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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

Driving in heavy traffic video for fleet drivers – Tech Tip Tuesday

Does and Dont’s for driving while in heavy traffic

We found this AAA video for drivers on the automtoive-fleet.com website.

In congested traffic, many drivers are more tempted to check email, send a text message, fiddle with the music player, or simply daydream. But it’s critical for drivers to maintain focus when traffic is heavy, rather than letting their guard down and becoming distracted.

Inattentive drivers make highway congestion worse because they fail to take measures that can help keep traffic flowing. These are simple steps that also promote greater safety and fuel efficiency.

Here’s a AAA video that explains what those measures are. You may want to pass this advice along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder. Click on the photo or link above to watch the video.

By |September 16th, 2014|Commercial Trucking Industry, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Driving in heavy traffic video for fleet drivers – Tech Tip Tuesday

Inform your fleet drivers about right-of-way laws

ATTENTION FLEET OWNERS AND DRIVERS: Who has the right-of-way in your state

Right-of-way laws are not the same in all states. So do your drivers know the laws?
Who has the right of way when a driver is making a U-turn and someone else is turning right on red? This video from NBC-2 WBBH News provides the answer.

We found some great info on the automtive-fleet.com website that can help.

Take a look at these two videos and safety tip information.

NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

Here’s a California DMV video explaining how to yield the right of way to pedestrians, emergency vehicles and school buses.

All your fleet drivers need a solid grasp of right-of-way rules. This knowledge promotes safer driving practices and also helps prevent driver confusion and indecision – contributing factors in many crashes.

Here are a few rules provided by the California DMV. You may want to pass them along to your fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Never assume other drivers will give you the right of way. Yield the right of way whenever doing so helps to prevent a collision.
Respect the right of way for pedestrians. Always stop for any pedestrian crossing at corners or other crosswalks, even if the crosswalk is in the middle of the block or at a corner without traffic lights. It doesn’t matter whether or not painted lines mark the crosswalk.
At intersections without stop or yield signs, slow down and be ready to stop. Yield to traffic and pedestrians already in the intersection or just entering the intersection. Also yield to the vehicle or bicycle that arrives first, or to the vehicle or bicycle on your right if it reaches the intersection at the same time as you.
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By |May 10th, 2014|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Press Releases|Comments Off on Inform your fleet drivers about right-of-way laws

Cruise control in your truck equals safety

Cruise Control can help

This week’s tech tip post is about cruise control, safety and commercial trucks. We found this interesting article on the Fleet Response website about cruise control and your commercial truck.

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 |March 26th, 2014|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Cruise control in your truck equals safety