Steer Clear of Black Ice

Of all the driving hazards associated with winter, there is one condition that even professional truck drivers’ fear- black ice.  Black ice shows up on pavement when it is least expected.  Dry pavement becomes a shiny, slippery surface in a matter of a few feet, making other vehicles, ditches, guard rails and even buildings an more…

Safety Tips for Driving in Bad Weather

Tips on handling the common hazards of driving in rain, fog, snow, and ice:   Slippery roads (wet/icy): Stay below posted speed limits To avoid hydroplaning, try to drive in the tracks of the car in front of you Know your vehicle’s braking system Watch for icy patches on bridges and in the shade Increase more…

Hit the Brakes (or Don’t)

Rain, snow and wind make driving extremely hazardous. In fact, the adverse weather conditions create double trouble. Congested traffic, winding curves and steep hills make driving difficult enough during normal conditions. But, when we combine these road conditions with wind and wet weather, a whole new set of circumstances are introduced. We must adjust our more…

Strategies to Combat Drowsy Driving

“Most people think that sleepiness and drowsiness are only due to lack of sleep, but there are other factors that affect your levels of alertness throughout the day. These include staying awake for 16 hours or more, sleeping less than seven or eight hours a night, having interrupted sleep or suffering from an untreated sleep more…

Preventing Motor Vehicle Fires

Motor vehicle fires can be more terrifying than a serious collision. Although the frequency of vehicle fires is quite low, when one does occur, the severity is sky high. Some causes of vehicle fires are smoking, dragging brakes, overheated tires and faulty wiring and exhaust systems. We must be just as careful, if not more more…

Don’t Go Red in Road Construction Zones

There are only two real seasons: winter and construction. When it’s finally pleasant enough out on the road to head out on a long drive and not worry about snow and ice, you’ve suddenly got orange cones, detours, and heavy machinery to worry about. Construction zones on roadways come in all shapes and sizes, and more…

Back Problems Become Big Problems for Truck Drivers

Long hours behind the wheel can mean logging lots of time getting jostled, shaken and otherwise put through the ringer on the road. For drivers who go the distance, back pain can be a daily occurrence. Unfortunately, driving long distances frequently can also mean a greater chance of chronic back pain that stays with you more…

Oil Transportation Company Finds a Strategic Partner in PayneWest

When conversations began with Rocky Mountain Crude Oil in 2017, it started with reviewing the unique truck insurance needs they had related to their business model. Rocky Mountain is a midstream energy services provider, safely transporting oil from upstream production sites to refineries in Colorado, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Texas and New Mexico. Not only more…