Print these safety reminders on bright colored paper and cut into individual strips for each message. Add these messages to your drivers’ paycheck envelope to remind them that safety is always on your mind.
Driver safety alert — accident management
In the event of a vehicle accident you should: SPAN the Accident
Stop — (off the roadway if possible)
Protect the scene — (four-way flasher — red triangles)
Assist the injured — (unless you are trained in first aid don’t attempt to move the injured)
Notify authorities and company officials as quickly as possible
And never imply the accident was your fault.
Driver safety alert — proper following distance
At 65 mph you are traveling 96 feet per second. ALWAYS maintain at least a four second following distance so you can stop in time. Four seconds x 96 feet per second = 384 feet.
Driver safety alert — watch those mirrors
Don’t let other vehicles get in your blind spots! ALWAYS scan your mirrors every three to five seconds.
Driver safety alert — turn on your headlights
If your headlights are on other traffic will be more likely to see you and stay out of your way. You can reduce your risk of collision by simply turning on your headlights.
Driver safety alert — save your brakes
If you must travel through water deep enough to reach your brakes — you will lose your ability to stop — when going through deep water, keeping your brakes applied VERY LIGHTLY will help to keep them dry.
Driver safety alert — hydroplaning
Hydroplaning occurs when your tires begin to “water-ski” on a thin film of water. It can happen at speeds as low as 30 mph. If it happens to you — steer straight ahead and take your foot of the accelerator. Never use cruise control on wet road surfaces!
Driver safety alert — if you break down
If you have to pull off the road for any reason ALWAYS turn on your four-way flashers IMMEDIATELY and get as far off the roadway as possible. Commercial vehicles must properly place warning devices within 10 minutes.
Driver safety alert — secure your vehicle
Do you have chains, buckets, lunch pails, tools and equipment in the vehicle with you? SECURE THESE ITEMS. In the event of an accident they can become deadly projectiles.
Driver safety alert — wet roads
Wet roads can double your stopping distance. Reduce your speed by 1/3 and increase your following distance by two to four MORE seconds.
Driver safety alert — clean those windshields
Film — dust — bugs will accumulate on your windshield, greatly reducing visibility, especially when the sun is low in the sky and is glaring into your eyes. Keep them clean and you’ll probably never have to say: “But Officer, I didn’t see that other vehicle.”
Driver safety alert — seatbelts save lives
We care about you and we know that seatbelts can help save your life and reduce injuries if a collision occurs. It’s company policy and state law: ALWAYS WEAR YOUR SEATBELT.
Driver safety alert — alert night driving
When driving at night don’t “overdrive” your headlights. Low beams only project out 250 feet. High beams allow you to see about 350-500 feet in front of you. If you are traveling 65 mph you are traveling 96 feet per second, and you will travel 250 feet in only 2.6 seconds — CAN YOU STOP IN TIME?
Driver safety alert — you are a professional
You make your living in part by driving a vehicle — that makes you a professional! Remember, you are representing our company. Always drive safely, responsibly and PROFESSIONALLY.
Driver safety alert — can you stop?
Remember, at highway speeds it can take the length of a football field to stop your vehicle in an emergency. Never follow closer than four seconds behind the vehicle in front of you.
Driver safety alert — scan far ahead
When driving down the road look to a point that will take you 12-15 seconds to reach. Why? Because you will be able to see everything from where you are looking — right back to the hood of your vehicle.
Driver safety alert — DON’T STARE
Keep your eyes moving at all times so you know where you are in relationship to all other vehicles and any hazards such as pedestrians which may affect your path of travel. Always have an out!
These safety messages are brought to you by Hanover Risk Solutions and your Hanover agent.
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