Only a few things we do on a daily basis are statistically more dangerous than driving a vehicle. We like to hope most auto accidents are without serious injury but nonetheless, tens of thousands of drivers are killed each year on U.S. roads. This is close to home for us Blakely because of the fleet of trucks and drivers we send into the field everyday, and the reason we continually stress safety in ALL aspects of our days.
- Without question, Blakely conducts regular monthly safety inspections and maintenance checks on each and every vehicle in our fleet. These inspections are simple enough to be done at home and we recommend you start doing these periodically. From checking all headlight and signal bulbs to tire pressure and alignment to brake performance, each of these systems plays a critical role in the performance and SAFETY of your vehicle. Even the fluids in your car such as engine oil, coolant, and transmission fluid can be a factor in the safety of your car.
- Of course, we couldn’t mention car safety without giving proper attention to preparing an Emergency Kit to keep in your truck everywhere you go. The fact is, any car can break down at anytime so it’s wisdom to be prepared to keep yourself and passengers safe. When packing your Emergency Kit, first consider the local climate and weather as that can affect what you include. Also pay attention to the first aid supplies such as: gauze, antiseptic spray/liquid, aspirin, bandaids, and an Ace bandage. Other essential items to consider are flashlights, duct tape, extra drinking water, and road flares.
- Shifting gears a bit (ahem!), we want to wrap up with one of the most basic and simple factors related to driving safely – DISTANCE. Not as in how far you have to drive but rather in how much distance you keep between your car and everyone else. By keeping a greater distance, especially as you go faster, you will have more time to react to potential hazards and AVOID collisions – more time to brake, more time to swerve. An easy guide is to keep approximately 1 car length for every 10 mph you’re traveling.
Stay safe out there and thanks for being part of the Blakely family!