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  1. Spotlight on CSA: Controlled Substances/Alcohol

    Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC deals with the operation of commercial motor vehicles by drivers who are impaired due to alcohol, illegal drugs, and the misuse of prescription or over-the-counter medications. Some example roadside violations that may cause a motor carrier to rank poorly in this BASIC include a driver(s) failing an alcohol test, which indicates an alcohol level of .02 or greater, and operating under the influence of illegal drugs.

    Prohibited Drugs include but are not limited to: Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, Benzoylecgonine (Cocaine), Cannabinoids (Marijuana), Codeine, Hydromorphone (Dilaudids), Morphine (Heroin), Phencyclidine (PCP). If you’re taking a prescription drug, prescribed by a medical doctor, you need to tell him you have a CDL license and drive truck for a living. He is you best source of telling you what he has prescribed is prohibited or will not affect your CDL License.

    Making sure you are not under the influence before operating any vehicle is another step in having a violation free record, and helping to improve the company’s CSA Score.

    Better CSA Scores improve our ratings with current customers and helps us gain new customers.  More freight keeps your wheels rolling and gives opportunity to earn more dollars.

    Remember a clean, properly logged inspection earns you a $50 bonus!

  2. Spotlight on CSA: Driver Fitness

    The most written violations in the Driver Fitness BASIC- for Super Service, LLC drivers:

     

    #1. Driver lacking physical qualification(s) - missing eyeglasses, hearing aid.

    #2. Driving a CMV while CDL is suspended for a safety-related or unknown reason and in the state of driver's license issuance. (child support issues, auto insurance issues)

    #3. Driving a CMV while disqualified. Suspended for safety-related or unknown reason and in the state of driver's license issuance (licensed state not in possession of updated medical certificate). #4. Expired medical examiner's certificate

    #5. Operating a CMV without a CDL in driver's possession

    Making sure your credential are current and keeping fit is the first step in having a violation free record, and helping to improve the company’s CSA Score.

    Better CSA Scores improve our ratings with current customers and helps us gain new customers. More freight keeps your wheels rolling and gives opportunity to earn more dollars.

    Remember a clean, properly logged inspection earns you a $50 bonus!

     

  3. Spotlight on CSA: HOS Compliance

    The most written violations in the Hours of Service Compliance BASIC- for Super Service, LLC drivers:

    #1. Driver's record of duty status (general/form and manner)

    #2. Driving beyond 14 hour duty period (Property carrying vehicle)

    #3. On-board recording device information not available (no DOT Quick reference cards)

    #4. False report of driver’s record of duty status

    #5. Onboard recording device information requirements not met (no blank log book)

    #6. Driving beyond 11 hour driving limit in a 14 hour period. (Property Carrying Vehicle)

    #7. Onboard recording device improper form and manner (no LOAD Info)

    Tied for #7. Driver’s record of duty status not current

    #8. Onboard recording device does not display required information

    Tied for #8. Driving beyond 8 hour limit since the end of the last off duty or sleeper period of at least 30 minutes

    Tied for #8. No driver’s record of duty status

    #9. Fatigue-Operate a property-carrying CMV while impaired by fatigue

    Tied for #9. Driver failing to retain previous 7 days logs

    Knowing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations when it comes to HOS and logging it “as it happens” is the first step in having a violation free record, and helping to improve the company’s CSA Score.

    Better CSA Scores improve our ratings with current customers and helps us gain new customers. More freight keeps your wheels rolling and gives opportunity to earn more dollars.

    Remember a clean, properly logged inspection earns you a $50 bonus!

  4. Spotlight on CSA: Vehicle Maintenance

    The most written violations in the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC- for Super Service, LLC drivers:

    #1. Inoperative required lamps. Usually Marker lights.

    #2. Clamp/Roto-Chamber type brake(s) out of adjustment. – Push Rods.

    #3. Stop lamp violation – BRAKE LIGHTS

    #4. Automatic brake adjuster CMV manufactured on or after 10/20/1994 - air brake

    #5. Failing to secure brake hose/tubing against mechanical damage

    #6. Flat tire or fabric exposed. Includes less than 4/32” of tread on steers; less than 2/32” all other tires.

    #7. Inoperative head lamps

    #8. Inspection/repair and maintenance parts and accessories-Wheels, studs, clamps, etc.

    #9. Tire flat and/or audible air leak.

    #10. ABS – malfunctioning lampsRemember BLT (Brakes, Lights and Tires) as part of a good Pre, En-route, and Post Trip Inspection are the first steps in having a violation free record, and helping to improve the company’s CSA Score.

    Better CSA Scores improve our ratings with current customers and helps us gain new customers. More freight keeps your wheels rolling and gives opportunity to earn more dollars.

    Remember a clean, properly logged inspection earns you a $50 bonus!

  5. Spotlight on CSA: Unsafe Driving BASIC

    The most written violations in the Unsafe Driving BASIC- for Super Service, LLC drivers:

    #1. Speeding 6-10 miles per hour over the speed limit

    #2. Lane Restriction violation

    #3. Speeding 11-14 miles per hour over the speed limit

    #4. Failure to obey traffic control device

    #5. Following too close

    #6. Speeding 15 or more miles per hour over the speed limit

    #7. Failing to use a seat belt while operating a CMV

    #8. Improper lane change

    Tied for #9. Unlawfully parking and/or leaving vehicle in the roadway

    Tied for #9. Using a hand-held mobile telephone while operating a CMV

    #10. Speeding work/construction zone

    What do all of these violations have in common? They are behaviors that an officer can observe while you are driving down the road. These “observable defects” cause a driver to be pulled over, often resulting in other violations being found during the inspection.

    Following all state traffic laws and always wearing your seatbelt are the first steps in having a violation free record, and helping to improve the company’s CSA Score.

    Better CSA Scores improve our ratings with current customers and helps us gain new customers. More freight keeps your wheels rolling and gives opportunity to earn more dollars.

    Remember a clean inspection earns you a $50 bonus!

  6. FIRE PREVENTION

    Apr 14

    Posted in Safety

    FIRE PREVENTION

    Truck fires can be devastating, risking injury to the driver or others. Often vehicles valued $100,000 or more are completely destroyed as a result. Claims costs can escalate even higher when cargo is destroyed.

     

    Electrical Fires: Make sure you aren’t overloading the circuits. If using a Inverter it must be installed by our shop and must be a min. of 1500 watts. Items not being used like extra lights, tvs, microwaves, etc. should be unplugged when not in use. Do not plug in or use items with loose, worn or chafed wiring.

     

    Engine Fires: Do a great Pre-Trip. Do not drive if there is loose or damaged wires or hoses, leaking oil or fuel, broken or missing parts.

     

    Tire, Brake & Axle Fires: Make sure tires are properly inflated, with no improper wear, and clear from rubbing other parts of the equipment. Check all brakes and suspension parts for damage or excessive wear. Axle hubs should be sufficiently lubricated and free of leaks. Check these components, every Pre-Trip, and every time before you resume driving after a stop.

     

    Cargo Fires: In the rare event of a cargo fire inside a sealed trailer, experts recommend leaving the trailer doors closed to limit the oxygen available to the fire.

     

    CMV’s must be equipped with a fire extinguisher. Make sure it is fully charged and secured.  

     

    If you have a fire call 911.  Fire extinguishers are designed to extinguish small fires. If a fire cannot be contained safely, stand clear and wait for emergency personnel to arrive.

  7. Required Entering of LOAD Information on Elog

    Enter LOAD information on your Logs and keep it current throughout your trip. Filling in this in, starts before you move your truck. Not filling in the LOAD Information is considered multiple CSA Hours of Service 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 visa versa.

  8. Springtime Awareness

    Apr 12

    Posted in Safety

    Springtime Awareness

    Spring is here and with the arrival of warmer weather we also need to have increased awareness for pedestrians and others out enjoying the new season. It’s the time of year when the kids are out playing, people are out walking, riding motorcycles, bicycles, and general spring outdoor activities. Make sure the crosswalks are clear of pedestrians or bicyclists. Use extra caution when traveling near schools, parks and playgrounds.

  9. Leave the Weapons at Home

    Super Service, LLC policy states all employees are prohibited from bringing, and/or concealing any weapon(s) while working or while on Company property or while using Company equipment. 
     
    Prohibited weapons are listed on page 18 of the driver’s handbook and include, but are not limited to:
    *Firearms of any type, caliber or gauge (including BB, pellet, or paintball guns).
    *Bows/Crossbows and Arrows or Bolts.
    *Knives, swords, or and edged weapon – single or double edged (other than pocketknives and utility knives with blades less than 3 inches in length).
    *Blackjacks or other impact weapons.
    *Stun Guns or Taser weapons.
    *Clubs, other than those designed for checking tires.
    *Other mock or display weapons used for decorative or display purposes to include non-functioning or de-milled guns, swords, knives or other weapons used for display or as decoration or clothing items.
    *Bombs or bomb making equipment, such as explosives, any and all chemicals, timers, wiring, etc.
    *Fireworks.
    *Any other items which have no legitimate business purpose and which you possess because of its potential to cause physical harm to others.
     
    Possessing a “Concealed Carry Permit/License” does not exempt you from Company Policy. Any violation of this policy will result in immediate disciplinary action up to and including termination and if necessary a filed report with appropriate law enforcement authorities.
  10. ***Frost Laws Still in Effect***

    Seasonal restrictions on weight limits and speeds on roadways due to thaw weakening are still in effect! If you see a sign stating Seasonal Weight (Load) Limits in Effect, do not exit or turn onto this road. Fines are usually in the 1000’s of dollars; in some cases drivers have been arrested (no one wants an arrest record). 
    In climates that experience below freezing temperatures, damage to roads from thaw-weakening have led to many U.S. states and especially county jurisdictions to enact laws that restrict vehicle loads during spring months, when road structures are thawing in a manner that limits water from escaping the soil structure, thereby weakening the pavement underpinnings. 
    The U.S. States of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota, for example, during the months of March, April and May reduce legal axle weights of vehicles by up to 35%. Some areas also require heavy vehicles to travel a maximum of 35 miles per hour, regardless of the posted limit.
    On the internet you can research which counties have Frost Laws in effect: http://www.comdata.com/fleet-solutions/fleet-resources/spring-frost-laws
     
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