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High Alert for Drivers Over July 4th Holiday

by Jun 27, 2020Idealease, News, Safety, Truck Driver Safety

The 4th of July holiday is a time to enjoy fireworks and show country pride but is also traditionally one of the more dangerous times on the road.  With the pandemic many people have been “shelter in place” for the past three months and are now ready to celebrate with the easing of restrictions in most states.  Many municipalities are already experiencing a higher than normal percentage of fireworks violations prior to the holiday.  Your drivers need to be on high alert when operating their units and be practicing their Smith5keys of defensive driving:

1. Aim High in Steering
Look 15 seconds into your future. (Do not just look at the vehicle in front of you)

2. Get the Big Picture
Look for Hazards. (Other Motorists, Pedestrians, Vehicle doors opening)

3. Keep Your Eyes Moving
Do not stare. (Use your peripheral vision) (Stop the fixed habit stare)

4. Leave Yourself an Out
Monitor the space cushion around you and your bike.

5. Make sure They See You
Use your signals- (Directionals, 4-Way Flashers, Head Lights, Brake Lights, Horn, Hand Signals) Make Eye Contact.

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