driver safety

CVSA Safe Driver Week will take place July 15-21st

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual Operation Safe Driver Week will take place July 15-21, 2018.
CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Program was created to help to reduce the number of crashes, deaths, and injuries involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors. During Operation Safe Driver Week, there will be increased CMV and passenger vehicle traffic enforcement.
Driving behaviors that will be targeted during the week include:

distracted driving

speeding

texting

failure to use a seat belt

following too closely

improper lane change

failure to obey traffic control devices

Last year, nearly 39,000 citations and warnings were issued to truck drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week. More than 84 percent of these violations were for state and local moving violations.
For more information, visit the CVSA.

By |June 18th, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on CVSA Safe Driver Week will take place July 15-21st

Reduce Fatigue Related Accidents – Safety Tips

Safety Matters – Great Info from the NationaLease Newsletter

Practicing good safety can save lives and ultimately can save you money, and NationaLease wants to help keep safety at the forefront with some helpful safety tips. Today’s tip discusses preventing fatigue-related accidents. Research shows that driver fatigue may contribute to up to 20% of accidents on the road, here are some ways to help combat fatigue:

• Make sure you are fit to drive. Do not begin a journey if you are tired. Get a good
night’s sleep before embarking on a long journey.
• Avoid undertaking long journeys between midnight and 6am, when natural
alertness is at a minimum
• Plan your journey to take sufficient breaks. A minimum break of at least 15 minutes
after every two hours of driving is recommended
• If you feel sleepy, stop in a safe place. Do not stop on the hard
shoulder of a motorway
• The most effective ways to counter sleepiness are to drink, for example,
two cups of caffeinated coffee and to take a short nap (up to 15 minutes).
• For more information on preventing fatigue-related accidents, see this article from ntsb.gov

Safety Tips Fact Sheet

By |January 29th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Reduce Fatigue Related Accidents – Safety Tips

Safe Winter Driving Tips – Tech Tips

Helpful Information and Tips for safe winter driving

We found this helpful article on the truckinginfo.com website.

Buckle up!
Before departing, have a contingency plan for what you will do if weather conditions deteriorate.
Don’t ignore dashboard warning lights! Be mindful that the regeneration process that is required for emissions control will not execute in extreme temperatures.
Be conscious of weather conditions that may limit visibility. Keep your headlights on at all times and use low beam headlights when there’s poor visibility.
Give yourself plenty of room between your vehicle and the others on the road. Avoid traveling alongside snow plows and give extra room – at least 200 feet – between your vehicle and other snow service vehicles on the road.
Avoid sudden braking that can be extra dangerous with slick road conditions. Do not use cruise control and avoid abrupt driving maneuvers.
Use extra caution and lower your speed when approaching curves and intersections to reduce the chance of losing control. Be aware of icy conditions that occur especially on bridges and overpasses.
Be aware of the signs of cold-related stress: fatigue, confusion, shivering and slowed breathing.
Do not let your truck idle. The Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank freezes at about 10 degrees, so make sure to begin driving your truck immediately to ensure the heaters warm up DEF in order for it to circulate throughout the engine.
Brush snow and ice from the vehicles rooftop before traveling, which will keep the windshield and mirrors clean for better visibility.
Use a solid, 3-point stance when entering and exiting vehicle cabs. Wear appropriate footwear for the weather conditions. Be aware of ice and snow on walking surfaces, as well as falling snow and ice from the top of your vehicle.
If you have to stop or […]

By |January 13th, 2015|Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Safe Winter Driving Tips – Tech Tips

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

Truckers use Cruise Control for safety and efficiency

Use your cruise control under proper conditions

We found some helpful info about cruise control for truckers on the Fleet Response website.

Cruise control can be beneficial when used under proper road, climate and traffic conditions. It enables you to maintain a safe speed without keeping your foot on the gas pedal thereby reducing driver fatigue during a long trip. While there are benefits it is important to know when it is appropriate to use the system.

In order to be a safer driver, only use cruise control when:

-The pavement is dry (no rain, sleet, ice or snow
-The road is straight and clear ahead (not under repair, no barricades or posted detours
-Traffic is light and all lanes are moving at reasonable speeds

It is not safe to use cruise control when:

-You cannot drive at a steady speed
-You are driving on winding roads or in heavy traffic
-The road is under repair or construction with obstacles or barricades on the roadway
-You do not have clear visibility of the road ahead
-There is heavy vehicle or pedestrian traffic or signal control lights at frequent intervals

By |February 27th, 2014|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Press Releases, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Truckers use Cruise Control for safety and efficiency