Monday, October 26, 2015
From the ATA...................
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sean McNally
October 20, 2015
Poll Shows Americans Continue to Believe Trucking is Safe, EssentialDespite Attacks on Industry, Public Thinks Well of Trucking
Philadelphia – A new national poll released today found the public continues to believe truck drivers are among the safest on the road and that the industry is essential to the American economy.
The poll, the second commissioned by American Trucking Associations, was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies between August 30 and September 1, surveyed 800 registered voters on their attitudes about politics, the trucking industry and the state of infrastructure.
“Our industry invests more than $7 billion each year in safety tools, technologies and practices, and this poll tells us those investments are working,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “Americans believe trucks move the most freight and that our drivers are safe and getting safer. Those facts beliefs are not just correct, they are important to keep in mind when debating important safety issues.”
Among the poll’s findings were:
· A majority of Americans, 63%, believe trucks move most of the nation’s goods – a three-point increase from 2014.
· Sixty percent of respondents said they have a favorable view of the trucking industry, the highest among transportation modes.
· When asked to offer unscripted thoughts on trucking, respondents called drivers hard working, said the industry provided thousands of jobs and trucking was dependable and efficient.
· The majority of Americans, 57%, said trucking’s safety record was excellent or good.
· And 34% of respondents said trucking’s safety record had improved over the past 20 years.
· Ninety-one percent of Americans believe car drivers are more likely to engage in risky behavior on the highways than truck drivers and 70% believe they are more likely to be at fault when a car and truck collide.
· Eighty-one percent of Americans believe truckers are safer drivers.
The poll also addressed the issue of speeds and speed limits, finding that:
· Sixty-nine percent of Americans oppose reducing highway speeds to improve safety and reduce pollution, and 63% oppose the installation of speed limiting devices on passenger vehicles, but
· More than half – 56% – of respondents said they favored mandating speed limiters for large trucks.
“Safety is our industry’s most important calling,” said outgoing ATA Chairman Duane Long, chairman of Longistics, Raleigh, N.C. “I’m pleased that so many of my fellow Americans think so highly of our safety record, but we should not be satisfied. We need to do more to not only improve our safety record, but to tell people about it.”
The poll’s results were released here at ATA’s Board of Directors meeting. A copy of the presentation can be found here.
American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook. Trucking Moves America Forward
Thursday, October 22, 2015
- Before beginning, lock the trailer brakes.
- Load the steering axle first.
- Lower the landing gear, unlock the fifth wheel, dump the tractor airbags. Cautiously back up the truck toward the trailer until the tractor is as close to it as it can safely be without affecting the truck's ability to turn. Be sure to get out of the vehicle and visually check the distance. When you've determined the distance is safe and correct, lock the 5th wheel in place, inflate the tractor air bags and raise the landing gear.
- Release the slider pins.
With the trailer brakes still locked, release the slider pins underneath the trailer and slowly back up with it's wheels locked so the axles are sliding further underneath the trailer. Sliding the trailer wheels further under, decreases the drive axle weight and increases weight on the tandem axles. Generally the rule of thumb, is about 400 lb. per hole on the trailer slider.
- Scale the truck and adjust accordingly.
If the weight on the trailer axles is too heavy, these wheels need to slide backwards to the rear of the unit until they reach 34,000 lb. on the scale.
- Do not slide and adjust on the scale plate. Pull away from the scale plate and make adjustments, then rescale.
- When scaling, we like to load the steering axle and tandem trailer axles to maximum when possible, leaving some room for extra wt. on the drives, to allow for the weight of taking on fuel.
- The weight of fuel is calculated at about 7 lb/gallon...it's a nice easy number to do the math in your head. This formula will help you calculate how much weight to load on the drives, before you fuel.
- In the winter months, it is advisable to leave a bit more weight on the drives to help with traction when climbing hills and to prevent spinning out.
- Always do adjustments on flat, dry pavement, to prevent locked axles from sliding and to ensure slider pins reset correctly, after locking.
- The process varies according to the number of axles, as the various states and provinces dictate their axle wt. allowances.