Relying on GPS?
Drivers of high and lengthy profile vehicles need to be especially concerned about low clearances under bridges and through tunnels; as well as roads with truck restrictions, or roads not allowing STAA trucks. We have had several "professional" drivers who relied on a GPS unit and peeled back part of the roof of their vehicles, or couldn’t make a turn or got stuck or both. They ignored, to their own peril, the information clearly written on road signs and most often documented in a Motor Carrier’s Road Atlas.
A GPS is a good tool, but it is never to be relied on to keep you off a truck restricted route. A true professional driver always verifies their directions before starting out. If you see a sign indicating restrictions, obey it!
A good rule to follow: IF YOU DON’T KNOW, DON’T GO.
Truckers Against Trafficking
Youth sex trafficking along America’s highways is a problem hiding in plain sight.
Many runaways or abducted teens are forced into this situation. Often it just takes a phone call to save someone’s child being held against their will.
If you see anything out of the ordinary, don’t be afraid to call the authorities. It could save somebody’s life.
For more information visit truckersagainsttrafficking.org.
To report trafficking, call the organization’s national hotline at 888-373-7888.
Control your speed whether fully loaded or empty. Large combination vehicles take longer to stop than most vehicles; making it necessary to brake sooner. This gives you, the driver, more time to react to situations around you. It also gives other drivers more time to react to your vehicle’s movements.
When lightly loaded, the very stiff suspension springs and strong brakes give poor traction and make it very easy to lock up the wheels. You can jackknife very quickly. Your trailer can swing out and strike other vehicles.
You also must be very careful about driving bobtail. Tests have shown bobtails can be very hard to stop smoothly. Allow extra following distance and look far ahead, so you can brake early. Don't be caught by surprise and have to make a panic stop.
Don't roll back when you start. You may hit someone behind you. Partially engage the clutch before you take your right foot off the brake.
Accelerate smoothly and gradually so the vehicle does not jerk. Rough acceleration can cause mechanical damage. When pulling a trailer, rough acceleration can damage the coupling devices.
Accelerate gradually when traction is poor, as in rain, loose dirt or gravel. If you use too much power, the drive wheels may spin. You could lose control, or find yourself stuck. If the drive wheels begin to spin, take your foot off the accelerator.
Make Sure Your “Big Wheels Keep On Turnin’”
Your wheels support the tires and attach the tires to the axles. The rims and lug nuts do the heavy lifting while your hub oil makes sure those wheels keep turning. Forty tons of truck is supported by those 18 wheels, making them a vital part of your inspections. If you have equipment issues while driving, you can pull over and get hold of Emergency Road Support…But you need your wheels to pull over! This makes your wheels the most basic safety feature needed to operate the truck, a feature you will always need to count on. Make sure they are up to the task. During a pre-trip, enroute, or post trip inspection always:
- Make sure the wheels and rims are not bent or cracked.
- Look for rust or oil streaks across the rim. If there is rust then you have loose lug nuts (water is pulling rust from the threads).
- Make sure you are not missing any lug nuts and they are secure. Remember, just because a tire has been replaced recently does not mean the lug nuts are secure.
- If you see oil streaks on the rims your hubs are leaking oil.
- Check your hubs oil level. A glove covered hand placed on the hub, if it’s hot to the touch; there a problem.
- Hubs with a rubber seal that are coated with dirt and grease indicates no one has opened it up in a long time, so do so promptly.
- Check the tires inside and out for: cuts or bulges, uneven tread wear, 100 psi (110 psi on super singles), at least 4/32” of tread remaining on steers and at least 2/32” tread remaining on all other tires.
Report issues immediately. Never move the truck until you are confident it’s wheels will pull their weight!
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