Safe Driving & Towing Practices

Earlier this Month I blogged about a 3 car accident that Yarbrough Bros Towing responded to while Towing in Santa Rosa. Another topic came to mind as a result of witnessing this crash scene. Safe Driving Practices in accord with driving a commercial vehicle. Obviously, the people involved in this accident were recipients of a failure to adhere to safe driving practices. The most common vehicle accident is a rear-ender. These are more likely caused by inattention or distraction than speed. It is estimated that 55% of daytime collisions involving a commercial vehicle is a result of this and the commercial vehicle rear-ending the vehicle in front of them. To help minimize your exposure to this type of risk as a commercial driver, first and foremost, BE ALERT. Plan ahead and be ready for the unexpected. Keep a high visual horizon when at all possible and anticipate your surroundings and the potential hazards that could arise. Try to remain focused on DRIVING, not personal matters. Second, drive defensively, do not trust that other drivers around you will obey the traffic laws or are even aware that you are around. Abide by all the traffic laws and reduce your speed while in tow, increasing your distance between vehicle will result in a cushion that will give you more response time. The five second gap is a good rule of thumb but always adjust for weather and road conditions. Remember, when you are in TOW, you must reduce your speed and increase your distance because of the reduced braking and steering factor of your loaded truck. In a later blog, I will cover the topic of Safe Towing Capacity and the formula to find it for your specific truck. Third, be cautious of attempting to multitask too much. Again, focus on the road, your towed load and the duty at hand. Avoid, distractions that arise, such as cell phones, eating, drinking, changing CD's or radio stations, or simply even looking up your next call on your dispatch screen. Pull over to attempt a task OTHER than driving. And fourth, be rested for your shift. Get enough sleep the night before, make sure to adhere to the DOT/CA DMV laws of hours worked and get the required 10 hours off between shifts or minimum of 34 hours off after your work week (maximum of 8 days). If you are ill, and need to rest to recuperate, STAY HOME rather than risk an accident, hurting your self or others as well as being possible contagious and infecting your co-workers. Fatigue can play a major factor in an auto accident so remove it from the equation.

One of the CHP Sgts that we deal with is fond of saying "do your job right and safely and everyone goes home at the end of the shift". Pretty good motto to work by.


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By David Bakaleinikoff (not verified) on 27 August 2011 - 7:40pm

I just wanted to say thank you to the Yarbrough driver Jason driving 7202, he showed his professionalism in a "top notch" way while towing our stranded Mercedes off southbound 101. Jason was right on time as aaa advised, he was very pleasant to deal with, and loaded and transported our car perfectly (proper wheel straps for our model car). I've previously been in the transport industry for many years, and it is always nice to see people doing there jobs right like this one. Thanks again to Jason and the Yarbrough team!

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