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Safety in numbers: Road accident statistics around the world

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/21/17 6:15 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Driving safety, driver training, Driver safety

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We’ve devoted a significant number of blogs to helping you stay safe on the roads. And in theory, we all know how we should be driving on the road to keep ourselves and other road users safe. But, to some degree or other, we’ve all taken some form of action that can only be classified as dangerous or reckless. Do you remember the 1950 Disney short film, Motor Mania? In it, Goofy demonstrates how a perfectly amiable pedestrian (Mr Walker) becomes an absolute terror (Mr Wheeler), once he gets behind the wheel. Based on statistics from around the world, let’s take a look at just how badly we’re all still driving.

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What to do if you’re in a truck accident

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/11/17 5:20 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in HSE, HSE best practice, Driving safety, Driver safety

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Being involved in any kind of car accident runs the risk of personal injury, even death. That risk increases substantially when there’s a significant discrepancy between the size of the vehicles involved in the crash. Trucks are incredibly large, heavy vehicles, and if they’re involved in crashes, they can cause serious injuries and deaths. The destruction that can be caused by vehicles this size is scary.

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How to behave (and not behave) in a hijacking situation

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/7/17 6:40 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Health and Safety, Driving safety, driver training, Driver safety

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In conjunction with our previous blog – Top 29 anti-hijacking tips for truck drivers – today we offer advice on what to do should you (or your drivers) find yourself in the unfortunate situation of an actual hijacking. What’s helpful is you can also apply these tips to your everyday life to ensure you and your family also stay safe.

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Top 29 anti-hijacking tips for truck drivers

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/4/17 4:50 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in HSE best practice, Driving safety, Driver safety, Anti-hijacking

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Although you probably already have security procedures and cameras in place, there remains a need to further educate your employees on how to prevent a hijacking. Some commercial vehicles (such as pick-up and delivery trucks, tractors and trailers, armoured vehicles, mail and package delivery vehicles, etc.) can be especially vulnerable to hijacking attempts. Today we offer advice on the safety procedures your drivers can use to avoid being involved in a hijacking.

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11 tips to combat driver fatigue

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/30/17 6:40 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in fatigue management, Workplace safety, HSE, Driving safety, driver training

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Following on from our previous blog – causes of driver fatigue and how to spot the most common signs – today we bring you 11 tips your drivers can use to combat fatigue.

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Causes of driver fatigue and how to spot the most common signs

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/27/17 7:10 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in fatigue management, Health and Safety, Workplace safety, Driving safety, driver training

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Driver fatigue is a common danger for long-haul drivers. Driving while exhausted significantly increases the risk of a crash – it makes us less aware of what is happening on the road and impairs our ability to respond quickly and safely if a dangerous situation arises. In fact, it is believed to contribute to 30% of road crashes. That’s one out of every three road accidents.

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Checklist: How to find an accredited driver training company

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/20/17 5:45 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in HSE training, HSE, training, Driving safety, driver training

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You understand the advantages of using an accredited training school to train your drivers… but where do you start? If this is your first time looking for a training company with the right fit for your drivers’ needs, the task could be daunting – and exhausting.

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The advantages of accredited driver training

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/16/17 5:30 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Workplace safety, HSE, Driving safety

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 Continuing with our series on safety and your long-distance truck drivers, we review the advantages of provided accredited training to your drivers, taking a look at the pros and cons.

Without further ado, let’s dive in.

Because you’ll be paying to attend a driver training school, you want to ensure that your money buys you the best training. This will guarantee your qualification will meet the right standards and snag you employment sooner rather than later.

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27 top tips for long-distance truck drivers

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/13/17 6:00 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Driving safety

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We continue to help you help your long-haul drivers with these top 27 tips. Remember – you needn’t adopt every one if they don’t all apply to your specific business model. Adopt and adapt as you see fit!

 Note: For tips on driving during bad weather, read our blog here.

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How to keep your drivers safe whatever the weather

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/9/17 5:30 PM / by Chantal Gray posted in Workplace safety, Driving safety

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Following on from our blog on the dangers of using your cell phone while driving, we now begin with a series of blogs on keeping your long-haul drivers safe. Today’s article deals specifically with keeping them safe in all kinds of weather, which is apposite content in a week that’s seen the worst hurricane in 10 decades hit the coast of Florida and a tsunami warning issued for Mexico after an 8.1 magnitude in its capital.

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