Posted in Safety
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A few every day Safety Tips:
- Buckle Up:It is your last line of defense.
- Prepare For the Drive:Adjust mirrors, instrument panel lighting, get directions and program the GPS before you hit the road.
- Drive Safely:Obey speed limits and traffic signs. Excessive speed reduces your ability to avoid a crash, extends your vehicle’s stopping distance & increases the severity of a crash if it occurs. Slowdown in bad weather and at construction zones.
- Avoid Distractions:Adjusting the radio, eating, personal grooming or other activities remove your attention from the road.
- Be Aware of Other Drivers: Drivers sharing the road with you might be driving distracted.
- Never Text/Email While Driving: A recent study indicated the most dangerous distraction is texting. Drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash or near-crash incident. Turn off your phone; let calls go to voicemail.
- Avoid Aggressive Driving:Don’t provoke or be provoked. If another driver is acting aggressively, don’t take the bait. Simply ignore them.
- Don’t Tailgate:Following too closely reduces your visibility of the road ahead and impacts your reaction time.
- Allow Plenty of Time:Doing so gives you less reason to speed.
- Never Drive Under the Influence:Watch out for those whose driving behavior suggests they may have been drinking.
- Get Enough Sleep:Fatigue causes lapses in attention, slowed awareness and impaired judgment.
- Keep Your Eyes Moving:At 55 mph, 3 seconds of movement is nearly 250 ft. Avoid focusing on 1 object more than 2 seconds.
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1. Always use your four way flashers when in motion - forward, backwards, when moving in or out of the yard.
2. Never exceed the posted speed limit (if none posted - 10 mph). 5 mph when near parked vehicles of buildings, guard shacks.
3. Tap your city horn when you need to be sure a vehicle or pedestrian can see you.
4. Get out and look before backing, hooking to a trailer, and repeat as necessary.
5. Use visuals, sound and slower rates of speed to improve safety.
Sometimes, it doesn't matter how safely you drive. You could be driving the speed limit and obeying all traffic rules and someone else can crash into you. As a professional driver you can be held liable for an accident which someone else should be faulted if you’re in violation of hours of service, if you have a defective vehicle, your med certification is expired, or several other things. Make sure everything is safe and accurate before you roll.
Be prepared for unpredictable lane changes, sudden stops, unsignaled turns, swerving, tailgating and other bad driving behavior. It's impossible to list all the possible things another driver might do, but there are some common examples.
If you're pulling out of a driveway into traffic and an oncoming car has its turn signal on, don't assume it's actually turning. You might pull out only to find the turn signal has been blinking for miles.
If you're approaching an intersection where you have the right of way, and another approaching car has the stop sign, don't assume it will actually stop. As you approach, take your foot off the fuel pedal and be prepared to brake.
Being prepared requires awareness, so make sure you check your mirrors and keep an eye on side streets so you know who’s are around you and how they're driving. Don't focus only on the road in front of the vehicle hood – increase your eye-lead time, and keep your eyes moving to improve your circle of awareness.
The Need for Space Ahead
Of all the space around your vehicle, it is the area ahead of the vehicle--the space you're driving into – which is most important.
You need space ahead in case you must suddenly stop. According to accident reports, the vehicle trucks and buses most often run into on the road is the one they were following. The most frequent cause is following too close. Remember, if the vehicle ahead of you is smaller, it can stop faster than the larger heavier vehicle. If they stop and you hit them, have to make a sudden lane change, or run off the road; then you were following too close. Always allow a minimum of 7 seconds following distance.
Because you cannot see everything behind your vehicle, backing is always dangerous. Avoid backing whenever you can. When you park, try to park so you will be able to pull forward when you leave. When you have to back, here are a few simple safety rules:
- Get Out and Look – GOAL; and if needed do it again, and again.
- Use your warning devices: Lights, emergency flashers, and horn.
- Start in the proper position.Try to set-up to back straight, if unable to do so, then use sight side backing. Blind side backing should be a last resort.
- Don’t just focus on the back of your trailer, scan the sides and the front of your vehicle too. Use all your mirrors.
- Back slowly; 1mph is the suggested speed. This gives you time to correct your mistakes and for others to warn you or get out of the way!
Use your 10 hour break as it is intended – at least 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth (required by Federal Regulation) getting good, quality rest.
Make sure you take your required 30 minute breaks - Do not go past 8 hours from the time you start your day.
When you're tired, or low on energy, you have a greater risk of falling asleep at the wheel. Your number one priority while driving is staying alert and attentive. It will help if you are well rested.
Avoid eye fatigue by varying the focus of your concentration by keeping your eyes moving and not staring at a single point in front of you. Scanning your mirrors every 5-8 seconds will also relieve eye fatigue and increase your awareness.
To avoid becoming too tired, stop the truck at a safe location, get out and stretch your legs, eat a healthy meal, and drink some water to stay hydrated.
The key to success is trip preparation, adequate rest, avoiding distractions and taking interruptions in stride.
Posted in Job Postings
Super Service, LLC is currently seeking a professional individual to fill the position of Breakdown Coordinator in Ellenwood, GA or Somerset, KY. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented, have strong clerical experience, and excellent communication skills. This position is responsible for taking emergency breakdown calls from Truck Drivers and guiding them through the breakdown procedure. Demonstrated problem solving skills and a minimum 2 or more year’s customer service experience in a high volume call center required. Knowledge of truck/trailer repairs beneficial but not required. Must be able to type a minimum of 35 wpm. If interested, send your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently seeking a Load Planner. Ideal candidate will have 2 or more years dispatch experience and experience with equipment utilization and load planning. You will be responsible for planning freight for a specified region of the country. To apply send resume to: email@example.com
We are currently looking to add a Driver Recruiter to any of the following terminal locations: Ellenwood, GA / Somerset, KY / Grand Rapids, MI. Ideal candidates will have a minimum of one year experience recruiting OTR Truck Drivers, knowledge of driver recruiting strategies, and the demonstrated ability to meet recruiting goals. We offer a competitive base salary and generous recruiting bonuses. If interested, send your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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