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Fleet Safety Video Tip: Establishing a Pre-Trip Routine

June 20, 2014

VIDEO: Pre-Trip Preparation

This video from Liberty Mutual offers some basic safety advice that drivers can take before hitting the road. By establishing a simple pre-trip routine, drivers can ensure they stay on top of basic vehicle maintenance needs and also enhance their own safety and comfort en route to the next client.

For example, it’s important to take time to position the seat and mirrors properly – especially before a long trip.

Here’s some advice from AAA on positioning the driver’s seat. You may want to pass this along to your fleet drivers as a friendly reminder:

  • You should be seated in a comfortable and upright position, squarely behind the steering wheel.
  • Your head restraint should be adjusted so that the top of the restraint is at a point slightly above your ears and – if possible – within 3 inches of the back of your head.
  • Your seat should be positioned so you can easily operate the accelerator and brake pedals without having to lift your heel from the floor.
  • If you are shorter than 5 feet 5 inches, you may need to use pedal extensions in vehicles not equipped with adjustable height pedals.
  • You shouldn't sit too close to the steering wheel. It interferes with steering, increases fatigue, causes stress and can injure you if the airbag deploys. Aim for about 10 to 12 inches between the center of the steering wheel and your sternum (or breastbone).

When properly positioned in the seat, as described above, a driver should be able to see the ground within 12 to 15 feet to the front, one and one-half to two car widths to the right side, and one-half to one car width to the left side.

To watch the Liberty Mutual video and learn more steps to add to your pre-trip routine, click on the photo or link above.

To watch an AutoFocus video on how to properly position the mirrors, click on the photo or link below.

VIDEO: How to Adjust Your Car's Mirrors 

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