The Secret to Being Accident Free
Many drivers have careers with twenty, thirty, even forty or more years without ever having an accident. Ask some of our long time accident free drivers “What’s the secret?” The answers are pretty similar: “I always take my time and I’m very careful”, “I don’t take shortcuts”, ”I always get out and look before backing or hooking to a trailer”, “I make sure I always have plenty of space to allow room for the error of others and sometimes myself”.
After getting some experience, many drivers get too comfortable.They start thinking they’re good, because they can back into a dock quickly, or zig-zag through traffic without hitting anything. These are not good drivers, they are good “aimers”. There is a lot more to driving a truck than simply how well you can aim it.
Accidents do happen. But when they do, it’s because somebody made a mistake. Somebody was in a hurry, or got distracted, or they thought they were too good for anything to happen to them, or they were complacent. It’s always the result of a mistake. If it wasn’t a mistake, then that means they hit you on purpose.
So ask yourself, is it really a secret? Can you move the truck without hitting anything for one yard? Treat every yard, every block, and every mile the same way; take your time and always be very careful.
Always follow the steps to being safe; so you don’t slip up!
Change lanes as little as possible.
Pick a lane and STAY in it. Cars will dodge and change lanes no matter what. If you find it necessary to change lanes, use your turn signal,move over very carefully, being aware of your blind spots and constantly check your mirrors.
The odds of an accident increases dramatically, each time a vehicle makes a move to another lane. If you have maintained your lane position and following distance, in the event of an accident, the other vehicle will most likely be at fault, not you.
When entering or leaving the freeway, watch for merging vehicles. Cars love to hug the right lane and dodge all over.... they tend not to merge or seem to forget how to do so safely. Good following distance and looking far ahead of you, will help anticipate a merging vehicle. If you can’t change lanes safely, slow down and let them in.
Driver’s Daily Checklist
√ Log Legal
√ Pre-Trip Inspection
√ Drive Safely
√ Tire Check & Walk Around every 200 miles
√ Assure yourself the equipment is in good, working condition
√ Keep a safe following distance
√ Keep a safe speed
√ Obey all posted traffic signs
√ Never assume, always anticipate
√ Be a professional day in and day out
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Seven Common Errors
Human error is the leading cause of accidents.
Consider the underlying errors described. Have you been guilty of any of these attitudes or behaviors? Most of us can say yes to at least one.
3.Starting a Task with Incomplete Instructions.
5.Ignoring Safety Procedures.
6.Mental Distractions from Work.
7.Failure to Pre-Plan the Work.
The next time you are tempted to fall into one of these bad habits, think twice and do it right.
"It is better to be careful 100 times than to get killed once." ~Mark Twain
Parking & Backing
It’s the end of a long day driving, you’re hungry, in need of a shower, or just ready to hit the bunk; but there is still one last task to complete - parking.
Most minor accidents occur when a driver is parking and backing, so this is no time to let up for even a second. Don’t back if it isn’t necessary. Backing is not easy; but it is easy to become complacent. Never begin backing before walking to the rear and completely around the vehicle for obstructions (poles, overhangs, other vehicles, debris, etc.). Even if the area is completely clear, you can never assume it is safe to back without looking. Walk all the way to the point where you will stop, turn around, look at your truck and visualize the maneuver. A complicated backing maneuver may require you to get out and look several times. Never rely on the opinion of spotters (especially at truck stops) because you’re the driver and are responsible for the success of the maneuver.
When possible, back the trailer against a fence or wall, thereby sealing the trailer doors against an obstacle in order to prevent theft. Set the trailer brakes and gently pull forward to put tension on the fifth wheel pin, making it impossible for a vandal to pull the fifth wheel release.
Watch Out for Joe Public
Professional CMV drivers are expected to drive safely and predictably. On the other hand, others often drive in an unpredictable fashion, or think they are in a NASCAR race, especially when they are near trucks. Their poor driving is often due to ignorance of a large truck’s limitations, or simply their own impatience. Recognize their mistakes and use extra care. They may not know how far it takes you to stop, how fast you can accelerate, or how much space you need to turn. Don’t let their poor skills become a distraction or a cause of anxiety; keep a cool head and stay professional.
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