Avoiding a Side Swipe Accident
The best way to avoid a sideswipe accident is to avoid unnecessary lane changes. We know that you cannot do your job without changing lanes, so here are some best practices and tips to avoid a collision.
• Signal early
• Check mirrors (utilize all mirrors)
• Lean and look checking blind spots
• When safe, make lane change
Beware of your blind spots and ensure lanes are clear before merging
• Proper space management & following distance.
• Keep mirrors and windows clean.
• Maintain a safe speed.
• Proper trip planning to avoid last second route changes.
• Avoid distractions
• Adjust your seat for the best visibility
Don’t forget to get the new copy of the insurance inside your truck! Safety also sent out a digital copy in case you need it before you get home.
Matt has been with General Transport as an independent contractor since January 2020. In that time, he has driven 133,424 safe miles! Matt is an old school driver who recently used his CB to avoid an accident and attempted to warn other drivers before another one happened. We are proud to have you part of the GT Family!
• Chris S. – Truck 2387
• Robert R. – Truck 2386
• Leonard S. – Truck 558
• Clifford T. – Truck 579
• Julia D. – Truck 599
Plan Ahead- Prepare Ahead
• Clean mirrors and windows
• Ensure mirrors are in their correct position for best visibility
• Ensure Collision Mitigation software is not covered with debris, ice, or snow
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How to Prepare for a DOT Inspection
1. Mental prep: Inspections will be smoother if drivers are mentally prepared to cooperate, follow the officer’s instructions, and are professional, polite and courteous during the greeting and interview, answering the officer’s questions truthfully.
2. Physical prep: Never drive when you are too ill or fatigued to drive safely, or after using drugs or alcohol.
3. Paperwork: Have all required paperwork organized and available for inspection. This includes a valid license, current medical card, load documentation, etc. Know where to find the company/vehicle credentials.
4. HOS: Use the right kind of log (ELD or paper log or time record) and keep it up to date throughout the day. Know what to present and transfer for enforcement. If using an ELD, make sure you have all required instructions and blank paper logs.
5. Vehicle: Perform daily and en-route inspections, paying special attention to brakes, lights, tires and cargo securement. Clean lights and reflective tape as needed to ensure visibility and carry spare fuses and bulbs.