TOP 10 WAYS TO AVOID GETTING SICK
#10-SLEEP: Lack of sleep is linked to a list of mental and physical problems, including suppression of the immune system. If you find yourself getting sick, you may want to reevaluate your sleep habits.
#9-SCRUB COMMON SURFACES:Cold and flu viruses can survive outside the body for several hours or even days. Stop the spread, sanitize common surfaces often.
#8-DON’T DRINK, SMOKE, OR DO ILLICIT DRUGS:Alcohol, cigarettes, and illicit drugs weaken your immune system.
#7-DO NOT SHARE:As a child, you were taught the value of sharing. Now, as an adult, learn the opposite holds true. Sharing food, drinks, cigarettes, toothbrushes, or other oral items is a sure way to spread sickness.
#6-STAY HYDRATED:Water transports nutrients to cells and flushes out toxins; do yourself a favor and get hydrated.
#5-EAT COLORFUL FRUITS & VEGETABLES: As a general rule of thumb, the darker or more colorful fruits and veggies tend to be loaded with the most nutrients.
#4-EXERCISE: Exercise helps reduce inflammatory molecules that are known to impair the immune system.
#3-AVOID SICKOS:This tip needs little explanation. If you’re deafened by the sound of sniffling coworkers, stick to your own area and sanitize it often.
#2-DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE: The face is where germs enter your body. Don’t pick your nose, don’t lick your fingers and don’t rub your eyes.
#1-WASH YOUR HANDS: You’ve heard it 1000 times: Use warm water and wash thoroughly, for at least 15 seconds.
The November 2014 edition of the Super Service Newletter is now available!
Truck stops are safe havens for trucks but unfortunately preventable accidents happen in truck stops every day.
Many drivers pull into the truck stop after being on the road for eleven hours. Road fatigue sets in and it’s easy for a driver to start to relax while pulling in.
The important thing to remember is you are still on duty and must drive defensively until the engine is turned off.
Turn on your four ways until you have parked so others will see you.
Plan ahead and choose a location to park that is easy to get into and easy to exit when it is time to leave.
When driving through the parking lot make sure other drivers and pedestrians make eye contact with you. If you don’t make eye contact then they have likely not seen you, making them prime candidates to pull/step out in front of you.
Be careful of pedestrians as drivers bring pets or children with them and may be running in the parking lot.
Get Out And Look (GOAL) while parking.
Keep the keys of your truck with you at all times.
If you take a 10 hour break do a proper Pre-Trip Inspection before leaving. If you took a short break still do a mid-trip walk around to insure the truck is safe, in good shape, and the trailer seal is intact.
Change your Smoke Alarm Batteries
The end of daylight savings time is a good time to check your smoke alarms. In addition to changing batteries here are some more safety tips:
Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use of both types of alarms in the home.
Carbon Monoxide alarms should also be used in combination with smoke alarms.
A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.
Not Drunk; Not Speeding; JUST TIRED:
In a recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAAFTS) survey, nearly nine out of every ten police officers reported they had stopped a driver who they believed was drunk, but turned out to be drowsy. The AAAFTS survey also indicated that:
Younger drivers age 16-24 were nearly twice as likely to be involved in a drowsy driving crash as drivers age 40-59
About 57 percent of drowsy driving crashes involved the driver drifting into other lanes or even off the road.
More than half (55%) of those drivers who reported having fallen asleep while driving in the past year said that it occurred on a high-speed divided highway.
More than half (59%) of those drivers who reported having fallen asleep while driving in the past year said they had been driving for less than an hour before falling asleep; only one in five reported they had been driving for three hours or longer.
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Don’t get caught off guard! Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 2nd.
Remember to turn your clocks back an hour when you go to bed on Saturday night.
Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, curbs, sidewalks and streets with no sidewalks. In dark costumes, they'll be harder to see trick or treating at night.
Watch for children crossing the street who cross mid-block or between parked cars and may not pay attention to traffic.
Watch for children darting out from between parked cars and shrubbery.
Carefully enter and exit driveways.
BE CAREFUL BACKING UP! Have someone stand behind the vehicle to make sure no children are walking by.
Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible - even in the daylight.
At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and front porches.
Be Alert, Be Aware, and Be Safe!
Watch out for Low Bridges!
A bridge or overpass must be 13’ 6” or higher in order for Super Service equipment to safely fit under it.
Be certain that you read and follow all low bridge signs.
If uncertain; stop, put the four ways on, and get out and look.
If the numbers are too small, your trailer is too tall!
Is Your Contact Number Current?
If you change your phone number it is important that you let your Driver Manager know as soon as these changes are made so they can have it updated in your employee file.
If you are in a wreck, or have an emergency, a good working phone number could be a huge difference in getting the help you need on a timely basis.
Make sure the information “as to who the company should contact” in case of an emergency is also up-to-date!
A 6″ bruise is better than 6′ under – Buckle up!
Always wear your seat belt. The cemetery is full of drivers who wished that they had buckled up the last time.
What are some of the most common reasons drivers choose not to wear seat belts?
Myth:I’m a safe driver!
Truth: That’s great! Unfortunately many people on the road are not – You know this since you see them cut you off every day on the road.
Myth: I will be safer if I am thrown for the vehicle.
Truth: You are 25 times more likely to be killed in an accident if you are thrown from the vehicle (either from the landing or from other vehicles).
Myth: I don’t want to be trapped in the vehicle if there is a fire or if I am submerged in water.
Truth: Only .5% of accidents involve water or fire in any form - In comparison 80% of accidents result in the death of the driver if they are not wearing a seat belt.