The only way to avoid the hazards of front and rear blind spots is to first be aware that they are there. The driver sitting behind the steering wheel always has a blind spot directly in front of the vehicle that can range from a distance of 30 to 50 feet. A blind spot existing […]
IS YOUR GPS A SAFETY HAZARD?
The Federal Highway Safety Administration reminds you to program your GPS devices before you begin a trip, instead of taking your eyes off the road to make adjustments while you are driving. Anything that takes your eyes and attention off the road, including a GPS, is a safety hazard – just like talking on a […]
LOG IT AS YOU DRIVE IT!
We cannot over emphasize the importance of keeping your hours of service logs accurate and current up to your last change of duty status. On the scene of a collision, one of the first things the investigating officer will ask for is your logbook. Even if you did absolutely nothing wrong, and there was nothing […]
HAVE A SAFE JULY 4TH
Every year, thousands of homes catch fire because of grills. Make sure your barbeque is risk free. Combining explosive fuels with food, hot metals, and large groups of people can be a recipe for disaster if you are not careful. Everything has risks. Knowing what those risks are and how to reduce them is the […]
DEFENSIVE DRIVING SKILLS
PROTECT YOURSELF Defensive driving very much involves your attitude toward other drivers with whom you share the road. It means establishing control of the highway situation so that the others can’t involve you in accidents that result from poor judgment or failure to act properly. Be prepared for the worst. A defensive driver anticipates the […]
How do you Prevent START UP – BACK UP Accidents?
ANTICIPATE THE HAZARDS INVOLVED AND KNOW HOW TO SAFELY CONTROL THEM During a typical start-up / back-up situation, a vehicle has been parked for a long enough time to allow pedestrians and other vehicles to approach and rest within a few feet of the parked vehicle. Starting up forward, backward, or steering left or right from […]
U-TURN IS NOT A SAFE SHORTCUT!
Making a U-turn with a tractor-trailer is a very risky maneuver, and definitely NOT a safe shortcut. The American Trucking Associations’ Safety & Loss Prevention Management Council advises that maneuvering a 60-foot long tractor-trailer through a U-turn from the right side of the roadway will take approximately 32 seconds for the rear of the vehicle […]
WHY KEEPING VEHICLE WINDOWS CLEAN IS A SAFETY ISSUE
Why Keep Your Vehicle Windows Clean? Dirty windows tend to scatter light rays, so the effects of glare are magnified, thus blinding the driver. This becomes especially troublesome when bright sun low in the sky is present or from car headlights and streetlights at night. Keeping windows clean on the inside is also important as […]
TAILGATING is as smart as spitting into the wind!
“It takes two football fields of distance to stop a tractor trailer at 65 mph.” Are you leaving enough following distance between yourself and the vehicle travelling in front of you? Will you be able to stop in time to avoid a rear end accident? When other vehicles change lanes in front of you, they […]
WHY BUCKLE UP?
The seat belt usage rate of commercial motor vehicle drivers continues to be much lower than that of the general motoring public, according to results of a study released by the FMCSA. Of the 3,909 trucks observed in the study, the overall seat belt usage rate for the CMV drivers was only 48 percent. According […]