Safely Driving in the Rain
- Make checking your wiper blades a part of your everyday inspection routine. If the blades are worn, replace them immediately. Even a few seconds in a heavy rain without wipers can result in a serious accident. Carry spares always.
- Make sure your lights are ALWAYS ON when driving. Try to be as visible as possible to traffic around you.
- Do not change lanes in heavy rain with reduced visibility caused by heavy rain or spray from the road. Maintain your lane no matter how slow traffic is in front of you.
- Do not follow too close or make sudden lane changes. Do not slow down suddenly with your brakes as vehicles behind you in your tire spray may not be able to see your brake lights as they come on.
- Turn on your defroster fans and mirror heaters as the inside of your cab glass and mirrors will quickly fog up, reducing your visibility.
- Turn your radio off, as you do not need any distractions and you need to be able to hear any warning horns or sirens.
- If the rain is too heavy, get off the road as soon as you safely can to avoid becoming involved in an accident.
Spring into Safer Driving
1. Spring showers bring May flowers - and wet driving conditions. Slow down on slick roads. Keep in mind that even a small amount of water can mix with oil and road dust to create slippery conditions.
2. Be sure your vehicle is ready for rain by replacing your windshield wipersat least once a year. Don’t drive faster than your wipers can clear water from the windshield.
3. Avoid driving through large puddles, which can impair your brakes, cloud your vision, or cause you to hydroplane and lose control of your vehicle. If you can’t avoid a puddle and find your vehicle hydroplaning, gently ease your foot off of the accelerator - do not brake.
4. Share the road. Warm weather brings motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians out on the roads. Be extra cautious around intersections and in residential communities.
5. Understand the impact of medications on driving. Over-the-counter allergy drugs can have side effects or interact with other medications to cause drowsiness or diminish your driving ability.
6. If possible, go around potholes. Potholes—an after-effect of winter weather—can hurt your tires or throw your car’s front end out of alignment. If you can’t avoid a pothole, try to slow down, as the damage can be costly to fix.
7. Keep your tires properly inflated. Doing so can reduce damage from potholes, uneven pavement, and other road hazards.
Trash in your truck?
- Garbage in your truck can draw attention to the vehicle and can create an appearance which is less than wholesome.
- DOT officers will often choose to conduct an inspection based on the amount of trash they see in the cab or through the window of a truck.
- Garbage in the truck poses a hazard while driving as it creates a distraction. Trash can roll under the pedals which can cause an collision if a driver is unable to operate the pedals. If you ride with the windows down, trash can fly out of window posing a hazard for all drivers on the road. In some states, this can lead to a fine for littering.
- Keeping the tractor clean is important for a driver’s general health and well-being. Too much trash or trash left for extended periods of time leads to an unsanitary environment, illnesses and other health issues.
- In some states, such as South Carolina, it’s unlawful to store trash in your vehicle, specifically to “place, leave, dump or permit to accumulate any garbage, rubbish or trash in any building, vehicle and their surrounding areas …” Though it is a traffic ordinance, the violation is more a health code violation. You can get a fine and jail time for the offense.
- Trash in your vehicle can attract pests (bugs, rats, other animals) posing additional hazards.
Every time you fuel up, clean up.
Don’t Barrel Through WORK ZONES!
Protect men and women on the job, yourself and others while traveling through work zones.
Workers killed in work-zone crashes annually is over 100. Over 20,000 are injured!
80% of driver and passenger deaths occur in work zone crashes.
A crash happens every 14 minutes in work zones.
The most common work zone crash is the rear-end collision.
Slow down, pay attention, obey the signs and flaggers, allow enough driving cushion for reaction time to suddenly stopping traffic ahead.
Check Your Tire Pressure!
Weather changes can adversely affect tire pressure.
Vehicles with under or over-inflated tires can exhibit handling problems and contribute to crashes resulting in fatalities and serious injuries. Under or over-inflated tires impact a driver’s ability to control a vehicle against skidding, blowouts, and other tire failures.
What’s more is, the fuel economy of vehicles driving on under or over-inflated tires is lower.
A decrease in tire pressure can be caused by poor maintenance, driving habits, punctures, road conditions, and the quality of material used in tire construction. According to tire experts, under normal driving conditions, air-filled tires can lose from 1 to 2 psi per month as air permeates the tires. While driving in warm weather, there will likely be an increase of 2-9 psi.
Please check the air pressure in your tires with a quality tire gauge. Your Tractor and Trailer tires when cooled down should be at 100 psi.