Hurricane Safety Tips for Truck Drivers

UPDATE ON ROAD CONDITIONS

If you’re looking for information on road conditions on the East Coast now that Superstorm Sandy has hit, the American Trucking Associations put together this list.

Connecticut DOT Delaware DOT
Washington DC DOT
Washington DC .gov site
Maine 511
Maryland 511
Maryland .gov site
Massachusetts DOT
New Hampshire 511 New Jersey 511
PA-NY-NJ .gov site
New York 511
NY .gov site
PA-NY-NJ .gov site
New York MTA site
North Carolina DOT
Pennsylvania 511
Pennsylvania DOT
Rhode Island DOT
Rhode Island Public Transit
South Carolina 511 Vermont 511
Virginia 511 West Virginia DOT

Hurricane Sandy seems like it’s shaping up to be a whopper of a storm. Now’s your last chance to start thinking about contingency planning, communications, and training. We posted a quick snippet below about dealing with crosswinds from our Hazard Awareness driver training. Please share these hurricane safety tips for truck drivers with your team.

In addition, we’ve been talking to fleet managers from our customer base, and here’s a few tips they’ve been sharing:

  • No load is worth your life or the life of other people on the road. If it gets crazy, get off the road. Period.
  • Civilians will have their cars stuffed to the roof with all their earthly possessions, and will probably be a little crazy as they flee the hurricane. Be careful. Be patient.
  • Crosswinds with a light load make you more likely to tip over or to jackknife.
  • Crosswinds can blow you into other lanes — stay alert.
  • Hydroplaning can be terrifying: get your foot off the accelerator and ease onto the brakes.
  • Once you’re stopped, if you need to communicate with your family or dispatch, use texting as much as possible vs. phone calls. Text messages use less bandwidth, and are more likely to get through an overloaded cellular system.

If you’re a customer, you might suggest that your drivers login in at ProTREAD.com and take one or more of the following lessons:
  • Hazard Awareness
  • Skid Control
  • Speed Management
  • Rollover Prevention
  • Tanker Rollover Prevention
  • Communication
  • Emergency Maneuvers
  • Emergency Response Plans

Crisis Communications

Driver managers and dispatchers may want to re-read the section in Private Fleet Management Online about crisis communication. There’s a free excerpt from the Fleet Operational Management volume — and six sections on crisis communications for trucking fleets alone. Just register (free) and you can access the excerpt.

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