s why we’ve put together a guide to driving safely in wet weather. If you find rain scary when you’re on the road, then following these key pointers will help you stay safe. And even if you’re confident in the rain, have a read through, and check you’re driving as safely as you could be.

Drive only if it’s necessary

Yes, you’ve heard it on the weather forecast all the time, but people say it for a reason. Put simply, if you don’t go out, you can’t come to any harm on the road. Is your journey really that urgent or important?

If not, it might be better to stay in, have a cup of tea, and wait until the rain passes. That sounds to us like an infinitely better idea than getting stuck in a queue or, worse, at the side of the road with a crashed or broken-down car as the heavens open.

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COURIER-MESSENGER, INC. – BIG OR SMALL WE SHIP IT ALL
Phone: (661) 257-8689 – Fax: (661) 257-1895
Email: Sales@Courier-MessengerInc.com – Website: ShipCMI.com

About Courier Delivery

From the Royal Post of 15th-century England to the 19th-century American Pony Express, courier services have transported essential messages, goods and supplies. Modern-day courier services have the benefit of technology to make faster deliveries and keep track of scheduling.

Function

A courier service representative picks up an item at your location and takes it to your recipient. A courier by definition is someone who carries a message, but most modern couriers carry almost anything from blueprints to lab specimens.

Types

Some couriers specialize in particular delivery items, such as legal documents or inter-library materials. Many smaller courier services limit their scope to a specific geographic region. Other couriers offer local and nationwide delivery of any item within legal limits.

Time Frame

Full-service couriers have a full menu of time-frame options. Same-day local delivery, next-day air, and emergency service are some of them. Just like any other delivery service, from the U.S. Mail to FedEx, couriers are especially busy during holiday times, and often their regular customers get priority during the crunch. By prescheduling daily or weekly pickups, you can ensure service during busy times.

Benefits

A bicycle courier can usually navigate downtown traffic much quicker than you can, and any reputable courier will be licensed and bonded in case of accidents. If an emergency order comes in when you are minding the store solo, a courier is invaluable in helping you take care of business.

Considerations

Courier services cater to individuals as well as businesses. Couriers in many cities will pick up and deliver groceries or prescriptions to homebound seniors. A courier can deliver restaurant takeout food or dry cleaning when you are too busy or unable. While courier services prefer advance notice, many strive to be responsive to unexpected requests.

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Becoming a Courier Driver

Courier drivers provide a vital service in the business community by delivering parcels on deadline schedules. A number of businesses regularly use courier drivers to make deliveries, including financial institutions, medical facilities, legal institutions and commercial ventures. Many courier drivers work as independent contractors, meaning they are in business for themselves and make deliveries on behalf of a number of courier companies. Courier and delivery companies also sometimes hire staff drivers.

Qualifications to Be a Courier Driver

A courier driver must have a valid driver’s license. Some companies may require a commercial driver’s license if the courier is required to drive vehicles larger than a standard van or delivery truck. A courier driver must have a clean driving record. Some courier companies require background checks and drug and alcohol screenings before hiring. Usually, a high school diploma is sufficient education for a courier driver position.

Required Skills and Attributes

Courier companies are increasingly using technology to track their deliveries. Courier drivers must be able to use computer scanning technology (training is usually provided). Courier drivers must also be capable of lifting and carrying up to 75 pounds in the course of their deliveries. Accuracy and attention to detail are important attributes of a courier driver. A clean and neat personal appearance is also important.

Duties of a Courier Driver

A courier driver is responsible for driving a delivery vehicle to pick up and deliver a variety of items to various locations. Drivers are responsible for loading and unloading deliveries using hand trucks and other mechanical delivery assistance devices, using technology to map their routes and track their deliveries, making pickups and deliveries on time, completing required paperwork, all while providing excellent customer service during the process.

Specialized Training Requirements

Courier drivers sometimes handle pharmaceuticals, blood products and even organs for transplant. Courier drivers who will be transporting such medical or hazardous materials must be appropriately trained in safety and security requirements. Training is often provided by the courier company employing the driver, but drivers can also get training through various training programs to help them comply with safety and security requirements.

Working as an Independent Contractor

Independent contractor courier drivers must follow the rules set forth by the Internal Revenue Service to qualify as an independent contractor. While the job description is the same, whether a staff driver or an independent contractor, an independent contractor must supply his own insurance and in many cases, his own vehicle to make deliveries.

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Technology playing critical role in addressing driver shortage

Logistics operations are increasingly turning to integrated technology solutions to overcome a host of transport planning pressures, while at the same time the driver and general skills shortage continues to weigh on the supply chain sector. These were two of the key findings from Paragon Software Systems’ annual UK customer survey, which was completed by more than 100 industry professionals. It found that almost all respondents (97%) are using some type of telematics solution and almost half (45%) are interfacing this technology with their routing and scheduling software.

Meanwhile, the lack of drivers and other skilled workers remains the biggest challenge facing the industry for the third year running according to over half of the survey’s respondents (55%). This represents a 20% increase when compared to last year’s results (46%) and a significant 62% rise from 2017 (34%), suggesting a growing concern amongst businesses within the marketplace. Other notable issues highlighted were rising transport costs (13%), Brexit (12%), and urban transport restrictions (7%).

The 2019 survey results showed that technology is now playing a critical role within road transport to gain added visibility and control. Most fleets are now using vehicle tracking (95%) with over half (52%) also utilising electronic proof of delivery. Other popular solutions include 3G/4G vehicle cameras (40%), live temperature monitoring (25%) and workforce management apps (20%). Transport operations integrating these systems with their routing and scheduling software are doing so to take advantage of real-world data that supports real-time performance monitoring and continuous improvement.

Demand for more accurate time windows (44%) was again pinpointed as the biggest transport planning pressure followed by the ability to compare planned routes with what is actually happening on the road (39%) and the need to maximise the utilisation of available drivers (34%). Meanwhile, almost three-quarters of the respondents said they have had to adapt their service in the past year to meet changing customer demand. In particular, the provision of tighter time windows (31%); ETA on the day of delivery (28%); more frequent communications (22%); and proof of delivery (20%) were the most cited changes.

With transport planning becoming increasingly complicated, almost half of respondents (49%) stated that their planning resource had changed in the past 12 months, with 22% becoming more centralised and 16% growing their team. A large proportion (78%) felt they would significantly or slightly benefit from having greater automation in the transport office, while a number (9%) had already taken steps to fully automate their operation.

William Salter, Managing Director of Paragon Software Systems commented: “The results of our survey suggest the road transport sector faces another tough year with a number of continuing challenges that are compounded by the current economic and political uncertainty. As a result, logistics operations are looking to integrated technology solutions that deliver real benefits in terms of better resource utilisation, improved customer communications and real-time visibility of fleet performance.”

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