Back Like a Pro
One of the dangers of driving in general,and commercial vehicles in particular,is letting good driving habits fade into bad habits.
Basic safe backing precaution requires getting out of the vehicle to ensure the path is clear but is repeated multiple times a day or a week. This repetition often reveals no hazards to avoid. As a result it becomes easier to assume it is unlikely the path of the vehicle as you back will encounter another object. But a professional driver knows this is usually when a collision occurs. Don’t drive like an amateur, be a pro, be prepared and alert.
Follow the fundamental rulesof safe backing; if it isn’t necessary, don’t back; if you must back,always Get Out And Look!
Improve your Odds by Slowing Down
Traveling 65 mph in a 55 mph zone increases your odds of being in a crash by 31%. Speeding almost always increases liability in a crash situation. Observe reduced speeds in school, construction and hospital zones. Remember, as a professional driver the expectations are high but you are the person who may suffer the unfortunate consequences.
Speed limits posted on curve warning signs are intended for passenger vehicles, not large trucks. Large trucks should reduce their speed even further. Studies have shown large trucks entering a curve, even at the posted speed limit, have lost control and rolled over due to their high center of gravity.
Lower speed and a minimum of 7 seconds following distance gives you the time to see ahead and the ability to adjust to adverse conditions as they develop.
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3 Common Causes of an Accident:
I didn’t think.
I didn’t see.
I didn’t know.
How to Prevent Heat-Related Illness
Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose clothing (unless you are working with machinery). Light colors reflect away some of the sun’s heat. Wear a hat or use an umbrella.
Drink plenty of water. Carry water or juice with you and drink even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid caffeine, which dries out the body.
Eat smaller meals and eat more often. Avoid foods high in protein which increases your metabolic heat.
Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. Limit activity to the coolest part of the day, usually in the morning between 5am and 8am.
Take regular breaks when active on a hot day. If you or someone else is showing signs of a heat-related illness, stop the activity and find a cool place to rest.
3 Points of Contact
Always use three points of contact when entering and exiting your tractor or trailer.
When climbing, always face the vehicle.
Don’t climb with anything in your hands.
Never jump from the tractor or trailer.
Work Zones are People Zones
An active work zone indicates people working closely to a traffic area. Watch out for workers or vehicles close to the lane of traffic accidentally straying into your path. Warning signs and barriers are meant to direct the lane of travel. Cones and barrels ultimately provide little protection for workers.
It may seem obvious, but before entering the work zone, follow the directions on the signs and slow down. When approaching a lane closed ahead sign, drivers should merge as space is available, communicating with other drivers before making a lane change.
Warning signs vary, but most commonly include the following:
- Diamond-shaped orange warning signs; posted in advance of road construction projects
- A “flagger ahead” warning sign; posted within the work zone
- Flashing arrow panels or “lane closed ahead” signs
It is doubly important to drive defensively while in a work zone. Be on the lookout for more aggressive drivers who may not signal before changing lanes. Be courteous. Allow space for someone to merge in front of you – it may prevent a collision.
The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear-end collision. Always reduce your speed and increase your following distance.
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