Superior Health Linens - June 2016
The COMERCIAL VEHICLE SAFETY ALLIANCE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT
ITS ANNUAL ROADSIDE INSPECTION BLITZ WILL BE HELD JUNE 7-9
Tire-related violations are common but there will be an added emphasis on tire safety during the upcoming roadcheck. Tire safety is highlighted this year to remind drivers and motor casrriers about the importance of ensuring tires are well maintained, properly inflated for the load being carried and free of serious wear or damage.
Tires must have at least the minimum required tread depth measured in a major tread groove which is 4/32 inch for tires on the front axle and 2/32 inch for all other tires. More than 4 % of the 2015 roadcheck inspections resulted in a tread depth violations.
While there may be an emphasis on tires, all drivers must be prepared for all levels of inspection. Make sure all driver documents are up to date and with you (license, fed med card, log books if required and manifest). Make sure all vehicle documents are in the truck, (registration, annual vehicle inspection report, insurance cab card, pre/post trip inspection report, fuel tax cab card, etc.). Making sure all lights are in working order, no fluid leaks are evident, tires are legal and properly inflated, cargo is properly strapped and all driver and vehicle paperwork is present will mean that inspections will result in no violations.
June 3- JEROME DAVIS - Batavia
June 3- WAYNE FRAZIER - Joliet
June 25- ERNEST MENNECKE - Joliet
PREVENTABLE ACCIDENTS ? ? ?
If you have an accident that isn’t your fault, you can’t possibly get into trouble for that, right?
While that may be true for passenger car and pickup truck drivers it isn’t always true for commercial truck drivers. Even if the driver of the other vehicle gets the ticket your fleet company may decide that the accident was “preventable”. Even if the cop says the other guy was at fault and the other guy admits that the accident was his fault you may be written up for having a “preventable accident”.
Many companies have a policy regarding preventable accidents. Company management will get together with you and discuss the accident. Everyone will dig deep and analyze the situation, looking for the answer to one simple question: Is there anything you (the truck driver) could have done to prevent this accident? If the determination is that the accident was preventable then the driver will be repremanded in some form.
What’s a driver to do? In two words, be careful. Your only true defense is to drive so safely, so carefully, that you never, ever have an accident. Many experienced drivers get too comfortable. They think they are good because they can quickly back into docks and easily manuever their rigs in and out of traffic. They may be good equipment operators but this does not make them good drivers.
Simple safe system: Stay in your lane and always be prepared to stop. There are so many people, cars and trucks in one small area that there’s bound to be accidents. Expect the worst from these “four-wheelers”, stay in one lane and be prepared to stop. Plan on an accident happening – be ready for it. After all, you’re the professional driver.
SUMMERTIME - - - -
“Deep summertime is when laziness finds respectability.”
“I love summertime more than anything else in the world. That is the only thing that gets me through the winter, knowing that summer is going to be there.”
“Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer’s day along a dusty English road and he will soon discover why beer was invented.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton
“When I figured out how to work my grill, it was quite a moment. I discovered that summer is a completely different experience when you know how to grill.”
“A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp.”
“Summer is drawn blinds in Louisiana, long winds in Wyoming, shade of elms and maples in New England.”
“We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost.”
“I like summer. I like warmer weather and long days. I’m one of those silly people who still enjoy lying in the sun – my children are horrified.”
“Maybe it was the challenge of flight, the opportunity to fly, the competition of summer camp and the inspiration of West Point. I think all of those things helped me develop a dedication and inspired me to get ahead.”
Memorial Day has come and gone and our Summer has begun. I would have enjoyed a little more Spring this year. It seems as though we have not had a normal spring for several years. Cool weather, late frosts and the continued use of the home furnace lasted well into the beginning of May. We shouldn’t have to turn off the furnace and turn on the air conditioner in one single move.
SHL drivers have been notified of the upcoming “Roadcheck America” in several different ways including an article in this newsletter. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of being prepared and getting clean inspections with no violations. Our CSA scores reflect our preparedness and the actions of our drivers when on the road. We all have to think safety at all times.
We also need to continue scheduling vacation time. Vacations have to be used and can’t be “carried over” to next year. Please talk to your supervisor and get your vacation on the schedule. Don’t wait until December. I don’t want anyone cmplaining of losing their vacation. If you have vacation time coming ---- schedule it & use it!
Safe Driving To All,
Director of Fleet Services
THE BEACH - - - On our first day at the resort my wife and I decided to hit the beach. When we went back to the room to get something to drink, one of the hotel maids was making our bed.
I grabbed my cooler and on the way out I turned and asked the maid, “Can we drink beer on the beach?”
“Sure,” she said, “but I have to finish the rest of the rooms first.”
CANADIAN SUMMER - - - I asked my Canadian friend, “Did you have a good Summer?”
He replied, “Yes, we had a great picnic that afternoon!”