Credentials – have you checked?
PERMIT ALERT- Please make sure you get your new 2016 -2017 Hazardous Material Pipeline Registration Permit in your permit book by July 1, 2016.
Drivers are responsible for making sure all their credentials, the truck’s credentials, and the trailer’s credentials are in order. Driver’s License current, med card current (has the self-certification for the licensed state been done?), permit book current, registration current, DOT Quick Reference cards in permit book, emergency response guidebook within arm’s reach of the driver’s seat, blank log book on hand.
Plate on the vehicle (does it match the registration, and does the registration match the VIN# for the vehicle?), all required stickers current and in place, IFTA, HUT, and Annual Inspection(current?).
If you are missing any current permits, registrations, insurance card, etc. - they are available at all terminals or can be faxed to you by your DM.
Driving Tips for Traffic Jams
Make smart driving decisions:
°Avoid aggressive driving and weaving from lane to lane.
°Keep a safe distance — at least 7 seconds — between you and the vehicle ahead of you. This will help you avoid frequent braking and rear-end collisions.
°Watch the traffic ahead closely. When vehicles in front brake, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down gradually before you brake. Be cautious not to brake abruptly.
°Stay focused. Keep your mind on driving by avoiding distractions such as eating or using your cell phone.
Follow driving fundamentals:
°Use your blinkers when changing lanes or merging. Most state laws require activating blinkers at least 100 feet before merging or turning, but some states require at least 200 feet.
°Use your mirrors to monitor the areas around your vehicle. Perform head checks to check your blind spots before changing lanes or merging.
°Use the length of the acceleration lane to merge safely into traffic.
Be responsible with technology, and plan ahead. Before you start your trip, check traffic apps on your phone or listen to radio reports to avoid congested areas. Use your motor carrier’s road atlas to map out your route. If you’re worried about encountering heavy traffic during your commute, take time before you leave to map out an alternate route if needed.
Drain Your Air Tanks
Recently we have had several issues due to drivers not draining their air tanks. This should be done every day to avoid moisture build up in your air tanks which can hinder proper brake operation.
Always release any moisture build up manually from the tanks on both your tractor and trailer as part of your post-trip inspection to insure safe operation of your air brakes. This is done by pulling the release lines (most tractors) or manually turning a petcock valve (most trailers). The trailer tank is located under the trailer near the axles.
The best practice is to empty your air tanks during your post trip; during colder weather this will help insure the moistureand debris doesn’t freeze inside the tank or airlines during your break.
Back Like a Pro
One of the dangers of driving in general,and commercial vehicles in particular,is letting good driving habits fade into bad habits.
Basic safe backing precaution requires getting out of the vehicle to ensure the path is clear but is repeated multiple times a day or a week. This repetition often reveals no hazards to avoid. As a result it becomes easier to assume it is unlikely the path of the vehicle as you back will encounter another object. But a professional driver knows this is usually when a collision occurs. Don’t drive like an amateur, be a pro, be prepared and alert.
Follow the fundamental rulesof safe backing; if it isn’t necessary, don’t back; if you must back,always Get Out And Look!
Improve your Odds by Slowing Down
Traveling 65 mph in a 55 mph zone increases your odds of being in a crash by 31%. Speeding almost always increases liability in a crash situation. Observe reduced speeds in school, construction and hospital zones. Remember, as a professional driver the expectations are high but you are the person who may suffer the unfortunate consequences.
Speed limits posted on curve warning signs are intended for passenger vehicles, not large trucks. Large trucks should reduce their speed even further. Studies have shown large trucks entering a curve, even at the posted speed limit, have lost control and rolled over due to their high center of gravity.
Lower speed and a minimum of 7 seconds following distance gives you the time to see ahead and the ability to adjust to adverse conditions as they develop.
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