Proper Pre trip Procedures
Securely mounted; no leaks or major damage
Crossover line protected; other fuel lines secure
Sufficient fuel supply
No fuel leaks in lines or fittings
Batteryholder securely attached
Batteryproperly secured in holder and covered
No excessive corrosion at terminals
Other visible components
Engine/transmission – no leaks
Driveshaft – no obvious defects
Exhaust – secured, no leaks, no contact with air lines, fuel lines, wiring or other combustible materials
Frame/cross members – not bent, cracked or broken
Air lines/fuel lines/wiring – properly routed, secured against damage, undamaged
Batterybox securely mounted to vehicle
Box has secure cover
Batteries secured against movement
Batterycase(s) not broken or leaking
Knowing the warning signs of heart attack may save your life.
Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body:
Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath:
With or without chest discomfort
May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
If these signs are present CALL 9-1-1
Heart attack and stroke are life-and-death emergencies — every second counts. If you see or have any of the listed symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number. Not all these signs occur in every heart attack or stroke. Sometimes they go away and return. If some occur, get help fast! Today heart attack and stroke victims can benefit from new medications and treatments unavailable to patients in years past. For example, clot-busting drugs can stop some heart attacks and strokes in progress, reducing disability and saving lives. But to be effective, these drugs must be given relatively quickly after heart attack or stroke symptoms first appear. So again, don't delay — get help right away!
Obeying traffic safety rules is not just for the road.
When in any parking lot or yard, be certain to obey all posted signs and slow down!
Safety is a full time job, don't make it a part time practice.
Safety can distinguish you. Lack of safety can extinguish you
Three points of contact
Always use three points of contact when entering and exiting your tractor or trailer. When climbing, always face the vehicle. Don’t climb with anything in your hands. Never jump from the tractor or trailer.
You should have your eyes checked every year or two by an eye specialist. You may never know you have poor vision unless your eyes are tested.
If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses for driving, remember to:
Always wear them when you drive, even if you are only going a short distance. If your driver’s license or medical card says you must wear corrective lenses and you don’t, you could be placed out of service or receive a citation if stopped by law enforcement.
Try to keep an extra pair of glasses in your vehicle. Then if your regular glasses get broken or lost, you can still drive safely. This also can be helpful if you do not wear glasses all the time and you forget to take them with you when driving.
Don’t wear dark glasses or tinted contact lenses at night, even if it is to help with glare. The problem is that they shut out too much light -- light you need to see clearly.
Safety is everyone’s job every day.
Truck stops are safe havens for trucks but unfortunately they can be unsafe as many preventable accidents happen in one every day.
This is due to many drivers pulling into the truck stop after being on the road for eleven hours. Road fatigue sets in and it’s easy for a driver to start to relax while pulling into the stop since they are wrapping up that portion of their journey.
The important thing to remember is that you are still on duty and must drive defensively until the engine is turned off.
Turn on your four ways until you have parked so others will see you.
Plan ahead and choose a location to park that is easy to get into and easy to exit when it is time to leave.
When driving through the parking lot make sure other drivers and pedestrians make eye contact with you. If you don’t make eye contact then they have likely not seen you, making them prime candidates to pull/step out in front of you.
Be careful of pedestrians as drivers bring pets or children with them and may be running in the parking lot.
Get Out And Look (GOAL) while parking.
Keep the keys of your truck with you at all times.
If you take a 10 hour break do a proper Pre-Trip Inspection before leaving. If you took a short break still do a mid-trip walk around to insure the truck is safe, in good shape, and the seal is intact.
The following procedures should be used to safely lift an object:
- Stand close to the load with feet spread apart and one foot slightly in front for balance.
- Squat down by bending at the knees and not your waist. Never use your back to lift something, always use your legs
- Firmly grasp the object.
- Begin slowly lifting with your legs by straightening them.
- NEVERtwist your body while lifting!
- Once lifted, keep the load as close to the body as possible. The closer the object is to you the less stress on your lower back.
- If you must turn, use your feet, not your body.
- If you have to put the object down below your waist follow these procedures in reverse.