Posts Tagged ‘safe driving’

Aggressive Driving Facts And Figures

Friday, May 27th, 2016
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Stay cool behind the wheel and educate yourself about aggressive driving

While aggressive driving may not sound like much of a danger, aggressive and reckless driving actually contributes to a number of unsafe behaviors which can have unfortunate and even deadly consequences. Keep these aggressive driving facts in mind next time you are in a hurry and put driving safety in the front seat. (more…)

Safe Driving in Construction Zones

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
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Learn to read this sign as: “Be extra, extra careful ahead”

While your commute may include driving by a construction zone daily, few drivers take the time to really consider the seriousness of safe driving in construction zones. In 2013, 32,719 people were killed in car crashes. Safe driving is critical anytime you are on the road, but you need to be extra cautious when driving through a construction area. Here’s a few tips for staying safe when driving past a construction zone.   (more…)

Trucking Safety Tips: Skid Control and Recovery

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
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Staying calm and focused during a skid is crucial for control and recovery.

It might seem like we’re inundating this blog with winter trucking safety and maintenance tips lately, but it’s so much better to be safe than sorry in the freight truck world. This one is applicable year-round, even in the most ideal weather conditions — we promise. This week we’re here to discuss skids, how to control them, and how to recover from them, calmly and effectively. (more…)

Truck Driving Safety Tips

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

truck-drivingFor those not in the truck driving industry, the job may seem like an easy and simple task. However, for those who are within the truck driving industry, the harsh truth is the job requires attention and precision or else it can become quite dangerous. In fact, in 2012 alone, large trucks were involved in at least 300,000 accidents across the nation. In a 2014 publication of Time, truck driving found itself at number 8 within their list of the top 10 most dangerous jobs.

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Bad Habits of Truck Drivers

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

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Bad habits are important to break for all of us. Whether they are bad habits at work or bad habits at home, they are known to cause problems. However, while some may think that bad habits are harmless, bad habits by truck drivers can be fatal. Bad habits should be broken and avoided by truck drivers to ensure safety on the roads.

Bad habits for drivers to avoid include:

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Stop Distractions while Driving

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Distractions while DrivingWith summer finally upon us, traffic will become heavy at times with vacationers trying to reach their beach destinations. Add the congestion of road and highway construction to the mix and truck drivers are looking at some difficult driving ahead. This is a time where all drivers, especially truckers, should make the attempt at eliminating all distractions if and when possible while driving on busy highways and interstates. Here are some distractions that can be eliminated:

  1. Cell phones- Whether it is texting or answering a phone call, cell phones probably cause the most distraction to drivers currently. End any texting conversations before you enter your vehicle and then silence your phone. Voicemails and text messages can be answered once you have parked your vehicle or reached your destination. Need to make a serious call? Pull over to the side of the road before even reaching for a cell phone.
  2. Passengers- While truck drivers rarely have “passengers”, other truckers traveling with you can become distracting. Conversations and attempts at making eye contact can easily distract a driver, so try to keep conversations simple and short to eliminate distractions.
  3. GPS- While navigational systems can come in handy during trips; they can also pose a major distraction. Plot your route prior to leaving for your destination and set your GPS accordingly. This way, if detours should arise or your GPS malfunctions, you still have an idea of the direction you are going. Never attempt to engage with your GPS while you are driving.
  4. Food- While snacking and sipping on some water while driving seems harmless; it can become distracting from the road. Spills tend to happen if sudden movement occurs or you drop something, taking your focus off of the road in front of you. Avoid reaching for the food and drinks while driving and wait to have a meal once you reach a rest stop.

At Evan Transportation, we believe safety is a necessity when driving a truck. Our drivers have years of prior trucking experience and know the importance of safety when driving a large vehicle such as a truck. Our drivers are trained to handle a number of scenarios and situations along with choosing the most efficient route to deliver your freight safely and efficiently.

Evan Transportation provides a number of services including freight transportation along the Mid-Atlantic region. To get started with Evan Transportation, give us a call today at 443.673.3365 or visit our contact page.

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Trucking Accident Driver Pleads Not Guilty

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Accident involving Wal-Mart truckThe truck driver responsible for the Saturday accident that has left one dead and four injured has plead not guilty to being sleep deprived along with his charges of assault by auto and vehicular homicide. Kevin Roper, the 35 year old Walmart truck driver, is accused of going 24 hours without sleep when he hit the limo bus carrying comedian Tracy Morgan on the New Jersey Turnpike. According to authorities, although he made an attempt to swerve, Roper failed to notice the stopped traffic and hit the bus. The bus was bringing the comedians home from a show. Comedian and good friend of Morgan’s James McNair was killed in the accident and comedians Harris Stanton, Ardie Fuqua, and Jeffrey Millea were injured. At this time, only Stanton has been released from the hospital. Morgan is still in critical condition, but is expected to recover.

Wal-Mart has yet to release the route Roper was taking and claims that he was operating within the federal law that states truck drivers can only work for up to 14 hours, with 11 of those hours spent driving. Under New Jersey law, a driver can be convicted if sleep deprivation is proven. According to legal analyst Paul Callan, the Jersey law was created because of how heavily the major roadways are used, so going 24 hours without sleep is considered reckless and punishable. He also says that while proof of sleep deprivation is needed for a conviction, proving that Roper was operating on 24 hours without sleep will be difficult. Roper was released on bail posted at $50,000 the same night as the accident and was advised by his judge in Middlesex County during his arraignment that if he travels or drives anywhere, his lawyer should be knowledgeable of the activity.

At Evan Transportation, we take the safety of the public and our drivers seriously. Our employees and drivers have years of past trucking and transportation experience and know are trained to provide efficient, yet safe service. When you choose Evan Transportation, you can be rest assured that your freight will be delivered on time and safely. We have been serving the Mid-Atlantic area for over 20 years and continue to watch our business grow as we provide excellent customer service and safe, reliable transportation.

Need freight transported? Call Evan Transportation today at 443.673.3365 or click here. You can also follow Evan Transportation on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and LinkedIn, so find us today!

 

Source:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/11/showbiz/tracy-morgan-crash/

How to Safely Drive Around Tractor Trailers & Trucks

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Every day out on roads and highways across the country, there are accidents involving tractor trailers and semi-trucks. Many of these accidents are avoidable if the driver of the other vehicle had been mindful of how to drive around tractor trailers. There are many factors to consider when driving alongside or near these large vehicles. It’s important to follow many safety regulations to avoid any accidents.

Here are a few tips to help you navigate safely around tractor trailers:

  • Give trucks adequate space to navigate – Trucks routinely carry 80,000lbs or more of weight. Sometimes their tires can blow out unexpectedly, possibly causing them to swerve. They are also susceptible to winds, especially when they are completely empty. It can create a “sailboat” like effect that can cause the truck to be blown back and forth while the truck is driving. Giving a truck adequate space is one of the sure ways to avoid an accident.

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  • Beware of truck’s blind spots – Trucks have more blind spots than the normal car does. It’s safer to pass a semi-truck on the left rather than the right. Most of the time, the trucker won’t even know you’re there on the side of their vehicle, so it’s best to pass them as quickly as possible if you can. It’s dangerous if they decide to make a sudden lane change.
  • Give trucks room for right turns – Many tractor-trailers make wide right turns, so giving them space to do so is absolutely essential. Never try to pass a truck on the right side, especially if they are trying to make a right turn. Trucks are big and need A LOT of room to make those kind of turns. It’s important to observe safe driving laws when driving around trucks.

If you follow these few tips, you’ll be able to share the road with tractor trailers and you’ll be able to avoid any accidents that could occur from driving unsafely around these tractor-trailers and trucks. And if you need freight transported, choose 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 to provide excellent, dependable service.

If you need materials and products moved in the Mid Atlantic region, contact Evan Transportation. We hire professional drivers with excellent driving records, and maintain a fleet of trailers and vehicles that are reliable and ready to roll.

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