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Subject:                          Idealease Safety Bulletin -Drivers and Tire Safety



Idealease Safety Bulletin






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National Tire Safety Week is June 1-7


With Roadcheck America and National Tire Safety Week both during the week of June 1, now is a good time to review with your drivers the benefits of conducting thorough tire inspections during daily pre and post trip inspections. With the price of diesel fuel now exceeding $4.00 a gallon the benefits of a good tire inspection not only pertains to safe vehicle operations but could also means a sizable fuel savings to for each and every unit operated. Tires are designed to run at a given load and inflation pressure. Running 18 tires 30% under inflated will cost you 5% in actual vehicle fuel economy. 10% under inflation will be a ONE 1% penalty in fuel and 20% under inflation will be over 2% loss in fuel economy.


Commercial motor vehicles that are used daily should have tire pressures checked daily. In addition the tires on the commercial vehicle should be considered as an asset of the company that needs to be managed for optimal utilization and performance. Depending on the size and configuration of the commercial vehicle it is common to have between $3,000 and $6,000 of tires invested in each vehicle. During an inspection drivers should check air pressures with a calibrated Gauge. The practice of striking a tire with an object is NOT recommended and is inaccurate in determining inflation pressure. If the tire is under inflated only bad things will result. Irregular wear will develop, fuel economy will get worse, retread ability will be reduced, and tires will not reach their target removal miles. Drivers need to look for any signs of irregular wear which is an early warning sign for under inflation and/or vehicle alignment issues. The tire tread should be wearing smoothly. If not, a technician is needed to check out the vehicle. Drivers should rub their hand over the tire tread and sidewall looking for any signs of punctures or damage. Drivers have an enormous impact on maximizing tire mileage.


Is there a way I can tell the age of a tire?


Each tire has a US DOT Identification number. This number begins with the letters "DOT" and indicates that the tire meets all federal standards. The next two numbers or letters are the plant code where it was manufactured, and the last four numbers represent the week and year the tire was built. For example, the numbers 3197 means the 31st week of 1997. The other numbers are marketing codes used at the manufacturer's discretion. This information is used to contact consumers if a tire defect requires a recall.


When is a tire placed out of service?



FMCSA regulations appendix G addresses tire out of service conditions on each commercial motor vehicle as follows:

Any tire on any steering axle of a power unit.

(1) With less than 4/32-inch tread when measured at any point on a major tread groove.


(2) Has body ply or belt material exposed through the tread or sidewall.


(3) Has any tread or sidewall separation.


(4) Has a cut where the ply or belt material is exposed.


(5) Labeled "Not for Highway Use" or displaying other marking which would exclude use on steering axle.


(6) A tube-type radial tire without radial tube stems markings. These markings include a red band around the tube stem, the word "radial" embossed in metal stems, or the word "radial" molded in rubber stems.


(7) Mixing bias and radial tires on the same axle.  


(8) Tire flap protrudes through valve slot in rim and touches stem.


(9) Regrooved tire except motor vehicles used solely in urban or suburban service (see exception in 393.75(e)).


(10) Boot, blowout patch or other ply repair.


(11) Weight carried exceeds tire load limit. This includes overloaded tire resulting from low air pressure.


(12) Tire is flat or has noticeable (e.g., can be heard or felt) leak.


(13) Any bus equipped with recapped or retreaded tire(s).


(14) So mounted or inflated that it comes in contact with any part of the vehicle.   


All tires other than those found on the steering axle of a power unit:


(1) Weight carried exceeds tire load limit. This includes overloaded tire resulting from low air pressure.


(2) Tire is flat or has noticeable (e.g., can be heard or felt) leak.


(3) Has body ply or belt material exposed through the tread or sidewall.


(4) Has any tread or sidewall separation.


(5) Has a cut where ply or belt material is exposed.


(6) So mounted or inflated that it comes in contact with any part of the vehicle. (This includes a tire that contacts its mate.)


(7) Is marked "Not for highway use" or otherwise marked and having like meaning.


(8) With less than 2/32-inch tread when measured at any point on a major tread groove.


Turn Around Don't Drown


With the recent storms and flooding that has occurred this spring, drivers of any type of vehicle need to be aware of the fact that road conditions can change rapidly with flash floods. Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. Why? The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. Over half of all flood related deaths each year occur with victims inside vehicles. Many of the deaths occur in vehicles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. Even when operating a large commercial motor vehicle you can be swept away by the strong force of the waters current. I remember vividly watching a number of years ago a cement mixer which had been caught in a storm water canal in Los Angeles during a flash flood be swept down the canal as if it were a toy boat. To check on weather conditions and flooding, go the National Weather Service website at:

Whether you are driving or walking, if you come to a flooded road, Turn Around Don't Drown. You will not know the depth of the water nor will you know the condition of the road under the water.


* If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.


* Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don't Drown.


* Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around Don't Drown If your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising water, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.


* Do park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.


* Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.


* Avoid low water crossings.


* Use alternate routes to avoid flood prone areas.


* Leave your vehicle immediately if it stalls in flood waters.


* Move to higher ground if you can do so safely.


* Most cars and light trucks will begin to float in as little as 1 to 2 feet of water.



Roadcheck America is coming June 3-5, 2014.... Driving the Point Home!

Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world, with approximately 14 trucks or buses being inspected, on average, every minute from Canada to Mexico during a 72-hour period in early June.


June is National Safety Month

The 2014 National Safety Month theme, "Safety: It takes all of us," was inspired by the idea of continuous risk reduction - a key pillar in the Journey to Safety Excellence. A successful safety program depends on spotting hazards early, evaluating their risk and removing or controlling them before harm is done. Use this June to find creative ways to engage everyone in reducing risk in your workplaces. A little effort today has the potential to prevent tragedy tomorrow.

New Regulation Regarding Driver DOT Physicals Effective May 21st!



April 18, 2014



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Registration is Now Open Online for the 2014 Idealease/NPTC Safety Seminars  


Idealease, its affiliates and the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) will again be hosting safety seminars in 2014. The one-day seminars will focus on basic safety and compliance, regulation changes and CSA. The seminars will be available 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 view the schedule and register for an upcoming seminar in 2014 click on the following link:




Safety Seminar Schedule: 


22-Apr: Wausau, WI

23-Apr: Dubuque, IA

23-Apr: Weirton, WV

24-Apr: Milwaukee, WI

24-Apr: Butler, PA

29-Apr: Harrisburg, PA

30-Apr: Greensboro, NC

1-May: Erie, PA

1-May: Columbia, SC

6-May: Toronto, Ontario

6-May: Everett, WA

8-May: Denver, CO

8-May: Edmonton, AB

13-May: South Bend, IN

14-May: Chicago, IL

15-May: Springfield, IL





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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