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ALWAYS BE VIGILANT!

SAFTEY FIRST / Post date:
7 May 2017

Many drivers falsely believe that the risk of accidents is reduced once they exit the road and enter a parking lot, truck stop or shipping location. They often drop their guard and tend to become less vigilant.


However, a large percentage of a fleet’s annual collisions occur in off-road areas. Drivers need to be especially careful once they leave the roadway. As they enter a parking or shipping area, they are now actually in a very dangerous zone.


Off-road sites often have no posted speed limits and directional signs for traffic. Add heavy traffic in a congested area and an inattentive driver may end up inadvertently hitting either a fixed or moving object.


The following are a few tips that may help drivers avoid a collision in a parking area or shipping location:

 

Entering

  • Enter at the correct entrance – complete a pre-trip plan and have knowledge of the site before you get there
  • Move slowly – take your time… don’t speed and don’t feel rushed to move your vehicle
  • Avoid distractions – turn off all electronic communication devices and don’t eat or drink anything until you’ve stopped
  • Be seen – turn on the headlights and four-way flashers
  • Be alert – watch for pedestrians, stationary objects, signage, low clearances and other moving vehicles


Backing

  • Before you back up, walk around the vehicle and look underneath and overhead, checking for safe clearances
  • After your walk-around, don’t delay in moving your vehicle, which will help to prevent a hazard from entering the space behind you
  • Sound your horn to alert anyone that the truck is about to move and keep the four-way flashers on
  • Keep your eyes moving, checking mirrors frequently, remain alert, and back slowly
    If possible, use a spotter, but keep in mind that a backing accident is always a driver’s fault, so don’t rely solely on the spotter


Exiting

  • Walk around the vehicle to make sure nothing is in the way and your clearances haven’t changed
  • Don’t feel rushed to leave… remember to always move slowly
  • Be prepared for the drive before you move and avoid any distractions… paperwork, food, drinks, phones, seatbelts, etc. should all be addressed before driving
  • Plan your exit before you move… know where you are going to exit and in which direction you will be turning before you move the truck
  • If applicable, be aware of your trailer when exiting, as damage often occurs to gates and fencing from inattention to tail-swing

 

Following safe driving guidelines in parking and shipping areas may take extra time, but it is definitely worth it to prevent potential accidents and injuries.

 

Always remember… safety first!