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‘Be Safe, Drive Smart’ campaign offers tips to motorists

first_img Previous articleBioMed Realty Strengthens World-Class Platform with Promotions and Addition to its Senior Management TeamNext articleAbbott promises energy industry protection Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – January 28, 2021 Twitter Pinterest ‘Be Safe, Drive Smart’ campaign offers tips to motorists Facebook TxDOT logo AUSTIN The Texas Department of Transportation is reminding all drivers to take extra precautions when driving around trucks. Thousands of large trucks and tractor-trailers travel busy Texas highways every day. Weighing 20 times more than an average car, “big rigs” require more time to accelerate and decelerate and have large blind spots that other motorists need to be aware of to help avoid a potentially deadly crash. An 80,000-pound, loaded tractor-trailer going 65 mph can take as much as the length of a football field to come to a complete stop, which is why motorists should avoid driving too closely or swerving in front of a large truck, a news release said. Tractor-trailers and large trucks also have more and larger blind spots than passenger vehicles do. It’s important to try to stay out of these blind spots around the front, back and sides of trucks. A good rule of thumb for motorists to remember is that if they can’t see the truck driver in the truck’s side mirror, that truck driver can’t see them or their vehicle either. To help keep everyone safe on the road, TxDOT asks motorists to give trucks plenty of room and observe the following safety tips when driving around large trucks: Pass trucks safely by waiting until you can see both truck headlights in your rearview mirror before moving back into your lane. Pass a truck only when it’s legal and safe. Stay away from a truck’s “No Zones,” blind spot areas in which crashes are more likely to occur. No Zones include the blind spots along each side, the space up to 20 feet in front of the cab, and the area up to 200 feet behind the trailer. Maintain a safe following distance. Be sure you can see the driver in the truck’s side mirror. Never cross behind a truck that is backing up. Don’t squeeze between a truck and the curb. Trucks make wide right turns, and the driver may not see you. The release said “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” is a key component of #EndTheStreakTX, a broader social media and word-of-mouth effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while behind the wheel such as wearing a seat belt, driving the speed limit, never texting and driving and never driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Nov. 7, 2000, was the last deathless day on Texas roadways. #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to commit to driving safely to help end the streak of daily deaths on Texas roadways.center_img Twitter Pinterest Local News Facebook WhatsApp TAGS  last_img read more

Set a leadership example through humility

first_imgAs this year comes to a close, I have been thinking a lot about leadership. The word that keeps coming to mind is humility.One of the things that sets great credit unions apart is great leaders. Unlike great lending strategies or growth practices, leadership isn’t something that can be easily adopted. The principles themselves are easy, but it is fundamentally thinking of yourself and others in a different way, which is much harder work. Humility is indeed a central ingredient of great leadership.I often hear “Oh I just love that person! He/she is so humble.” But often I see those people putting themselves down or devaluing their work, and that definition has never jived well with me. Then in church this past Sunday, the teacher shared a quote from C.S. Lewis about humility and it clicked:“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”Humility is having a healthy respect for yourself and your value. Humility is not self-deprecation or ripping on yourself. In fact, it sets a bad example for future leaders who think that they must put themselves down in front of others in order to be gain the respect of others. This causes a chain reaction because not respecting yourself often decreases the respect others have for you.If being a better leader in 2018 is one of your New Year’s Resolutions, do yourself a big favor and start by being a great leader to YOU. Take pride in the things you have accomplished, celebrate those successes, and be a great leader by learning how to serve others around you by focusing on them and their needs.Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! 48SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: Detailslast_img read more