Be careful around intersections. If you get a yellow light, stop. You can anticipate when the light is about to change, so it is no excuse to say it was too late. If you have the green light, watch for the red-light runner—look left, right, then left AGAIN to make sure the intersection is going to be safe before you enter it, even on one-way streets (because somebody might be going the wrong way AND running red lights). Red light runners are often speeding as well, so make sure you look down the road far enough to see them coming.
Most car drivers don’t realize if the driver can’t see the truck mirrors, the truck driver cannot see their vehicle.
Signaling your intentions by using your turn signal helps. Remember drivers are in a hurry. When changing lanes, you risk hitting someone in your blind spot. Keep lane-changing to a minimum. Repeatedly check your mirrors every 5 to 8 seconds, and use leaning techniques to increase your 360 degrees of awareness around your vehicle.
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: LOG IT AS IT HAPPENS! Often when drivers edit their logs they make mistakes (for example when editing to OFF Duty, make sure you put the status as “OFF” not “OD” which is Off Duty Driving).
Super Service, LLC is seeking experienced, motivated individuals to recruit truck drivers out of our Grand Rapids, MI terminal. The ideal candidate will have 2 or more years recruiting experience and internet recruiting experience. If interested, send your resume with salary history to: email@example.com
We are adding Mechanics to our busy shops in Ellenwood, GA, Lexington, SC, Grand Rapids, MI and Somerset, KY. Ideal candidates will have tractor/trailer maintenance experience and their own tools. Work full-time in 3.5 days!!! If interested in applying for a Mechanic position, send your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ice on your windshield or back of your mirror means ice on the road. When you see ice, or conditions for ice exist, slow down! The ice doesn’t have to be packed on the roadway to be dangerous – thin ice can quickly develop into a thick problem.
KNOW YOUR LIMITS
When it comes to driving in the winter know your limits; there is no load worth your life or the lives of others.
If you are on dangerous roadways, the safest thing for you to do is find a safe place to stop and wait it out.
Whether its rain, sleet, ice, heavy winds, or snow, make sure you take the proper precautions.
Winter weather can limit or reduce visibility, decrease traction, and make driving, in general, much harder than normal.
Be Smart, Be Safe!
Use your Signals
A recent study found drivers fail to signal 48% of the time when changing lanes and 25% of the time when making a turn. That study estimated turn signal neglect is a factor in as many as 2 million crashes per year.
February is National Heart Month
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year – that’s one in every four deaths. To prevent heart disease:
1. Eat a healthy diet.
2. Maintain a healthy weight.
3. Exercise regularly.
4. Don’t smoke.
5. Limit alcohol use.
Although it is nice to have the light, heat and smell of a candle and the heat from other sources, our offices and well as are trucks are not equipped to be the place for use of these items. We have had incidents in both our offices as well as our trucks by use of devices that have a flame. No device that uses a flame either open like a candle or enclosed like a propane heater is allowed to be used in our trucks or offices.
All other heating devices (non flame) used in either location must be of limited use, approved by maintenance and have an auto shutoff feature.
**The shop areas are allowed use of propane devices as authorized by shop manager.