Staying Safe Around Snowplows
In the winter, snowplow drivers are out on the roads to keep them clear of snow and ice and keep you safe. Here’s what you need to know about driving around snowplows:
Distance: Give snowplows room to work. The plows are wide and can cross the centerline or shoulder. Don’t tailgate and try not to pass. If you must pass, take extreme caution and beware of the snow cloud.
Speed: Snowplows travel below the posted speed limit. Be patient. Allow plenty of time to slow down. Remember, Ice and Snow, Take it Slow.
Vision: A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they don’t always see you. Keep your distance and watch for sudden stops or turns.
Do not stop in the path of a snowplow trying to clean a parking area.
An estimated 43 million people will be traveling this holiday weekend. 90% of those will be driving. We are thankful for all you do to keep the roads safe.
Be safe and have a great Thanksgiving.
How to Go on Ice and Snow:
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Slowly accelerating is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
- Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, and turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly (cut speed by at least 1/3 to 1/2 of the posted speed limit).
- The normal dry pavement following distance of 7 seconds should be increased to 12 or more seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed to see further up the road and increased reaction time if you have to stop.
- Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
- Don’t power up hills. Applying too much acceleration on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill to carry you to the top. Don’t stop while going up the hill. As you reach the crest, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
- Eliminate or minimize passing. It’s not a race; Slow and steady still wins.
Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.
As if the holiday season isn't already stressful enough… an eight-hour drive to my parents' house with my 3 kids, my niece and nephew, the dog, and all the holiday gifts. The kids can’t behave for more than an hour. The dog is barking at everything we pass. I always end up yelling, threatening to leave one of them at the rest stop, or crying (for sympathy).
Whatever gifts haven’t been bought, will be addressed during the dreaded Black Friday!
Got any tips on how we can keep our cool and not completely lose the holiday spirit before we even get there?
You don't need to answer this question; you need to remember this is the family driving next to you this holiday season. So don't get frustrated when driving gets worse this holiday season. Start early, drive slower, give the four wheeler more space and be thankful you are not one of the kids in this van! Have a safe holiday.
While you may know what your “No-Zone”is other drivers on the road with you,may not. Watch out for vehicles in your No-Zone. It’s a dangerous area which includes your blind spots and represents one-third of all crashes between large trucks and cars.
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There’s a Reason it’s Called a Speed "Limit" and Not a Suggestion!
Limited visibility comes in the form of poorly cleaned cab windows, mirrors, lights, and reflectors. Blowing snow and ice, and passing vehicles kicking up snow and ice in front of your truck add to the problem of visibility.
Some tips to address limited visibility include:
Clean your windshield, side windows, lights, reflectors, and mirror before you leave and at every stop. If you can't see, or can’t be seen, you are not driving safely.
Pre-trip theequipment- Be certain all hoses and belts, brakes, lights, and tires are in good condition to not break down and leave you on the side of the road in the cold.
Carry extra fluids, especially wiper fluid, and an extra set of wiper blades.
For personal safety, when getting out of your vehicle, wear light colored clothing and a reflective vest to promote being seen by others.
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Using a Hand-held Mobile Device While Operating a CMV is a Serious Violation!
The use of a hand-held electronic device means:
- Using at least one hand to hold an electronic device.
- Pressing more than a single button more than once or multiple buttons.
- Reachingfor an electronic device in a manner that requires a driver to maneuver so that he or she is no longer in a seated driving position, restrained by a seat belt.
Use of the qualcomm, even to listen to a message, requires one to press more than one button and is therefore a violation by FMCSR. When you receive a message you should find a safe place to park to listen, read and respond to your messages.
In addition, as a reminder, Super Service has a zero tolerance policy for the use of any mobile or texting device while driving(including hands-free).
Authorized Vehicles Only
Never use the turn around on the highway – the ones marked for authorized vehicle use only. Not only is it illegal, these are not made to accommodate large vehicles. You also will have no acceleration lane allowing you to safely merge back on to the road.
If you need to turn around, use the next exit.
Winter Safe Driving Tips:
Winter weather is fast approaching follow these safe driving tips to help stay safe!
1. Clear off all windows, mirrors, and exterior lights completely before driving. If snow or ice builds up while you drive, find a safe place to park and take a few minutes to clean everything off again.
2. Keep tires and brakes in good condition. Tires should be properly inflated and brakes should be correctly working.
3. Maintain a sufficient following distance from all vehicles and continue a safe speed that gives you plenty of time to react.
4. Plan your route. Make sure you know what types of roads you will be facing and that your vehicle is properly equipped to handle these roads.
5. Check cross-traffic prior to reaching and traveling through an intersection to help avoid collisions.
6. Do not drive if you feel fatigued. Your ability to properly react to your environment will weaken with fatigue, diminishing your ability to drive as safely as possible.
7. Don’t push your truck or yourself to do more than you can in unsafe conditions. If snow drifts are so bad you can’t see the road or ice is so thick you cannot stop properly, consider stopping the truck at a safe area until conditions get better. If you need to stop, continue checking the weather and road conditions and stay in close contact with your driver manager.
NO LOAD IS WORTH YOUR LIFE