About Dale Dunaitis

I am passionate about commercial fleet safety, & making good drivers better, safer and more efficient. Nothing satisfies me more professionally than seeing drivers & fleets improve safety & performance. I talk to Safety Managers, Drivers, Fleet Owners & other trucking professionals every single day. In my new role, I get to tell their stories to the tech companies that are building products and solutions that make it easier and safer to do their jobs, make more money & deliver their loads on time. Topics that interest me are: ---Understanding the balance between just moving freight vs reducing risk & running safely ---Why safety technology actually improves driver retention and loyalty ---How to get the most from your safety & tech investments ---Driver training & retention ---Driver coaching, management & incentive programs Join my LinkedIn Group at Cautious Coyote, or visit our Website & tell me what’s on your mind when it comes to fleet safety.

Dispatch Difficulties: The Value of Quality Dispatchers for Safety and Retention

The Coming Shortage Of Dispatchers We hear a lot about the looming shortage of qualified truck drivers, and the tactics we can use to recruit and retain skilled drivers. At the same time, nobody seems to be talking about another staffing shortage in our industry: the lack of qualified and experienced dispatchers. The Voice On [...]

Empowering Drivers Demonstrates Leadership from Safety Managers

As a safety manager, you can make it part of your job to demonstrate the value of safety training as a way of improving overall fleet performance, efficiency, and profits - not just safety compliance. Bringing everyone on board with the importance of safety as a central aspect of performance, and not just an annoying [...]

Safety Leadership Series: What can you hear in the dispatch office?

Every time I walk through dispatch, I’m listening. For what? Not just how my drivers are being treated, but to find opportunities to make those average or slightly above average drivers into great drivers. This article the first in a new series about how safety managers can find and use leadership opportunities to demonstrate the [...]

1-5 MPH Over: How Much Can it Really Cost?

If you think driving less than 5 MPH over the posted limit doesn't matter, then you might be missing the bigger picture. Any time a driver gives an officer a reason to initiate a stop, that driver is now vulnerable to other violations that the officer may not have known about if he hadn’t pulled [...]

Create Driver Incentives to Match Key Performance Indicators – KPIs

While the debate between paying a driver by the mile or by the hour has merits on both sides, we’ve found that in either case, incentives are extremely important to keeping a driver productive and safe. You’re probably familiar with the letters KPI -  Key Performance Indicators. These are the stats and data such as [...]

Week 7 on US 25E: Switching gears to focus on Divers…

We have covered a lot of ground in the 90 mile stretch from Corbyn, KY to Newport, TN - everything your Operations, Safety and Driver Teams might encounter and how to set your teams up for safety and success. Now we are switching to Driver Training.  A stretch like this on US 25E teaches us nothing [...]

How To Prevent A Dangerous Accident – It’s All About Awareness

Over these last 6 weeks, we’ve talked about many different challenges you might find driving US25E from Corbyn, KY to Newport, TN. We got into managing tight corners. We covered the dangers involved with uncontrolled divided highways. We looked at the complications brought on by a route that has more than 20 speed limit transitions [...]

Week 5 on US 25E: Caution Recommended – Transitioning Between Highway and Town

Among the challenges of 25E are the many transitions between highway and in-town travel. One minute a driver is rolling down highway roads at 65 MPH and then, with almost no warning, he finds himself needing to drastically reduce his speed and change his mind set because he is now easing through Main Street, USA. [...]

Week 4 on US 25E: How to Safely Navigate Uncontrolled Divided Highways

2nd Detailed Piece in Our 10 Week Series Traveling from Corbin, KY to Newport, TN The most notable characteristic of an uncontrolled, divided road is that people can’t see you coming around corners and you can’t see them. This is not an ideal situation for big rigs, and US 25E is a prime example. Uncontrolled [...]

US 25E: How To Negotiate Dangerous Roads And Avoid Accidents

Our 10 Week Series Continues Traveling from Corbin, KY to Newport, TN Before being replaced by the Cumberland Gap Tunnel and hiking trails, the 3.2 mile stretch of US 25E that crossed the Kentucky/Tennessee border was referred to as “Massacre Mountain.” This unforgiving section of the route was responsible for an average of five accident [...]