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O Say Can You See?


Not only is this the beginning verse of the United States National Anthem, it is also a question a driver must ask themselves while operating any type of vehicle.  Sunday will be the first day of fall and we see during this time of the year drastic changes in temperatures which result in rain storms and foggy conditions. Our sight and vision of the road and surroundings is ins

trumental in operating the vehicle in a safe manner not causing damage or injury to you or the motoring 

public that you are in close proximity with on the roadway. During a road trip to an adjoining state this week w

ith a colleague, we saw a number of vehicles that were putting themselves as well as the rest of 

  us in danger by not operating their vehicle safely in low visibility such as rain and nighttime situations. 

Nighttime driving is more difficult because visibility is reduced. However, low visibility conditions often occur during the day, caused by heavy snowfall, downpours, thick fog and blowing dust or smoke. Follow these safety tips for driving in low visibility conditions:


Slow down.  Disengage your cruise control. Most accidents occur because the driver is going too fast for the weather conditions.


Use your low beams.  High beams will disperse in thick fog or snow, making visibility worse for you and other drivers.


Lights: Make sure that all of your lights are clear of bugs, dirt, road film, etc. to give you and other motorist the highest level of visibility and sight.


Avoid entering an area if you cannot see a safe distance ahead.


Loss of Visibility: If you suddenly encounter a severe loss of visibility, pull off the pavement as far as possible. Stop, turn off your lights, set the emergency brake and take your foot off the brake to be sure the taillights are not illuminated. Turn on your emergency flashers.


Safely Pull Over: If you can't pull off the roadway, slow down, turn on your low beam headlights and sound the horn occasionally. Use the white fog line or roadside reflectors if necessary to help guide you.


Never stop in the travel lanes.


Rain: People do not realize just how dangerous this can be and tend to drive too fast. When you are driving a truck, look in your mirror next time it rains and watch just how much water spray you generate from your tires. There is enough to blind the driver behind you. Also, remember what you were taught, that you can hydroplane even at 35 mph; so please do yourself and others a favor and drive at a safe speed in the rain.


Be aware when bobtailing a tractor in rain and applying the brakes. Without the trailer, the braking power is disproportionate and can cause the vehicle to go into a spin and lose control. There have been many trucks jackknifed because they were going too fast and needed to make a sudden stop. You will slide even quicker when you have a light load. Also, when passing another vehicle, make sure you have enough room to return back into the lane.


There have been many trucks that come into the lane too soon, and cause the other vehicle to go off the road. Water spray is what causes you, the driver, to misjudge your distance and you may be the next one to cause an accident if you aren't paying attention when passing. Also, watch for those curves- especially in the rain!

How often is a motor carrier required to review the motor vehicle record of a driver that operates a commercial motor vehicle?


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations requires a motor carrier qualifying a new driver to obtain and review the motor vehicle record (MVR) of the driver within 30 days of the date of hire CFR 391.23. As a Better Business Practice, it is recommended that the Motor Vehicle Record be obtained and reviewed prior to making an offer of employment to the driver applicant. After the driver is qualified, the regulations require that at least once every 12 months the motor carrier make an inquiry into the driving record of each driver it employs, covering at least the preceding 12 months, to the appropriate agency of every State in which the driver held a commercial motor vehicle operator's license or permit during the time period CFR 391.25. The original motor vehicle record that was used to qualify the driver shall be retained for the duration of employment and 3 years after termination. The motor vehicle records obtained annually after hire can be purged from the files 3 years after the date of issuance.

So those are the regulations regarding MVR's...

Now as a "Best Practice" and to be proactive in monitoring violations; a motor carrier should do the following:


Have a company policy that requires drivers to report all violations including violations incurred in their personal vehicles immediately to the company. Keep in mind that the FMCSA regulations addressing driver disqualification include certain violations that occur in any motor vehicle. CFR 383.51


Review the Moving Violations section of your CSA SMS report under the Unsafe Driving Basic. This will allow you to see all violation convictions that have occurred in CMV's with your US DOT number in the past 24 months. Compare these violations to those reported by your drivers and the MVR's on file. Any discrepancy should be reviewed with the driver.


Consider running MVR's more often than once every 12 months as required by regulation.

September 20th, 2013
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October is National Recovery Month - "Together on Pathways to Wellness"


National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The observance's main focus is to laud the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

Recovery Month, now in its 24th year, highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery and also honors the prevention, treatment, and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible, and also encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.


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October 6-12: National Fire Prevention Week


October 20-26: CVSA Operation Safe Driver Week

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