July 12, 2019No Comments

Operation Safe Driver Week July 14th-20th

Operation Safe Driver Week

I was recently reminded of Operation Safe Driver week and wanted to share what I read. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Operation Safe Driver Week is a few days away! July 14-20th are the dates to be exact. This year safe driver week will have a focus on speeding. Law enforcement officers will be looking for speeders during the week but also endorsing, promoting and supporting the message: “Late won’t kill you, speeding will.”

In addition to speeding, law enforcement will be looking for other dangerous driving behaviors. These include distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt, following too closely, improper lane change, reckless or aggressive driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, evidence of drunk or drugged driving and more.

Nearly 11,000 citations were issued to truck and bus drivers last year. Law enforcement pulled over or inspected more than 42,000 commercial vehicle drivers during 2018’s Operation Safe Driver Week. They issued 10,709 citations and 29,908 warnings for unsafe driving. The top five citations issued were for violations of state and local laws (6,008 citations), speeding (1,908), failing to use a seat belt (1,169), failure to obey a traffic control device (754) and using a handheld phone (262).

To word everything more simple here is what you should do:

  1. Wear your seatbelt!
  2. Pay attention to the road and stay off your cell phone or anything that can be considered a distraction.
  3. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  4. Use the proper signals when changing lanes or making turns.
  5. Do NOT drink and drive or drive under the influence.

July 3, 2019No Comments

Summer Driving Safety Tips for Truck Drivers

Summer Driving Safety Tips for Truck Drivers

Summer has arrived ladies and gentlemen and it's off to a hot start! We have talked about winter safety tips and how important it is to keep up with routine maintenance during the winter, but it is as equally important to do so in the summer. Today, I want to share some quick tips about Summer driving safety and what you can do to make life on the road a bit smoother. No matter where you are headed these tips might be helpful to you or someone you know. Here are some quick Summer Driving safety tips for Truck Drivers. Read more

May 28, 2019No Comments

International Roadcheck 2019

2019 International Roadcheck is Coming!

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Road check 2019 will take place on June 4-6. During this time, over 10,000 U.S. federal, state, local and Canadian provincial officers will perform Level I inspections. Inspections will be around the clock for 72 hours. The inspections involve a comprehensive 37-step procedure. These inspections could result in violations and fines for unprepared fleets and their drivers.

This year’s Road check will focus on steering and suspension systems.

"Steering and suspension are safety critical systems for any commercial motor vehicle. Not only do they support the heavy loads carried by trucks and buses, but they also help maintain stability and control under acceleration and braking, keeping the vehicle safely on the road," said Jay Thompson CVSA president and chief with the Arkansas Highway Police. "Furthermore, they keep tires in alignment, reducing chances of uneven tire wear and possible tire failure, and they maximize the contact between the tires and the road to provide steering stability and good handling."

What to Expect

During International Roadcheck, CVSA-certified inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Inspectors may opt to conduct the Level II Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection, Level III Driver/Credential/Administrative Inspection or Level V Vehicle-Only Inspection.

The vehicle inspection includes checking critical inspection items such as: brake systems; cargo securement; coupling devices; drive-line/driveshaft; driver's seat (missing); exhaust systems; frames; fuel systems; lighting devices (headlamps, tail lamps, stop lamps, turn signals and lamps/flags on projecting loads); steering mechanisms; suspensions; tires; van and open-top trailer bodies; wheels, rims and hubs; windshield wipers. Additional items on buses, motorcoaches, passenger vans or other passenger-carrying vehicles include emergency exits, electrical cables, and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating (temporary and aisle seats).

Requirements

Drivers will be required to provide their driver's license (operating credentials), Medical Examiner's Certificate and Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate (if applicable), driver’s record of duty status and vehicle inspection report(s) (if applicable). Inspectors will also check drivers for seat belt usage, sickness, fatigue, and apparent alcohol and/or drug impairment.

If no critical item violations are found during a Level  I or V inspection a CVSA decal will be applied to the vehicle. This will indicate that the vehicle successfully passed a decal-eligible inspection conducted by a CVSA-certified inspector. However, when a rear impact guard is required and violations are present, a CVSA decal shall not be issued.

“Aside from the increased inspections, we are not doing anything different than any other day. The inspections performed during International Roadcheck are the same inspections that are conducted the day before International Roadcheck starts and the day after it concludes, as well as any other day of the year,” said Thompson. "It's important to remember that inspections are conducted 365 days a year. We publicly announce the dates of this three-day enforcement and awareness initiative in advance because we want all vehicles on our roadways to be safe and compliant."

May 7, 2019No Comments

Cargo Securement: Is your Cargo Secure?

CARGO SECUREMENT

As you may know, cargo being transported on the highway must remain
secured on or within the transporting vehicle. When most people think about cargo securement, their thoughts turn to flatbed trailers because they get the bulk of these types of violations. However, compliance with federal cargo securement regulations is very important and required on all commercial operating vehicles. Violations can have serious consequences! The regulations also apply to covered van loads. For too many drivers, this means, “out of sight, out of mind.”  Properly secured cargo prevents items from shifting, spilling, blowing or falling from the vehicle. That is critical. Appropriate load securement is also a necessity to avoid lost dollars in damaged goods. Preventing your Read more

April 29, 2019No Comments

How to Properly Open and Close Trailer Doors

How to Properly Close Trailer Doors

I came across a video online about trailer doors that sparked my interest to write this article.

At first, the video seemed like it could be funny. However, the person was hit pretty hard and raised some concern in my head. I want to explain how to properly open trailer doors. I know it seems kind of silly as many of you might have learned this during the course of your CDL class but it is crucial to your safety. Did you know? Opening and closing trailer doors are two of the leading causes of work-related injuries for truck drivers. Read the information below, and ask yourself if there are actions you can take to protect yourself from harm. Let's look at some factors that can affect the ability on how to properly open and close trailer doors. Read more

February 4, 2019No Comments

Is Amazon using Self-Driving Trucks?

As we all know, technology is advancing rapidly. A self-driving truck made by Embark was recently spotted on the I-10 with the Amazon logo. Is Amazon making driverless trucks? To simply answer the question, no they are not making self-driving trucks. However, they are using self-driving trucks made by Embark. Although neither company would comment on it CNBC discussed the event in Amazon is hauling Cargo in self-driving trucks developed by Embark. For those of you who are not aware Embark is a freight company hauling autonomously from Texas to California.

“This is the first time someone has demonstrated this end-to-end," Embark CEO Alex Rodrigues says.

 "Embark moves freight for a number of major companies on the I-10, however, we cannot discuss any company specifically as our relationships are confidential." Embark CEO Alex Rodrigues says.

 

In October 2018, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration issued its updated AV3.0 policy, which has helped autonomous vehicle firms such as Embark figure out how to test their technology before driving on public roads and which rules they need to comply with to stay there.

 

A driver shortage currently plagues the trucking industry. A lack of available drivers and trucks poses a challenge to e-commerce companies. Including Amazon, whose customers expect deliveries in a relatively short time.

https://youtu.be/3yPMxV11KaA

Expect to see more autonomous trucks in circulation in the U.S. soon.

January 25, 2019No Comments

Diesel Anti Gel: Why you should use it!

Diesel Anti Gel

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