After Hack, FMCSA National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners Website is Currently Unavailable

The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website is currently down and operating in a very limited capacity as described below. At this time, there is no estimated date of when the system will return to normal operation.
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How To Handle A Jack Knife Skid

A jack knife skid is one of THE most threatening, scary situations a professional truck driver will ever find themselves in. Most truck driver training programs, do not spend sufficient time teaching trainees how to handle a jack knife skid.
I’ve been a professional truck driver for about 40 years. I have driven all over North America in all types of weather and all types of terrain.

Every driver has their own method for correcting a jack knife skid situation.

Here’s what has worked for me in my driving career.

What to Do When In a Jack Knife Skid Situation

i) Get the unit (tractor trailer) straight. This is the first thing a driver must do when in a jack knife skid situation.
As a professional driver, it’s vital to remain calm, have a cool head and focus on the matter at hand.

ii) If the trailer is kicked out to the passenger side, the best way to correct this, is to steer into the direction of the skid on the same side (steer to the right).

iii) I first take my feet off pedals, whether the clutch, the fuel and the brake.

iv) I concentrate on the steering. My focus is on straightening the truck/trailer.

v) I then attempt to slow the unit down. Some drivers will not agree with me, when I say I utilize the jake brake. It’s possible to use the jake brake on a lower setting, if the roads are excessively slippery.
I let the jake walk the engine down gradually.

vi) When I feel that I am regaining control of the truck, I will try to ‘feather the pedal’. I do not use the trailer brake to slow down when in a jack knife skid.

Then, when in control, I will slowly ease the truck and trailer over to the side of the road.
It’s important to steer gradually toward the skid. Do NOT turn the steering wheel hard into the skid. Do NOT over correct. This will help to counteract the sliding movement and help to straighten the truck and trailer on the road.

Most skids are caused by excessive speed and poor road conditions caused by bad weather. So it is important to be aware of the impending dangers when driving in foul weather.

15 Essential Winter Trucking Safety Tips

Winter trucking safety tips for truckers: driving a tractor trailer in serious winter conditions, demands a specific set of skills for all drivers, especially big rig drivers.
Too many drivers on the highways do not alter their driving skills, when driving in poor weather conditions, on snow-covered or icy roads. Good maneuvering and skid control skills are essential in poor weather.
Knowledge and implementation of proper, preventative safety skills for driving in poor conditions, can truly separate the professional drivers from the rest of the pack.
They have the smarts for making good decisions and knowing when conditions are not safe, and it’s time to ‘get off the road’.
Driving in bad weather, especially in snow and on ice, is risky due to more ‘ stop time’ required, poor visibility, poor traction and the increased unpredictability of other drivers on the road.

NHMTA Travel Alert I-95 – Starting tonight at 7:00 pm

CLOSURE OF OPEN ROAD TOLLING LANES ON I-95
TO ALLOW FOR MAINTENANCE WORK AT HAMPTON TOLLS
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces plans to close both the northbound and southbound Open Road Toll (ORT) lanes at the Hampton Toll Plaza on Interstate 95 for winter maintenance work.
The closure is scheduled for the night of Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 7:00 pm until 5:00 am on Friday morning, January 12, 2018.

The closure is necessary in order for the removal of snow along the shoulders and against the concrete barrier. All motorists will be guided via signs and traffic cones to the non-ORT portion of the Hampton Toll Plaza where they will proceed through either dedicated E-ZPass lane or cash lanes.
Contacts:
John Corcoran, Turnpikes Bureau, 603-485-3806
Bill Boynton, Public Information Office, 603-271-6495

Grace period no excuse to avoid ELD purchase

Although the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is now upon us, many trucking industry professionals remain unprepared. According to an online poll conducted during the first week of December by HELP Inc., the provider of PrePass weigh station bypass services, 49% of the 1,620 respondents said they had yet to purchase an ELD before the deadline. Of those who have not installed an ELD in their vehicles, 68% had no plans to do so before the deadline.
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NHMTA Regional Declaration of Emergency

Dear Member,

The US Department of Transportation has issued a Regional Declaration of Emergency under 49 CFR 390.23. The Declaration is for 38 states and grants emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations with some restrictions, and includes the transportation of fuel products into and rom the Affected States and jurisdictions.

Please keep a copy of this Declaration in the cab of your truck.
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CDL Downgrade Notice

Attention New Hampshire CDL Holders: Important Notice
Before close of business on March 2, 2018, you must provide the NH DMV with a current and valid Medical Certificate issued by a Certified Medical Examiner in order to retain your commercial motor vehicle driving privileges.
Click on the link below to see sample
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NHMTA VT Emergency Declaration Notice for Hours of Service

Dear Member,

Pursuant to 49 CFR Section 390.23 and Vermont Title 5 VSA 2101, the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles declares that an emergency exists pertaining to the delivery of home heating fuels (fuel oil, propane) within the State of Vermont. Under certain guidelines, there is an exemption for Hours of Service.

This Emergency Declaration will remain in effect through January 9, 2018 at midnight. Please be advised that this will be reviewed after seven days to determine whether the Declaration of Emergency needs to amended or rescinded at that time.

The Declaration is attached. Please keep a copy of this Declaration in the cab of your vehicle.
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FMCSA: Check Out Our Latest Short Video

Learn more about long stopping distances of large trucks and buses.

The Our Roads, Our Safety Partnership just released a new short video that depicts the long stopping distances that trucks and buses face, and provides tips on how passenger vehicle drivers can safely operate around these large vehicles.
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NHMTA New Hampshire Declaration of Emergency Notice for Hours of Service

Dear Member,

Pursuant to 49 CFR Section 390.23 and New Hampshire RSA 266:72-a, the New Hampshire Department of Safety declares that an emergency exists pertaining to the delivery of propane, natural gas, fuel oil, gasoline and foodstuffs and the repair of utility outages within the State of New Hampshire. Under certain guidelines, there is an exemption for Hours of Service.

This Emergency Declaration will remain in effect through January 19, 2018 at midnight.

The Declaration is attached. Please keep a copy of this Declaration in the cab of your vehicle.
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