What is the goal of this training program?
The ultimate goal is SAFETY, another goal is to
reduce Premium Transportation Logistics' score
in the CSA Unsafe Driving Basic, and then
maintain this Basic at an acceptable level.
UNSAFE DRIVING DEFINED
• According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Unsafe Driving
basic refers to the operation of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) by drivers in a
dangerous or careless manner.
• Examples of roadside safety inspections that may cause a motor carrier to rank
poorly in this Basic include speeding, reckless driving, improper lane change and
As of May 24, 2013 – this is the current Unsafe Driving
Basic score for Premium Transportation Logistics LLC
83.5% is well over the 65% Threshold.
What is the cause for
this Basic to be above
the acceptable level?
The Answer: … the Unsafe Driving violations received by PTL drivers!
Possible patterns of noncompliance of PTL LLC drivers:
Lane restriction violations
Failure to obey traffic control devices
Following too close
Seat belt usage
Notice in the previous slide that a single violation like
speeding in a construction zone can adversely affect our CSA
Since August of 2011, drivers from Premium Transportation Logistics have been
“awarded” 8 speeding violations. Six (6) of these violations were for speeds 6
to 10 miles an hour over the posted speed limit.
The solution: SLOW DOWN! Expedited freight should never be that time
sensitive that you disobey speed limits. If you are dispatched on a run with
unreasonable time constraints please inform the dispatcher the time you feel
you can safely and legally get the load delivered. Remember – shippers,
receivers and dispatchers will not pay your tickets, and they will not be there
to help you when you have lost your ability to earn a living because your
driving history has made you unemployable!
Recall also that Premium Transportation Logistics has a graduated disciplinary
policy which will be strictly adhered to.
Sammy Hagar can’t drive 55, BUT…
you, the professional driver, should operate at or below
posted speed limits at all times, especially in construction
Picture from Google.com
LANE RESTRICTION VIOLATIONS
Since October 2011 PTL Drivers have had 3 major lane restriction violations
which have negatively affected the CSA Unsafe Driving Basic. Two of these
violations were in Michigan and one in North Carolina.
The solution: Keep right and pass left. Pass only when necessary.
States which have well written and frequently enforced Lane Restriction laws
are: IN, MI UT and WA.
States which have well written Lane Restriction laws are: AZ, CT, CO, FL, KY,
MO, NC, PA, SC, TX, and VA.
States with very specific Lane Restriction laws:
UT - all vehicles having GVW > 12,000 lbs. – commercial or not.
CA – must use very most right lane except if more than 4 lanes in same
direction then may use two most right lanes.
Q: Are semi trucks allowed to travel in any lane on the freeway,
or are they restricted to the right lanes?
A: The answer varies by State. Most states restrict CMV travel
to the right lane. To be safe, always keep to the very right lane
unless directed otherwise by signage or for emergency
Photo from http://enumclaw.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/ask-a-trooper-what-lanes-are-semi-trucks-
FAILURE TO OBEY TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES
Traffic control devices are markers, signs and signal devices used to inform,
guide and control traffic, including pedestrians, motor vehicle drivers and
bicyclists. These devices are usually placed adjacent, over or along the
highways, roads, traffic facilities and other public areas that require traffic
control.From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Picture from cppj.net
Since November of 2012 Premium Transportation Logistics drivers have been cited
for Failure to Obey Traffic Control Devices twice.
The solution: pay attention to, and obey, all road signs, stop lights and other
traffic control devices. This includes the speed signs at truck Weigh Stations!
Photo from http://reedallabouttrucking.blogspot.com
FOLLOWING TOO CLOSE
Two violations of Following Too Close have been issued to PTL drivers since
August of 2011. These violations have a violation weight of 5 and adversely
affected the CSA Basic score.
Solution: Increase following distance.
When should you increase following distance?
When roads have deteriorated due to weather,
When visibility is poor,
In heavy, or stop and go traffic,
When approaching an area of merging traffic like an entrance ramp,
When approaching a “split” or off-ramp.
When driving behind an impaired or distracted driver
How do you increase stopping distance – take foot off accelerator!
Though PTL drivers received only one violation for failing to use seatbelt
while operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle in roadside inspections, there
have been numerous drivers that have received tickets for this violation
without an inspection. Not wearing a seatbelt can and will prompt a Law
Enforcement Official to stop your vehicle to seek out other violations.
The solution: Buckle Up each and every time you enter your vehicle. Never
operate your truck or your car without wearing your safety belt.
More reasons to wear your seat belt:
• You would like to keep your money in your wallet, not the coffers of a
• Your family needs you to be there for them, even if you have an accident.
• Again, not wearing your seat belt will prompt LEO’s to take another look at