Use your Signals
A recent study found drivers fail to signal 48% of the time when changing lanes and 25% of the time when making a turn. That study estimated turn signal neglect is a factor in as many as 2 million crashes per year.
February is National Heart Month
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year – that’s one in every four deaths. To prevent heart disease:
1. Eat a healthy diet.
2. Maintain a healthy weight.
3. Exercise regularly.
4. Don’t smoke.
5. Limit alcohol use.
Although it is nice to have the light, heat and smell of a candle and the heat from other sources, our offices and well as are trucks are not equipped to be the place for use of these items. We have had incidents in both our offices as well as our trucks by use of devices that have a flame. No device that uses a flame either open like a candle or enclosed like a propane heater is allowed to be used in our trucks or offices.
All other heating devices (non flame) used in either location must be of limited use, approved by maintenance and have an auto shutoff feature.
**The shop areas are allowed use of propane devices as authorized by shop manager.
Winter Safe Driving Tips:
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, make sure to pull over 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 your vehicle is 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, stop 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.
Secure Loose Objects
Many injuries are caused by loose objects that "fly" in a collision. When the vehicle decelerates, a loose object temporarily keeps traveling at the speed the vehicle was originally going, until it hits something else in the slowing vehicle -- like you, maybe. Even fairly light-weight objects can cause serious injuries. A tissue box weighing half a pound, at 60mph, would feel like about 30 pounds hitting you in the back of the head!
There have been several preventable incidents of drivers running into a mound of snow just off the roadway or in a parking lot causing damage to their tractor, trailer or property. Don’t assume the snowbank is going to give; the snow could be tightly packed - solid ice underneath. It may be covering a stationary object such as a boulder, pole or possibly a passenger vehicle.
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Use the specific parking set aside for trucks as big rigs need four times the space as an average passenger car.
Trucks should never be parked on roadways with speed limits over 30 mph unless disabled.
When pulling off to the side of the road or highway, always use precaution with flashers and safety triangles to alert other motorists.
Do not park your truck near driveways or side streets, as the tractor trailer can obstruct a motorist’s view of oncoming traffic.
Never park facing oncoming traffic.
5 Things to Remember and Remind Others
- Don't cut off a truck. It takes about the space of a football field for a speeding truck to come to a stop "in perfect dry conditions.”
- Don't ride in a truck's blind spots. There are four: the driver's side, the passenger's side, right in front of a truck and behind it, with the biggest blind spot falling on the passenger's side.
- Be patient and give a truck the space it requires. Sometimes a narrow lane isn't designed to fully contain a truck, so it may spill over into a lane beside it. Passing vehicles should take care to give the relatively slower truck the time needed to maneuver safely out of the way.
- Pay attention to a truck driver's signals. There's a reason they would want to move over a lane; often, it's to get off the road.
- Don't tailgate trucks. They can kick debris up behind them.
Driving defensively, while a good precaution for a truck driver, it is also all they can really do. If a car passes too close in front of them, the only option is to slam on the brakes. It falls to fellow motorists to drive responsibly, as well.
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DOUBLE YOUR FOLLOWING DISTANCE IN ADVERSE CONDITIONS
Adjust your following distance to appropriately match weather conditions, road conditions, visibility, and traffic. In emergency conditions, maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you will allow you to stop safely and/or to take necessary evasive action.
Braking distance can be greatly affected by road surfaces, weather conditions such as rain, ice, and snow, or debris. You must increase your following distance and decrease your speed in adverse conditions.