CELL PHONE AND BLUETOOTHS
Texting, the use of a computer, or any other electronic device requiring you to take your eyes off the road is a highly dangerous practice while driving. It is against company policy and DOT regulations to use these devices while driving a commercial vehicle.
Using a Bluetooth on your cell phone does NOT improve your concentration while driving. The idea Bluetooth’s are safer than handheld is a myth. The Bluetooth will result in you not paying attention to the road or the phone call, meaning you will do neither very well. Therefore, use of the phone while driving should be limited to an emergency situation.
A driver’s response to sudden hazards, such as another driver’s behavior, weather conditions, work zones, animals or objects in the roadway, often is the critical factor between a crash and a near-crash. When the brain is experiencing an increased workload, information processing slows and a driver is much less likely to respond to unexpected hazards in time to avoid a crash.
It is always safer to wait until you are stopped; then call someone when they will have your UNDIVIDED attention.
When behind the wheel, the only task the brain should be concerned with is DRIVING!
SPRING IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER
Spring means increased enforcement and more inspections. Be PREPARED! Check your permit book, IFTA stickers, Registration and permits.
Reduce speed, increase following distance and be alert of tourists who do not know where they are going.
WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL DRIVERS cited for not having current IFTA stickers on their tractor. A citation can be in the $100's. Don't get caught, have the shop put your IFTA stickers on your truck; also make sure all your permits are up to date (bring your permit book to a member of the Safety Dept.).
Always make sure it is clear when going through an intersection or across railroad tracks.
C=Caution - use it when approaching.
L=Look – left-right-left before proceeding.
E=Enter – the intersection or start across the railroad tracks after everything is clear.
A=Anticipate – others will not stop or see you.
R=Remember – you are the trained professional.
Too many drivers receive violations for driving on a restricted route. Mainly because they relied on GPS, didn’t understand restrictions signs, or just ignored them. Do you use a Motor Carrier Road Atlas? Do you send in Macro 8’s and make phone calls to verify your routes?
You drive an STAA classified vehicle. Some roads restrict STAA vehicles (example KY-151 off of I64).
You are in a Class 8 Truck. If the road restricts to 7 or less, don’t be on it.
The length of a tractor (with sleeper berth) + a 53’ trailer ranges from 72’ to 75’.
The standard height of a trailer is 13’ 6”. If the underpass has a clearance sign of 13’ 6” or more, you still may not clear it. Slow down, if necessary put your 4-ways on to verify you will clear. The road may have been recently paved, there could be a problem with air bag inflation, uneven trailer loads, etc. The height can be as much as 13’10”.
The standard width is 102” (same as 8’ 6”). If the sign restricts less, don’t be on it!
Bridge Laws (distance from king pin to trailer tandems) vary from state to state. Generally the length cannot be less than 37’ or more than 41’ (check the bridge law for each state you will travel through and set to the strictest allowance, some states allow to the center of the rear axle, others to the center of the rear axle group…KNOW THE DIFFERENCE!).
Axle weights: Steers 12000 lbs or less, the drives and tandems no more than 34000 lbs. Maximum gross 80,000 lbs (= 40 tons). Did you know 2000 pounds = 1 ton? Axle weights are NOT the same as Bridge Laws, you must be compliant with both.
Obey the restriction signs. Never rely on a GPS to keep you outof trouble.
Close doesn’t count when it comes to being compliant.
Is your monthly online training complete?
Super Service utilizes an online training program to meet required on-going training regulations, reduce incidents, accidents, and create a safer working environment. Also it is part of the monthly P3 bonus program.
Training and testing can be completed 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. Then click “Classroom”.
Everyone should take the time to complete the online training each month. If you haven’t gone to the online training before you may have some catching up to do. Each training module takes an average of 5-7 minutes to complete.