Say Can You See?
only is this the beginning verse of the United
States National Anthem, it is also a question a
driver must ask themselves while operating any
type of vehicle. Sunday will be the first
day of fall and we see during this time of the
year drastic changes in temperatures which
result in rain storms and foggy conditions. Our
sight and vision of the road and surroundings is
in operating the vehicle in a safe manner not
causing damage or injury to you or the
public that you are in
close proximity with on the roadway. During a
road trip to an adjoining state this week
a colleague, we saw a number of vehicles that
were putting themselves as well as the rest
in danger by not operating their vehicle safely
in low visibility such as rain and nighttime
driving is more difficult because visibility is
reduced. However, low visibility conditions
often occur during the day, caused by heavy
snowfall, downpours, thick fog and blowing dust
or smoke. Follow these safety tips for driving
in low visibility conditions:
down. Disengage your cruise control.
Most accidents occur because the driver is going
too fast for the weather conditions.
your low beams. High beams will
disperse in thick fog or snow, making visibility
worse for you and other drivers.
Make sure that all of your lights are clear of
bugs, dirt, road film, etc. to give you and
other motorist the highest level of visibility
entering an area if you cannot see a safe
of Visibility: If you suddenly encounter a
severe loss of visibility, pull off the pavement
as far as possible. Stop, turn off your lights,
set the emergency brake and take your foot off
the brake to be sure the taillights are not
illuminated. Turn on your emergency
Pull Over: If you can't pull off the
roadway, slow down, turn on your low beam
headlights and sound the horn occasionally. Use
the white fog line or roadside reflectors if
necessary to help guide you.
stop in the travel lanes.
People do not realize just how dangerous this
can be and tend to drive too fast. When you are
driving a truck, look in your mirror next time
it rains and watch just how much water spray you
generate from your tires. There is enough to
blind the driver behind you. Also, remember what
you were taught, that you can hydroplane even at
35 mph; so please do yourself and others a favor
and drive at a safe speed in the rain.
aware when bobtailing a tractor in rain and
applying the brakes. Without the trailer, the
braking power is disproportionate and can cause
the vehicle to go into a spin and lose control.
There have been many trucks jackknifed because
they were going too fast and needed to make a
sudden stop. You will slide even quicker when
you have a light load. Also, when passing
another vehicle, make sure you have enough room
to return back into the lane.
have been many trucks that come into the lane
too soon, and cause the other vehicle to go off
the road. Water spray is what causes you, the
driver, to misjudge your distance and you may be
the next one to cause an accident if you aren't
paying attention when passing. Also, watch for
those curves- especially in the