Speed and space management are two critical components to safety on the road. Speed management, means knowing how fast you are driving and space management helps to prevent any rear-end collisions on the road.
Knowing how fast or slow to drive is a vital part of road safety. Speed management means knowing how fast to drive according to the stopping distance required, the shape of the road, traffic flow, the condition of the road surface, visibility conditions and above all else, knowing the posted speed limit for the area you are driving in.
The length of your vehicle is key to space management. Space management helps BCOs avoid rear-end collisions. In ideal conditions keeping at least a 6 second following distance is crucial. As speed increases and driving conditions change, owner-operators should add one or more seconds to their following distance.
For speeds below 40 MPH, drivers should use one second for each 10 feet of vehicle length. For speeds above 40 MPH, use one second for each 10 feet of vehicle length and then add one more second.
Under certain conditions, safety experts say it’s important to add more following distance. Here is a list of space management guidelines in certain conditions:
- Add one second for each poor driving condition, ie: snow, ice, rain
- Add one second for every two hours of driving time
- Add a tailgater’s following distance to your following stance
- Add an additional second for specified vehicles, ie: over dimensional, doubles, tanks
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