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 Conditions
Company leadership continues to closely monitor Severe Winter Weather. As of the time and date of this message, all company locations are operational. Drivers monitor your messages closely as operations and safety are sending continuous updates regarding affected areas and instructions to park and move as needed.
03/19/2019 UPDATE – Drivers, there are multiple locations in SD, ND, IA, MN, IL and WI with rivers and streams that are being breached due to latest storms and melting of snow. Please use extreme caution while driving through these areas. Keep checking for road closures an alerts. If you report to an operational facility and are unable to safely report to work during your scheduled shift, please contact your immediate supervisor.
Drivers, make sure you have extra canned food and blankets in case of accidents, breakdowns and delays until help arrives. We are also asking that you drive during daylight hours whenever possible as visibility is better. Watch for ice forming on your mirrors and windshield because that is a sign the roads are starting to ice up. Please slow down and 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, make sure when you are climbing in and out of the unit to use the three-point of contact system. If travel conditions worsen please contact your Terminal Manager. Stay Alert, Stay Focused and Stay safe – We care!
Breaking: Some drivers like to use the jake brake in less than perfect weather conditions. DO NOT engage the jake brake on icy roads. Try to avoid overusing your foot brake, unless the entire unit is absolutely straight on the road. Don’t over break when the entire unit isn’t straight as the trailer can slide and spin you out of your position since the truck will slow down but the trailer will not. This is especially true when the trailer is empty. Keep fuel tanks topped up for extra weight over the drive tires, it aid with traction. Good quality lug tires, with the proper tire pressure, are essential for good traction for the best safe winter driving. Also, please treat your truck fuel systems with anti gel additive to prevent power loss and stall out.
Walking Over Ice: Approach with caution and assume that all wet, dark areas on pavements are slippery and icy. Walk in designated walkways as much as possible. Taking shortcuts over snow piles and other frozen areas can be hazardous. Bend slightly and walk flat-footed with your center of gravity directly over the feet as much as possible. Keep your hands out of your pockets while walking and extend your arms out to your sides to maintain balance as needed. Watch where you are stepping and go slowly! Use special care when entering and exiting your truck. Always use the 3-point contact system.
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.