Eat THEN Drive — Don’t Eat AND Drive
A study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concluded that those who eat and drive increase the odds of an accident by 80%. They also concluded that 65% of near miss accidents are caused by distracted drivers fussing food and drinks. Those are some pretty staggering and eye opening statistics! You may […]
To Pass or Not To Pass? That is the question!
Signaling your intentions well in advance: Changing lanes and merging represent one of the top three causes of collisions for many trucking companies. Care must be used whenever we, or other drivers, merge or change lanes for any reason. Proper timing of your turn signals is critical to alerting other drivers of your intentions. Never […]
Oh, My Aching Back!
You’ve probably heard that in order to lift safely, you must lift properly – and here’s how: GET AS CLOSE TO THE LOAD AS POSSIBLE – The further the load is from the centerline of your body, the greater the strain imposed on your back. AVOID PICKING UP HEAVY OBJECTS PLACED BELOW YOUR KNEES – […]
ARE YOU WELL RESTED?
We all live fast-paced lives, and that sometimes translates to drivers not getting the proper amount of rest. Fatigue has been said by some to be a contributing factor in more than 75% of vehicle overturns. Are you well rested? Here are some tips for staying alert while driving. Watch Your Posture – Slouching or […]
A Fully Loaded Tractor / Trailer . . .
A fully loaded tractor-trailer weighing 80,000 pounds traveling under ideal conditions at a speed of 65 miles per hour will take 525 feet to stop. Are you leaving enough following distance between yourself and the vehicle traveling in front of you? Will you be able to stop in time to avoid a rear end collision? […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]