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    The speed limit is the speed limit when conditions allow.


    If the metal sign by the side of the road says Speed Limit 45 MPH, that means that 45 is the safest maximum speed when the driving conditions are perfect: during daylight hours, when the traffic is light, and when the weather is good.

    Conditions aren't perfect most of the time.

    At night, slow down below the posted speed limit because visibility is reduced.  Any condition that limits visibility — such as darkness, fog, curves or hills that obscure the road — makes it harder to see oncoming danger.

    When traffic is heavy, slow down below the posted speed limit because the dangers of collision are increased.More cars on the road mean more sources of possible danger.

    When the weather isn't good, slow down below the posted speed limit, and increase your following distance, because your vehicle will be harder to control.  Less control while steering, and less control when stopping.

    The risk of getting pulled over and ticketed is relatively minor when compared to the dangers of driving faster than conditions allow.  The effect high speed driving has on force of impact can be fatal.

    A 100 lb object moving at 30mph will hit a stationary object with 3000 lbs of force. At 60mph it becomes 12,100 lbs of force! 


    Always Maintain a Safe Following Distance


    Good Weather-During daylight with good, dry roads and low traffic volume, you can ensure you're a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you by following the "7 second rule." To determine the right following distance, first select a fixed object on the road ahead such as a sign, tree or overpass. When the vehicle ahead of you passes the object, slowly count "one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand." If you reach the object before completing the count to seven, you're following too closely. Making sure there are seven seconds gives you time and distance to respond to problems in the lane ahead of you.

    Inclement Weather, Heavy Traffic, or Night-Time Driving-In heavy traffic, at night, or when weather conditions are not ideal (eg. light rain, light fog, light snow), double the 7 second rule to 14 seconds, for added safety. 

  3. Proper Backing

    Apr 16

    Posted in Safety


    When you must back up remember:

    Look at Your Path –GOAL(Get Out And Look).

    Look at your line of travel before you begin. Get out and walk to the area you need to back into and around the vehicle. Check your clearance on the ground, to the sides, and overhead, in and near the path your vehicle.

    Roll down your windows.

    Put on your four-ways and tap your horn to signal your intentions.

    Use Mirrors on Both Sides.

    Check the outside mirrors on both sides frequently. Get out of the vehicle and re-inspect your path if you are unsure.

    Back Slowly.

    This will let you make corrections before you get too far off course. As soon as you see the trailer getting off the proper path, correct it by turning the top of the steering wheel in the direction of the drift.

    Pull Forward.

    When backing a trailer, make pull-ups to re-position your vehicle as needed.

    Safety should always be a top priority in backing, and the little time that it takes to GOAL is worth it. 


    Apr 15

    Posted in Safety



    When you see the railway crossing sign, slow down, be ready to stop and remember:

    Look both ways, even if there is no stop sign or signal that a train is coming.

    If there is a stop sign at the crossing, you must stop.  If a train is coming, you must stop at least 15 feet from the tracks.

    Even if there is no stop signal and no train is coming, passenger buses and trucks carrying flammable or dangerous materials must stop.

    Do not shift gears while crossing the tracks.

    If you are stopped at a crossing where there is more than one set of tracks, wait until you have a clear view in both directions before you start across.

    Trains cannot stop in time to miss vehicles.

    It is difficult to accurately judge the speed of a moving train.

    A crossbuck sign indicates the location of a train crossing and means you must yield to trains.

    If a gate is lowered, you may not proceed around it even if no train is visible.

    If the signal lights are flashing, you must stop.

    If you get stuck on the tracks, leave your vehicle immediately and notify the local law enforcement or railroad authorities.

    Never park your vehicle within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad. 

  5. Facts about Distracted Driving

    Traffic safety experts classify distractions into three main types:

    1. Manual distractions are those where you move your hands away from the task of controlling the vehicle.

    2. Visual distractions are those where you focus your eyes away from the road.

    3. A cognitive distraction is when you’re mind wanders away from the task of driving.

    Texting has such a bad reputation: it always involves all three types of distraction, all at once.

    The National Safety Council says that at least 28 percent of vehicle crashes are caused by texting and cell phone use.

    In a survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, over 90 percent of drivers recognized the danger from cell phone distractions and found it “unacceptable” that drivers text or send e-mail while driving. Nevertheless, 35 percent of these same people admitted to having read or sent a text message or e-mail while driving in the previous month. Two-thirds of the survey respondents admitted to talking on a cell phone.

    Super Service policy states you are not to be using a cell phone while driving, a blue tooth and/or hands free device is unacceptable. 

    A partial list of what counts as a distraction would include: using a cell phone or smart phone, including texting, eating and drinking, smoking, attending to or disciplining child passengers, grooming, reading, including maps, using a navigation system, watching a video, adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player or adjusting temperature controls. 

  6. Important Law goes into effect May 21, 2014

    If you’re an interstate CMV driver, you already need a valid medical certificate (med card) signed by a medical examiner.  You also need to get a copy of your most recent med card and the self certification form to the state you are licensed in.

    The only change is that after May 21, 2014, you’ll need to go to a Certified Medical Examiner for your medical certificate.If you’ve already got a current certificate, that certificate will be valid until its regular expiration date.

    Super Service will only use Certified Medical Examiners to perform medical exams.

    If you are due to renew your med card you will need to go through a doctor that Super Service has verified to be certified to perform the exam.

  7. Load Security

    Apr 12

    Posted in Safety


    Load Security


    Never discuss what your load is, where you picked it up, or where you are going with anyone. Do not talk about it over the CB, at the truck stop, rest area etc.

    Use padlocks on trailer doors if possible.

    Be certain to park in safe, populated, well lit locations.

    Park under a light, with your trailer backed against a fence, building or another Super Service vehicle whenever possible.

    Park where you can always maintain sight of your equipment.

    Lock your doors, take your keys and minimize your time away from the tractor.

    Never disconnect from your loaded trailer.


    If there is a theft immediately call the police and notify dispatch. Be prepared with information. When you pick up your load, write down your trailer #, plate #,trailer make and brief load information. Take it with you if you have to leave your tractor. In the event of a theft, any information you can give to the police will help.  


    Road Construction Ahead – SLOW DOWN!

    Experience truck drivers know there are 2 seasons – Winter Season and Construction Season.

    With spring in the air, orange cones are blooming just as much as the flowers.

    As the road construction season begins in earnest, and National Work Zone Awareness Week comes to an end (April 7th – 11th) we wish to remind drivers to slow down, pay attention, and drive safely in work zones.

    In 2012, 609 people died in highway work zone crashes. That's an increase of 19 fatalities from 2011, and it is 609 too many.  Nearly four in five victims were drivers or passengers. The number one factor was speed. 

  9. Spotlight on CSA Crash Indicator BASIC

    The Crash Indicator BASIC is one of seven categories that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) uses to determine how a motor carrier ranks relative to other carriers with a similar number of safety events (i.e., inspections, violations, or crashes). FMCSA defines the Crash Indicator BASIC as histories or patterns of high crash involvement, such as frequency and severity. It is based on information from State-reported crashes that meet reportable crash standards. A crash is not specifically a behavior but instead the consequence of a behavior or set of behaviors. The consequence of a behavior(s) can point to a problem that needs attention.

    Not having a violation in the other BASICS and following safe driving procedures is the first step in having a crash free record, and helping to improve the company’s CSA Score.

    Better CSA Scores improve our ratings with current customers and helps us gain new customers. More freight keeps your wheels rolling and gives opportunity to earn more dollars.

    Remember a clean inspection earns you a $50 bonus!

  10. Spotlight on CSA Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC

    Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC deals with the operation of commercial motor vehicles by drivers who are impaired due to alcohol, illegal drugs, and the misuse of prescription or over-the-counter medications. Some example roadside violations that may cause a motor carrier to rank poorly in this BASIC include a driver(s) failing an alcohol test, which indicates an alcohol level of .02 or greater, and operating under the influence of illegal drugs.

    Prohibited Drugs include but are not limited to: Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, Benzoylecgonine (Cocaine), Cannabinoids (Marijuana), Codeine, Hydromorphone (Dilaudids), Morphine (Heroin), Phencyclidine (PCP). If you’re taking a prescription drug, prescribed by a medical doctor, you need to tell him you have a CDL license and drive truck for a living. He is you best source of telling you what he has prescribed is prohibited or will not affect your CDL License.

    Making sure you are not under the influence before operating any vehicle is another step in having a violation free record, and helping to improve the company’s CSA Score.

    Better CSA Scores improve our ratings with current customers and helps us gain new customers.  More freight keeps your wheels rolling and gives opportunity to earn more dollars.

    Remember a clean inspection earns you a $50 bonus! 


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