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KEEP WORK ZONES FROM BECOMING WRECK ZONES

You've heard it a million times -- the state flower of Texas (or any other US state for that matter) is an orange traffic cone. But the statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration make that statement less humorous, reminding us that each year more than 40,000 people are injured as a result of motor vehicle crashes in work zones. Statistics tell us that 85 percent of people killed in work zones are vehicle drivers or occupants, approximately one half of all fatal work...

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Three Points of Contact

The most frequent cause of injuries for drivers are slips and falls from tractors and trailers. For the most part, this is caused by drivers failing to enter or exit their vehicles properly.   Did you realize that jumping from the tractor or trailer without using steps and grab rails can cause very serious, if not debilitating, injuries to ankles, knees, hips and back? Such injuries are the result of the increased impact forces on joints. Studies found that when a driver did not...

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Maximize the Value of Your Tires

Tire-related costs are the single largest maintenance expenditure for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) fleet operators, and represent one of the two highest costs of running a truck, second only to fuel! Improper tire maintenance is also a major cause of tire failure and blowouts. Many of these costs can be averted by ensuring that drivers always inspect and maintain their tires. Properly kept tires deliver more mileage, reduce fuel costs and tire malfunctions, and increase safety and...

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Night Blindness

While driving down a dark, twisting two-lane road, the glare of an oncoming vehicle’s high beam headlight suddenly appear.  The vehicle flashes past and for the next two seconds you are blind.  You have just experienced a common hazard known as night blindness.  Night blindness occurs when the eye is accustomed to low levels of light and the light intensity suddenly rises.  The eyes attempt to adjust to the new light level, but if that level of intensity is only...

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"No-Zone" Awareness or What you don't "NO" can hurt you

Collisions frequently occur when traffic is merging from one lane to another. These merging maneuvers are most prevalent at highway entrance/exit ramps, at the approach to “mix-masters” or highway junctures as well as on local streets and highways where lanes are reduced due to construction of lane obstructions. Did you realize that 2 out of every 10 collisions are the result of an improper lane change maneuver? As a professional truck driver, this situation poses an even greater challenge due...

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Distracted Driving

Repost from 2011. Four seconds. That’s the average time it takes a person to dial a telephone and press send. It can take even more time to type and send a text message. Four seconds may not seem long, but for drivers, every second their eyes are off the road is an opportunity for an accident to occur. In fact, driving at 55 mph, a vehicle will travel more than 322 feet in four seconds. While most people would never drive four seconds with their eyes closed, there is no difference between that...

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CVSA Roadcheck

This year the annual CVSA Roadcheck, often referred to as the Safety Blitz, will be on June 5-7. Each year a special area of emphasis is selected. It is no surprise that this year it will be on the Hours of Service regulations. Here are a few pointers to help you get through with no violations and a few extra dollars in your pockets. If asked which type of electronic log you are utilizing it is an AOBRD (Automatic On Board Recording Device). Approve / Certify your logs each day. ...

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Stop Critical Crashes

A professional driver is always looking for ways to improve his/her driving performance. Once a driver realizes that unsafe patterns have been created, corrective actions, such as driving patterns and habits, must be taken. For example, a driver may become complacent with speeding or following too close. Exercise driving techniques - Maintain at least a (7) second following distance. Be prepared to stop. Increase following distance in adverse conditions. Avoid...

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