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Right of Way

While investigating accidents over the years and talking with drivers, many times the driver would state, "I had the right-of-way". What does this really mean? When we have the "Right-of-Way" does this allow us to proceed without regard for other vehicles? The FMCSA in their accident countermeasure program addresses "Right-of-Way" as follows:


Objective: To prevent accidents by drivers giving "right-of-way" until it is apparent that right-of-way is being given by the other driver.


Description: Generally, the driver who arrives last gives right-of-way to those who were already there. You give right-of-way when entering traffic. You give right-of-way when turning left in front of approaching traffic. You give right-of-way when changing lanes. You move into your intended path or direction only after you are assured you will not conflict with other traffic.


As a Transportation Manager you should ask yourself the following:

  1. Do my drivers understand the meaning of right-of-way?
  2. Periodically, do you have a qualified person ride with your drivers to evaluate their behavior in right-of-way situations?
  3. Do you have a realistic scheduling policy that does not encourage drivers to take right of- way rather than give it?
  4. Are the drivers aware of the concept of "preventable accident"?

Tips for Drivers concerning "Right-of-Way": 

  • Do not force other drivers to brake or steer because of your obstructive maneuver into their path.
  • Assume other drivers will not see you and avoid you when you maneuver into their path.
  • Move into your intended path or direction only after you are assured you will not conflict with other traffic.



Are you driving with "Tunnel Vision" this winter?


Tunnel vision occurs when a driver scrapes off only a small area of ice and/or snow on their vehicle windshield to allow just enough space to see through a small hole as they drive. This practice significantly reduces a driver's field of vision and greatly increases their risk of collision. The Kansas Highway Patrol estimates that drivers who do not clear their entire windshield of ice, snow and fog limit their field of vision to only about 2 to 3 percent of what a driver with a clear windshield can see.


In a recent survey conducted by the Center for Safe Driving found that more than 50 percent of drivers admitted to not fully clearing snow or ice from the windows of their vehicles. As a countermeasure, many states have enacted laws requiring drivers to make reasonable efforts to remove snow or ice from their vehicles, and numerous law enforcement personnel across the country are planning to target drivers who do not clear their windshields this winter.  As part of your pre-trip inspection you should make sure that the windshield, side windows and mirrors are clear of any snow, ice or fog before starting your route or trip.  Another dangerous situation that exists is chunks of snow or ice flying off the top of your vehicle and landing on other vehicles behind you. These chunks can be quite heavy and become dangerous projectiles that can cause crashes, injuries, and deaths.  If heavy snow is forecasted it is recommended that you pull your unit away from the dock or terminal building so a drift of snow does not build up from the roof of the building to the top of your trailer or truck.  As a professional driver, it is important to recognize this unsafe act in other drivers and be prepared to avoid a collision and stay out of their way.





The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has pushed back the target dates for several of its most important pending rulemakings.  Every month the Department of Transportation lists the status of the "significant" rulemakings (generally defined as having an effect of over $100 million on the regulated entities) for each modal administration.  The February list for the FMCSA contains the following changes:

  • Publication of the final rule on electronic logging devices is deferred from September 30, 2015 to November 9, 2015;
  • The proposed joint FMCSA/NHTSA rulemaking on speed limiting devices is delayed from May to June 8, 2015;
  • The final rule on the drug and alcohol clearinghouse is has been moved from October 30 to December 14, 2015; and,
  • The safety fitness determination proposed rule is now scheduled for July 1, 2015, back from June 17. 

Note that the safety fitness determination proposal was originally scheduled for publication on March 29, 2008, so it will be more than seven years delayed if published this July.  All of these dates are subject to further adjustment due to a variety of reasons, including reallocation of agency resources and changes in priorities.



Restart Study Moving Ahead


Commercial truck drivers are being recruited to participate in a study on whether restrictions are needed on use of the 34-hour "restart" provision under federal hours-of-service rules.


The contractor performing the study, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, has set up a new website to recruit volunteers, at Drivers who want to take part in the study must first complete an application.


According to the site, participants will be paid more than $2,000 for completing all requirements during the study. The five-month study will include close monitoring and evaluation of a variety of driver factors.


The study is required under a federal law adopted in December. The law prohibits the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from enforcing existing restart restrictions and requires the agency to study whether the restrictions actually promote highway safety.


Under 49 CFR 395.3, truck drivers may reset their weekly 60/70-hour on-duty limit by getting a rest break of at least 34 consecutive hours. Though the rules include restrictions on the frequency and timing of the break, the FMCSA cannot enforce those restrictions until the study is complete.


The restrictions say that a restart can only be obtained once per week (every 168 hours) and must include two nighttime periods of rest that include the hours from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.


Final results of the study are expected to be presented to Congress later this year.



March 3, 2015



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