Archive for the ‘Safety’ Category

April 15th, 2014

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so we wanted to take a moment to share some facts about distracted driving in the hopes of encouraging people to be as safe on the road as we know our drivers are. Together, we can help spread awareness and make the roads safer for everyone.

As you likely know, the most legislated and potentially dangerous distraction on the road is texting/having phone conversations while driving. It is estimated that at any given time during daylight hours, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating some type of electronic devices while driving. Because texting requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most serious distraction.

Eating and drinking while driving comes in a close second behind phone use in terms of frequency as a distraction to drivers. Also on the list of potential accident-causing distractions are conversations with passengers, grooming (especially application of makeup), reading (including maps), using a navigation system, watching a video and adjusting a radio or audio player.

The statistics are sobering. In 2012, an estimated 421,000 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. Engaging in the visual – manual – cognitive tasks of operating a phone increases the risk of an accident three times. While texting, a driver’s eyes are off the road for an average of five seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field, but blindfolded.

At Con-way Truckload, our number one priority is safety. We emphasize cooperative efforts to increase safety and efficiency, promote personal and professional safety standards and help educate the general public on the hazards posed by distracted driving. We are proud to note that our drivers are some of the safest on the road and we thank all of you for your commitment to safety.

Help us get the word out and make the roads a little safer for all drivers by talking to your friends and family about the dangers of distracted driving. After all, who better to discuss safe driving than professional truck drivers?

February 10th, 2014

A math teacher wanted to instill in his students the concept of 1 million. On a Friday afternoon he announced to a roomful of high school freshmen that he would award a prize of $100 to any student who could present to him, in class on Monday, spiral notebooks containing 1 million, hand-written and individually numbered circles. Several students enthusiastically accepted the challenge.

Monday came and of course, there were no winners. One young man had doggedly stuck it out through Sunday, amassing an impressive total of 230,000 numbered circles. The point was made (and his money was safe). One million is a lot of anything.

Now imagine driving over a million miles. Better yet, more than 4 million miles. An Owner Operator for Con-way Truckload, Jon “Smitty” Smith, who has been driving for us since 1984, recently accomplished this very feat.

Smitty has driven an average of 133,000 miles per year for the past 30 years. The fact that the average yearly turnover rate in the trucking industry is between 95 and 100 percent makes this milestone even more impressive. Smitty attributes his longevity on the road to his enjoyment of the job, his desire to see the country and strict attention to safety.

Smitty and his family

Here are some tips to help you along the road to millions of miles:

  1. Aim high while steering. Always look further ahead down the road, than just the vehicle in front of you.
  2. Get the big picture. Keep a lookout all around, especially at intersections and stoplights.
  3. Keep your eyes moving. Caution, awareness and anticipation are key.
  4. Leave yourself an “out.” Position yourself advantageously in traffic.
  5. Make sure others can see you. Be visible.

Congratulations Smitty and thank you for your hard work and dedication over the years. Check out our photos from Smitty’s recognition ceremony on our Facebook Page.

Reached a million or more miles? Share your story with us!

January 20th, 2014

Winter is well underway and for many of us, this means snowstorms, ice, and a myriad of other dangerous driving conditions. Driving a big truck takes practice and finesse and when it comes to driving in dangerous winter conditions, it takes a whole lot of experience. So, we asked a number of our veteran drivers to give newer drivers some winter driving safety tips. And below, check out some additional articles about driving in winter road conditions from other experts on the road!

  1. Slow down. This was the top recommendation to new drivers during winter road conditions. There’s no point in keeping the speed limit if the roads are iced over or covered in a thick sheath of the fluffy stuff. Tread carefully – the slower the better.
  2. Seek advice. Experienced drivers are always available to give advice, whether over the radio, at a stop, or in the break room. No question is a bad question. In fact, the more questions you have answered, the safer you’ll be!
  3. Equipment check. As part of a normal pre-trip inspection, make an extra effort to clear ice and snow from all lights. Check your tires for proper inflation. Tires can lose pressure when it is extremely cold.
  4. Communicate. Talking with your Fleet Supervisor will help others on the road stay in tune with conditions and if things get too dangerous, staying up to date with someone on your team may help prevent an accident.
  5. Pay Attention. Are you driving in sleet? Is it actually snow or ice? Knowing the difference provides keys to the air temperature and condition of the road. Spray thrown-up by tires does not always mean the temp is above freezing. It could be the result of treated roads. Use other clues such as ice forming on mirrors, wipers, and antennas as indicators of air and road temperature. Experience teaches that conditions change by the mile.
  6. Know your comfort zone. Just because others on the road are going full speed or not practicing safety precautions, doesn’t mean you should too. Whether it’s slowing down, checking equipment, or asking as many questions as you like, being comfortable is an important element of staying safe.
  7. STOP. Of course, if it comes to it, there’s no shame in stopping. Pull into a safe location and wait for safe conditions before resuming your trip. Better to get freight there late than not at all.

What’s your number one safety tip during winter weather?

For more tips and resources, check out these articles.