IC Safety from Protective Insurance Company
December 2017 An exclusive publication for Protective's independent contractors
Parked trucks
Techniques for Safe Parking
Costly collisions don’t always happen at high speeds. Minor incidents from a slow moving or parked position can add up to large costs because they occur so frequently. Educate your drivers on the procedures below and keep these from leaving a dent in your wallet!
Make sure your mirrors are properly adjusted throughout the day.
• When parking on narrow roadways or streets, pull out of the lane of traffic as far as you can, put on your four-way hazard flashers and fold your traffic-side mirrors to avoid having them struck.
• When returning to your vehicle, check around the vehicle for obstacles and look for the best way to exit.
Watch for pedestrians and fixed objects.
• When parking in a lot, scan the area and look for where you are going to park and how you will need to exit the area.
Make backing a last resort, as it can be very dangerous. Always park your vehicle so that you can drive forward to leave whenever possible.
Check your tail swing on the side of your vehicle closest to the curb by looking in the mirror on that side of the vehicle.
• If you are delivering to a new customer and you are unsure of where to park, call ahead and ask for specific instructions.
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