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Driver Breakdown on the Road

Ristic Trucking Drivers Call 224·723·2096

Or visit National Truck & Trailer Break Down Website, NTTS to find help on the road.

Hours of Service - HOS

  • 11-Hour-Driving-Limit - May drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty
  • 14-Hour Limit - May not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty.
  • Rest Break - May drive only if 8 hours or less have passed since the end of driver’s last off-duty or sleeper berth period of at least 30 minutes.
  • 60/7 Hour Limit - Drivers may not drive after 60 hours on duty in 7 consecutive days.
  • 70/8 Hour Limit - Drivers may not drive after 70 hours on duty in 8 consecutive days.

What to do in an accident

When an accident occurs be sure you know what to do.

    • Stop the vehicle. If you are involved in an accident no matter how big or small, you must stop.
    • Check your surroundings for other involved, or possibly injured parties, smoke, or fire.
      • If you suffered an injury, call 911 for help. Do not move, as moving may cause additional harm.
      • If you are not injured, exit the truck safely and watch for traffic.
      • Check for others. If another party is involved, be sure to check they are okay.
    • Take pictures of the damage.
      • Take photos of your truck and trailer
      • Take pictures of the scene
    • Exchange documents and collect the following:
      • Names of involved parties and witnesses
      • Phone numbers
      • Insurance information
    • Call your employer.
      • Contact your safety department.


Drivers Checklist

  • Be Alert Stay hydrated with water and avoid eating heavy meals that cause drowsiness. Get plenty of sleep before your shift. Drinking alcohol before driving is not permitted and can impair your judgment. Cell phones and the use of electronic devices is prohibited and dangerous while driving.
  • Be Prepared Equip your trucks with water, snacks, emergency gear (safety vest, cones, chains, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, flashlight, road flares and warm clothing), tools, gloves, duct tape, GPS, maps and electronic equipment with charging devices.
    • Maintain Equipment Pre-trip inspections can eliminate problems and save money for repairs over the roads. Maintain your equipment with weekly scheduled maintenance.
  • Check the Load  Check your trailer to make sure weight distributes correctly, and the load is secured. Check the seal is intact and that nothing looks out of place. If you suspect anything, take a picture and inform your dispatcher right away. Don’t forget to scale heavy loads.
  • Double check paperwork Check that all pages are present and not missing. Check for signatures before leaving shippers and receivers. Make sure no shortages or damages are written on your bills if they are you must contact your dispatcher right away.

Check your route You may find yourself leaving one state and entering another with unexpected conditions along the way. Check the weather, traffic, weigh stations, and designated truck-stops along your route. Plan stops according to necessary breaks, available rest areas, available HOS, and weather conditions. .