Posted April 25, 2016 by Administrator
Join Cline Wood University for this complimentary web seminar and learn simple, effective and easy-to-implement strategies to improve driver safety. Subject matter expert Mark Woodward, a Senior Loss Prevention Trainer and Certified Safety Consultant, will review how your organization can create a comprehensive driver safety program that will reduce incidents, decrease down-time and control costs. Topics include:
- Creating & Implementing Simple Safety Rules that Promote Incident Free Driving
- How Worker’s Comp Laws Support Employer Efforts to Maintain a Safe Work Environment
- Developing a Comprehensive Driver Safety Package for your Transportation Organization
Posted August 18, 2015 by Administrator
Highway breakdowns occur every day, across the country. Observing safety best practices can save time, money, and even lives. It’s crucial for all drivers in your organization to familiarize themselves with safety practices, and to always employ them when experiencing a breakdown. Here are our top 5:
- Look for the safest spot on the shoulder and pull over. Wider breakdown areas are generally safer, and corners should be avoided. Stay calm and focused.
- Call for help. This can include roadside assistance, emergency personnel, or your corporate response team. Ascertaining your location will make this call more productive.
- Increase visibility beyond your hazard lights. If you can safely exit your vehicle and have roadside flares available, place them approximately 50 feet behind your car. You can also raise your hood to alert motorists that your vehicle is inoperative.
- Stay with your vehicle. If you’ve called for roadside service, you must be present when help arrives. If you exit your vehicle, stay away from the traffic flow. Walking along a highway is dangerous. Many people are killed each year while walking beside busy roads.
- Don’t try to be a mechanic. If you have insufficient experience with diagnosing engine issues or executing a tire change, proceed with extreme caution. It can be challenging to change a tire in your driveway – doing so beside a busy highway is significantly more difficult and dangerous. Before considering this, it’s best to wait for the police to arrive. They will help you determine if it’s safe to change your tire and can slow down traffic if you decide to do this.
To learn more about driver safety best practices, transportation safety, and related issues, contact us.
Posted January 13, 2015 by Administrator
Winter driving presents a variety of challenges for transportation professionals in many parts of the country. Whether facing snowdrifts, torrentials rains, ice patches, or even just shortened days, the likelihood of an accident increases. Fleet safety should always be a high priority, but this is especially true in winter. There are, however, a number of steps that can be taken to avoid commonly contributing factors, mitigating your overall loss exposure. These include:
- Checking the regional weather forecasts – don’t let a storm take you by surprise
- Increased following distance – longer stopping distance in bad weather is critical in avoiding accidents
- Allow extra time for weather delays – make sure to set expectations realistic to the road conditions
- Winterize equipment – tires, belts, chains, defrosters, wipers, and other equipment should be ready for inclement weather
- Decreased speed – in all areas, decreasing speed as appropriate will ultimately benefit everyone, reducing accidents can save time
Additionally, winter is an important time to sharpen your skills. Review your comfort level with smooth shifting, gradual and anticipated braking, curve handling, route planning, and other related behaviors. To learn more, contact us.