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Driver Safety 101. By Richard Buttenshaw. What is the cost?. Workers Comp Vehicle Accident Losses:. * data as of June. Data not tracked prior to 2003. What is the cost?. Vehicle Property/Liability Claims Losses:. Things I will NOT be covering. How to drive: Obey the speed limits

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driver safety 101
Driver Safety 101

By

Richard Buttenshaw

slide2

What is the cost?

  • Workers Comp Vehicle Accident Losses:

* data as of June

Data not tracked prior to 2003

slide3

What is the cost?

  • Vehicle Property/Liability ClaimsLosses:
slide4

Things I will NOT be covering

  • How to drive:
    • Obey the speed limits
    • Check your mirrors
    • Signal before you turn

I will assume that everyone driving your vehicles has passed the test !

( See Vehicle Accident Review Guidelines handout )

slide5

Who should be driving?

  • Run Motor Vehicle Records (MVRs):
    • As part of the hiring process
    • At least every 3 years
      • insurance penalties if you don’t !
    • Have a written policy
  • How to get MVRs:
    • Send in form to Driver License Division in Montgomery
      • $5.75 per person
    • Online service (www.alabama.gov)
      • $75 per year plus $5.75 per person

( See Performing MVRs handout )

slide6

What should you be driving?

  • Does the vehicle require a special license or training?
    • For example CDL
      • More than 26,000 pounds?
      • Can carry 16 people?
    • Emergency vehicles
      • EVOC training
  • What is a street legal vehicle ?
    • Golf carts - ATVs
    • Backhoes - Tractors
slide7

Any one can drive a van

  • A 15 passenger (plus the driver) vehicle requires a CDL.
  • 15-passenger vans should be operated by experienced drivers.
    • At least 25 years old with at least 3 years driving experience
  • A speed that may be acceptable in a passenger car could be dangerous in a van.
    • Avoid sharp and abrupt maneuvers.
  • You should fill the front seats first.
    • When the center of gravity shifts to the rear and upward increasing the likelihood of rollover as capacity increases.
  • 15-passenger vans should require seat belt use at all times.
  • A load placed on the roof will increase the likelihood of rolling over.

( See Vehicle Safety Training Checklist handout )

slide8

Vehicle Inspections

  • Improper vehicle maintenance
    • Inadequate brakes
    • Worn tread on tires
    • Hoses, belts
    • Inadequate acceleration
    • Headlight(s) out
  • Establish an inspection program
    • Before each use
    • Weekly and monthly
    • As per the manufacturer
    • Documentation

( See Vehicle Maintenance & Inspection handout )

slide9

Unsafe Conditions

  • Poor visibility
    • Night time driving

(Fatality rates/mile are 4 times higher at night)

    • Rain storms
    • Windshield wipers not effective
  • Poor road conditions
    • Slippery surfaces from weather
    • Localized flooding
slide10

Who needs to wear a seat belt?

  • They help save lives

- so everyone

  • It’s the law

- so everyone

  • It’s city policy

- so everyone

( See Seat Belt Safety handout )

Question: Why do we need a city policy if it’s the law ?

slide11

What did we do before cell phones?

  • Good communications is important
    • Cell phones
    • Two way radios
    • Push to talk phones
  • Hands free systems
  • Written policy

( See Cell Phone Use handout )

slide12

Other Distractions

  • Writing down a note
    • Train people to pull over before attempting to write.
  • Eating food
    • Have a city policy on not eating while driving.
  • Smoking
    • Have a city policy on not smoking in city vehicles.
  • Road rage
    • Just let it go!
  • Animals running out into the road
    • Skid car training!
slide13

I wonder how close can I get?

  • Is tailgating taught in drivers ed?
  • You can’t react as quickly as you think.
slide14

Parking and Backing Up

  • 30% of all accidents are backing and parking related (national statistics)
  • Front end clipping
  • Use your blinkers
  • Unfamiliarity with the vehicle
    • Different size
    • Different turning radius
    • Adjust the mirrors
  • In an ideal world
    • Avoid backing if possible
    • Back in / drive out
    • Use a spotter
    • Use reverse audible signal (or the horn)
slide15

Working at the side of the road

  • Require wearing reflective vests
  • Use flashing lights on the vehicle
      • On top
      • Built-in
  • Use cones
  • Use flagmen if necessary

Remember – no precaution is too much

slide16

“Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices”

  • Federal Highway Administration
  • www.mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov
  • “Building Safer Highway Work Zones” CDC and NIOSH www.cdc.gov/niosh/2001128.html
slide17

Driver Training – The Skid Car

  • Our pro-active defensive driving program is headed up by Stanley Fant retired State Trooper
  • State of the art technology
  • Simulation of adverse driving conditions at high rates of speed yet performed safely at relatively low speeds
  • Prepares the student to drive equipping him/her to recognize and correct for an imminent skid or slide while maneuvering during emergency operations
slide18

Operation Lifesaver

  • Statistics:
    • In 2005 Alabama had 111 crossing collisions
      • 8th highest in the nation
    • In 2005 Alabama had 16 fatalities
      • 8th highest in the nation
  • Resource:
    • Operation Lifesaver

Nancy Hudson

1400 Norfolk Southern Drive, RM #116Birmingham, AL  35210

Tel: 205-951-8013Fax: 205-951-6045

www.oli.org

resources our video library
Resources – our video library
  • “Winter Driving” – 5.046
  • “Driving Safety” – 5.048
  • “Driving Distractions” – 5.049
  • “Backing and Parking” – 5.050
  • “Trucks, Vans and Other Delivery Vehicles” – 5.051
  • “Why Do We Drive the Way We Do” – 5.052
  • “Barricade Safety 1” – 15.001
  • “Barricade Safety 2” – 15.002
  • “Flagging” – 15.003
  • “Highway Work Zone Safety” – 15.005
  • “City Driving” – 5.004
  • “City Driving Tactics” – 5.005
  • “Driving Defensively 1” – 5.011
  • “Driving Defensively 2” – 5.012
  • “Good Driving is an Attitude” – 5.016
  • “Intersections” – 5.019
  • “Night Driving Tactics” – 5.024
  • “Pulling Trailers” – 5.031
  • “Safe Driving” – 5.033
  • “Traffic Safety” – 5.040
  • “Utility Vans: Part 1” – 5.041
  • “Utility Vans: Part 2” – 5.042
  • “Vehicle Safety” – 5.043
other resources
Other Resources
  • “Sample Fleet Safety Manual”
      • See handout
  • “Sample Driving Policies”
      • City of Montgomery
      • City of Mobile
      • See handout
our websites
Our Websites
  • www.alalm.org
      • Alabama League of Municipalities
  • www.amicentral.org
      • Alabama Municipal Insurance Corp
the bottom line
The Bottom Line
  • From the Alabama Department of Public Safety 2005 Report:
        • Number of accidents = 143,948
        • Number killed = 1,134
        • Number injured = 44,155

In Alabama

In 1 year

questions
Questions?

Thank You.

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