You are what you eat when it comes to good health, so the more you understand how to make good dietary choices, the better for your health.
The same applies to understanding the benefits of counter measures to ward off fatigue. Fatigue countermeasures include obtaining a minimum number of hours of restful sleep, employing napping strategies, taking sufficient rest breaks from driving and paying attention to variations in mood, motivation, and performance.
With increased awareness, it is more likely you can act on the telltale warning signs of the onset of fatigue and waning alertness while driving.
7 Common Causes of Accidents
Consider this statistic: 80 out of every 100 accidents are the fault of the person involved in the incident. Unsafe acts cause four times as many accidents and injuries as unsafe conditions.
Accidents occur for many reasons. In most industries people tend to look for "things" to blame when an accident happens. Consider the underlying accident causes described. Have you been guilty of any of these attitudes or behaviors?
- Taking Shortcuts
- Being Over-Confident
- Starting a Task with Incomplete Instructions
- Poor Housekeeping
- Ignoring Safety Procedures
- Mental Distractions from Work
- Failure to Pre-Plan the Work
"It is better to be careful 100 times than to get killed once." Mark Twain
Watch for Obstacles from Above
Did you miss a turn, or realize you must make a decision to turn around?
Finding a location to do so pulling a 53 ft trailer can be difficult at times.
One choice drivers make is a convenient store, or corner local gas station.
Remember, these are NOT TRUCK STOPS. Do not go under a canopy unless you know the height rating, or ask the manager if needed. Also watch for low hanging wires, tree limbs, utility poles, and obstacles you cannot get around.
Think of the low bridge, or overpass.
You wouldn’t go under a low overpass without knowing the clearance would you?
Preferably, do not go into a convenience store or non-semi-truck parking lot. Just like backing, don’t do it, unless you have too and can do so safely.
Also, when backing, do not look at just the rear of the trailer, or near the bottom of the mirror.
Double check the top of the mirror too!
Always be aware of overhead obstacles: Low bridges, canopies, wires, sides of roofs, and overhangs.
Stop, put your four-ways on, and Get Out And Look!
TOP TEN TIPS TO STAY WITHIN THE LIMIT
Many drivers unintentionally exceed the speed limit without realizing it.
Modern vehicles often give drivers little sensation of their speed. It is too easy to creep above the limit, and in particular, many drivers believe it is difficult to drive at 30 mph, or less, on a road with a 30 mph limit. Drivers are responsible for the speeds at which they choose to drive, but there are some simple and practical things can do to help themselves.
1. Check your speedometer regularly, especially when leaving high speed roads.
2. Know the limits – look for signs, especially at junctions.
3. Assume lamp posts mean 30 mph, until signs say otherwise, but remember it could be 20 mph.
4. Remember, speed limits are a maximum, not a target.
5. 20’s plenty when kids are about – and may even be too fast.
6. Try no higher than 5th gear in a 30 mph limit.
7. Recognize what makes you speed - keeping up with traffic, overtaking or being tailgated.
8. Concentrate – distracted drivers speed.
9. Slow down when entering towns, villages, SCHOOL ZONES and WORK ZONES.
10. Give yourself time – there’s no need to speed and you won’t get there quicker.
Even a small amount above the limit makes a big difference.
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 one 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
Posted in Safety
September 6th through 12th
CVSA Brake Safety Week
As part of the brake system, the hoses and the tubes carry your equipment’s air supply to the brakes so you can move or stop the vehicle on demand. Inspect your brake hose and tubing as if you were an inspector. Look for worn, cracked, or cut hoses and settle for nothing less than good brake systems. Check under the equipment, along the railings, at every fitting and strap. Your ability to safely stop depends upon them.
Take an honest look: Is it trashy or neat, cluttered or tidy, dirty or clean?
A driver's recent encounter with Georgia DOT says the officer stated “when inspecting trucks, a dirty windshield with trash on the dash is usually the first to be inspected and if a driver is running so hard as not to wash his or her windows, they are probably not current on their log books, or they have expired permits, registrations, and other violations."
In addition to what’s on the dash, make sure your windshield is clear of objects, (ESPECIALLY in the wiper swipe area). The PrePass Plus is to be mounted 2” right of center and 2-3” above the dash. A GPS can be mounted within the top 6” center portion of your windshield, but a proactive approach is to have a cup holder mount. Phones should not be mounted (reading text messages or looking to see who is calling is an unnecessary distraction; let it ring and go to voice mail – call them back when you are safely parked).
One of the most important things you can do to prevent being injured in a tornado is to be ALERT to the onset of severe weather. Most deaths and injuries happen to people who are unaware and uninformed. Listen to the radio, check any warnings on TV, sign up for alerts to be sent to your phone and seek assistance if you hear an emergency warning siren in your area.Stay aware and you will stay alive!
If you are in a building seek the lowest level of the building and the smallest enclosed room of that level. A basement room with no windows is the best place. If no basement is available, bathrooms, interior closets, or interior hallways are the best places to be.
If you are at a customer, truck stop or other location away from home or work, follow instructions for shelter given by the employees.
If you are driving and there is a tornado watch, be alert to the possibility and pull over to a safe, legal place if needed. If there is a tornado warning in your area and it is safe to do so, pull over to safe, legal place until the threat is over. If you see a tornado, do not try to drive out of it. Pull off the road and get out of your vehicle into a low ditch. Take your cell phone with you to call for help.
SCHOOL IS BACK!
Some schools are already reopening. Traffic is increased and school buses are operating.
When you are in a school zone or near a school bus, slow down! Allow more time as the new school year begins to adjust to the increased traffic. Stop for school buses with red flashing lights. While the laws vary, in most places it is against the law to pass a school bus with flashing red lights. If you are convicted of illegally passing a school bus it means heavy fines and is a black mark on your driving record. Always follow the speed limit. Many schools have reduced speed zones. Pay attention to the signs and reduce your speed.
The August 2015 edition of the Super Service Newletter is now available!