This Week is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week
The National Sleep
Foundationhas launched the first annual Drowsy Driving Prevention
week as an educational campaign designed to save lives by
increasing awareness of the dangers of driving while sleepy.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that
drowsy driving causes at least 100,000 police-reported crashes and
kills more than 1,550 Americans each year. It is
curious that all states have laws in place to enforce drunken
driving but few have laws to cite a driver who has fallen asleep
causing an accident. Only the state of New Jersey explicitly
defines drowsy driving as recklessness under a vehicular homicide
statute. Known as "Maggie's Law," New Jersey's drowsy
driving law has served to raise awareness of the consequences of
fatigue behind the wheel and has spurred significant action in
other states. There are now at least 8 states with 12 pending bills
that address fatigued driving in various ways.
For more information on
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, visit www.drowsydriving.org.
WARNING SIGNS OF DROWSINESS AND FATIGUE
- can't remember the last few miles driven
- have wandering or disconnected thoughts
- experience difficulty focusing or keeping your
- have trouble keeping your head up
- drift from lanes or hit a rumble strip
- yawn repeatedly
- tailgate or miss traffic signs
- find yourself jerking your vehicle back into
then you may be suffering from drowsiness or fatigue.
Continuing to drive in this condition puts you at serious risk of
being involved in a fatigue-related crash. You should pull over in
a safe place and get some rest before resuming your trip.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STAY ALERT WHILE DRIVING:
Sleep / Take naps: Your
best bet is to get enough sleep every day. If you must stay up
late, afternoon naps are a great way to get more sleep. If you feel
drowsy while driving, a 15-minute nap can be very effective. Make
sure to pull over in a safe place.
caffeine during the last half of your workday as it may contribute
to sleeping problems. You can gain short-term alertness by drinking
coffee or other caffeine sources if driving, but it usually takes
30 minutes to take affect and wears off after a few hours.
stops: You should stop every 100 miles or 2 hours. Switch
drivers if you can.
- Recirculation: Do not operate the vehicle for extended periods
of time with the AC on MAX or Recirculation. Under these
conditions the level of C02 in the vehicle is increased
contributing to drowsy driving.
Avoid Alcohol: If you have
been drinking, please don't drive! In addition to being illegal,
alcohol makes you sleepy and amplifies your fatigue.
are planning a long trip, AAA offers the following tips for
for your trip by getting a good night's sleep the night
before. Plan to drive during the time that you are normally
awake, and stay overnight rather than traveling straight
driving during the body's "down time". According to
AAA, this is generally in the mid-afternoon and between
midnight and 6:00 a.m.
you have passengers, talk to them. It will help to keep you
alert, and they will also be able to tell if you are showing
signs of getting sleepy.
a break every 2 hours or every 100 miles. Take a nap, stretch,
take a walk and get some exercise before resuming your trip.
sooner if you show any danger signs of sleepiness.
"TRICKS" THAT DO NOT WORK
Opening the window, turning on the air conditioning,
or playing loud music are not effective in keeping drivers alert
for any extended period of time.
Fuel Additive Use during Cold Weather Conditions
As colder weather
approaches you need to use fuel additives to prevent fuel jelling.
Fuel additive should be added anytime the ambient temperature is
below 32 degrees F. Power Service and Penray are popular
manufactures of fuel additives and both companies have two
different products available through Navistar and Idealease
"Red Bottle" is Power Service 911 and is to be used
only when the fuel in a unit has been jelled and NOT TO BE
USED AS A PREVENTATIVE MEASURE TO KEEP FUEL FROM JELLING.
Service Diesel Fuel Supplement + Cetane "White
Bottle" is to be added to the fuel at each fill when
the ambient temperature is < 30 degrees F.
is the additive you should use on a regular basis during the
Thaw Emergency Diesel Fuel Supplement
already gelled fuel fast. Reduces clogging of fuel filters.
Prevents ice crystal build-up in fuel lines and filters by
hard starting, pounding, excessive smoking and helps improve
combustion. 100% compatible with low sulfur fuel and
Pow-R Plus Diesel Fuel Supplement
compliant. Prevents gelling of diesel fuel. Prevents ice
crystal formation. Reduces cold filter plug point b as much
as 30ºF. Helps enhance cetane. Helps improve fuel economy.
Utilizes HAFI® technology. Improves cold weather starting.
and prevents corrosion. Helps reduce emissions. Helps improve
Parking Lot Accident Exposure Increases during the
As we are drawing near to
the holiday season it is time to remind your drivers of the
exposures that exist in parking lots as they make deliveries and
pickups. Parking lots at this time of the year can be
especially dangerous for drivers making deliveries or just stopping
for lunch. The exposure exists for a vehicle accident as well
as being involved in an accident as a pedestrian. This
holiday season pay special attention when operating in a parking
lot and observe the following advice:
your seatbelt - even low speed collisions can throw you around
the cab of your truck.
all traffic signs such as Stop and Yield.
slowly and use your turn signals and headlights - make sure
your vehicle is seen and watch for distracted motorists who do
not see you coming.
traffic lanes and do NOT drive diagonally across lots (watch
for cars cutting diagonally across lots).
down for speed bumps as not to injure yourself or damage your
delivery driveway entrances for customers that auto traffic is
not likely to use.
of motorist who are lost or distracted looking for specialty
stores that are not frequented.
extra careful at entrances and exits - motorists stop suddenly
and for no apparent reason - tailgaters often end up in
rear-end collisions, and rushing while turning into access
road or side street traffic can also lead to collisions.
especially careful in lots that contain Post Offices, package
stores and other locations where people are prone to dart in
and out hastily in a hurry to be on their way.
extra careful during peak times when reckless drivers may
speed through lanes while trying to get a "better
spot" closer to the shops.
drivers are on the "hunt" for an ideal parking spot
and may drive erratically - watching for open spots rather
than watching where they are driving! These drivers
often circle the lanes nearest to their store - parking away
from stores may make a longer walk, but prove less dangerous
from a vehicle collision standpoint.
your truck at all times when not attended. Parking lots
are very busy and are often targeted by thieves.
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Protecting the Truck During Cold Weather!
1. Diesel supplement
should be added to the ultra low sulfur diesel fuel when
temperatures drop below 32 degrees.
2. If you truck is equipped with an engine block heater it should
be plugged in when the temperature is below 32 degrees. Trucks
that are not utilized should be started and let run every day to
bring the unit up to normal operating temperature.
3. Intial start up procedure should be as follows: Complete pre-
trip of unit, unplug block heater, turn ignition switch to on, and
wait for glow plug lights to go out, start engine, leave engine run
until engine operating temperatures increase.
4. For trucks equipped with air brakes, drivers should purge air
tanks daily. If the unit is equipped with an air drier,
bringing the PSI to 120 will automatically purge the system.
5. If you are driving in snow, ice, slush, rain, etc., before
parking the unit for the day you should lightly apply the brakes
while the unit is moving to dry the brake shoes, drums, rotors and
pads so the brakes do not freeze while parked.
6. Make sure windshield washer solvent is full and that all windows
7. Remove any ice-snow build up from steps and grab
handles to prevent a slip or fall.
8. When parking the unit make sure if heavy snow is
forecast that the unit is not left parked in an outside dock or
near a building overhang. Snow can drift off of the building
causing excessive accumulation on the top of the truck or trailer
and can cause the roof to collapse.
Did You Know?
The first parking lot in
the world was created in Fort Wayne, Indiana...no doubt just in
time for holiday shopping.
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