Thursday, December 26, 2013

Winter Weather Advisory

An advisory from our local ambulance service:

Winter Weather Advisory

This time of year, we want to remind you that, should you slide off the road, if it's at all possible, stay in your vehicle.

If, for some reason, you can't stay in your vehicle, whatever you do, don't follow your tracks back to the highway.

We see it every year: if it's slippery enough that you slid off, then the next person coming along will probably slide off as well and run right into you.
We also implore you to use other common sense measures when traveling in this weather.

  • Keep blankets in your car
  • Make sure your cell phone is charged.
  • Flares if you can deploy them safely

Be careful, be safe.  

We don't want to meet you by accident.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Following Distance

Trucks, because of their weight, require more time and distance to stop than cars. Therefore, establishing and maintaining a proper following distance is important to your safety.

To avoid being involved in a following distance accident, always remain seven seconds behind the vehicle you are following. To do this, use a mark on the side of the road. When the vehicle in front of you passes the mark, count "one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three" until you reach one thousand seven. Do not pass the mark before you have counted to one thousand seven.

Once this distance is established, maintain it.

Other simple following rules are:

Slow down when using your low beams and increase your following distance.

Use the seven-second following distance cushion (count 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004, 1005, 1006, 1007).

Pay attention! Know what is going on around you.

When you see traffic slowing ahead of you, slow down.

When you are driving in heavy traffic, the safest speed is the speed of the other vehicles.

Be alert! Expect unexpected slowdowns. Be prepared to stop.

Keep your eyes moving! Know what the traffic is doing on all sides of you.

Because of the size of your truck, it takes longer for you to come to a complete stop.

Keep a safe following distance!



Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Getting Ready for Winter

Dear Driver,

Winter means different things depending upon where you are driving. In the South it may bring rain and fog, while in the Northeast, Midwest, and mountainous regions it means snow, ice, and slippery roads. Wherever you go, it means reduced visibility and reduced traction.

What a lot of people don't know is that a majority of the accidents do not happen during the winter months, they happen in favorable conditions. Drivers often don't associate as many risks with pleasant conditions, even though the risks are still there. As risk increases, drivers become more alert and are all-around better drivers. Here are some simple tips to help you on your winter trips.

Begin with a "walk around", checking your tires, wipers, fluids, radiator, and heating system. Also try to keep your handholds and steps as dry as possible to prevent a potential slip or fall.

SLOW DOWN! Increase your following distance by seven to nine seconds to aid in braking time and visibility problems of flying snow, ice, or slush. Excessive speed for conditions is the most common cause of accidents in bad weather.

Place as much weight over the drive axle as legally possible to help reduce spinning of drive wheels.

Make sure to take extra care shifting on inclines and declines so you don't lock-up or spin your wheels.

Always expect the unexpected. Look further ahead in traffic to help avoid a situation where you have to make a quick move.

Use your low beams to minimize the glare and hypnotic effect of the falling snow.

Finally, remember to dress warm or have extra clothes with you. If you have a cell phone, make sure that the cell phone is fully charged.

Winter is usually a family time for all of us. It's well worth it for all us to take that extra safety step so we can make it home safely.