Tips & Tricks

Pre Trip Documentation

Make sure your CVI decal is valid Ensure the Fire Extinguisher is present and inspection date is valid Complete Trip Inspection Report and note all defects Review BOL’s and ensure you have the proper paperwork for your load including packing slips, invoices, delivery instructions and Safety Data Sheets if required

Before Hooking to a Trailer

Make sure the trailer does not have a king pin lock in place. If there is a lock, remove it prior to hooking up. Check that fifth wheel is lined up with king pin prior to connecting Check the trailer height and adjust if necessary by lowering the landing gear slightly in a low gear … Read More

Load Check

Know your load! Ensure your load bars are in place and installed securely Check winches, D rings and tie down hooks for damage Mark sure your straps, belt, bungees, and load chains are secure Be sure that your paperwork matches your load If trailer is sealed, check the seal

Preventative Measures Professional Drivers Can Take to Ensure Their Safety

Learn and use safe lifting and moving techniques for heavy or awkward loads Use mechanical aids to assist lifting when possible Avoid breathing exhaust fumes near the vehicle Switch-off engine when parked, especially when in an enclosed area Protect your hands and body by wearing the appropriate personal protective clothing, such as chemical-resistant gloves, steel-toed … Read More

Tips for Building a Safety Culture

Strategic planning sessions Allocating budget toward health and safety Forming Joint Health and Safety Committee Establishing health and safety representatives Schedule regular meetings System to capture employee feedback and suggestions Establish a safety metric to track accident and incident rates Review and discuss reported accidents, hazards and near misses

Summer Driving Safety Tips

Tires: Keep them inflated at the proper pressure to avoid blowouts Brakes: Check them regularly for overheating Engine: Keep an eye on your engine coolant, slow down while climbing hill in hot weather

Driving During the Summer

Be prepared for more drivers on the road Be aware of motorcycles and roadsters Know where your blind spots are Avoid staying up later during the longer days

Driving in Truck Yards

Keep an eye out for pedestrians Get out and check before reversing Honk the horn while reversing Be aware of blind spots Get more information

Vehicle maintenance tips

Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition Make sure your mirrors are clean Make sure your headlights clean Make sure all your lights are working Always do a walk around your vehicle prior to leaving to check for damage