IT’S NOT A RACE! CREATE SPACE!
Whenever you follow another vehicle, you need enough space to stop safely if the other vehicle brakes suddenly.
A safe following distance for trucks is at least 7 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you.
Follow the 7-second rule by picking a marker on the road ahead, such as a road sign or pole. When the rear of the vehicle ahead passes the marker, count "one thousand one, one thousand two". When the front of your vehicle reaches the marker, stop counting. If you reach it before you count "one thousand seven," you are following too closely.
Leave more than a 7-second distance in bad weather and when following large vehicles that block your view of the road ahead.
Leave more space when your vehicle is heavily loaded.
Leave more space when following smaller, lighter vehicles, such as motorcycles, that can stop more quickly than you.
Check Your Bunk Heater
Cooler days and colder nights are fast approaching. Now is a good time to make sure your bunk heater is fully operational.
Additionally check to make sure that you take the necessary steps to remove items on top of the heater and avoid blocking the vents or ducting with containers, tools, clothing or other items.
Your heater produces 7500 BTU of heat and anything blocking could cause damage and possible fire. Usually an overheat shutdown will occur if there is a restriction of the heating air flow and the unit will shut down.
A similar situation can occur if the combustion intake or exhaust pipes under the truck are crushed or become blocked with debris, snow, or ice.
Suspension System Defects
The suspension system holds up the vehicle and its load. It keeps the axles in place. Therefore, broken suspension parts can be extremely dangerous. Always check the suspension system during your inspections and report any defects to breakdown.
- Spring hangers which allow movement of axle from proper position.
- Cracked or broken spring hangers.
- Missing or broken leaves in any leaf spring. If one-fourth or more are missing, it will put the vehicle "out of service", but any defect could be dangerous.
- Broken leaves in a multi-leaf spring or leaves which have shifted so they might hit a tire or other part.
- Leaking shock absorbers.
- Torque rod or arm, u-bolts, spring hangers, or other axle positioning parts that are cracked, damaged, or missing.
- Air bag systems which are damaged and/or leaking.
- Any loose, cracked, broken, or missing frame members.
When you are approaching an emergency, help or disabled vehicle on the side or shoulder of the road, move over. It shows you are a safe and courteous driver and it is the law in all 50 states. If you are unable to safely move over before reaching the stopped vehicle, put your emergency flashers on, slow down and be prepared to stop if needed.
FLU SEASON APPROACHES
Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. The “seasonal flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating in the population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal-spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and lessen the chance you will spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread throughout the community.
The September 2014 edition of the Super Service Newletter is now available!
Super Service utilizes an online training program to meet required on-going training regulations, reduce incidents, accidents, and create a safer working environment.Also starting next quarter it will be part of the assessment for quarterly bonuses.
Training and testing can be completed in just minutes using any Smart Phone, Tablet or Computer with Internet connection.
The website for online training is http://superservicellc.infinit-i.net. Once the website loads, click the “Training Center” link.
You can logon using your Driver Code and a password provided by your DM.
Everyone is required to take some online training each month, so if you haven’t done gone to the online training before you may have some catching up to do. Each training module takes an average of 5 minutes to complete.
“When you’re green you’re growing; when you’re ripe you rot”.
Are You Eating a Crash Diet?
If you are eating in your vehicle while driving, you are focusing on your food and not on your driving. You are not only chewing and swallowing; you are also opening packages, unwrapping and re-wrapping food, reaching, leaning, spilling, wiping, and cleaning yourself or your vehicle. These are quite a number of distractions for one driver on one trip. You are safer when you stop to eat or drink. Allow yourself plenty of time to stop, rest from driving, and enjoy your meal.
Safe Drivers do not Dashboard Dine!!!
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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 14-20, is when America takes the time to honor all professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs.
A special THANK YOU to all our drivers here at Super Service LLC along with the 3.2 million professional men and women for delivering safely, securely and on time, and also keeping our highways safe.
Avoid Fatigue Driving
The 8, 11, 14, and 70 hour rules are in place to help prevent fatigue driving. Driving Beyond the Legal Hours of Service is an Ingredient to an Unhealthy Recipe!
13% of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers were considered to have been fatigued at the time of their crash.
TIP # 1: GET ENOUGH SLEEP BEFORE GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL.
TIP # 2: MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET.
TIP # 3: TAKE A NAP. Did you know? Short naps are more effective at restoring energy levels than coffee.
TIP # 4: AVOID MEDICATION THAT MAY INDUCE DROWSINESS.
TIP # 5: RECOGNIZE THE SIGNALS AND DANGERS OF DROWSINESS: frequent yawning, heavy eyes, and blurred vision.
TIP # 6: DO NOT RELY ON “ALERTNESS TRICKS” TO KEEP YOU AWAKE. The only cure for fatigue is sleep!
TIP # 7: NOTIFY DISPATCH IMMEDIATELY IF YOU ARE UNFIT TO DRIVE.
No Load is worth a life, better late than never!