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Share the Road!


May has only just arrived, and already it's shaping up to be a busy month on the transportation calendar. In addition to National Bike Month, National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and Global Youth Traffic Safety Month--all of which we begin celebrating today--we'll also be marking National Transportation Week from May 11 through May 17.


Since the month's safety messages are shared across several modes of transportation, the DOT is kicking off May with a single consolidated message to all users of our nation's highways and streets: let's Share The Road.


That means respecting each other on our roadways.

Now, whether you're a bicyclist, a truck driver, a motorist, or a motorcyclist--and many of us are some combination of these--you might be thinking, "Hey, if they would do their part, it would be a lot easier for me to do mine."


At the DOT, they hear some version of that concern voiced by every road user, from motorcyclists and bicyclists who say cars don't give them room, to automobile drivers who say bikes don't respect traffic law to truck drivers who say that cars and motorcycles change lanes unpredictably.


There's some element of truth in all of these concerns, which is why we're asking all of you, "For safety's sake, why not start this month by staying alert for everyone on our roadways, by looking out for each other?"



Backing Accident Prevention


Backing accidents have for years been the highest frequency accidents with the lowest severity in the industry. However, the exposure as with any type of accident always exists for a fatality, injury and physical damage.

Drivers should adhere to the following safe backing procedures to prevent backing collisions:


1. Always conduct a thorough pre-trip inspection. Check the vehicle's brakes, horn, back-up lights, 4-way flashers and back-up alarm (if equipped) for proper working condition. If equipped with a back-up device such as a video camera, make sure the lens is clean. Clean windows and mirrors thoroughly to provide a clear view.


2. Plan ahead and avoid backing whenever possible. Do not put yourself into unnecessary backing situations. When practical, park the vehicle so it will not have to be backed at a later time. If you learn your routes, you may be able to avoid certain backing situations. Drive around the block and approach your stop again if necessary.


3. Get to know the vehicle's blind spots. Drivers need to remember that mirrors can never give the whole picture while backing.


4. Adjust mirrors for maximum visibility. Mirrors are a major key to any backing maneuver. Adjust your mirrors while the tractor and trailer are in a perfectly straight line and you are sitting in the driver's seat in your normal comfortable sitting position. Get help adjusting the right side mirror.


5. Never back a vehicle when any mirror is covered with dirt, frost, snow or other substances that keep you from visually clearing the path the vehicle will take.


6. Park defensively. Carefully survey the parking opportunities when you arrive at the delivery site. If possible, choose an easy-exit parking space that does not crowd neighboring vehicles. Too often, drivers pull into the most convenient location in order to speed up the delivery process. Sometimes, choosing a poor parking space is a matter of necessity, but in many cases, a better defensive position is available if you take the time to look and evaluate.


7. Situate your vehicle in the best possible position before starting to back up. Make the turn on the driver's side, if possible, in order to minimize turning and allow you to see the back of the vehicle swinging into position.


8. Plan your exit when parking in an alley. If an alley does not permit driving all the way through or room to turn around, then back into it (if local ordinances permit) so that when leaving, you can drive your vehicle forward into the street.


9. Walk around your vehicle and check and recheck your path of travel. Before any attempt is made to back, always get out of your cab to look and see what lies between you and your backing destination. Check for workers, pedestrians, soft or muddy areas, potholes, tire hazards and equipment hazards. When backing long distances, it doesn't hurt to stop and recheck your path of travel. Don't forget to look up! Look for awnings, pipes, framing, fire escapes, wires, etc. that will be in your way. Look up, down, all around and under the truck before backing. The entire path the vehicle will take must be clear of obstacles. Are there trash containers, wires, low-hanging trees, or other obstructions in or above your backing path? Anticipate where another vehicle or pedestrian could reach the rear of the vehicle while it is backing.


10. Determine space limitations. Is the space wide enough? Is the loading dock platform high enough or low enough? Be aware that the path may slope up or down, making it difficult to judge vehicle clearance at your destination point. Measure and determine proper distances vertically and horizontally to safely park or unload your freight.


11. Use a reliable guide when possible.  Although ultimately the responsibility of backing safely falls on the driver, it is helpful to use a reliable, well-trained guide or spotter whenever possible to assist when backing. An extra set of eyes could make all the difference, particularly in situations where there are blind spots or when someone or something could come into your path. The driver and guide should use hand signals instead of verbal ones and make sure you understand each other' signals. Do not have the guide walking backwards while giving instructions. Establish eye contact with the guide before backing and keep the guide in sight at all times while backing. If you lose sight of the guide, STOP and determine where he/she is. Remind the guide to watch not only for the side and rear clearances, but also for overhead clearances and other overhangs as well.


12. When you must spot for yourself without a guide, return to the vehicle quickly. Start backing within a few seconds after finishing the walk-around check. This will allow very little time for people and/or obstacles to move behind the vehicle.


13. Measure and mark the distance carefully before backing. As you back into your space, get out of your truck and pace off the length of the space from the dock to the rear of the trailer. Then pace off the same distance from your driver's door back to the end of the trailer area. Place an object on the ground at this measurement point. Then as you back up, you will be at or near the dock when your driver's door reaches the object.


14. Use your flashlight as a reference point. When backing at night or when backing into buildings or other enclosed structures during the day, lay your flashlight down at the end of your backing area. The flashlight will not light up the dark area, but the light will give you a reference point for which to aim.


15. Once you are behind the wheel, with the engine running and the vehicle in reverse, check the area again by turning and visually clearing the path that the vehicle will take. Use all side mirrors to constantly check and visually clear your path.


16. Use your 4-way flashers and back-up alarm (if equipped) and periodically tap your horn prior to backing and as you continue backing. These warning devices are designed to alert others of your presence and can make other drivers aware of your intentions. Assume that other vehicles or individuals do not see you coming.


17. Back slowly and cautiously. Have complete control of your vehicle. Use the lowest possible gear or idle speed and do not accelerate.


18. Remember that every backing situation is new and different. If you visit the same location several times a day or each week, be watchful each visit. 




CARB Amends Truck & Bus Regulations


The California Air Resources Board has approved amendments to its Truck and Bus Regulation.


The amendment is intended to provide new flexible compliance options to owners of aging diesel fleets and recognize fleet owners that have made investments to comply with the requirements.


The amendments include:


A longer phase-in period for diesel PM requirements for trucks that operate exclusively in certain rural areas with cleaner air;


Additional time and incentive funding opportunities for small fleets;


A new compliance option for owners who cannot currently afford compliance;


Expansion of the low-use exemption and the construction truck extension;


Recognition of fleet owners who have already complied by providing additional "useable life" for retrofit trucks and reducing near-term compliance requirements.


CARB notes that the amendments will still ensure that, by 2020, nearly every truck in California will have a PM filter, consistent with the goals of its Diesel Risk Reduction





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.




May 9, 2014



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Only 3 Idealease/NPTC Safety Seminars left this Year!


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: 


13-May: South Bend, IN

14-May: Chicago, IL

15-May: Springfield, IL




Attention Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Drivers and Carriers:

Did you know an important law affecting you goes into effect May 21, 2014?



To keep America's interstate CMV drivers healthy and our roads safer, all interstate CMV drivers will soon be required to have their medical examinations performed by a Certified Medical Examiner listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.


If you're an interstate CMV driver, you already need a valid medical certificate signed by a medical examiner. The only change is that after May 21, 2014, you'll need to go to a certified medical examiner for your medical certificate. If you've already had an exam and have a current certificate that certificate will be valid until its regular expiration date.

You can find certified medical examiners in your area-or anywhere in the country-easily by following:


1.  Visit the National Registry Web site and search by Zip Code, State, or examiner name.


2.  Choose a certified medical examiner from the list and call to make an appointment.


3.  If your preferred health care professional isn't on the list, simply refer him or her to the Certified Medical Examiners page to learn more about getting certified.


Please spread the word and encourage your fellow CMV drivers to find a Certified Medical Examiner by May 21st. They can find more information in the Fact Sheet for Drivers or by going to the National Registry Web site, so pass it along!


Thank you for keeping America moving and for your commitment to safer roadways.






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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