Disaster Preparedness

Natural Disaster Preparedness

Driving can be hazardous at any time, but the dangers can be magnified when Mother Nature strikes. Learn how to prepare for extreme conditions and help help protect your vehicles and employees using our motor carrier and driver safety tips below. For further assistance, please contact our Safety/Loss Control Department at 800-782-8902 x3805 or safety@lancerinsurance.com.

Hurricane PreparednessHURRICANE SAFETY TIPS FOR MOTOR CARRIERS & DRIVERS

Your level of preparation before a hurricane's arrival can determine how well your company weathers the storm and how quickly you recover from it. Commercial motor vehicle operations are strongly advised to review the following important precautions to help protect vehicles and employees from the dangers of a hurricane:

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For additional information on preparing your operation for a hurricane, please consult the following:

Hurricane PreparednessSEVERE RAIN SAFETY TIPS FOR MOTOR CARRIERS & DRIVERS

Heavy rain creates dangerous driving conditions. Commercial motor vehicle companies operating during extreme rain events should review the following important precautions to help avoid storm-related accidents:

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After the storm, be very aware that flooded vehicles will find their way into the mainstream used vehicle markets. All vehicles should be thoroughly inspected before being purchased.

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Hurricane PreparednessEXTREME WIND SAFETY TIPS FOR MOTOR CARRIERS & DRIVERS

Commercial vehicles, because of their height and size, are more susceptible to the force of winds than other vehicles. Transportation companies operating in extreme wind conditions should remind their drivers of these important precautions to help avoid weather-related accidents:

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Importantly, if winds are severe enough to prevent safe driving, pull off the road to a safe and legal area, away from trees, power lines or other objects that could fall onto your vehicle, until dangers have subsided (see FMCSR 392.14). Try to get behind a large object, such as a building, or turn head-on into the wind when you park; avoid parking broadside.

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For additional information on operating in high-wind situations, please consult the following:

Hurricane PreparednessSNOWSTORM SAFETY TIPS FOR MOTOR CARRIERS & DRIVERS

When winter weather strikes, drivers face out-of-the-ordinary challenges. Commercial motor vehicle companies operating during extreme winter weather events should review the following important precautions to help avoid accidents associated with the adverse weather:

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For additional information on preparing your operation during winter storms, please consult the following:

Hurricane PreparednessWILDFIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR MOTOR CARRIERS & DRIVERS

Heavy smoke and ash from wildfires can pollute air quality and create dangerous driving conditions. Commercial motor vehicle companies operating in wildfire-affected areas should remind their drivers of these important precautions:

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Motor carriers should also establish a communication system that requires scheduled contact times with drivers so they can be updated on wildfire conditions. Adhere to the company's electronic device usage policy so drivers are not using cell phones while operating the vehicle.

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For additional information on preparing your operation during active wildfires, please consult the following: