Don't roll back when you start. You may hit someone behind you. Partly engage the clutch before you take your right foot off the brake. Release the brake only when you have applied enough engine power to keep from rolling back. On a tractor-trailer equipped with a trailer brake hand valve, the hand valve can be applied to keep from rolling back.
Speed up smoothly and gradually so the vehicle does not jerk. Rough acceleration can cause mechanical damage. When pulling a trailer, rough acceleration can damage the coupling. Speed up very gradually when traction is poor, as in rain or snow. If you use too much power, the drive wheels may spin. You could lose control. If the drive wheels begin to spin, take your foot off the accelerator.
There are many ways to be SAFE.
POT THE RISK
SSESS THE HAZARD
IX THE PROBLEM
VALUATE THE RESULT
A person of character has been defined as a person who continues to do the right thing even when no one is watching.
How can you apply this safety?
Are you completing a thorough pre-trip inspection each day and every time you change equipment?
Do you maintain a safe speed, never going above the posted limit?
Do you drive like you are on a road test?
Do you drive like your children are in the vehicle with you?
Do you drive like it is your family in the vehicle in front of you?
Do you wear your seatbelt, even when you are alone?
What other habits can you develop to be safe every time?
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We often talk about being a “defensive driver.” What is a defensive driver and what are some habits of a defensive driver?
The defensive driver tries to recognize potentially hazardous situations sufficiently in advance to allow time to safely maneuver past them. The defensive driver assumes that other drivers may make mistakes and is on guard in the event an error is made. The defensive driver searches ahead of what is immediately in front to have advance warning of approaching hazards.
Habits for a defensive driver:
Learn to recognize driving situations that can be hazardous.
Assume other drivers will make errors.
Adjust speed, position, direction, and attention to be able to maneuver safely if a hazard develops.
Scan far enough ahead to be able to react safely to approaching situations.
Scan frequently to the side and rear for passing or approaching vehicles.
Scan thoroughly before changing speed or direction.
Construction season is here!
Practice these 10 safety tips
1. Expect the unexpected.
2. Slow Down.
3. Don't tailgate. Keep a safe distance between vehicles.
4. Keep a safe distance from workers and equipment.
5. Pay attention to road signs.
6. Obey road crew flaggers.
7. Stay alert and minimize distractions.
8. Keep up with traffic flow.
9. Schedule extra time, and call or search on the web for
travel information concerning construction before you start planning your trip.
10. Be patient and stay calm at all times.
The four Rs of driver wellness:
Refueling: learning better eating practices so bodies and minds perform at their best, providing extra energy and better alertness, especially while driving.
Rejuvenating: improving physical condition through regular exercise, maintaining physical rigor and movement activities to preserve health and to remain physically fit.
Relating: understanding the importance of, and how to enhance relationships with others, both personal and professional. Understanding, too, how those relationships impact personal stress levels, job performance, and health.
Relaxing: becoming calmer in a fast-paced world – both at home and at work – by learning to recognize, control and manage responses to the many stresses of life.
Bicyclists Make Safe Choices!
Bicycles in the roadway are considered vehicles.
Bicyclists on the street are a vehicle and must travel in the same direction as other traffic and follow the same rules.
When bicycling on the sidewalk:
Bicycle slowly and give pedestrians the right of way.
Follow the rules for pedestrians.
Cross the road by walking your bicycle in the crosswalk just like a pedestrian.
Stop before crossing the street from a sidewalk to give motorists time to see you.
Make sure turning motorists see you by making eye contact.
Housekeeping is important to everyone’s safety so take time to keep your work area clean – to include your tractor. If you see a hazard, correct it.
Watch for rugs that are lifting up, boxes or other items left in walkways, cords hanging down or wet floors.
Make sure your dashboard is clear. Having items on your dashboard can restrict your vision and is an invitation to be pulled in for inspection.
Having loose items in any vehicle is a known hazard. In the event of an accident or a sudden stop, unrestricted items can be thrown, injuring the vehicle occupants.
If you can’t correct the hazard, report it!
Always Maintain a Safe Following Distance
Good Weather- During daylight with good, dry roads and low traffic volume, you can ensure you're a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you by following the "7 second rule." To determine the right following distance, first select a fixed object on the road ahead such as a sign, tree or overpass. When the vehicle ahead of you passes the object, slowly count "one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand." If you reach the object before completing the count to seven, you're following too closely. Making sure there are seven seconds gives you time and distance to respond to problems in the lane ahead of you.
Inclement Weather, Heavy Traffic, or Night-Time Driving- In heavy traffic, at night, or when weather conditions are not ideal (eg. light rain, light fog, light snow), double the 7 second rule to 14 seconds, for added safety