Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
Volume 6, No. 3, March 2014
Driver Loss of Control
Loss of control collisions can be devastating for your company. One of these collisions can cost thousands of dollars in equipment damage, cargo damage, or even loss of life. Typically, these crashes involve failure to exercise proper safety procedures before, during, and after a trip.
Following distance and driver attention play a vital role in reducing the frequency of these collisions. It is important to remind your drivers at to follow professional, safe driving rules to prevent this type of collision.
It takes a lot of time and distance to stop an 80,000 pound truck over 300 feet at 80kph on dry pavement. Drivers should always maintain a minimum six second following distance. In adverse weather or traffic conditions, this distance should be increased.
Icy roads, fog, and heavy rain and wind greatly increase the likelihood of losing control of your vehicle. Drivers should try to anticipate road condition changes in advance and prepare for them, slow down and adjust their speed as necessary. If conditions warrant, drivers should be encouraged to stop in a safe place and continue only when conditions improve enough for safe travel.
Below is a list of the most frequent reasons for loss of control collisions:
- Unable to judge safe speed for road
- Failure to anticipate object on road
- Aggressive braking on a slippery road
- Unaware of conditions which cause jackknifing
- Poor cargo preparation
- Brake failure on a downgrade
- Too much/too little tire pressure or tire blowout
- In-cab distractions, such as using a mobile phone
- Alcohol/drug use
- Illness, fatigue, or drowsiness
- Poor negotiation of a curve
CARI’s 73rd Annual Convention
June 19–21, 2014
at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel
in Montreal, Quebec
CARI’s National Golf Tournament
August 14, 2014
at Glen Abbey Golf Course
in Oakville, ON
CARI’s 17th Annual Consumers Night
October 20, 2014
at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
For information on CARI events contact Donna Turner
at (905) 426-9313.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
March 19–21 Brussels, Belgium
14th International Automobile Recycling Conference
April 6–10 Las Vegas, NV
ISRI’s Annual Convention & Exposition
April 7–9 Santiago, Chile
13th World Copper Conference
May 19–20 ; Hong Kong
CRU World Aluminium Conference
June 2–4 Miami, FL
BIR Spring Convention 2014
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