THE MERITS OF ONE LANE TRUCKING
“Stay in your lane.” Translation: It’s normally in your best interest to maintain a single lane of travel until you come to a stop. What could force you to leave your lane? Reasons under your control may be the fact you are traveling too fast for conditions or lose control due to slick roads, loss of vision, cargo shifts, wind, tire failure or mechanic failure. Or maybe you are fatigued.
Other reasons for leaving your lane may not be under your control — for example, the driver of a car intentionally cutting you off or being negligently out of control, or an animal hitting your truck. Whatever the situation, you are in a better position and will likely do less harm to yourself and others and create less property damage if you maintain a single lane of travel during any incident.
There may be exceptions, but the general rule is this: You are required to always have your vehicle under control.
Fan Blades, Belts, Hoses and Fluids
When doing your pre-trip inspections are you checking your engine fan blades, belts and hoses?
Check your engine fan – make sure there are no broken or missing fins.
Check your clutch hub for any side to side wobble.
Check all the belts around the hub. Check the rest of the belts. There should be no more than ¾ inch of play; no wear or cracks in belts. Check the belts to see if they are glazed or shiny.
Check the hoses for leaks. Check that all the clamps are in place and the hoses are properly supported.
Check fluid levels to be sure they are up to the line on the sight glass.
Report any issues to breakdown and your DM for further instructions.
When you are in an accident and not seriously hurt, you need to act to prevent further damage or injury. The basic steps to be taken at any accident are:
1. Protect the Area: The first thing to do at an accident scene is to keep another accident from happening at the same spot.
- If your vehicle is involved in the accident, try to get it to the side of the road. This will help prevent another accident and allow traffic to move.
- Put on your flashers. Set out reflective triangles to warn other traffic. Make sure they can be seen by other drivers in time for them to avoid the accident.
2. Notify Authorities: Call 911. Send a Macro 60 over the Qualcomm. If unable to call for help, wait until after the accident scene has been properly protected, then phone or send someone to phone the police. Try to determine where you are so you can give the exact location.
3. Assist the Injured: If a qualified person is at the accident and helping the injured, stay out of the way unless asked to assist. Otherwise, do the best you can to help any injured parties:
- You should absolutely never move an injured person unless you are qualified to do so or the person's life is in immediate danger due to fire or passing traffic.
- Stop heavy bleeding by applying direct pressure to the wound.
- Keep the injured person warm.
The best thing you can do is protect and secure the accident scene and wait until professional help arrives.
This is a single arm tan caused by a large amount of time driving with the sun only reaching the left arm. While a trucker tan is not preferable, more serious problems can be caused by frequent exposure to UV rays.
Skin cancer is one of the more serious dangers of the sun. Approximately one in five American’s will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point during their lifetime, with the majority of these instances caused by sun exposure.
In order to prevent skin cancers caused by sun exposure, individuals can apply UV blocking products such as sunscreens and sun sleeves. Sunscreen has been proven to be an effective method of preventing squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma, however, little evidence exists for the prevention of basal cell carcinoma. Sun sleeves are essentially UV blocking sleeves individuals, such as truckers, can pull on and provide 50+ ultraviolet protection factor (UPF). A regular white tee shirt will only provide 10-15 UPF. Avoiding sun burning, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding sun exposure, especially during peak periods of UV exposure, such as midday, can significantly lower the risk of damage to the skin. Sun damage is not limited to cancer, with other damage including wrinkles, uneven or splotchy skin tone, freckles, solar lentiginous age spots, and actinic keratosis which is an early sign of skin cancer. UV index forecasts for each day can be monitored allowing for extra precautions to be taken on days where high sun intensity is expected.
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Don’t Squeeze the Lemon!
(Don’t race through a yellow light!)
A yellow light at an intersection should last long enough that a vehicle traveling at the posted speed can either:
Apply the brakes and comfortably and safely decelerate to a stop prior to reaching the front of the intersection
Maintain the same speed and safely clear the intersection.
Professional truck drivers make sure they have at least 7 seconds of following distance and are looking at least 15 seconds ahead to plan for their future, this includes the practice of pacing the traffic lights and scanning every intersection.
The July 2017 edition of the Super Service Newsletter is now available!
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