IMPROPERLY PARKED TRUCKS ARE KILLERS ON OUR ROADWAYS

Jul 8, 2015 0 Comments in Uncategorized by

07/03/2015

Reminder of the week:

IMPROPERLY PARKED TRUCKS ARE KILLERS ON OUR ROADWAYS

Safe Parking Tips:

Trucks should never be parked on high-speed roadways (above 25 mph) unless disabled.  Studies have shown the severity of crashes increase from non-fatal to fatal at 25mph and above with the current stiff underride guards on U.S. trucks.  Roadway parking should always be your last resort!

  • Triangles should always be placed when parking or stopping on or near roadways both day and night.
  • Parking lights (Hazard Warning Flashers) should be lit (always with triangles due to “Moth to Flame Phenomenon”) whenever parking in non-daylight hours.
  • Trailers should never be parked facing oncoming traffic.
  • Never park in dark areas, street lighting can increase conspicuity.
  • Extra care should be taken when parking in adverse weather conditions.
  • Never park near corners or other obstructions to motorists view.
  • Do not park near driveways or side streets, trailers can obstruct the view of motorists entering the roadway.
  • Use rest areas to refresh.

 

Freeway ramps and shoulders:

Stationary truck and trailer crashes present a greater risk of fatality due to the great speed differential of the moving and non-moving vehicle. A study found 1 out of 2 shoulder parked crashes involved a fatality.  Ramp parking creates a risk to motor vehicles accelerating or decelerating to or from freeway ramps.

 Pre-plan your trip to include at least two safe parking locations.  Most commercial and company parking locations provide free parking that is safe and secure.  Include these parking locations in your pre-trip plan and use them to save lives!

Thank You! BE SAFE OUT THERE!

Klemens Kuqi

Compliance Manager