Fleets should prepare for and practice what to do in the event of a serious accident just like they do for fire drills — from top management to dispatchers to drivers — said Don Jerrell, a safety expert at HNI Risk Services, to attendees of the Fleet Safety Conference.
Jerrell outlined seven steps drivers need to take when involved in an accident, which should be ingrained in them through proper training:
During our years as professional drivers,we've driven through all types of bad weather and learned a lot about staying safe. We’d like to share some of our tips to help you stay safe. You may have heard many of these tips before, but when it comes to safety, a few reminders can't hurt.
Most states collect taxes based on the weight of transported goods. Truck weigh stations are used for these tax purposes as well as to monitor the weight of a truck to ensure that it falls within the safety guidelines that each state has in place for its road system. Whether or not you need to stop at a weigh station is going to depend on the laws of the state you are passing through. As you map your route, check the laws of the states to make sure you comply with their rules.
Plenty of us hate night driving—there's no feeling quite like getting someone else's high beams shined in your eyes. But beyond the pure annoyance, few of us realize how dangerous it can be. Fatalities on the road occur at a rate three times greater at night than during the day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While only a quarter of all driving is done at night, more than half of all driving deaths occur then.
There are no secrets when it comes to winter driving. If there’s ice on the road, it’s dangerous. The big truck flying past you at 55 mph when everyone else is crawling along at 15 or 20 mph doesn’t have the inside track on the winter roadways. You’re liable to see him in the median a few miles up the road.
If you’re driving on ice, you won’t know it until you need to stop. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a sedan, a 4-wheel drive or a big rig: brakes are the great equalizer. Here are the 9 tips: