Make Sure Your “Big Wheels Keep On Turnin’”
Your wheels support the tires and attach the tires to the axles. The rims and lug nuts do the heavy lifting while your hub oil makes sure those wheels keep turning. Forty tons of truck is supported by those 18 wheels, making them a vital part of your inspections. If you have equipment issues while driving, you can pull over and get hold of Emergency Road Support…But you need your wheels to pull over! This makes your wheels the most basic safety feature needed to operate the truck, a feature you will always need to count on. Make sure they are up to the task. During a pre-trip, enroute, or post trip inspection always:
- Make sure the wheels and rims are not bent or cracked.
- Look for rust or oil streaks across the rim. If there is rust then you have loose lug nuts (water is pulling rust from the threads).
- Make sure you are not missing any lug nuts and they are secure. Remember, just because a tire has been replaced recently does not mean the lug nuts are secure.
- If you see oil streaks on the rims your hubs are leaking oil.
- Check your hubs oil level. A glove covered hand placed on the hub, if it’s hot to the touch; there a problem.
- Hubs with a rubber seal that are coated with dirt and grease indicates no one has opened it up in a long time, so do so promptly.
- Check the tires inside and out for: cuts or bulges, uneven tread wear, 100 psi (110 psi on super singles), at least 4/32” of tread remaining on steers and at least 2/32” tread remaining on all other tires.
Report issues immediately. Never move the truck until you are confident it’s wheels will pull their weight!
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Your Tires Should Only Travel the Path Seen By Your Eyes
One of the dangers of driving any vehicle 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 and 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 unlikely you will encounter another object. But a professional driver knows collisions usually occur while backing up. Don’t drive like an amateur; be a pro. Be prepared and alert and follow basic backing procedures.
Be sure you begin the backing maneuver by avoiding blind side backing. If needed, you should go around and re-position your tractor-trailer unit. Having your mirrors aligned and in good condition will increase your visible line of sight. Remember, it is the responsibility of the driver to ensure to back safely at all times whether using an assistant or not.
Drivers can prevent accidents by giving "right-of-way" until it is apparent that right-of-way is being given by the other driver.
Generally the driver who arrives last gives right-of-way to those who were already there. You give right-of-way when entering traffic. You give right-of-way when turning left in front of approaching traffic. You give right-of-way when changing lanes. You move into your intended path or direction only after you are assured you will not conflict with other traffic.
Do not force other drivers to brake or steer because of your obstructive maneuver into their path.
Assume other drivers will not see you and avoid you when you maneuver into their path.
Assume other drivers may take your right-of-way because they think you are a slower vehicle, and do not realize how long it takes to stop 80,000 lbs.
Move into your intended path or direction only after you are assured you will not conflict with other traffic.
Spring is here and with the arrival of warmer weather we also need to have increased awareness for pedestrians and others out enjoying the new season.
It’s the time of year when the kids are out playing, people are out walking, riding motorcycles, bicycles, and general spring outdoor activities.
Make sure the crosswalksand intersections are clear of pedestrians or bicyclists. Use extra caution when traveling near schools, parks and playgrounds.
Safe Driving: Visibility
It can be very difficult to see objects through a dirty windshield or mirror.
Work to keep the equipment windshield, side windows and mirrors clean so as not to hinder visibility.
Similarly, since you want to be seen by others, the surfaces of lights on your tractor and trailer -- as well as reflective strips -- need to be cleaned as often as necessary.
Regarding the phrase "see and be seen", drivers should have their lights on whenever the truck is moving. Use your high beams when you have adequate distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you, and there are no approaching vehicles. If you are being blinded by high beams from an approaching vehicle, look to the right to keep your vehicle on the road and do not flash your high beams creating temporary blindness to both you and the other driver. **Note: do not use high beams in fog-the light will reflect off the fog and make it harder for you to see the road ahead.
Also, never out-drive your headlights and always be prepared to slow or stop.
Flashers should be used whenever you encounter a sudden slowdown in the normal speed of traffic or when you are traveling at speeds under the limit, such as might occur if you are pulling a heavy load up a steep hill.
Clean and wear whatever corrective lenses (contacts or glasses) have been prescribed to you. Consider the use of polarized sunglasses to reduce glare.
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