In This Issue
• Fun Facts
• Healthy Note
• Hours-of-Service
• Open Enrollment
September 2020 Issue 36
Hours-of-Service Changes
Hours-of-Service changes that will take effect September 24, 2020. on September 24th you will need to log off and then log back into Peoplenet, your tablet in the truck.
* Adverse Driving Conditions
 Current: 2 hours of additional drive time not to exceed 14 hours
 New: 2 hours of additional driver time not to exceed 16 hours
 30- Minute Break
 Current: 30 break must be taken in off duty status within the first 8 hours of being on duty
 New: 30-minute break must be taken in off duty, sleeper berth, or on duty not driving
 Sleeper Berth (Split)
 Current: 8 hours is the minimum in the sleeper and this period is excluded from the 14 hours, the other rest period of 2 hours or more and is included in the 14 window
 New: One period off duty and at least 2 to 3 hours long and the other has to be minimum 7 to 8 hours long in the sleeper berth, as long as both times equal 10 hours
 When paired, neither time period counts against the 14 hour driving window
8 hours in the sleeper berth period counts towards your 14 hours of on duty and can no longer be excluded.
Any questions please call the Safety Department and talk to Tony Hobbs
Preventing a Sideswipe Collision
Sideswipe collisions occur more frequently than any other type of crashes in both the inner and outer lanes. Sideswipe collisions occur more frequently in outer lanes than inner lanes. A blind spot is never a valid excuse for lane-encroachment collisions. Drivers must make extra allowances to protect themselves in areas of limited sight distances.
Sideswipes and cut-offs are preventable when the professional driver fails to yield to the passing vehicle by slowing down. If the professional fails to move to the right when possible, the collision is also preventable
Unsafe Driving Acts
The top 2 ranked Unsafe Driving Acts of drivers are:
* Driving inattentively (e.g., reading, talking on the phone, etc.)
* Merging improperly into traffic, causing a truck to maneuver or brake quickly.
Truck drivers behaviors leading to crashes also include inattention, distraction, and failure to follow correct procedures. Sideswipe collisions usually occur while merging or passing.
Sideswipe Countermeasures
Accident countermeasures are examples of Defensive Driving strategies designed to reduce preventable accidents. The objective of counter-measures is to reduce motor carrier fleet accident rates by establishing a company standard for safe driving.
A sideswipe collision is considered preventable if the:
* Driver was not entirely in their proper lane of travel
* Driver did not pull to right and slow down or stop for vehicle encroaching on their lane of travel when such action could have been taken with-out additional danger
* Driver was passing slower traffic near an intersection and had to make sudden stop
* Driver made a sudden stop to park, load or unload
* Driver rolled back into vehicle behind them while starting on a grade
• Vehicle was improperly parked.
Additionally, drivers should . . .
* Avoid changing lanes unless really necessary.
* Signal lane change intentions well ahead of time.
* Take time to look carefully before changing lanes.
• Slow down and always maintain a generous following distance and space cushion based on traffic conditions and the vehicle’s size, weight, and stopping distance.
While most of this appears to be common sense, the number one safety tool is awareness, at all levels of operations. Once made aware, drivers can change or modify their driving behaviors and choices.
“Don’t count the days, make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali
“Well done is better than well said.”
– Benjamin Franklin
Fun Facts
• Your fingernails grow four times as fast as your toenails.
• Babies are born with 300 bones – adults have 206.
• Eyelashes last about 150 days.
• The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea of the eye. It receives oxygen directly from the air.
• The heart circulates your blood through your body about 1,000 times each day.
• You make about half a quart (500ml) of spit each day.
• The smallest bone in your body is in your ears.
• Your blood has the same amount of salt in it as the ocean does.
• A sneeze blows air out of your nose at 100 miles per hour.
• A newborn child can breathe and swallow at the same time for up to seven months.
• You are taller in the morning than you are at night.
• Humans are the only animals that cry when upset.
• Many more boys are color blind than girls are.
• When you blush, your stomach also turns red.
• Children have more taste buds than adults.
• Your lungs are the only organs in your body that float.
• Food spends up to 6 hours in the stomach be-ing digested.
• Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.
• Your eyeballs are actually part of your brain.
• Bones are 4 times stronger than concrete.
• The largest muscle in your body is the one you are sitting on.
• Human beings are the only living things which sleep on their backs.
• If you collected all the iron contained in the human body, you would get just a small cog, big enough only for use in your watch.
Driver Appreciation
Driver Appreciation 2020 is September 13th—20th. Guaranteed Transport has gifts for the drivers, Insulated bag, phone pop, insulat-ed cup, cell phone holder and a hat. When you get to the Terminal pick up your appreciation gifts.
At GTS we know that without the hard work and dedication of drivers like yourself, our way of life would come to a halt. From the food on our table to the clothes on our back and everything else it all has to be delivered via truck. Truck drivers don’t get to be at home as often as most other people. Staying out weeks at a time it is not a 9-5 job. That kind of schedule comes with major sacrifices from the driver and their family!
You make a difference in the world everyday, and we sincerely Thank you!
Open Enrollment
Open enrollment for Insurance is until 10/1. Guaranteed Transport has gone with Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The con-ference calls are going to be held 9/14 & 9/15, check your mes-sages in Peoplenet for details. If you have any questions you can call Amy Ashley Monday—Friday 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. EST.
7 Things You Can Do for Your Health Today
Eat Slowly
This gives your brain the chance to get the signal that you’re full, so you’re less likely to overeat. And if you take it slow, you’re more likely to think about what you’re eating and make sensible, healthy choices.
Ditch the Juice, Eat the Fruit
If you like orange juice, have an orange instead. Even 100% pure juice loses nutrition when you process it, and it can put a lot of hidden sugar in your diet. On the other hand, actual fruits are good sources of vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and folic acid. And they’re low in fat, sodium, and calories.
Watch the Fat
It’s not as clear-cut as it sounds. You definitely want to keep an eye on trans fats, which are added to some foods (like frozen pizza and baked goods) to keep them fresh. They’ve been linked to heart disease. But some fat — from dairy, whole eggs, fish, avocado, or nuts, for example — is good for you as part of a balanced diet. And high-fat dairy may even help you lose weight better than low fat. This may be because the fat satisfies your hunger better than other calories.
Cut Back on Sugar
Most of us get way more of it than we need. It’s not just the added calories and the lack of nutritional value: It also can make your blood sugar spike and then crash, and that leaves you tired, hungry, and irritable — “hangry.”
Be Active
Exercise is a proven way to improve your health, your mental well-being, and even your libido. You don’t have to sign up for the New York Marathon — just get your heart rate up for 30 minutes or so a few times a week. Gardening works, and so does a walk around the block. If you can’t make it a habit on your own, try to make it social: Join a local sports league or plan regular runs with a friend.
Eat Your Greens
Kale, spinach, collards, Romaine, arugula, bok choy, broccolini — make sure you get plenty of these leafy green vegetables. They’re chock full of nutrients, low in calories, and have loads of fiber, which fills you up and satisfies your hunger.
Get Your ZZZs
A lack of sleep can lead to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression. If that’s not enough reason to get your ZZZs, it also causes car crashes and other accidents. Adults should get 7 to 9 hours each night.
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Did you know?
The Spacemaster placard system was invented by Labelmaster’s
Abe Samuels in 1976. Thanks to Abe, generations of truckers have
saved their fingers (and a ton of time) by simply flipping to the hazmat
placards they need, and leaving the pliers in the shop.
Abe Samuels worked at Labelmaster until his retirement last summer at the age of 95.