Transportation Tuesday

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY
Has 6 months of safe driving
tips made a difference to you?
23 weeks
23.. Accidents avoided
23 .. Chances for everyone to learn
a quick review of the
last few weeks
Transportation Tuesday
WET WEATHER
Heat makes the oil in asphalt rise to the surface. Water and oil do not
mix - the road becomes slippery and very dangerous.
Stay further back from the vehicle in front :
 you need more space to stop (at least double what you need in good weather)
 spray from rain and fog will make it difficult to see and be seen
 movement of other vehicles becomes unpredictable - expect them to skid
 loose loads may move around in windy weather - don’t get hit by flying objects
Hydroplaning and skidding … when your tyres lose contact with the road
 most tyres have good traction up to about 35 mph
 when you go faster, your tyres ride up in the water, or leave the road
 in heavy rain your tyres may lose contact with the road at 50mph
 worn tyres will lose traction at much slower speeds - when did you last
check your tyres?
Hazard lights confuse and annoy other drivers.
 Only use hazard lights to warn other drivers you are involved in or are beside an
accident.
 If rain or fog makes it difficult to see, put on your headlights (dipped)
Recover from hydroplaning …
 ease your foot off the gas pedal … you will feel the tyres gripping again
 keep the steering wheel straight … only try to turn if it’s an emergency
 if you must turn, do it SLOWLY or you will SKID
 do not try to stop or turn until your tyres are gripping to road again
FOGGY WEATHER
Watch out for fog … it drifts rapidly and is often patchy
WINDY WEATHER
Increased danger for high-sided vehicles
Transportation Tuesday
FATIGUE KILLS
YOU CANNOT FIGHT NATURE - JUST WORK WITH IT
• Our bodies work in 24-25 hour cycles of
sleeping, eating and being active
• Worst time of the day is midnight to 6am
• You are naturally drowsy after lunch - it has
nothing to do with what you eat. But it may be
worse if you eat fatty or sugary foods.
• Sleep during the day is not as effective as sleep
during the night. You need more daytime sleep
to have the same effect as a good night’s sleep.
• Alcohol and some medication will make things
worse.
SLEEP DEBT - IT’S LIKE MONEY DEBT … you can’t ignore it
• More than 90% of people need 8.5-11.5 hours of sleep a night.
• If you miss this, you need to make it up quickly.
• Good news : you don’t have to make up all your lost sleep - if
you miss 2 hours a day for 10 days, you don’t need to sleep for
20 hours. A couple of early nights will fix it.
How to work out when
YOU will be most drowsy...
What time did you go to
bed? What time did you
wake up? What is halfway?
Add 12 hours and you know
when to expect a real dip in
alertness. Be ready for it,
especially if you’re planning
a trip.
Signs of fatigue when driving. You ...
• can’t remember the last few miles
• drift from your lane, or hit the kerb
• have disconnected thoughts, can’t
concentrate
• keep yawning
• can’t control your eyes (they keep
shutting and going out of focus)
• miss traffic signs or tailgate accidentally
• have trouble keeping your head up
• keep jerking your vehicle back in lane
• you mumble or mix up your words
• are irritable and easily angered
THESE SIGNS MEAN PULL OVER FOR A REST
- OR ASK SOMEONE ELSE TO DRIVE
Fatigue accidents are usually …
• one person in the vehicle
• between midnight and 6am
• vehicle leaving the road and hitting a stationary object
• head-on collisions - no attempt at avoiding the crash
• deadly
Transportation Tuesday
Traffic is joining from a
bridge you just passed on
the highway. Do you ..
ROAD RAGE QUIZ
Check your mirror and
move aside one lane to
allow the traffic onto the
highway.
A
Speed up and try to get
past the merge lane so
that you don’t cause an
obstruction.
B
Merge lanes don’t
affect me - I’m always
in the fast lane.
C

Acceptable.
But consider
moving
aside.

Darn it! The lights have
gone yellow and you’re
already late. Do you ..
Race through. There’s no
way you’re adding one
minute to your trip.
A
Slow down, stop, wait.
Rushing only gets you to
the next set of lights
faster. Why risk it for a
few seconds?
B
Hesitate. Accelerate.
Come to a screeching stop
on the crossing. Whew!
That was close.
C
The idiot in front of you is
going too slow, hesitating
and generally irritating
you. Do you ..
Drive on her bumper
(tailgate), flash your
lights and honk your
horn.
A
Keep back - it looks like
she’s lost. Wait for a
safe opportunity to pass
her and be on your way.
B
As soon as you get a
chance, move inside
and pass by. Perhaps
with a helpful gesture
about women drivers.
C

I hope
not!




YOUR VEHICLE GIVES YOU POWER ON THE ROAD. WHAT
DOES YOUR DRIVING SAY ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER?
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test
a man's character, give him power." [Abraham Lincoln]
Transportation Tuesday
UNDERSTANDING TRAFFIC LIGHTS
Traffic lights control traffic speed and direction. When you seen traffic lights you can be
sure you’re approaching a hazard or a place on the road where you need to take a bit more
care than normal.
Position of the colours
•RED is always on top
•YELLOW is always in the middle
•GREEN is always at the bottom
GREEN FOR GO. When the light is green, you can continue
on your way without stopping. Be careful - allow for other drivers
racing red or yellow lights from the other direction.
YELLOW - ALSO STOP. When the light is yellow, you
should prepare to stop. Never race a yellow light.
RED MEANS STOP. There is no decision to make. Just stop your vehicle
BEHIND the stop line on the road and wait.
You may now change the radio station, check your moustache or tidy your hair.
Watch out! Many traffic lights have cameras that catch you going through on red.
If you don’t care about your life, perhaps you care about paying a fine.
If you have trouble seeing
the different colours - use
the position of the lights to
understand the meaning.
Transportation Tuesday
Avoiding collisions …
With ABS - check your owner’s manual
•press on the brake pedal as hard as
you can and keep pressing on it
•you might feel the break pedal pushing
back - do not take your pressure off -
ABS only works with the brake pushed
down
Without ABS
•Braking too hard may cause you to
skid !
•Apply brakes as hard as you can
without locking them
•If brakes lock, you will feel the
vehicle start to skid - quickly let up
on the brake
•As soon as the skid stops, press on the
brake pedal as hard as you can again
•Keep doing this until you stop
Once you stop, make sure you feel
okay, that no-one has been hurt
and that it is safe to move away.
Use your mirrors and indicators.
Stopping Quickly
•make sure you have a good grip, with both hands on
the steering wheel
•be ready when you’ve made your turn to correct
your direction and keep the vehicle under control
•pay attention and check your mirrors - make sure
you do not cause another accident by turning into
traffic
•generally it is better to run off the road than to
collide with another vehicle
•if you turn off the road, keep the vehicle as straight
as you can until you slow and stop
Usually you can turn the vehicle quicker than you can
stop it … you may need to use this if too close to
another vehicle and they stop suddenly
Turning Quickly
•another vehicle is about to hit you from behind or
the side
•see a problem in front and there is clear space for
you to go around AND
•you have a clear view of the road ahead
•you are in control of your vehicle
•there is room for your manoeuvre
Speeding up … The least favoured option. But
it may save you when
Transportation Tuesday
• dealing with intersections
• tyre safety (by the way,when did you last check your tyres?)
• moving your mirrors to reduce blind zones
• consideration for other road users (think once, think twice, think
bike!)
• the speed limit is not a target
• how the white lines help you understand the road
MORE TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY TOPICS
click here for
your
Transportation
Tuesday
refresher
(HalWorld
users only)
• reversing
• pedestrian safety (we’re all pedestrians at some time)
• cutting out unsafe acts (remember Concorde!)
• roundabouts (there’s nothing magic about them)
• seatbelts save lives (remember our employee in Tengiz)
• three things for safe driving : attitude, attitude,
attitude
• distractions on the road, in your car and in your head