Brake Safety Week: September 7-13, 2014
The annual CVSA Brake Safety Week is right around the corner. The week-long brake inspection campaign runs September 7-13, 2014
Commercial vehicle inspectors will be out in full force throughout the U.S. and Canada conducting Level 4 inspections. Defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will result in the vehicle being placed out of service.
In addition to brake inspections, CMV inspectors will also be checking:
• Driver License
• Low Air Warning Device
• Pushrod Travel (Adjustment)
• Brake Linings/Drums
• Air Loss Rate (If leak detected)
• Tractor Protection System
Have You Checked Your Credentials Lately?
Avoid unnecessary and costly fines.
An essential part of your pre-trip inspections is checking your permits in your permit book (current, neat and organized). Also is there a current insurance card, current registration, quick reference cards for elog and VIR.
Check your plate on your tractor is it unexpired (does it match the registration)? Is the annual inspection sticker present and unexpired? Are the IFTA stickers present on both sides of the tractor and unexpired? If required, is the NYHUT sticker present and unexpired?
How about the trailer….is the registration present and current? Is the annual inspection sticker present and unexpired? Is the plate unexpired (does it match the registration)?
Have you checked the expiration date of your CDL? How about your Medical Card? When renewing your Medical Card did you complete and submit a new Self Certification Form to your licensed state?
"The Superman Mentality"
This is the attitude that nothing bad can happen to us no matter how bad our behavior. It's like the person is immune to the negative consequences of his or her bad actions. When a person with this attitude actually receives negative consequences for one or more of their bad actions, it comes as a surprise.
But it shouldn't.
Actions have consequences. The consequences may not be immediate, but they come sometime. They may affect you personally; they may affect others. But they come.
When it comes to safe driving, a consistent investment in good behavior or actions can help keep negative consequences minimized in your life. Of course, accidents do happen even to the safest of drivers. But you can minimize the likelihood of those taking place by being cautious and not doing tasks too quickly.
Secure Loose Objects
Please make sure that all loose equipment is secure before driving.
Never store objects in the driver’s foot-space because, under heavy braking or cornering, these items can move and reduce your ability to use the pedals. Never store objects around the gear shift Loose objects on the dashboard or center console such as CD cases, loose change, and mobile phones can be distracting as they slide around while the driver turns a corner
Many injuries are caused by loose objects that “fly” around during a collision. When your vehicle goes through a sudden deceleration (as in a collision), loose objects temporarily keep traveling at the speed the vehicle was originally going, until it hits something. These projectiles can become deadly if they hit you or your passenger.
A Commercial Vehicle with items on the dash or piled around the passenger seat is an invitation for a DOT inspection.
Just Because You Have A CDL...
Having a Commercial Drivers License doesn’t make you a Safe Driver;
Any more than having a Lottery Ticket makes you a Millionaire.
A 6″ bruise is better than 6′ under – Buckle up!
Always wear you seat belts. The cemetery is full of drivers who wished that they had buckled up the last time.
Never a Good Excuse for Speeding
“I didn’t know I was speeding.”
“There must be something wrong with my speedometer.”
“I’m not from around this area.”
“I didn’t see the sign.”
“I was going down a hill!” – We hear this one a lot from our professional CDL Drivers.
“Everyone else was speeding.” – The most heard excuse.
All the excuses in the world won’t bring back a loved one killed when they or someone else didn’t obey the speed limit.
Be Prepared for Bright Sunlight
“When you get up in the morning and the light is hurtin’ your head
The first thing you do when you get up out of bed
Is hit that streets a-runnin' and try to beat the masses
And go get yourself some cheap sunglasses”
When sunrise occurs later in the morning, it can also present challenges for drivers. Have a pair of sunglasses in the vehicle to wear when the sun is bright is a good strategy. If it becomes too difficult to see because of bright sunlight or glare, a good strategy is for the driver to pull over (to a safe and legal location) until he or she can see again.
TEN RULES TO PRESERVE YOUR TEN FINGERS
1) BEWARD OF PINCH POINTS. Train yourself to recognize pinch points and avoid placing your hands and fingers in such hazardous spots.
2) EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. When using wrenches, persuaders, bars, and other hand tools with which you expect resistance, anticipate that the tool might slip or the object to which pressure is being applied may suddenly give way.
3) INSPECT TOOLS. Wrenches with worn or spread jaws, a mushroom-headed chisel, a worn screwdriver, a hammer with a cracked handle are examples of defective tools.
4) DO NOT WORK ON MOVING EQUIPMENT UNNESCESSARILY. If the equipment can be stopped, do so.
5) REPLACE MACHINE GUARDS FOLLOWING REPAIRS THAT REQUIRE REMOVAL OF GUARDS.
6) BE AWARE OF EQUIPMENT THAT STARTS AUTOMATICALLY. Never work on such equipment without eliminating the possibility of automatic startup.
7) DE-ENERGIZE ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT PRIOR TO WORKING ON IT.
8) BE MINDFUL WHEN CLOSING DOORS. Attention to detail can prevent this painful and sometimes serious injury. Also, watch for children’s fingers.
9) AVOID TOUCHING LINES OR EQUIPMENT THAT IS HOT. Every hot line or hot piece of equipment is a potential source of painful injury.
10) IF THE WORK BEING PERFORMED REQUIRES GLOVES, USE THEM. Gloves offer protection from wood and metal splinters, caustics, acids, electrical burns, thermal burns, chemicals, and many other sources of injury.
Protective Foot Wear
Flip Flops and sandals are not permitted around the truck, the yard, the customer or the terminal. You may wear shower shoes only when taking a shower, you need to change before you leave the building.
You must have proper footwear on when climbing in and out of the tractor or the trailer, or when operating/driving any machinery.
Your feet are the foundation of your body and means for transporting yourself. A cut or infection can stop your ability to provide for your family. Please take proper care of your feet by having and using footwear that covers your toes and supports your foot for your job as a professional driver.
Protective footwear and dress is also required for riders.