Feb. 21st

AVOIDING OVERHEAD HAZARDS

On side streets and private property . . . signs, wires, and other overhead structures are not always at the height specified by local ordinances . . . and don’t forget about tree limbs which may also be hiding wires. Know the height of your truck and trailer, but don’t presume that your tractor and […]

Feb. 14th

Maintain Your Vehicle

MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE Inspect your vehicle before each trip and check your brakes regularly. Learn how to inspect your brakes, identify safety defects and get them repaired before risking your life and others on the highway. DRIVE DEFENSIVELY Avoid aggressive drivers! It‘s estimated that each year two-thirds of all traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive […]

Feb. 6th

ICE & SNOW – TAKE IT SLOW!

A “slip” occurs when there is too little traction or friction between the show and walking surface.  A “trip” occurs when a person’s foot contacts and object in their way or drops to a lower level unexpectedly, causing them to be thrown off-balance.   A trip most often results in a person falling forward, while […]

Jan. 31st

DON’T OUTDRIVE YOUR HEADLIGHTS

Most headlights only illuminate up to 450 feet when using high beams, and no more than 350 feet when using low beams (when lights are properly maintained and clean). When driving a tractor-trailer at a speed of 55mph:  you will need 141.2 feet of perception distance  plus 60.5 feet of reaction distance  plus 275 feet of […]

Jan. 27th

WHAT’S YOUR SAFETY APTITUDE?

What is your attitude toward safety?  Do you believe you have a responsibility to protect yourself – or do you somehow think it’s the duty of your co-workers or someone else?  Do you follow safety guidelines and use appropriate personal safety protective gear – or do you figure you are somehow otherwise protected?  Other people […]

Jan. 24th

FIGHT DROWSY DRIVING

Drowsy drivers are a major danger on the road. More than 100,000 motor vehicle crashes each year are a result of drowsy driving. FICTION: Caffeine can overcome drowsiness while driving. FACT: Only sleep can truly overcome drowsiness. Caffeine may make you feel more alert – but the results are only temporary.   FICTION: I’m a […]

Jan. 20th

SEAT BELT MYTH

SEAT BELT MYTH:  Safety belts aren’t necessary for low speed driving.  FACT:   In a frontal collision occurring at 30mph, an unbelted person continues to move forward at 30mph, causing him/her to hit the windshield at about 30mph.  This is the same velocity a person falling from the top of a 3-story building would experience upon […]

Jan. 17th

TRUCK DRIVERS MAY BE AT GREATER RISK

Truck drivers may be at greater risk of becoming a target of another motorist’s road rage. Many individuals frequently do not understand the unique handling characteristics of a truck and, therefore, may become agitated by its presence. Other drivers may be angered by a truck’s size, simply because they cannot see around it. Truck drivers […]

Jan. 13th

Keep All 18 of Your Tires on the Road

Cardinal offers these tips for keeping all 18 of your tires on the pavement…. 1. Don’t Out Drive your headlights! Keep your eyes on the road directly ahead of you. 2. Don’t drive too fast for conditions! If the weather and/or visibility are poor or the roadway has curves adjust your speed accordingly. 3. Don’t […]

Jan. 10th

INTERSECTION CHALLENGES

Approximately 35% of fatal truck/car crashes occur at intersections. An intersection is one of the most complex traffic situations that motorists encounter, and can present dangerous challenges to even the most cautious and experience professional drivers. Although intersections constitute only a small part of the overall highway system, they represent a disproportionate share of the […]