The "100 Deadliest Days'" of summer is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when fatal crashes increase dramatically and heavy-duty truck drivers face additional challenges on the road with the arrival of summer. Longer daylight hours, increased outdoor activities, and a surge in construction projects demand heightened awareness and focus. As the number of motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and vacationers rises, it becomes vital for drivers to prioritize mental and visual acuity to ensure a safe journey.
These essential fleet safety tips for summertime driving encourage drivers to embrace the season's happiness while keeping accidents at bay.
School Zone Vigilance: Even during the summer, staying alert in school zones is crucial. Many schools continue to operate summer programs, enforcing year-round speed limits in these areas.
- Be cautious of children playing near school playground facilities
- Exercise caution when encountering vehicles with out-of-state license plates or those overloaded with luggage or sports gear, as they may indicate unfamiliarity with the roads and potentially unpredictable driving behaviors
Navigating Construction Zones: Summertime often sees an increase in roadway construction programs.
- Avoid construction zones as they come with reduced speed limits and distracted construction workers
- To mitigate risk, maintain a safe distance between your truck and workers/equipment
- Stay attentive to changing traffic patterns, which can evolve overnight as construction progresses
- Pay attention to posted signs and road crew flaggers, as violating their directions can lead to citations
Mindful Driving in Work Zones: Tailgating is a recipe for disaster, especially in work zones. Rear-end collisions are common as smaller vehicles may attempt to squeeze in front of trucks in slow-moving traffic. Truck drivers must anticipate such behavior and maintain ample space.
- Avoid distractions like:
- Radio adjustments
- Personal grooming
- Focus solely on navigating the dangers presented by work zones
- Review your vehicle's safety features, testing them in different weather conditions to understand their responses and ensure a smooth driving experience
Patience and Focus: Above all, remain patient and focused while driving. Remember that summer driving has unique hazards, and preparedness is crucial to avoid potential problems.
- Stay vigilant
- Adapt to changing road conditions
- Be proactive in your approach to fleet safety
As summertime approaches, heavy-duty truck drivers must rise to the occasion and tackle the additional challenges that come their way. Drive with vigilance, patience, and a commitment to maintaining focus. By adhering to these fleet safety tips, you can confidently embrace the joys of the season while ensuring the safety of yourself and others on the road.