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Fleet Safety Tips for National Safety Month

  • By Cesar Yepez

We know how important your fleets are to the success of your company. That’s why safety is a number one priority. We want to help keep you, the driver, the vehicle, the product and your company safe, and as June is National Safety Month, here are some tips for your safety. Read over the following ten tips to help keep your fleets safe during their travel.

1. Know What the New Flashing Yellow Turn Signal Means

Some of you may have noticed a new yellow flashing arrow on some turn signals. This arrow is basically the same thing as a “yield on green” sign. When flashing, waiting motorists can make a left-hand turn once they have yielded for oncoming traffic. This new signal will increase the safety of many drivers as it makes yielding to oncoming traffic more clear. For your safety, it is important to recognize these signals if you come across one.

2. Share the Road

As the summer approaches, you will see more and more bicycles on the road and will have to learn to coexist with them. It is important to understand that they too have rights on the road and should be treated as any vehicle would be. When changing lanes or turning, make sure that you keep an eye out for cyclists and remember to share the road.

3. Avoid Road Rage

While fleet driving, you will, at some point, come across aggressive drivers, but do not let them affect you. Avoid road rage at all costs by not making eye contact with an aggressive driver. If they are angry with you, do not engage with them. You can do this by avoiding making gestures, not tailgating them, staying out of their way, and, in some cases, reporting them. Engaging with aggressive drivers will never benefit you, so avoid road rage at all costs.

4. Always Check Your Blind Spots

Whether you are driving a big rig or a smaller vehicle, all cars have blind spots that must be checked before switching lanes. Even if you think that it is safe to switch lanes, never do so without first checking your blind spots for other vehicles. If this is an issue for you, check with your maintenance about installing extra side mirrors to help check your blind spots.

5. Remember the Three Second Rule

The three-second rule is something that all new drivers learn, but it is something that you should always remember, no matter how long you have been driving. The three second rule means that while driving you should pick a non-moving object, such as a traffic light, and count the seconds from when the car in front of you passes the object to when you pass it. If this amount of time is less than three seconds, then you are too close to the car in front of you and will not have enough time to react if they start to brake.

6. Avoid Driving While Drowsy

Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Avoid driving while drowsy. Pull over and take a nap. If you must drive while drowsy, eat snacks to keep your body occupied or chew gum and open a window or turn on the air conditioning to cool your body down as you are less likely to fall asleep if your cold rather than warm and cozy.

7. Know How To Stop Your Car From Overheating

If your vehicle begins to overheat, immediately pull over, and then follow these directions. Turn the engine off, but do not take off the radiator cap and make sure that the engine cools down before you touch anything. Once the engine has cooled off, refill the antifreeze/coolant.  Before starting your car up again, check the hoses for any blockages. Keep an eye on the temperature gage as you drive and pull over if you notice it over heating again. Make sure that you always have coolant or antifreeze in your car for such emergencies.

8. Do Not Multitask

No matter how good of a driver you are, never try to multitask while driving. Always pull over to the side if you need to make a phone call or send a text message. Something as simple as entering an address onto your GPS system can take your attention off of the road. It is always better to be safe than sorry, so always pull over if you must do something that will take your attention off of the road.

9. Be Extra Careful in Work Zones

Always make sure that you slowdown in work zones, not only for safety, but to avoid a huge ticket. The speed limit is always decreased in work zones so keep that in mind while driving. Make sure that you leave adequate space to brake in these zones because you may have unexpected stops. While in a work zone, leave extra space between you and the car in front of you, even when you are at a complete stop so that you have room to move forward and back as well as out.

When at a stop you should always be far enough back that you are able to see the tires of the car in front of you meeting the ground.

10. Watch Out For Pedestrians

Pedestrians always have the right of way, and sometimes they take advantage of this. Always be prepared to stop when you see pedestrians as they may decide to cross at any time with no warning. Pay special attention to pedestrians when turning corners. Try to make eye contact with the pedestrians so that you are both aware of each other and never turn in front or behind a pedestrian until they have made it safely back onto the sidewalk.

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