Cell Phone Use, Back To School, And Other Hazards

Its back to school time for most children all over the U.S. so we all need to be more aware of our surroundings and a bit more cautious on roads where school busses are likely to be running.

Remember that small children feel safe around their yards and their friends so they might run into the road after a toy, or on a dare from another kid. None of us wish to have an accident especially not one involving a child.

As amazing as it sounds, I see more drivers of cars and big trucks than ever, holding a phone up and texting as they go down the highways. I was behind an 18 wheeler in Mississippi a week ago who was weaving horribly bad and finally laid into my horn and came around him, sure enough, staring at a cellphone even as I passed.

We all need to join in and start policing this ourselves as it is careless driving and makes us all look bad.

Be careful Drivers.

Springtime Weather and Trucking Safety

This is actually my favorite time of the year and a great time to get out and do a very thorough cleaning and inspection of our trucks and trailers, safety equipment and personal protective equipment.

Trucking through the United States and Canada at any time of the year it is very important to carry extra warm clothing due to the major weather patterns in different areas. I like to also make sure I have a few railroad flares with me in case of the need to start a fire if stranded on a mountain pass or slid off and needing to throw a signal as many times cell phones do not work in these areas. This is a low cost light weight life saver.

Check all of your normal pre trip and post trip items but be very thorough. Be sure to clean everything thoroughly so as not to miss any hard to see damage.

Remember that you are likely to get put in the position of saving a life at some point during your trucking career so it is advisable to carry a very well stocked first aid kit with you.

These are only a few tips and I welcome any additions to it.

Safe Hauling to all of you. Bill