Archive for the ‘Safety’ Category

June 4th, 2015

If you have paid attention to the news lately, you might have noticed that a large portion of the country is experiencing flooding of some kind.

Flood waters can be extremely dangerous and have been known to roll boulders, destroy roads and obliterate bridges. Flash floods develop after about six hours of a rain storm, and depending on the intensity of the rain, severe flash floods can occur in a matter of minutes.

With the severe weather around the country, we wanted to remind everyone of some best practices when dealing with these situations.

Turn around, don’t drown

If you come to an area that is covered with water, it’s important to remember that you do not know the depth of the water or the condition of the road beneath it. The safest thing to do for yourself and those around you is to turn around and seek higher ground. It’s harder to see possible flood dangers at night so be extra cautious.

 Stay informed

Invest in an NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed of weather conditions in your area. If you have a smartphone you can choose from multiple apps, majority of the free, that will also provide weather information and updates. A NOAA Weather Radio app is available on iTunes for $3.99. In areas that are experiencing severe weather, the media typically will break onto the radio stations with regularly scheduled alerts. With all of these options available, staying informed is easy.

Know the terminology

A flash flood warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. This means you need to take action now and seek higher ground.

A flood warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring. A flood watch means the conditions are favorable and flooding is likely to occur. Flood advisories are issued when flooding is likely to occur, but not severe enough to issue a warning.

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Floods bring geese.

 

It takes only two feet of moving water to carry away most vehicles and around four feet for semi-trucks. It’s important to remember that trying to drive in any amount of moving water is unsafe and you should always err on the side of caution.

Visit http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/ for more information.

 

 

June 1st, 2015

Each year, the National Safety Council (NSC), a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing and preventing accidents, injuries and deaths, designates June as National Safety Month. For more than 100 years the NSC has conducted studies, issued reports and made recommendations focusing on important safety topics at home, in schools and in the workplace.

This year’s theme for National Safety Month is “What do you live for?” The question is intended to make us all stop and consider the things that are important in our lives, align our priorities and determine the best course of action to help us prevent incidents that would negatively impact these things.

We all spend a significant amount of time “on the job”. Let’s consider safety from a work-related viewpoint.

At Con-way Truckload safety is an essential core value and we take the safety of our team members seriously. Here’s a quick “Safety Checklist” to review each time you head out on the road

  • First of all, don’t forget to Buckle Up. It’s not just the law; it’s your best line of defense.
  • Pre-inspect your vehicle: Do a walk-around, checking load securement, tire pressure and wear and maximize you vision by making sure mirrors are properly adjusted.
  • When you’re on the road, get into a Safety Mindset. Be aware of and obey all posted speed limits and traffic signs. Drive appropriately for changing weather conditions and through construction zones.
  • Maintain a safe following distance: Check mirrors frequently and be aware of the actions of the drivers around you.
  • Avoid frequent or unnecessary lane changes: Lane changes increase the risk of an accident. Pick a lane and stay in it as long as is reasonably possible.
  • Minimize in-truck distractions: Activities such as changing CDs or radio stations, talking on your cell phone or eating, take your attention away from your driving and should be kept to a minimum.
  • Be sure to get enough sleep: Fatigue and sleep deprivation are major causes of lapses in attention, impaired judgment and reduced reaction time.
  • Don’t drive while under the influence: As often as this warning has been issued, it still bears repeating. Also, if you are taking a medication prescribed by you doctor, read the accompanying information and be aware of any possible side effects. Finally, look for driving behaviors of other motorists that may indicate they have been drinking.

Con-way Truckload drivers are among the safest and most professional in the industry. Working together, we all make the highways safer for those with whom we share the road, and for ourselves and ensure that we are all able to enjoy “The things we live for.”

One final note: The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have scheduled Roadcheck, the annual inspection blitz, for June 2-4. Approximately 10,000 inspectors from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies at 1,500 inspection station points in North America will perform nearly 70,000 inspections on trucks and buses during this period.

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For more information on this year’s Roadcheck and a more detailed safety checklist, go to http://www.overdriveonline.com/roadcheck-2015-inspection-spree-set-for-early-june. Let’s all stay safe out there!

 

 

 

May 11th, 2015

Last month we made a big announcement that garnered a lot of positive feedback from you, our professional drivers, about our new tractors. We added 635 to the fleet, cycling them in to continually maintain one of the newest, most technically advanced and impressive fleets in the industry.

What does this mean for you? First of all, it means that we listen to you. We have been receiving feedback from drivers that twin-screw axels have better traction in inclement conditions than other tractor options, and we decided to make a change based on that feedback. Not to mention these new trucks — 575 Kenworth T680s and 60 Freightliner Cascades — have larger interiors for greater driver comfort. 

It also means that our fleet will be even safer, freeing up driver attention that may have been focused on shifting gears and placing that attention on road conditions, fellow drivers and traffic patterns.

Finally, this means that you may have more of an option when it comes to your preferred tractor set-up. Your safety, comfort and happiness is important to us.

Check out this infographic for more information about the fleet, and tell us what features you like in your tractor on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ConwayTruckload.

 

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