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Preparing For The "100 Deadliest Days Of Summer" On The Road!

shutterstock_1643455816During the "100 Deadliest Days" of summer, which falls between Memorial Day and Labor Day, there is a significant increase in fatal crashes, presenting heavy-duty truck drivers with added challenges on the road as summer unfolds. With longer daylight hours, a rise in outdoor activities, and a surge in construction projects, a heightened sense of awareness and focus is paramount. As the roads become busier with motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and vacationers, drivers must prioritize their mental and visual acuity to ensure a safe journey ahead.

These essential fleet safety tips for summertime driving encourage drivers to embrace the season's happiness while keeping accidents at bay.

shutterstock_528713293School Zone Vigilance: Even in the summertime, maintaining vigilance in school zones is essential. Schools often run summer programs, upholding speed limits year-round in these areas.

  • Be careful of children playing near school playgrounds and always remain alert.
  • Exercise caution when approaching vehicles with out-of-state license plates or those carrying excessive luggage or sports equipment, as they may not be familiar with the roads and could exhibit unpredictable driving habits.

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
    • Eating
  • 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

shutterstock_1488813836Patience 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 summer approaches, heavy-duty truck drivers must be prepared to face these unique challenges. By following these safety tips, you can enjoy the summer while prioritizing safety for yourself and others on the road.

Topics: Fleet Safety, Fleet Maintenance, Fleet Management