10-4 December Safety Brief
Generally, jackknife accidents occur when a truck’s drive wheels lock as the truck approaches a slick spot. The trailer continues to roll forward, causing the driver to lose control and the trailer to swing out to one side.
These accidents can cause serious injuries to not only the truck driver but also to any other traffic on the roadway. To prevent this, we must understand what causes it so here are a few tips for you to keep in mind.
- The main Cause – Jackknifing is typically caused by a skidding truck due to over acceleration in a turn or a curve. When the tires don’t maintain enough traction to keep the truck and trailer in line the two parts will fold at the point of separation.
- Lighter Loads – When a trailer is full it is less likely to jackknife due to the weight being distributed evenly. Trailer brakes are made to stop a loaded trailer, so the brakes may lock up and cause the trailer to skid when the trailer is empty.
- Slowly apply the brake – Slamming on the brakes in any motor vehicle is generally considered a bad idea. The same rules apply in your truck. Giving yourself plenty of room behind other vehicles is the golden rule of breaking. On slippery roads and downhill grades also start breaking well in advance of your target stopping area. This is especially true when you are going downhill into a curve, try to break on the straight away and let off the brake in the curve.
- Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance – Preventative maintenance is the key to so many issues. To help prevent jackknifing pay close attention to your brakes and suspension components. Look for uneven wear on the brakes as well as worn out or faulty parts in your suspension.
December 18th ELD Mandate
In the last several years, our industry has experienced many new challenges. These include an industry-wide shortage of drivers as well as new regulations such as the ELD mandate. On December 18th, the mandate for electronic log devices will take effect. Here at 10-4 Risk Management we have partnered with Breaker Log to bring our clients ELD’s. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about our special pricing for top rated Electronic Logs.