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    Jul 29

    Posted in Safety



    A 6″ bruise is better than 6′ under –


    Always wear your seat belt.

    The cemetery is full of drivers who

    wished they had buckled up

    the last time.

  2. Know Your Dimensions!

    Jul 28

    Posted in Safety

    Know Your Dimensions! 

    Not knowing can lead to fines, damages, and possibly a life.

    The standard length of a tractor (with sleeper berth) + a 53 foot trailer ranges from 72 to 75 feet in total length. 

    The standard height of a trailer is 13’6” but because of air bag inflation or how the trailer is loaded the height can be as much as 13’10”. 

    The standard width is 102” or 8’ 6”.

    Bridge Laws (the length between the king pin and trailer tandems) vary from state to state. Generally the length cannot be less than 37’ or more than 41’ (check the bridge law for each state you will travel through and set at the strictest allowance). 

    Axle weights must also be adhered to. Generally the weights on the steers should be no more than 12000 lbs, the drives no more than 34000 lbs and the tandems no more than 34000 lbs. Maximum weight should not exceed 80,000 lbs total gross.

    Axle weights are NOT the same as Bridge Laws. They are two different sets of rules, and you must be in compliance with both sets of laws or you cannot pull the trailer.

    Verify and re-check your route to avoid restricted roads, over and underpasses.  Obey the signs when restrictions are in place. Never rely on a GPS to keep you outof trouble. 

    Close doesn’t count when it comes to being compliant.

  3. Never a Good Excuse for Speeding

    “I didn’t know I was speeding.”

    “There must be something wrong with my speedometer.”

    “I’m not from around this area.”

    “I didn’t see the sign.”

    “I was going down a hill!” – We hear this one a lot from our professional CDL Drivers.

    “Everyone else was speeding.” – The most heard excuse.


    All the excuses in the world won’t bring back a loved one killed when they or someone else didn’t obey the speed limit.



    1) BEWARD OF PINCH POINTS. Train yourself to recognize pinch points and avoid placing your hands and fingers in such hazardous spots.

    2) EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. When using wrenches, persuaders, bars, and other hand tools with which you expect resistance, anticipate the tool might slip or the object to which pressure is being applied may suddenly give way.

    3) INSPECT TOOLS. Wrenches with worn or spread jaws, a mushroom-headed chisel, a worn screwdriver, a hammer with a cracked handle are examples of defective tools.

    4) DO NOT WORK ON MOVING EQUIPMENT UNNESCESSARILY. If the equipment can be stopped, do so.


    6) BE AWARE OF EQUIPMENT WHICH STARTS AUTOMATICALLY. Never work on such equipment without eliminating the possibility of automatic startup.


    8) BE MINDFUL WHEN CLOSING DOORS. Attention to detail can prevent this painful and sometimes serious injury. Also, watch for children’s fingers.

    9) AVOID TOUCHING HOT LINES OR EQUIPMENT. Every hot line or hot piece of equipment is a potential source of painful injury.

    10) IF THE WORK BEING PERFORMED REQUIRES GLOVES, USE THEM. Gloves offer protection from wood and metal splinters, caustics, acids, electrical burns, thermal burns, chemicals, and many other sources of injury.

  5. Mountain Driving

    Jul 25

    Posted in Safety

    Mountain Driving

    Mountain driving is one of the more dangerous aspects of truck driving.

    The first task is a thorough pre-trip, paying special attention to brakes; when driving in mountains it is possible for brakes to fade to the point where they may just quit working.

    Climbing a mountain requires the driver to downshift to maintain pull on the trailer. If a driver misses a gear the truck can come to a complete stop and endanger him and other drivers. The driver needs to keep the rotation per minute (rpm) high without over tacking the engine. If the tachometer drops below 1,100 rpms, downshift to the next lower gear; being careful not to allow the rpms to exceed 2,000.

    Signs tell you the grade you are about to encounter and for how long. Use rest areas of pull offs before the grade begins to check your brakes once more.

    Descend in a gear lower than the one used at the crest. Use the engine retarder (Jake) brake to help you maintain a safe speed. Additional braking may be required when the Jake Brake is being used. Do not use the Jake Brake on slippery roads.

    Lower gears allow engine compression and friction, which slow the vehicle. Once you are on the grade gearing down is not possible; if you try you will end up in neutral with no engine braking ability at all.

    Use stab (snub) braking to lower the speed to 5mph below and no more than the legal speed limit; do not ride the brakes!

    Keep the nose of the truck closer to the high side of curves when driving along tight winding roads. High speeds and tight curves result in more off tracking by the trailer.

    Slow down and maintain control.

  6. Positive Behavior Avoids Negative Attention:

    How we behave on road can draw attention to us. We must observe local laws, speed limits, lane restrictions, weight limits and equipment requirements. Take the time to do your Pre and Post Trip, and do a good in-route inspection before re-entering your vehicle after every stop. Make sure you observe signs and their notices, keep good following distance, and avoid distractions such as dashboard dining or talking on the phone.

  7. The July 2016 edition of the Super Service Newsletter is now available!

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  8. The June 2016 edition of the Super Service Newsletter is now available!

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  9. The May 2016 edition of the Super Service Newsletter is now available!

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  10. Super Service Receives Lowe’s Outstanding Service Award

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