Weekly Safety Topic: Professionalism

 

Being Professional: When you are a professional commercial vehicle driver you know there are many rules to follow, including federal regulations, local and state laws and ordinances as well as driving related company policies. What separates a professional from a non-professional is understanding our society expects them to play by and follow the rules, no exceptions. To be able and meet those expectations a driver must be willing to accept coaching from others, be open to new ideas, willing to change, understanding the coach is perhaps not better than you, just that the coach can help you.

 

Being A Role Model: If you exhibit the qualities of a professional commercial vehicle driver other drivers value your advice and help. To be an effective “coach” be sure to demonstrate these traits: expertise, enthusiasm, clarity, empathy, respect and to lead by example.

 

The Right Stuff:  Professional drivers know they have a responsibility for the safety of other drivers, co-workers, other motorists, company vehicles and equipment.

Weekly Safety Topic: Learn About Cannabidiol Oil

What is CBD: Cannabidiol Oil or CBD is extracted from the flowers and buds of marijuana or hemp plants. It does not produce intoxication; marijuana’s “high” is caused by the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CDB has become the hot new product in states that have legalized medical marijuana. It is a non-intoxicating marijuana extract being credited with helping treat a host of medical problems. Experts say the evidence is scant for most of these benefits. Worse, CBD is being produced without any regulation, resulting in products that vary widely in quality.

 

DOT Drug Testing: Per our Medical Review Officer (MRO) who oversees all of our DOT and Non-DOT drug and alcohol testing for KKW, “It is not good to use CBD if you are going to perform a safety sensitive job. Also, using CBD can trigger a positive result on DOT and Non-DOT drug tests.”

Legal Position:  Although, marijuana is legal in several states.  CBD is considered, by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), to be a controlled substance.

KKW Policy Number 210: The use, sale, transfer of possession of alcohol, illegal drugs or controlled substances on company time or on company property, including in company vehicles, is prohibited.

Bottom Line: 

  • Having CDB in possession on KKW company property, which includes our trucks, is a violation of company policy.
  • Using CDB may trigger a positive result on drug tests.

Weekly Safety Topic: Distracted Driving

Mobile Phone Restrictions: regulated commercial vehicle drivers must follow the requirements regarding distracted driving using cell phones and other mobile communications devices. There are driver penalties up to $2,750 for the first and each offense thereafter. CDL privileges could be suspended and Employers could be fined up to $11,000.

Crash Risks: Talking on the cell phone increases crash risk by 4-5 times whether using use a hands free system or not.

Crash Statistics:  a university study found drivers using cell phones had slower reaction times than  drivers impaired by alcohol at a .08 blood alcohol concentration.

Distracted driving means: Not focusing on the road ahead and mirrors can lead to being caught unaware of changing conditions or situations in front of and around your vehicle. How many seconds or minutes a day have you driven blindly while distracted. Focusing on an object, person, task, or event not related to driving affects the driver’s awareness, decision making and/or performance. Think of the number of things you do like that and then add the average amount of time you are not focused on a daily basis.

Weekly Safety Topic: Following Too Close

Are you driving a safe enough distance from the vehicle ahead if it suddenly and unexpectedly stops?

Drive at a speed that allows you time to see and react to a panic stop of the vehicle in front of you.

How do I know if I am leaving enough space to the vehicle ahead?

At a minimum there should be at least 4 seconds of separation between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you.

When road and weather conditions deteriorate or traffic volume increases you should add more time between you and the vehicle ahead.

Extreme conditions such as rain, ice, snow and fog require adding space until you are sure you have time to suddenly stop without striking the vehicle ahead.

It is almost a certainty that if you strike a vehicle from the rear you will be partially if not solely responsible, especially when visibility, weather conditions and vehicle controls are degraded.