Follow these tips to safely enter or exit your truck or trailer.
-Don’t use tires or wheel hubs as a step surface.
-Don’t use the door edge as a handhold.
-Wear footwear with good support and slip resistance.
-Don’t climb up or down with something in your hand. Leave it on the vehicle floor and retrieve it after getting safely into your vehicle or on the ground.
-Don’t rush to climb in or out. Ascend or descend slowly to avoid straining a muscle.
-Be extra careful when working in inclement weather.
-Exit and enter facing the cab or trailer.
-Get a firm grip on rails or handles.
-Never Jump! You may land on an uneven surface, off balance or on something. Look before exiting.
**Most importantly – always use 3 points of contact!**
Watch Out for Joe Public
Professional CMV drivers are expected to drive safely and predictably. On the other hand, citizens often drive in an unpredictable fashion, especially when they are near trucks or are carrying a carload of people. Their poor driving may display ignorance of your vehicle’s limitations, or simply their own impatience. Recognize their inexperience and use extra care. They may not know how far it takes you to stop, how fast you can accelerate, or how much space you need to turn. Don’t become angry or allow another driver’s mistakes distract your attention.
If you haven’t done so lately, take the time now to test your truck’s heater and defrost system at all levels. Make sure they are working properly, cold weather is right around the corner!
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Why do so many drivers simply refuse to get out and look?
Unfortunately the biggest reason for not getting out and looking is simply laziness. A lazy driver doesn’t want to get out and walk around the unit to ensure safety.
The next one is the overconfident driver. They think they are good enough of a driver to have no need to get out of the truck. It does not matter how good a driver you are. If you can’t see, you can’t see. Only bad things happen when you continue blindly.
It’s better to get out and look than explain why you hit something (especially the “magically appearing” stationary object).
It’s better to get out and look than explain why you were not securely latched to the trailer laying on its nose.
It’s better to get out and look than explain how your unsecured trailer doors swung open damaging another vehicle, dock or ripping a door off.
It’s better to get out and look to verify the height of the low clearance than trying to explain the truck or trailer roof peeled back.
It’s better to take the minute or two to get out and look…Why? It’s better than the loss of time and money it is going to cost when you hit something or worse, SOMEONE!
The shortcut you take could cut your career short. Incidents count against you on your DAC and CSA score. Companies look at this as being careless; which could cause you to be terminated for excessive incidents. If you are terminated for these issues, finding another trucking position will be nearly impossible. It could cost you financially by loss of a paycheck, or a civil suit against you. It could cost a life!
Driving at Night
Traffic deaths are 3 times greater at night, according to the National Safety Council. Be aware of night driving's special hazards and know effective ways to deal with them. 90% of a driver's reaction depends on vision, and vision is severely limited at night. Depth perception, color recognition, and peripheral vision are compromised after sundown. Older drivers have greater difficulties seeing at night. A 50-year-old driver may need twice as much light to see as well as a 30-year old. Another factor adding danger to night driving is fatigue dulling concentration and slowing reaction time.
Take measures to minimize dangers by preparing and following special guidelines for night driving.
•Prepare: clean headlights, taillights, signals, mirrors and windows often.
•Have headlights properly aimed. Misaimed ones blind other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road.
•Don't drink and drive. Alcohol impairs driving ability, acts as a depressant, and induces fatigue.
•Avoid smoking when you drive. Smoke's nicotine and carbon monoxide hamper night vision.
•Always drive with your lights on. Lights will not help you see better in early twilight, but they'll make it easier for other drivers to see you.
•Reduce speed and increase following distances. When following another vehicle, keep headlights on low beam so you don't blind the driver ahead of you.
•Avoid glare from oncoming headlights by using the right edge of the road as a steering guide.
•Make frequent stops for light snacks and exercise.
Following Too Close
Are you driving a safe distance from the vehicle ahead? If it suddenly and unexpectedly stops can you stop in time? Drive at a speed and allow time to see and react to a panic stop of the vehicle in front of you.
How do I know if I am leaving enough space between myself and the vehicle ahead? At a minimum, there should be at least 7 seconds of separation between your CMV and the vehicle ahead.
When road and weather conditions deteriorate, or traffic volume increases, you should add more time between you and the vehicle ahead. Extreme conditions such as rain, ice, snow and fog require adding space until you are sure you have time to suddenly stop without striking the vehicle ahead.
It is almost a certainty if you strike a vehicle from the rear, you will be partially — if not solely — responsible, especially when visibility, weather conditions and vehicle controls are degraded.
A safe following distance allows for a safety cushion if unexpected hazards appear, road conditions change or the vehicle ahead of you suddenly stops or changes direction. If someone cuts you off, reduce your speed to regain a safe distance.
Calculate a 7-second following distance, watch the vehicle in front of you pass a non-moving object (e.g., overhead bridge, tree, etc.) and begin counting (1 thousand 1, 1 thousand 2, etc.). By the time you get to the same fixed object, you should have counted at least 7 seconds.
Why use seconds instead of a vehicle count as a following distance measure? A following distance based on a number of vehicles can be too subjective. The length of vehicles varies – a Mini Cooper is a lot smaller than a large SUV.
It’s not a race; create space!
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