Superior Health Linens - February 2016
“OPERATION SAFE DRIVER WEEK” RESULTS
Results from the October 18-24, 2015 “Operation Safe Driver Week” were released on January 5. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) stated that 21,012 commercial motor vehicles and passenger vehicles were pulled over during the event. Of this total number, 19,480 were commercial vehicles and drivers who received the North American Standard Roadside Inspection by CVSA – certified inspectors. This was an increase of 6,000 commercial vehicle inspections from the 2014 event. Interestingly, of all the passenger vehicle stops 27.3 % was for speeding while stops for speeding was 9.3% of the total CMV enforcement stops.
The top five warnings and citations issued to commercial motor vehicle drivers were:
The top five warnings and citations issues to non-CMV (passenger vehicle) drivers were:
* When people tell me, “You’re Gonna Regret That In The Morning” I sleep in until noon ----- Because I’m a Problem Solver!
*Learn a lesson from your dog --- No matter what life brings you, just kick some grass over that crap and move on!
*Sometimes late at night I dig a hole in my backyard ----Just to keep the nosey neighbors guessing.
Feb. 4- MARK KONKEL - Plover
Feb. 18- DAVID WESTERHOUSE - Plover
Feb. 25- DAVID MOSS - Batavia
REDUCTION IN TRUCK RELATED FATALITIES
The American Trucking Association reports that the rate of truck-involved fatalities has declined. The fatality rate fell for the second straight year to 1.4 deaths per 100 million miles traveled.
There were 3,903 truck-involved fatalities in 2014, a decline of 61 from 2013 while at the same time the number of miles traveled by large trucks rose to more than 279 billion miles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (These numbers represent crashes where a large truck was involved in the crash and not necessarily the cause of the accident.) The fatality rate dropped 2.78% from 2013 and has fallen 4.76% over the past two years. In the past decade the rate has fallen 40.6%. Short-term declines are welcome news but the long-term trends are most important.
DEFENSIVE DRIVING TIPS FOR
THE PROFESSIONAL TRUCKER
Statistically speaking, working as a driver in the transportation industry is one of the riskier career choices one can make. Numbers from the decade ending in 2012 suggest that just over 22 drivers die annually on the job for every 100,000 truck drivers on the road. As a professional driver, you need to do everything you can to make sure you finish each workday in one piece. Defensive driving is a big part of that.
The concept of defensive driving is one of understanding the potential hazards you might encounter on a regular basis, and doing what is necessary to avoid them. Avoiding problems is the best way to stay out of trouble, regardless of what you are talking about. Avoiding problems on the road should be obvious to all drivers.
Defensive driving tips that you should use for your own safety:
--Vehicle Inspections – Professional truck drivers are required by law to perform vehicle inspections. Do not neglect to do a full inspection. Otherwise, you could miss something that could be potentially dangerous.
--Safe Distances – As you know, your truck is far bigger and heavier than the passenger vehicles around you. Safe braking requires distance. For your safety and the safety of others around you, maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Also brake early when approaching stop signals and always remember that weather conditions greatly affect braking effectiveness and distances.
--Be Patient – Patience is not usually thought of as a defensive driving skill. However, patience is an absolute necessity for the truck driver. Understand that something will disrupt your schedule nearly every day. Understand that it will happen and that it will be okay. If you allow yourself to become agitated, you are more likely to be involved in an accident.
--Be Courteous – Be aware of other drivers on the road and treat them exactly like you want to be treated. You do not have to be first in line or the fastest on the highway. Common sense and common courtesy is the best policy.
--Turn Signals: - The average car driver does not understand what you see from inside your truck. He or she thinks nothing of pulling up alongside you and blowing past as though you were standing still. So when you change lanes, make sure you give other vehicles plenty of warning by using your turn signal well in advance. This will not stop every “crazy” driver from pulling up along side of you, but it will allow some to show courtesy and let you make the lane change safely.
--Center Lane Driving – Avoid driving in the center or left lanes if you are moving at or below the posted speeds otherwise, you will find yourself in the dangerous position of having vehicles passing you on both sides. Stick with the right hand lane as much as possible.
As a truck driver, your safety is is of prime importance so remember --- Defensive Drivers are Safer Drivers.
DON’T CROWD THE PLOW
Winter driving can be full of inconveniences and delays. But it’s important to remember that snowplow operators are working hard to make the roads safer and they certainly deserve your courtesy and patience --- even when you’re in a hurry. Here are some tips from the
*Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far back enough to avoid the “snow fog”. Plow operators will pull over to let built up traffic pass when it is safe to do so.
*Stay alert since snow plows turn or exit frequently with little warning. They may also travel over the centerline or partially into traffic to imrove road conditions.
*Slow down and drive according to the conditions. Most winter crashes are caused by driving too fast for conditions.
*Know where the plow is on multi-lane roadways. The snow plow could be in any lane or even on the shoulder.
*Be extremely cautious when passing a snow plow. They can be moved sideways by snow drifts and hard packed snow.
*Never drive through “white outs” or the “snow fog” caused by the snow plow. Stay back until visability clears.
*Turn on your headlights to increase your visibility to other motorists and the snow plow operators. Make sure you clean snow and ice from your headlights, tail-lights and windows to see and to be seen.
*Be patient and remember that it is far better to get to your destination 5 minutes later than to not get there at all.
*Don’t assume that you have good traction just because the road looks clear. Just plowing the snow doesn’t rid the road of all hazzards. The same road can have very different conditions on curves, bridges and shaded areas. Windy conditions not only affects the falling snow but affects the handling of your vehicle – especially large trucks when empty.
*Never use cruise control on wet , icy or snow covered roadways.
February----------a short month but it doesn’t lack for recognition or celebrations. Did you know it is Black History Month, National Bird Feeding Month and American Heart Month? National Freedom Day is on the 1st, Groundhog Day is on the 2nd, Rosa Parks Day and World Cancer Day are both celebrated on the 4th. All you inventors get your day on the 11th, National Inventor’s Day. Let’s not forget World Radio Day on the 13th and President’s Day and Susan B. Anthony Day on the 15th. OOOPs, almost forgot Valentine’s Day on the 14th. (Don’t ever forget Valentine’s Day because if you have someone else in your life you could be in a world of hurt!)
World Thinking Day is on the 22nd so let’s all take a moment and think about that. What’s more important on this day - Doing a whole lot of thinking or thinking of just the good stuff? I’ll have to think on that awhile.
February has several days of Mardi Gras and numerous religious observances and you can see that it’s a very busy month. Don’t forget that this year we have an extra day, Leap Day on the 29th. We’ll need that extra day to rest from all the events listed above. ^$#)*!%#@* --- the 29th is a Monday!
Safe Driving To All,
Director of Fleet Services
What Does a Skateboarder
Have to do with CSA?
(A tragic accident in New York illustrates why crash accountability needs to be considered under CSA.)
One of the biggest complaints that the trucking industry has had with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety and Accountability enforcement program has been that it doesn’t distinguish between at-fault accidents and those where it was clearly the other party’s fault.
One example is that of a man, bent on suicide, who jumped off a bridge into the path of a commercial vehicle. This “accident” goes down on this fleet’s CSA scores.
Another recent example is that of a 32-year-old skateboarder who died while trying to hitch a ride on the passenger side of a truck while riding a skateboard.
Richard Oates, owner of a Brooklyn skateboard shop and a skilled chef, was hanging onto the passenger side of a Mack truck on the Lower East Side of New York city when he lost his balance when the truck changed lanes. He was run over by the passenger-side wheels. Based on witness reports, the driver wasn’t aware of what happened and drove on.
The New York Times reports that hitching a ride on a vehicle, known as “skitching” in the skateboard community, is banned by state laws but quite common. Mr. Oates reportedly was known to engage in this activity, arriving by skateboard at each of the restaurants where he worked.
No charges were filed against the truck driver but should a trucking company’s CSA scores really be subject to the results of such recklessness by a skateboarder?
Valentine’s Day Humor - - - - -
“Love is a game that two can play and both win.”
“Love is an electric blanket with somebody else in control of the switch.”
“Today is Valentine’s Day, or, as men like to call it, Extortion Day.”
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
Charles M. Schulz
“Instead of getting married again, I’m going to find a woman I don’t like and give her a house.”
“If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular.”
“If you only have one smile in you ---- give it to the people you love.”
“Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
“Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots.”
“Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There’s too much fraternizing with the enemy.”
“True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.”
“What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.”
“Three things can’t be hidden: coughing, poverty and love.”
“Valentine’s Day is when a lot of married men are reminded what a poor shot Cupid really is.”