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  1. Think, Talk, Teach, Work, & Live Safely

    THINK SAFETY! Watch your THOUGHTS; they become WORDS.

    TALK ABOUT SAFETY! Watch your WORDS; they become ACTIONS.

    TEACH SAFETY! Watch your ACTIONS; they become HABITS.

    WORK SAFELY! Watch your HABITS; they become CHARACTER.

    LIVE SAFELY! Watch your CHARACTER; it becomes your DESTINY.


    Jan 24

    Posted in Safety


    Parking and Backing

    Most minor accidents occur when a driver is parking and backing, so this is no time to let up for even a second. Backing is not easy but it is easy to become complacent. Never begin backing before walking to the rear and looking all around (and up and down) for obstructions. Even if the area is completely clear, you can never assume it is safe to back without looking. Walk all the way to the point where you will stop, turn around, look at your truck and visualize the maneuver. A complicated backing maneuver may require you to get out and look several times. Never rely on the opinion of spotters (especially at truck stops) because you’re the driver and are responsible for the success of the maneuver. 

    When possible, back the trailer against a fence or wall, thereby sealing the trailer doors against an obstacle in order to prevent theft. Set the trailer brakes and gently pull forward to put tension on the fifth wheel pin, making it less possible for a vandal to pull the fifth wheel release.

    Get Out And Look!

  3. Winter Driving/Proceed with Caution!

    Speed:  The faster you’re going, the longer it will take to stop.  When accelerating on snow or ice, take it slow to avoid slipping or sliding.

    Distance:  Give yourself space.  It takes extra time and extra distance to bring your truck to a stop on slick and snowy roads.  Leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front of you.

    Brake:  Brake early, brake slowly, brake correctly and never slam on the brakes. Give yourself plenty of room to stop.

    Control: When driving on ice and snow, do not use cruise control or engine brake (Jake Brake) and avoid abrupt steering maneuvers.  When merging into traffic, take it slow.  Sudden movements can cause your vehicle to slide.

    Vision:  Be aware of what’s going on well ahead of you.  Actions by other vehicles will alert you to problems more quickly, and give you extra time to react safely.

  4. Roof Top Snow Awareness

    Jan 22

    Posted in Safety

    Roof Top Snow Awareness

    • Trucks on the road have very limited options due to the unsafe nature of the cleaning process (Drivers should never climb onto the roof to clean off the snow and ice).  Ask the facility if they have Staircase ladder for reaching the top of the trailer.
    • If one is nearby, there is always the option of pulling into a truck wash and having them power wash the ice/snow off the roof.
    • Ice coverage can be broken up if the driver has access to the inside of the trailer. Judicious use of a broom handle against the underside of the roof will break up the ice so that it slides off when brakes are applied prior to reaching highway speeds.
    • If you are at a truck shop or your terminal, you canask tomove the vehicle inside to melt off the ice/snow.
    • There are no easy answers, but several states now have legislation preventingtrucks from operating with snow or ice on their roof.
    • If snow/ice comes off the truck and causes injury to another motorist, the trucker/companywill pay, regardless of the difficulty of removing it.

    Approximately 5’ of snow on top of a trailer exploding going under a bridge

  5. Staying Safe Around Snowplows

    In the winter, snowplow drivers are out on the roads to keep them clear of snow and ice and keep you safe.  Here’s what you need to know about driving around snowplows:

    Distance:  Give snowplows room to work.  The plows are wide and can cross the centerline or shoulder.  Don’t tailgate and try not to pass.  If you must pass, take extreme caution and beware of the snow cloud.

    Speed:  Snowplows travel below the posted speed limit.  Be patient.  Allow plenty of time to slow down.  Remember, Ice and Snow, Take it Slow.

    Vision:  A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted.  You may see them, but they don’t always see you.  Keep your distance and watch for sudden stops or turns.

  6. Required - Entering of LOAD Information on Elog

    Enter LOAD information on your Logs and keep it current throughout your trip. Filling in this in, starts before you move your truck. Not filling in the LOAD Information is considered multiple CSA Hours of Service violations.

    1.From the menu screen, tap the “Hours of Service/VIR” button.

    2.Press the tab “LOAD”.

    3.Tap the “New Load” button

    4.Enter the Load ID number. If you do not have a load and are deadheading (even a short distance), instead of a number put “none”

    5.Your start date is the day you get the Load Assignment – you shouldn’t need to edit this.

    6.Your end date is the day you are going to deliver or T-call the load – tap the calendar icon and choose the date. If the delivery’s date changes, you must edit this.

    7.BL# - most of the time you start a new load with an empty trailer, therefore enter “empty”.  This line will need to be edited once you pick up a load from a shipper, and you receive the Bill of Lading paperwork (you will need to add the Bill of Lading # after the word empty).

    8.Trailer 1, Trailer 2, and Trailer 3. You must keep this current.  Example a driver starts his day Bobtailing: Trailer 1: Bobtail; then he picks up a trailer - Trailer 2: GST123; next he goes to the shipper to do a drop and hook - Trailer 3: GST546

    9.After you send your empty call, you will go back to step 1.


    You still need to send your messages: Macro 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6; the messages on your Qualcomm do not eliminate the need to fill in the LOAD screen on your Elog and vice versa.

  7. On-DutyLog It Right-Avoid Violation

    1) All time at a plant, terminal, facility, or other property of a motor carrier or shipper, or on any public property - waiting to be dispatched, unless the driver has been relieved from duty by the motor carrier;

    2) All time performing Pre-Trip, Post trip or any type of inspection, servicing, or conditioning any CMV at any time;

    3) All time loading or unloading a CMV, supervising, or assisting in the loading or unloading, attending a CMV being loaded or unloaded, remaining in readiness to operate the CMV, or in giving or receiving receipts for shipments loaded or unloaded;

    4) All time repairing, obtaining assistance, or remaining in attendance upon a disabled CMV;

    5) All time spent on shoulder of road or ramp (only for emergency breakdown, emergency medical, or pulled over by an officer); this includes Roadside Inspections, issuance of a warning or citation;

    6) All time spent when stopped at DOT weigh/inspection station; this includes time put Out-of-Service (unless officer and motor carrier gives written permission to go Off Duty/Sleeper Berth).

    7) All time spent providing a breath sample or urine specimen, including travel time to and from the collection site, to comply with the random, reasonable suspicion, post-crash, or follow-up testing required when directed by a motor carrier;

    8) Performing any other work in the capacity, employ, or service of motor carrier.

    Log it as it happens and include the remarks!

    Also make sure you are filling in and editing the LOAD Information before you move. Press the Hours of Service/VIR button, LOAD tab is on the far right.
  8. Slips, Trips and Falls

    Jan 18

    Posted in Safety


    Slip, trip and fall accidents happen to over 13 million people in the United States each year and account for nearly 20 percent of injuries at work.

    Falls occur on ramps, in parking lots, on walking surfaces and in garages, wash bays and fuel area. Changes in elevation such as steps leading into a warehouse or loading ramps leading into a trailer can be the cause of a fall. Uneven surfaces, poor lighting/visibility, unfamiliar location, ice, snow and rain are other causes, as well as spilled fuels and oils mixed with water and soapy wet floors in restrooms and showers. They also occur when climbing in and out of a tractor or trailer.

    Be sure to look before exiting or entering a truck cab and use the THREE POINTS OF CONTACT when climbing on equipment. Three limbs must be in contact with the vehicle or climbing apparatus at all times, preferably on a hand hold and step or rung. Use the entire hand to grip the hand holds and face the equipment. Jumping from equipment must be avoided!

    Check deck plates regularly and get repairs when faulty; keep trailer floors in good shape and dispose of string, shrink wrap, dunnage and other debris both in and around trucks, trailers and shipping docks.

    Wear sturdy footwear with slip-resistant soles.


    Are You Eating a Crash Diet?

    If you are eating in your vehicle while driving, you are focusing on your food and not on your driving. You are not only chewing and swallowing; you are also opening packages, unwrapping and re-wrapping food, reaching, leaning, spilling, wiping, and cleaning yourself or your vehicle. These are quite a number of distractions for one driver on one trip. You are safer when you stop to eat or drink. Allow yourself plenty of time to stop, rest from driving, and enjoy your meal.

    Safe Drivers do not Dashboard Dine!!!

  10. Watch your Blind Spots

    Jan 16

    Posted in Safety

    Watch your Blind Spots

    Other motorists may not be aware of a truck's "no zones" — those where crashes are most likely to occur. Common "no zones" include:

    Ø  Off to the side just in front of the cab

    Ø  Just behind the side mirrors

    Ø  Directly behind the truck


    If others aren't aware of these trouble spots, they may drive dangerously close. As frustrating as this can be, it's up to you to exercise caution before turning or changing lanes and to maintain a safe “cushion of safety” around your vehicle.

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