Don’t Fall into the Fall Driving Hazards
With every season change, there are new hazards to be aware of. Here are a few hazards to be on the lookout for.
I am sure we are all aware to be extra careful in school zones, but we also have to extra alert in residential areas as kids could be home schooling at recess.
Now that day light savings time has ended, we are going to be driving in the dark more. Though just 25 percent of our driving is at night, 50 percent of traffic deaths occur then, according to the council, a nonprofit founded in 1913 to reduce preventable deaths.
As talked about last newsletter, be on the lookout for deer as you are more likely to hit a deer in November than any other month.
With the winds whipping, leaves can cause visibility issues or hid pout holes, pavement markings, or clog up drainage systems. A buildup of leaves on sideways can also push bicyclists and pedestrians to walking in the street.
Make sure your tires have a good tire depth and are to pressure. With the temperature dropping, tire pressure can also drop.
6. Fog and Frost
Otherwise refreshing chilly autumn mornings can trigger fog, reducing your vision and distance perception. Although your visibility is lower, do no put your high beams on as the light bounces off the fog and right back into your eyes. Also, plan ahead so you can scrape off any frost. We are all guilty of leaving in a hurry and waiting for the defrost to catch up!
Spot Light Driver- Torey Garmon
Torey has been an owner operator with General Transport since August 2015. In that time, he has driven 674,827 safe miles. Torey is in the tail end of his lease purchase and will soon be free and clear! When Torey isn’t behind the wheel you can find him with his dogs. We are proud to have you part of the GT family!
We are proud to have you part of the GT family!
• Dave L.- Truck 598
• Randy M.- Truck 2382
You can now find General Transport on YouTube!
So far we have a few Zonar training videos up, but more will be coming. Make sure you subscribe to be alerted of our new posts. In the meantime, if you need any ELD refreshers- you know where to go!
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Check your Tag’s and Permit Books
Our GT trailer and tractor plates expire at the end of the month! Make sure you have the updated registrations for the equipment you have. If you are an owner operator with a GT tag, it will be mailed to your house. Company drivers- please see the shop for your truck registration. The trailers will also get a new sticker in addition to the registration unless it has a forever plate
Don’t Leave Your Maintenance Problems for Someone Else
Obviously when you are doing your pre-trip and you discover a problem with the GT equipment, call the shop before pulling it. It is also important to look up when doing a pre-trip to make sure there are no holes and all marker lights are working.
We have seen an increase in dropping equipment with maintenance defects and leaving it for the next driver to deal with. We all would not that done to us.
If there is a maintenance problem that needs address, please contact the shop at 330-612-2418 (call or text). If you do not want to disturb someone you can always send an email to Tracy.Starling@generalt
rans.com with details of where you dropped it, load/unloaded, what the
problem is, or even send pictures. We understand that you do not
always have the time to get a repair done but we also don’t want to leave it for the next driver.