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  1. Look In The Mirror

    Mar 03

    Posted in Safety

    Look in the Mirror

    Drivers are 10 times more likely to be the cause of their own accidents when compared to weather, road conditions and vehicle performance.

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) cited speeding, fatigue, driver inattention, prescription medication, and over-the-counter drugs as contributing factors leading to driver error, and an increase in serious trucking accidents.

    Make checking yourself for readiness a part of your Pre-Trip Inspection.

  2. The March 2015 edition of the Super Service Newletter is now available!

  3. Following Distance

    Mar 02

    Posted in Safety

    Following Distance

    Whenever you follow another vehicle, you need enough space to stop safely if the other vehicle brakes suddenly.

    A safe following distance for trucks is at least 7 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you.

    Follow the 7-second rule by picking a marker on the road ahead, such as a road sign or pole. When the rear of the vehicle ahead passes the marker, count "one thousand one, one thousand two, etc". When the front of your vehicle reaches the marker, stop counting. If you reach it before you count "one thousand seven," you are following too closely.

    Leave more than a 7-second distance in bad weather and when following large vehicles that block your view of the road ahead.

    Leave more space when your vehicle is heavily loaded.

    Leave more space when following smaller, lighter vehicles, such as motorcycles, that can stop more quickly than you.

    Think! If they stop, can you?

  4. Stay Safe by Doing a Proper Pre-Trip

    A proper Pre-Trip should be done rain or shine, but it becomes even more important in the winter.

    Make sure all lights work because half of them will be covered in road grime after 50 miles in the snow. 

    Drain air from both the truck’s tanks and the trailer’s.  Condensation in the air lines is the #1 cause of frozen air tanks. 

    Check your tires with an air gauge (during winter tires tend to lose air pressure faster than in warmer weather). Having a flat tire can be catastrophic when we pull off to the shoulder only to find that after we get the tire fixed we need to be winched out of the snow because the shoulder was really a mud hole covered by snow.  A breakdown on the truck in sub-zero temperatures could quickly turns into a life threatening situation. 

    Checking tire pressures with a good gauge will head off citations for low inflation pressure as well as prevent many types of tire damage which could lead to a crash.

  5. Windshield/Dash Cleanliness

    Take an honest look: Is it trashy or neat, cluttered or tidy, dirty or clean?

    A driver's recent encounter with Georgia DOT says the officer stated “when inspecting trucks, a dirty windshield with trash on the dash is usually the first to be inspected and if a driver is running so hard as not to wash his or her windows, they are probably not current on their log books, or they have expired permits, registrations, and other violations."

     

    In addition to what’s on the dash, make sure your windshield is clear of objects. The new PrePass Plus is supposed to be mounted 2” right of center and 2-3” above the dash (it should not be at the top of the windshield!).  A GPS can be mounted within the top 6” center portion of your windshield, but a proactive approach is to have a cup holder mount. Phones should not be mounted (reading text messages or looking to see who is calling is an unnecessary distraction; let it ring and go to voice mail – call them back when you are safely parked).

  6. Permit Books/Credentials

    Feb 27

    Posted in Safety

    Permit Books/Credentials

    How often do you check your permit book? Despite multiple messages regarding this, it seems each month 1 or more drivers will receive a violation in relation to their permit book or credentials.

    All drivers are responsible for their Permit Books and the contents. Super Service Permit Books are 3 ring binders, and the contents should be in page protector sheets. It is extremely important that the contents are in a neat orderly fashion. As a driver you should check the contents at least once a month for expiration dates. Each terminal has copies of the current permits for you to update your permit books. You should NEVER have any expired permits, insurance cards or registrations in your permit book.

    Check equipment for current plates, IFTA stickers, NYHUT, PM Inspection stickers, and registrations.  Check your personal credentials and renew before they expire; CDL’s, and med cards (make sure your licensed state has the most recent copy w/self certification).

    Is your Emergency Response Book within arms reach?  Do you have a blank log book in case the Elog malfunctions and cannot be repaired until seen by a shop?

    If in doubt have a member of the Safety Dept check your permit book. 

  7. JACKKNIVES & SKIDS

    Feb 26

    Posted in Safety

    JACKKNIFES & SKIDS

    A jackknife occurs when a skidding wheel(s) outrun a rolling wheel(s). Therefore, to avoid a jackknife accident, you must keep the wheels turning. If a set of wheels locks up, the driver could lose control of the equipment if a sideways skid occurs. He/she may regain control by releasing the brakes and allow the wheels to roll (it may even be necessary to apply the accelerator).

    A trailer skid resulting in a jackknife is rare because of the time it takes for a trailer to come around and pass a tractor.

    If a jackknife has progressed beyond a 15 degree angle it is usually too great for a driver to regain control, but don’t give up on the effort!

    A drive wheel skid may occur if the drive wheels lose traction and “spin”, such as on ice. Do not slam on the brakes as this will make matters worse. Instead, the drive wheels must be made to turn the same speed as the truck is traveling. This can be obtained by letting off the accelerator just enough to regain rolling traction.

    THE BEST SOLUTION IS PREVENTION! Be aware of the possibility of “iced over” roadways and be prepared. In poor conditions slow down, increase following distance, and park the truck if conditions are not safe to drive in.

  8. LANE CHANGES

    Feb 25

    Posted in Safety

    LANE CHANGES

    Many accidents happen during lane changes. It is the driver’s responsibility to clean and adjust all of the mirrors on the tractor so he/she can see all traffic behind and down the sides of the tractor and trailer. Drivers must also make a mental note of all vehicles passed and be sure the lane is clear of all traffic and obstructions. Drivers must put their turn signal on two-hundred feet before starting a lane change. Two-hundred feet should be about 6-10 blinks of your signal at 55mph. Check, double check, and recheck your mirrors before changing lanes.

  9. License Requirements

    Feb 24

    Posted in Safety

    License Requirements

    A valid CDL is required for employment as a truck driver. Drivers with expired or suspended licenses may not be dispatched until their license is restored.  If a 2nd occurrence of a suspended CDL occurs within a 36 month period it will result in disciplinary action up to an including termination.

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require you to notify the motor carrier of any revocation or suspension of your CDL.  In addition, any time you violate a state or local traffic law, you must report it to the motor carrier.

    Keep in mind, driving with a suspended or revoked CDL can also lead to your arrest.

  10. Driver’s Creed

    Feb 23

    Posted in Safety

    The Driver’s Creed

    I AM THE ONE who makes allowances for the lack of skill and knowledge on the part of the other driver.

    I RECOGNIZE I have no control over the unpredictable actions of other drivers, pedestrians, road conditions, or weather therefore I develop a defense against all of these hazards.

    I CONCEDE my right of way and make other concessions in order to avoid a collision.  I am careful not to commit driving errors myself, and I am constantly alert to avoid accident traps and hazards created by weather, roads, pedestrians, and other drivers.

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