Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Labor Day Enforcement Crackdown
Labor Day weekend Holiday Law enforcement officials will be
targeting drunk drivers.
The National Drunk Driving "Driver Sober or Get Pulled
Over" impaired driving crackdown is a comprehensive impaired
driving prevention program organized by the U.S. Department of
Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) that focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with
heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity.
The first step towards a safe trip begins in
- Do a "walk around"
before leaving: Check your vehicle's tires, wipers and fluids.
ahead: Before you get on a highway, know your exit by name and
number, and watch the signs for the exit as you near it.
Drivers making unexpected lane changes to exit often cause
a map or program your GPS: Surprisingly, few motorists use
maps, even when driving through unfamiliar areas. Knowing the
road is essential for safe driving -- it allows you to
anticipate the road ahead and avoid a panicky search for
early and avoid risks: Leave early so you won't be anxious
about arriving late and to accommodate delays. Know your
limitations: don't drive when tired, upset, or physically ill.
Never try to gain a few seconds by attempting a risky
aware of trucks' blind spots: When sharing the road with large
trucks, be aware of their blind spots. If you can't see the truck
driver in his or her mirrors, then the truck driver can't see
the unexpected: Look 1/4 mile ahead for a safe path. Leave
yourself an out.
your cell phone with caution: Pull off to a designated parking
area to use your cell phone.
- Signal your intentions: To change
lanes, signal ahead of time so other drivers can respond. If a
truck is signaling to change lanes, allow it space to do so.
Often, it is trying to avoid another vehicle.
- Do not cut in front of large
trucks: Remember that trucks are heavier and take longer to
make a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of
- Yield: On entrance ramps,
remember highway traffic has the right of way; maintain proper
speed, use smooth merging techniques, and don't slow down in
front of a truck.
- Never stop on the highway: The
most dangerous speed on a highway is zero. Stopped vehicles,
even on the shoulder, create a severe hazard for themselves
and others. If you are stopped for emergency purposes,
understand that big trucks cannot always stop to assist you,
but most will use their radios to contact the police or
highway patrol if they see you are in trouble.
- Watch your gas gauge: To save
fuel, take direct routes, minimize side trips, and keep a
steady speed. Further, a well-tuned engine, properly inflated
tires and reduced speed will result in noticeable fuel
savings. Have at least a quarter of a tank of gas before you
get on a highway. Traffic tie-ups can use a lot of fuel -- and
may leave you stranded.
- Construction zone: Stay alert in
work zones. Traffic may move more slowly, and lanes may be
temporarily closed. Obey informational signs located within
the work zone.
prepared your terminal facility for the upcoming Labor Day weekend?
It is not uncommon for thieves to target truck
terminals over the holidays as they know it is a good opportunity
as no one is there. Make sure that you take extra precaution to secure
the trucks and items of value at your terminal. If your units do
not have anti-siphon devices or locking caps, instruct the drivers
not to fill the units at the end of the day. Make sure that all
security alarms are in working order. Walk the perimeter of the lot
to make sure that security fencing is in good condition. Move units
and all other material such as pallets, tires, etc far enough away
from the fence so they cannot be used to climb on to get over the
fence. Consider blocking the entrance and exits to the lot so units
cannot be stolen. Throughout the three day weekend assign
management personnel to check the terminal randomly. Using a little
prevention and common sense can deter a thief from striking your
Incentive monetary awards are best used to motivate a driver to
perform. These types of incentive programs are successful in
motivating the driver to achieve a specific goal such a certain
fuel mileage or a clean roadside inspection.
Brake Safety Week September 7-13
brake out of adjustment is the highest frequency violation during a
Professional drivers typically will maintain a
space cushion between them and the vehicles in front of them. When
applying the brakes they will usually apply the brakes with 15% to
25% air application. Only in a defensive action will a driver apply
the brakes with greater than 60% air application. These braking
incidents are referred to as "Panic Stops" or "Rapid
De-acceleration Occurrences." Analysis reflects that most
professional drivers will require less than 6 of this type of brake
application per 1,000 miles driven.
Most International trucks are equipped with a "Stroke
Sensitive" automatic adjuster. This type of slack adjuster
adjusts the brakes on the return stroke.
This adjustment occurs only when the application is greater than
60%. The better the driver, the less opportunity there is for the
automatic slack adjuster to make a brake adjustment. To ensure that
the brakes are always in adjustment, we recommend the following:
An automatic slack adjuster will adjust approximately
½ inch with every 10 full brake applications.
Including this procedure as part of your pre-trip
inspection will ensure that your brakes are always fully in
adjustment. In the event of a roadside inspection, repeat this
process while waiting your turn in line for the inspection process.
This will insure that you are not red-tagged, due to a slack
adjuster "Out-of-Service" condition or receive a
violation. After completing this procedure and the brakes are still
not adjusted or are inspected and found to be out-of-service, then
it indicates there is a problem with the adjuster, with the
adjuster's installation or with related foundation brake
AS A DRIVER, DO NOT TRY TO MANUALLY ADJUST AN AUTOMATIC
Operation Air Brake/Brake Safety Week
The following is the Air Brake Inspection
Procedure that will be used by the CVSA inspectors during Brake
- Driver License
- Low Air Warning Device
- Pushrod Travel (Adjustment)
- Brake Linings/Drums
- Air Loss Rate (If leak detected)
- Tractor Protection System
Operation Air Brake Inspection Procedure
STEP 1: Choose the Inspection Site
STEP 2: Safety Considerations
STEP 3: Check Air Brake Mechanical Components
STEP 4: Check Steering Axle Air Brake Mechanical
STEP 5: Check Brake Adjustment
STEP 6: Build the Air Pressure to 90 - 100 PSI
STEP 7: Check the Air Brake ABS System (If Applicable)
STEP 8: Test Air Loss Rate
STEP 9: Test Low Air Pressure Warning Device
STEP 10: Check the Tractor Protection System
STEP 11: Finalize paperwork, and provide the results
to the driver (i.e. out-of-service, etc.)
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Due to the Labor Day Holiday next week and the
Idealease Annual meeting your next Idealease Safety Bulletin will
be sent to you on Friday September 12.
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
Sept. 14-20, 2014
Make plans now to recognize your drivers.
Sept. 7-13, 2014
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