Safety Talks

Safe lane merging safety talk

Safe lane merging

Lane merging is a common factor to deal with when driving; whether temporary in a construction zone, a permanent merge lane such as an on a ramp or when a highway narrows. Merging can be especially challenging and dangerous for truckers and one of the most common causes of heavy and semi-truck crashes.

Areas to consider:

  • Know blind spots well and when in question play it safe and give ample room to merge
  • Signal well ahead of lane switching to allow other drivers to stay back or go past
  • Merge slowly paying special attention to vehicles passing on the right side of the truck
  • Ensure mirrors are optimally placed for viewing passing vehicles
  • Watch for vehicles that are suddenly “missing” that may be in a blind spot

Training:

  • Practice merging techniques with the team in a safe environment
  • Learn blind spots
  • Practice changing lanes/merging in exam form
  • Mirror adjustment should be done during this training
  • Report any near misses to be used as a teaching moment
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