commercial truck safety

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).
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:

Distracted driving
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

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
Inadequate tread depth
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


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.


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

Truck Driving Safety Tips

Truck Driving Safety Tips: 7 Safety Rules for a Long Haul
1. Watch your blind spots
Other motorists may not be aware of a truck’s “no zones” — those where crashes are most likely to occur. Common “no zones” include:

Off to the side just in front of the cab
Just behind the side mirrors
Directly behind the truck

If others aren’t aware of these trouble spots, they may drive dangerously close. As frustrating as this can be, it’s up to you to exercise caution before turning or changing lanes and to maintain a safe distance.

2. Reduce speed in work zones
Roughly one-third of all fatal work-zone accidents involve large trucks. Make sure to take your time going through interstate construction — your delivery can always wait.

3. Maintain your truck
Give your vehicle a thorough check each morning (fluid levels, horn, mirrors, etc.). The brakes are particularly vital, given how much weight is riding on them. If you spot anything unusual, report it to dispatch before attempting to drive.

4. Load cargo wisely
The higher you stack cargo, the more drag on the truck. By stacking lower and spreading cargo through the full space of the truck, you can stay more nimble and improve your fuel economy.

5. Reduce speed on curves
Usually, following the speed limit is a good thing. When it comes to trucking, however, there are times when even adhering to posted signs is still too fast (confusing, we know).

Particularly on exit/entrance ramps, the speed limits are meant more for cars; trucks have a tendency to tip over if they take the curves too fast. When going through any curve, it’s best to set your speed far lower than the posted limit to make up for your rig’s unique dimensions.

6. Adjust for bad weather
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By |September 29th, 2015|Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on Truck Driving Safety Tips