Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, curbs, sidewalks and streets with no sidewalks. In dark costumes, they'll be harder to see trick or treating at night.
Watch for children crossing the street who cross mid-block or between parked cars and may not pay attention to traffic.
Watch for children darting out from between parked cars and shrubbery.
Carefully enter and exit driveways.
BE CAREFUL BACKING UP! Have someone stand behind the vehicle to make sure no children are walking by.
Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible - even in the daylight.
At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and front porches.
Be Alert, Be Aware, and Be Safe!
Watch out for Low Bridges!
A bridge or overpass must be 13’ 6” or higher in order for Super Service equipment to safely fit under it.
Be certain that you read and follow all low bridge signs.
If uncertain; stop, put the four ways on, and get out and look.
If the numbers are too small, your trailer is too tall!
Is Your Contact Number Current?
If you change your phone number it is important that you let your Driver Manager know as soon as these changes are made so they can have it updated in your employee file.
If you are in a wreck, or have an emergency, a good working phone number could be a huge difference in getting the help you need on a timely basis.
Make sure the information “as to who the company should contact” in case of an emergency is also up-to-date!
A 6″ bruise is better than 6′ under – Buckle up!
Always wear your seat belt. The cemetery is full of drivers who wished that they had buckled up the last time.
What are some of the most common reasons drivers choose not to wear seat belts?
Myth:I’m a safe driver!
Truth: That’s great! Unfortunately many people on the road are not – You know this since you see them cut you off every day on the road.
Myth: I will be safer if I am thrown for the vehicle.
Truth: You are 25 times more likely to be killed in an accident if you are thrown from the vehicle (either from the landing or from other vehicles).
Myth: I don’t want to be trapped in the vehicle if there is a fire or if I am submerged in water.
Truth: Only .5% of accidents involve water or fire in any form - In comparison 80% of accidents result in the death of the driver if they are not wearing a seat belt.
Watch Out for Joe Public
Professional CMV drivers are expected to drive safely and predictably. On the other hand, citizens often drive in an unpredictable fashion, especially when they are near trucks or are carrying a carload of people. Their poor driving may display ignorance of your vehicle’s limitations, or simply their own impatience. Recognize their inexperience and use extra care. They may not know how far it takes you to stop, how fast you can accelerate, or how much space you need to turn. Don’t become angry or allow another driver’s mistakes distract your attention.
Mountain Driving Safety Tips
Mountain driving poses such hazards as steep hills, changing weather, wildlife and rocks in the roadway. Follow these tips to stay safe.
If your vehicle experiences difficulties traveling up steep roadways pull off the road at the first place you may do so safely, or stay in the right lane to allow other vehicles to pass.
Pay special attention to speed limit signs and warning signs, such as those warning of curves, steep hills or other hazards.
Watch for bicyclists near the right side of the road.
Use a lower gear to control speeds while going up or down long, steep hills.
Always yield to vehicles going uphill if you are traveling downhill on a narrow road.
Do not coast downhill by shifting into neutral or disengaging the clutch.
Preventing a Rollover
Preventing rollovers is critical. The FMCSA recommend these tips:
1. Slow down on turns and curves, at least 5 miles below the posted advisory speed.
2. Get sufficient rest before you commence driving.
3. Observe the Hours of Service rules.
4. Take your on-road rest breaks.
5. Plan where you pull off the road to stop. Look for paved or other hard surfaces.
6. Always leave yourself plenty of clear vision ahead.
7. Ensure your load is properly centered and loaded.
8. Avoid partially filled loads; if you can’t do so, reduce your speed substantially before entering a turn.
9. Watch for high-risk areas on the highway.
10. Maintain proper speed cushions.
11. Leave with a balanced load, and if doing multiple drops, plan the discharges so that the truck axle loadings remain balanced.
12. If you do leave the paved surface, don’t swing back sharply. Reduce speed, and when slowed, turn gradually back onto the road.
What Causes a Rollover?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that 78% of rollovers are caused by driver error. Drivers are ten times more likely to be the cause of the rollover than any other factor.
Excessive speed is the number on cause of rollovers. Speed limit signs on highways are meant for cars and are not safe for larger vehicles such as semi trucks.
There are two types of rollovers, tripped and untripped.
Tripped is where the vehicle leaves the roadway and slides sideways digging its tires into soft soil, or where it hits an object such as a guardrail or curb. The high tripping force causes a rollover.
Untripped is where the vehicle does not hit an object, but rolls over due to centrifugal force, usually during high speed turns or sudden steering maneuvers. Trucks with a high center of gravity are more prone than passenger cars to untripped rollovers.
Other causes of rollovers include:
1. Entering a curve at too high a speed
2. Swerving to avoid an obstacle
3. Fatigue, falling asleep, driving off the road
4. Stopping or parking on a soft surface
5. Truck improperly loaded
6. Sudden maneuvers due to inattention to the road
7. Driver distracted, drifted off the road
Just How Far is One Million Miles?
The Million Mile Safe Driving Club has an elite membership. Joining the ranks of Million Mile Safe Drivers is an accomplishment to be proud of because it means you drove one million miles without getting in an accident. It takes hard work, dedication and an unfaltering commitment to safety to reach this goal. Just how far is 1 million miles, you might ask? Let’s see:
- It would take almost two years of driving 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 60 miles per hour to travel one million miles.
- You would have to follow the equator around the Earth 40 times to go one million miles.
- A spaceship could travel to the moon and back – twice – before it has gone one million miles.
Use these truck driver tips for making it into the Million Mile Safe Driving Club:
- Put the cell phone away.Never talk or text while driving.
- Keep your distance.In an abrupt braking situation, it takes up to 15 seconds – or a quarter mile at interstate speeds – to come to a complete stop.
- Be extra attentive in adverse weather conditions.If the weather doesn’t clear up; pull over, call your driver manager and convey the situation. It’s better to be late than to get in an accident.
- Follow the speed limit.When it comes to curve speed limits, drive below the limit posted, which is geared toward smaller vehicles.
- Check and recheck blind spots. Don’t assume everyone knows to stay out of your blind spots.
- Know when you need a break.Driving fatigued is incredibly dangerous. When you feel drowsy, do yourself and others on the road with you a favor: get off the road.
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.