1. Semi-Truck Speeding Risks

    Most speeders are more concerned about getting a traffic ticket than being involved in an accident. Consequently, many people may not understand why a speeding semi-truck poses such a high risk of injury. Semi-trucks are built much differently than smaller vehicles and can weigh as much as 20 to 30 times as much as most passenger vehicles on the road. Some of the reasons a speeding semi-truck is particularly dangerous are:

    -Significantly increased stopping distances: It is much more difficult to stop a moving truck than it is a smaller vehicle. When a truck travels in excess of the speed limit, it can have an adverse effect on the trucks ability to stop and avoid obstacles or other vehicles in its path, thereby increasing the risk of an accident.

    -Truck tires are not made for excessive speed: All vehicles have limits as to how fast they can safely travel. Most large truck tires are not designed to travel in excess of 75 miles-per-hour. When trucks speed, therefore, it can significantly increase the risk of tire blowouts and wrecks.

    -Increased difficulty controlling the vehicle: Speeding makes vehicles harder to control. Not only do drivers have less time to react to road conditions and unexpected situations, a quickly moving vehicle is often harder to turn and may become less maneuverable at high speed.

    -Increase rollover or jackknife risk: Semi-trucks are at risk for rollover accidents due to their relatively high center of gravity. In addition, because of the coupling device between the cab and the trailer, semi-trucks are also at risk for jackknife accidents. High speeds increase the risk of both of these kinds of accidents.

  2. Under-Inflated Tires Can Be Costly

    Vehicles with under-inflated tires can exhibit handling problems and contribute to crashes resulting in fatalities and serious injuries. Under-inflated tires impact a driver’s ability to control a vehicle against skidding, blowouts, and other tire failures. While not a leading cause of highway accidents and fatalities, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study shows under-inflated tires contribute to approximately 250 fatalities and 23,500 injuries per year. 

    Further, the fuel economy of vehicles driving on under-inflated tires is lower. The Department of Energy estimated waste of about 1.2 billion gallons of fuel per year as a result of driving on under-inflated tires.

    A decrease in tire pressure can be caused by poor maintenance, driving habits, punctures, road conditions, and the quality of material used in tire construction. According to tire experts, under normal driving conditions, air-filled tires can lose from 1 to 12 psi per month as air permeates the tires.

    Please check the air pressure in your tires with a quality tire gauge. Your Tractor and Trailer tires should be at 100 psi (except Super Singles which should be 110 psi).

  3. Food Safety

    Oct 14

    Posted in Safety

    Food Safety

    The Centers for Disease Control estimates 1 in 6 Americans get sick due to foodborne diseases annually. Don't spoil your trip and become part of this food safety statistic!

    The golden rule: wash your hands whenever possible with soap and water, especially before you eat and after you use the bathroom. Also, use hand sanitizer.


    Packing Food for the Trip:

    Keep cold food cold. Place cold food in coolers with frozen gel packs or ice. 40°F or below prevents bacterial growth.

    Keep hot food hot. Pass on hot food unless you have a portable heating unit which can be safely used.

    Rinse all fresh produce under running tap water before packing it in a cooler, including produce with peel away skins or rinds.


    On the Road- Restaurants and Rest Stops:

    Beware of buffets. Potentially food has not been held at proper temperatures or may become mishandled by unclean hands.

    Steer clear of food served at room temperature; the "danger zone" where bacteria thrive.

    Water is regulated and tested throughout the U.S., but, when in doubt, don't drink tap or well water — or anything made with it, such as ice or fountain drinks. Stick with sealed, bottled beverages.

    Fish, shellfish, meat and eggs are unsafe to eat when raw.

    Skip food from unknown street vendors. Stick to tried-and-true dining establishments.


    If you must use your cell phone for an emergency, make sure it is hands-free (make sure the blue tooth device does not cover both ears), keep your conversations short, and even better- find a legal place to park. The risk of a crash when using a cell phone is four times higher than the risk of a crash when a cell phone is not being used.

    Did You Know?A recent study found the majority of crashes in which the driver's attention was diverted involved some kind of internal distraction from objects in or around the vehicle, interacting with another person or animal, or interacting with instrumentation - including the radio, a/c, GPS, or a cell phone.

    Did You Know?Cell phones fit into each of the four major distraction categories. Cell phones are a visual (may require you to take your eyes off the road to dial), auditory (requires you to listen), biomechanical (requires you to operate them manually) and cognitive distracter (requires you to engage in a mental task other than driving).


  5. Operation Safe Driver

    The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will hold its Operation Safe Driver Week 2017, starting tomorrow October 15th through the 21st.

    The goal of the week is to improve commercial and non-commercial driver behavior and performance through effective enforcement, education, and awareness strategies. 

    The campaign will increase traffic enforcement activity for both commercial and non-commercial vehicles, emphasizing seat belt enforcement, moving violations, fatigue, texting, distracted driving, and unsafe driving behaviors.

    Driver roadside inspections will be increased. Be prepared!