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1 Preventing the Rear-end Accident

2 Why Defensive Driving? Over 70% of accidents involving a CMV and a car are started by the car driver’s error You are less likely to die in a crash with a car than the car driver Must protect the public as well as yourself By protecting the public you protect yourself and your company

3 Characteristics of an Unprofessional Driver
Tailgates and intimidates Cuts people off Changes lanes unnecessarily Excessive speed Rude, vulgar on CB to other drivers Thinks the bigger vehicle will win

4 Characteristics of a Professional Driver
Courteous Attentive “Senses” what others will do…or not do Does not make risky moves Allows a “safety cushion” around the truck Obeys traffic laws Safety is #1 priority

5 What is the Big Deal? People remember the one bad driver
They forget the good drivers Public perception of the industry Bad perception = more punitive damages Less respect Self-fulfilling prophecy – if you think nobody cares then you start to think you shouldn’t either

6 Rear-end Crashes Are preventable Happen frequently Have high severity

7 The Accident Prevention Formula
Recognize the hazard Understand the defense or technique Act correctly in time

8 Costs of Accidents to Company

9 Costs of Accidents to Driver

10 Rear-ends…the Facts Account for 9% of reported truck collisions
Account for 20% of money paid on claims Preventable almost 100% of the time Impossible to defend in court

11 Factors in Rear-end Crashes
Mental state of driver Inattention Distraction Over confidence Physical state of driver Fatigue Emotional state of driver Frustration Road Rage

12 Factors in Rear-end Crashes
Speed Poor following distance Failure to adjust to conditions Inattention

13 What Causes Rear-end Crashes?
Inattention ? Over confidence ? Fatigue ? Physics…cars stop faster than trucks. Truck doesn’t leave room to compensate for difference. Truck runs over car.

14 Sad Reality of the Rear-end Crash
Who usually is riding in the back of a vehicle? CHILDREN 8 children killed every week in truck/car accidents

15 Preventable Crash A crash in which the driver failed to do everything reasonable to avoid it More than 87% of all crashes can be attributed to driver error This means that these crashes can be prevented by the person behind the wheel

16 What Affects Your Stopping Distance?
Load Road conditions Reaction time Vehicle condition Weather condition Type of vehicle Tires Driver condition

17 What do these words mean?
Perception time – the time it takes you to recognize that there is a hazard present. (estimated to be 1 ¾ seconds) Perception time Reaction time Brake lag Reaction time – the time it takes you to make a move such as get your foot off the gas and onto the brake. (around 3/4 second) Brake lag – time it takes the air in the system to activate the brakes. (1/2 second)

18 The Ride of Your Life Perception, reaction, and brake lag time totals about 3 seconds During these 3 seconds you travel about 270 feet at 60 mph During these 3 seconds you have barely started slowing down During these 3 seconds you are hoping and praying that you have enough distance to stop During these 3 seconds you are riding an 80,000 pound beast who doesn’t care who it hits

19 Safe Following Distance
Never use less than six seconds If bad weather is present, add one second for each condition Reduce speed 3-5 mph in heavy traffic

20 Car vs. Truck Stopping Distance

21 When You Increase Your Speed:
You increase the force of impact in a collision I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase- “speed kills”

22 Every Accident Has Loss Fixers
Adjusters Attorneys Doctors Morticians

23 The Loss Preventer is You!
Safety is in Your Hands!


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