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PennDOT Winter Driving Tips

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Winter Driving Tips
Some areas in the Northeast and Midwest are seeing record low temperatures and historic levels of snow. One major road hazard is black ice, which dramatically reduces traction and is virtually invisible.
Black ice forms when the ground temperature causes precipitation to freeze upon impact. The highest-risk areas include driveways, roadways, bridges, overpasses and ramps.

 
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) offers these tips for driving in ice this season:

Before getting on the roads when it is cold and wet, drivers should check the area’s weather conditions in order to be informed.

Stay calm and let the vehicle pass over the black ice.

Lift your foot off the accelerator.

Do not hit the brakes, yet keep your steering wheel steady.

Do not overcorrect your steering if you feel your car sliding.

Be cautious. Slow down and increase your following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

Other tips for safe driving this winter season:

Carry a winter emergency travel kit.

Listen to weather and travel advisories, but if you don’t have to travel in bad weather, don’t.

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 cell phone.

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 […]

By |January 5th, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on PennDOT Winter Driving Tips

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!

The Most Dangerous Highways in America

Geotab Ranks the Most Dangerous and Safest Highways

Tthe telematics provider Geotab has ranked the nation’s most dangerous, as well as safest, highways in the country based on federal highway data analyzed by the company over the past 10 years.

The 545-mile U.S. Highway 1 that runs from southern Georgia to Key West, Fla., has been deemed the most dangerous highway in the U.S. because it has the highest fatal crash rate, according to Geotab.

By comparison, four of the nation’s five safest freeways with the lowest fatal crash rate run through New England, including three sections of Interstate 95. The 43-mile Rhode Island section of I-95 has 39 crashes and 40 fatalities, giving it the lowest crash rate of 0.1.

View the full report

By |April 21st, 2017|Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on The Most Dangerous Highways in America

Remembering Pre-Trip Items

Things to remember about trying to remember necessary items for pre-trip inspection

If you’re doing it from memory, you might be missing some important steps

We found this great article from truckinginfo.com about pre-trip inspections.

How good are you at doing a pre-trip Inspection on a trailer? It’s supposed to be done just before the vehicle is pulled away from a parking place and heads for the highway. There are post-trip inspections, too, but let’s concentrate on the pre-tripper.

If you do it from memory, you’re probably missing something. See if you’d cover all these points as offered by East Manufacturing:

1. Inspect for any apparent damage. Look for oil, water and fuel and other fluid leaks.

2. Check to see that all lights function, and that all reflectors are in place and not obscured.

3. Is the kingpin engaged and locked within the fifth wheel?

4. Examine the landing gear for proper road clearance, and make sure the crank handle is securely stowed.

5. Check that the rear stairway door, if ther trailer has one, is securely latched before moving.

6. Check that all air springs are inflated, if it has an air suspension.

7. Make sure the spare tire is secure in the carrier, and that the carrier is securely bolted to the chassis.

8. Check tire air pressures. Tires should be inflated to tire manufacturer’s specifications.

9. Check wheel lug nuts for proper torque on disc wheels.

10. On wheels with see-through hubcaps, check the oil level in the wheel hubs. Add oil as needed, or get a shop guy to do it.

11. On wheels with solid hubcaps, pull plug and check oil level in wheel hubs, adding oil as needed (likewise about the shop).

12. Visually check the brake shoe lining and brake drums for wear […]

By |November 1st, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Remembering Pre-Trip Items

CVSA releases Roadcheck 2016 Violations Results – brakes, hours and logs

Brake adjustment and brake system violations together represent 45.7 percent of out-of-service vehicle violations this year, reported the CVSA.

In the 62,796 total inspections that were performed during this year’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 29th annual International Roadcheck will took place from June 7 to 9th, 42,236 were Level I inspections which is the most comprehensive vehicle inspection level. 21 percent of vehicles and 3.4 percent of drivers were placed out of service because of critical item violations.

Brake adjustment and brake system violations combined represented 45.7 percent of the out-of -service vehicle violations.

The top driver violations were due to hours of service and false logs, representing 46.8 percent and 16.4 percent, respectively, of all out-of-service driver violations found. That is a total of approximately 908 drivers out o the 1,436 total drivers that were placed out-of-service.

The CVSA’s Roadcheck is a 3-day/72-hour period when approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, territorial and federal inspectors in jurisdictions across North America perform large truck and bus safety inspections. During the annual event, CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle and driver safety.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. The focus for 2016 International Roadcheck was tire safety. This year, tire/wheel violations accounted for 18.5 percent of the total percentage of out-of-service violations. In the U.S., tire violations represented 13.7 percent of out-of-service vehicle violations. Checking a vehicle’s tires is always part of roadside inspections; however, this year, CVSA chose to highlight tire safety as a reminder to drivers and carriers of the importance of proper tire use and maintenance. As part of the inspection process, inspectors measured tire tread depth, checked the tire pressure, checked to ensure no solid objects were lodged between […]

By |October 21st, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on CVSA releases Roadcheck 2016 Violations Results – brakes, hours and logs

Truck Maintenance Tips – Tech Tip Tuesday

Daily

Check tires, lights and turn signal/hazard flashers for your tractor and trailer at the start of every trip.

Routine Maintenance

Regular preventive maintenance inspections may be based on time or mileage. Check the vehicle’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance. Pay special attention to items such as:

Brakes
Steering
Tires
Mirrors and any features allowing the driver to see clearly (such as CCTV cameras)
Windshield washers and wipers
Steps, walkboards or ladders
Pneumatic or hydraulic hoses, outriggers,liftgates, hoists or other material handling features
Headboard racks and load attachment points (hooks and winches)

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

Visit our Tech Tips section here.

By |September 27th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Preventative Care, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on Truck Maintenance Tips – Tech Tip Tuesday

Winter Weather Equipment Solutions

With the winter weather right around the corner, there are some precautions that you should keep in mind.

For instance, maintaining an electrical system that works to the best of its ability should be a main priority. With a well working electrical system, lighting for vehicles should face no difficulties, but just in case you do find yourself running into some problems with your electrical system, we are here to give you some helpful tips.

For starters, it is known that corrosion is the culprit of problems directly related to electrical/lighting issues. All electrical interfaces are exposed to both moisture and chemicals during the winter months and these interfaces will need protection to eliminate the stages of corrosion. As soon as corrosion has taken over the harness system, the entire harness is open to problems occurring immediate or in the near future.

Some tips that can potentially eliminate the start of corrosion include:
· Checking wiring for any cut or nick that could allow for moisture to enter

· Using only glue-filled, heat-shrink connectors when repairing wiring

· Ensuring connection of wires regularly

· Inspecting connectors regularly and replenishing grease when needed

It was found that the most susceptible to corrosion includes the J560 plug and socket because they are frequently exposed to elements that can attract moisture. When using the J560 plug, remember to keep it greased, but do not use dielectric grease on any plug that contains silicone. The dielectric grease will not allow proper sealing.

It is also very important to keep in mind that […]

By |September 21st, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Winter Weather Equipment Solutions

Federal Goverment move to limit speeds of trucks, buses

Federal Goverment Pushing for Speed Limiters on Nation’s Trucks
Anthony Foxx, the U.S. Transportation secretary, has announced a proposal that, if approved, would see the nation’s heavy-duty commercial trucks equipped with devices that limit their speeds on U.S. roadways.

The proposed law, initiated by DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), would require these devices be set to a maximum speed, claiming it would be a safety measure that could save lives and more than $1 billion in fuel costs each year.

“There are significant safety benefits to this proposed rulemaking,” Foxx said. “In addition to saving lives, the projected fuel and emissions savings make this proposal a win for safety, energy conservation and our environment.”

The department’s proposal would establish safety standards requiring all newly manufactured U.S. trucks, buses, and multipurpose passenger vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating more than 26,000 pounds to come equipped with speed limiting devices. The proposal discusses the benefits of setting the maximum speed at 60, 65, and 68 miles per hour, but the agencies will consider other speeds based on public input.

Meanwhile, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) hailed the proposal to electronically limit the maximum speeds of new trucks as a potential step forward for safety.

Read full article at Online Trucking News.

By |August 30th, 2016|Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on Federal Goverment move to limit speeds of trucks, buses

Bendix Has Tips for Truck Fleets for CVSA Roadcheck 2015

 

 

 
Bendix offers tips for CVSA Roadcheck

Improving highway safety isn’t always about what happens behind the wheel or on the road. As fleets and owner-operators across the trucking industry prepare for the annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck program, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems offers insight on factors that affect the highway safety equation long before the turn of an ignition key: brake system upkeep, component selection and inspection, and technical know-how.

The largest targeted commercial vehicle roadside inspection program in the world, this year’s 72-hour Roadcheck starts today the through 4th, and will involve approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, and federal inspectors across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. According to CVSA, Roadcheck has encompassed more than 1.4 million roadside inspections since its inception in 1988, resulting in an estimated 318 lives saved and 5,840 injuries avoided.

See full article here.

By |June 2nd, 2015|Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Bendix Has Tips for Truck Fleets for CVSA Roadcheck 2015

CVSA Roadcheck 2015 — June 2-4, 2015

Why should you take Roadcheck seriously
Each year during the CVSA Roadcheck event, tens of thousands of inspections are conducted. Roadcheck 2015 will be no different from past years.

On average, about three times as many inspections are done each day during Roadcheck than on any other day. Now is the time to prepare for Roadcheck 2015 and make sure your drivers and vehicles are operating safely.

We found some great info on the J.J. Keller and CVSA websites about the 2014 Roadcheck results:

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently released the results of Roadcheck 2014, held June 3-5, 2014. This annual event provides a snapshot of safety enforcement for the transportation industry.

Roadcheck 2014 resulted in 73,475 truck and bus inspections throughout North America during a 72-hour enforcement and safety outreach event. The occasion is sponsored by members of CVSA.

Roadcheck 2014 at a glance
Following is an overview of the Roadcheck data provided by CVSA:

67.6 percent (49,656 of the 73,475 total roadside inspections) were North American Standard Level I Inspections. Level I Inspections entail an examination of both driver documents and vehicle safety, making it the most thorough of the levels inspections performed by enforcement.
Of the 49,656 Level I Inspections, 23.0 percent included Out-of-Service (OOS) vehicle violations.
72,415 driver inspections were conducted during all levels of inspections, from which:
4.8 percent were found with OOS violations; and
825 seatbelt violations issued.

Other inspections conducted included Level II walk-around, Level III driver-only, and Level V vehicle-only inspections.

Emphasis on hazmat
This year’s Roadcheck — in addition to the Level I Inspections — focused on hazardous materials/dangerous goods (HM/TDG) regulatory compliance. CVSA acknowledges that HM/TDG transporters represent a smaller segment of motor carriers, but the niche requires special paperwork, a CDL endorsement, and many other unique safety […]

By |May 10th, 2015|Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on CVSA Roadcheck 2015 — June 2-4, 2015