Drivers are responsible for making sure all their credentials, the truck’s credentials, and the trailer’s credentials are in order. Driver’s License current, med card current (has the self-certification with the licensed state been done?), permit book current, registration current, DOT Quick Reference cards in permit book, emergency response guidebook within arm’s reach of the driver’s seat, blank log book on hand.
Plate on the vehicle (does it match the registration, and does the registration match the VIN# for the vehicle?), all required stickers current and in place (IFTA, HUT, and Annual Inspection).
Roadcheck 2018 June 5th – June 7th
Why should you take Roadcheck 2018 seriously?
On average, about 17 trucks or buses will be inspected every minute, over 72 hours.
During Roadcheck 2017; 62,013 inspections were conducted.
Of the 62,013 total inspections, 40,944 (66%) were Level 1 Inspections.
Level I inspections include a 37-step procedure examiningboth the driver’s record of duty status and the safety of the vehicle. Drivers are required to provide items such as their license, endorsements, medical card and hours-of-service documentation, and are checked for seat belt usage and the use of alcohol and/or drugs. The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the braking system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, safe loading, steering mechanism, suspension, tires, van trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers, and emergency equipment.
Of all the Inspections, 4.4% of drivers and 19.4% of vehicles were placed out of service due to critical item violations.
The top three driver-related violations were for hours of service (32.3 percent of driver out-of-service violations), wrong class license (14.9 percent) and false log book (11.3 percent).There were 710 safety belt violations.
Of the vehicles placed out of service, brake adjustment and brake system violations combined to represent 41.4 percent (7,743) of all out-of-service vehicle violations.
Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is on hours-of-service compliance.
Watch what’s above you too!
Sometimes as drivers we miss a turn, or realize we must make a decision to turn around.
Finding a location to do so pulling a 53 ft trailer can be difficult at times.
One choice drivers make is a convenient store, or corner local gas station.
Remember, these are NOT TRUCK STOPS. Most of these canopies are not Semi-Trailer approved heights!
Do not go under residential canopy unless you know the height rating, or ask the manager if needed.
Think of it as a low bridge, or underpass.
You wouldn’t go under a low underpass without knowing the clearance would you?
Preferably, do not go under residential canopy at all. Just like backing, don’t do it, unless you have to, and you have the clearance!
Also, when backing, do not look at just the rear of the trailer, or near the bottom of the mirror.
Double check the top of the mirror too!
Always be aware of overhead or high obstacles as well; Canopies, wires, sides of roofs, and overhangs.
It’s better to lose one minute in life…than to lose life in a minute.
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The 2018National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization is May 21st - June 3rd.
Seat belts save lives every day. They can only save lives, however, if they’re used, and there are still many people in America who don’t buckle up. Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of a fatal injury by 45%.
Follow these guidelines when you buckle up:
- The lap belt and shoulder belt are secured across the pelvis and rib cage, which are more able to withstand crash forces than other parts of your body.
- Place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and away from your neck.
- The lap belt rests across your hips, not your stomach.
- NEVER put the shoulder belt behind your back or under an arm.
Driver’s Daily Checklist
√ Log Legal
√ Pre-Trip, Enroute, and Post Trip Inspect every day
√ Drive Safely
√ Tire Check & Walk Around every 150 miles or 3 hours (whichever comes first)
√ Assure you and the equipment are in good, working condition
√ Keep a safe following distance
√ Keep a safe speed
√ Obey all posted traffic signs
√ Never assume, always anticipate
√ Be a professional day in and day out
The October 2017 edition of the Super Service Newsletter is now available!
The September 2017 edition of the Super Service Newsletter is now available!
The August 2017 edition of the Super Service Newsletter is now available!
We are currently looking to fill a Logistics Support position in our Lakeland, FL facility. The position is responsible for providing administrative support to the Logistics/Brokerage team by entering new carrier packets, processing paperwork, tracking loads, data entry, partnering with customer service on loads, and other administrative duties. Two or more years customer service experience required. Logistics brokerage experience preferred. Must have excellent communication skills and be detail-orienated. To apply, send your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org