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Avoid an HOS Violation
by Knowing & Obeying the Rules
Fines can really add up when serious Hours of Service or log falsification violations are discovered. Make sure you do not exceed your driving time.
Drivers who reach the hours of service limits must stop driving a commercial motor vehicle. “Driving time” means all time spent at the driving controls of a CMV in operation. This includes time spent in slow traffic, or traffic at a standstill, or other delays on impassable highways.
The concept of a “safe haven” only applies to drivers operating vehicles containing explosive materials, and affects when those drivers are eligible to be off duty (see Section 397.5 of the FMC Safety Regulations book). For all other drivers, there is no exception which says they can exceed the hours of service limits to reach a safe haven! In fact, the hours of service rules make no mention of safe havens.
It is incumbent on drivers to look for parking well before they reach their final minutes of allowed driving, if they do exceed their hours they are in violation and must note on their log the reason for exceeding their hours. They must then take the proper break period to be compliant to drive again.
Planning and good communication is essential. Don’t just accept a Pre-plan load assignment if you know you do not have the hours to legally run. Instead communicate with your DM and let them know what you can and cannot do. Pickup and delivery times may need to be adjusted or a repower of the load may be the best option.
If you run into delays, which will cause you to have to shut down before an appointment can legally be made, let your DM know as far in advance as possible. Drive Legal Always!
Safely Driving in the Rain
Make checking your wiper blades a part of your everyday inspection routine. If the blades are worn, replace them immediately. Even a few seconds in a heavy rain without wipers can result in a serious accident. Carry spares always.
Make sure your lights are ALWAYS ON when driving. Try to be as visible as possible to traffic around you.
Do not change lanes in heavy rain with reduced visibility caused by heavy rain or spray from the road. Maintain your lane no matter how slow traffic is in front of you.
Do not follow too close or make sudden lane changes. Do not slow down suddenly with your brakes as vehicles behind you in your tire spray may not be able to see your brake lights as they come on.
Turn on your defroster fans and mirror heaters as the inside of your cab glass and mirrors will quickly fog up, reducing your visibility.
Turn your radio off, as you do not need any distractions and you need to be able to hear any warning horns or sirens.
If the rain is too heavy, get off the road as soon as you safely can to avoid becoming involved in an accident.
Spring into Safer Driving
1. Spring showers bring May flowers - and wet driving conditions. Slow down on slick roads. Keep in mind that even a small amount of water can mix with oil and road dust to create slippery conditions.
2. Be sure your vehicle is ready for rain by replacing your windshield wipersat least once a year. Don’t drive faster than your wipers can clear water from the windshield.
3. Avoid driving through large puddles, which can impair your brakes, cloud your vision, or cause you to hydroplane and lose control of your vehicle. If you can’t avoid a puddle and find your vehicle hydroplaning, gently ease your foot off of the accelerator - do not brake.
4. Share the road. Warm weather brings motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians out on the roads. Be extra cautious around intersections and in residential communities.
5. Understand the impact of medications on driving. Over-the-counter allergy drugs can have side effects or interact with other medications to cause drowsiness or diminish your driving ability.
6. If possible, go around potholes. Potholes—an after-effect of winter weather—can hurt your tires or throw your car’s front end out of alignment. If you can’t avoid a pothole, try to slow down, as the damage can be costly to fix.
7. Keep your tires properly inflated. Doing so can reduce damage from potholes, uneven pavement, and other road hazards.
Trash in your truck?
Garbage in your truck can draw attention to the vehicle and can create an appearance which is less than wholesome.
DOT officers will often choose to conduct an inspection based on the amount of trash they see in the cab or through the window of a truck.
Garbage in the truck poses a hazard while driving as it creates a distraction. Trash can roll under the pedals which can cause an accident if a driver is unable to operate the pedals. If you ride with the windows down, trash can fly out of window posing a hazard for all drivers on the road. In some states, this can lead to a fine for littering.
Keeping the tractor clean is important for a driver’s general health and well-being. Too much trash or trash left for extended periods of time leads to an unsanitary environment, illnesses and other health issues.
In some states, such as South Carolina, it’s unlawful to store trash in your vehicle, specifically to “place, leave, dump or permit to accumulate any garbage, rubbish or trash in any building, vehicle and their surrounding areas …” Though it is a traffic ordinance, the violation is more a health code violation. You can get fined and jail time for the offense.
Trash in your vehicle can attract pests (bugs, rats, other animals) posing additional hazards.
Every time you fuel up, clean up.
Don’t Barrel Through WORK ZONES!
Protect men and women on the job, yourself and others while traveling through work zones.
Workers killed in work-zone crashes annually is over 100. Over 20,000 are injured!
80% of driver and passenger deaths occur in work zone crashes.
A crash happens every 14 minutes in work zones.
The most common work zone crash is the rear-end collision.
Slow down, pay attention, obey the signs and flaggers, allow enough driving cushion for reaction time to suddenly stopping traffic ahead.
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The February 2017 edition of the Super Service Newsletter is now available!
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