As you travel this holiday week be aware of the increased traffic on the road. The car next to you has an office worker who worked a 9 hour day and then got in the car to drive several hours to spend Christmas with his family. The van next to you has a family with active children in it who are arguing, distracting the dad who is driving. The SUV on the other side has a tired mother who turns for a moment to hand a snack to the kids in the back seat, and hits her brakes at the last minute for the traffic stopped in front of her. The street by the store is filled with last minute shoppers who are not focusing on driving.
Be responsible for your own driving behavior and take note of drivers who aren’t concentrating fully on the road, as well as aggressive and over-cautious drivers, and give them plenty of space.
The 6 – P Formula:
Proper Planning PreventsPitifullyPoor Performance.
Don’t wait until the last minute.
Communicate what you can do.
Do what you say you are going to do.
Don’t hide the facts;you can’t.
Expect the unexpected.
Fire Safety Starts With You
Staying warm in the winter is important, but here are a few simple rules to adhere to:
No inverters over 1500 watts.
We should not be leaving heating elements plugged in when we are not in attendance.
No hard wired inverters unless installed by a Super Service LLC shop.
No overloading circuits with multi plugs.
Make sure your fire extinguisher is properly mounted, secured, and charged.
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Don’t Let Your High Speed Become an Out of Control Sleigh Ride
You should reduce your speed by 1/3 on wet roads and by 1/2 or more on snow packed roads (i.e., if you would normally be traveling at a speed of 60 mph on dry pavement, then on a wet road you should reduce your speed to 40 mph, and on a snow-packed road you should reduce your speed to 30 mph). When you come upon slick, icy roads you should drive slowly and cautiously and get off the road if you can no longer safely control the vehicle.
Reduce Stress and Aggression Behind the Wheel
Driving is not a win or lose situation. The only winners are those drivers who reach their destination safely. Commit and concentrate on driving safely. Maintain your composure in traffic; try to cooperate with others on the road.
Aggressive driving only leads to more aggressive driving. Show courtesy to other drivers; give them the benefit of the doubt. The more courtesy a driver shows, the more he or she gets back.
Avoid driving when angry, upset, or overly tired. Get busy changing your own unsafe driving habits that might irritate and provoke other drivers.
Plan your trip with enough time so you don’t feel rushed. Use the time to relax instead of focusing on hurrying to a destination. COMMUNICATE if you are going to be late, message/call ahead so you can relax. Now and then you are going to arrive late. Deal with it—stuff happens, so do not be lured into the aggressive driving trap. It just is not worth it!
Are You Eating a Crash Diet?
If you are eating in your vehicle while driving, you are focusing on your food and not on your driving. You are not only chewing and swallowing; you are also opening packages, unwrapping and re-wrapping food, reaching, leaning, spilling, wiping, and cleaning yourself or your vehicle. These are quite a number of distractions for one driver on one trip. You are safer when you stop to eat or drink. Allow yourself plenty of time to stop, rest from driving, and enjoy your meal.
Safe Drivers do not Dashboard Dine!!!
Watch out for Pedestrians
Besides increased holiday vehicle traffic, there are also more pedestrians. An estimated 175 people each day are injured or killed by vehicle-pedestrian collisions. Ultimately, pedestrians and drivers each share responsibility to prevent these collisions.
Pedestrians should use crosswalks, cross with the light, look before stepping into the roadway, wear light-colored (reflective if possible) clothing and carry a flashlight when walking between dusk and dawn.
Drivers need to pay attention to their surroundings since pedestrians may appear from between parked cars or locations where the view is blocked. Drivers please take extra precautions when driving near shopping areas, entertainment centers, sports fields, schools, transit stops, and any other area where pedestrian traffic increases.
Tis’ the Season for Risk Awareness!
When parking your rig do you check to make sure of the following: Engine off? Doors locked? Security measures in place? Keys in hand? Drivers should not take chances, even if they’re only away for a moment.
Use your surroundings to your advantage: Where you park can be key; by using any buildings, fences or even other trailers where you stop to back up against can make it hard — if not impossible — for cargo thieves to get your trailer’s doors open. Also, try to park in well-lit, heavily traveled areas of truck stops.
Watch what you say: The old World War II-era adage about loose lips sinking ships also applies to preventing cargo theft. Don’t discuss what you are hauling or where you’re taking it.
Maintain situational awareness at all times: Know your situation and surroundings, whether the truck is moving or not. This includes noticing whether you’re being followed or tailed.
If you’re being followed: If you think you’re being tailed, slow down and change lanes to see if the vehicle passes you. If slowing down does not work and the vehicle continues to follow you, get off at the next exit to see if the vehicle does the same. If you’re confident at this point you’re being followed, contact your fleet for help. Also, find a safe, secure, and busy location to park.
Use a padlock on trailer doors: It may sound simple, obvious and low-tech, but it works.
A short yet meaningful safety message:
“Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.”
As a truck driver you have probably noticed another driver’s attitude regarding safe driving is questionable or high risk in nature. As a fellow driver or friend do not ignore the problem or avoid talking to them. You could be helping them keep their job, their life and/or the lives of others.