If it is not safe, don’t drive!
Drive Smoothly - No sudden starts or stops. Remember a sliding wheel will try to take the lead and is what leads to most slick road jackknifes.
Keep your view far down the road. Avoid tunnel vision so you can predict traffic slowing down well in advance.
Extra following distance is a must. Extra space equals extra time to maneuver and avoid other drivers and vehicles.
Be especially careful when temperatures are in the 32-39 degree range.
Black ice can form without warning and the roads will actually only look wet. Be extra cautious on bridges, overpasses, entrance, and exit ramps.
Our current CSA score should give the green light to most of our drivers to bypass the scales 90% of the time.
It has taken years for us to be able to have Pre-Pass +and we need everyone to drive safe and legal in order to keep it.
Slow down and obey the speed limits!
Obey all Traffic Control Devices and signs.
Make sure you have good following distance.
Make sure you make legal lane changes and you are not in a truck restricted lane.
See your Safety Manager to get yours!
Avoid Fatigue Driving
The 8, 11, 14, and 70 hour rules are in place to help prevent fatigue driving. Driving Beyond the Legal Hours of Service is an Ingredient to an Unhealthy Recipe!
13% of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers were considered to have been fatigued at the time of their crash.
TIP # 1: GET ENOUGH SLEEP BEFORE GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL.
TIP # 2: MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET.
TIP # 3: TAKE A NAP. Did you know? Short naps are more effective at restoring energy levels than coffee.
TIP # 4: AVOID MEDICATION THAT MAY INDUCE DROWSINESS.
TIP # 5: RECOGNIZE THE SIGNALS AND DANGERS OF DROWSINESS: frequent yawning, heavy eyes, and blurred vision.
TIP # 6: DO NOT RELY ON “ALERTNESS TRICKS” TO KEEP YOU AWAKE. The only cure for fatigue is sleep!
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Maintain a Healthy Heart
A Valentine’s Day Message for you and your loved ones;
The American Heart Association encourages Americans to work toward four simple goals that can lead to a healthy heart: take advantage of preventive screenings to detect problems early; avoid tobacco, drugs, and excessive alcohol; develop good eating habits; and exercise daily. Many of the factors that lead to heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and obesity, can be controlled with commonsense steps and healthy lifestyles.
Being physically active will help protect you.
Children should have 60 minutes of at least moderate-intensity physical activity each day at a minimum. This level of physical activity reduces the risk of inappropriate weight gain.
Adults should have at least 30 minutes of moderate activity daily.
The longer one exercises the greater the benefits: two hours of exercise a week raises the good fats in the blood, thus protecting the heart.
We are currently looking for a Student Relations Supervisor. The position is responsible for managing the inflow of student drivers, ensuring accurate information is delivered to new students, monitoring the training progress of students, and employee relations with students. Must have 1 year of dispatch experience at Super Service, excellent communications skills, excellent listening skills, and the ability to successfully lead a group of students through our training program. If interested, send your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Walking the Circle of Safety
Submitted by driver: Ricky Hawkins
What is the Vehicular Circle of Safety?
Pretty much what it sounds like … always conduct a CIRCLE OF SAFETY walk before driving away in your vehicle, whether it be a personal or work vehicle. This means you simply walk around the vehicle and look for anything unsafe or unusual, a low tire, a loose piece of trim, a damaged light, or countless other things that could be found – just in case.
A road construction crew working for another company stopped at a convenience store along the highway on break. A young child somehow crawled into the wheel well of the truck and got stuck. When the crew got ready to leave, they found this child while conducting a CIRCLE OF SAFETY of the truck they were driving.
It’s sickening to think about what would have happened if the crew had gotten in the truck and drove off without doing a walk around.
For this reason, and countless others, please remember to do the vehicle CIRCLE OF SAFETY before driving off in your vehicle.
It is a CDL Driver’s obligation to ensure that their vehicle is in a safe operating condition. It’s easy to check your headlights, tail lights, and turn signals. But, without someone standing behind your vehicle, how do you check to make sure your brake lights are operating when you press the brake pedal?
The answer is: With the key in the ON Position, place a heavy object or a stick between the driver’s seat and the pedal (a tire thumper works well for this), then walk to the rear of the vehicle and look. Some driver’s will tell you that pulling the trolley trailer handle down will work too, but the fact is that is a different switch. If you have a trolley valve, you need to check that too.
Not having working brake lights is a serious safety violation. It is an invitation for DOT to pull you over for inspection, put you Out-of-Service, add points to yours and the company’s CSA score, can earn you a citation up to $5000.00, and worse, can become the cause of a disastrous accident, medical fees, funeral fees, lawyer fees, and prison time!
We are looking to for a Driver Training Program Manager. This position will be responsible for managing the Driver Trainers, interviewing and selecting Driver Trainers, conducting the Train The Trainer program, and working with the Student Training Coordinator to build and maintain employee relations between Driver Trainers and Student Drivers. Qualified candidates must be familiar with transportation industry, be comfortable speaking in front of others, and be familiar with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and CSA. If interested send your resume to: email@example.com
We are adding Mechanics to our busy shops in Somerset, KY and Ellenwood, GA. Ideal candidates will have tractor/trailer maintenance experience and their own tools. Work full-time in 3.5 days!!! If interested in applying for a Mechanic position, send your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Know Your Dimensions:
Too often driver’s find themselves on a truck restricted route simply because they are unaware of the dimensions of their equipment. Save yourself a citation and CSA points by learning these standards:
Width of trailer 102” = 8’6”
Height of trailer 13’6”
Length of Tractor with Sleeper + 53’ trailer = 72’ to 75’. If your trailer has the rear aerodynamic wings add 3 more feet.
On a 53’ trailer the kingpin to tandem standard measurement is a minimum 37’ and maximum of 41’ to the midway point between the two rear axles of the trailer tandem. Different states have bridge laws that may allow different maximums. Example: MI the maximum allowed is 40’; CA maximum is also 40’ to the rear axle.
Weight standards are 80,000 lbs gross - 12,000 lbs on the steers, 34,000 lbs on the drives, and 34,000 lbs on the trailer tandems. You should always scale your load, and know your weights before going over a DOT Regulated Scale.