Safety & Compliance

Winter Driving Tips for PennDOT

Tips for Safe Driving This Winter Season From the Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation:

Carry a winter emergency travel kit (see below).

Keep your gas tank at least half full.

Slow down and increase following distance.

Avoid sudden stops and starts.

Beware of roads that may look wet, but are actually frozen, often referred to as “black ice.”

Use extra caution on bridges and ramps, where ice can often form without warning.

Carry a cellphone.

Do not use cruise control while driving on snow-covered roads.

State law requires you to turn on your headlights when your wipers are on.

Use your low beams in particularly bad weather, especially in cases of heavy or blowing snow.

Remove ice and snow from windows, mirrors and all vehicle lights before you drive and as often as needed.

Remove snow and ice from the hood and roof of your vehicle. State law states that if snow or ice from your vehicle strikes a vehicle or person and causes death or injury, you can be ticketed.

Do not park or abandon your vehicle on snow emergency routes.

Do not pass or get between trucks plowing in a plow line (several trucks plowing side by side).

If you do become stranded, it’s better to stay with your vehicle until help arrives. Run the engine every hour or so, but make sure the tailpipe is clear and keep the downwind window cracked open.

Do not drink and drive, and always wear your seat belt.

Download the PennDOT Winter Driving Guide (PDF).
WINTER EMERGENCY KIT
PennDOT recommends packing a winter emergency kit in your vehicle any time you travel. Print out our Winter Emergency Kit List (PDF) to help you in your preparations.

Flashlight and batteries

Battery-operated radio

Jumper cables

Cellphone and charger

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By |October 26th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on Winter Driving Tips for PennDOT

CVSA Operation Safe Driver Week October 15-21

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Safety Push Will Target Driver Behavior During Operation Safe Driver Program
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will be conducting heightened safety enforcement along with law enforcement agencies throughout North America October 15 – 21, 2017.

Throughout the week, law enforcement personnel will identify and issue warnings and/or citations to commercial motor vehicle drivers and others exhibiting unsafe driving behaviors.

Some of the behaviors that they will be looking out for throughout Operation Safe Driver Program includes:

Speeding
Distracted driving
Texting
Failure to use seatbelt
Traveling too close
Improper lane change
Failure to obey traffic control devices

CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Program was created to help to reduce the number of crashes, deaths and injuries involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors.

Unsafe driver behaviors by CMV drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers continue to be the leading cause of crashes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) “Large Truck Crash Causation Study” cites driver behavior as the critical reason for more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger-vehicle crashes.

To find out about more about Operation Safe Driver Week, visit the CVSA website.

Source: CVSA

By |October 12th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on CVSA Operation Safe Driver Week October 15-21

Tips for Passing Your Next Roadside Inspection – Tech Tip Tuesday

According to recent FMCSA data, 20 out of every 100 vehicles (1 in 5) that get inspected receive an Out-of-Service (OOS) violation.
The difficulty of clearing road inspections is real. With more than 70,000 drivers and 200,000 vehicles receiving violation notices every year, it makes sense to give your drivers every chance to prepare for and pass roadside inspections.
To improve the success rate with roadside inspections you need to trace it back to where many of the problems originate from – issues with driver inspections, both pre and post-trip. Get that right and expect better results at your next roadside inspection.
Federal laws (DOT 392.7) require that no commercial motor vehicle (CMV) shall be driven unless the driver is satisfied. This implies that drivers should do a detailed visual inspection – service brakes, trailer brake connections, parking brakes, steering mechanisms, lighting devices, reflectors, horns, tires and windshield wipers – to make sure the vehicle is road-worthy and without observable defects.
The following helpful tips are bought to you by Telogis:
Tip # 1 – Educate your team
Tip # 2 – Review your fleet’s current state of play
Tip # 3 – Standardize your inspection process
Tip # 4 – Behavior-based management technology
To find out more information, view or download full pdf.

Contact a Bentley Truck Services location nearest you for all of your commercial truck service needs.
We are here to help you with parts and service for all your pre-inspection needs. We offer planned routine maintenance programs to help keep your fleet on the road!
Visit our Tech Tips for more useful information.

By |September 26th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Tips for Passing Your Next Roadside Inspection – Tech Tip Tuesday

September is Child Passenger Safety Month!

Help raise awareness for Child Safetry Month

Join us to bring public attention to the importance of properly securing all children in appropriate child safety seats, booster seats, or seat belts. Learn more at: https://www.nada.org/CustomTemplates/GeneralPage.aspx?id=21474839132

SOURCE(S): NADA, NHTSA

By |September 13th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on September is Child Passenger Safety Month!

CVSA Prepares for December 2017 ELD Implementation

CVSA Commits to Phased-In ELD Enforcement Process
AUGUST 28, 2017

Source: CVSA

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will begin enforcing the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate requirements on Dec. 18, 2017. The out-of-service criteria (OOSC) associated with the ELD mandate will go into effect on April 1, 2018.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) congressionally mandated ELD compliance deadline is still set for Dec. 18, 2017. On that date, inspectors and roadside enforcement personnel will begin documenting violations on roadside inspection reports and, at the jurisdiction’s discretion, will issue citations to commercial motor vehicle drivers operating vehicles without a compliant ELD. Beginning April 1, 2018, inspectors will start placing commercial motor vehicle drivers out of service if their vehicle is not equipped with the required device. Please note, a motor carrier may continue to use a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) no later than Dec. 16, 2019. The AOBRD must meet the requirements of 49 C.F.R. 395.15.

This announcement does not impact enforcement of the OOSC for other hours-of-service violations.

CVSA supports moving forward with the compliance date as specified in the rule. However, setting an April 1, 2018, effective date for applying the ELD OOSC will provide the motor carrier industry, shippers and the roadside enforcement community with time to adjust to the new requirement before vehicles are placed out of service for ELD violations.

CVSA member jurisdictions have used this phased-in approach in the past when implementing a significant change in regulatory requirements. The CVSA Board of Directors, in consultation with FMCSA and the motor carrier industry, agreed that the phased-in approach to implementation of the ELD requirements outlined in the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria will help promote a smoother transition to the new ELD requirement.

A letter was sent to FMCSA notifying the agency […]

By |August 28th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on CVSA Prepares for December 2017 ELD Implementation

CVSA Results from Unannounced Brake Safety Day

The CVSA released the results from the unannounced brake safety enforcement event, Brake Safety Day, which took place on May 3, 2017. More than 9,500 commercial motor vehicles were inspected.

The goal of Brake Safety Day is to conduct roadside inspections and identify and remove vehicles with critical brake violations from our roadways in an effort to reduce the number of crashes caused by or made more severe by poorly maintained braking systems on commercial motor vehicles. The event also sought to evaluate how well ABS are maintained in accordance with federal regulations.

During the event, 21% of all inspections resulted in a vehicle being placed out of service for violations with 12% of all inspections resulting in a brake-related violation that put a vehicle out of service.

 

The next Brake Safety Day event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at participating jurisdictions throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Are you ready? Bentley Truck Services is ready to assist customers in pre-inspecting their trucks. Contact one of our Service Department locations nearest you!

 

 

 

By |July 21st, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on CVSA Results from Unannounced Brake Safety Day

Truck Tire Safety Tips – Tech Tip Tuesday

Commercial Tire Safety Tips —————————————————————————

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has advised that exceeding tire speed ratings, increased front axle loads, and increased uptime/equipment utilization have led to increased tire failures on commercial trucks.

Here are some tire safety tips from The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to keep your truck on the road and safe:

Tire Inspection

Examine your tires EVERY DAY for:

Irregular tread wear
Cracking
Bulges
Inadequate tread depth
Cuts
Foreign objects
Other Damage

Inflation Pressure

Improper inflation pressure affects tire wear and fuel efficiency.

GAUGE your tires COLD before each trip
Adjust as necessary

Rims

Mismatched tire and rim components may explode and cause serious injury or death.

ONLY use approved tire/rim combinations of the appropriate width and diameter.

Extreme Loading

Overloading or under inflation causes excessive heat build-up and internal structural damage that can lead to a tire failure.

Speed

DO NOT exceed your tires’ speed rating – Doing so will damage your tires and lead to premature failure.

Contact the nearest service department location nearest to you for ALL of your commercial truck service needs.

Visit our Tech Tips section for more helpful tips.

By |July 11th, 2017|Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips, Truck Service|Comments Off on Truck Tire Safety Tips – Tech Tip Tuesday

CVSA’s Brake Safety Day 2017

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Day is Sept. 7, 2017

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced that September 7th, 2017, is Brake Safety Day, an enforcement and compliance campaign where law enforcement agencies across North America will conduct inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes, and brake-system and antilock braking system (ABS) violations as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Airbrake Program.

The goal of Brake Safety Day is to reduce the number of crashes caused by poorly maintained braking systems on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) by conducting roadside mechanical fitness inspections, and identifying and removing vehicles with critical brake violations from our roadways.

In addition, outreach and educational efforts by CMV inspectors, motor carriers and others are integral to the success of the campaign. Brake Safety Day activities seek to educate drivers, mechanics, owner-operators and others on the importance of proper brake maintenance, operation and performance.

Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe CMV operation. CMV brakes are designed to hold up under tough conditions, but they must be routinely inspected and maintained carefully and consistently so they operate and perform properly throughout the vehicle’s life. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce braking efficiency and increase the stopping distance of trucks and buses, posing serious risks to all highway users and public safety. Antilock braking systems help the vehicle, and thus the driver, maintain control in certain situations, which reduces the risk of some types of crashes.

Brake-related violations comprised the largest percentage (representing 45.7 percent) of all out-of-service violations cited during Operation Airbrake’s companion International Roadcheck campaign in 2016, which focused on inspections of both commercial motor vehicles and drivers.

Bentley Truck Services is ready to assist […]

By |July 6th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on CVSA’s Brake Safety Day 2017

Are You Ready? CVSA Roadcheck 2017 Starts Next Week

CVSA International Roadcheck 2017 will take place June 6-8
Let us help with Parts and Service – Call  (215) 937-1044 or stop by our Service Department at the location nearest you
Each year during the CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) Roadcheck event, tens of thousands of inspections are conducted. On average, about three times as many inspections are done each day during Roadcheck than on any other day.  Nearly 17 trucks or buses are inspected every minute across North America during the 72-hour period.

CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, driver ad cargo safety and security. Every year CVSA places a special emphasis on a particular category of violations. This year the area of main emphasis is cargo securement.

Now is the time to prepare for Roadcheck 2017 and make sure your drivers and vehicles are operating safely.

According to CVSA, drivers will be asked to provide their license, endorsements, medical card, and hours of service documentation. Drivers also will be checked for seat belt usage and for use of alcohol and controlled substances.

The vehicle inspection will include a check of the:

braking system
coupling devices
exhaust system
frame
fuel system
lights
safe loading
steering mechanism
suspension
tires
van and open-top trailer bodies
wheels and rims
windshield wipers
emergency exits (on buses)

 

By |June 2nd, 2017|Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on Are You Ready? CVSA Roadcheck 2017 Starts Next Week

The CVSA Annual Roadcheck Inspection Blitz Is Less Than a Month Away!

Are You Ready?

It’s almost here! The 30th Annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck 2017 is less than a month away. The 72-hour roadside inspection and law enforcement blitz will be held June 4-6. Are your drivers ready?

The goal of the three-day blitz is safety. Roadside CVSA truck inspections play a big role in reducing truck-related deaths. Since 1998, the CVSA estimates it has performed more than 1 million truck inspections. These inspections have saved more than 200 lives and prevented more than 4,000 injuries.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is cargo securement. While checking for compliance with safe cargo securement regulations is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA is highlighting cargo securement safety this year as a reminder of its importance to highway safety.

Download the CVSA’s Cargo Securement Tips Flyer

Inspectors will primarily be conducting the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. It is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle safety.

Drivers are required to provide items such as their driver’s license, hours-of-service documentation, motor carrier registration and shipping documentation, and inspectors will be checking drivers for seat belt usage and the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices (required lamps), steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, windshield wipers, and emergency exits (on buses).

Read more about the CVSA International Roadcheck

By |May 10th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on The CVSA Annual Roadcheck Inspection Blitz Is Less Than a Month Away!