FATAL FACTS ≈ What is the #1 cause of DEATH in the workplace each year? Falling from high elevations? Getting caught in machinery? Electrocutions? Trench cave-ins? The answer is… Vehicle Accidents!!!
FATAL FACTS ≈ 1 in 65 vehicle accidents = death. Do you want to roll the dice? ≈ 115 vehicular deaths in the US each day. That is 1 every 12-minutes ! ≈ 95% are caused by driver error. It’s YOU… not the car, road condition or other excuses!
THE 5 KEYS ≈ Aim High in Steering ≈ Get the Big Picture ≈ Keep Your Eyes Moving ≈ Leave Yourself an Out ≈ Make Sure they See You
AIM HIGH IN STEERING ≈ Maintain 15-second eye lead time. ≈ Look around corners and turns. ≈ Evaluate distant objects for information and make proper decisions. Oncoming car has signal on. Red light ahead.
AIM HIGH IN STEERING ≈ Watch lights for “point of no return”
GET THE BIG PICTURE ≈ Adjust mirrors before driving. ≈ Avoid traveling behind large vehicles. ≈ Delay start on green lights. Beside vehicle is visible. Behind vehicle is visible.
GET THE BIG PICTURE ≈ Follow speed limits.
KEEP YOUR EYES MOVING ≈ Move eyes every 2-seconds. ≈ Scan mirrors every 5-8 seconds. ≈ Scan intersections before entering and railroads before crossing.
KEEP YOUR EYES MOVING ≈ Check mirrors and look over shoulder before changing lanes. ≈ Check rearview mirror before braking.
LEAVE YOURSELF AN OUT ≈ Maintain space cushion around vehicle. ≈ Avoid traveling in “clusters”. ≈ Travel in lane of least resistance. ≈ Leave 1 car length ahead when stopped.
LEAVE YOURSELF AN OUT ≈Maintain 4-second following distance. MPC’S Most Frequent Cause of Accident!!!
LEAVE YOURSELF AN OUT ≈ Time lane changes to maintain space cushion around vehicle. ≈ Change lanes well before necessary. ≈ Wait for signal and adequate distance before turning in front of oncoming traffic.
LEAVE YOURSELF AN OUT ≈ Avoid any acts of “road rage”!
MAKE SURE THEY SEE YOU ≈ Turn on headlights before driving. ≈ Activate signal before lane changes. ≈ Seek eye contact and communicate. ≈ Brake early when slowing or stopping.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST… ≈ ALWAYS wear your seatbelt!!! ≈ Adjust to weather conditions. ≈ Avoid using cell phones while driving. ≈ Take precautions to stay awake. ≈ Be on the Lookout for any Road Hazards
Backward Motion SECTION 3
VIDEO SESSION “Reversing the Trend”
SAFE BACKING ≈ Avoid parking in congested areas or near large vehicles when possible.
SAFE BACKING ≈ Park to avoid backing.
SAFE BACKING ≈ Use spotter or walk around vehicle prior to backing. ≈ Back at slow rate of speed.
SECTION 4 Conclusion
CONCLUSION ≈ Driving is extremely dangerous! ≈ Safe driving is part of your job requirements. ≈ Practice the 5-keys! ≈ Practice safe backing techniques! ≈ Your life and job could depend on it!