It’s a Matter of Trust – Having a Safe Holiday Driving Season
FedEx is in the midst of its busiest time of the year – the holiday shipping season starting with Black Friday and continuing with Cyber Monday and all the way up to Christmas Day. We call it Peak. And yes, it’s capitalized because it is that significant to our business. While it is the time of year when we have the most packages to deliver, it is often combined with the worst weather conditions.
Between all the FedEx operating companies, there are tens of thousands of vehicles on the roads every day. In fact, there probably is not a minute in the 1,440 in a day when there is not a FedEx vehicle on a road somewhere in the U.S.
Given the statistics on congestion and the traffic I experience, those FedEx trucks are not alone out there. So it recently occurred to me whether you drive a commercial or private vehicle, on a quiet residential street or down the interstate for business or pleasure, driving is, at its core, a matter of trust.
Put aside laws, regulations, licenses or certificates you might need to drive. Every day, every hour, and every minute you are on the road – with no exceptions – you have to trust perfect strangers and specifically yourself to drive safely.
You trust them to stay on their side and in their lane. You trust that they see you, maintain their distance from you, go around you safely or wait until you pass. And that’s just the beginning of the list.
As many of us take to the roads for family celebrations near and far, let’s remind each other that safe driving is a matter of trust and that actions speak louder than words.
Drivers for FedEx log billions of miles a year, and below are the actions that they most often site as being safe, neighborly and trusting driving habits (modified in some cases for the holiday season). My wish for everyone on the roads: Drive with care and arrive safely at your destination.
FedEx driving tips
– Inspect your car before a trip. Ensure tires are inflated, lights and wipers work, mirrors set and fluids topped off.
– Be careful approaching/passing trucks. All sides of the truck have blind spots where the driver cannot see you.
– When passing an 18-wheeler, if you can’t see the driver in the truck’s side view mirror, then he or she can’t see you.
– If you turn on windshield wipers to clear rain or snow, also flip on your headlights so others can see you.
– A set of jumper cables and a flashlight with fresh batteries may be the best gift a first-time car owner receives.
– Give the gift of safe arrivals to family and loved ones this holiday season. Drive the speed limit.
– Start every trip well rested and never try to drive through drowsiness. Stopping for a short nap could save your life!
– Clear snow from windows, lights and rooftop to see and be seen. Snow that blows off your car can hinder others.
– A driving distraction is anything that takes focus off the road: calls, texts, adjusting stereo/controls, eating, etc.
– It takes longer to stop when driving in snow or ice. Double the usual one-car space between you and the car ahead of you.
– Seatbelts save lives! The National Safety Council reports that seatbelts reduce risk of traffic fatalities by 45% or more.
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