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Tuesday, 14 October 2014 00:00

SAFETY MEETING PLANNER AND AGENDA

Meeting Leader:
• Prepare in advance to make this meeting effective. Click HERE for a link to instructions on how to best use this information.
• Print and read over this entire agenda (or download a PDF version here).
• Think about how you want to lead the meeting.
• Is there anything that is specific to your company or operation that you can include to personalize the information?
• Review the video for this session.

Video Template

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Save the link to the video in your ‘Favourites’ folder on your browser for easy access.

Open and then minimize the viewer just before the meeting to make the video introduction smooth.

START YOUR MEETING!

Opening Statement:

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You hear it on the radio traffic report whenever the weather gets bad.  Accidents all over the place and everyone is blaming the weather!  Weather is rarely the cause of an accident or incident.  Instead, it’s usually a driver who doesn’t adjust his or her driving to accommodate the weather.

The Questions for this Meeting:

Q: What are the kinds of bad weather that we face in this area and what types of challenges do they present?

Answers could be:

  • Snow – causes traction problems and often steering problems if there is accumulation on the road.
  • Ice – causes traction and control problems.  Black ice can be particularly hazardous because it doesn’t appear on the road.imagesCAF8UE72
  • Heavy Rain and Flooding – can cause visibility problems and traction issues if it pools on the road.  This situation can result in hydroplaning where the vehicle tires rise onto a cushion of water and lose contact with the road.
  • Blowing Snow – can create whiteout conditions that are extremely dangerous.
  • How many more can we identify?

Q: Why does too much speed cause problems in all of these (and other) extreme weather conditions?

Answers:

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  • As speed increases under any conditions, the energy stored by the vehicle movement also increases and needs to be somehow absorbed or dissipated enough to permit steering and braking on whatever road surface you are on regardless of the traction conditions.  If traction conditions are poor and you are going too fast to stop or steer, you will end up out of control; either briefly until your speed comes down enough to regain traction, or long enough to crash.  That’s just a fact.  You can’t change the laws of physics, even if you are an excellent driver.
  • A human being takes between 1/2 and 1 second to react to something when driving, and even more time to move the right foot to the brake pedal if stopping or braking is necessary.  If your speed is too great in conditions where you can’t see well ahead, you will be overdriving your vision and will be unable to react fast enough to avoid problems.  Again, just a fact of nature.
  • Combine slippery surfaces and poor visibility with too much speed and you have a recipe for disaster.

Tailgate Tips:

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  • When you are driving under any condition, regularly assess your speed and adjust it as necessary to ensure that you are able to slow or stop to avoid a hazard.
  • When you know that conditions are poor and you must drive anyway, leave early or call ahead to notify people that you may be late and take it slower.
  • Choose the right lane on multilane roadways and just stay there unless traffic is moving impossibly slow.  The guys in the fast lane on slippery roads are almost always going too fast to effectively control the vehicle in any situation except straight line, ‘no problem’ driving.
  • Make sure that your lights are clean and are giving you the best possible light and drive at a speed that allows you to stop in the distance that you can see.

Introduce the Video:

Spencer McDonald discusses the importance of adjusting your driving to accommodate current weather conditions.

Practical Challenge:

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For the next week make a conscious effort to check your speed regularly in good and bad conditions and try out driving a bit slower; especially in poorer conditions.

If you are a ‘left lane just go as fast as the fastest traffic’ kind of person, try out the right lane for a change and hang out with the ones going a little slower.  It’s safer, and you may find that it is less irritating that you imagine when you choose it!

Think about how important it is for you to hurry and take chances in poor conditions.  Ask yourself: is it worth investing a couple more minutes to ensure that I get home safe to my family?

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 00:00

SAFETY MEETING PLANNER AND AGENDA

Meeting Leader:
• Prepare in advance to make this meeting effective. Click HERE for a link to instructions on how to best use this information.
• Print and read over this entire agenda (or download a PDF version here).
• Think about how you want to lead the meeting.
• Is there anything that is specific to your company or operation that you can include to personalize the information?
• Review the video for this session.

Video Template

NOT A SUBSCRIBER YET? You will see a watermarked sample. Get the ‘clean’ video for your meeting now by clicking here to get the order form or visit our online store.

Save the link to the video in your ‘Favourites’ folder on your browser for easy access.

Open and then minimize the viewer just before the meeting to make the video introduction smooth.

START YOUR MEETING!

Opening Statement:

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Awareness of everything around you when you are driving is critical to safety.  Using your eyes effectively to look well ahead is important but mirror use is also critical to stay aware of what’s going on to the rear.  Becoming aware of everything around you is called ‘situational awareness’.  This is a term first used to describe a fighter plane pilot’s ability to be aware of everything that is going on around him in 3 dimensions.  We are equally concerned with the space around us and not only what’s going on in front.

The Questions for this Meeting:

Q: Why is it important to be aware of what’s going on behind you?

Answers:

  • Knowing how close the driver behind is following will have an effect on your braking and following distance from the car in front.
  • Vehicles to the rear in other lanes may be preparing to pass or be in the way if you are changing lanes.

One of the challenges of being fully aware of what’s going on to the rear is the blind spot problem.

Q: What are blind spots and where are they located on most vehicles?

Answers:

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  1. Blind spots are the areas around the vehicle that you cannot see directly using your eyes or by use of the mirrors.
  2. The most common ones are to the rear and side in the lanes on either side.
  3. Larger vehicles without rear windows also have large blind spots directly to the rear.
  4. There may be blind spots to the front that are created by the pillars that frame the windshield and support the roof.

One way to reduce blind spots to the rear is to correctly adjust your mirrors.  Many drivers adjust the side or ‘wing’ mirrors so that they see mostly what is behind them and much of the mirror view is taken up with view of the side of the vehicle.  We don’t need to see the side of the vehicle that we are driving.  We need to see what’s going on in the blind spots.

Tailgate Tips:

Here is how to properly adjust your mirrors to reduce blind spots:

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  1. Sit in your normal driving position.
  2. Turn your head to look in the mirror that you are adjusting; you should just barely see (or not quite see without tilting your head) the side of the vehicle.
  3. If you see more than this, move the mirror out until this is the view that you have.
  4. Now do the other side the same way.
  5. Your mirrors are now properly adjusted to minimize the blind spots.
  6. Next, if you have an inside rear view mirror, adjust it to look directly back out the rear window.

Correctly adjusted mirrors will allow you to track vehicles now as you drive.  Vehicles directly behind you can be seen in the rear view and as they move to the side into the next lane, you should be able to track this movement and see them in the side mirror as they move into what is often the blind spot in vehicles with incorrectly adjusted mirrors.  As the vehicle moves past, you should see them in the side mirror and in your peripheral vision at the same time so they are never out of your awareness.

Introduce the Video:

Spencer McDonald discusses the importance of adjusting your vehicle mirrors.

Practical Challenge:

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  1. Take everyone out and check the mirror adjustment on vehicles in the parking lot or yard.
  2. Pay attention to the enhanced view that correct mirror adjustment provides.
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