EXAMPLE 5 – Rules For Vehicle Operation

  1. Drive defensively and be prepared to compensate for the unpredictable actions of other less skillful drivers.
  2. Avoid dangerous, unsafe conditions in the roadway, dangerous intersections, and known hazardous streets. Avoid parking your vehicle with a trailer so that backing up is necessary. Backing up should be avoided, if at all possible, by using the “pull-through” technique. If you must back up, a responsible adult should be assigned to help guide you.
  3. Never drive when you are greatly fatigued, not fully alert, or when you are physically ill, physically deficient, or have severe emotional problems.
  4. Understand all traffic laws, signs, and signals, and obey them. Know vehicle weight and size limitations which apply to the operation of a commercial vehicle or vehicle and trailer.
  5. Observe the legal speed limits or use a lower speed if dictated by the existing traffic, weather, and road conditions.
  6. Always position your vehicle in the proper lane well in advance of the turn location so that turns can be accomplished with the proper signals, with due regard for other vehicular traffic. If stopped, while waiting to turn, keep your wheels straight ahead until you can proceed, so that if struck from the rear, you are not forced into oncoming traffic.
  7. Always follow at a safe distance. Drivers who follow too closely are putting themselves and other drivers in serious jeopardy. It is advisable to follow the “two-second” rule, watch the rear of the vehicle ahead and count one thousand one, two thousand two after it passes some point, like a telephone pole. If you pass that same point within two seconds, you are following too closely.
  8. Avoid excessive lane changing and use good judgement in overtaking and passing. Pass other vehicles, moving in the same direction, only when assured of sufficient space to do so. Passing on curves, crests of hills, shoulders, or near side roads or intersections is extremely dangerous.
  9. Using good judgement, always yield the right-of-way when required.
  10. Always avoid distractions while operating a motor vehicle.
  11. Do not smoke or have open flames near when refueling the vehicle.
  12. Never abuse or “hot rod” any vehicle.
  13. Do not jump start any vehicle without proper safety instructions and/or authorization, and never pour gasoline into a carburetor while the engine is turning over. Report defective equipment in time so that it can be maintained to avoid the need for jump-starting.
  14. If your vehicle is in the roadway following an accident, warn approaching drivers of the accident to help prevent them from hitting your vehicle.
  15. If you are involved in an accident, avoid speaking about the accident to anyone or giving personal opinions.
  16. No hitch hikers are to be carried in a company owned vehicle.
  17. Members of a driver’s family or friends will not be carried in a company owned vehicle unless authorized.
  18. Parking tickets or tickets for other traffic violations received while operating a company vehicle are the personal responsibility of the employee cited.
  19. Company vehicles will not be used for personal use unless authorized.

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