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Chris Aller: 724-681-4219 or at Caller@rosetransportation.com
Nancie DeSalvo: 614-316-5774 or at Nancie@rosetransportation.com
Carin Leasure: 412-880-2055 or at Carin@rosetransportation.com
11 Safe Driving Tips for Truck Drivers
1. Handheld phones: Rose Transportation, Inc. does not allow or require drivers to use a handheld cellular telephone to talk or text while driving a commercial motor vehicle. The term "driving" means operating a commercial motor vehicle on a highway, including while temporarily stationary because of traffic, at a traffic control device, or other momentary delays. Driving does not include operating a commercial motor vehicle when the driver has moved the vehicle to the side of, or off, a highway and has halted in a location where the vehicle can safely remain stationary.
2. 3 Points of Contact: Remember to employ three points of contact at all times when entering or exiting the tractor, trailer, or climbing onto or down from the catwalk. This means always having both hands and one foot or both feet and one hand in contact with your equipment. Making this a habit can prevent slips, trips and falls!
3. Seven Second Rule: Consider seven seconds to be the minimum safe following distance under ideal conditions. Remember to leave extra space if conditions are less than ideal.
4. Cruise Control: Do not use cruise control in less than ideal conditions. Using cruise control can be dangerous on wet or icy roads, as well as in areas where many speed corrections need to be made, such as on winding or hilly roads, in heavy traffic, and in urban areas.
5. Avoid Distractions: Keep both hands on the steering wheel in the 9&3 o’clock position. This allows the maximum steering wheel movement in either direction without having to reposition your hands, giving you the most leverage and control of your vehicle.
6. School Zones/Construction Zones: For everyone’s safety, slow down to posted speeds when approaching school and construction zones and be prepared to stop. Obey all signs and workers who are directing traffic.
7. Tractor & Trailer Lights: Keep your headlights and clearance lights on at all times when driving. Also, always make sure to keep your lights clean. Being visible is extremely important to your safety. Driving with lights on will allow a fellow motorist to see your equipment sooner. This will allow other drivers more time to adjust to any potential hazards.
8. Safe Loading and Unloading Practices: Ensure that vehicles and freight are properly secured when loading or unloading freight. Apply tractor and trailer parking brakes and turn off your tractor. If available, use chock blocks for extra security. Do not pull out of a loading dock until the dock plate has been removed and you have verified that the loading/unloading has in fact been completed and that no equipment or people are still working in the trailer.
9. Seatbelts: Wear a properly adjusted seatbelt at all times. In a team driving environment, as a sleeper-berth occupant, use belts and/or netting during operation of the truck. Do not occupy the upper bunk unless the truck is parked. Seatbelts are the most effective vehicle safety device, saving thousands of lives annually.
10. Speed Limit: To ensure your personal safety and the safety of those around you, travel at or lower than posted speed limit of the roadway being traveled. Always adjust your speed to a safe level as determined by the various driving conditions.
11. Sunglasses: Blinding glare caused by low sun, sunlight reflecting off snow, other vehicles and/or buildings can be potentially lethal. This danger can be greatly reduced by wearing sunglasses with polarized lenses that filter glare. Choose sunglasses that have curved lenses to protect in front and to the sides, and thin frames to free up peripheral vision. Always remove sunglasses when entering tunnels.Stoppages: If stopped on the side of the road for more than 5 minutes remember to put out you reflective triangles at the required distances.