IDEALEASE SAFETY BULLETIN
Today is the First Day of Summer and the HEAT is On!
A very famous tire engineer once stated,"Heat is to
tires as Kryptonite is to Superman."
In other words, its worst enemy.
Taken all together, hot summer temperatures, under
inflated tires, heavy loads, and traveling at high speeds and you
have a recipe for tire disaster. That is exactly why you see
more alligators on the highway in the summer season. During the
winter or spring months, a tire that was being run under inflated
would have heat build up that would dissipate into the atmosphere
as the ambient temperature is cold. Now, when operating in
temperatures in excess of 100 degrees, the heat will increase
significantly in an under inflated tire.
The effect that proper air pressure has on tires is
When a radial truck tire has been inflated to its
proper air pressure according to the weight it is carrying, the
operating temperature should be around 150 degrees. Let us assume
that 100psi is the fleet standard. The rule of thumb is that for
every loss in air pressure of 2psi, the tire temperature will
increase 5 degrees.
can fleets do to minimize tire related issues during the summertime
* Tire pressure needs to be checked more frequently
in the summer. Weekly is recommended.
* Review with drivers the proper tire inspection
procedure during a pre-trip inspection.
* Do not rely on the looks of the tire or striking
the tire to determine inflation pressure. The only accurate way to
access the pressure in a tire is to use a tire gauge. Keep in mind
just 2 psi deficit in pressure increases the heat by 5 degrees.
* Plan your tire program around mounting new, deep
tread depth tires prior to the winter season. When summer hits,the
tires will be worn down and generate less heat.
* Inspect tires for
punctures and damage more frequently in the summer months. Tire
punctures tend to increase during the summer because the tread
rubber becomes hotter and "softer" and acts as a magnet
to nails and road debris
line: Checking your tires on a regular basis for both air
pressure and any signs of irregular wear is essential if a fleet
wants to maximize mileage and increase fuel
Tips for Choosing the Right Sunglasses
just a fashion accessory. They are an important protection for your
eyes against the damaging rays of the sun . It's important
for you to know what kind of light you need to protect your eyes
from and what type of light is not necessarily harmful. Here are
some tips for picking the right pair of nonprescription
Choose glasses that block 99
percent of ultraviolet (UV) rays.
is the most important feature of your sunglasses, and you should
always choose sunglasses that provide this protection. Long-term
exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight is linked to eye
disease, including cataracts . Some manufacturers' labels say
UV absorption up to 400nm. This is the same thing as 100 percent UV
absorption. Some glasses make additional claims for blocking
infrared rays, but research has not shown a close connection
between infrared rays and eye disease.
Don't rely on the price.
conscious? Many types of affordable sunglasses offer 99 to 100
percent UV protection, so you don't need to spend a lot of money on
a pair of sunglasses.
Check the quality of the
addition to UV protection, you also want to check the optical
quality of the lenses. You can easily test the quality of
sunglasses by looking at something with a rectangular pattern, such
as a floor tile. Hold the glasses at a comfortable distance and
cover one eye. Move the glasses slowly from side to side, then up
and down. If the lines stay straight, the lenses are fine. If the
lines wiggle, especially in the center of the lens, try another
Look for impact-resistant
sunglasses must meet impact standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) for safety. No lens is truly unbreakable, but
plastic lenses are less likely to shatter when hit by a ball or
stone. Polycarbonate plastics, used in many sports sunglasses, are
especially strong, but scratch easily. If you buy polycarbonate
lenses, choose ones with a scratch-resistant coating.
Use protective eye wear instead
of sunglasses for hazardous activities.
you are going to be engaged in outdoor activities like water or
snow skiing that put your eye at risk for injury, don't count on
your eyeglasses for protection. Protective eye wear is available
with UV protection to shield your eyes from sunburn and glare.
Lens color tinting and
polarization are personal preferences.
no medical reason to recommend one tint of lens over another.
Likewise, while polarized lenses work better at deflecting glare,
they're not blocking any more harmful UV light than non-polarized
Once you have the right
sunglasses, make sure you wear them!
wear them in the summer when UV levels are at least three times
higher than in the winter. Also be sure to wear them when
participating in winter sports , particularly at high
BEWARE - We
are Now in the Busiest Time of Year for Road Construction
Drivers need to be especially cautious of
construction zones this summer. States are making a
concentrated effort to raise the awareness of the dangers in these
zones. Here are some safety tips you can share with your
drivers regarding construction zones:
DOWN and be alert when approaching a
"construction zone." Get into the correct lane well
in advance. Where traffic is merging into a single lane, be
cautious of other motorists racing to get ahead of slowing traffic.
ATTENTION to what those orange and black warning
signs are telling you to do.
ALERT for the actions of other drivers.
CLOSE ATTENTION to construction equipment and
workers. You never know their next move, so be prepared to
SPEED LIMITS and don't tailgate. Double your
following distance. Rear-end collisions are the most common
kind of construction zone accident.
FOR CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES entering and exiting
the road in or near the construction area, as they may enter and
exit at a slower speed than other traffi c.
YOUR HEADLIGHTS ON as you approach a work-zone,
alerting both the construction workers and other traffic around you
of your presence.
CONSTRUCTION WORKERS A BRAKE!
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Driver Safety Tip of the Week
When approaching stopped or slowed traffic in front of
you, turn on your 4-way flashers momentarily to get the attention
of the motorists behind you. This will help draw attention to your
brake lights, your slowing vehicle and the conditions surrounding
you that are causing the need for your 4-way flashers.
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September
11 - 17
During this week, America takes the time to honor all
professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in
tackling one of our economy's most demanding and important jobs
July is UV
As a professional driver subject to the sun's rays
constantly, you need to make sure you are wearing the proper
sunglasses to protect your eyes. In addition, proper
sunglasses allow you as a driver to operate safely at an increased
level of visibility.
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.