Presentation on theme: "Preventing the Lane Change Accident Through Protective Driving"— Presentation transcript:
1 Preventing the Lane Change Accident Through Protective Driving Presented By:
2 What Happened to Defensive Driving? Protective Driving is a better techniqueYou are less likely to die in a crash with a car than the car driverMust protect the public as well as yourselfBy protecting the public you protect yourself, your company, and the industry
3 Characteristics of a Professional Driver CourteousAttentive“Senses” what others will do…or not doDoes not make risky movesAllows a “safety cushion” around the truckObeys traffic laws
4 Characteristics of an Unprofessional Driver Tailgates and intimidatesCuts people offChanges lanes unnecessarilyExcessive speedRude, vulgar on CB to other driversThinks the bigger vehicle will win
5 Critical CrashesAre preventableHappen frequentlyHave high severity
6 Why Critical Crashes Happen Driver didn’t know the proper techniqueDriver didn’t try the proper techniqueDriver didn’t care
7 Lane Change Accident Causes Failure to scan side and rear spacesWandering over lane dividersFailure to anticipate lane mergersFollowing too closelyFailure to compensate for traffic conditions
8 Causes Continued… Improper mirror adjustment Failure to signal Improper loading of double or triple trailersDriver inattention
9 Concentrate on Your Driving You make approximately 180 decisions per minute while drivingDoing other tasks just adds to this totalIf you make the right decision 99% of the time, you are making 108 mistakes per hour!In a ten hour run that is 1080 mistakes!
10 The Typical Lane Change Truck driver is attempting to change lanesOther vehicle in driver’s blind spotTruck driver does not see other vehicleMakes contact with other vehicle before realizing it is thereTruck driver gets blamed for accident
11 How Would You React? Think about a lane change accident Imagine yourself in the driver’s seat of the car…”Put the shoe on the other foot”If this happened to you or your family, would you sue the trucking company?
12 Protective Driving Techniques Assume that other drivers will make mistakesBe ready to compensate for others’ mistakesSearch ahead to scan for dangerRecognize hazardous situations before they become emergencies
13 Protective Driving Techniques Check blind spots before changing lanes -- Lean and LookKeep mirrors clean and properly adjustedKeep windshield cleanOnly pass when necessaryIdentify vehicles in mirrors so you know when they are replaced
14 Keep a Safety CushionLeave space allaround yourvehicle...
16 Leave Yourself a “Way Out” Safety cushion leaves you an outTry not to get boxed inAlways leave the proper following distanceRemember at 65 mph a car stops 209 feet faster than a truckRemember you only have 4 evasive options
18 Two Common Accident Examples Entrance/exit ramp mergersImproper following distance forces driver to change lanes quickly to avoid rear ending vehicle in frontHow do these accidents typically happen?What can you do to avoid them?
19 Words of Wisdom for the Road Stop signs do not stop vehiclesTurn signals do not turn vehiclesMost people do not understand the limitations of trucksSmart people still do dumb thingsASSUME ALL OTHER DRIVERS ARE IDIOTS