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  1. Lights On for Safety

    Oct 21

    Posted in Safety

    Lights On for Safety

     

    Turn on your headlights to increase YOUR visibility to others. Being visible is critical to alerting other vehicles and pedestrians of your presence.

    It is a Super Service LLC policy to have all your tractor and trailer lights on, while the vehicle is being operated, day or night.

  2. What to do after an Accident

    After any accident, regardless of the severity of the damage, you must exchange information with any other involved drivers, witnesses, passengers, property owners or any other involved party. When possible collect this information before the police arrive.

    Always be certain to gather and record the following information: 

    *the other driver's or property contact’s full name

    *contact information (telephone number / address)

    *driver’s license number

    *insurance company

    *vehicle insurance policy number

    *the full name and contact information of the owner of the other vehicle or property if it is different

    *the other vehicle’s license plate numbers – take pictures of each plate

    *the vehicle information (year/make/model/color/VIN) of the other car

    *the DOT # and company name if applicable

    *take pictures of damage and the scene around. Back up to get the big picture

    You must also report all accidents to your driver manager, safety or after hours personnel as soon as possible. This report must take place while you are at the scene of the accident.

  3. Deer

    Oct 19

    Posted in Safety

    Deer

    Deer are unpredictable. If you see one in the road -assume nothing, slow down, and blow your horn to urge the deer to leave the road. If the deer stays on the road, stop, put on your hazard lights, and wait for the deer to leave the roadway; do not try to go around the deer while it is on the road.

    Deer frequently travel in groups and in single file. If you see one deer on or near the road, expect others may follow.

    Don’t swerve your vehicle to avoid striking a deer. If a collision with a deer is imminent, then hit it while maintaining full control of your vehicle. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control.

    If you do strike a deer, and are uncertain whether or not the deer is dead, then keep your distance, as this is an injured, wild animal with sharp hooves that can inflict injuries. If the deer is blocking the roadway and poses a danger to other motorists, you should report the incident to a local law enforcement agency.

  4. Health & Medication

    Oct 18

    Posted in Safety

    Health & Medication

    Truck driving is a physically demanding profession. In fact, the general health and fitness of a trucker are not only essential to perform the properly but are also crucial for others' lives on the road. FMCSA has set standards for drivers to be medically qualified. In order to ensure you are safe and legal if you have a medication change or a change in health condition, please notify the Safety Department.

    Safety will set you up with a qualified clinic to ensure you are medically qualified. If your doctor has advised a new medication, we can also put you or your doctor in touch with a clinic to determine which medication(s) are compliant with the FMCSA medical recommendations.

  5. Operation Safe Driver Week

    During the week of October 19–25, 2014, law enforcement agencies across North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors by both commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and car drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week.

    Each year, nearly 4,000 people are killed and 100,000 others are injured in large truck and bus crashes on our roadways. Many of those accidents are the direct result of the drivers—both truck and bus drivers, as well as the car drivers operating unsafely around them. CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver program was created to help to combat the number of deaths resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and cars.

    During Operation Safe Driver Week, activities will be held across the United States, Canada and Mexico with the goal of increasing commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement; safety belt enforcement; driver roadside inspections; and driver regulatory compliance.

      

  6. R U on your way?

    Oct 16

    Posted in Safety

    DISTRACTED DRIVING IS A KILLER.

  7. Road Rage and Aggressive Drivers

    These high-risk drivers climb into a vehicle and may take out their frustrations on anybody at any time. Their frustration levels are high and their level of concern for other motorists is low. They may run stop signs and red lights, speed, tailgate, weave in and out of traffic, pass on the right, make improper and unsafe lane changes, make hand and facial gestures, scream, honk, and flash their lights at motorists who are in front of them. These are symptoms of something commonly called road rage. 

    Don’t be an aggressive driver. If you are angry, you should not be driving. Give other drivers a break and get off the road. The few extra seconds it takes to be courteous could save lives. Aggressive driving can lead to a citation from law enforcement or loss of your driving privileges.

    If you encounter an aggressive driver, concentrate on your driving and make every attempt to get out of the way. Avoid eye contact, ignore gestures and name calling, and refuse to return them.

  8. Alertness

    Oct 14

    Posted in Safety

     

    Alertness

    Driving is not the time to solve business or family problems, plan a trip, daydream, or read something other than posted signs. You need to continually concentrate on what is happening in front of you, behind you, and on both sides of you.
    Safe, defensive drivers have an alert attitude. As an alert driver, you should scan around you and ahead of your vehicle. Note potential hazards, such as the curve down the road, the slow-moving truck on the hill ahead, or the vehicle driving toward the street from a shopping center or side road.
    If you find yourself just going through the motions of driving, without really being aware of what you are doing or what is happening around you, it is time to quit for a rest or maybe for the day.

  9. Hand Tool Safety

    Oct 13

    Posted in Safety

    Hand Tool Safety

    8 percent of industrial accidents involve unsafe use of hand tools (both manual and power).

    Here are some rules to help prevent hand tool accidents:

    -Know your tools and use them ONLY for their designed purpose.
    -Never use a tool unless you are trained to do so.
    -Inspect tools before and after use, and repair or replace if damaged.
    -Clean tools after every use.
    -Keep cutting edges sharp.
    -Never test cutting edges with your fingers; test on scrap materials.
    -Select the right size tools for the job – NEVER use cheaters.
    -Secure tools when working from ladders or scaffolds. A falling tool can seriously hurt someone.
    -Never carry sharp or pointed tools in your pockets.
    -When carrying tools, point cutting edges away from you.
    -Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment.

  10. High Winds and Wind Gusts

    Truck drivers struggle with bullying winds day in and day out, while compensating for the dead weight of the trailer as well.

    In situations where high winds are present, keep extra distance between you and other trucks on the road. Don’t even think about drafting behind the truck in front of you! While steady winds are common, strong gusts will throw an unexpected curveball your way. It’s best to maintain more distance around your truck when driving in windy areas.

    High winds often accompany storms as well. Pressing down on the accelerator just a bit to try and outrun it is one of the worst courses of action to take. Though you might outrun the storm, you put yourself at a higher risk of accident. When you drive at high speeds, there is less time to correct and avoid an accident. High gusts of wind, a nuisance at lower speeds, become a fatal push while speeding. Storms with high winds and rain also bring along the potential for hydroplaning, another good reason to keep speeds at a lower level.

    If conditions are reaching threatening levels, find a safe place to park and wait out the storms or high winds. Keep good communication with dispatch.

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