In This Issue
- The Mission
- Winter Driving
- Fun Facts
December 2018 Issue 16
Driving at night is challenging because visibility, glare and fatigue affect drivers more. Visual acuity is reduced and your eyes are tired and have a harder time adjusting to the darkness. The depth perception, ability to distinguish color and peripheral vision are worse in low light conditions.
Other vehicle’s lights can temporarily blind you, therefore it’s always a good idea to avoid looking directly into oncoming traffic and instead look towards your right side. Fatigue is one of the biggest contributors of accidents and more so at night. It’s always necessary to under-stand your body and learn your signs of fatigue. When you start yawning or scratching your eyes, you are most likely tired and need rest. The only remedy for fatigue is sleeping.
When driving at night follow these simple tips:
- Make sure your windshield and mirrors are clean. Bright lights hitting dirt on a windshield create glare.
- Watch your speed and following distance. At night you need time to react to hazards.
- You should always slow down on curves and ramps but even more so at night since your headlights will head straight reducing your vision.
- Drive defensively. Always scan your mirrors and aim high to anticipate any hazards.
- Back off the vehicle in front of you. You should try to increase the following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you during the night hours, your visibility in front of the vehicle is lessened.
December and January are the darkest months of the year. Many truck drivers choose to drive at night because traffic is so much lighter than during the day, despite the lighter traffic 3x more crashes happen at night. Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
Remember: Safety is not a choice it is a MUST!
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“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
– Helen Keller
” Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Guaranteed Transport Service has chosen The Mission located in Winter Haven to help throughout the year. We are sponsoring a family for Christmas, Erika (Mom) and her 3 children, Myka, Layla and Robert, GTS bought them gifts and will deliver them next week.
Throughout the year we will be posting collections for The Mission and will involve all of you if you choose to participate. You can learn more about The Mission by following them on Facebook or go online to:
I’ve listed a few things they do for the community:
A warm meal Monday—Friday
Haircut and barber services
We are more than happy and excited that we have chosen The Mission. They help the community, homeless and families in need. I hope you will be just as excited as we are and contribute items throughout the year. I will be posting different items that we will be collecting each month but you can also contribute to The Mission thru Amazon, by go-ing to amazonsmile and making a donation to: The Mission of Winter Haven.
If you would like more information call and talk with Amy.
- The image of Santa Claus flying his sleigh began in 1819 and was created by Washington Irving, the same author who dreamt up the Headless Horseman.
- The Montgomery Ward department store created Rudolph the Reindeer as a marketing gimmick to encourage chil-dren to buy their Christmas coloring books.
- America’s first batch of eggnog was made in the Jamestown settlement in 1607.
- Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
- Brenda Lee recorded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” when she was only 13 yrs. old.
- If you gave all the gifts listed in the Twelve Days of Christmas, it would equal 364 gifts.
- “Jingle Bells” – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts. It was however, writ-ten for Thanksgiving and not Christmas.
- Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter sea-son for promotion.
- Other names of Christmas from the old times include “Midwinter”, “Nativity”, and “Yule”.
- California, Oregon, Michigan, Washing-ton, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and North Carolina are the top Christmas tree pro-ducing states from the U.S.
- Christmas trees are sold in the US since 1850, and on an average, it takes 6-8 years for a Christmas tree to be fully grown, although it can take 15 years.
- “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby is the best-selling Christmas song ever. It has sold more than 50 million copies around the world.
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SAFE WINTER TRUCKING SAFETY TIPS
- Slow down – 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..DO NOT HURRY. Speed kills. This rule should ALWAYS be at the top of any winter trucking safety tips list.
- Keep a safe buffer zone around your truck – Leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of your truck, and beside your truck, when possible.
- Don’t travel as part of a pack – Traffic seems to move in ‘packs’ on the highway. Find a safe way to get away from the pack and travel alone, with the goal being to maximize the distance around your vehicle.
- Don’t follow the tail lights of the vehicle ahead – When the snow is so heavy, visibility is low, seeing the tail lights of the vehicle ahead…means following too closely.
- Keep a safe driving distance back from the vehicle ahead, at all times, especially in bad weather. If the leader makes an error, you will too. Trucks can leave the road, and yours could follow the lead vehicle off the road.
- Use good, solid judgment — If the weather is so severe that you need to get off the road….. do it. Find a place to get off the road safely and wait until conditions are safe.
- Don’t stop on the shoulder of the road –– Especially in low visibility situations, when driving in winter, especially ‘blinding snow’, other vehicles can mistake your position for being on the road and as a result, may slam into the back of your rig.
- Don’t try to be a hero –– When the road conditions are severe, you need to recognize that it’s very dangerous to be out there. Don’t feel that you’re letting anyone down by not meeting a scheduled appointment.
- Braking – Some drivers like to use the jake brake in less than perfect weather conditions. Some don’t. 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 brake when the entire unit isn’t straight… the trailer can slide and spin you out of your position….. the truck slows down, and the trailerdoes not. This is especially true, when the trailer is empty.
- Ensure ‘all systems’ are a go — Be absolutely certain during your circle check before you leave, that the defroster and heater are working properly. Wipers, wiper motor, lights, esp. brake and tail lights, washer fluid is topped up, drain moisture from the air tanks, all brakes are set up and windows and mirrors are completely clean before departure.
- Keep fuel tanks topped up, for extra weight over the drive tires, to aid with traction. Good quality lug tires, with the proper tire pressure, are essential for good traction for the best safe winter driving.
- Keep tractor and trailer lights clean — When you’re able to stop in a safe place, clear the lights off of snow and ice, which builds up in foul weather…. they are vital, more than ever when visibility is poor. LED lights especially accumulate snow and crud. Keep everything clean, so you can BE SEEN.
- Pack winter driving essentials –– Besides the mandatory roadside emergency kit for trucking safety.
- A smart trucker is always prepared for bad weather conditions…. the truck is equipped with necessary supplies and outfitted for all driving conditions.
- A smart trucker always uses common sense and their best judgment.….one of the most critical of winter trucking safety tips.
Do what you need to, in order to stay safe. Safety ALWAYS RULES!!