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  1. PRE-TRIP INSPECTION

    May 06

    Posted in Safety

    PRE-TRIP INSPECTION

    1.    You must perform a thorough Pre-Trip inspection at the beginning of your work day before you drive/move a piece of equipment.

    2.    Any time you stop for a break, check tires, lug nuts, and perform a walk around inspection of your equipment before starting out again. A walk around cannot take the place of the required pre-trip.

    3.    Use the Super Service Pre-Trip Inspection Form as your guide. There should be a Super Service Pre-Trip Inspection Form in a plastic sleeve in your permit book. If there isn’t, ask for one.

    4.    If you find an item needingattention, send a Qualcomm message #14 to Breakdown. Await their response before moving the equipment. If you move it without authorization, you have just accepted responsibility for the consequences of the move. If you feel you are not safe or legal to move to a repair facility, communicate this with breakdown so you can work together to the best solution.

    5.    Failure to perform a thorough Pre-Trip inspection resulting ina DOT violation, DOT Out-Of-Service order, accident, or unnecessary over-the road serviceexpensescan result in disciplinary action.

  2.  

    May- Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

    Spring time’s warm sunny days tend to put more motorcycles on the road than usual, and unfortunately, there are more accidents involving motorcycles during the spring.

    In 2014, 4,586 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes, a slight decrease of 2.3 percent from 2013 which pegged the morbid number at 4,692. Those deaths account for 14 percent of the total highway fatalities that year, a number made worse when the fact motorcycles only make up 3% of road-users is considered.

    Looking on the bright side, the above decrease in motorcycle fatalities broke a tragic trend over the last 17 years, which saw only one other decline in 2009. Injured motorcyclists also decreased from 93,000 in 2013 to 88,000 in 2014.

    During the period fatalities were reduced, helmet use among motorcyclists on expressways increased significantly to 81 percent, up from 64 percent in 2013.

    Further, in 2014, 41 percent of fatally injured motorcycle riders and 53 percent of fatally injured motorcycle passengers were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

    Cyclist should obey the traffic laws, wear safe bright clothing, use their brakes when stopping (don’t just throttle down), try to stay out of other motorist’s blind spots, and wear a helmet.

    Other motorists need to remember motorcycles are smaller, more maneuverable and harder to spot. Be especially watchful when changing lanes. Motorcycles are easily lost in a vehicle’s blind spot.

    Road hazards affect motorcycles much more than large vehicles. Be aware they may have to make sudden adjustments to avoid common hazards.

  3. MAY THE FORTH BE WITH YOU – TEXT I WILL NOT

    Allow the force to be with you – put your phone in the glove box or simply switch it off when you are driving.

    Don't let distractions from the dark side influence your good driving skills! 

                                

  4. Avoiding Accidents

    May 03

    Posted in Safety

    Avoiding Accidents

    1. Don’t drive the truck where it doesn’t belong. Be observant of truck routes - keeping on them can keep you safe. Don’t just rely on a GPS.
    2. Accidents are to be avoided and minimized as much as reasonably possible, but not to the extent in attempting to avoid an accident, more damage occurs. For instance, if you make an abrupt lane change to avoid a vehicle merging, and in the process hit another vehicle, this is a preventable accident.
    3. Swerving or veering is to be avoided. It can result in loss of vehicle control ending with a rollover. Don’t swerve to avoid an animal running out in front of you.
    4. Running off the road to avoid an accident indicates lack of control of the vehicle and is considered a preventable accident. Keep the vehicle on the roadway at all times and under your full attention and control.
    5. Use of a phone, Qualcomm unit, a computer, adjusting GPS, texting, eating or any other activity distracting the driver while driving is against the law and Super Service policy.
    6. If you are fatigued/sleepy or too ill to drive, GET OFF THE ROAD!!! Regardless of your hours allowing you to drive, you do not belong on the road while drowsy or ill. Do not roll down the window or look to a caffeinated beverage for help - if you’re tired…getting off the road is the only answer. Send a Qualcomm message to your DM and advise you need to stop. Communication is the key here, safety is first, but if you must stop, you must communicate with dispatch.  

  5. The May 2016 edition of the Super Service Newsletter is now available!

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  6. The Secret to Being Accident Free

    Many drivers have careers with twenty, thirty, even forty or more years without ever having an accident. Ask some of our long time accident free drivers “What’s the secret?” The answers are pretty similar: “I always take my time and I’m very careful”, “I don’t take shortcuts”, ”I always get out and look before backing or hooking to a trailer”, “I make sure I always have plenty of space to allow room for the error of others and sometimes myself”.

    After getting some experience, many drivers get too comfortable.They start thinking they’re good, because they can back into a dock quickly, or zig-zag through traffic without hitting anything. These are not good drivers, they are good “aimers”. There is a lot more to driving a truck than simply how well you can aim it.

    Accidents do happen. But when they do, it’s because somebody made a mistake. Somebody was in a hurry, or got distracted, or they thought they were too good for anything to happen to them, or they were complacent. It’s always the result of a mistake. If it wasn’t a mistake, then that means they hit you on purpose.

    So ask yourself, is it really a secret?  Can you move the truck without hitting anything for one yard? Treat every yard, every block, and every mile the same way; take your time and always be very careful.

    Always follow the steps to being safe; so you don’t slip up!

  7. Change lanes as little as possible.

    Pick a lane and STAY in it. Cars will dodge and change lanes no matter what. If you find it necessary to change lanes, use your turn signal,move over very carefully, being aware of your blind spots and constantly check your mirrors.

    The odds of an accident increases dramatically, each time a vehicle makes a move to another lane. If you have maintained your lane position and following distance, in the event of an accident, the other vehicle will most likely be at fault, not you.
    When entering or leaving the freeway, watch for merging vehicles. Cars love to hug the right lane and dodge all over.... they tend not to merge or seem to forget how to do so safely.  Good following distance and looking far ahead of you, will help anticipate a merging vehicle. If you can’t change lanes safely, slow down and let them in.

  8. Super Service Receives Lowe’s Outstanding Service Award

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  9. We are currently looking for a Logistics Administrator for our growing Logistics Department.  Responsibilities will include tracking down and matching bills of lading, rate confirmations, and invoices to ensure accurate customer billing, handling payment status calls, investigating billing descrepancies when amount invoiced is different than amount paid, and setting up carriers in the accounts payable system.  The ideal candidate will have at least two years billing or accounts payable experience and good Microsoft Excel and Word skills.  Excellent communication and problem solving skills a must.  If interested, send your resume with cover letter to: smaat@superservicellc.com

  10. The April 2016 edition of the Super Service Newsletter is now available!

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