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1 Document Name: Driving Skills Date Created: 8 October 2013 Date Reviewed: 4 February 2014 Date Approved: 29 July 2015 Purpose: To outline necessary driving skills required to maximize driving safety. Overview: Drivers must possess a valid Driver s License issued by the state where they reside. Driving records are reviewed prior to employment with R&K Foods and periodically thereafter. Tickets and accidents may determine future employment as a driver. Drivers are held responsible for all tickets or infractions incurred while on duty with R&K. All drivers must demonstrate basic driving skills. Washington Drivers must know: California Drivers must know: Oregon Drivers must know: Basic vehicle operation skills include but are not limited to: Familiarization with common truck interior, gauges (fuel, battery, odometer, tachometer) locking steering wheel, emergency brake (both hand and foot), windshield wiper operation. Know your interior Become familiar with common features of truck interiors. Features to know (Isuzu NPR): Tachometer Speedometer Overdrive Button Flashers Lights Wipers / Turn Signals Idle Dial - Overdrive button is used to save fuel during in-city driving. Disengage for freeway driving. - Idle dial may be used to expedite vehicle warm-up during cold temperatures. Rotate clockwise to raise engine idle speed after vehicle is turned on. Be sure to turn down before departure. Refer to owners manual for other features and gauges not listed here. Blind Spots - Know how to properly adjust side mirrors to cover blind spots. Look over your shoulder in the direction you plan to move. Be sure no one is near the rear corners of your vehicle. These areas are called blind spots because you cannot see them through your mirrors. You must turn your head and look to see vehicles in your blind spot. Document Number: BP Revision: C Reviewed by: HO/Ron Approved by: HO/Ron 1 DC0000

2 Check quickly. Do not take your eyes off the road ahead for more than an instant. Traffic ahead of you could stop suddenly while you are checking traffic to the sides, rear, or over your shoulder. Also, use your mirrors to check traffic while you are preparing to change lanes, merge, or pull onto the roadway. Use bubble/big/bubble method When performing lane changes or when backing. Practice using the bubble (or split ) mirror first, then the Big mirror, then the bubble mirror to clear the blind spot. Keep an eye on vehicles ahead of you at the same time. Check mirrors several times, if you need to, but not for too long a period at any one time. You must keep track of what traffic is doing in front of you and in the lane you are entering. Check the far lane. Be sure to check the far lane, if there is one. Someone in that lane may be planning to move into the same lane you want to enter. Know and obey the law Know rules of the road. Read street signs, know the speed limit, follow lane indicators, use common sense while driving. Some common signs to know: Warning signs These signs are usually yellow with black lettering or symbols and most are diamond shaped. These signs warn you to slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary. They warn you of sharp curves, special situations, speed zones, or hazards ahead. Work Area Signs - These construction, maintenance, or emergency operations signs are generally diamond or rectangle shaped and orange with black letters or symbols. They warn you that people are working on or near the roadway. These warnings include reduced speed, detour, slow moving vehicles ahead, and poor or suddenly changing road surfaces. In work areas, traffic may be controlled by a person with a sign or flag. You must obey these persons. Motorists must yield to any highway construction personnel, vehicles with flashing yellow lights, or equipment inside a highway construction or maintenance work zone. Regulatory Signs - These signs are square, rectangular, or have a special shape and are usually white, red, or black with black, red, white, or green letters or symbols. They give you information about rules for traffic direction, lane use, turning, speed, parking, and other special situations. Some regulatory signs have a red circle with a red slash over a symbol. These signs prohibit certain actions, such as, no left turn, no right turn, no U turn, etc. Guide Signs Common types include: Destination signs These signs are square or rectangular shaped and are green or brown with white lettering. They show directions and distance to various locations such as cities, airports, or state lines or to special areas such as national parks, historical areas, or museums. Service signs These signs are square or rectangular shaped and are blue or brown with white letters or symbols. They show the location of various services such as rest areas, gas stations, campgrounds, or hospitals. Route number signs The shape and color of route number signs indicate the type of roadway - interstate, U.S., state, city, or county road. When planning a trip, use a road map to determine your route. During the trip, follow the route signs to prevent you from getting lost. Turn signals Use 100ft before residential turn or lane change or 200ft before highway exit. Leave signal on until lane change or turn completion. 2

3 Backing Backing is discouraged. Back up only when necessary. Whenever possible / practical park vehicles so backing is not required to exit. When backing (to a dock or other location) is required, use the following pattern to approach the space: Dock Use a spotter Whenever practical, use a spotter to assist with backing. Use caution, check mirrors frequently. Back up slowly. Parking Park legally. Be aware of crosswalks, sidewalks, fire hydrants, driveways, loading zones, red striping, quiet zones in neighborhoods, pay parking, etc. Turn off cooler when parked in a quiet zone. Use flashers for short term parking if parked along a side street or area where other vehicles may pass close by. Lane Position Use lane centerline as an imaginary divider between driver position and passenger position in vehicle cab. This will assist in insuring vehicle is properly centered in lane of travel. Multi lane roads are numbered from left to right. Lane 1 is the extreme left. Know what lane you are in. Preferred lane of travel is extreme right lane, except when passing. Within the lane of travel, the preferred method is to stay to the left side of center. Most sideswipe accidents occur on the right side. Turn Radius Use back tires as center of imaginary circle to determine proper turn radius. Check Vehicle Safety points As outlined in the Vehicle Checklist in the hand held, verify proper operation of lights, flashers, brake lights, tires, etc. before driving any R&K vehicle. Note any deficiencies in hand held device or report to dispatch. Check doors before departure Every time! Make sure the back doors are properly secured before departure at every stop. 3

4 Obey speed limit It s R&K policy that all vehicles are driven at or below the posted speed limit. In residential areas with no posted speed limit, it is assumed to be 25MPH. Keep safe distance Loaded trucks and vans weigh much more than passenger vehicles and require more stopping distance. Trucks have steel frames and do not crumple the way cars are designed too. Maintain safe speed and stopping distance. Use the 10ft rule: 10ft per 10mph. Stop before you have to Practice safe stopping by stopping before you have to, then roll up to destination. Load is unsecured Use caution, smooth movements, safe driving speeds and proper distance. Remember your load is unsecured. Know your vehicle height and weight limits Some R&K vehicle height and weight limits are noted in the upper left corner of the windshield. If your vehicle height and weigh limit information is not readily available, it is up to the driver to find this information before operating the vehicle. Read street signs and be alert for restrictions. 4

5 Road conditions Be aware of changing road conditions. Wet roads, hills, leaf covered roads, snow, wind, rain, sun glare, darkness are common weather related occurrences that are causes for accidents. Use caution and maintain awareness of changing conditions. Pedestrians Stay alert for pedestrians and bicyclists at all times. Pedestrians have the right of way in nearly every case. Bicyclists are required to follow the rules of the road, too, but they are hard to spot, so stay alert. No distractions While driving, do not use electronic devices, or other distractions. There is no smoking in R&K vehicles. Eating is discouraged. No pets allowed. Diesel vs Gas Know the fuel type. Mixing fuels may result in engine damage! Many diesel vehicles use glow plugs to warm fuel chambers for easy starting. The warm up time is typically indicated by a tone or whistling squeal and/or by an indicator lamp (that looks like a light bulb) on the instrument panel after the key is turned to the on position. Wait until the squeal stops and/or the indicator light turns off BEFORE starting vehicle. Ramps and Lift gates Know how to properly operate the type of ramp or lift gate. Ensure there is space to extend without obstruction. It is preferred that ramps be raised and closed while not in use to prevent damage by other vehicles or to prevent possible injury to passersby. Whenever possible to alert others, place orange cones at the far end corners of ramps left down. BE SURE TO RAISE RAMP FULLY BEFORE DEPARTURE! Lights, Running Lights and Interior Cargo Lights Ensure all lights are working properly and turned off when not in use especially cargo lamps inside the box. 5

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