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A Parking Lot Could Be the Most Dangerous Place on Your Route!


The first parking lot in the world was created in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Parking lots are 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. 



Reasons Why Parking Lot Accidents Occur:

  • Drivers understand the risks are high while on the roadway, but few recognize that risks remain high once off the roadway. As such, many drivers drop their guard and become less vigilant once they turn off the street and into a parking lot.
  • Upon entering the lot, drivers are usually focused on seeking a parking spot...not on looking for other drivers or objects.
  • Most drivers pull "head in" into a parking spot. Once in this position, they must then back out. The natural blind areas behind most vehicles, combined with vision obstruction due to vehicles parked alongside, often make visibility very difficult.
  • Traffic laws are non-existent. Most parking lots are private property. Hence, drivers often roll through stop signs, travel against the directional arrows or cut between parked cars. Vehicles can be coming from any any time.
  • Parking lots are congested and with a high density for the amount of area with vehicles and pedestrians.:

What you can do as a driver to prevent from being involved in a parking lot accident: 

  • Wear your seatbelt - even low speed collisions can throw you around the cab of your truck.
  • Obey all traffic signs such as Stop and Yield.
  • Drive 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.
  • When possible, avoid backing. Look for a "pull-through" spot that will negate the need to back out and will place you away from the activity. 
  • Obey traffic lanes and do NOT drive diagonally across lots (watch for cars cutting diagonally across lots).
  • Slow down for speed bumps as not to injure yourself or damage your cargo.
  • Be 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.
  • Be 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.
  • Be extra careful during peak times when reckless drivers may speed through lanes while trying to get a "better spot" closer to the shops.
  • Some 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.
  • Lock your truck at all times when not attended.  Parking lots are very busy and are often targeted by thieves.



Anticipated Publication Date for ELD Rule Reverts Back to September


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has corrected its scheduled publication date for the "Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting Documents (MAP-21)" final rule.


Based on the most recent release of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) report on significant rulemakings, the agency now anticipates the electronic logging devices (ELD) final rule to appear in the Federal Register on September 30, 2015. This was the date originally announced in November 2014, but the February 2015 edition of the DOT significant rulemakings presented a delayed date of November 9, 2015. FMCSA, however, has since provided a corrected version of the February report, reverting the date back to September 30, 2015.


The proposal would require all drivers that presently complete logs to be switched over to ELDs, update the technical requirements related to electronic logs, implement data communication protocols that would allow a driver to "send" his/her electronic log to an officer, and provide rules on the retention of supporting documents.


All drivers that presently use paper logs would be required to switch to an ELD two years after the final rule is published, according to the proposal. The only exception in the proposal is for drivers that only have to complete a log 8 days (or less) within the last 30 days.



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 6, 2014



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Start now to make sure that all of your drivers are aware of the change to daylight savings time on Sunday.  Caution route drivers especially that the amount of daylight will change according to their stops with the change.  One hour of time change will seem very different to a driver who is on a route.



2015 National Work Zone Awareness Week: March 23-27



National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones and construction sites. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones. For more information, check out this link: 

American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA).





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