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2 Tips to Eliminate CSA Inspections and Traffic Tickets

By David Lemke

  1. Control your speed. The #1 reason for getting stopped and inspected is speeding. (Not surprisingly the #1 cause of accidents is also speeding- thus the focus.) Lane violations, tailgating, and other aggressive behaviors are also guaranteed to get the attention of law enforcement. CMV enforcement personnel don’t need a reason (probable cause) to stop and inspect a truck, but you don’t need to give them one. Simply put, drive safely and professionally and you’ll virtually eliminate your odds of being targeted for inspection. [By the way, there is no law requiring law enforcement to “give 10 MPH” or even 1 MPH over a posted speed limit. Even driving the speed limit when road, weather, or traffic conditions dictate a slower speed is a violation (speed too fast for conditions) in many jurisdictions.
  2. Inspect and maintain your equipment. A light out, tire with cord/belt exposed, or other easily-spotted equipment defect will get you pulled over (or pulled behind a scale) every time. Do your pre-trip inspection. Report defects and get them repaired before hitting the road. A truck with a headlight out pulling into a scale is almost certain to get a red light. Don’t make yourself an easy target.

 

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Unsafe Driving & CSA inspections

By David Lemke

A speeding truck not only attracts attention – it demands it!  Law enforcement personnel place special attention on commercial motor vehicles speeding (or committing other moving violations like not obeying traffic control lights and signs) because of the potential damage that may be caused as the result of an accident.  Fleet statistics show that speeding if the root cause of around a third of all roadside inspections.  Speeding is a DRIVER CONTROLLABLE behavior, along with all other moving violations.  Obey the posted speed limit and you will be inspected less frequently.

Qualcomm Issues Helpful Tips

By Kelly Gallegos

Tip 1

If you unit is locked up and you have the manual keyboard the unit may sometimes be unlocked by pressing and holding the two shift keys down for one to two minutes. If this does not work we may need to send a soft reboot to your unit.

 

Tip 2

If your logs are not updating after they have been edited you can log off and then log back on this will force the qualcomm to update.  

 

Tip 3

If you are having problems sending your macro 18 and 19 review the information that is entered into the macro. The macro will not give you a send button until you have filled out all of the information correctly. It can be something as simple as an invalid trailer number or no phone number entered into the macro.

Do You Have The Right Permits

By Soby Giudice

When you are assigned a new truck it is important to make sure you review your permit book and that all permits are current. And every time you are preparing for your dispatch, in addition to doing a complete vehicle pre-trip inspection you should check your truck permit book.

You want to make sure that all required permits are up to date and complete. This is important so that your vehicle is authorized to haul through all states you will travel on your dispatch. Failure to do this can cause delays at a weigh station during a vehicle inspection as any missing or required permits are corrected. This takes time and additional company monies while your valuable on duty not driving times ticks away! 

So be prepared and check your permit book! Any questions you can call Soby at Extension 0727

 

Look us up at www.navajo.com

1-800-525-1969

Stop by and see us at

1400 W. 64th Ave.

Denver, CO 80221

The Tools You Have, Can Make Your Job Easier

By Joanna Figueroa

Remember when everything was easy and you worked with paper logs? It can still be that easy as long as you let the tools provided work to your benefit.
 
Make a check list so that a routine is easier to follow, especially when it comes to getting all the macros sent in. A great way to start would be Macro 18 and 19, which we all know are pre and post inspections for tractor and trailer. It is very important that these macros get sent  in daily at least twice a day. Sometimes we forget to send them in whenever a trailer is switched out. This happens with relays and/or drop and hooks. By making sure these macros are completed and sent in, we are ensured that  the equipment is safe for transit.
 
Accidents do happen, always send in delay macros when an issue arises. Delay macros notify everyone involved with the load. Even if a flat tire doesn’t delay our on time performance we are prepared for the worst.
 
If we take just a few steps towards the right path we will make our jobs a lot easier and the roads a safer place
 
Thank you and good night!

Comunication Is The Foundation, Service Is The Mission

By Joanna Figueroa

Communication is one of the most important factors of being a good driver in the trucking industry. When drivers keep everyone in the loop of what they are doing they will remain successful. The more questions asked  and information requested leads to getting the job done efficiently and successfully.

There is a line of communication to be held and for a driver it starts with their Driver manager.  Driver managers serve as communicators to the company, they communicate to planners who plans loads on trucks. It’s a driver’s responsibility to advise their driver manager of any issues they might have so they may relay that information to planners and customer service. In turn, we have happy and satisfied customers.

Remember, There is never too much information, too much is just never enough.

 

Look us up at www.navajo.com

1-800-525-1969

Stop by and see us at

1400 W. 64th Ave.

Denver, CO 80221

When Does Your Physical Expire, You Should Know

By Marlene Settlemire

Driver reminder to be aware of when your DOT physical is due and get your new one before the old one expires. By keeping it current you can avoid an out of service and a CSA violation.

Remember that Navajo does not accept physicals that are done by a chiropractor. Make sure before leaving the clinic that the long form and medical card are filled out completely. Fax or bring in a copy of the long form and medical card to the Denver safety department.

If you reside in a state that requires you to send you long form and medical card to that state do not forget to do so, your CDL will be suspended if you do not comply.     

 

Safely Backing Up Tractor Trailers

By David Lemke

This is one of the most difficult maneuvers for a truck driver. Backing up a tractor trailer unit, particularly one with a sleeper bunk, is very challenging and is a very common cause of truck and property damage. Backing up a tractor trailer properly, is an essential skill for a trucker.  

Trucking insurance companies note that a high percentage of claims and incidents are caused when the driver of a commercial vehicle is backing up. The maneuver is challenging no doubt. Virtually no other maneuver limits the trucker’s visibility, like ‘blind siding’. A trucker is literally backing up using his mirrors and aiming to place the truck in a spot he cannot see! The driver side mirrors don’t show where the trailer is or where it’s headed. The passenger side mirrors only show the side face of the trailer.

  Move very slowly

  Get out and look, several times if necessary

  Make sure your mirrors are adjusted properly

  Get help from a guide when possible and get a understanding of the hand signals that will be used

  Repeat steps 1 & 2

BACKING ACCIDENT PREVENTION

By Ron Wristen

We had 2 backing accidents yesterday (5/30/12) that could have easily been prevented.   They can be costly and usually can be prevented when following certain procedures.  
 
BACKING ACCIDENT PREVENTION    
1)      Get to know your trucks blind spots.  If needed, adjust your mirrors when you are backing.
2)      Get out and walk around your truck when backing to the dock or parking space.  If you are ever in doubt when backing.  Stop the truck, get out as many times as needed when backing to make sure your path is clear and you don’t hit anything or anyone.
3)      Determine Space limitations.  Is the space wide enough?
4)      If possible, please use a reliable guide.  Responsibility is the driver but it helps if you have a dependable, reliable guide.
5)      BACK SLOWLY AND CAUTIOUSLY!!!!    ALWAYS GET OUT AND LOOK BEFORE YOU BACK INTO YOUR SPACE.