Anti-Skid Advice From AAA
Anti-Skid Advice From AAA

Anti-Skid Advice From AAA


The Associated General Contractors of Vermont

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street

Montpelier, VT 05601

Tel: (802) 223-2374

FAX: (802) 223-1809



July 15, 2016

Vermont Highway


2016 Year-to-Date: 34

2015 At this time: 23

2014 At this time: 22

2013 At this time: 30

Source: Vermont AOT


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Governor’s Highway Safety


A Pledge to End  

Distracted  Driving

I pledge to:

 * Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.

* Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is


* Encourage my friends and family to drive phone-free.


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Norman James, Manager

Project RoadSafe 


A preventable collision is one in which the driver fails to do everything

reasonable to avoid it.


Studies show that 40% to 50% of traffic crash fatalities could have been prevented by wearing seat belts. Aren’t you
glad you use yours?



Distracted Driving

 Assign navigation duties to a
passenger or consult maps or GPS in advance. 

If you must use GPS, use it with voice only – WITHOUT the map!







Work Zone Speeding in Vermont

   Despite, or in spite, of rules, regulations, or even the law, motorists in Vermont continue to violate safety space in highway work zones. 

   Recently the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section of the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles conducted a special roadside inspection detail in construction
work zones in Northeastern Vermont. 

   The inspectors were targeting speeding vehicles, cell phone use, and seat belt violations in CMV/passenger vehicles.

  According to the report, fourteen vehicles were stopped for speeding or cell phone use. Nine tickets were issued.         Violations included cell phone use by
operator in a work zone, speeding- four passenger vehicles were speeding at 10 mph over the limit or greater, and three Commercial Motor Vehicles were speeding at 8, 9, and 11 mph over posted work zone speed limits.

  Officials point out that speeding and distracted driving in a construction work zone is not only hazardous, it is downright dangerous not only to the motorist,
but also to the people who are working to improve the highway infrastructure.


Drugs and Alcohol Have No Place

In Your Work Area



The Roadways are Getting Crowded – Beware…

   The Vermont Legislature approved several changes to the motor vehicle laws dealing with vulnerable highway users and bicyclists which became effective on July

   Motor vehicle operators are now required to “exercise due care” when passing vulnerable highway users on Vermont’s highways. The new law also increases the passing
distance for a motor vehicle around a vulnerable highway users to four feet. Motor vehicle operators are prohibited from passing another motor vehicle if passing the vehicle could interfere with the use of the highway by a vulnerable highway user. Another
provision requires drivers entering a highway from a private road to yield the right of way to vulnerable users who may be approaching that intersection. The new law now says that vehicles turning left must be made at a “safe distance” from a vulnerable highway

   The Legislature also said that a bicyclist does not have to give hand signals when turning or when significantly slowing down over a distance of 100 feet when
the bicyclist cannot give the signals safely. The legislature amended the existing standard that bicyclists must generally ride as near to the right side of a roadway as is “practicable” to specify that bicyclists must ride as near to the right of the improved
area of the highway right-of-way as is “safe.” The maximum penalty for violating the requirement that bicyclists ride no more than two abreast and not impede normal and reasonable traffic flow from $25 to $100.



Attitude Drives Behavior



A Plan for Eliminating Road Deaths

  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to launch a strategic plan this fall aimed at eliminating all traffic
deaths in the U.S. The federal safety initiative known as Road to Zero will focus efforts on three main components: proactive vehicle safety, advanced safety technologies, and human choices.

  In 2014, 32,675 Americans lost their lives on U.S. roads and highways, according to NHTSA, and the tally for 2015 is expected to be even
higher. About one-third of these deaths involved an impaired driver.

  The plan’s proactive vehicle safety component will take advantage of agreements reached earlier this year with 18 automakers. The plan’s
advanced safety component comprises automated vehicle technologies, such as automatic emergency braking. Also included is continuing development of advanced alcohol detection technology, Rosekind said, to prevent vehicles from being driven by a drunk driver.
Such research will focus on both breath-based and touch-based sensors designed for in-vehicle use.

  A NHTSA study concluded that over the course of 50 years, basic safety technologies – such as seat belts and air bags – have saved 613,501

  It is hoped that the plan’s final component will involve efforts to change human choices for the better.

  NHTSA is holding behavioral safety summits across the country to find new solutions to problems such as drunk, drugged, distracted, and
drowsy driving.



 A Free Driver Safety Class

   * Does your company have a motor vehicle fleet (two or more vehicles) with above average insurance premiums?

   * Do you feel your fleet has more than its share of motor vehicle crashes?

   * Does your company have a safe driver program?

If these questions cause concern, contact Norman James at AGC/VT (
to talk about a free driver safety class for your drivers.



Anti-Skid Advice From AAA

   In wet weather even the most careful drivers can experience skids. The wheels can lose traction and spin or lock, usually when you’re
braking, rounding a corner, or accelerating.

   When the roads are wet, drivers need to remember to keep the cruise control off and to remain solely focused on driving.

If the rear wheels lose traction, resulting in an over-steering situation, AAA suggests these steps to regain control:

Stay calm and continue to look at your path of travel down the road.

Steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go.

Avoid slamming on the brakes. Although hitting the brakes is a typical response, slamming the brakes will only further upset the vehicle’s balance and make it harder to regain

When the rear wheels stop skidding, continue to steer to avoid a rear-wheel skid in the opposite direction.

   Front-wheel skids result from too much speed in a corner. When the front wheels lose traction, there’s also a loss of steering ability.
Fortunately, front-wheel skids are easier to correct, but drivers must take measures to avoid transitioning into an over-steering situation.

   If the front wheels lose traction, AAA suggests you take these steps:

1.     Stay calm and continue to look where
you want to go.

Steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go.

Avoid slamming on the brakes. Although hitting the brakes is a typical response, slamming the brakes will further upset the vehicle’s balance and make it harder to regain control.

Wait for the front wheels to grip the road again. As soon as traction returns, the vehicle will start to steer again.

When the front wheels have regained their grip, steer the wheels gently in the desired direction of travel.


Associated General Contractors of Vermont | (802) 223-2374 | |

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatal occupational injuries. RoadSafe, produced by The Associated Contractors of Vermont, is an electronic newsletter concerning
workplace driver safety. The purpose of RoadSafe is to distribute data, facts, and other materials to help employers create, maintain, and/or improve their workplace driver safety policies and programs.

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