10-4 October Safety Brief
Lane Change Incidents
Lane change crashes are one of the four major incidents because they can result in severe losses. Drivers are able to prevent these types of accidents by recognizing the hazards that increase the likelihood of these types of crashes and then using defensive driving techniques to prevent a loss. As you read below consider the actions you can take to reduce the chance of a lane change crash.
Distracted driving accounts for many of the accidents that we see. Distracted driving comes in many forms from cell phones to tuning the radio and even eating. Stay focused on the road ahead and stay safe out there.
- Dirty mirrors and windows
- Mirrors not adjusted properly
- Not constantly checking mirrors
- Following too closely or tailgating
- Frequent lane changes
- Aggressive driving
- Maintain one lane
- Plan your trip to avoid sudden lane
- Put cell phones away and check all your
mirrors before making a lane change
Control Your Reactions
- Use controlled braking procedures
- Allow sufficient stopping distance
- Signal well ahead of a lane change
Daylight Saving Time Ends Nov. 5th
As daylight saving time comes to an end drivers of all vehicles will be on the roadways during peak traffic times without the benefit of daylight. Darkness will make it more difficult to distinguish foreign objects, spot pedestrians and judge distances and speeds of other vehicles. Peripheral vision and color recognition are compromised and glare can temporarily blind you. Turning back the clock and the darkness setting in earlier will also throw off our internal clocks making us sleepy earlier than normal. Sleep experts suggest that it can take up to a week to get adjusted. So how do we beat the time change? Here are some tips:
- Check your lights – Make sure all lights are functional and aligned properly.
- Don’t overdrive your headlights – Speed limits are set for daytime, clear and dry
conditions. For night driving you should be able to stop in the distance illuminated by
- Avoid Glare – The glare from the headlights of an oncoming vehicle can be difficult to
see through. Decrease your speed and watch the right edge of the road.
- Increase following distance and reduce speed – By backing off and slowing
down you will increase your response time no matter the weather conditions.
- Combat fatigue – Pay attention to how your body adjusts to the time change for the
first couple weeks. Maintain a good diet, stay fit, and get plenty of rest prior to getting
in the drivers seat. Keep a normal routine with scheduled breaks for snacks and