In the Midwest, there is a common adage that there are two seasons — winter and road construction season. As we enter the summer months and road construction season, temperatures rise and roadways become obstacle courses with lane closures. Road work can be especially challenging for the larger vehicles in your fleet.
Check out these five safety tips that will help keep your business operating smoothly as temperatures soar and delays occur.
1. Be Careful in Work Zones
There are about 87, 606 crashes annually in road construction zones. Slow down, leave enough room, and watch your blind spots!
2. Pay Attention to Road Signs
Even on familiar roads, signs might have changed to include information about road closures and conditions.
3. Perform a Summer Inspection
- Check tire treads and pressure.
- Check wiper blades.
- Change oil.
- Check brakes, battery, radiator, cooling, and air conditioning systems.
- Check lights (headlights, brake lights, turn signals, etc.).
4. Get Maintenance Reminders
Pedigree Technologies OneView platform allows you to schedule maintenance based on usage or timing, record maintenance history and activities, and receive automatic alerts when upcoming maintenance is due.
5. Remember HOS Rules
As days get longer, drivers might be tempted to push their hours of service (HOS). The OneView electronic logbook solution, ELD Chrome and Cab-Mate devices, helps ensure drivers maintain HOS compliance. OneView even sends notifications to the dispatcher when drivers are approaching their driving limit.
Did You Know?
About 1/3 of work zones with lane closures occurred primarily at night.
The most likely hours of the day for a lane closure was between 9-11 a.m., while the least likely was 6-7 p.m.