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  1. Safe Driving in the Fog

    Oct 08

    Posted in Safety

    Safe Driving in the Fog

    As cooler weather begins, driving becomes more precarious as issues with fog become more prevalent. Keep the following in mind when driving in foggy weather to keep yourself and others safe:

    -Drive with your lights on LOW beam. High beams will reflect off the fog, creating a “white wall” effect.

    -Reduce your speed and watch your speedometer. Fog creates a visual illusion of slow motion when you may actually be speeding.

    -Avoid crossing traffic lanes.

    -Travel with the driver’s window partially open and listen for traffic.

    -Use your four-ways to help insure others see you.

    -If your vehicle is disabled, pull well onto the shoulder, put out your triangles and turn off lights. Move away from your vehicle.

    -Consider postponing driving until the fog lifts.

  2. When in Doubt Check It Out – GOAL

    Of all driving safety tips, this is one of the most important and too often ignored by truckers.  When delivering, especially to a new customer, find a place to park safely, leave your rig for 5 minutes and scope out the place. Shippers will too often say, 'Oh, we have trucks in here all the time, it's ok'.  

    Check for yourself. Many times a truck can get trapped in a place and unable to turn around or the docking facility isn't suitable for big rigs. This way, you'll see obstacles which may be in your way, such as fire hydrants, posts, ditches, overhangs, etc. Take a mental picture of the area. If you just drive in, you will NOT see the hazards.

    A large percentage of big rig accidents happen when backing up. Accidents are costly for everyone, and can seriously impair your driving record. Before backing, always Get Out And Look; and if you start to doubt, stop and check it out by GOAL again!

  3. Keys to Safe City Driving

    1.Understand Traffic Waves – When you understand what traffic waves are, you can easily dissolve them.

    2.Prevent Traffic Jams – By understanding what causes traffic jams, you can actually prevent them.

    3.Stay Calm – It’s easy to stay calm during stressful traffic situations, when you understand what makes you stressful.

    4.Do the Math –Only a few seconds can possibly be saved while driving in a city, so it is therefore pointless to try to hurry.

    5.Plan Ahead – Plan out your route and verify directions before you start driving; don’t reply strictly on your GPS.

    6.Be Predictable – Sudden movements cause accidents. Steady, predictable movements give others a chance to react.

    7.Time Traffic Lights – Timing traffic lights so that you don’t have to stop, will reduce stress and equipment wear.

    8.Expect the Expected – Getting cut-off is so commonplace now, you should really be expecting it.

    9.Compensate for the Ignorant – Take pride in the fact you are one of the few who gets it. Then, you will feel sorry for ignorant drivers, instead of getting mad at them.

    10.Maintain – Safe Speed, Safe Following Distance, Mirror Checks, Looking Ahead at least 15 seconds, Checking Intersections, and good use of turn signals will help maintain a circle of safety.

  4. The HERO count to ZERO

    Oct 05

    Posted in Safety

    The HERO count to ZERO

    Bad driving habits often develop slowly over time as good habits deteriorate. If you want to find out if you are as good a driver as you used to be try this; count how many times during a single day or week you follow too close, slam on the brakes, fail to signal or cut someone off at an entry/exit ramp. No matter what the total, the goal should be to become ZERO.

  5. TIRES

    Oct 04

    Posted in Safety


    Are the tires on your vehicle in good condition, free of leaks and cracks and do they have the proper tread depth and tire size? Required DOT tread depth for tires is 4/32 minimum for steering axles and 2/32 minimum for rear axle and trailer tires.

    Be sure that all tires are the same size on the vehicle. Tires must not have cuts, bulges or loose recaps and must be properly inflated with no audible leaks or any other defects that would affect the safe operation of the tires.

    Any commercial vehicle with defective tires noted during an inspection should not be driven until all defects are addressed and eliminated. Tire defects and violations also carry a higher severity weight rating (8) and can adversely affect your and your employer’s DOT safety measurement system scores. Tire out-of-service violations? You can tack on a couple more points.

  6. FALL – Helpful Tip

    Oct 03

    Posted in Safety

    FALL – Helpful Tip

    When driving, be aware of slippery conditions. Roads that are leaf-covered and wet can cause you to lose of control of your vehicle.

    Slow down and maintain control.

  7. The October 2015 edition of the Super Service Newletter is now available!

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  8. Changing Weather

    Oct 02

    Posted in Safety

    Changing Weather is often nature’s way of telling you winter is on its way. When you’re uncomfortable, you’re more at risk of committing mistakes and having accidents. The best you can do is prepare for this phenomenon.

    • Layer clothing so you can create air pockets that help retain body heat.
    • Wear at least three layers to keep yourself warm. It’s best to have nylon for the outer layer (to break the wind), down or wool for the middle layer (to absorb sweat) and cotton or synthetic weave for the inner layer (to allow ventilation).
    • Prepare garments that can protect or cover your head, feet, hands and face.
    • When heaters are used in confined spaces, special care shall be taken to provide sufficient ventilation. Keep combustible items away from the heater.
    • Inspect controls of all heaters. Repair or replace immediately if any damage has occurred.
    • Always make sure a fully charged, properly secured fire extinguisher is readily available.

  9. October is Fire Safety Awareness Month

    Teach your children what to do if the house is on fire, such as the stop, drop and roll technique. Create a safety plan for your family and have multiple evacuation plans ready. This is also a good time to have anti-fire features added to your home; install fireproof shingles and a fire extinguisher and purchase fireproof safes to store your valuable belongings.

    At home and in your vehicles check to make sure there are no frayed or exposed wires. Unplug devices that are not in use. Check to make sure your fire extinguisher is fully charged and properly secured. Make sure that there is nothing on, near, or around heating units. No open flames should be left unattended and are prohibited in Super Service Equipment (candles, Incense, etc).

  10. Seat Belts Save Lives

    Sep 30

    Posted in Safety

    Seat Belts Save Lives

    Worn properly, they prevent you from being thrown around the inside of a crashing vehicle or, worse, thrown through the windshield and flung completely out of the vehicle. Statistics reveal that more than half of all accident fatalities were people who weren't using seat belts. The numbers are much scarier for young drivers and passengers: A staggering 70 percent of fatal crash victims between the ages of 13 and 15 weren't wearing seat belts.

    In the overwhelming majority of car crashes, you have a greater chance of surviving a crash if you're wearing a seat belt.

    Even a low-speed crash can send an unbelted person careening into the dashboard or side window, resulting in severe head injuries or broken bones. At higher speeds, the possible fates of the unbelted occupant are gruesome: severe lacerations from being propelled through the windshield; struck by other cars because you landed on the road; slammed into a tree or a house at 50 mph. Sound scary? Then buckle up.

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