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Smarter & Safer Journeys for a Better Bottom Line

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Any smart fleet manager knows that people are a company’s most valuable asset, yet few take time to invest in them. How can you go beyond meeting OSHA-mandated regulations to truly protect your people? Showing your people that you’re invested not only promotes efficiency, but it also encourages staff retention, and best of all, positively impacts your bottom line. Below, we’ll highlight a few guidelines for going above and beyond duty of care.

As the ambassadors of your brand, your drivers are the the first line of defense that your company has to protect its image. Fleet Safety Forum recommends a three-pronged approach to keeping your team in peak form. Before your begin, let your company know you’re engaging complete risk assessment. This lets your employees know you take their safety seriously. A fleet-wide initiative also increases the awareness that employee health is a priority for your company.

The first area to tackle is education. Driver training is the best way to save money and avoid accidents. The cost to educate your drivers is significantly lower than paying higher insurance premiums due to accidents. You’ll also save time that could be lost to employees recovering from road injuries. Next, assess the safety of your fleet vehicles themselves. Taking the time to inspect vans and trucks to be sure that they meet or exceedApril 29, 2016 Blog Picture regulations is key to preventing problems and ensuring successful, profitable journeys.

Finally, take a good look at the routes your employees are driving. Is sensible shift scheduling the rule or the exception among your fleet? Fleet Safety discourages journeys between 2am and 6pm, when driver fatigue is at its peak. Make sure your employees know that they must stop to rest even when they are rushing to meet a deadline. The route itself may be contributing to fatigue if the driver must take congested routes. Weather conditions are also often overlooked, and can put drivers in danger.

Some companies have implemented safe driver competitions, in which employees are rewarded for healthier habits, like losing weight, quitting smoking, and keeping up with routine checkups. One of the best solutions for keeping your drivers healthy is a good night’s sleep. CLC Lodging can save you 20-40% on advertised rates, making it even easier to give your people the rest they need to get the job done right.

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The Dangers of Falling Asleep at the Wheel

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Drowsy DrivingNovember 2015 Blog Image Awareness week is November 1-8, 2015, so this is the perfect time to spread the message that inadequate or insufficient sleep can impair drivers as badly as alcohol. You may know the classic signs of feeling sleepy, such as yawning, but did you know that irritability and wandering thoughts can also be red flags?  According to the National Sleep Foundation, the drivers in the highest risk categories are young drivers, night shift workers, people with untreated sleep disorders, business travelers, and commercial drivers. The Foundation also cites $12.5 billion in monetary losses from drowsy driving accidents.

Happily, you can take steps to prevent these sometimes deadly incidents, including checking into one of CLC’s 17,000 hotels nationwide. With the Check-INN card, you don’t even need a reservation—just walk right in and receive up to 40% on workforce travel.

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Free Wi-Fi? Do Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Many workforce travelers look forward to a free Wi-Fi connection to when staying in a hotel for business travel. Whether they’re checking work email, catching up with friends and family, looking  for  transactions in their bank accounts or just surfing the net after a long day, Wi-Fi is a definite  plus when spending  time on the road. Unfortunately, hackers also enjoy the service, making the idiom “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” a falsehood. You should definitely look at these horse choppers and purchase some bite insurance.

According to Business Travel News, hackers are using free hotel Wi-Fi to load malware in the form of software updates onto your smart phone, computer or Ipad. A warning was issued by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (ICCC) after several instances were reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other government agencies. As if road warriors didn’t have enough to worry about, now you need to be doubly cautious and ensure your data and hardware is protected.

Malware, short for malicious software, is software designed to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain unauthorized access to computer systems. Malware includes computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, etc.

What does this mean for the business traveler? There are a variety of possible outcomes depending on the type of malware. Slow load times, loss of personal data and computer failure are all possibilities. What can you do to protect yourself? The ICCC recommends that you check digital certificates of all updates, perform software updates before you travel and only download updates from trusted vendor websites while on the road.

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Rx for Workforce Travel Health Emergencies

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Workforce travelers, it’s American Heart Month. Would you recognize the warning signs of a heart attack in yourself or others? What about CPR – can you perform it?

It’s smart to be prepared for medical emergencies on the road, and the American Heart Association (AHA) offers a variety of tools to help you. CheckINN Direct provides these tips to help keep you safe and heart-healthy wherever your workforce travel takes you.

Put Your Smartphone to Work

The Pocket First Aid and CPR App not only helps you know what to do if someone isn’t breathing, but also if they’ve been biten, bruised or burned. The app includes videos from the American Heart Association to show you how to do CPR and handle medical emergencies. It is available from the iTunes App store for the iphone and from Android Market for Android phones, and costs $3.99.

Learn To Perform CPR

AHA offers an online tool to help you find CPR training that’s convenient for you. Find a CPR class.

Start Thinking Healthy

Or, if hearing about American Heart Month serves as a timely reminder about eating better and moving around more, check out the Getting Healthy section of the AHA website.

Go Red for Women

You may be seeing “Go Red for Women” banners around your travel areas all across the country this month, too. That’s the AHA’s annual focus on heart health for women, who often suffer heart symptoms that are different from the classic heart attack signs seen in men. Find out more.

Get Heart-Smart & Hotel-Savvy

With your job keeping you on the road frequently, you know it’s smart to have a company lodging plan (like joining CheckINN Direct). Now you can be just as savvy about overcoming – or better yet, preventing – health emergencies on the heart health on the road as you are about using CheckINN Direct to save you 20-40% off hotel room rates.

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Workforce Travel Tip for Commercial Drivers: Put Down Those Cellphones

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Commercial drivers must put down their cell phonesWe know a lot of CLC Lodging clients drive commercial vehicles, so here’s a heads-up: Put down that cellphone!

Starting Jan. 3, 2012, commercial drivers are prohibited from using handheld cellphones when behind the wheel on highways.

The new government mandate was created in the name of transportation safety – any drivers distracted by dialing or reaching for a phone are more likely to be involved in accidents.

Failure to comply with the new regulation could result in a $2,750 fine per offense, and you could lose your license for repeat offenses. Commercial truck and bus companies that allow handheld cellphone use face a penalty of up to $11,000. Even if your CLC Lodging Savings Card gets you big discounts on hotels when you travel, those fines are serious money.

Workforce travelers won’t be completely incommunicado, though. Use of speakerphones and headsets are allowed – anything that makes your phone usage hands-free is still available to commercial drivers.

Exceptions are based on common sense. Drivers can use a handheld phone to alert authorities of an accident or impaired driver. The rules exclude brief periods of two-way radios or walkie-talkie use when needed for critical communications by specialty haulers, school bus operators or utility workers.

The cellphone fight for commercial drivers may not be over. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration’s Advisory Committee want to ban hands-free mobile phone usage for CMV drivers, too. So far they have failed to get that restriction approved.




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Winter Driving Tips for Workforce Travelers

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011


Workforce travelers should go to a CheckINN Direct network hotel when the winter roads are badAre you a workforce traveler who welcomes winter? Today’s the day – 2011’s final season of the year gets under way later tonight (unless you’re on the East Coast, where winter officially begins at 12:30 a.m. ET Thursday).

Winter means the days are cold, the roads get slick and darkness comes early. All road warriors have their own tips and tricks to cope with driving iln wintery conditions. But in the interest of safety for all our valued workforce travel clients, CLC Lodging offers a few driving reminders this  season.

  • Knock the snow and ice off your car, truck or van before you start out.
  • Check that your windshield wipers aren’t frozen in place. If they are, let the car warm up and use the defroster to release them.
  • If a door is frozen shut, don’t force it open. You don’t want to damage any rubber weatherstripping on it. Instead, try another door, preferably one that has gotten some sun.
  • Be alert for icy patches or the hidden hazard of black ice.
  • Keep a warm coat, blanket, water and snacks in your car for unexpected road delays.
  • Carry sand or kitty litter to give you traction if you get stuck.
  • Keep an adaptable phone charger with your vehicle.
  • Let someone know your route in case unanticipated problems arise.

If conditions simply are too rough to be on the road, check in at a participating location in the CLC Lodging Hotel Network. Members have more than 10,000 hotels located along the routes where you travel most. You’ll find Best Western, Holiday Inn, Ramada, Super 8, Hilton Garden Inn and many familiar locations that are part of the network.

Haven’t signed up for the CLC Lodging Savings Card yet for your business? Join now!

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CLC Lodging: Stay Safe On The Roads This Holiday Season

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

 CLC Lodging provides a discounted hotel rate when roads are full of holiday travelers
OK, workforce travelers, here it comes! This week combines the official start of winter with the heavy holiday travel rush.

CLC Lodging hopes you’re among the road warriors who will get a break over the next two weeks. But if you remain out on the road for business this holiday season, know that you’ll have lots and lots of company.

AAA is forecasting 91.9 million U.S. drivers will be traveling 50 miles or more from home Dec. 23-Jan. 2. That’s up 1.4% from the numbers last year, and it’s the second highest in the past decade.

For those of you who like stats, we’re talking about 30% of everyone in the country. So be careful out there!

And with winter officially getting under way at 12:30 a.m. ET on Dec. 22, here’s a reminder to be especially cautious if highways are affected by a wintry blast. (Don’t forget to frequently check the NOAA forecast.)

As travelers whose jobs put you on the road frequently, you know the drill when driving conditions are hazardous: Slow down and stay alert.

If the roads get too unsafe for travel, CheckINN Direct members are encouraged to check in to a participating hotel in the CLC Hotel Network (there are more than 10,000 hotels to choose from across the U.S. and Canada. With your CheckINN Card, your member rate always saves you 20-40% off the hotel’s lowest published rate. (Don’t forget that you’re protected with CLC’s Lowest Rate Guarantee.)

Safe travels and happy holidays!

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Cutting Calories – and Hotel Costs – On the Road

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Truck drivers can get hotel discounts with CLC Lodging's Hotel Savings CardCLC Lodging’s Hotel Savings Card helps workforce travelers cut lodging costs on the road (you know, it’s the card that saves you 20-40% off the same hotels where you likely already stay). Like you, we believe deep hotel discounts for business travel are always a good thing.

With a big Thanksgiving meal behind us, we’re interested in the news reports of another good thing – how truck drivers can get in better shape when they’re stuck behind the wheel day after day. The New York Times recently reported several new efforts under way to help truckers stay healthy.

Just one example: In January, the Truckload Carriers Association is kicking off a weight loss showdown for 10 truck fleets and office workers. Working with the Lindora Clinic, they’ll follow low-fat/low-carb diets and exercise for 10 weeks.

It’s all part of efforts to address obesity in the trucking industry, where companies are facing rapidly rising costs for health insurance and drivers are required to pass government-mandated health tests (since healthy drivers can mean fewer highway accidents, for one thing).

The challenge is difficult in a business where drivers are fighting against time to reach their destinations. Still, The Times story provides some noteworthy success stories, like one driver who’s doing sit-ups in his trailer, using an ice-filled cooler as a makeshift weight that he lifts over his head, and power-walking around truck stops.

It’s a start – he’s lost nearly 20 pounds since summer.

Fellow workforce travelers, no matter what takes you on the road for business, you always can check whether your favorite hotel in the CLC Lodging network has a health club/workout room. You’ll find it as part of the amenity list when you log in to your account and conduct a hotel search.





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Workforce Travelers, Get a Flu Shot Now & Rest Easy All Winter Long

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Save the bed for a relaxing sleep after a hard day at work, not for flu recuperationWorkforce travelers, have you gotten a flu shot yet? Your frequent business travel away from home could put you at even higher risk for contracting the cold-weather virus. 


CLC Lodging wants you to know that flu shots aren’t just for the young or old anymore, either. Everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. That’s been the recommendation of an advisory committee for the U.S. Center for Disease Control since February 2010.

Getting the flu is nothing to sneeze at. It can send you to bed in a hurry – and you certainly don’t want to jeopardize your work assignment while you’re on the road. There also can be serious complications, so don’t put yourself, your family or your co-workers at risk.

The shot itself couldn’t be easier – it’s over in a hurry and really doesn’t hurt. (Here’s a tip: Just shake your arm a little to relax and loosen up your muscles before the shot is administered.) Many people choose to get the shot in the same arm they use to write since the movement during the rest of the day helps avoid soreness, too.

With grocery stores, pharmacies and discount stores on nearly every corner making them available, there’s no excuse not to get the shot. Flu.gov offers a handy nationwide locator to help you find a location that’s convenient for your schedule. Throughout flu season, practice good hygiene to help prevent the spread of germs. Frequently washing your hands, using hand sanitizer and traveling with anti-bacterial wipes are good practices to follow all year long.


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Cold-Weather Tips for Smart Company Travelers

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

It’s not even Halloween yet, but Portland, Maine, is expecting snow right about now. Much of New York state is bracing for a hard freeze warning and parts of the Midwest have frost advisories in the forecast.

What’s this mean to you, the employee who frequently is behind the wheel for business road trips?

It’s time to think about packing your winter storm supplies in your vehicle.

Maybe you still have them handy from when you pulled them out of your car or truck last spring. Or maybe you know it’s time to replace and refresh some items.

Bottom line: Do it now.

Some Must-Have Supplies

Here are just a few suggestions to get you started. You should travel with:

  • Windshield brush and scraper
  • De-icer
  • Extra gloves
  • Extra socks
  • Blanket
  • Cat litter or sand
  • Flashlight
  • Drinking water
  • Portable snacks such as energy bars

Other Useful Items

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Phone Battery Booster
  • Change of clothes (in case you get wet)
  • Extra coat or parka
  • Small broom

Get Prepared Now

True, winter doesn’t officially start for nearly two more months. But it was just 10 years ago that the “Halloween Blizzard” turned much of the Upper Midwest into a wintry not-so-wonderland of heavy snow and ice.

If you’re a regular road warrior, don’t delay. Start your winter weather preparations now.

The best result – that you won’t need them at all. But better safe than sorry. We want you to get to your CheckINN Direct hotel safely every time, no matter what the weather is like outside.

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