1. Avoid Being Boxed In

    Jul 19

    Posted in Safety

    Avoid Being Boxed In

    Guard your safety by actively creating space around your vehicle, never allowing yourself to get "boxed in." Adequate space creates time to make decisions and helps you avoid collisions. Maintain at LEAST seven seconds of following distance, more if you can. You should be able to see a minimum of 15 seconds ahead of your vehicle. Check your mirrors every 3-5 seconds to maintain 360 degrees of awareness.

    Adjust your position in traffic as necessary to avoid driving in other’s blind areas.

    Don't allow yourself to be tailgated—adjust your speed or change lanes to encourage tailgaters to pass you.

  2. PrePass and Weigh Stations

    About a mile before a PrePass-equipped weigh station, a PrePass truck is identified through communication between the in-cab transponder and the Advanced Vehicle Identification (AVI) reader.

    The PrePass system automatically checks the truck’s safety and credential clearance status.

    Based on the truck’s clearance status, the PrePass system sends a signal to the truck’s transponder, which notifies the driver of the screening result both visually and audibly. A green light indicates a bypass and a red light indicates that the driver must pull into the weigh station.

    To help maintain system integrity, some PrePass trucks are randomly selected and receive a red light, requiring them to pull into the weigh station where a carrier’s compliance can be confirmed.

    A truck’s bypass screening signal will continue to flash for approximately 15 minutes after passing the weigh station. This valuable feature provides confirmation of the vehicle’s bypass status for both the driver and enforcement.

    If no light comes on and there is an open weigh station, the driver should enter the weigh station. 

  3. 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.


  4. Do you know the consequences?

    Driving decisions are often affected by outside influences that cause a shift of focus away from the driving task.

    Glancing down at a cell phone or other device for even a few seconds is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field blindfolded.

    Remember, the consequences could be permanent.





  5. What activities must be counted towards time spent on duty?

    1.Time at an employer/shipper plant, terminal, facility or other property waiting to be dispatched, unless the driver has been relieved of duty by the employer.

    2.Time inspecting equipment (Super Service feels a quality Pre-Trip Inspection should last a 30-45 minutes).

    3.Time spent at the driving controls of a commercial vehicle (logged as On Duty Driving).

    4.Time loading/unloading a vehicle and supervising or assisting in the loading/unloading, time attending a vehicle being loaded/unloaded, time while remaining in readiness to operate a commercial vehicle or time spent giving/receiving receipts for shipments loaded/unloaded.

    5.Time repairing, obtaining assistance for or remaining in attendance of a disabled vehicle.

    6.Any time spent completing paper work or other work related activities.

    7.Time spent dealing with an officer of the law, or DOT official when pulled over while traveling or stopped at an official location for inspection.

  6. Hours of Service

    Jul 14

    Posted in Safety

    Hours of Service

    The basics:Everything you enter on the log must be true, correct and in your own words (unless something has been Preprinted/or canned remark on the log). The driver must account for every day on the log, even days off, and use the time zone in effect at your home terminal.

    Driving duty limits:Regulated drivers may not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty following 10 consecutive hours off duty, and an 11-hour driving limit a day after 10 consecutive hours off duty over either the 70-hour/8-day duty limits.

    Breaks:Drivers may drive a CMV only if 8 hours or less have passed since the end of the driver’s last off-duty or sleeper-berth period of at least 30 minutes. FMCSA did not specify when drivers must take the 30-minute break, but the rule requires they wait no longer than 8 hours after the last off-duty or sleeper-berth period to take the break. At the end of the day the driver should perform a Post-trip Inspection and then take a minimum 10 consecutive hour break consisting of a minimum 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth.

  7. Driver’s Daily Checklist

    √ Log Legal

    √ Pre-Trip, Enroute, and Post Trip Inspect every day

    √ Drive Safely

    √ Tire Check & Walk Around every 150 miles or 3 hours (whichever comes first)

    √ Assure you and the equipment are in good, working condition

    √ Keep a safe following distance

    √ Keep a safe speed

    √ Obey all posted traffic signs

    √ Never assume, always anticipate

    √ Be a professional day in and day out