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Stay Alert – Stay Safe

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Throughout the course of 2018, we’ve held safety meetings every month to educate our employees and review important safety material. In November, we focused on driving conditions and how to be a proactive and defensive driver. The safety message for our meetings was “Look farther up the road. Stay focused on your driving. Think ahead and be ready.”  To go along with the November safety message, we started off the meetings by reviewing LLLC Defensive Driving:

Look ahead

Look around

Leave room

Communicate

We advise our drivers to look 15 seconds ahead at all times (equals out to one city block), focus on what is happening up ahead, identify hazards early, slow down, and avoid panic stops. By practicing these habits, it gives drivers extra time to avoid accidents. Drivers should be changing their focus every two to three seconds, making them aware of their surroundings so they can anticipate problems, react timely, and remain alert. Leaving room and maintaining a cushion of space all around the vehicle gives drivers extra time to avoid collisions. The easiest place to leave room is in front of the vehicle. Drivers communicate by making sure other drivers and pedestrians know where they are, use signals and horn to communicate intentions, and make eye contact.

Changing seasons leads to changing driving conditions. It’s important to be aware of hazardous driving environments, watch for changing road conditions, and to drive to match the conditions of the road. Be aware of roadways with soft shoulders and stay in the lane at all times. With winter approaching, the precipitation and weather can cause adverse driving conditions. Slowing down is important when the roads could be slick and if visibility is low. Defensive driving comes into play when the weather changes the conditions of the road – look ahead, look around, leave room, and communicate.

The meetings ended with local CSC updates from general managers and maintenance, then company updates. November’s safety meetings provided vital information that will help our drivers keep our roads and communities safe this winter. At Trinity, we strive to practice safe and defensive driving every time we are out on the road!

Winter Driving Tips

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

The snow and winter weather has hit Michigan and Ohio over the past week and drivers are starting to get back into the groove of driving on slick winter roads. Driving on slick, snowy roads can be scary, slippery, and dangerous – and accidents tend to occur. By preparing your vehicle in advance, paying attention to the weather, and following our winter driving tips, you can make the roads safer for yourself and those around you.

General Winter Driving Tips:

  • Prepare your vehicle. Having a winter survival kit will help you to be prepared if you become stranded. Make sure you also have a snow shovel, sand or salt, and an ice scraper. Before the winter weather hits full swing, get your tires checked to determine if they need air or to be replaced with winter tires.
  • Keep your gas tank half full at all times. This habit will allow you to run your engine and keep warm if you get stranded or stuck. It will also prevent your gas line from freezing. Windshield wipers should be checked and in good condition, and your windshield fluid reservoir full so you can easily wipe away snow and slush.
  • Never warm up your vehicle in an enclosed area. Keeping your car running in an area such as a garage with the door closed will cause toxic fumes to become trapped and could be deadly.
  • Avoid distracted driving. Always be alert, especially with icy or snowy conditions. If you are fatigued, avoid driving. Never use a cell phone while operating a vehicle.
  • Clear all snow and ice from your vehicle. Before driving anywhere, make sure your car is cleared of snow and ice, including your roof, trunk, lights, mirrors, windows, and reflectors.

 

Snowy Weather Driving Tips:

  • Do not use cruise control when driving on slippery roads.
  • Reduce your speed and drive cautiously and accelerate and decelerate slowly. Accelerating, turning, and stopping all take longer on icy and snow-covered roads.
  • Increase your distance from the car in front of you as conditions worsen. You should stay eight to ten seconds behind the car in front of you.
  • Keep an eye on weather reports and delay trips when severe weather is predicted. If you have to leave, inform others of your route, destination, and anticipated arrival time.
  • If you become trapped by snow, stay in your vehicle. Your vehicle makes it easier for rescuers to find you. Tie brightly colored material to your antenna or in a rolled up window as a signal. If you are stuck overnight, you can keep the dome light on since it uses minimal electricity and can help rescuers locate you.
  • Keep your exhaust pipe free of snow, slush, mud, and ice. Deadly carbon monoxide gas can leak into your car if the engine is running and your exhaust is blocked. You can also crack a window to prevent leakage.
  • Only run your car for short periods of time, just long enough to stay warm. 10 minutes every hour is a good starting point.
  • Don’t stop going once starting up a hill and do not power up. Get some acceleration on a flat road before going up a hill. Let that carry you to the top. Once you are approaching the top of the hill, reduce your speed and continue down the hill as slowly as possible.

If the weather conditions are severe, stay home and do not attempt to drive – even if you feel you are experienced at driving in winter weather. While there may be places you need to go, most things can be rescheduled. If possible, take a snow day – have a movie marathon and watch the snow from indoors! Happy winter!

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