Tire Safety – Everything Rides On It
Protection against avoidable breakdowns and crashes; improved vehicle handling; better fuel economy; increased tire life are just a few reasons to take five minutes to check your tires.
1. Inspect for uneven wear, cracks, and foreign objects.
2. Check the tread depth: minimum 4/32” on steer tires; minimum 2/32” on all other tires.
3. Make sure your tire valves have valve caps.
4. Check air pressure using a heavy duty tire gauge.
5. Scale the load to make sure no axle or tire is beyond its load limit.
6. Slow down if you have to go over a pothole or other unavoidable object on the roadway.
7. Avoid running over or rubbing curbs.
Protect your Eyes
Each day 2,000 US workers are treated for an on the job eye injury. Anytime you are in a situation where you are at increased risk for eye injury wear properly fitting safety glasses. This includes anytime you are in a Super Service shop.
Everyone, regardless of their particular work situation is at risk for transmitting an infectious disease through the eye. To reduce this risk for yourself and others, avoid touching your eyes, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing and follow good hand washing practices.
The October 2014 edition of the Super Service Newletter is now available!
October is Fire Safety Awareness Month
Teach your children what to do if the house is on fire, such as the stop, drop and roll technique. Create a safety plan for your family and have multiple evacuation plans ready. This is also a good time to have anti-fire features added to your home; install fireproof shingles and a fire extinguisher and purchase fireproof safes to store your valuable belongings.
At home and in your vehicles check to make sure there are no frayed or exposed wires. Unplug devices that are not in use. Check to make sure your fire extinguisher is fully charged and properly secured. Make sure that there is nothing on, near, or around heating units. No open flames should be left unattended and are prohibited in Super Service Equipment (candles, Incense, etc).
The Tailgater Dilemma
Tailgaters are a threat to you, the other vehicles around them, and certainly themselves. If you suddenly stopped there can be an injury or death. The best way to handle a tailgater is to just relax and gently slow down. Build more space between you and the car in front of you. In fact, the closer a car is behind you the more space you need to have in front of you. Why?
1. By slowing down gently the tailgater may get the hint and go around you. This is effective because it is safe and professional.
2. Physics. The closer the tailgater is to you the less stopping distance he will have, which means you are in control of his safety in addition to yours. That is one of the reasons tailgating is a bad habit and incredibly unsafe – You are giving control of your vehicle to the driver in front of you. The driver behind you has done this so you need to build space so you can safely protect both of you.
The one second difference
A classic study conducted in the 1980s found that 90 percent of all accidents could have been avoided if the driver had reacted just one second earlier.
One extra second of following distance can save a life!
As autumn is arriving in much of the country we must also be aware of subtle changing weather conditions. Increased moisture in the air leaves the road surface damp and very slippery, particularly in the early morning hours. It is extremely dangerous on exit ramps, curves, and bridges because there is not enough water to wash away the oil deposits.
Water and oil on the road surfaces are a dangerous combination, creating a serious driving hazard.
Be alert to these dangers, slow your speed and increase your following distance.
Tips for Truck (and non truck) Drivers
1. Get enough rest. If you feel drowsy, pull over and take a nap. Don’t risk driving while sleepy.
2. Slow down in work zones. Lanes are often moved or redirected during construction; adjust your speed so you can follow the provided signage without endangering yourself, other drivers, or the workers.
3. Be aware of your blind spots. Small cars can be easily missed. Signal your intention to change lanes or turn well in advance, so that cars have enough opportunity to get out of your blind spot. Check your mirrors several times while changing lanes.
4. Maintain a safe distance from the cars in front of you. It will take you much longer to stop than an average car.
5. Check your brakeseveryday.
6. Follow suggested speed limits.
7. Avoid aggressive drivers. This will help you fulfill tip #6. Don’t get caught up in road rage scenarios; antagonizing aggressive drivers will only escalate the situation.
8. Always, always, always wear your seat belt.
9. Beware of the effects of prescription and OTC drugs; many medications make you drowsy.
10. Avoid distractions. Stick the job of driving; stay off the phone.
Roadway Work Zones
Speeding traffic is the number one cause of injury and death in roadway work zones. Observe the posted speed limitsand lane restrictions at all times when approaching and driving through a work zone. Watch your speedometer, and don’t allow your speed to creep up as you drive through long sections of road construction. Decrease your speed for adverse weather or road conditions. Decrease your speed even further when a workers are present near the road way.
Alarming Statistics: One work zone fatality occurs every 15 hours (1.6 a day). One work zone injury occurs every 16 minutes (88 a day)
Drivers are responsible for making sure that all their credentials, truck’s credentials, and trailer’s credentials are in order. Driver’s License current, med card current, permit book current, registration current. Does your home state have your medical information – DOT card (or long form if required) and your current self certification form? Plate on the vehicle (does it match the registration, and does the registration match the VIN# for the vehicle?), all required stickers current and in place, IFTA, HUT, and Annual Inspection.
If the tractor or trailer plate is missing, do not write the tag #or “lost plate” on the trailer or cardboard and display. Many states will consider this a counterfeit plate and will write it up as a misdemeanor offense. If you have a valid registration and have reported it to the permit department over the qualcomm and have received a documented message that a new plate has or will be ordered you will be able to roll.