One of the most dangerous areas in any road is the intersection. Cross traffic, turning vehicles and pedestrians can make getting across an intersection dangerous.
Many intersection accidents occur when drivers fail to use their turn signals or don’t know the right-of-way laws. Aggressive drivers will try to beat the red light and speed dangerously through an intersection.
Using defensive driving techniques can be summarized in the phase: “Know, Show, Slow, Go”.
Know: Know who has the right-of-way, but never insist on the right-of-way.
Show: Communicate your intentions to other drivers. Use your turn signals, brake lights and vehicle movement.
Slow: When approaching an intersection, you need to slow down and be prepared to stop.
Go: Verify that the intersection is free of vehicles and pedestrians; then go safely.
REMEMBER: The vehicle or pedestrian in the intersection always has the right-of-way, even if the traffic light is green.
Extreme Humidity Safety
What Are the Health Risks?
Breathing:Humidity causes strain on the lungs and aggravate breathing conditions such as asthma and COPD. Increased moisture indoors can breed allergenic mites and fungi, affecting breathing and overall health. These organisms thrive in relative humidity over 60%.
Viruses:Airborne viruses, such as the flu and the common cold, survive well in relative humidity over 70%.
Hyperthermia:When high heat and humidity combine, your risk of hyperthermia, or heat-related illness, increases. Sweat cannot evaporate as quickly in humid weather, leaving you feeling hotter and more at risk for heatstroke.
What Can You Do?
Inside:A dehumidifier can help pull moisture out of your home and improve air quality. Sealing air leaks and adding external vents to your stove and dryer also will help reduce humidity.
Outdoors:Check the dew point rather than the humidity level. If the dew point is in the 60s or 70s, you'll likely have a hard time cooling off. To avoid heat-related illness, limit your time outside, stay in the shade whenever possible, drink plenty of water, and wear breathable fabrics such as cotton or linen.
Watch Out for Animals in the Road
There are about 1.5 million animal-vehicle accidents each year that cause 10,000 injuries, 150 deaths, and an average of $2,500 in property damage.
What May Help
Stay alert:Pay attention to "deer crossing" signs. Scan down the road and off to each side. Be especially watchful in areas near woods and water. If you see one deer, there are probably several others nearby.
Be especially vigilant during peak season: Fall is peak time, however collisions can happen any time of year.
Use headlights smartly:At night, use high-beams when possible to illuminate the road's edges. If you see a deer far ahead, flick the brights multiple times.
Watch out at mealtime:Pay particular attention at dusk and dawn, when animals usually venture out to eat.
Brake as necessary:If you think you have time to avoid hitting the animal, reduce speed, tap the brakes to warn drivers behind you, and sound your horn (except for moose & elk). If there's no vehicle close behind you, brake hard.
Don't swerve:If a collision seems inevitable, don't veer off to avoid the animal. Your risk of injury may be greater if you do. Maintain control of the vehicle. Report the accident; call the Safety Department and send a Macro 60, contact the police, speak to the insurance company.
Always obey speed limits and wear seat belts.
Keep Independence Day enjoyable with these safety tips:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Sparklers burn at temperatures as hot as a blow torch!
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks which have not fully ignited.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire/mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- Douse the used fireworks with plenty of water before discarding to prevent a trash fire.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
- Never have fireworks on a Commercial Vehicle unless pulling as freight for legitimate business purposes (HazMat).
WEEKEND HOLIDAY SAFETY
If you need to travel during the holiday weekend, be sure to practice defensive driving skills. Leave enough space between you and other vehicles in front to allow for sudden stops and breakdowns, look left right and left again before entering an intersection. If traffic is heavy, keeping your speed down allows you time to react to unfolding events around you, especially on multi-lane highways.
How to Properly Use a Fire Extinguisher
PASS It On: All extinguishers work in a similar manner, and an easy way of remembering how to use one is the acronym “PASS”.
P=Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher.
A=Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, not at the flames.
S=Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
S=Sweep the spray back and forth across the fire until it’s out.
Always check your fire extinguisher when you do your Pre-Trip Inspection to make sure it is fully charged and properly secured.
Hundreds of people are struck by lightning each year. The good news: 90% of victims survive. The bad news: 70% suffer long-term effects, including: Burns; Vision or hearing loss; Nervous system damage; Muscle, ligament & bone damage; & Neurological defects.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates lightning strikes the ground 25 million times per year in the U.S.. In 2014, those strikes resulted in 26 fatality reports.
Lightning can travel 10 to 15 miles away from a storm. If you hear thunder, you’re within range and should seek shelter.
Reduce risk before and during a lightning storm:
Go indoors at the first sign of a storm.
Invest in home lightning protection.
Avoid touching electronics or anything with a cord, such as your phone.
Stay away from water sources, including pipes, sinks and showers.
Do not stand or lean on concrete structures.
Seek shelter in a hard-top vehicle if you’re stuck outside.
If you’re outside and shelter isn’t available, crouch down away from tall objects, tuck your head in and cover your ears.
The July 2015 edition of the Super Service Newletter is now available!
No Fireworks on a CMV
The carrying of any explosive device in a company vehicle is against company policy except when it is for legitimate business purposes (hazmat load).
Please do not purchase and transport any fireworks in a company vehicle.
Avoid Staged Vehicle Accidents
Types of staged accidents include:
Swoop and squat.A car suddenly pulls up in front of you, slams on the brakes, causing an intentional rear-end collision.
Drive down. You’re attempting to merge into freeway traffic, a driver waves you forward. But instead of letting you in, driver speeds up crashes into your vehicle and blames you for the accident.
Sideswipe.You are making a left turn from a dual-turn lane and your vehicle drifts close to the other lane for a moment. The driver in the other left-turn lane sideswipes you and accuses you of reckless driving.
T-Bone.You are cautiously driving through an intersection when a waiting driver knowingly slams into your vehicle. Driver then tells the police that you ran the stop sign.
The wave. While you are attempting to change lanes, another driver gestures you over. Just as you’re completing the maneuver, the driver rams into your vehicle.
The best way to avoid a staged accident is to be a good defensive driver:
Never tailgate. Leave plenty of distance between your vehicle and the one directly in front of you. Added distance gives you more time to slow down if something unexpected occurs.
Look ahead. Traffic patterns change quickly. Don't judge purely by the pace of vehicles immediately in front of you. Look down the road for signs of possible shifts in traffic flow.
Don't multitask. Refrain from talking on your cell phone, texting, or eating while driving.
Trust your instincts. If another driver starts signaling you for no apparent reason, you're not obligated to respond. Sometimes it's better to err on the side of caution.