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  1. Preventing a Rollover

    Oct 24

    Posted in Safety

    Preventing a Rollover

    Preventing rollovers is critical. The FMCSA recommend these tips:

    1. Slow down on turns and curves, at least 5 miles below the posted advisory speed.

    2. Get sufficient rest before you commence driving.

    3. Observe the Hours of Service rules.

    4. Take your on-road rest breaks.

    5. Plan where you pull off the road to stop. Look for paved or other hard surfaces.

    6. Always leave yourself plenty of clear vision ahead.

    7. Ensure your load is properly centered and loaded.

    8. Avoid partially filled loads; if you can’t do so, reduce your speed substantially before entering a turn.

    9. Watch for high-risk areas on the highway.

    10. Maintain proper speed cushions.

    11. Leave with a balanced load, and if doing multiple drops, plan the discharges so that the truck axle loadings remain balanced.

    12. If you do leave the paved surface, don’t swing back sharply. Reduce speed, and when slowed, turn gradually back onto the road.

  2. What Causes a Rollover?

    Oct 23

    Posted in Safety

    What Causes a Rollover?

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that 78% of rollovers are caused by driver error. Drivers are ten times more likely to be the cause of the rollover than any other factor.

    Excessive speed is the number on cause of rollovers. Speed limit signs on highways are meant for cars and are not safe for larger vehicles such as semi trucks.

    There are two types of rollovers, tripped and untripped.

    Tripped is where the vehicle leaves the roadway and slides sideways digging its tires into soft soil, or where it hits an object such as a guardrail or curb. The high tripping force causes a rollover.

    Untripped is where the vehicle does not hit an object, but rolls over due to centrifugal force, usually during high speed turns or sudden steering maneuvers. Trucks with a high center of gravity are more prone than passenger cars to untripped rollovers.

    Other causes of rollovers include:

    1. Entering a curve at too high a speed

    2. Swerving to avoid an obstacle

    3. Fatigue, falling asleep, driving off the road

    4. Stopping or parking on a soft surface

    5. Truck improperly loaded

    6. Sudden maneuvers due to inattention to the road

    7. Driver distracted, drifted off the road

  3. Just How Far is One Million Miles?

    The Million Mile Safe Driving Club has an elite membership. Joining the ranks of Million Mile Safe Drivers is an accomplishment to be proud of because it means you drove one million miles without getting in an accident. It takes hard work, dedication and an unfaltering commitment to safety to reach this goal. Just how far is 1 million miles, you might ask? Let’s see:

    • It would take almost two years of driving 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 60 miles per hour to travel one million miles.
    • You would have to follow the equator around the Earth 40 times to go one million miles.
    • A spaceship could travel to the moon and back – twice – before it has gone one million miles.

    Use these ­truck driver tips for making it into the Million Mile Safe Driving Club:

    • Put the cell phone away.Never talk or text while driving.
    • Keep your distance.In an abrupt braking situation, it takes up to 15 seconds – or a quarter mile at interstate speeds – to come to a complete stop.
    • Be extra attentive in adverse weather conditions.If the weather doesn’t clear up; pull over, call your driver manager and convey the situation. It’s better to be late than to get in an accident.
    • Follow the speed limit.When it comes to curve speed limits, drive below the limit posted, which is geared toward smaller vehicles.
    • Check and recheck blind spots. Don’t assume everyone knows to stay out of your blind spots.
    • Know when you need a break.Driving fatigued is incredibly dangerous. When you feel drowsy, do yourself and others on the road with you a favor: get off the road.

  4. Lights On for Safety

    Oct 21

    Posted in Safety

    Lights On for Safety

     

    Turn on your headlights to increase YOUR visibility to others. Being visible is critical to alerting other vehicles and pedestrians of your presence.

    It is a Super Service LLC policy to have all your tractor and trailer lights on, while the vehicle is being operated, day or night.

  5. What to do after an Accident

    After any accident, regardless of the severity of the damage, you must exchange information with any other involved drivers, witnesses, passengers, property owners or any other involved party. When possible collect this information before the police arrive.

    Always be certain to gather and record the following information: 

    *the other driver's or property contact’s full name

    *contact information (telephone number / address)

    *driver’s license number

    *insurance company

    *vehicle insurance policy number

    *the full name and contact information of the owner of the other vehicle or property if it is different

    *the other vehicle’s license plate numbers – take pictures of each plate

    *the vehicle information (year/make/model/color/VIN) of the other car

    *the DOT # and company name if applicable

    *take pictures of damage and the scene around. Back up to get the big picture

    You must also report all accidents to your driver manager, safety or after hours personnel as soon as possible. This report must take place while you are at the scene of the accident.

  6. Deer

    Oct 19

    Posted in Safety

    Deer

    Deer are unpredictable. If you see one in the road -assume nothing, slow down, and blow your horn to urge the deer to leave the road. If the deer stays on the road, stop, put on your hazard lights, and wait for the deer to leave the roadway; do not try to go around the deer while it is on the road.

    Deer frequently travel in groups and in single file. If you see one deer on or near the road, expect others may follow.

    Don’t swerve your vehicle to avoid striking a deer. If a collision with a deer is imminent, then hit it while maintaining full control of your vehicle. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control.

    If you do strike a deer, and are uncertain whether or not the deer is dead, then keep your distance, as this is an injured, wild animal with sharp hooves that can inflict injuries. If the deer is blocking the roadway and poses a danger to other motorists, you should report the incident to a local law enforcement agency.

  7. Health & Medication

    Oct 18

    Posted in Safety

    Health & Medication

    Truck driving is a physically demanding profession. In fact, the general health and fitness of a trucker are not only essential to perform the properly but are also crucial for others' lives on the road. FMCSA has set standards for drivers to be medically qualified. In order to ensure you are safe and legal if you have a medication change or a change in health condition, please notify the Safety Department.

    Safety will set you up with a qualified clinic to ensure you are medically qualified. If your doctor has advised a new medication, we can also put you or your doctor in touch with a clinic to determine which medication(s) are compliant with the FMCSA medical recommendations.

  8. Operation Safe Driver Week

    During the week of October 19–25, 2014, law enforcement agencies across North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors by both commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and car drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week.

    Each year, nearly 4,000 people are killed and 100,000 others are injured in large truck and bus crashes on our roadways. Many of those accidents are the direct result of the drivers—both truck and bus drivers, as well as the car drivers operating unsafely around them. CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver program was created to help to combat the number of deaths resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and cars.

    During Operation Safe Driver Week, activities will be held across the United States, Canada and Mexico with the goal of increasing commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement; safety belt enforcement; driver roadside inspections; and driver regulatory compliance.

      

  9. R U on your way?

    Oct 16

    Posted in Safety

    DISTRACTED DRIVING IS A KILLER.

  10. Road Rage and Aggressive Drivers

    These high-risk drivers climb into a vehicle and may take out their frustrations on anybody at any time. Their frustration levels are high and their level of concern for other motorists is low. They may run stop signs and red lights, speed, tailgate, weave in and out of traffic, pass on the right, make improper and unsafe lane changes, make hand and facial gestures, scream, honk, and flash their lights at motorists who are in front of them. These are symptoms of something commonly called road rage. 

    Don’t be an aggressive driver. If you are angry, you should not be driving. Give other drivers a break and get off the road. The few extra seconds it takes to be courteous could save lives. Aggressive driving can lead to a citation from law enforcement or loss of your driving privileges.

    If you encounter an aggressive driver, concentrate on your driving and make every attempt to get out of the way. Avoid eye contact, ignore gestures and name calling, and refuse to return them.

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