Don't Crowd the Plow
During winter storms, snowplows work around the clock to make roads
passable. These large vehicles can present a hazard for drivers who
follow too closely. Observe these tips to stay safe while giving
snowplow operators room to do their jobs:
well back from snowplowsPlow drivers
can't see directly behind their trucks. Sometimes they must
stop or back up. Staying a safe distance behind a snowplow
will protect you from possible injury and protect your car
from sanding material that plows spread on slick roadways.
where the snowplow is on multi-lane highwaysThe plow could
be in either lane, or on the shoulder. Watch for snowplows on
interstate ramps and "authorized vehicle only"
drive through a snow cloud or whiteout conditionsYou can't be
sure if such conditions are caused by crosswinds or by a
snowplow, so be patient. snowplow operators periodically pull
over to allow traffic to pass
Snowplow operators are extremely safety-conscious, but
they need your help. Stay back and let them safely do their job of
clearing the road for you. Don't take a chance. Don't crowd the
Holiday Driving Tips
Holiday events and celebrations can be exciting times
for family and friends to get together. But, get-togethers
with family and friends can turn into tragedies when people are
killed or injured in traffic crashes. As the holiday season is
approaching, motorists need to be mindful of actions that will
make their holiday travel safer. Drivers can protect
themselves and their passengers by following these holiday travel
- Before you start your trip, make sure your
vehicle is tuned up and in good shape for travel. This is
especially important for winter driving conditions.
- Restrain yourself and your passengers properly in
seat belts and car safety seats. Remember, the rear seat
is the safest place for children of any age to ride.
- Be flexible in setting your travel plans. Leave
early if you can to avoid the peak traffic hours. If snow is
predicted during the time you plan to travel, change your
schedule. It is better to reschedule your get-together than to
risk the lives of traveling family or friends.
- Stay fresh and alert when driving. Take plenty of
breaks and do not push yourself to meet an unrealistic
schedule. If you get tired, pull off the road into a rest area
or business, get out of the car for some fresh air, buy
something to refresh you, or just relax until you feel
revived. If that doesn't work, find a motel or campground
where you can spend the night. Forty-one percent of fatal
traffic accidents are single vehicle crashes. These
crashes most often occur during the late night/early morning
hours and the late afternoon hours to drivers who are tired,
have consumed alcohol, or both.
- Keep your speed down. Give yourself plenty of
time and distance to react to the traffic around you. Let
impatient and aggressive drivers pass you or go through the
intersection ahead of you so that you control the situation.
Do not pass if you cannot see enough clear road to pass
- If there will be drinking at your holiday
get-together, choose a designated driver who will remain
alcohol free. Because driving requires your full attention,
pull off the road if you have to use your cellular
The first parking lot in the world was created in Fort
Wayne, Indiana no doubt just in time for holiday shopping.
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
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
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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Don't Let a Fire Ruin Your Holiday Season
fires result in 166 deaths and close to 13,000 injuries each
year-with December being the peak month. Practice your family fire
escape route and take steps to prevent fires.
you prepared your terminal facility for the long holiday weekend?
It is not uncommon for thieves to target truck
terminals over the holidays as they know it is a good opportunity
are there is no one there. Make sure that you take extra
precaution to secure the trucks and items of value at your
terminal. If your units do not have anti-siphon devices or
locking caps instruct the drivers not to fill the units at the end
of the day. Make sure that all security alarms are in working
order. Walk the perimeter of the lot to make sure that
security fencing is in good condition. Move units and all
other material such as pallets, tires, etc far enough away from the
fence so they cannot be used to climb on to get over the fence.
Consider blocking the entrance and exits to the lot so units cannot
be stolen. Throughout the three day weekend assign management
personnel to check the terminal randomly. Using a little
prevention and common sense can deter a would be thief from
striking your facility.
There will be no Idealease Safety Bulletin next week
Friday Nov 28 during the Thanksgiving Holiday week.
Have a Safe and Enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday with
your Family and Friends
Safety Bulletin is provided for Idealease affiliates and their
customers and is not to be construed as a complete or exhaustive source
of compliance or safety information. The Idealease Safety Bulletin
is advisory in nature and does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise
certify compliance with laws, regulations, requirements,
or guidelines of any local, state, or Federal agency and/or
governing body, or industry standards.