The Need For Speed Can Hurt You - New Article By Rainy

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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We have a great new article from Rainy called The Need for Speed Can Hurt You

Being in too much of a hurry is the biggest cause of incidents, accidents, and mistakes for rookie drivers.

Chill out bro!

It's super important to learn how to take things slowly, think everything through, remain patient, and think long term. Everyone cares about safety but sometimes we become flustered by the five thousands things we have to think about all the time.

Rainy spells out how important it is to take your time and think with a clear mind. She also gives a long list of benefits (including $$$ in your pocket!) that come from slowing that truck down a little bit on the highway.

Enjoy!

The Need for Speed Can Hurt You

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Rainy, if we had a like button I'd be all over it! Those were very well put thoughts on the subject, obviously coming from someone who's learned these things by experiencing them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Turtle's Comment
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Great article Rainy, as always!

I'd like to add something regarding navigating through parking lots, whether it be at a customer or a truck stop. This is something that has stuck with me from the moment I heard it.

I attended a company safety meeting during my first week at Prime. In that meeting, our safety director threw this little tidbit of info at us:

In 2016, Prime (being a self-insured company) spent $51,000,000 in accident related claims. Yeah that's right. 51 million!

Of all those accidents, 74% happened in parking lots!

Let that sink in, folks. Rainy makes a very serious point. Slow down!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Great article Rainy, as always!

I'd like to add something regarding navigating through parking lots, whether it be at a customer or a truck stop. This is something that has stuck with me from the moment I heard it.

I attended a company safety meeting during my first week at Prime. In that meeting, our safety director threw this little tidbit of info at us:

In 2016, Prime (being a self-insured company) spent $51,000,000 in accident related claims. Yeah that's right. 51 million!

Of all those accidents, 74% happened in parking lots!

Let that sink in, folks. Rainy makes a very serious point. Slow down!

The parking lot mishaps; similar frequency at Swift.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jeremy C.'s Comment
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That was an awesome article. Making money (and save lives and equipment) by going slower. Who'd a thunk it?

Especially nice touch about not forgetting your license or a receipt, etc. And also the thing about catching those mistakes on the delivery route, cause that could really suck (and it's the perfect mistake for one of us newbies to make.)

Note to self: Go over paperwork two or three times while route planning.

Rush, rush, rush can suck more than just something that happens while driving. Hoping to share this article in class after lunch break. This is perfect adcice for newbies like me and others.

Oh yeah, I really like the truck pictured at the top of that article, too. :-D

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bran009's Comment
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Great article as usual Rainy! As I'm getting closer to making this dream come true I am trying to take in everyone's good advice more, so thanks!

PS: Jeremy, that is definitely a sweet truck in the pic I agree. I'm guessing it a super sleeper?

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Rainy, if we had a like button I'd be all over it! Those were very well put thoughts on the subject, obviously coming from someone who's learned these things by experiencing them.

Yes, i was quite proficient in screwing up lol

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Yes, i was quite proficient in screwing up lol

I totally get that. I tell people I've got a Ph.d from the University of Hard Knocks.

G-Town's Comment
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Rainy this is your best work to date. Very well done, applicable for all of us.

Great job!

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Rainy this is your best work to date. Very well done, applicable for all of us.

Great job!

Thank You G Town

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and as encouragement to new drivers, i still screw up, just not as badly and i dont let it distract me....which leads to accidents. you will screw up to. just learn from it and make different screw ups later hahahaha

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