In This Issue
- Foggy Conditions
- Fun Facts
- Referral Bonus
November 2018 Issue 15
Driving in Foggy Conditions
Fog can occur at any time of year, but tends to occur more frequently with the changing of the seasons. As fall begins to give way to winter, fog on highways can pose an extremely dangerous and often deadly hazard. The hazard is magnified when drivers don’t know how to drive in fog and fail to cautiously reduce their speed when driving in foggy conditions. Even though fog is often unexpected and visibility can dete-riorate quickly, truck drivers need to quickly adjust to meet conditions– whether or not other motorists do. Use some of these safety tips below to stay safe in foggy conditions:
- Slow Down! Even if you know the road very well, still slow down. The fog may be “covering up” a collision in front of you, which would prevent you from having adequate time to properly react.
- Use low-beam headlights for best visibility. Turn on your lights even in the daytime fog and be alert for other drivers who may have forgotten to turn on their lights. It is important to be seen.
- Turn on your four-way flashers. This will give vehicles approaching you from behind a quicker opportunity to see and notice your truck.
- Listen for traffic you cannot see.
- Don’t drive faster than your vision, reaction time and stopping distance permit.
- Don’t change lanes or pass other vehicles unless absolutely necessary.
- Don’t stop along the side of the road, unless absolutely necessary. Find a safe parking area or truckstop to wait it out.
Wet roads can double stopping distance, truckers should reduce speeds by 1/3 when roads are wet and when there is ice or snow. Many truckers heed these warnings.
The absolute best advice for driving in fog is: DON’T – in fog lay like a log —- which means don’t drive.
“Quality is much better than quantity. One homerun is much better than two doubles.”
– Steve Jobs
“The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!”
– Marvin Phillips
Driver Referral Bonus
Once again we are bumping up the driver referral bonus to $2,500.00 until the end of the year! Refer as many drivers as you can, the driver with the most hired drivers from 11/08 until the end of the year will re-ceive a bonus of $1,500.00!!!
Who cannot use or does not want FREE money??? We all do and all you have to do is call your friends, talk to drivers when fueling or eating, social media can let people know we are looking for drivers.
Here’s how it works:
A driver applies and puts your name on their application, once hired:
30 days employed you receive $500
60 days employed you receive $500
90 days employed you receive $500
After 6 months of employment you will receive $1,000
If you just refer 5 drivers in this time frame that’s $12,500.00—what a nice Holiday gift to yourself. Come on everyone, Refer! Refer! Refer!
Any questions call Amy or Evelyn in Recruiting.
- The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving, lasting 3 days.
- Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the U.S.
- The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Pa-rade began in the 1920’s.
- Butterball has had a Turkey talk-line open every November through December for over 35 yrs.
- In the US, about 280million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.
- Average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 lbs.
- November’s traditional birthstone is topaz. The ancient Greeks believed that topaz could make a wearer invisible. A symbol of honor and strength, topaz was also be-lieved to bring longevity and wisdom.
- Snoopy has appeared in the Macy’s Pa-rade more than any other character bal-loon.
- Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.
- Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not, they make a clucking noise.
- “Jingle Bells” was originally a Thanksgiv-ing song.
- A large group of turkeys is called a flock.
- Ice in November brings mud in December.
- If trees show buds in November, the win-ter will last until May.
- A heavy November snow will last until April.
- There is no better month in the year to cut wood than November.
Dispatch — Option 2
Recruiting — Option 1
Payroll – Option 3
Too Fast for Conditions
Driving too fast for conditions is defined as traveling at a speed that is greater than a reasonable standard for driving. Examples of conditions where drivers may find themselves driving too fast include: wet roadways (rain, snow or ice), reduced visibility (fog), uneven roads, construction zones, curves, intersections, gravel roads and heavy traffic. The Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) reported that 23% of large truck crashes occurred when Commercial Motor Vehicles were traveling too fast for conditions.
Tip #1: REDUCE YOUR SPEED IN ADVERSE ROAD AND/OR WEATHER CONDITIONS. Adjust your speed to safely match weather con-ditions, visibility and traffic. Excessive driving speed is a major cause of fatal crashes and higher speeds may cause more severe crashes.
Tip #2: ENTER A CURVE SLOWLY. Speed limits posted on curve warning signs are intended for passenger vehicles, not large trucks. Trucks should reduce their speed even further. Studies have shown that trucks entering a curve, even at the posted speed limit, have lost control and rolled due to their high center of gravity.
Did you know? 40% of speeding related fatalities occur on curves.
Did you know? Braking in a curve can cause the wheels to lock up and the vehicle to skid.
Tip #3: DRIVE SLOWLY WITH A LOADED TRAILER. Be more cautious with a loaded trailer. Loaded trailers have a higher center of gravity and sudden speed adjustment may cause the load to shift, leading to skidding or a rollover.
Did you know? Large trucks with loaded trailers are 10 times more likely to roll over than those with empty trailers.
Did you know? Loaded trailers require 20 to 40% more braking distance than passenger vehicles to come to a complete stop.
Tip #4: SLOW DOWN IN WORK ZONES. Before entering a work zone, decrease your speed. Merge onto the correct lane well ahead of any lane closures and be prepared to slow sown or stop suddenly. Speed increases perception-reaction distance, braking distance and stopping distance.
Did you know? Nearly a quarter of all work zone deaths involve a big truck.
Tip #5: Look Far Enough Ahead. Look at least 15 seconds in front of you (approximately 1/4 of a mile on the interstate). Looking far ahead will allow you to respond early and smoothly to changing conditions ahead and to avoid dangerous, abrupt braking situations.
Did you know? It takes 3/4 of a second from the moment your brain sends the signal to your foot to move from the accelerator to when your foot actually applies the brake. In this short period of time, you may have already traveled up to 60 feet.
PLEASE SLOW DOWN AND DRIVE SAFELY!!!
Did you know?
Your brain is wired to respond to music, even when you aren’t really listening to it. A study showed that, even when highly-focused and distracted by another task, peoples pupils dilated in reaction to patterns of strong and weak beat omissions, suggesting we have an inherent sense for expectation of rhythm.