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Battling the Elements and Fatigue

by Charlotte Freed | Nov 18, 2016
11.18.16_FatigueWith the holidays quickly approaching, many drivers have family on their minds. Holiday plans can easily be delayed by the dangerous combination of winter driving conditions and fatigue. Centerline wants to remind you that making it home safe is more important than making it home quick.

Winter Driving

Slick roads, changing weather and road conditions, and less daylight hours are just some of the dangers of winter driving. When driving this winter remember to:

  1. Check weather reports and highway information before you leave - you can use your state's Department of Transportation website.
  2. Make a plan for when conditions deteriorate - keeping an emergency supply is a great place to start.
  3. Keep your headlights on at all times.
  4. Give yourself room to avoid sudden braking as this can lead to skidding on slick roads. If you're in a skid, always turn into the skid, depress the clutch fast, look at the left mirror only, and get back in front of the trailer.
  5. Make sure you're comfortable driving in the conditions you are facing - if not, pull over.

Driver Fatigue

Tight schedules and the fear of service failure have created a culture of "pushing through." In order to prevent accidents you must recognize the signs of fatigue and pull over. Be on the lookout for:

  1. Frequent yawning.
  2. Heavy eyes and blurred vision.
  3. Difficulty focusing or zoning out.
  4. Drifting to the shoulder or adjacent lanes. 


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