Hurricane Irene will be kicking off the hurricane season this weekend, so now's your last chance to start thinking about contingency planning, communications, and training. We posted a quick snippet about dealing with crosswinds from our Hazard Awareness driver training below.
In addition, we've been talking to fleet managers from our customer base, and here's a few tips they've been sharing:
- No load is worth your life or the life of other people on the road. If it gets crazy, get off the road. Period.
- Civilians will have their cars stuffed to the roof with all their earthly possessions, and will probably be a little crazy as they flee the hurricane. Be careful. Be patient.
- Crosswinds with a light load make you more likely to tip over or to jackknife.
- Crosswinds can blow you into other lanes — stay alert.
- Hydroplaning can be terrifying: get your foot off the accelerator and ease onto the brakes.
- Once you're stopped, if you need to communicate with your family or dispatch, use texting as much as possible vs. phone calls. Text messages use less bandwidth, and are more likely to get through an overloaded cellular system.
- Hazard Awareness
- Skid Control
- Speed Management
- Rollover Prevention
- Tanker Rollover Prevention
- Emergency Maneuvers
- Emergency Response Plans