Car Safety- Rules of the Road

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These are my basic rules of the road to keep you safe and out of harms way. I hope you take the time to read- digest- implement all of this.
 
Never change a flat tire on the side of a highway as this could be fatal.
  • Put flashers on/ ride the shoulder slowly, only if safe & get to a safe place or gas station.
  • If you can not drive slow and safe, then call for roadside assistance-.
  • KEEP your seat belt while waiting in the car. This can save your life.
  • Never get out of your car and stand on the side of a highway for ANY reason.
Trucks weigh 82,500 lbs- your car weighs maybe 4,000 lbs.
  • Never ride along right side of a truck as you are in their blind side.
  • Trucks will “over ride” your car if you are along side of them & they decide to change lanes without seeing you.
  • Never ride any where near a truck as they sometime blow tires and become unstable.
Right of way- Never proceed unless you have 100% clear field of vision
  • Never give another driver the right of way if you have the right of way.
  • This can result in an unintended consequence- an accident.
  • Example- another driver gives you their flashers and tells you to go- DON’T!!!- WAIT and let them goif they have the right of way.
  • A business associate of mine recently hit a motorcyclist for this exact reason.
  • My friend was on Berdan Ave.- stopped at a green light as another car- SUV- from the other way was about to pass.
  • The other car-SUV- gave my friend the flashers for my friend to go.
  • My friend did not see that there was a motorcyclist in the SUV’s blind spot.
  • The cyclist proceeded to pass the SUV on the right at the exact moment my fried proceeded to turn in front of the SUV.
  • Result- the cyclist collided with my friend- two broken legs and lucky to be alive.
Passing a stopped vehicle on the right
  • Do this extremely slow as pedestrians have been killed walking in front of a stopped vehicle while you are passing on the right and hit pedestrians.
Blind Spot
  • If you can not see the driver in front of you in the other lane rear view mirror- then they can NOT see you.
  • Why is this important- if they can not see you then they may proceed to cross in front of you.
Gasoline
  • Gasoline is among the most volatile substances around.
  • Never carry gasoline INSIDE your vehicle
  • Carry gasoline only if you must ONLY in an approved vented container.
  • Never seiffen gasoline
  • Gasoline fumes are what is the most volatile.
Roadside assistance
  • put this number in your smartphone along with any other account # or details needed for when you make the call as this takes the stress away.
  • take a snapshot of your licence/ registration/ insurance card and keep it in your smartphone just in case you loose your license so you can at least show this to the authorities when & if needed.
  • keep this in a handy spot so you need not fumble when needed.
Seat Belts
  • Always wear seat belts in your car and in a taxi-bus-limo or other.
  • People die all the time having been thrown from a vehicle- the ones who live are the ones with a seat belt on.
  • As a driver- you are the captain of your ship and you are responsible for your occupants.
  • Make sure all passengers have their seat belts on.
  • Never exceed the allowed number of passengers a vehicle may safely hold.
Don’t Drink & Drive– don’t get into a car with a driver who has drank or who is impaired in any way.
Don’t Text-Talk & Drive– don’t get into a car with a driver who talks & drives.
Tailgating
  • Don’t do it !!!!!
  • Minimum of 1 car length for every 10 mph.
  • Better yet give yourself more distance as this can make the difference between a bad

Never stand in front of or behind a vehicle that has it’s engine running  – as feet have been known to slip off of brake pedals and disaster ensues !!!

Conclusion
  • When in doubt- slow down !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Remember- your safety is in your hands
  • God gave you a brain- use it wisely !!!!!

 

 

The Joy and Wisdom of Seeking First to Understand

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Simple stories sometimes capture the joy of profound truth and inspiration.  My friend Michael M Reuter at Seton Hall University recently shared a story about the deep wisdom of Stephen Covey’s teaching: Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

A lovely little girl was holding two apples with both hands. Her mum came in and softly asked her little daughter with a smile: “My sweetie, could you give your mum one of your two apples?”

The girl looked up at her mum for some seconds, then she suddenly took a quick bite on one apple, and then quickly on the other. The mum felt the smile on her face freeze. She tried hard not to reveal her disappointment.

Then the little girl handed one of her bitten apples to her mum, and said: “Mummy, here you are. This is the sweeter one.”

No matter who you are, how experienced you are, and how knowledgeable you think you are, always delay judgement. Give others the privilege to explain themselves. What you see may not be the reality. Never conclude for others.  Which is why we should never only focus on the surface and judge others without understanding them first. For example:

Those who like to pay the bill, do so not because they are prosperous, but because they value friendship above money.

Those who take the initiative at work, do so not because they are foolish, but because they understand the concept of responsibility.

Those who apologize first after an argument, do so not because they are wrong, but because they value the people around them.

Those who are willing to help you, do so not because they owe you anything, but because they see you as a true friend.

Those who often text you, do so not because they have nothing better to do, but because you are in their heart.

It is in that beautiful momentary pause – the suspension of judgment – in which genuine caring and a willingness to trust and believe in someone is given. It is the great leaders’ vulnerability to be open to something more that perceived, heard or felt. It is an offering of respect, a moment of listening to stand in the shoes of another.

With business associates, friends, acquaintances and in the intimacy of family, these moments occur. They will capture your attention because they provoke an emotional response. Recognize this, and take that nanosecond of time to stop, listen and seek first to understand.  You may just hear and feel like the mum who heard: “Mummy, here you are. This is the sweeter one.” As Leo Buscaglia wrote: “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” In every interaction, may you choose to turn a life around. That is the stuff of greatness.

 

 

Honor and what it means

Honor……….What does this mean? What does this mean to you? What does this mean to me?

Doing the right thing for no other reason than, it’s the right thing to do. No one is looking, no one is listening, you are in the dark and can do whatever you wish, however, you choose the correct path, the high road, the road your mother would be proud of if she was watching…..you know, we know, I know.

So why? Because why? Because we hold ourselves up to a standard. We are not followers, not sheep following one  another off a cliff. We lead, we lead by example, we teach our children, we teach others children so that the world is a better place. We think, we analyze, we compute, we decide, we act!

Honor..it separates us from the pack. It has value. It has presence. It is excellence in all things we do.

 

Sales 101 – Leave an Imprint !!!!

So, what really is “Sales”?

What attributes are needed to become a Great Salesperson?

My first job in the Transportation industry was in 1974 with CP Rail- Canadian Pacific Railway at 589 Fifth Ave. NYC working under a Giant of a man by the name of Charlie Seiss. Mr. Seiss was about 6’3 inches tall-280 lbs- wore a dark blue pinstripe suit-white shirt- black shoes & most notably a Big Black Patch over one eye.

So,why a black patch you say. Well…he was blind in one eye, but this was not what the patch was really about. You see Mr. Seiss was a true salesman at heart. When he entered a room you noticed- we all noticed. He had a deep commanding voice & spoke with wisdom and authority, as you see, when he entered a room he WAS CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY !

Why is this so important you may think. Mr. Seiss left a positive, memorable impression on his staff- his clients- his peers- an impression, a memorable impression on one and all. Simply put, this is a cornerstone of what I was taught to be “SALES”.

The other part was a very simply thought which is that you clients problem is your OPPORTUNITY. Repeat, your problem is our/my opportunity. So many do not get this simple but important thought. You see it every day when we contact “service providers” and get much less than service deserved.

So- Thank you Mr. Seiss for Teaching me what sales is all about….the phone rings- we answer- we LISTEN- we respond- we solve-we give you our word and we deliver- we win your heart and we win your business.

That’s it for now & please remember – BE REMEMBERED !

Customer Service is Everything

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I worked as a gas station attendant for HESS in the 70’s while working my way through college in The Bronx. The owner of the station must have been a franchise as the standard of excellence was incredible. I will share with you some of the things we used to do and made LOTS OF TIPS !!!!!

 

  • we wore white jump suits with green letters HESS
  • greeted every patron asking “fill er up 101? this was premium fuel and we used the power of suggestion as the profit margins on premium were greater.
  • cleaned every front & REAR window- WITHOUT being asked
  • popped the hood and checked oil/ transmission fluid/ radiator- WITHOUT being asked
  • the owner used to hide in his car across the street hunched over watching us to make certain we did what was expected.
  • we made a commission (10 cents a can- 1970 dollars) for all oil/ transmission fluid sold as an incentive to always check fluids.
  • we would REGULARLY get tips from patrons as they appreciated the SERVICE

Bottom Line….these were the good old days when the customer was king and we were only to happy to offer the very best service . We, as workers, took pride in the offering and appreciate the added compensation.

I have been in my own service business for the past 29 years and have carried over many of these learned life skills when dealing with our clients & share this mentality with our six children.

So…What does pumping gas have to do with shipping containers?.

Everything- THE CUSTOMER IS NUMBER 1- NUMBER 3 & NUMBER 3.

Listen to your clients & give them what they want or what they thing they want!

 

Truth, Justice & the American Way

Truth, Justice & The American Way……words I live & die by.

What do they mean, what do they really mean?

Well… back in the 60’s when I was a kid, I watched each and every episode of a TV program called “SuperMan”- the original in black & white TV.

supegrafxThe theme was really a simple one at a time in American & the World when life was much simper & much slower. The theme was Good vs. Evil. It was a show that taught about how doing the right thing for now other reason was the way to live your life. Doing good for the sake of others, our brothers & sisters everywhere. These simple days lie heavy on my mind as this is my comfort zone- this is the life i wanted for our children.

So, where are we today… not here, very fast moving… many quick moving parts and really easy to go afoul. So the message today is this…

Keep it simple. Keep it honest.

Keep it so that your mother would be proud of whatever you did or consider doing!

This is my first blog.

I will attempt to share as much what I consider good stuff worth sharing in the hopes of reaching higher ground and maybe making a difference in some small way to those interested parties.

That’s it for now. More, much more to follow.

Most Sincerely,

Joseph Cuccurullo 🙂