The HERO count to ZERO
Bad driving habits often develop slowly over time as good habits deteriorate. If you want to find out if you are as good a driver as you used to be try this; count how many times during a single day or week you follow too close, slam on the brakes, fail to signal or cut someone off at an entry/exit ramp. No matter what the total, the goal should be to become ZERO.
Are the tires on your vehicle in good condition, free of leaks and cracks and do they have the proper tread depth and tire size? Required DOT tread depth for tires is 4/32 minimum for steering axles and 2/32 minimum for rear axle and trailer tires.
Be sure that all tires are the same size on the vehicle. Tires must not have cuts, bulges or loose recaps and must be properly inflated with no audible leaks or any other defects that would affect the safe operation of the tires.
Any commercial vehicle with defective tires noted during an inspection should not be driven until all defects are addressed and eliminated. Tire defects and violations also carry a higher severity weight rating (8) and can adversely affect your and your employer’s DOT safety measurement system scores. Tire out-of-service violations? You can tack on a couple more points.
FALL – Helpful Tip
When driving, be aware of slippery conditions. Roads that are leaf-covered and wet can cause you to lose of control of your vehicle.
Slow down and maintain control.
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Changing Weather is often nature’s way of telling you winter is on its way. When you’re uncomfortable, you’re more at risk of committing mistakes and having accidents. The best you can do is prepare for this phenomenon.
- Layer clothing so you can create air pockets that help retain body heat.
- Wear at least three layers to keep yourself warm. It’s best to have nylon for the outer layer (to break the wind), down or wool for the middle layer (to absorb sweat) and cotton or synthetic weave for the inner layer (to allow ventilation).
- Prepare garments that can protect or cover your head, feet, hands and face.
- When heaters are used in confined spaces, special care shall be taken to provide sufficient ventilation. Keep combustible items away from the heater.
- Inspect controls of all heaters. Repair or replace immediately if any damage has occurred.
- Always make sure a fully charged, properly secured fire extinguisher is readily available.
October is Fire Safety Awareness Month
Teach your children what to do if the house is on fire, such as the stop, drop and roll technique. Create a safety plan for your family and have multiple evacuation plans ready. This is also a good time to have anti-fire features added to your home; install fireproof shingles and a fire extinguisher and purchase fireproof safes to store your valuable belongings.
At home and in your vehicles check to make sure there are no frayed or exposed wires. Unplug devices that are not in use. Check to make sure your fire extinguisher is fully charged and properly secured. Make sure that there is nothing on, near, or around heating units. No open flames should be left unattended and are prohibited in Super Service Equipment (candles, Incense, etc).
Seat Belts Save Lives
Worn properly, they prevent you from being thrown around the inside of a crashing vehicle or, worse, thrown through the windshield and flung completely out of the vehicle. Statistics reveal that more than half of all accident fatalities were people who weren't using seat belts. The numbers are much scarier for young drivers and passengers: A staggering 70 percent of fatal crash victims between the ages of 13 and 15 weren't wearing seat belts.
In the overwhelming majority of car crashes, you have a greater chance of surviving a crash if you're wearing a seat belt.
Even a low-speed crash can send an unbelted person careening into the dashboard or side window, resulting in severe head injuries or broken bones. At higher speeds, the possible fates of the unbelted occupant are gruesome: severe lacerations from being propelled through the windshield; struck by other cars because you landed on the road; slammed into a tree or a house at 50 mph. Sound scary? Then buckle up.
The One Second Difference
A classic study conducted in the 1980's found that 90 percent of all accidents could have been avoided if the driver had reacted just one second earlier.
Always maintain a minimum of 7 seconds Following Distance and remember - One extra second of following distance can save a life!
What They Should Know
If we could put every member of the public in a truck or bus for a day, there would be a lot more awareness and a lot less crashes. But since we can’t; familiarize your family and friends with the following nine keys to keeping safe around big rigs. One or all of these could save a life.
1. Buckle up! It is your last line of defense!
2. Never cut in front of a truck. A fully loaded CMV can take 400 feet (more than the length of a football field) to stop and the odds are you or someone driving next to you could be killed as a result of your driving.
3. Keep a safety cushion around CMVs. Try to leave a 10-car length gap when in front of a CMV and 20-25 car lengths when behind a CMV. An average passenger car traveling at 55 miles per hour takes about 130 to 140 feet to stop.
4. Never linger alongside a CMV. Cars can momentarily “disappear” from view due to blind spots.
5. Pass CMVs quickly to increase visibility and reduce dangers associated with lingering beside a truck.
6. Only change lanes when you can see both of the CMV’s headlights in your rearview mirror.
7. If possible, pass a CMV on the left, not on the right, because the CMV’s blind spot on the right runs the length of the trailer and extends out three lanes.
8. Check a CMV’s mirrors. If you are following a CMV and you cannot see the driver’s face in its side mirrors, the driver cannot see you.
9. Allow CMVs adequate space to maneuver. CMVs make wide turns at intersections and require additional lanes to turn.
CUTTING IT CLOSE CAN CUT YOUR LIFE SHORT!
Eating While Driving is Distracted Driving
Some states will issue a citation for driving while eating!
A study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded those who eat and drive increase the odds of an accident by 80%. They also concluded 65% of near miss accidents are caused by distracted drivers fussing with food and drinks.
The NHTSA even went as far as to list the most dangerous foods and beverages. Starbucks would be very sad to hear coffee takes first place. Drinking coffee is the single most dangerous food item to have in the vehicle when it comes to distracted driving. Think about it; what happens if you spill coffee on your lap? Even the coffee sitting in the cup holder splashes out through the vents and holes of the lid every time you hit a pothole. Doesn’t it attract your attention?
A study done by ExxonMobil found over 70% of drivers admit to eating while driving; and 83% drink beverages while driving.
Best practice is to eat at the place you are picking up the food and drink. If you must dine in the truck, do it while on break and not while your navigating the roadways.