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October 7, 2013

Train Employees How to Respond to Driving Emergencies

Today the first day of Drive Safely Work Week, an annual event designed to remind employees about safe driving practices. It's sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS). BLR® Safety has prepared a post with driver safety training tips that can ensure your workers are prepared for driving emergencies including failed steering or brakes, skids and blown tires. Here are some highlights:

Blown Tire:
  • Hang on to the steering wheel.
  • Don't brake suddenly. Hard braking can send your car out of control.
  • Ease off the gas. Coast until you have control of the car, then brake gently to stop.
Skids or Hydroplaning:
  • Make no sudden moves. Don't brake hard or jerk the wheel.
  • Ease off the gas. As you slow, you'll feel contact with the road again.
  • Steer gently.
Brakes Fail:
  • Downshift so the engine will slow the car.
  • Keep trying the brakes. If you have ABS, apply steady pressure. If not, pump them.
  • Shift into neutral and apply the emergency brake.
Visit the BLR post for more details on all these and other situations. And always wear your seat belt. You can't control your vehicle if you don't stay behind the wheel in an emergency.

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