From:                              Idealease <davehelge@idealease.com>

Sent:                               Friday, February 20, 2015 5:18 PM

To:                                   mchapman@tricotruck.com

Subject:                          Idealease Safety Bulletin - Warm Weather is Coming!

 

 

Idealease Safety Bulletin

 

 

SAFETY BULLETIN

 

 

Brought to you by Idealsafe | 847-304-3190 | www.idealease.com

 

 

Warmer Weather is Coming!
 
The first day of spring is March 20th!

 

 

In the last week I have personally observed two vehicles run traffic control devices.  Take time now to meet with your drivers and discuss the upcoming days ahead as the temperature will increase and we will see the sun more often.  For most of us, it has been a long winter.  Caution your drivers on complacency and inattention.   As a safety director, it seemed that my worst accidents occurred during the months of March and April.  My drivers had spent the entire winter, being alert for changing road conditions, traffic and weather.  When the road conditions improved and the weather was extremely enjoyable, it was then that they let down their guard down an accident occurred.  Take the time now to caution drivers and reinforce good defensive driving behavior.

 

 

2015 National Work Zone Awareness Week
March 23-27

 




 National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones and construction sites. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones. For more information, check out this link:  American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA).

 

10 Tips for Driving Safely in Work Zones

  • EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!
    Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people may be working on or near the road.
  • SLOW DOWN!
    Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes.
  • DON'T TAILGATE! KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU AND THE CAR AHEAD OF YOU.
    The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear end collision. So, don't tailgate.
  • KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE BETWEEN YOUR VEHICLE AND THE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AND THEIR EQUIPMENT.
  • PAY ATTENTION TO THE SIGNS!
    The warning signs are there to help you and other drivers move safely through the work zone.Observe the posted signs until you see the one that says you've left the work zone.
  • OBEY ROAD CREW FLAGGERS!
    The flagger knows what is best for moving traffic safely in the work zone. A flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign, so you can be cited for disobeying his or her directions.
  • STAY ALERT AND MINIMIZE DISTRACTIONS!
    Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and avoid changing radio stations or using cell phones while driving in a work zone.
  • KEEP UP WITH THE TRAFFIC FLOW.
    Motorists can help maintain traffic flow and posted speeds by merging as soon as possible. Don't drive right up to the lane closure and then try barge in.
  • SCHEDULE ENOUGH TIME TO DRIVE SAFELY AND CHECK RADIO, TV AND WEBSITES FOR TRAFFIC INFORMATION.
    Expect delays and leave early so you can reach your destination on time. Check the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse - http://wzsafety.tamu.edu - for information on work zone delays throughout the country.
  • BE PATIENT AND STAY CALM.
    Work zones aren't there to personally inconvenience you. Remember, the work zone crew members are working to improve the road and make your future drive better.

 

 

Tire Safety is an important part of the driver's daily pre- and post inspection.
 

Accidents are often caused by tires, which are improperly inflated.  With fuel and tires, two of the largest expenses in operating a truck it is important to make sure that the tires are properly inflated.  The service life of a tire is shortened by improper inflation.  Under inflated tires can significantly take a bite out of the unit's fuel mileage.  The only true and accurate way to determine the air pressure in a tire is to gauge the tire with a tire pressure gauge.  At your next drivers safety meeting inflate 3 tires on rims with pressures varying by 10lbs each, with one tire at the correct pressure, one 10lbs under and one 20lbs under.  See if they are able to tell which tire has the correct pressure. A unique workers compensation case I reviewed was for a driver who was checking his tires by thumping them with a hammer and the hammer bounced back breaking the drivers jaw!  When inspecting tires also pay close attention to the wear patterns and tread depth.  The FMCSA regulations CFR 393.75 require that steer axle tires have a minimum tread depth of 4/32" and all other applications including trailers to have a minimum tread depth of 2/32".  Pay attention to your tires and they will provide many miles of service.

 

 

The Big 12

 

With March Madness just around the corner, the "The Big 12" I am referring to has nothing to do with basketball but rather is in reference to the top 12 driver violations that an FMCSA investigator is looking for in a carrier investigation.  During investigations, safety investigators look at driver histories of the worst violations of FMCSA's regulations. In particular, they look at 12 so-called "Red Flag Violations", or "The Big 12". According to the FMCSA, they always investigate these 12 items to determine if the issues have been corrected.

 

There are now 12 Red Flag Violations, although FMCSA says the list can change anytime.

 

The table below details them, along with both the BASIC and the regulation each violates:

Basic

FMCSR Part

Violation Description

Driver Fitness

383.21 


 

Driver Fitness 

383.23(a)(2) 

Operating a CMV without a valid commercial driver's license (CDL) 

Driver Fitness 

383.51(a)

Driving a CMV (CDL) while disqualified 

Driver Fitness 

383.91(a)
 

Operating a CMV with improper CDL group 

Driver Fitness

391.11 

Unqualified driver 

Driver Fitness

391.11(b)(5)

Driver lacking valid license for type of vehicle being operated

Driver Fitness

391.11(b)(7)

Driver disqualified from operating CMV

Driver Fitness

391.15(a)

Driving a CMV while disqualified

Controlled Substances/Alcohol

392.4(a)

Driver uses or is in possession of drugs

Controlled Substances/Alcohol

392.5(a)

Possession/use/under influence of alcohol less than 4 hours prior to duty

Fatigued Driving (HOS)

395.13(d)

Driving after being declared out-of-service (OOS)

Vehicle Maintenance

396.9(c)(2)

Operating an OOS vehicle

 

Any driver violations identified and addressed during carrier investigations that are not corrected may result in a driver Notice of Violation or Notice of Claim.

 

 

February 20, 2015

 

 

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Question of the Week

 

While doing my pre-trip inspection I noticed a cut in the side wall of one of my tires, is this out of service violation?


Answer: It is an out of service violation if the sidewall is cut, worn, or damaged to the extent that the ply cord is exposed.  (393.75(a)).  

 

 

New date announced for ELD final rule

 

The U. S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) publishes a monthly agenda entitled "Report on DOT Significant Rulemakings" with its projected dates for the release of proposed and final rules. Based on the February report, the highly anticipated final rule, "Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting Documents (MAP-21)," now has a projected publication date of November 9, 2015. Prior agendas slated the final rule for September 30, 2015.

 

Based on verbiage in the proposal, a final rule would require all drivers that presently complete logs to be switched over to electronic logging devices (ELDs), update the technical requirements related to electronic logs, implement data communication protocols that would allow a driver to "send" his/her electronic log to an officer, and provide rules on the retention of supporting documents.


 

All drivers that presently use paper logs would be required to switch to an ELD two years after the final rule is published, according to the proposal. The only exception in the proposal is for drivers that only have to complete a log 8 days (or less) within the last 30 days.  

 

 



 

Register Now for the 2015 Idealease/NPTC Safety Seminars!

 

Idealease, its members and the National Private Truck Council NPTC will again be hosting safety seminars in 2015. The one day seminars this year will focus on basic safety and compliance, regulation changes and CSA.  The seminars and will be provided to all Idealease customers, potential customers and NPTC members at no charge.  The seminar provides important information applicable for both the novice and experienced transportation professionals.

To register for an upcoming seminar in 2015 CLICK HERE

 

 

 

2015 Idealease Safety Seminar Schedule:

 

March 4

Portland, OR

March 5

Seattle, WA

March 17

Chattanooga, TN

 March 18

Atlanta, GA

March 19

Nashville, TN

March 24

Houston, TX

March 25

Lafayette, LA

March 26

Mobile, AL

March 31

Kansas City, MO

April 1

St. Louis, MO

April 2

Memphis, TN

April 7

Cincinnati, OH

April 8

Columbus, OH

April 9

Elkhart, IN

April 14

Linden, NJ

April 14

Phoenix, AZ

April 15

San Leandro, CA

April 16

Lodi, CA

April 21

Santa Fe Springs, CA

April 21

Harrisburg, PA

April 22

Ventura, CA

April 22

Landover, MD

April 23

Baltimore, MD

April 28

Oklahoma City, OK

April 30

Milwaukee, WI

May 5

Kelowna, BC

May 6

Lexington, KY

May 7

Denver, CO

May 12

Tampa, FL

May 12

Detroit, MI

May 14

Minneapolis, MN

May 20

Altoona, IA

June 25

Santa Rosa, CA

October 14

Grand Rapids, MI

October 20

Las Vegas, NV

October 22

San Martin, CA

 

 

 

 

The Idealease Safety Bulletin is provided for Idealease affiliates and their customers and is not to be construed as a complete or exhaustive source of compliance or safety information. The Idealease Safety Bulletin is advisory in nature and does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise certify compliance with laws, regulations, requirements, or guidelines of any local, state, or Federal agency and/or governing body, or industry standards.

 

 

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