Railway Crossing: 7 Steps for Safety
1. Approach with care: Warn others that you are slowing down. Turn on 4-way flashers.
2. Look and Listen: roll down windows and turn off the radio. Bend forward to see around mirrors and pillars.
3. Prepare to stop: slow down. If you must, stop at least 15 feet, but not more than 50 feet from the nearest rail.
4. If it won’t fit, don’t commit: Trains extend beyond the width of the rails at least 3 feet on each side. Remember your vehicle – and cargo – overhang.
5. Look again: before you move, look again in both directions.
6. Cross tracks with care: use the highest gear that lets you cross without shifting.
7. Keep going once you start: never stop on the tracks. Make sure there’s room before you move.
Our Roads, Everyone’s Responsibility
It's easy to think of all vehicles on the road simply as cars of varying sizes. However, in reality, trucks and buses are much more difficult to maneuver and have massive blind spots. Awareness of these differences, and some simple adjustments in driving behavior, can help all drivers keep the roads as safe as possible.
Tips while sharing the road with CMV’s:
1. Stay out of the “no zones” or blind spots around the front, back and sides of the vehicle.
2. Pass safely and make sure you can see the driver in the mirror before passing.
3. Don’t cut it close while merging in front of a CMV.
4. Anticipate wide turns and consider larger vehicles may require extra turning room.
5. Stay focused on the road around you and avoid distraction.
6. Be patient driving around large trucks and buses.
Nearly every possession we own and almost all of the food we eat are brought to our local store or warehouse by truck. In fact, there are nearly 12 million CMVs registered to operate on America's roadways. Learn to coexist on the same roadways, and work together to reduce crashes.
Our Roads, Our Responsibility
As professional CMV Drivers it is important to follow these tips:
1. Defense!: Be constantly vigilant to detect traffic issues, work zones, poor behavior from other drivers by scanning ahead at least 15 seconds, and checking the mirrors a minimum every 5-8 seconds.
2. Signal for Safety: Signal and brake to give other drivers plenty of time to notice your intent.
3. Slow Down: Inclement weather, road conditions, curves and ramps, etc.
4. Maintain a Safe Vehicle: Pre, Post, and In-route inspections with special attention on Brakes, Lights, and Tires.
5. Buckle Up: Make sure you and passengers are always wearing a seat belt.
6. Stay Sharp: Get enough rest. Don’t drive tired or ill, or when on medications which can cause drowsiness.
7. Trip Plan: Know the route before you head out. Be aware navigation systems/apps may not provide warning of weight, height, length restrictions.
8. Work Zone Safety: Slow down. Obey the traffic control devices.
9. Never Drive Distracted: Do not interact with electronic devices while driving. No eating or drinking while the vehicle is moving. Make sure pets are restrained.
With more than 260 million registered vehicles, we all need to play our part keeping roads safe.
A 6″ bruise is better than 6′ under
Always wear you seat belt.
The cemetery is full of drivers
who wished they had buckled up
the last time.
Watch for Obstacles from Above
Did you miss a turn, or realize you must make a decision to turn around?
Finding a location to do so, pulling a 53 ft trailer, can be difficult at times.
One choice drivers make is a convenient store, or corner local gas station.
Remember, these are NOT TRUCK STOPS.
Do not go under a canopy unless you know the height rating, or ask the manager if needed. Also watch for low hanging wires, tree limbs, utility poles, and obstacles you cannot get around.
Think of the low bridge, or overpass.
You wouldn’t go under a low overpass without knowing the clearance would you?
Preferably, do not go into a convenience store or non-semi-truck parking lot. Just like backing, don’t do it, unless you have to and can do so safely.
Also, when backing, do not look at just the rear of the trailer, or near the bottom of the mirror. Double check the top of the mirror too!
Always be aware of overhead obstacles: Low bridges, canopies, wires, sides of roofs, and overhangs.
Stop, put your four-ways on, and Get Out And Look!
Try to always park in well-lit areas. Do not park close to entrances/exits at truck stops. When possible choose a pull through spot away from congested areas.
Never park on the shoulder of the road, entrance or exit ramp except in case of emergency (truck disabled or medical) or if you are directed by an official.
If you are parked on the shoulder, entrance or exit ramp due to and emergency or official business, you must remain ON Duty. Emergency triangles must be placed if you are going to be there more than 10 minutes.