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Southern Ute Community Action Programs (SUCAP)
Section 2 Emergency and Legal Procedures – Accident Prevention
- The safety of passengers, employees and travelers on the street or highway must be given precedence over every other consideration.
- Exercising good judgment in avoiding risks, and strictly complying with rules and instructions will, in most instances, prevent accidents.
- Do not assume that all pedestrians or motorists will exercise the same degree of care and caution that you do. When nearing a street or highway crossing, look out for pedestrians and automobiles approaching from both directions, give sufficient warning, and take no chances. Don’t force right-of-way at the risk of an accident.
- When approaching any vehicles being driven ahead of you, slow down to a speed that will enable you to stop, as the driver ahead may be forced to make a sudden stop because of other traffic or a change in traffic signals.
- When passing another moving vehicle, watch the vehicle closely; at any moment the other driver may turn toward you to avoid collision with another vehicle stopping in the street or moving out from a parking space. Watch out for vehicles starting out from the curb that may turn sharply into your path. Sound your horn and reduce your speed. In passing either standing or moving vehicles, maintain sufficient clearance.
- When a vehicle passes you and cuts in front of you, reduce speed and prepare to stop. If the driver is preparing to turn, it is possible he/she will be forced to stop in front of you because of opposing traffic.
- Be a good judge of your own speed and the distance required to stop the bus. At twenty miles per hour you are moving thirty feet per second. Those who exert every effort at the last second to avoid an accident and think they have done their best are mistaken. The best way to avoid an accident is to foresee traffic development and start precautionary actions a few seconds sooner, when possible. A split second can save the five or ten feet your bus might otherwise move after an accident. In all cases BE PREPARED TO STOP TEN FEET BACK. Keep the right side of your bus close enough to the curb or parked vehicles to keep traffic from entering on your right side.
- Rough starts or stops, operation at reckless speeds, inadequate distance from vehicle ahead, or other safety rule violations sooner or later result in accidents.
- You will avoid a frequent type of accident and actually save time when an elderly or infirm person is hurrying to board or alight by saying to him: “Take your time; be careful.”
- Do not open the doors until the bus is stopped and close doors before starting. Check rear-view mirror. Look to the left, to the right and ahead before starting.
- Any act of gross carelessness, indifference, or recklessness will be regarded as evidence of unfitness of an employee for such responsible duties.