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 breakdown.
- 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.
When you are approaching an emergency, help or disabled vehicle on the side or shoulder of the road, move over. It shows you are a safe and courteous driver and it is the law in all 50 states. If you are unable to safely move over before reaching the stopped vehicle, put your emergency flashers on, slow down and be prepared to stop if needed.
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.
The September 2014 edition of the Super Service Newletter is now available!
Super Service utilizes an online training program to meet required on-going training regulations, reduce incidents, accidents, and create a safer working environment.Also starting next quarter it will be part of the assessment for quarterly bonuses.
Training and testing can be completed in just minutes using any Smart Phone, Tablet or Computer with Internet connection.
The website for online training is http://superservicellc.infinit-i.net. Once the website loads, click the “Training Center” link.
You can logon using your Driver Code and a password provided by your DM.
Everyone is required to take some online training each month, so if you haven’t done gone to the online training before you may have some catching up to do. Each training module takes an average of 5 minutes to complete.
“When you’re green you’re growing; when you’re ripe you rot”.
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.