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Safe lane merging safety talk

Safe lane merging safety talk

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 trucks 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 and merging in exam form
  • Mirror adjustment should be done during this training
  • Report any near misses to be used as a teaching moment

Disclaimer:

This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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