1. Following Distance

    May 25

    Posted in Safety

    Following Distance

    When following behind a another vehicle leave yourself at least 7 seconds of following distance (on the highway this is at least 25 car lengths). This may seem like a long distance but room is needed so you have enough time to react if road conditions suddenly change. Following behind a truck requires more following distance. A good rule of thumb to ensure you’ve left yourself enough room is to look for the truck’s side mirrors. If you can’t see them, then the truck driver can’t see you!

    Events which require a larger space behind a truck include:
    - Debris in the road suddenly in front of you, because the truck drove over it, and you were following too closely could become a devastating impact. 

    - On congested roadways traffic often slows down suddenly. If you are traveling too closely behind a truck you cannot see the slowdown coming.

    - At highway speeds everything happens very fast. Accidents up ahead or right in front of a truck require fast reactions. Leaving enough space in front of you will allow for more reaction time.

  2. Passing a Truck

    May 24

    Posted in Safety

    Passing a Truck

    When passing a truck and moving back into its lane make sure your rear bumper has at least 2 seconds of clearance and you have room to continue increasing the distance from the truck before you cut back in. This allows the truck enough space to slow down or stop if something happens up ahead.

    A fully loaded tractor trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and take the length of a football field to stop. Most passenger cars weigh around 3,000 pounds and have a much shorter stopping distance. Just because you can stop in time doesn’t mean the truck behind you can if you’ve cut too close in front of it. Even if the driver makes a monumental effort they may not be able to stop if you haven’t left them enough room.

    Trucks leave space in front of them so they have enough stopping distance. Don’t fill in the space and lose the safety buffer the driver is trying to maintain.

  3. Are you in a Blind Spot?

    May 23

    Posted in Safety

    Are you in a Blind Spot?

    All vehicles traveling on the road have blind spots where other vehicles disappear from view. In tractor trailers and other large vehicles these blind spots can be surprisingly big. There are blind spots on all sides of a large truck where other vehicles can disappear from the view of the driver. If a professional truck driver has to make a sudden maneuver on the road, such as a quick lane change to avoid debris, crashes can occur if they don’t know you’re there.

    Here’s what to do to avoid a truck’s blind spots:
    Don’t linger alongside a truck. If you find yourself alongside a truck either move on past or back off so that the driver can see you. Look for the driver’s face in their mirror. That will tell you if you are visible to that driver or not.

    If possible pass on the left where the blind spot is smaller. On the right the blind spot runs the length of the truck and extends out 3 lanes.

  4. Credentials

    May 22

    Posted in Safety


    Drivers are responsible for making sure all their credentials, the truck’s credentials, and the trailer’s credentials are in order. Driver’s License current, med card current (has the self-certification for the licensed state been done?), permit book current, registration current, DOT Quick Reference cards in permit book, emergency response guidebook within arm’s reach of the driver’s seat, blank log book on hand.

    Plate on the vehicle (does it match the registration, and does the registration match the VIN# for the vehicle?), all required stickers current and in place (IFTA, HUT, and Annual Inspection).





    May 21

    Posted in Safety


    The 2017 National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization is May 22 - June 4, 2017.

    Seat belts save lives every day. They can only save lives, however, if they’re used, and there are still many people in America who don’t buckle up. Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of a fatal injury by 45%.

    Follow these guidelines when you buckle up: 

    • The lap belt and shoulder belt are secured across the pelvis and rib cage, which are more able to withstand crash forces than other parts of your body.
    • Place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and away from your neck.
    • The lap belt rests across your hips, not your stomach.
    • NEVER put the shoulder belt behind your back or under an arm.


    May 20

    Posted in Safety


    It’s better to lose one minute in life…than to lose life in a minute.