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Safety Newsletter – February 2024
Driver Resources, Newsletters February 1, 2024

Safety Newsletter – February 2024

Foot & Ankle Injury Prevention

Proper Truck Driver Shoes

When you do your pre-trip and see your tread is wearing, you make sure you get a new tire, right? Well, have you pre-tripped yourself lately?

Keeping those feet and ankles healthy are an important part of keeping you moving. The proper footwear can keep you injury free and earning those miles.

Choose Shoes:

  • With full coverage for toe protection
  • That provide traction in snow & ice
  • That are slip resistant

Avoid Shoes:

  •  Such as flip flops, sandals and open-toed shoes
  • That are worn or damaged
  • That do not support ankles & arches

Rear-End Collision Prevention

  • Avoid distracted driving. Eating, reading, using a cell phone while driving…so many drivers drive while distracted that it seems perfectly acceptable. But is it safe? No. 
  • Maintain a safe following distance. Following too closely is one of the main causes of rear-end collisions. The FMCSA recommends that CMV drivers keep a following distance of one second for each 10 feet of vehicle length, with an additional second for speeds over 40 MPH.
  • Drive at a safe speed. Driving over the speed limit, faster than surrounding traffic or faster than road/weather conditions warrant can play an important role in rear-end collisions.
  • Don’t drive drowsy. Long hours behind the wheel and late-night driving can lead to fatigue and drowsiness, which can reduce your ability to perceive and react to hazards. Avoid fatigued and drowsy driving by taking breaks and getting the sleep you need.
  • Avoid dangerous parking. Many serious collisions occur when stopped vehicles on the side of the road are rear-ended. Parking along the side of the road is prohibited unless there is an emergency, or the area is a designated pull-off where parking is permitted.
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