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Accessory Power!

Q. Just a quick question today from some of my drivers. They are interested in learning what types of things they can do to reduce the risk of a crash when traveling directly toward the sun in the morning hours. Our company has a large fleet of SUVs.

Thanks for your help.

Jim V. – Fleet & Driver Safety Specialist

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Teen Driver Safety Awareness!

Please allow me to share with you something that is very important to me this month on our Ask The Experts Page.

October 21 – 27, 2018 is designated as the next National Teen Driver Safety Week. We would encourage you to share the following message with your family, friends and associates:

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Sunny Mornings!

Q. Just a quick question today from some of my drivers. They are interested in learning what types of things they can do to reduce the risk of a crash when traveling directly toward the sun in the morning hours. Our company has a large fleet of SUVs.

Thanks for your help.

Jim V. – Fleet & Driver Safety Specialist

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Don’t Forget, Lock Your Vehicle!

Q. Thank you for the newsletter each month…we share it with our associates here at work. We appreciate the information each month as we use it during our fleet and safety talks.

We had an unusual circumstance earlier this month; one of our drivers left his vehicle running while he went into a convenience store for just a few moments. When he came back out, his truck was gone. Fortunately, for our company and for him, the truck was recovered about two blocks down the road with no apparent damage or other items stolen.

Needless to say, we have all been alerted to this issue and have begun to lock our trucks when parked.

Do you have any other things that we can share with our team about vehicle theft?

Steve B. – Field Tech

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Summer Showers…be prepared

Q. While traveling to work this morning, I encountered a tremendous downpour; the rain was so hard that visibility was very limited and the car felt like I had no control. Up until the rain started, I was running along at about 65 mph with the cruise control on.

Other than the obvious, which is slowing the vehicle down in the rain, what other things can I be do to stay safe when hitting these heavy downpours?

Thank you,

Nancy K.
Sales Rep.

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The Most Common Motorcycle Crash!

Q. What is the most common motorcycle crash? And how do we avoid it?

The most common motorcycle crash…
A car turns left in front of the motorcyclist. The driver of the vehicle fails to see the motorcycle or may judge their speed incorrectly, turning in front of the motorcycle at an intersection. Blame inattention, distraction, blind spots and even psychology; a driver looking for cars perceives merely an absence of cars, not the presence of a motorcycle.

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A Wet Spring!

Q. In our part of the country, we are experiencing a tremendous amount of rain this Spring. I have alerted my team about several specific hazards associated with driving during the rain storms and we are all working hard to stay safe.

We have reviewed items such as having good windshield wipers, lights on during the rain, slowing down and creating space, signaling our intentions of braking or turning even earlier than we normally would; items I believe are important.

Do you have any other talking points that really stick out as potential problems during the rain storms?

Thanks,
ML – EHS Specialist

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Retaliated – Almost!

Q. When driving from one appointment to the next this week, I was traveling in the right hand lane and was passed by someone who used the “turning lane” on my right side to pass me. This person was behind me, and could easily see that traffic was moving slow. As always, I left enough space to see the rear tires of the person in front of me, and as I did this, the person passed me and slid into the minimal gap that I had left for a safety zone.

Being a safe driver has always been something that I take pride in, however, at that moment when this person made such a reckless move, it took every ounce of restraint not to pay him back in some form or fashion.

Ultimately I stayed in my lane and let the situation dissipate, but only because I couldn’t retaliate without hurting my own car.

My question, what can we do about the “bone-headed” people who are on the streets today that have no respect for fellow drivers?

Jeff H. – Sales and Technical Services

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Driving in Fog!

Q. I wanted to follow up on a question that I have been getting a lot lately… what are the best steps to take when driving in the fog. In our part of the country, it seems as if each morning has been inundated with fog… not something that we have to deal with on a regular basis.

Janice M.
Fleet Manger

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Eye Technique – the Foundation of Driving Excellence

Q. Within my organization, we have planned a full year of safety campaigns, and this year we have included driver safety. We have also scheduled many of our team members for driver training with Driving Dynamics in Open Enrollment courses.

To help us jump-start our safety campaign, specifically the driving portion, what would you start with in terms of getting the attention of the drivers?

J.G.
EHS

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Tip of the Month

Pedestrian: Safety Tip

Pedestrian: Safety Tip

This “One Second Advantage™” Safety Tip will provide you with simple techniques to maintain situational safety awareness to make your next walk both enjoyable and safe.

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