Driver Safety Alerts
Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our drivers and office staff, as well as providing the highest level of service to our customers. Please continue to check this site for updates.
Severe Winter Weather – Winter Storms
Company leadership continues to closely monitor Severe Winter Weather. As of the time and date of this message, all company locations are operational. If you report to an operational facility and are unable to safely report to work during your scheduled shift, please contact your immediate supervisor.
Winter Storm Petra 02/19/2019 UPDATE
Winter Storm Petra to Spread Its Mess of Snow and Ice From the Southwest to the Midwest and Northeast Through Midweek
At a glance from the weather.com:
- Winter Storm Petra is currently bringing snow to the southern Rockies and central High Plains.
- Petra will bring widespread snow and ice to the Midwest and parts of the East Tuesday through Thursday.
- Poor travel conditions will be the main impact from Petra in many cities.
- Winter storm warnings include Minneapolis, Des Moines, Iowa, Omaha, Nebraska, Washington D.C. and Baltimore.
Winter Storm Petra will spread a mess of snow and ice toward parts of the Plains and Midwest through Tuesday night before taking aim at the East on Wednesday, potentially snarling commutes in many cities along its path.
Petra is currently dumping snow on the southern Rockies and central High Plains, including New Mexico and Colorado.
A band of snow moving through New Mexico could impact travel along parts of the Interstate 25 and Interstate 40 corridors on Tuesday, including Albuquerque.
Snow and ice will become more widespread in portions of the central and southern Plains as the day progresses.
Winter storm warnings, winter storm watches and winter weather advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service for a large area stretching from the southern Rockies to the central and southern Plains, upper Midwest, Ohio Valley, central and southern Appalachians and mid-Atlantic.
Safety Tip of the Week: Hold Your Lane and Watch Your Speed and Space!
Tips To Prevent Hard Braking:
- Keep proper following distance (at least 7 sec. following distance.)
- To maintain your space cushion travel at least 5 mph slower than the flow of traffic.
- When bobtailing apply proper brake pressure.
- Adjust your speed for inclement weather.
- Approach stale green lights with caution, adjust your speed be prepared to stop.
Previous Weekly Tips:
- You will be on the hook if you don’t Get Out And Look! G.O.A.L!
- Pre-Trip and Post-Trip Inspections. Do them every day, the proper way.
- Walk In – Back Out, while using 3 points of contact.
- Stay hydrated! We are just at the start of summer and we are already seeing temperatures hitting 95 plus degrees in some areas. Wear a hat and light-colored clothing and stay in the shade as much as possible.
- When making wide right turns beware of cars trying to squeeze by you on the right side. Try to keep enough of your trailer tandems in the lane to prevent them from doing so. Also, do frequent quick mirrors checks.
Drivers, make sure you have extra canned food and lots of water in case of accidents, breakdowns and delays until help arrives. Please slow down and always keep a safe following distance during severe weather conditions, leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of your truck. Also, always make sure when you are climbing in and out of the unit to use the three-point of contact system. Don’t stop on the shoulder of the road especially in low visibility situations, other vehicles can mistake your position for being on the road and as a result, may run into the back of your rig. If travel conditions worsen please contact your Terminal Manager. Stay Alert, Stay Focused and Stay Safe – We Care!
Cell Phone and Headset Use
The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a rule effective 2012 regarding cell phone usage by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). States like Georgia are more strictly enforcing these violations due to their impact in road safety-critical events. Texting is absolutely prohibited! Headsets that allow the user to answer phone calls without having to touch the phone are the best option for CMV drivers.
“A new FMCSA rule restricts the use of all hand-held mobile devices by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). This rulemaking restricts a CMV driver from holding a mobile device to make a call, or dialing by pressing more than a single button. CMV drivers who use a mobile phone while driving can only use a hands-free phone located in close proximity.
Research commissioned by FMCSA shows that the odds of being involved in a safety-critical event (e.g., crash, near-crash, unintentional lane deviation) are 6 times greater for CMV drivers who engage in dialing a mobile phone while driving than for those who do not. Dialing drivers took their eyes off the forward roadway for an average of 3.8 seconds. At 55 mph (or 80.7 feet per second), this equates to a driver traveling 306 feet, the approximate length of a football field, without looking at the roadway!
Make sure the mobile telephone is within close enough proximity that it is operable while the driver is restrained by properly installed and adjusted seat belts.
- Use an earpiece or the speaker phone function.
- Use voice-activated dialing.
- Use the hands-free feature. To comply, a driver must have his or her mobile telephone located where he or she is able to initiate, answer, or terminate a call by touching a single button. The driver must be in the seated driving position and properly restrained by a seat belt. Drivers are not in compliance if they unsafely reach for a mobile phone, even if they intend to use the hands-free function.”
Read more at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov
Drivers Don’t Trust those Soft Shoulders
There has been record rainfall this spring in the U.S. It has fallen in most of the areas where our drivers travel every day. Many of the roads Comcar drivers travel are very narrow. The shoulders of these roads are soaked with rainwater and weakened. Drivers!!! Don’t trust those soft shoulders!!!
As truck drivers, you will most likely have to stop at some time along the side of the road or highway due to breakdown, stopping to get directions, avoiding oncoming traffic or other roadside emergencies.
Remember, that shoulder of the road can be dangerous. Stopping along the roadside can increase exposure to a potential crash and even freight theft. But, with this heavy rainfall, rollovers on soft shoulders are a heightened critical recent hazard now of late.
A soft shoulder can give way unexpectedly and cause the vehicle to fall on its side. As a driver, you should be aware of the shoulder conditions on the roadway. Stopping on a soft shoulder may cause the outside wheels to sink and roll the whole unit on its side.
Attentive driving can prevent most rollovers so stay on concrete, asphalt, and hard gravel and assume everything else is wet or soft. Slow down, take your time, stay on hard surfaces and stay rested. If you have no place to move which will allow you to stay on the hard surface road, then stop.
As a driver, always prepare as much as possible ahead of time to minimize the need to stop along the roadside. Stay focused on good trip planning, vehicle inspections and proper equipment maintenance. At the very least, if you have to stop due to an emergency you should try to exit the highway and find a safe place to park. Avoid those soft shoulders whenever possible.