Fleet Safety Newsletter – April 2016

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April 2016: Factors in Avoiding a Collision

The position of the other vehicle The other driver’s actions The defensive action you can take


Ahead (moving or standing)

  • Slowing down
  • Stopping
  • Rolling back
  • Maintain safe following distance (car/van – at least three seconds, truck – at least four seconds for speeds under 40 m.p.h. Add at least one second for higher speeds, slippery roads and adverse weather conditions).
  • Watch traffic well ahead. Be alert for conditions that would cause the driver to stop suddenly.
  • Maintain proper distance when pulling up behind a standing vehicle.
Behind (moving or standing)
  • Following too closely
  • Check mirrors frequently.
  • Signal well in advance when slowing or stopping.
  • Make sure driver behind sees and heeds signal.
  • Make slow, gradual stops.
  • Make authorized stops only.
  • Make sure there is no rollback when starting.

Approaching From Opposite Directions.


  • Straddling the center line.
  • Cutting across your path.
  • Failing to lower high beams.
  • Keep right to maintain clearance. Stop, if necessary, in narrow alley or street.
  • Do not rely completely on signals of other drivers.
  • Lower your beams, reduce speed, and look at the right edge of roadway
Approaching From An Angle
  • Turning into or cutting across your path at an intersection.
  • Pulling out or backing out of an alley or driveway into your path.
  • Be prepared to stop at intersections, alleys and driveways.
  • Look in all directions before entering intersections.
  • Double check at blind, controlled (stop sign) intersections.
  • Move into intersection   on green light after checking to the right and left.
  • Look for vehicle trying to enter from alley or driveway, and be prepared to stop.
Passing You
  • Cutting in too soon.
  • Passing on the right.
  • If a vehicle wants to pass you, let it.
  • Slow down or move right if necessary.
  • Maintain clearance by allowing enough space to pass.
  • Maintain proper distance between your vehicle and curb to prevent possibility of being passed on right-hand side.
Being Passed by You
  • Racing as you attempt to pass.
  • Turning into your path as you pass.
  • Pulling out from standing position without paying attention to passing traffic.
  • Exiting parked vehicle from street-side door.
  • Slow down and let the other vehicle proceed.
  • Signal before passing.
  • Check left front wheel of other vehicle before passing.
  • Pass after being sure other vehicle will not cut to left.
  • Check parked cars for: people in cars, front wheels turned toward traffic, head/tail lights on, exhaust visible.
  • Check parked cars for left front door slightly open. Maintain proper distance from parked vehicle. Slow down or stop to allow driver to close door.


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