roadside dangers

  • Semi-Trucks, Truckers, and Road Safety

    One person is injured or killed in a truck accident every 16 minutes. It’s not too often trucking accidents garner national attention, but the United States Department of Transportation estimates over 500,000 accidents occur every year. No wonder instantaneous, and perhaps previously considered irrational, fear sets in when caught in an 18-wheeler sandwich.

    When not uncommon, basic injuries are unpredictable. Being prepared with the tools needed to treat the typical wounds is essential, especially when on the road. Our Trucker First Aid Kits are easily portable and wall mountable so your first aid tools are always near! When not uncommon, basic injuries are unpredictable. Being prepared with the tools needed to treat the typical wounds is essential, especially when on the road. Our Trucker First Aid Kits are easily portable and wall mountable so your first aid tools are always near!

    Unfortunately truck-crash fatalities are rising, with an 18 percent increase from 2009 to 2012, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Breaking the numbers down further, there are 10 fatal crashes and over 284 injuries a day. However, the number of trucks and their annual distance traveled are both down by over two percent.

    So who is to blame? Apparently, it’s debatable. In talking with safety advocates and trucking companies, blame is most often shifted between tired or distracted commercial truck drivers and companies and passenger vehicle drivers. Politics aside, there are safety tips commercial and noncommercial drivers should be aware of to avoid becoming part of these tragic national statistics that all too often fail at gaining national attention.

    Noncommercial Driver Safety
    Semi trucks weigh exponentially more than the typical car, and with that comes limitations in braking and visibility- something the hurried driver may not think about when following too closely or jumping directly in front of. Below are safety tips for sharing the road with semis:

    From Hazardous Material to Air Brakes and Pre-Trip Inspection, our DOT and 49 CFR Standards Packages provide all you need to know to stay within regulations and compliance. Subjects vary in availability in a booklet and/or video/CD-ROM as well as 3 and 5 year update services. From Hazardous Material to Air Brakes and Pre-Trip Inspection, our DOT and 49 CFR Standards Packages provide all you need to know to stay within regulations and compliance. Subjects vary in availability in a booklet and/or video/CD-ROM as well as 3 and 5 year update services.

    1. Avoid “No-Zones”: areas behind and beside semi trucks where the driver has large blind spots.
    2. Do not abruptly change lanes in front of a truck; use your blinker and allow the driver time to notice your intentions.
    3. Avoid driving between semi trucks.
    4. When merging or pulling into traffic from the roadside, accelerate with enough speed to prevent the driver from needing to quickly brake.
    5. Avoid any type of unsafe passing when semi trucks are in close proximity.
    6. Avoid abandoning your vehicle in a travel lane; if possible, move the car completely off the shoulder and then wait for help.
    7. Do not maneuver around a semi truck making a right turn.

    Commercial Driver Safety
    Driving semi trucks or any large vehicle requires adequate training and comfortability with long travel days. It’s important drivers and their respective companies keep safety in mind amidst the continuously booming business. Safety tips for commercial drivers include:

    1. Stay current on training and driving techniques for your semi truck
    2. Set realistic schedules and mileage expectations to avoid driving while tired
    3. As is the law for all drivers, do not use cell phones or any other devices carrying the potential for driver distraction
    4. To prevent rollovers: avoid sudden movements, control your load on turns, control speed while maintaining proper “speed cushions”.
    5. Identify high risk areas on roads beforehand.
    6. Monitor weather conditions during your cross country travels.

    This article contributed by Jenna Murrell, who writes on behalf of truck accident attorneys Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana, PC, in Alabama. The state’s first trucking accident of the new year occurred Monday, January 4th when a truck flipped over in a construction zone.

  • Full of Hot Air

    Fall & Winter Weather brings Driving Danger. Yesterday we discussed the importance of regular tire rotation... Today, even more importantly, we'll discuss tire pressure.

    AAA Digital Tire Gauge

    No matter what Season of the year, remember that tire pressure is one of the most basic points in assuring your vehicle is running in top condition. It's easy because it requires almost no technical skill. Also, when your tires are inflated correctly you get better gas mileage and your tires will last longer. When tires are under inflated they wear faster and unevenly. Tires are designed to be durable in the spots where car puts the most pressure on the tire. This is the center of the tire. When your tire is under inflated, part from the sidewall on your tire starts to reach the ground. These sidewalls are not built for constant contact with the ground. They are produced to withstand a different type of wear.

     

    According to Michelin, tires have been known to lose up to 1psi (pounds per square inch) every month, so check all tires, including your spare, once a month (or before a long trip). It’s easy. Here’s how:

    1. Purchase a trusted tire pressure gauge.
      Tire Gauge - Pencil Type
    2. Check your tires “cold” – before you’ve driven or at least three hours after you’ve driven.
    3. Insert tire pressure gauge into the valve stem on your tire. (If you are using a digital tire gauge like the one pictured, the gauge should begin reading the air pressure immediately. Refer to your air pressure gauge owners manual for correct usage instructions. If using a "pencil" style tire gauge, the gauge will “pop” out and show a measured number. When you hear a “pssst” sound, that’s air escaping the tire. The escaping air shouldn’t affect pressure substantially, unless you hold down the air pressure gauge too long.)
    4. Compare the measured psi to the psi found on the sticker inside the driver’s door of your vehicle or in owner’s manual. DO NOT compare to the psi on your tire’s sidewall.
    5. If your psi is above the number, let air out until it matches. If below, add air (or have a Michelin retailer help you) until it reaches the proper number.

    Low pressure can lead to tire damage.

  • On the Road to Safety?

    Image of two car / auto first aid kits Vehicle First Aid Kits Whenever on the road, having a stocked first aid kit in your vehicle is a must, whether that be for regular commutes, road trips, or work purposes. Our wide variety of auto first as kits include options for everyone's individual needs, including those that meet OSHA standards for work vehicles. Also see our Auto Emergency Items

    Where are Roads Safe? According to the World Health Organization’s new Global status report on road safety 2015, there are 1.25 million road traffic deaths each year, and 90% of road traffic deaths occur in low-and middle-income countries, even though these countries have just 54% of the world’s vehicles.

    Countries are working to make roads safer, but more is needed

    The report shows that road safety strategies are saving lives. Countries that have had the most success in reducing the number of road traffic deaths achieved this by improving legislation, enforcement, and making roads and vehicles safer.

    The report reveals that globally:

    • 105 countries have seat-belt laws that apply to all occupants;
    • 47 countries have speed laws defining a national urban maximum speed limit of 50 km/h and empowering local authorities to further reduce speed limits;
    • 34 countries have a drink–driving law with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit of less than or equal to 0.05 g/dl as well as lower limits of less than or equal to 0.02 g/dl for young and novice drivers;
    • 44 countries have helmet laws that apply to all drivers, passengers, roads and engine types; require the helmet to be fastened and refer to a particular helmet standard;
    • 53 countries have a child restraint law for occupants of vehicles based on age, height or weight, and apply an age or height restriction on children sitting in the front seat.

    Even with these successes, road users around the world are unequally protected and the risk of dying in a road traffic crash still depends, in great part, on where people live and how they move around. The report highlights the need to protect vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists, pedestrians, and cyclists, and to improve vehicle safety standards.

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  • Road Safety Week: #SaveKidsLives

    SaveKidsThis is Global Road Safety Week.

    Besides the normal thoughts on road safety. as it is Spring and sudden shows and other unusual weather can change normal conditions, pay extra attention to road surface conditions (clipper when wet!) pedestrians, and debris in the road.

    This year's road safety theme is #SaveKidsLives and seeks to draw attention to the urgent need to better protect children and teens on the roads and generate action to do so.

    Learn about:

  • Driving in the Rain

    This is an interesting tip for driving in the rain – and may save your life

    GOOD VISION IN A DOWNPOUR

    Guy in a poncho Ponchos, Rain Gear & Outer Wear

    How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour also useful driving at night.

    Most motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour – yet the visibility in front of the windshield is bad.

    In the event you face such a situation, just try your SUN GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle!  All of a sudden your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain.

    Make sure you always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car as you are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but you also might save your friend’s life by giving them his idea.

    Try it yourself and share it with your friends.

     

    Amazing, you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain falling.

    You can see where the rain bounces off the road.  It works to eliminate the “blindness” from passing semi’s spraying you too.

    Or the “kickup” if you are following a semi or car in the rain.

    They ought to teach this little tip in driver’s training.  It really does work.

     

    Also tip from the Highway Patrol –

    NEVER DRIVE WITH YOUR CRUISE CONTROL ON IN THE RAIN OR WHEN PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY.

    Automotive

    Image of a Roadside Emergency Kit Do you have a Roadside Emergency Kit on your Vehicle?
  • What do you keep in your car for emergency supplies?

    Everyone has their list - from Road Warriors to AAA Emergency Kits... Winter Driving and Severe Weather Driving Kits to make-your-own emergency kits... What's in your list of Car Emergency Supplies?

    Here are some great suggestions:

    • Auto First Aid Kits - Car, Auto, Vehicle and Truck First Aid Kits. First Aid Only, AAA, American Red Cross, Genuine First Aid, North, and Lifeline Auto First Aid and Roadside Emergency Kits. Auto First Aid Kits - Car, Auto, Vehicle and Truck First Aid Kits. First Aid Only, AAA, American Red Cross, Genuine First Aid, North, and Lifeline Auto First Aid and Roadside Emergency Kits.

      Blankets/Sleeping bags/Space blanket

    • Batteries – extra for flashlight/phone etc.
    • Battery charger for phone
    • Car-cell phone charger
    • Card Deck
    • Coffee mug
    • Cold Weather – ice scraper, cat litter, extra cold weather clothes.
    • Cooking pot – to heat food/water
    • DC to AC converter
    • Duct tape
    • Fire Extinguisher
    • Flashlight
    • First aid kit
    • Food – easy open.
    • Full tank of gas
    • Ice scraper
    • Jumper cables
    • Kitchen size trash bags
    • Matches
    • Medications – extra
    • Multi-tool
    • Pen/Paper
    • Rope
    • Shoes – good walking shoes.
    • Shovel
    • Tarp
    • Tire sealant kit
    • Toilet paper
    • Tools
    • Tow strap
    • Utensils
    • Water
    • Tea Candles
    • Heat source for cooking & warming
    • 12v dc air pump

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