Don’t Drive Drowsy
Myth:Drivers are used to getting little sleep and can safely stay awake by using distractions, caffeine, rolling down the windows, etc.
Reality:Research shows that being awake for 18 hours is comparable to having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent. It’s vital to your safety and the motorists around you to pay attention to signs of drowsiness: frequent yawning, heavy eyes, blurred vision, weaving, tailgating, missing traffic signs or exits, hitting rumble strips, trouble remembering the last few miles.
The only resolution is sleep. Make sure you utilize your break periods to get the proper rest your body needs.
If you are fatigued, make sure you notify dispatch and do not continue driving until you are physically able.
Scary Statistic: The AAA Foundation’s 2015 Traffic Safety Index reported nearly all drivers (97%) view drowsy driving as a serious threat to their safety and a completely unacceptable behavior; however, nearly one in three (31.5%) admitted to driving when they were so tired they had a hard time keeping their eyes open at some point in the past month.
Obstructions to a Clear View
Antennas, transponders, and similar devices must not be mounted more than 6 inches below the upper edge of the windshield. These devices must be located outside the area swept by the windshield wipers, and outside the driver's sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals.
It is a common practice to attach GPS receivers or toll road transponders in an unauthorized area of the windshield. Drivers should be aware this practice is non-compliant with the regulations. There are available GPS mounts that attach to the cup holder or dash.
Never have a RADAR Detection device on your truck. It is against Federal Regulations tooperate a commercial motor vehicle equipped with or containing any radar detector.
Never mount any type of CD/DVD, TV, or Laptop (even with Velcro) against the windshield or on the dash of your vehicle. These items belong in the Sleeper Berth.
Unacceptable damage is a rock chip greater than ¾ inch. A small rock chip that is less than ¾ inch but is within 3 inches of another similarly or greater sized chip, or a crack would also be a defect. Any two cracks that intersect are also a defect.
Make sure your wipers operate correctly and are not worn out.
Don’t forget; Remove the Trash from the Dash!
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DOT Inspections - aka Driver/Vehicle Examination Report
- Make sure you have your driver’s license and current medical card on you at all time.
- Make sure you have a copy of the Hours of Service and DVIR Quick Reference instruction sheet in your permit book to provide to the officer if requested.
- Make sure you have a blank log book available; this is required by FMCSA in case the e-logs fail to function and must be available for a DOT officer upon request.
- Be sure you know how to request your logs to be faxed or emailed to the officer.
- Make sure your equipment is not defective. Some of the most common defects are brake issues, lights not working and damaged tires.
- If hauling a hazmat load, you must make sure your bills are correct and readily accessible, the trailer is properly placarded, the load is secure, and that you have your emergency response guide with the bills.
TransFlo all documents received during your inspection or fax to 404-795-0887. If have logged it properly (On Duty/DOT Inspection), and have zero violations, the company will pay you a $50 bonus.
Check your mirrors regularly (at least every 5 to 8 seconds) and before you change lanes, turn, or merge. Check your mirrors quickly and return your attention to the road ahead. Frequent scanning will allow you to be aware of changing traffic conditions around your truck. If you check your mirrors regularly, they can help you spot overtaking vehicles. Mirrors will also help you monitor your surrounding environment and may help you identify if a vehicle has moved into your blind spot. You can also use your mirrors to check your tires and lights as you are driving down the road.
Remember to turn your head, and lean and look to increase the dimension of visibility when checking your mirrors.
Whenever you follow another vehicle, you need enough space to stop safely if the other vehicle brakes suddenly.
A safe following distance for trucks is at least 7 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you.
Follow the 7-second rule by picking a marker on the road ahead, such as a road sign, pole, or overpass shadow. When the rear of the vehicle ahead passes the marker, count "one thousand one, one thousand two, …". When the front of your vehicle reaches the marker, stop counting. If you reach it before you count "one thousand seven," you are following too closely.
Leave more than a 7-second distance in bad weather and when following large vehicles which block your view of the road ahead.
Leave more space when your vehicle is heavily loaded, when you’re driving on a downgrade, in construction zones, or when traffic patterns dictate the need.
Leave more space when following smaller, lighter vehicles, such as motorcycles, which can stop more quickly than you.
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