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Subject:                          Idealease Safety Bulletin - National Labor Day Enforcement Crackdown



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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
National Labor Day Enforcement Crackdown 


This 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.





Labor Day Driving Tips


The first step towards a safe trip begins in the driveway.

  • Do a "walk around" before leaving: Check your vehicle's tires, wipers and fluids.
  • Plan 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 accidents.
  • Get 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 directions.
  • Leave 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 maneuver.
  • Be 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 you.
  • Expect the unexpected: Look 1/4 mile ahead for a safe path. Leave yourself an out.
  • Use 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 them.
  • 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.



Have you 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 facility.

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
A brake out of adjustment is the highest frequency violation during a roadside inspection.

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 components.





Operation Air Brake/Brake Safety Week September 7-13

The following is the Air Brake Inspection Procedure that will be used by the CVSA inspectors during Brake Safety Week:


Inspection Items

  • Driver License
  • Registration
  • 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 Components

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.)




August 29, 2014



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 Special Announcement:


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.


CVSA Brake

Safety Week

Sept. 7-13, 2014






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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