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Sent:                               Friday, November 07, 2014 3:34 PM


Subject:                          Idealease Safety Bulletin - Prevent Drowsy Driving



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This Week is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week


The National Sleep Foundationhas launched the first annual Drowsy Driving Prevention week as an educational campaign designed to save lives by increasing awareness of the dangers of driving while sleepy.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving causes at least 100,000 police-reported crashes and kills more than 1,550 Americans each year.   It is curious that all states have laws in place to enforce drunken driving but few have laws to cite a driver who has fallen asleep causing an accident.  Only the state of New Jersey explicitly defines drowsy driving as recklessness under a vehicular homicide statute. Known as "Maggie's Law," New Jersey's drowsy driving law has served to raise awareness of the consequences of fatigue behind the wheel and has spurred significant action in other states. There are now at least 8 states with 12 pending bills that address fatigued driving in various ways.


For more information on Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, visit



If you:

  • can't remember the last few miles driven
  • have wandering or disconnected thoughts
  • experience difficulty focusing or keeping your eyes open
  • have trouble keeping your head up
  • drift from lanes or hit a rumble strip
  • yawn repeatedly
  • tailgate or miss traffic signs
  • find yourself jerking your vehicle back into lane...

then you may be suffering from drowsiness or fatigue. Continuing to drive in this condition puts you at serious risk of being involved in a fatigue-related crash. You should pull over in a safe place and get some rest before resuming your trip.



Sleep / Take naps: Your best bet is to get enough sleep every day. If you must stay up late, afternoon naps are a great way to get more sleep. If you feel drowsy while driving, a 15-minute nap can be very effective. Make sure to pull over in a safe place.


Caffeine: Avoid caffeine during the last half of your workday as it may contribute to sleeping problems. You can gain short-term alertness by drinking coffee or other caffeine sources if driving, but it usually takes 30 minutes to take affect and wears off after a few hours.


Regular stops: You should stop every 100 miles or 2 hours. Switch drivers if you can.


AC MAX - Recirculation:  Do not operate the vehicle for extended periods of time with the AC on MAX or Recirculation.  Under these conditions the level of C02 in the vehicle is increased contributing to drowsy driving. 

Avoid Alcohol: If you have been drinking, please don't drive! In addition to being illegal, alcohol makes you sleepy and amplifies your fatigue.


If you are planning a long trip, AAA offers the following tips for avoiding fatigue:

  • Prepare for your trip by getting a good night's sleep the night before. Plan to drive during the time that you are normally awake, and stay overnight rather than traveling straight through.
  • Avoid driving during the body's "down time". According to AAA, this is generally in the mid-afternoon and between midnight and 6:00 a.m.
  • If you have passengers, talk to them. It will help to keep you alert, and they will also be able to tell if you are showing signs of getting sleepy.
  • Schedule a break every 2 hours or every 100 miles. Take a nap, stretch, take a walk and get some exercise before resuming your trip.
  • Stop sooner if you show any danger signs of sleepiness.



Opening the window, turning on the air conditioning, or playing loud music are not effective in keeping drivers alert for any extended period of time.



Fuel Additive Use during Cold Weather Conditions


As colder weather approaches you need to use fuel additives to prevent fuel jelling. Fuel additive should be added anytime the ambient temperature is below 32 degrees F. Power Service and Penray are popular manufactures of fuel additives and both companies have two different products available through Navistar and Idealease locations.


Power Service:

  • The "Red Bottle" is Power Service 911 and is to be used only when the fuel in a unit has been jelled and NOT TO BE USED AS A PREVENTATIVE MEASURE TO KEEP 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 < 30 degrees F.
  • This is the additive you should use on a regular basis during the winter months.


  • Winter Thaw Emergency Diesel Fuel Supplement
    • Dissolves already gelled fuel fast. Reduces clogging of fuel filters. Prevents ice crystal build-up in fuel lines and filters by disbursing moisture.
    • Eliminates hard starting, pounding, excessive smoking and helps improve combustion.  100% compatible with low sulfur fuel and fuel blends.
  • Winter Pow-R Plus Diesel Fuel Supplement
    • ULSD compliant. Prevents gelling of diesel fuel. Prevents ice crystal formation. Reduces cold filter plug point b as much as 30ºF. Helps enhance cetane. Helps improve fuel economy. Utilizes HAFI® technology. Improves cold weather starting.
    • Stabilizes and prevents corrosion. Helps reduce emissions. Helps improve lubricity



Parking Lot Accident Exposure Increases during the Holidays!


As we are drawing near to the holiday season it is time to remind your drivers of the exposures that exist in parking lots as they make deliveries and pickups.  Parking lots at this time of the year can be especially dangerous for drivers making deliveries or just stopping for lunch.  The exposure exists for a vehicle accident as well as being involved in an accident as a pedestrian.  This holiday season pay special attention when operating in a parking lot and observe the following advice:


  • Wear your seatbelt - even low speed collisions can throw you around the cab of your truck.
  • Obey all traffic signs such as Stop and Yield.
  • Drive slowly and use your turn signals and headlights - make sure your vehicle is seen and watch for distracted motorists who do not see you coming.
  • Obey traffic lanes and do NOT drive diagonally across lots (watch for cars cutting diagonally across lots).
  • Slow down for speed bumps as not to injure yourself or damage your cargo.
  • Use delivery driveway entrances for customers that auto traffic is not likely to use.
  • Beware of motorist who are lost or distracted looking for specialty stores that are not frequented.
  • Be extra careful at entrances and exits - motorists stop suddenly and for no apparent reason - tailgaters often end up in rear-end collisions, and rushing while turning into access road or side street traffic can also lead to collisions.
  • Be especially careful in lots that contain Post Offices, package stores and other locations where people are prone to dart in and out hastily in a hurry to be on their way.
  • Be extra careful during peak times when reckless drivers may speed through lanes while trying to get a "better spot" closer to the shops.
  • Some drivers are on the "hunt" for an ideal parking spot and may drive erratically - watching for open spots rather than watching where they are driving!  These drivers often circle the lanes nearest to their store - parking away from stores may make a longer walk, but prove less dangerous from a vehicle collision standpoint.
  • Lock your truck at all times when not attended.  Parking lots are very busy and are often targeted by thieves.



November 7, 2014



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Protecting the Truck During Cold Weather!


1. Diesel supplement should be added to the ultra low sulfur diesel fuel when temperatures drop below 32 degrees. 

2. If you truck is equipped with an engine block heater it should be plugged in when the temperature is below 32 degrees. Trucks that are not utilized should be started and let run every day to bring the unit up to normal operating temperature.

3. Intial start up procedure should be as follows: Complete pre- trip of unit, unplug block heater, turn ignition switch to on, and wait for glow plug lights to go out, start engine, leave engine run until engine operating temperatures increase.

4. For trucks equipped with air brakes, drivers should purge air tanks daily.  If the unit is equipped with an air drier, bringing the PSI to 120 will automatically purge the system.

5. If you are driving in snow, ice, slush, rain, etc., before parking the unit for the day you should lightly apply the brakes while the unit is moving to dry the brake shoes, drums, rotors and pads so the brakes do not freeze while parked.

6. Make sure windshield washer solvent is full and that all windows are clean.


7. Remove any ice-snow build up from steps and grab handles to prevent a slip or fall.


8. When parking the unit make sure if heavy snow is forecast that the unit is not left parked in an outside dock or near a building overhang. Snow can drift off of the building causing excessive accumulation on the top of the truck or trailer and can cause the roof to collapse.



Did You Know?


The first parking lot in the world was created in Fort Wayne, doubt just in time for holiday shopping.





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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