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  1. Following Too Close

    Oct 22

    Posted in Safety

    Following Too Close

    Are you driving a safe distance from the vehicle ahead? If it suddenly and unexpectedly stops can you stop in time? Drive at a speed and allow time to see and react to a panic stop of the vehicle in front of you.

    How do I know if I am leaving enough space between myself and the vehicle ahead? In perfect conditions, there should be at least 7 seconds of separation between your CMV and the vehicle ahead.

    When road and weather conditions deteriorate, or traffic volume increases, you should add more time between you and the vehicle ahead. Extreme conditions such as rain, ice, snow and fog require adding space until you are sure you have time to suddenly stop without striking the vehicle ahead.

    It is almost certain, if you strike a vehicle from the rear, you will be partially — if not solely — responsible, especially when visibility, weather conditions and vehicle controls are degraded.

    A safe following distance allows for a safety cushion if unexpected hazards appear, road conditions change or the vehicle ahead of you suddenly stops or changes direction. If someone cuts you off, reduce your speed to regain a safe distance.

    Calculate a 7-second following distance, watch the vehicle in front of you pass a non-moving object (e.g., overhead bridge, tree, etc.) and begin counting (1 thousand 1, 1 thousand 2, etc.). By the time you get to the same fixed object, you should have counted 7 seconds or more.

    Use seconds instead of a vehicle count to measure following distance. A following distance based on a number of vehicles can be too subjective. The length of vehicles varies – a Mini Cooper is a lot smaller than a large SUV.

    It’s not a race; create space!

  2. A Pair to Spare

    Oct 21

    Posted in Safety

    A Pair to Spare

    Drivers requiring correction by glasses shall wear properly prescribed glasses at all times when driving.

    DOT will not accept the excuse you lost or broke your glasses.

    Always make sure you have a spare pair.

    Same goes for contact lenses, hearing aids and hearing aid batteries.

  3. Why do so many drivers simply refuse to get out and look?

    Unfortunately the biggest reason for not getting out and looking is simply laziness. A lazy driver doesn’t want to get out and walk around the unit to ensure safety.

    The next one is the overconfident driver. They think they are good enough of a driver to have no need to get out of the truck. It does not matter how good a driver you are. If you can’t see, you can’t see. Only bad things happen when you continue blindly.

    It’s better to get out and look than explain why you hit something (especially the “magically appearing” stationary object).

    It’s better to get out and look than explain why you were not securely latched to the trailer laying on its nose.

    It’s better to get out and look than explain how your unsecured trailer doors swung open damaging another vehicle, dock or ripping a door off.

    It’s better to get out and look to verify the height of the low clearance than trying to explain the truck or trailer roof peeled back.

    It’s better to take the minute or two to get out and look…Why? It’s better than the loss of time and money it is going to cost when you hit something or worse, SOMEONE!

    The shortcut you take could cut your career short. Incidents count against you on your DAC and CSA score. Companies look at this as being careless; which could cause you to be terminated for excessive incidents. If you are terminated for these issues, finding another trucking position will be nearly impossible. It could cost you financially by loss of a paycheck, or a civil suit against you. It could cost a life!

  4. Hours of Service

    Oct 19

    Posted in Safety

    Hours of Service

    Everything you enter on the log must be true & correct, and account for every day, even days off. The logs must be approved each day.

    Driving duty limits:Drivers may not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour, nor exceed 11-hour driving limit within the 14 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty. Drivers may not drive once they reach 70-hours in a 8-day period.  

    Breaks:Drivers may drive a CMV only if 8 hours or less have passed since the end of the driver’s last off-duty or sleeper-berth period of at least 30 minutes. FMCSA did not specify when drivers must take the 30-minute break, but the rule requires they wait no longer than 8 hours after the last off-duty or sleeper-berth period to take the break. When on a 10 hour break, a minimum 8 consecutive hours must be logged in the sleeper berth.

    In order to get the 70-hour/8-day period availability, a minimum 34 hour break must be taken (the truck should not be operated).

    ON Duty Functions: After a 10 hour or 34 hour DOT Break a driver must complete a Pre-Trip Inspection before operating the equipment; this needs to be at least 15min.  All ON Duty functions must also be logged as they happen including: fueling, scaling, loading, unloading, drop & hook, DOT Inspection, tire check, etc. 

    Before going on a DOT Break, a minimum 15min. Post Trip must be completed along with a VIR report.

    LOAD Information:For E-logs go to the LOAD Tab and enter: Load ID#, End Date of load, BOL#, Trailer#. This must be up-to-date and edited as necessary.

  5. Backing Safely

    Oct 18

    Posted in Safety

    Backing Safely

    Before you begin backing, set the brakes and GET OUT AND LOOK – GOAL.

    When backing use your flashers. Put warning flashers on before shifting into reverse. Periodically tap on your city horn. Keep the windows open and the radio off so you’ll hear any noises.

    If you are using a spotter make sure you and the helper are in a position so you can see each other at all times. If youlose sight of them, STOP!

  6. Don’t Let Mountain Driving Turn Into a Rocky Experience

    Mountain driving poses such hazards as steep hills, changing weather, wildlife and rocks in the roadway.  Follow these tips to stay safe:

    • All lights should be on for safety -  day or night. Use your four-ways to alert other drivers you are below the speed limit.
    • While traveling up steep roadways stay in the right lane to allow other vehicles to pass. If you must, pull off the road at the first place you may do so safely.
    • 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. 
    • Never coast downhill by shifting into neutral or disengaging the clutch.

  7. We are currently looking to add a Driver Recruiter to any of the following terminal locations:  Ellenwood, GA / Somerset, KY / Grand Rapids, MI.  Ideal candidates will have a minimum of one year experience recruiting OTR Truck Drivers, knowledge of driver recruiting strategies, and the demonstrated ability to meet recruiting goals.  We offer a competitive base salary and generous recruiting bonuses.  If interested, send your resume to: dcaldwell@superservicellc.com 

  8. The October 2017 edition of the Super Service Newsletter is now available!

  9. The September 2017 edition of the Super Service Newsletter is now available!

  10. We are currently seeking an aggressive, experienced, self starting Business Development Manager for our brokerage/logistics division in Lakeland, FL.  The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of growing business, 3 or more years brokerage sales experience, and excellent customer service skills. The position is responsible for prospecting new customers, growing brokerage customer accounts, and booking freight.  If interested, send your resume to: smaat@superservicellc.com

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