1. Hours of Service

    Oct 19

    Posted in Safety

    Hours of Service

    Everything you enter on the log must be true & correct, and account for every day, even days off. The logs must be approved each day.

    Driving duty limits:Drivers may not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour, nor exceed 11-hour driving limit within the 14 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty. Drivers may not drive once they reach 70-hours in a 8-day period.  

    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. When on a 10 hour break, a minimum 8 consecutive hours must be logged in the sleeper berth.

    In order to get the 70-hour/8-day period availability, a minimum 34 hour break must be taken (the truck should not be operated).

    ON Duty Functions: After a 10 hour or 34 hour DOT Break a driver must complete a Pre-Trip Inspection before operating the equipment; this needs to be at least 15min.  All ON Duty functions must also be logged as they happen including: fueling, scaling, loading, unloading, drop & hook, DOT Inspection, tire check, etc. 

    Before going on a DOT Break, a minimum 15min. Post Trip must be completed along with a VIR report.

    LOAD Information:For E-logs go to the LOAD Tab and enter: Load ID#, End Date of load, BOL#, Trailer#. This must be up-to-date and edited as necessary.

  2. Backing Safely

    Oct 18

    Posted in Safety

    Backing Safely

    Before you begin backing, set the brakes and GET OUT AND LOOK – GOAL.

    When backing use your flashers. Put warning flashers on before shifting into reverse. Periodically tap on your city horn. Keep the windows open and the radio off so you’ll hear any noises.

    If you are using a spotter make sure you and the helper are in a position so you can see each other at all times. If youlose sight of them, STOP!

  3. Don’t Let Mountain Driving Turn Into a Rocky Experience

    Mountain driving poses such hazards as steep hills, changing weather, wildlife and rocks in the roadway.  Follow these tips to stay safe:

    • All lights should be on for safety -  day or night. Use your four-ways to alert other drivers you are below the speed limit.
    • While traveling up steep roadways stay in the right lane to allow other vehicles to pass. If you must, pull off the road at the first place you may do so safely.
    • Pay special attention to speed limit signs and warning signs, such as those warning of curves, steep hills or other hazards. 
    • Watch for bicyclists near the right side of the road.
    • Use a lower gear to control speeds while going up or down long, steep hills. 
    • Always yield to vehicles going uphill if you are traveling downhill on a narrow road. 
    • Never coast downhill by shifting into neutral or disengaging the clutch.

  4. Semi-Truck Speeding Risks

    Most speeders are more concerned about getting a traffic ticket than being involved in an accident. Consequently, many people may not understand why a speeding semi-truck poses such a high risk of injury. Semi-trucks are built much differently than smaller vehicles and can weigh as much as 20 to 30 times as much as most passenger vehicles on the road. Some of the reasons a speeding semi-truck is particularly dangerous are:

    -Significantly increased stopping distances: It is much more difficult to stop a moving truck than it is a smaller vehicle. When a truck travels in excess of the speed limit, it can have an adverse effect on the trucks ability to stop and avoid obstacles or other vehicles in its path, thereby increasing the risk of an accident.

    -Truck tires are not made for excessive speed: All vehicles have limits as to how fast they can safely travel. Most large truck tires are not designed to travel in excess of 75 miles-per-hour. When trucks speed, therefore, it can significantly increase the risk of tire blowouts and wrecks.

    -Increased difficulty controlling the vehicle: Speeding makes vehicles harder to control. Not only do drivers have less time to react to road conditions and unexpected situations, a quickly moving vehicle is often harder to turn and may become less maneuverable at high speed.

    -Increase rollover or jackknife risk: Semi-trucks are at risk for rollover accidents due to their relatively high center of gravity. In addition, because of the coupling device between the cab and the trailer, semi-trucks are also at risk for jackknife accidents. High speeds increase the risk of both of these kinds of accidents.

  5. Under-Inflated Tires Can Be Costly

    Vehicles with under-inflated tires can exhibit handling problems and contribute to crashes resulting in fatalities and serious injuries. Under-inflated tires impact a driver’s ability to control a vehicle against skidding, blowouts, and other tire failures. While not a leading cause of highway accidents and fatalities, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study shows under-inflated tires contribute to approximately 250 fatalities and 23,500 injuries per year. 

    Further, the fuel economy of vehicles driving on under-inflated tires is lower. The Department of Energy estimated waste of about 1.2 billion gallons of fuel per year as a result of driving on under-inflated tires.

    A decrease in tire pressure can be caused by poor maintenance, driving habits, punctures, road conditions, and the quality of material used in tire construction. According to tire experts, under normal driving conditions, air-filled tires can lose from 1 to 12 psi per month as air permeates the tires.

    Please check the air pressure in your tires with a quality tire gauge. Your Tractor and Trailer tires should be at 100 psi (except Super Singles which should be 110 psi).