Posts Tagged ‘driver safety’

Is it Possible for Semi-Trucks to Jackknife On Good Road Conditions?

Friday, April 10th, 2020
Is it Possible for Semi-Trucks to Jackknife On Good Road Conditions?

Jackknifing doesn’t just happen on slippery roads. Semi-trucks can get into this dangerous situation if certain precautions aren’t taken.

Icy or wet roads certainly present dangerous conditions that semi-trucks can likely jackknife on if not careful. However, with the brunt of wintry weather behind us, can semi-trucks still jackknife when poor road conditions are less likely to play a factor? In short, yes. In nearly all cases where bad weather or road conditions don’t play a role in causing a jackknifing incident, drivers of semi-trucks could have prevented the jackknife from happening. Here are a few ways not related to bad weather and slippery roads that can cause a semi-truck to jackknife, as well as some tips for drivers when operating their vehicle. (more…)

The Dangers of Distracted Driving in the Trucking Industry

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
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Distracted driving is a potentially fatal bad trucking behavior.

Operating a multi-ton heap of steel at highway speeds is dangerous enough. Doing it without your full attention to the road and your surroundings is even more so. Distracted driving is far and away the number one cause of all vehicular injuries and deaths — we won’t subject you to any horror stories because we assume you’ve heard at least one. A huge amount of responsibility comes with truck driving, and road safety is not to be taken lightly. Here’s a breakdown of what the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines as distracted driving regarding mobile devices and how you can be penalized for using one. (more…)

Driver Fatigue: How to Prevent

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

bad-habitsIt is no secret that the schedule kept by a truck driver is a hard one. With so many long hours spent in the evening, truck driver safety can tend to be called into question due to driver fatigue. Driver fatigue can happen quickly and is known to be a major cause in many trucking accidents. In order to stay safe while on the road truck drivers must know the signs of driver fatigue and how to prevent it.

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What Makes a Professional Truck Driver?

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Professional Truck DriverDriving a large tractor trailer takes skill and patience. While there are plenty truck drivers available throughout the nation, there are some jobs that require a professional truck driver. When your business is relying on a freight shipment to arrive at a specific time, a professional truck driver is the best person to turn to. At Evan Transportation, we hire professional truck drivers to ensure freight entrusted to us is shipped in a manner that is safe, efficient, and quick. So what exactly makes a professional truck driver?

Professional Truck Driver Traits

  1. Focus- A professional truck driver is focused on his truck only. He will avoid any distractions within the cab of his truck, including cell phones, food, and unnecessary passengers. While paying attention to surroundings is important when driving, a professional truck driver will avoid becoming involved with another driver and how they are managing their job.
  2. Safe- A professional truck driver never sacrifices safety when shipping freight. This means they never engage in aggressive driving behaviors, no matter what the circumstance is. A professional truck driver will never get behind the wheel when feeling fatigued, and will know when to pull over should they meet inclement or severe weather.
  3. Professional- There are drivers that sometimes let the road get the better of them. This means they will engage with aggressive drivers who feel the need to cut off or out run truck drivers on the road. While it may be easy to “teach” a lesson to other drivers, a professional truck driver never takes part in such behavior.
  4. Attentive- Being attentive is crucial when shipping freight in a tractor trailer or large semi-truck. A professional truck driver will always check the weather and traffic reports before leaving for his destination. This allows them to be aware of possible poor weather and congested traffic areas.

 

Choose a Professional Truck Driver from Evan Transportation

Evan Transportation was founded in 1992 by Jerry Wolfarth, who at the time had over 25 years of experience in the trucking and transportation industry. The initial operation consisted of a few trucks and drivers who were dedicated and professional. The goal of the company was, and remains, to provide excellent, dependable service.

Contact us today for all of your freight shipment needs or call us at 443-673-3365. We will discuss your tractor trailer options for the freight you wish to ship.

Before you hit the road, check us out on FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedIn and YouTube!

 

Source:

http://www.truckingtruth.com/trucking_blogs/Article-2696/the-difference-between-truck-drivers-and-professional-truck-drivers

Preventing Truck Driver Fatigue with Evan Transportation

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Truck Driver Fatigue

In today’s workplace, most employees fail to get enough sleep from day to day. With long hours required at work along with a busy personal life, most working individuals fail to sleep enough hours in between their shifts. Because of this, fatigue can become a problem in the work place, and in some industries, fatigue can turn deadly. Truck driver fatigue is one of the most hazardous forms of driver fatigue. Because of the vehicle size and hours worked, truck driver fatigue can cause horrendous accidents in the Baltimore and Mid-Atlantic region. Evan Transportation hires and trains truck drivers who know the signs of truck driver fatigue and what to do when preventing or dealing with truck driver fatigue.

Knowing the Signs of Truck Driver Fatigue

The first step in preventing truck driver fatigue is to know the signs of fatigue. If you are beginning to suffer from truck driver fatigue, you may begin to experience the following:

  1. Fixed Stare
  2. Restlessness
  3. Rubbing of Eyes
  4. Wanting to Stretch
  5. Neglecting your Mirrors
  6. Excessive Yawning

As truck driver fatigue progresses, drivers will notice a slower reaction to activity around them. This means stopping for traffic or traffic signals becomes slower, making drivers dangerous.

How to Prevent Truck Driver Fatigue

There are several ways drivers can prevent truck driver fatigue. Those steps include:

  1. Get a full night’s rest before a long trip.
  2. Avoid consuming high amounts of sugar before a trip. Instead, consume foods high in protein to prevent a sugar crash during your trip.
  3. Stay hydrated throughout your work day by avoiding sugary beverages and drinking plenty of water.
  4. Avoid consuming alcohol before trips along with avoiding prescription medications that could hinder your driving performance.
  5. Never multitask while driving, especially when experiencing truck driver fatigue.

As soon as you begin to feel the signs of truck driver fatigue, pull over immediately and contact a fellow driver to explain the situation.

Evan Transportation was founded in 1992 by Jerry Wolfarth, who at the time had over 25 years of experience in the trucking and transportation industry. The initial operation consisted of a few trucks and drivers who were dedicated and professional. The goal of the company was, and remains, to provide excellent, dependable service.

Contact us today for all of your freight shipment needs or call us at 443-673-3365. We will discuss your tractor trailer options for the freight you wish to ship.

Before you hit the road, check us out on FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedIn and YouTube!