Are You Eating a Crash Diet?
If you are eating in your vehicle while driving, you are focusing on your food and not on your driving. You are not only chewing and swallowing; you are also opening packages, unwrapping and re-wrapping food, reaching, leaning, spilling, wiping, and cleaning yourself or your vehicle. These are quite a number of distractions for one driver on one trip. You are safer when you stop to eat or drink. Allow yourself plenty of time to stop, rest from driving, and enjoy your meal.
Safe Drivers do not Dashboard Dine!!!
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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 14-20, is when America takes the time to honor all professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs.
A special THANK YOU to all our drivers here at Super Service LLC along with the 3.2 million professional men and women for delivering safely, securely and on time, and also keeping our highways safe.
Avoid Fatigue Driving
The 8, 11, 14, and 70 hour rules are in place to help prevent fatigue driving. Driving Beyond the Legal Hours of Service is an Ingredient to an Unhealthy Recipe!
13% of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers were considered to have been fatigued at the time of their crash.
TIP # 1: GET ENOUGH SLEEP BEFORE GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL.
TIP # 2: MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET.
TIP # 3: TAKE A NAP. Did you know? Short naps are more effective at restoring energy levels than coffee.
TIP # 4: AVOID MEDICATION THAT MAY INDUCE DROWSINESS.
TIP # 5: RECOGNIZE THE SIGNALS AND DANGERS OF DROWSINESS: frequent yawning, heavy eyes, and blurred vision.
TIP # 6: DO NOT RELY ON “ALERTNESS TRICKS” TO KEEP YOU AWAKE. The only cure for fatigue is sleep!
TIP # 7: NOTIFY DISPATCH IMMEDIATELY IF YOU ARE UNFIT TO DRIVE.
No Load is worth a life, better late than never!
G.O.A.L. – It’s not just for backing up!
Get Out And Look (G.O.A.L) is essential to safely backing a truck. But it is also essential for a safe and successful trip. You perform it more often then you may realize. For example:
1. A pre-trip inspection: GOAL at the truck and trailer to insure they are mechanically safe to operate.
2. When you couple a trailer to the tractor: GOAL to insure the trailer is properly connected to the fifth wheel.
3. If you run over an object on the road (aka tire gator): stop and GOAL to inspect the tires, tandems, hoses, engine and underside of equipment to insure there is no damage.
4. If you have a clearance issue in a city: creep up to the low bridge and if needed GOAL to check the height.
5. Before departing a truck stop: GOAL just to make sure there are no hazards around you.
GOAL isn’t just for backing, it is essential to being safe in many instances!
The dangers we face in truck stops, parking lots and customer docks
These locations are crowded with little or no rules and speed limits.
Everyone there is in a hurry and everyone has their own agenda so speeds are too high for such a confined space.
There is a lot going on and that creates distractions.
It is hard to see everything around you all at once.
When you arrive at these locations you’re tired, you’ve probably been driving all day and you just want to get some fuel, get some food or you just want to get some rest.
But this is no time to let your guard down, so to help counteract all the problems we face lets go over some basic rules.
Standards to follow:
Speed limit for parking lots is 5 MPH.
Take a direct look.
Get Out And Look.
Watch your mirrors.
Take time to think and make a decision.
Give yourself time to react if there is trouble.
Slow down so you can shut down and get the rest you need.
It Will Never Happen To Me….
“I will say that I cannot imagine any condition which could cause a ship to flounder. I cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that.” ~ Before heading out on its maiden voyage these words were uttered by Edward J Smith, captain of the RMS Titanic.
Hours of Service Compliant
You must take a 30 minute off duty break within the 8 hours on duty/driving.
Your 34 hour reset requires two consecutive periods off from 1AM to 5AM. You can only use the reset once every 7 days/168 hours calculated fromthe start of your last reset.
While on the road your 10 hour break must include 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth with an additional 2 hours of off duty or sleeper berth to complete the 10 hours.
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Brake Safety Week under way; continues through Saturday
Brake inspections conducted during Brake Safety Week include inspection of brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors, and other faulty brake-system components. Antilock braking systems (ABS) malfunction indicator lamps also are checked. Inspectors will inspect brake components and measure pushrod stroke when appropriate. Defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will result in the vehicle being placed out of service.
Additional inspections may include some Level I Inspections and, in 10 participating jurisdictions, overall vehicle braking efficiency will be tested using performance-based brake testing (PBBT) equipment. These systems include a slow speed roller dynamometer that measure total vehicle weight and total brake force, from which braking efficiency is calculated. The minimum braking efficiency for trucks is 43.5 percent, required by U.S. federal regulation and the CVSA Out-of-Service Criteria.
Personal Protective Equipment
Hazards exist in every workplace in many different forms: sharp edges, falling objects, flying sparks, chemicals, noise and a myriad of other potentially dangerous situations. For these reasons many customers require and provide anyone entering their facility to wear such items as Hi-Visibility Vests, Hard Hats, Safety Glasses, Gloves, and Earplugs. As a professional driver, it is a good idea to invest in your own PPE to keep yourself safe from injury.
Always wear your PPE when required!
We are currently searching for a SE Regional Customer Service Rep to help build and maintain our southeast regional business. The position will be based out of our Ellenwood, GA terminal. Responsibilities will include: maintaining customer accounts, building relationships, relaying information on shipments/deliveries, scheduling and booking freight, monitoring trailer pools, and performing other duties as necessary. Ideal candidate must have a minimum of 2 years customer service experience in the truckload industry. If interested, send your resume to: email@example.com