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Crashes Do Happen: Tips on Driver Conduct at a Crash Scene

At some time in the future, you may be involved in a vehicle crash. These situations can be stressful and confusing. Before these situations occur, it is important that you understand driver conduct at a crash scene. Remember to be polite and courteous at the scene of a crash. Admit nothing, promise nothing, and do not argue. Do not discuss the crash with anyone except the police and representatives from your own company. Any statements you make may later be used against you; so do not offer any theories, reasons, or excuses to explain why the crash happened.
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Thou Shall Not Commit Tailgating

It's one of the deadliest sins out there on the road. Most drivers are irritated by someone driving closely behind them. If the tailgater is pulling a fully loaded 18-wheeler, it not only causes anger, but also can be downright terrifying. Many motorists who have been tailgated by a truck driver spend the next several days cursing the whole industry to anyone that will listen.  
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Nine Ways to Fight Fatigue out on the Open Road

Are you ready to avoid fatigue-related crashes? Fatigue behind the wheel is a real danger. It can be a killer and happen any time, any where. But, guess what? You can control it. You are the key factor in determining whether or not a fatigue-related crash will happen to you. At Great West Casualty Company, we say to look for warning signs including inattentiveness, erratic driving, tailgating, drifting, or failure to obey traffic signals. Most modern tractors have comfortable seats, relatively quiet cabs, and are temperature controlled. But, while these designs are convenient and comfortable, they can contribute to falling asleep at the wheel. We're all for driving in a fine ride, but we don't want these things to get the best of you when it comes to fatigue while driving.
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Decision Driving: Are You Making the Right Decisions?

Driving a commercial vehicle requires your full attention because it is a decision-making process. Time and motion studies have found that on average a commercial driver will make 160 driving decisions per mile. In a 500-mile tour of duty, that amounts to 80,000 driving decisions. In a 7-day period, that adds up to 560,000 decisions. In a 50-week time frame (leave out 2 weeks for vacation), that can amount to 28 million driving decisions. 
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To Swerve or Not to Swerve: That is the Question

The Answer: Don't Swerve   Loss-of-control crashes are sometimes the result of trying to avoid animals or wildlife that are on the roadway. Swerving to miss an animal is not the way to go. Our Great West Casualty Company team has come up with these essential driving techniques.
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Be Good to Yourself: How to Avoid Back Pain

Get back to the basics Sprains and strains to the muscles, tendons and ligaments, and injury of the disks in the back are common injuries that are often avoidable, but can cause severe pain that may result in an inability to do any type of strenuous activity. Be aware of the causes of back injuries and your lifting limitations. Remembering a few pointers on lifting techniques can help you stay healthy.
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Should You Use On-Board/In-Vehicle Cameras?

They're like an extra pair of eyes On-board/in-vehicle cameras offer a comprehensive driver safety program for identifying, prioritizing, and correcting the causes of poor driving habits, before they lead to a collision. This "programmatic approach helps transportation companies transform their safety culture and ensures bottom-line results: preventing collisions, fraudulent claims, and saving lives. Most units have a continuous loop system.
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Ask a Safety Rep: What's Included in Post-Collision Testing?

QUESTION:  My driver was involved in a recordable collision and the hospital took blood in lieu of a breath alcohol test. Is this allowed by the FMCSA?
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