Archive for the ‘Safety’ Category

April 7th, 2015

We have all heard the stories and seen the campaigns – texting while driving is dangerous, and can even be lethal. But, what else is defined as a distraction while driving? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are three main types of distraction on the road:

  • Visual distractions that occupy your eyes
  • Manual distractions that occupy your hands
  • Cognitive distractions that occupy your mind

The CDC estimates that each day, more than 9 people are killed as a result of distracted driving in the United States – not to mention the hundreds of injuries and thousands of dollars in damages that are accrued. The purpose of Distracted Driving Awareness Month is to bring these statistics to the attention of everyone who shares our nation’s roads in the hopes of creating safer conditions for drivers everywhere.

Some of our Drivers of the Month recently gave us some tips for staying safe on the road, whether you’re a member of the motoring public or behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer.

Butterworth James #015

 

Stay focused and remember the five keys of safety.

James Butterworth

 

 

 

Korn Mick #14

Pay attention to the traffic, surroundings, and road conditions and keep your eyes moving.

Mick Korn

 

 

 

 

Lynch & Turns #023

 

Take your time. Don’t act like you know everything, because you learn something new every day. Don’t take any risks.

Terri Lynch & Amey Turns

 

 

 

Martin Shaun

 

Don’t be too confident. Take every day like a student and drive with caution.

Shaun Martin

 

 

 

Dorman Mike #035

 

Set aside one cent for every safe mile driven, and if nothing happens, you will have $10,000 when you reach 1 million miles!

     – Mike Dorman

 

 

 

How do you stay safe and avoid distractions on the road? Share your tips with us on Facebook, and don’t forget to spread the word about Distracted Driving Awareness Month to your fellow drivers!

 

 

March 17th, 2015

What a winter this has been for most of the country. Record snow falls and arctic temperatures that seemed to last forever have us all dreaming about replacing our snow suits with shorts and t-shirts and escaping outside to enjoy our favorite spring activities.

A sure sign of spring is the appearance of large numbers of motorcyclists on the road. There are over eight million registered motorcycles in the U.S. and when the snow melts, these riders ride! Between the months of April and October, the spike in cyclists on our nation’s highways and secondary roads is staggering. Concurrently, the number of motorcycle-related accidents rises proportionately. Federal studies reveal that the number of fatalities on motorcycles was over 30 times the number reported in cars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute report that in 2013, the most recent year from which statistics are available, 4,381 motorcyclists lost their lives in crashes.

Roughly three-fourths of all motorcycle accidents involve collisions with another vehicle and the most common reason given by motorists is their failure to see and recognize motorcycles in traffic. It has also been statistically recorded that in two-thirds of these accidents, the vehicle driver violated the motorcyclist’s right-of-way. The most frequent locations of these collisions are intersections.

Because of a motorcycle’s narrow profile, it can easily be hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot, or masked by objects or backgrounds outside the vehicle, such as bushes, fences, trees or bridges. Additionally, a motorcycle’s small size may make it look farther away than it really is and it’s often difficult to judge a motorcycle’s speed.

 

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Motorists and motorcyclists share the responsibility for safety on the road. Whether you’re driving a truck, car, motorcycle or even a bicycle, remember to keep an eye out for one another. As a truck driver, you know the importance of the basics; keep your eyes high and keep your eyes moving. Maintain your focus and pay attention to proper spacing. At intersections, make eye contact with other drivers before proceeding and always use turn signals. If you roll off the throttle, tap your brakes or ride them enough to engage the brake lights.

Remember: “Look twice and save a life.” When driving, look, signal, and then look again before making a lane change. Check your mirrors and give the other guy time to clear your blind spot if they’re in it. Change lanes gradually. And always keep in mind, that an object as small as a pencil in your line of vision can prevent you from seeing a motorcycle.

Finally, if you yourself enjoy the pleasure of taking to the open road on a motorcycle and you live in a state that doesn’t require you to wear a helmet, consider wearing one anyway. Data indicates that in almost 69 percent of all cases, a helmet prevented or reduced head injury sustained by the rider.

 

Let’s all take a little extra care so that everyone is able to get out and enjoy all the activities that spring has to offer!  

 

What is your favorite spring hobby? Do you ride a motorcycle? Share your stories with us at www.facebook.com/ConwayTruckload.

 

 

 

 

January 7th, 2015

shutterstock_228944185Happy 2015! The New Year is officially upon us, which means it’s the season for resolutions. New Years resolutions can range from losing weight and eating healthy to running a marathon or improved listening skills — the possibilities are endless. Check out some of our drivers’ and employees’ resolutions for bettering themselves in 2015.

  • Jeff Beckman: To continue to operate safely, compliantly, efficiently and on time.
  • Mary Berg:  Stop eating out and try to force myself to cook.
  • Katlin Owens: My resolution is to improve my posture — while I am driving and otherwise!
  • Kevin Dietrich: To stay off the ice.
  • Tim Hicks: I am going to listen, ask “Why?” and not be defensive in conversations.
  • Robert Miller: To eat healthy for longer than my resolution last year. I have to make it to noon today to beat my previous record…
  • Jeff Thurlow: Better miles and to be more active on down time.
  • Bill Joslin: Bicycling, it is better exercise than walking because I have a tendency to slow my pace walking.

It’s great to know we have employees who are aware of their safety and health. Want to share your New Year’s resolution? Join our conversation on Facebook.