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How is Your Overhead?


Overhead Damage...How not to make a convertible
out of your Truck or Trailer!!!


An overhead damage accident is an act that can be prevented in causing damage to the roof, sides, front and rear of a body or trailer!


Here are some tips for drivers to prevent this type of damage:

  • When you call your customer for directions into their facility, realize that the person giving you directions drives there every day in a car.  They may never think that the bridges and over passes that you will come across will not be high enough for your truck.  Specifically ask them if the directions they have given you are on a truck route.  Also ask if there are any low clearances.  No matter what information you receive and proceed with caution, as only you are responsible for the damage that will be caused.
  • Overhead clearances are posted in advance of most underpasses and tunnels, but keep in mind that they may have just put 2" of new asphalt on the road.  Be alert for new road construction in front of underpasses, bridges and tunnels.
  • Just because other trucks are going through doesn't mean that you will fit through the bridge, tunnel, etc.
  • If a marked or unmarked overpass looks low, slow down immediately, put on your four way flashers, ease up to the overpass, stop and check your actual clearance.
  • Many bridges and overpasses are not perfectly straight; the sides are often lower than the center.  Cross under in the inside lane.
  • If possible take a look at the road elevation on the other side of the bridge to see if there is a sharp incline or decline.  Either of these situations could cause trouble as you may fit under and as you exit the body or trailer will be driven up into the bridge due to the road elevation.
  • In the winter snow and ice on the roadway can change the amount of clearance enough to cause damage.
  • If you see that you cannot proceed through the low overhead and the traffic around you is congested, you are better off to call the police and get assistance in backing out of the situation vs. backing against traffic and causing an accident.



Fuel Additive Use During Cold Weather Conditions


With Temperatures at -20F throughout a large area of North America there were a lot of questions regarding fuel additives.  Fuel additives to prevent jelling should be added anytime the ambient temperature is below 32F.  Power Service is a popular manufacture of fuel additive and there are two different products available.


The "Red Bottle" is Power Service 911 and is to be used only when the fuel in a unit has been jelled. 


911 is NOT to be used as a fuel additive that you would regularly put in the fuel tank to keep the fuel from jelling.


Power Service Diesel Fuel Supplement + Cetane "White Bottle" is to be added to the fuel at each fill when the ambient temperature is below 30 degrees F.


This is the additive you should use on a regular basis during the winter months.


Here are the benefits of using the Diesel Fuel Supplement + Cetane. (White Bottle).


Diesel Fuel Supplement Benefits

  • Prevents fuel gelling in temperatures as low as - 40°F.
  • Equals performance of a 50/50 blend of No. 2 and No. 1 diesel fuels
  • Lowers Cold-Filter Plugging Point (CFPP) as much as 36°F. - keeps fuel-filters from plugging with wax
  • Boosts cetane up to 4 numbers for faster cold starts
  • Contains Slickdiesel® Lubricator for maximum fuel lubrication - protects pumps and injectors from accelerated wear
  • Contains anti-icing additive - protects against fuel-filter icing
  • Contains wax anti-settling dispersants - protects against fuel-filter plugging at temperatures below the fuel cloud point
  • Disperses water in diesel fuel
  • Effective in all diesel fuels, including Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) and biodiesel blends containing up to 20% biodiesel (B20).



January 9, 2015



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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that the annual minimum random controlled substances testing rates for employees in safety sensitive positions, including truck drivers, will remain at 50% through 2015. The FMCSA's decision to maintain testing at the 50% level was based on agency data showing increases in positive test results in 2012 from prior years.




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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



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