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Monday, April 29, 2013

5 Trends in Private Fleets

5 Trends in Private Fleets

“The number one issue is just change,” says Chris Maccio, director of sales for PacLease. “Change in EPA regulations, change in federal motor carrier safety requirements, change in the driver landscape. It's coming at us faster and faster.

“So there are just a lot of heavy issues facing private fleets. And they are under tremendous pressure every day to be a value-added service to their companies.”

“The number one issue is just change,” says Chris Maccio, director of sales for PacLease. “Change in EPA regulations, change in federal motor carrier safety requirements, change in the driver landscape. It's coming at us faster and faster.

“So there are just a lot of heavy issues facing private fleets. And they are under tremendous pressure every day to be a value-added service to their companies.”


Read more:  http://www.truckinginfo.com/article/story/2013/04/5-trends-in-private-fleets.aspx?prestitial=1

Saturday, April 27, 2013

CVSA’s Roadcheck 2013 planned for June 4-6: Land Line Magazine


CVSA’s Roadcheck 2013 planned for June 4-6

Mark your June calendars. The CVSA Roadcheck 2013 is right around the corner. The annual inspection event – the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 72-hour safety blitz – is scheduled for June 4-6.

CVSA sponsors Roadcheck with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).

CVSA’s Roadcheck 2013 planned for June 4-6: Land Line Magazine

Monday, April 22, 2013

Tip Of The Day - Space + Visibility = Time


Tip Of The Day


Keep a 2 to 3 Second  Following Distance

Depending on Conditions

Commercial Vehicles 3 to 4 second may be ideal.


Space + Visibility = Time

For You  The Driver  To React


Monday, April 15, 2013

Why You Need to Pay Attention to Your Air Dryer - Articles - Maintenance - Articles - TruckingInfo.com

Why You Need to Pay Attention to Your Air Dryer - Articles - Maintenance - Articles - TruckingInfo.com


It's more important than ever to protect a truck's air system from contamination, because there are more and more on-vehicle technologies making use of that air.

That's why having and taking proper care of an air dryer is vital. Installed between the compressor and reservoirs, the air dryer collects and removes solid, liquid, and aerosol contaminants such as water and oil before they enter the air brake system and jeopardize efficient operation.

Bendix, which has produced more than 10 million air dryers, says it's not enough to remove the moisture from the air. It says you also need to make sure the oil is being kept out of the air system.

Oil can contribute to premature damage in a variety of components such as push-pull dash valves, spring brake modulating valves, and brake chamber diaphragms. And oil-deteriorated seals can cause air system leaks that may cost you points during roadside inspection.
Read More: Why You Need to Pay Attention to Your Air Dryer - Articles - Maintenance - Articles - TruckingInfo.com

Myth - I don't need to Check Auto Slacks Fact- Automatic Slack-Adjusters Must Be Checked Regularly.

Tip of The Day

Automatic Slack-Adjusters Must Be Checked and Maintained Regularly.


Myth - I don't need to Check Auto Slacks
Fact- Automatic Slack-Adjusters Must Be Checked Regularly.

Automatic slack-adjusters are mechanical and if not properly maintained can go faulty, it may not necessarily be the slack adjuster it could be somewhere in the foundation brake system, cam, cam rollers, springs, etc.

Automatic Slack Adjusters Must Be Properly Maintained and Checked for Proper Push Rod Travel.

For proper Push Rod Travel check with your local Dealer, Technician, Mechanic, or Manufacture for the requirement on your specific equipment. Measurements may differ for each manufacturer.


Friday, April 12, 2013

Tip of The Day Commercial Truck Driver Safe Driving: Visual Search

Tip of The Day
Safe Driving: Visual Search



Safe Driving: Visual Search

Because of the size and momentum of their vehicles, professional truck drivers have the responsibility to anticipate the actions of drivers of other vehicles around them. Part of this training involves looking down the road much farther than the typical driver does looking 12 to 15 seconds ahead and then referencing back quickly into your side mirrors every 3 to 5 seconds.. This can be hard to do on hilly or curvy roads.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Jury awards $58.5 million to family, says truck driver not adequately trained: Land Line Magazine

The award consists of $11.5 million in actual damages and $47 million in punitive damages


Twenty percent of the liability falls to oilfield trucking company Standard E&S, also of Lubbock, while the owner of the tanker truck, Zia Transport of Hobbs, NM, was 9 percent responsible, the jury said. The driver of the truck, Monte Lyons, was 1 percent responsible.

The award consists of $11.5 million in actual damages and $47 million in punitive damages to Santa Fe Trust, a fund set up for Udy’s family.
Read More: Jury awards $58.5 million to family, says truck driver not adequately trained: Land Line Magazine

Monday, April 8, 2013

Looks like a day of Super B Train Training!!



Saferway's Tractor Balloo with the B-Train Lead


Saferway's Tractor Balloo with the B-Train Lead getting set up to Hook up to the B-Train Tail. Looks like a day of Super B Train Training!!

Tip of The Day - Every Pre-Trip starts with the approach of the vehicle.



Tip of The Day

Every Pre-Trip starts with the approach of the vehicle.


Is it sitting level 

  • Could indicate Low front tire 
  • Springs broken
  • Suspension problems etc. 

Anything hanging down under the truck to indicate a problem 

  • Oil leaks 
  • Coolant Leaks 
  • Wires, hoses etc.


Condition of the cab and components.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Tip Of The Day Always Use 3 Point Contact - Jenn Asked WHY?

Saferway Driver Training School Ltd. Blog Page: Commercial Truck Driver Tip Of The Day Always Use...: Commercial Truck Driver Tip Of The Day Always Use 3-Point Contact When Entering or Exiting The Cab Of The Truck.

Jenn asked Why


Answer - Many preventable falls happen when truck drivers or passengers enter or exit a cab of a truck facing outward (Not Facing the Cab Inward) or from jumping out of the cab and not using 3 point contact. 3 point contact for clarification is 3 point of contact on the vehicle, two hands one foot or two feet one hand the same as a mountain climber would use to secure him/herself. That to be said it is mandatory and Company Policy for all Employees and Students or anybody for that matter to use 3 point contact entering or exiting Saferway Driver Training School Ltd's. Vehicles. -Note: I feel the manufactures of those fuel tanks hate truck drivers, WHY - if you look under the right foot of the student there is a fuel fill cap!!! HUh!, who in there right mind would put a fuel fill, that is where the driver fuels the vehicle with slippery diesel fuel - Right under the drivers door (and passenger door) where the driver or passengers enter and exits the cab many times a day. Good question as most student are unsure of what the 3 point contact is, and with my students I like them to know if I instruct them to do something, they need to know why I instruct them, what is the purpose, how does it help them, in this case safety I know of a few people that have not lasted as long as me in the industry simply from falls from the vehicle injuring themselves. 

SORRY NO SHORT ANSWER; Randy

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Road to ruin: Canada’s truck drivers are a dwindling resource

Road to ruin: Canada’s truck drivers are a dwindling resource


The parking lot behind one of Ottawa’s trucking schools is packed with rows of trucks parked in perfectly parallel lines. These trucks are ready to hit the open road, but could rust while they wait: Canada is on the way to experiencing it’s worst driver shortage in history. Last month, Minister of State (Transport) Minister Steven Fletcher said the driver shortage could be a particular concern in the fast-growing Western provinces” and the economy.

“If not addressed, driver shortages could become acute and a brake not just on your industry but on the wider economy,” Fletcher said in a speech to the Manitoba Trucking Association.

Follow link to video:
http://youtu.be/eiB-Y1MJhGc