Written by Dave on April 29, 2009
During a 72-hour period during the first week of June, over 8,500 inspectors will be inspecting over 60,000 vehicles.
That’s a little more than 14 vehicles every minute.
Some facts to consider regarding last year’s Roadcheck event:
• A record 67,931 inspections were conducted.
• Of the vehicles inspected, 20.8% were placed out of service for mechanical problems (that’s about 14,130 vehicles).
• The driver out-of-service rate was 5.3%, mainly for hours of service violations (that’s approximately 3600 drivers).
Start preparing now.
Written by Dave on April 8, 2009
- If getting a loaded trailer, the driver needs to match the seal numbers on the paperwork with the seals on the doors.
- If breaking a seal, the driver have to note it on the paperwork. If re-seal is needed, the driver needs to write the new seal number on the paperwork.
- When bringing an empty trailer back to the yard, the 3 side doors need to be sealed. If the trailer has cardboard or return product the back door needs to have a seal also.
- Any abnormality needs to be communicated to a resource.
Written by Dave on April 6, 2009
Find a good driving position. Adjust the head restraint so it’s directly behind but not touching your head. Hold the wheel symmetrically, at about 3 and 9 o’clock, so you can steer left or right quickly and precisely. If you drape your arm over the top of the wheel, the air bag can break your arm or push it into your face if it deploys.
Go with the flow. Keep up with traffic if conditions permit. A wide disparity in speeds is dangerous.
Be a loner. Avoid clumps of cars on the highway so you’re not involved in someone else’s accident.
Keep track of traffic. Look far down the road and keep your eyes moving to spot any problems before you reach them. Check your mirrors frequently.
Think ahead. Keep thinking of possible traffic emergencies, and plan escape routes. Don’t be a left-lane hog. The left lane is a passing lane, not a “fast” lane. Keep right except to pass. Don’t try to block speeders; leave the policing to the police.
Signal! Signal lane changes as well as turns.
Wait with the wheels straight. When you’re stopped in traffic, waiting to turn left, keep the wheels aimed straight ahead until the way is clear. If you wait with the wheels cut to the left, someone could hit you from behind and push you into incoming traffic. Help ‘em merge. If you’re in the right lane of a multilane highway, you can help entering traffic merge safely and smoothly by temporarily slowing down or moving over a lane if traffic permits. Brake at the right time. Slow down to a safe speed before you enter a turn. Hard braking in mid-corner can upset the car’s balance.
Protect your night vision. Don’t stare at approaching headlights. If you’re being blinded, focus on the right shoulder of the road.
Catch some Z’s. Don’t drive when you’re sleepy. If your eyes tend to stay focused on one spot, that’s a danger sign. Pull over as soon as you find a safe place and nap for a few minutes.
Written by Dave on March 25, 2009
Build a better breakfast sandwich: replace bacon or sausage with Canadian bacon or ham and order your sandwich on a whole grain English muffin or bagel.
Be size-wise about muffins, bagels, croissants and biscuits. A jumbo muffin has more than twice the fat and calories of the regular size.
via Nurse Annabelle
Written by Dave on March 10, 2009
Your daily mission is to safely deliver your freight / product to your customers, represent your company as a professional and return accident- and injury-free by avoiding hazards. Some of those hazards are every day driver distractions while you are performing your tasks. A driver distraction can last only seconds, but the results of that inattention can last a life time.
Driver Distractions, such as the use of a cell phone while driving, loading, or unloading, is one of the major distractions that can contribute to accidents and injuries. The U.S. Department of Transportation has identified “talking/listening on a cell phone” as the number one distraction contributing factor for driver-at-fault Incidents. A cell phone should never be used while driving a vehicle. Find a safe area to park your vehicle before you use the cell phone.
Taking your eyes off the road for a few seconds could produce disastrous results. Simple tasks such as changing a station on the radio, selecting a music CD, and inputting data into an on-board computer while driving can create inattention. Other distractions while driving can be day dreaming, stress, family issues, observing the scenery, eating, taking a sip of coffee, reaching for something in the cab, or reading while driving.
Distractions can result in:
- A reckless driving violation
- Improper or erratic lane change convictions
- A failure to yield right of way conviction
- Failure to keep in proper lane conviction
- Driving too fast for conditions
These violations or convictions could affect your driving record. Why risk your career for a few seconds of inattention? Always concentrate on the task at hand, driving safely.
If someone distracts you while you are performing a Vehicle Pre Trip or Post Trip Inspection start over to insure your inspection is done correctly. Also, after loading or unloading, if you are interrupted during your procedure to secure the load, proper closing and securing of trailer doors or tanker valves and hoses, start your check list over to assure the procedure was completed correctly.
You’re making hundreds of safety decisions everyday to help avoid hazards. Don’t let anything distract you while performing those tasks. You are responsible to make those decisions based on your training, experience and following rules and regulations of your company and the laws. Don’t let a distraction create an emergency maneuver or high risk that could result in injury or death to you or the public. The public has faces; they are people like your family and friends.
Always use your training, experience and company rules to complete your daily tasks and don’t let anyone or anything distract or rush you. You are responsible for your safety and the safety of others. And don’t forget: always wear your seat belt.
Written by Dave on March 9, 2009
According to the FBI, cargo theft costs us between $15 and $30 billion annually.
With the average freight on a trailer being worth $20,000 to well over a $1,000,000 and the penalties for these crimes being minimal, it is not surprising that cargo theft is so attractive to large crime organizations.
Due to the ports in these states and the ability to easily get the product “out,” Florida, Texas, Georgia and California remain hot spots for cargo theft. However, because Florida has recently begun to focus on this issue some of the criminal activity has moved to Georgia.
Keep your eyes and ears open, Stay Alert