Michael Carlson

Michael Carlson is a safety manager with ATS. He assists drivers, as well as the operations team, adhere to safety protocols. Before coming to ATS, he had years of hands-on safety experience. He worked for the railroad for a while before starting a career driving, where he hauled hazmat freight for eight years. Michael loves working for safety at ATS because he believes in the program. ATS has a great safety team and it takes each and every person to make the roads and the company safer.

By: Michael Carlson
May 22nd, 2024

Have you seen the scary footage of truckers driving through wind storms or tornadoes and having their entire tractor and trailer flip? It’s scary to see and definitely a situation you don’t want to get yourself in. It isn’t unheard of for a tractor-trailer to get picked up by an especially powerful tornado (check out this Dallas storm). You’ll likely do whatever you can to avoid that circumstance, but you don’t know what you don’t know.

By: Michael Carlson
April 4th, 2024

We’re poised to experience a unique celestial event, a solar eclipse, on April 8.An estimated 3.7 million people will be chasing the solar eclipse, which means you can count on an economic lift and public safety impacts in the path of totality (areas that experience the total eclipse of the sun). That’s in addition to the 31 million people who already live within the path of totality.

By: Michael Carlson
March 1st, 2024

Each year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announces several blitzes. A blitz is a concentrated effort by the CVSA to ensure trucks and drivers are safe on the road. Each blitz has a different focus.

By: Michael Carlson
January 31st, 2024

In this down market we’re in, have you been encouraged to run more miles to earn more? While running more miles and working harder than you have before is unfortunately what’s required to continue to make a good profit in 2024 and beyond, it doesn’t mean you need to run so many miles you’re cutting corners to do so.

By: Michael Carlson
November 22nd, 2023

As winter approaches, many people start to hunker down. They stay in more, cozying up on the couch with their families, a cup of hot cocoa and a good movie. They might head to the backyard to build a snowman, but they sure aren’t planning any long road trips across the country.

By: Michael Carlson
August 29th, 2023

Did you know one of the biggest causes of rear-end collisions involving semi-trucks is due to close following distance? Did you know there’s a way that you can prevent this? Maintaining a safe following distance — eight seconds as recommended by the Department of Transportation (DOT) — is key to helping avoid these damaging accidents.