Test your knowledge about summer driving

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  • Test your knowledge to see if you are prepared for
    this summer's weather challenges.

  • When approaching an unfamiliar roadway, which appears to be flooded, to get to your destination you should:

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    Drive through quickly so momentum will carry you through.
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    Drive through slowly so you can back out if there is a problem.
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    Find an alternate route.
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    Walk out into the flooded roadway to test the water depth.

    Find an alternate route. Vehicles can easily become stalled in flooded roadways, and both vehicles and people can be swept away in shallow, but fast moving water.

  • Summer is road construction season. When approaching construction zones where lanes are reduced, you should:

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    Try to get ahead of other traffic.
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    Make sure no one cuts in front of you.
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    Become upset because of the impending delay.
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    Slow down and drive defensively because other drivers may be doing all of the above.

    Slow down and drive defensively because other drivers may be driving aggressively or become upset due to delays.

  • Tailgating the car in front of you is acceptable because:

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    You will get to your destination two seconds faster than if you maintained a safe following distance.
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    Other drivers like to see your gorgeous face close up in their rear-view mirror.
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    Because you are actually the super hero, Speed Ranger, and have lightning fast reflexes.
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    Tailgating is never acceptable.

    Tailgating is never acceptable. You do not have adequate time to react if the vehicles in front of you do something unexpectedly or you become distracted.

  • While driving during summer you should expect:

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    More bicyclists and motorcycles on the road.
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    Vacationing travelers who may not be familiar with the roadway.
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    Cars full of teenage kids being driven by distracted teenagers.
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    All of the above.

    Drivers should anticipate all of these during the summer months and drive cautiously when encountering them.

  • The most common type of collision between a car and motorcycle is:

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    Car rear-ending a motorcycle.
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    Car hitting a motorcycle head on.
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    Car turning in front of motorcycle.
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    Motorcycle rear-ending a car.

    Car turning in front of motorcycle. Motorcycles have a smaller profile, making them more difficult to see, and making it difficult to perceive their distance.

  • The recommended following distance for a car is two seconds. Commercial trucks and buses require four to eight seconds, depending on their size. This is under ideal conditions. What conditions require drivers to increase their following distance beyond these recommendations?

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    When pulling a trailer.
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    When fog or smoke decreases visibility.
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    When roadways are wet.
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    All of the above.

    All of the above. Anytime driving conditions are not ideal, one or more seconds should be added to your following distance.

  • It is acceptable for experienced drivers to perform secondary tasks, such as texting, reading and applying makeup while driving as they know how to do it safely:

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    True
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    False

    Performing secondary tasks is dangerous and should not be done by anyone.

  • Bicyclists are required to follow the same rules of the road as motorists:

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    True
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    False

    Bicyclists are required to follow the same rules of the road as motorists. However, not all cyclists are aware of this or follow the rules. Be on the lookout for cyclists riding toward oncoming traffic, failing to stop or yield at intersections, or failing to signal turns.

  • What is a "stale green light"?

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    A worn-out bulb on a traffic signal – you should inform your local street department.
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    A new lite beer with a twist of lime.
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    A traffic signal that has been green for some time, which may turn yellow before you reach the intersection.
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    A warning light indicating a flooded roadway – look for another route.

    A traffic signal that has been green for some time. If you approach a traffic light that has been green since you first saw it, the light may be changing soon to yellow. Anticipate the change and prepare to stop.

  • After it starts to rain on a hot day, the road surface can immediately become slippery because:

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    Water and heat doesn't mix well.
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    Oils that have been collected on the roadway become slippery.
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    Your tires don't like the heat.
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    The road is not a sponge.

    Oils that have been accumulated on the roadway since the last rain become more slippery until they are washed away. On hot days, oils seeping from the pavement increase this hazard.

  • Your results:  out of 

    Your score:

    Use your score to find out how prepared you are for this summer's driving challenges.

    • 10 Well done. Drive safely this summer!
    • 8-9 Good job, but you should review a few points.
    • 6-7 It's time to adjust your driving habits before its too late.
    • 5 or less Your wheels are spinning and you need help.

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This quiz is a tool only and does not cover all possible conditions or constitute legal advice. Travelers and its affiliates disclaim all forms of warranties, without limitation and shall not be liable to any party for any damages arising out of or in connection with the information provided or its use. No coverage is implied. Please drive safely.

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Transportation Safety Management Process

Managing a business today involves managing many types of risk. The Total Transportation Management Process can help you better manage your drivers and their safety, as well as keep vehicles in good working order. Driver selection, qualification, technology, training and a safety program are factors to consider when ensuring the protection of your employees, vehicles and company's bottom line.



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Driver Selection

Two of the most important aspects of a transportation safety system are understanding who your drivers are and having consistent high standards in your driver hiring practices.

Identifying Drivers

Consultants, engineers, salespeople or office managers — anyone who drives a vehicle on the job should be considered a driver, even if driving is not his or her main job.

Driver Hiring

Picking the right employee to drive for your company is the foundation of a strong and secure transportation safety program. Everything else is built on the basis of hiring the right driver.

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Selecting and Managing the Safe Driver

New Driver Orientation

New drivers should understand the rules of your organization, as well as the rules of the road.

Non-owned and Hired

Employees who drive rentals or their own vehicles are also company drivers. Protect your organization accordingly.

Non-owned Vehicle Controls

Driver Qualification

Selecting the right driver is just the start. Drivers have to be qualified (and periodically requalified) to ensure that they still meet your standards for safety in the workplace and on the road.

Regulated Drivers

The Department of Transportation has qualification standards for regulated drivers. Be sure that drivers follow both the government standards and your own.

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MVRs - A Driver Management Tool

Motor Vehicle Records

A motor vehicle record (MVR) can be one of the best tools to manage drivers, but they are only as good as the management structure built to interpret and use them properly.

Consistency

Are your driver qualification standards consistent? Your summer intern and best salesperson pose the same liability — be consistent with the rules.

Corrective Action Policy

Even our best drivers can sometimes make mistakes. A good driver qualification program anticipates this, has a plan to hold drivers accountable and correct their behavior.

Driver Performance and Accountability

Transportation Safety Program

Now that you've selected the right drivers, it's time to look at your safety program. Determine the best way to tie the program into your daily operations and driver management.

Driver Feedback

Every driver, even if driving is only a portion of that employee's job, should receive regular feedback on his or her driving performance.

Driver Fatigue

A tired driver can be as dangerous as a drunken driver — understand the demands your operations place on driver wellness.

Mobile Technology

Mobile technology such as smart phones keeps us connected, but also can distract us from driving safely. Reducing this risk starts with a commitment from management to limit or eliminate the need for constant availability.

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Science of Distracted Driving

What's Distracting Your Driving?

Accident Investigation

Accident investigations are more than following distances and police reports. A good analysis looks for the root causes in operations and employee selection.

REACT Accident Analysis for Transportation

Vehicles and Technology

Once you've done the hard work of selecting and organizing your drivers, now you need to have the right vehicle with the right safety features to do the job.

Maintenance

When drivers are on the road, they rely on vehicles that are in good condition and properly maintained.

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Flatbed Cargo Securement

Vehicle Selection

Not all vehicles are appropriate for all jobs. Having the right vehicle and the right safety equipment can make the difference.

Electronic Monitoring

Drivers no longer have to be lone workers, isolated from management. Modern vehicle telematics can help you understand your driver's behaviors and provide coaching.

Coaching Drivers with Vehicle Telematics

Vehicle Concentrations

Storms, fire, and other disasters can destroy your vehicles as surely as a collision. Reduce the risk of a total fleet loss by avoiding vehicle concentrations.

Training

Once you know who your drivers are, have a selection process in place with an ongoing qualification process, a comprehensive fleet safety program and a good vehicle program, now is the time to keep your drivers' skills fresh through training.

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Supervisor Talk: Mobile Technology, Cell Phones and Distracted Driving

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Driving Safely for Light Trucks and Cargo Vans