Safety Tip Of The Week-Wildlife Awareness

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  1. mjd4277

    mjd4277 Road Train Member

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    Drivers-take note of Rule# 4- DON’T SWERVE!!
    We have Bambi Bumpers on the front of our trucks for this very reason!!
     
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  3. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    I bet 100 bucks that same safety dept is gonna throw their driver under the bus for hitting a deer. Saying it was preventable
     
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    mjd4277 Road Train Member

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    If the driver swerves and ends up going into ditch, lays over the truck or collides with someone else or something else maybe. But if you HOLD YOUR LANE and the safety and risk departments review the dashcam footage which verifies it then it’ll be ruled a non-preventable.
    With one of my previous trucks I’ve hit:
    3 deer(2 does & 1 juvenile 5 point buck)
    2 raccoons that have gone to the trash cans in the sky
    1 possum that’s playing dead for real
    1 bird of prey (possibly a Cooper’s hawk)
    1 squirrel and to top it all off
    1 armadillo (was in Texas Hill Country).
    For all of those- I didn’t swerve once.
     
  5. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I run a chemical tanker and I wouldn't swerve to miss a car much less a deer
     
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    aussiejosh Road Train Member

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    Yeah this reminds me of when I started hauling road trains, we were told by our trainer during one of the induction, orientation days with a training video, showing a pic of a driver at night time when a cow walked across the road and he swerved its a natural reaction and takes a lot of practice to actually hold your steering straight and not automatically react to the situation, although it is much easier to swerve with a single trailer however if your hauling 3 or four trailers behind you its usually the third and forth trailer that will fish tail, its ok to brake if you chose to use the trailer brakes only as it will pull you up backwards, never hit the maxi's. With roo's it was never an issue, they are much smaller than a deer, camel, cow, bull, horse, or pig. One just kept driving.
     
  9. loudtom

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    Maybe they thought saving the best tip for last was a good idea, but how many drivers are going to actually read the whole thing? I would put the most important one first. If you don't drive faster than you can see ahead of you, none of the other tips really matter.
     
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