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Driver Safety Tip - Announce Yourself!

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Announce Yourself

With so many distractions in the driving environment today, you must be vigilant to make sure people are aware of you. The easiest thing to do is to to announce yourself. We’re talking about being seen and heard.

As we’ve discussed, driving on the roads today can be very stressful. Many people are multitasking instead of keeping their focus on driving. While it’s great to focus on making sure we are not causing accidents, we should also make efforts to rise above the distractions of other drivers.

How can we make sure other drivers and pedestrians notice us?

Head Lights

Announce-YourselfBright lights and flashing lights are a way that we as professional truck drivers can let the motoring public know we are approaching. Without fail, vehicles with their lights on will stand out from a cluster of other drivers and be more visible. For example, running with your lights on during the day can set you apart from the rest of the crowd. Another example would be flashing your lights at another driver if you’re concerned that another driver is not paying attention to you.

Horn

Another way to announce yourself is with your horn. When in tight situations where other vehicles may merge toward you or where other vehicles are backing, giving the horn a tap or pulling on the air horn can let others know you are nearby. Many times in congested areas where pedestrians walk, horns can be beneficial to get someone’s attention and prevent them from walking or driving into your lane of travel.

Turn Signals & 4-Ways

Another way to announce yourself is by using blinkers.  This is the most useful tool that allows the motoring public to know what you are going to do before you do it. Make sure to use turn signals at the appropriate time and disengage them when finished maneuvering, so people don’t think your signal is stuck on.

When navigating around a parking lot, yard, shipper, or terminal location, we ask that you turn on your 4-way flashers to help yourself stand out.

No matter what you do as a CMV operator, it is always important to anticipate the action of other drivers and make sure to announce yourself in order to avoid becoming part of their problem.

Posted by intd on April 14, 2016 |