Driver Safety Tips

Safety Tip: Back-to-School Driving Advice

Back to School Safety

It’s back-to-school season again, so here are some timely tips from the National Safety Council that you can share with fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians

According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are four to seven years old, and they’re walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus.

Here are some precautions drivers can take to help keep children safe:

Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you. This could put them in the path of moving traffic.
In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.
Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.
Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way.
Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way.

Sharing the Road with School Buses

If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

Never pass a bus from behind — or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road — if […]

By |August 31st, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on Safety Tip: Back-to-School Driving Advice

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Sniffing Out Brake Trouble – Tech Tips Tuesday


Number of factors can lead to premature wear-and-tear of a vehicle’s brake system
We found this helpful safety article and video on the automotive-fleet website.

Fleet drivers are your first line of defense for unscheduled maintenance needs. As a fleet manager, you need their help to identify early signs of trouble so a slowly emerging problem doesn’t develop into a major safety hazard. This is particularly true with brakes.

A number of factors can lead to premature wear-and-tear of a vehicle’s brake system – exposure to road salt, a history of aggressive driving and sudden braking, a driver whose foot habitually rides the brake, a glitch introduced during manufacturing or repair work, etc.

By |November 18th, 2014|Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Fleet Safety Video Tip: Sniffing Out Brake Trouble – Tech Tips Tuesday

Dealing with Hail Storms – Tech Tips Tuesdays


Dealing with Hail Storms
It’s fairly common for fleet drivers to underestimate the damage that a severe hail storm can cause, particularly those drivers who have lived primarily in regions known for mild weather. But a hail storm is capable of causing major personal injuries and costly vehicle damage in a matter of minutes.

Here are some safety tips, primarily from Progressive Insurance, which you can pass along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder:

Always check the weather forecast before proceeding with road trip plans. If a hail storm is forecast, park your vehicle in a garage or under a covered structure to protect against damage.
Stay inside once the hail storm begins. Falling hail can easily cause injury.
If you unexpectedly drive into a hail storm, look for a covered structure where you can safely park. If no covered structure is available, park in the safest possible place to prevent hail from breaking the windows. Keep in mind that driving compounds hail’s impact with your vehicle. Stopping under an overpass is one option. Don’t forget to pull out of traffic lanes and onto a shoulder. Avoid ditches because of possible high-rising water.
Keep your vehicle angled so any falling hail hits the front, rather than the back or sides, of the vehicle. Windshields are reinforced to withstand forward driving and pelting objects. Side windows and back glass are not, so they’re more prone to breakage.
Lie down, if possible, and keep your back to the windows. If you have a blanket, cover yourself to prevent possible debris from hitting you.

By |November 11th, 2014|Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Dealing with Hail Storms – Tech Tips Tuesdays

Safety & Compliance: Preparing For a Crash

Drivers and others at your company need to know what to do in the aftermath of a serious accident.
We found this interesting article on the Trucking Info website.

Fleets should prepare for and practice what to do in the event of a serious accident just like they would for fire drills – from top management to dispatchers to drivers, according to Don Jerrell, a safety expert at HNI Risk Services.

Jerrell, a former driver and safety manager who’s now associate vice president of transportation for HNI, told attendees of the Fleet Safety Conference earlier this year that what drivers and other company personnel do immediately following an accident can help you win a lawsuit or cause you to lose one.

The key, he said, is proper preparation and proper training. Drivers should go through live exercises simulating the aftermath of a crash. Company spokespeople (have you designated who that should be?) should go through simulations of interviews with a camera in their face.

Because the driver is the one on the scene, Jerrell outlined seven steps drivers need to take when involved in an accident. These should be ingrained in them through proper training and practice:

1. Remain calm.

“Before you do anything, take a deep breath,” Jerrell recommended telling drivers. “There’s a high probability you’re the only person on this scene who’s a professional. The people on the scene expect you to do things right, the courts expect you to do things right.” Don’t admit fault to anyone – even a simple “I’m sorry” could be construed by a court as an admittance of guilt.

2. Stop.

Drivers should not move the unit from the crash site unless told to do so by police or signs posted on the highway. If stopping […]

By |November 7th, 2014|Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on Safety & Compliance: Preparing For a Crash

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Packing a Winter Emergency Kit

Tips for Packing a Winter Emergency Kit
AccuWeather has forecast a chilly Halloween for much of the country. In fact, the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley regions are expected to see temperatures dip into the mid-20s to lower-30s with a chance of snowfall. So now is probably a good time to remind fleet drivers to make sure their vehicle emergency kit is fit for the coming winter weather.

The kit needs to include items that would come in handy if the fleet vehicle ever becomes stranded in inclement weather. Keep in mind that emergency services, towing services and snowplow fleets can quickly become overtaxed during major storms. Drivers should include items that would help make an extended wait for help as comfortable as possible.

AAA recommends the following items:

• Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats
• Snow shovel
• Flashlight with extra batteries
• Window washer solvent
• Ice scraper with brush
• Cloth or roll of paper towels
• Jumper cables
• Extra warm clothing (gloves, hats, scarves)
• Blankets
• Warning devices (flares or triangles)
• Drinking water
• Non-perishable snacks
• First-aid kit
• Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench)
• Mobile phone and car charger, with the phone pre-programmed with rescue apps and important phone numbers.

For additional advice from the Weather Channel, click on the video below.

By |October 28th, 2014|Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Fleet Safety Video Tip: Packing a Winter Emergency Kit