Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Weekly Safety Message:

Weekly Safety Message: Always try to use a spotter when backing or negotiating a tight or difficult maneuver. Make sure your spotter is at least 10 feet from your vehicle and never lose sight of your spotter

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mothers Day Memories

Tomorrow is Mothers day - Share your memories of  special times or occasions you recall that you and your mother shared together. Or Share a Special Memory you think about when You think of your Mother

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Trivia Question

 At 55 mph and total weight of 80,000#, how far does a large truck need to travel before it can come to a complete stop? A. the length of a football field B. 2x the length of a football field C. 500 feet D. 250 feet

ANSWER: ***B. Twice the length of a football field*** A big truck cannot stop on a dime, like a little car. In the U.S. trucks usually have ABS brakes. A loaded truck weighting the maximum allowed (80,000lbs) can require twice the length of a football field to stop. The lighter the load, the longer the distance! Rain or slick roads make even more distance necessary. ///NOTE/// Speeds above 55 mph greatly increase stopping distance. Brakes, tires, springs and shocks on heavy vehicles are designed to work best when the vehicle is fully loaded. It takes more time and distance to stop an empty vehicle! (Source: Speed and Space Managment Driver's Handbook, J.J. Keller & Associates Inc.)

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

From CDL Life - Is Truck Driving One Of The Most Dangerous Jobs?

It can be dangerous out on the road.  Drivers are often pushed to work against the clock to make their pickups or deliveries on time, the food served at truck stops is often a heart attack on a plate and safe, available parking is hard to find.  Is truck driving one of the most dangerous jobs in America?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, truck drivers have the 8th most dangerous job in America, that’s up 9 spots from 2008 when it was listed as the 17th most dangerous job in the U.S.
By: Keith Veronese-
What incredibly important profession combines horrible hours, bad pay, and a poor lifestyle? Truck driving. This is a job that destroys so many lives that it could soon become unsustainable. Here’s why.
Lots of Work, Little Pay
Truck drivers are expected to drive up to fourteen hours straight a day, receiving roughly ten hours off prior to  the beginning of the next shift. Legislation regulating the amount of driving a trucker performs over the course of a day and week does exist, but these rules are commonly bent and broken.
Truckers rarely receive more than one day of work off a week. The chance of dying on the job is extremely high, with deaths of truckers in auto accidents accounting for 12% of all work related deaths in the United States.
All this comes with a paltry average annual salary of just under $38,000. A trucker can easily work 4400 hours a year, coming to an hourly wage of $8.70.
This is the first half of the Article From CDL Life -
What Do you Believe is the Best & Worst things about your Life on the Road as a Truck Driver ?