In This Issue
- Lane Change
- Fun Facts
March 2018 Issue 4
Another GREAT Benefit GTS Offers
Teladoc 1-800-835-2362 24/7/365
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Preventing Lane Change Collisions
On a four lane road where two lanes travel in one direction and two other lanes drive in the opposite direction, with either a median or turning lane in the center, the right lane is designed to be the primary driving lane. The left lane is intended to be used by motorists to safely pass other vehicles that are travelling at a slower speed than they are. You should not drive in the left lane for an extended period of time or long distance for any reason.
All drivers should surrender the left lane to approaching emergency vehicles. These vehicles always have the right of way.
It is never safe to weave in and out of traffic by continuously changing lanes. It is highly probable that weaving in and out of traffic will result in a citation and/or an accident.
Errors made when changing lanes are some of the most common causes of automobile accidents. Whether you are driving on a busy met-ropolitan four lane road or on an interstate highway, you must use proper lane changing techniques every time you switch from one lane to another.
Below are several general considerations about changing lanes that every driver should be aware of. How To Change Lanes Properly in 8 Simple Steps
- If you find that you are behind another vehicle that is driving at a slower speed than you are and you are still driving well below the posted speed limit, it is acceptable to briefly change into the left lane in order to pass the car. First, turn on your left turn signal to inform other drivers of your intentions to move into the left lane.
- Check your rear view and side mirrors for other vehicles currently in the lane in which you are planning to transition.
- Check your vehicle’s blind spot. Here’s a small guide that helps you deal with blind spots efficiently: It is very important to check you blind spot every time you prepare to change lanes. Check your mirrors again.
- While maintaining your speed, smoothly steer left so that your vehicle leaves the right lane and moves into the left lane.
- Turn off your turn signal. Briefly continue driving in the left lane as you pass the slower vehicle.
- Turn on your right turn signal to inform other drivers of you intentions to transition back into the right lane.
- Check your rear view and side mirrors for other motorists. Check your vehicle’s blind spot. Quickly check your mirrors again.
- While maintaining your speed, smoothly steer right so that your vehicle leaves the left lane and returns to the right lane.
Remember to be patient with other drivers, particularly those who drive at slower than average speeds. You should never change lanes without following each of the above listed steps carefully. While the ability to use an additional lane to pass slower drivers is very conven-ient, it also places you at a greater risk of having an accident. Every time you change lanes you should check three different areas for other vehicles: your left and right side mirrors, your rear view mirror, and your vehicle’s blind spot. Remember to take your time when changing lanes.
“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly’.
– John F. Kennedy
“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed”.
– Theodore Roosevelt
- The flower of March is the daffodil.
- March was the first month of the year until the Gregorian calendar began to be used in 1752.
- St. Patrick was actually not Irish, he was English.
- Aquamarine and the bloodstone are the birthstones for March. Both stand for courage.
- Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000.
- St. Patrick was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave.
- An old proverb says, “March comes in a like a lion, and goes out like a lamb,” which is reference to winter ending and spring begin-ning. Another popular saying is “March is mad as a hare,” which is a reference to the animals fighting each other.
- St. Patrick tended sheep for 10 yrs in Ireland before escaping back to England and living in a monastery.
- Not only is March Women’s History Month, but it’s also American Red Cross Month and Fire Prevention Month.
- The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the U.S. was held in Boston 1737.
- March was called Hlyda or Lide in Old Eng-lish, which is a reference to the loud winds.
- The color of St. Patrick’s Day was originally blue.
- Shamrocks are the national flower/emblem of Ireland.
- Legend says that each leaf of the clover has a meaning: Hope, Faith, Love and Luck
- 1962 marked the first time Chicago dyed their river green for St. Patrick’s Day.
- Shamrock shakes are also very popular and tasty!
Driver Referral Bonus
Don’t forget about the Driver Referral Bous $1,500—who could not use free money??? A driver puts your name on their application and if they are hired after 30 days of employment you will receive $500, when that same driver has been employed for 6 months you will receive $1,000. If you just refer 2 drivers a month that is an additional $1,000 a month and then $2,000 in 6 mos, what an awesome addition to any paycheck! There are referral cards at the Terminal for you to pass out, pick some up the next time you are in.
John Hancock 401k
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Payroll cutoff is Sunday at midnight, EST for a Friday pay. Turn in ALL BOL’s as the load is completed, no holding bills until the last minute. With your cooperation this will allow Payroll to run more efficiently. In order to bill we must have a clear copy taken with your peoplenet camera. To take a clear picture hold the camera as close and steady as you can to the BOL. Far away and unsteady pictures come out blurry and readable.
AFTER HOURS BREAKDOWN
Did you know?
If you drive after being awake for 24 hours, your response times are impaired the equivalent of somebody just over the drunk-driving limit. Furthermore, on only 4 hrs sleep, a sin-gle beer will give a driver the same reaction time as a 6-pack of beer after a normal nights sleep.
6 Years Later: The Cell Phone Ban
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) began its crusade against distracted driving with a texting ban that began Oct. 27, 2010. It then advanced to cell phone restrictions by Jan. 3, 2012. Even though the cell-phone ban is six years old, the temptation to use an electronic device while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is still strong for some drivers. In 2016, more than 21,000 roadside inspection reports contained a violation for using a handheld mobile device while operating a CMV. And, this statistic does not reflect routine traffic stops by state and local enforcement that result in tickets for cell-phone use.
Drivers need to understand what activities are not allowed under the cell-phone ban. To “use a hand-held mobile tele-phone” means:
- Using at least one hand to hold a mobile telephone to conduct a voice communication.
- Dialing or answering a mobile telephone by pressing more than a single button.
- Reaching for a mobile telephone in a manner that requires a driver to maneuver such that he or she is no longer seated in a driving position and restrained by a seatbelt.
“Driving” means operating a commercial motor vehicle on a highway, including while temporarily stationary because of traffic, a traffic control device, or momentary delays. Driving does not include operating a CMV with or without the motor running when the driver moved the vehicle to the side of, or off, a highway, as defined in Section 390.5, and halted in a location where the vehicle can safely remain stationary.
A driver may not use a hand-held mobile telephone while stuck in traffic, waiting for a traffic light to change, or at any other time while driving.
Section 392.82(c) allows for an “emergency exception.” In other words, using a handheld mobile telephone is permissi-ble by drivers of a CMV when necessary to communicate with law enforcement officials or other emergency services. The regulations do not consider running late or any other operational inconvenience that a driver needs or wants to communicate to the carrier as an emergency.
Even in a real emergency, the driver should not use a cell phone while driving to contact dispatch. This provision is meant to contact police, request an ambulance, ask for a fire truck, or request other emergency services.
It is acceptable to use a “hands-free” cell phone with an earpiece and a speaking device for the driver to communicate. But, this type of mobile telephone system must only allow the driver to initiate, answer, and terminate a call by touching a single button and must be where the driver does not have to reach any further than the dashboard to operate.