Injury Prevention & Safety Tips

During bad weather, avoid boots or shoes with smooth soles, such as plastic and leather soles. Instead, wear boots that provide traction on snow & ice; boots made of non-slip rubber or neoprene with grooved soles are best. 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.

Keep tractor and trailer lights clean. When you’re able to stop in a safe place, clear the lights off of snow, ice and crud, which builds up in foul weather…they are vital, more than ever when visibility is poor. Keep everything clean, so you can be seen when entering and exiting your truck.

Drivers, you need at least 8 seconds of following distance to allow you to safely stop your unit on dry roads. During rainy weather, fog, ice, and snow, always increase that distance. Professional drivers avoid the need to panic stop whenever possible. Use special care when entering and exiting your truck. Always use the 3-point contact system. Stay alert, stay focused and stay safe!

BE SAFE – WE CARE!

Driver Safety Alerts

Tuesday 1/16/18 Update – Winter weather alert: A mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain will continue to produce dangerous travel conditions in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. Also, snow will blanket areas from the Appalachians to the Ohio, Pennsylvania to the northeast. Use good, solid judgment – if the weather is so severe that you need to get off the road…do it. Find a safe place to get off and wait until conditions are safe. Please notify your driver manager or terminal manager if you do so.

Friday 1/12/18 Update – Winter weather alert: We are seeing snow/freezing rain from the Tennessee and Ohio into interior sections of the northeast today and into Saturday. Please slow down because at-fault accidents are mostly due to excessive speed. Driving at the speed limit may be legal, but is often too fast for snow-covered or icy road conditions. Take as much time as necessary.

Tuesday 1/9/18 Update – Temperatures are still extremely low across the North East coast and surrounding areas. Roads are still hazardous. Temperatures should rise above freezing in most areas allowing a gradual thaw but there is still a lot of ice on the roads and sidewalks.

Winter and Severe Weather Conditions – 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. Keep a safe following distance – leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of your truck, and beside your truck, when possible. Also, make sure when you are climbing in and out of the unit to use the three-point of contact system.

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.

Check this page throughout the day for updates. If you have any questions please contact your terminal.

 

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