Every driver has to deal with emergency vehicles on the road, and in most states the law is very specific as to what a driver must do when an emergency vehicle is encountered. As professional drivers we are concerned with the law, but we are also concerned with what is the safe, responsible and professional way to handle these situations.
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It is that time of year again when most school systems are out for a much needed summer break for students and teachers. While this is a fun time for the kids it brings on some additional concerns for the professional driver.
Cargo theft reigns supreme as the number one cause of loss in the U.S. shipping industry. Cargo thefts costs billions of dollars every year. The courier industry is not immune to this exposure.
One of Janet Yellen’s last acts as head of the Federal Reserve was to impose an unusual settlement condition upon Wells Fargo: as part of the consent decree, Wells Fargo would agree to the removal of four directors.
There is a very important concept to driving safely in a car or a commercial motor vehicle; you must be able to see and you must be seen by others who are on the highway with you. Vision is critically important to safe driving, that’s why an eye exam is a part of your medical exam and why in most states renewing your license requires a simple eye test.
Speed is a factor in every motor vehicle collision; either the actual cause of the collision or severity of the collision. The high school physics formula is Mass (weight) x Velocity (speed) = Force. So the larger the vehicle, the greater the speed the more force or energy is generated in the crash. This force is what creates the damage; to people, to vehicles and/or other property. Understanding this principle clearly illustrates why controlling and managing speed is so critically important.
One of the most serious types of crashes for commercial vehicles is the loss-of-control crash. These are typically single-vehicle crashes, involving just the vehicle and the driver and can result in a run-off-the road crash, overturn, jackknife or striking an object or another vehicle. There are contributing factors to these crashes, but the major cause of the loss-of-control crash is the driver failing to recognize the hazardous condition and react to it in time.
Motorists have been multitasking while driving for years; whether applying makeup, drinking coffee or eating lunch. But drivers today have many additional distractions when driving.
A global logistics company with 30 international locations and a diverse business interviewed multiple insurance brokers. Their decision to interview brokers was driven by their current broker’s lack of international presence and expertise, but they thought they were getting good results on their domestic program. The company narrowed down their choice to two options: Gallagher and one of our largest competitors. They chose Gallagher because we actually addressed specific problems we would fix in their insurance program, rather than only talking about our capabilities. They recognized that “biggest isn’t always the best” in their own business and believed this concept would apply to insurance brokers too.
Safety is an important topic to discuss for professional drivers. Always work safely and report unsafe conditions that might lead to injuries to you or your fellow employees.