Driver’s Daily Checklist
□Log Legal all changes of duty status with remarks
□Get proper rest
□Post Trip Inspection
□Tire Check & walk around every 3hours or 150 miles
□Assure yourself the equipment is 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
When you are approaching an emergency, help or disabled vehicle on the side or shoulder of the road, move over to the left. It shows you are a safe and courteous driver and it is the law in all 50 states.
When an emergency vehicle is approaching from behind, move over to the right.
FLU SEASON APPROACHES
Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently.
Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. The “seasonal flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating in the population.
An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal-spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and lessen the chance you will spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread throughout the community.
Know Where To Go: Don’t Rely On the GPS
Drivers need to know exactly where they were going, and exactly how they are going to get there. Not knowing can cause wasted hours or worse!
In the past few weeks we’ve had several violations for being on a truck restricted route; we also had one truck hit a low underpass. In every instance the driver admitted it was due to not verifying directions before starting out, missing or ignoring the restriction signs, and relying on their Navigation System to keep them out of trouble.
In following the advice of the device (and not authoritative instructions), drivers have unwittingly set themselves up for failure. They may think, "But my GPS told me to go this way!" and proceed on without consulting their atlas,sending in their Macro 8 for more specific directions, calling ahead to the customer to verify directions, or notheedingwarning signs or using common sense. Ka-bam! Ouch! Being involved in an "under blunder" is a preventable accident and can lead to the loss of time, money, and possibly life.
Truck Specific GPS systems are not perfect especially if you already made a wrong turn; more often a GPS will guide a driver onto a stretch of road which prohibits commercial traffic, over a bridge with too low a weight limit, or on to a road with too low a clearance; costing time and money.
As an example, KY-151 became a STAA restricted route at the end of April 2016 between I-64 and US 127. Trucks longer than 65’ or wider than 96” should not exit I-64 onto this roadway.
Suspension System Defects
The suspension system holds up the vehicle and its load. It keeps the axles in place. Therefore, broken suspension parts can be extremely dangerous. Always check the suspension system during your inspections and report any defects to Emergency Road Support.
- Spring hangers which allow movement of axle from proper position.
- Cracked or broken spring hangers.
- Missing or broken leaves in any leaf spring. If one-fourth or more are missing, it will put the vehicle "out of service", but any defect could be dangerous.
- Broken leaves in a multi-leaf spring or leaves which have shifted so they might hit a tire or other part.
- Leaking shock absorbers.
- Torque rod or arm, u-bolts, spring hangers, or other axle positioning parts that are cracked, damaged, or missing.
- Air bag systems which are damaged and/or leaking.
- Any loose, cracked, broken, or missing frame members.
Required:E-Log LOAD Information
Enter LOAD information on your Logs and keep it current throughout your trip. Filling this in, starts before you move your truck. Not filling in the LOAD Information is considered multiple CSA Violations.
1.From the menu screen, tap the “Hours of Service/VIR” button.
2.Press the tab “LOAD”.
3.Tap the “New Load” button.
4.Enter the Load ID number. If you do not have a load and are deadheading (even a short distance), instead of a number put “none”.
5.Your start date is the day you get the Load Assignment – you shouldn’t need to edit this.
6.Your end date is the day you are going to deliver or T-call the load – tap the calendar icon and choose the date. If the delivery’s date changes, you must edit this.
7.BL# - most of the time you start a new load with an empty trailer, therefore enter “empty”. This line will need to be edited once you pick up a load from a shipper, and you receive the Bill of Lading paperwork (you will need to add the Bill of Lading # after the word empty).
8.Trailer 1, Trailer 2, and Trailer 3. You must keep this current. Example a driver starts his day Bobtailing: Trailer 1: Bobtail; then he picks up a trailer - Trailer 2: GST123; next he goes to the shipper to do a drop and hook - Trailer 3: GST546
9.After you send your empty call, you will go back to step 1.
You still need to send your messages: Macro 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6; the messages on your Qualcomm do not eliminate the need to fill in the LOAD screen on your Elog and vice versa.
Keep these facts in mind to stay alive and dry:
- Flash floods can come rapidly and unexpectedly. They can occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall or any other sudden release of water.
- If you are in a flooded area, do not drive unless absolutely necessary.
- Do not drive through flooded areas. If you see a flooded road ahead, turn around. Find another route to your destination. Never assume you are safe because you are in a large vehicle.
- If there is no other route, get to higher ground and wait for the waters to subside.
- Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don't try it. Water hides dips in the road. Worse yet, there may be no road at all under the water. Flooding can scour away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground beneath.
- If your vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.
- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control or possible stalling. One foot of water will float away many smaller vehicles. Two feet of water can sweep away most other vehicles – including SUVs and pickups. More than two feet of water can wash away a tractor-trailer.
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