A Parking Lot Could Be the Most Dangerous Place on
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.
Why Parking Lot Accidents Occur:
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.
entering the lot, drivers are usually focused on seeking a
parking spot...not on looking for other drivers or objects.
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
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 direction...at any time.
lots are congested and with a high density for the amount of
area with vehicles and pedestrians.:
you can do as a driver to prevent from being involved in a parking
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.
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.
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.
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 restartstudy.com. 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
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.
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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS THIS SUNDAY MARCH 8!!!!
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
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:
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