Advice that Truckers need to give to motorists!

We know that accidents involving truckers are a pretty big issue and we quite a lot of articles to try to prevent them. Unfortunately the Truckers pretty much always get the blame, even when it may be that a motorist with which they have collided has caused the accident through sheer recklessness or ignorance of how to drive when in the proximity of large trucks.

So just for a change here is some advice for motorists when driving near trucks and something that our Truckers can read and share with those who might need to read it. It is also a good idea for Truckers to know these things because prevention of an accident can often be avoided through anticipation of what the motorist near you will do.

So, what are some of these points of advice that Truckers need to give to motorists?

Visibility is key

Motorists should always realise that trucks have more blind spots than their vehicles, so it is essential to remain visible to the Truck Driver at all times. Remember the Trucker can warn you of imminent danger, but only if he knows you are there. Can you see the Truck Driver in their side mirror? Good, cause then they can see you!

Don’t drive up close when behind

Tailgating is the worst form of not being visible and has other dangers too. If you are too close and a truck brakes suddenly you can go under it – or even when you are stopped, if a truck suddenly rolls back you will get crushed.

Passing rules

Don’t pass a truck unless you are sure they can see you clearly. Don’t pass on a downhill when they are picking up speed. Anticipate the length of a truck before passing when there is oncoming traffic – and in the unlikely event that they are trying to pass you, don’t get offended, move over and let them pass just as you expect them to when you want to pass them.

Impatience kills 

One of the reasons that so many trucks are involved in accidents is because motorists generally get impatient with the slower moving vehicles and the frustration turns to dangerous and reckless driving.

Just one typical example is passing quickly and cutting straight back in front of the truck. Remember a truck’s braking distance is far greater than yours – so just don’t do it!

Anticipate wide turns

Trucks have a far wider turning circle than any motor vehicle, so once again have some patience when a truck is turning and don’t try to cut between them and the curb.

Buy the best

Although FAW build trucks by South Africans for Africans and trucks are our passion, we do care about all our motorists. We hope this has been useful advice to everyone, especially as we are nearing that time when we will be getting busy on the roads for the holidays.

Watch out for our next article on ‘tips for trucking safely in holiday traffic’ and in the meantime make sure you are buying the very best Freight carrier, Truck tractor, Tippers or Mixers by finding a dealer near you to check out our great range of new and premium owned vehicles.

Contact us to find out more about us and our full range of after-sales services too. Stay alert and stay safe!

Protecting your life extends beyond road safety!

In our previous blog we wrote about Breast cancer and gave some useful tips to our females in the trucking industry on awareness and prevention of this fairly common problem.

This time it’s the men’s turn and ‘Mo’vember,’ as it has now commonly become known, is a time that men grow moustaches in support of those with Prostate cancer and related men’s-health issues. 

Will you be sporting a ‘Mo’ to help a ‘bro’ this November?

A tradition that was started as a bar bet by two Aussies, and has now grown to a worldwide awareness campaign, prompts men everywhere to grow moustaches to raise funds to support these men’s health problems – aiming in particular at prostate cancer. Will you be growing a Mo this year to try and help others who are already sufferers of these illnesses?

Prostate cancer is number 1 on the cancer ‘Big 5’ list  

A CANSA article set’s out the true picture about the types of cancer most commonly found amongst men and prostate cancer is easily number 1. It has this to say: “The lifetime risk for Prostate Cancer in men in South Africa, is 1 in 17, according to the 2016 National Cancer Registry. Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer globally and locally and is showing significant increases.” 

One of the problems is that it is not easily detectable by the individual and is often only picked up through testing. There are things we can do to help prevent it and try to stop the growing problem of too many cases being picked up in the late stages.

What can we do about it?

The same article went on to say: “Men need to be pro-active about their health and should recognise warning signs. We encourage monthly testicular self-examinations, annual medical check-ups and cancer screening for early detection, as symptoms don’t always present until cancer has spread. Men also need to lead a balanced lifestyle, cutting out lifestyle factors that increase their cancer risk.”

Some suggested lifestyle changes 

The main lifestyle changes are pretty much to do with the usual things we need to maintain good health…. 

Obesity – It has been shown that being overweight can be a significant factor, but as we all know obesity is a significant factor when it comes to heart disease, diabetes and many other things too, so it is very important to try to maintain a Body Mass Index (BMI) below 30.

Diet – If you struggle with this, cut bad starches in the diet like white bread, mealie meal and white rice – and replace them with smaller portions of good grains like whole-grain bread and brown rice. Cut bad fats like fatty meat, bad oils and dairy products – and replace these with more fresh fruit and vegetables.

Exercise – As with many illnesses, the chances of contracting prostate – or many other cancers are reduced by regular exercise. As a Trucker, we know you spend most of your days on the road, but even at a truck stop – just take a walk for about 20 to 30 minutes whenever you can. It could save your life.

The Trucking Company that cares

At FAW South Africa our trucks are not only built by South African’s but we care for South African’s too. We hope this advice has been helpful and remember that protecting your life extends beyond road safety, so we hope you will take these tips to heart!

Find a dealer near you to learn about the amazing deals we have on both new and premium pre-owned vehicles – or contact us directly for any help and advice you need. Most of all grow those ‘Mo’s to support your Bros – we’re behind you all the way!

Prevention means preservation of Women in the trucking Industry

FAW – Article 2 – October 2020 – Prevention means preservation of Women in the trucking Industry

 

Prevention means preservation of Women in the trucking Industry

Many of you will by now know about the massive ‘Rosy pink’ coloured 33.420FT truck and trailer combination that FAW Isando delivered to June Jenkins, the heart and soul of a successful Alberton based family business Magnum Sand and Stone.

It was a special order for a very special woman owner of a business that has become a very valued FAW client. It was ironic too that it was delivered in August when we celebrated National Women’s day to a woman who is such an example to others in this industry.

Breast cancer awareness and prevention

This article, therefore, goes out to all the women in the Trucking industry (and there are more than you think) from admin staff, to owners like June and Drivers too, to appeal to you in last month’s ‘Breast cancer awareness and prevention’ to take care of yourselves.

It is not only Breast cancer either – According to research carried out by the National Cancer Registry (NCR) 2016, women are also commonly affected by colorectal, uterine and lung cancer, but Breast and cervical cancer are the most prevalent.

A bad news/good news story

The Trucking industry is often in the spotlight for a high rate of deaths, but breast cancer and cancers of the female genital tract also account for 0.7% to 1% of all deaths in South Africa – a pretty alarming figure!

The good news, however, is that as with most cancers, improved lifestyles and early detection can greatly minimise the chances of contracting or succumbing to it. So this is what women can do to help themselves… 

Have medicals and mammograms

Over the age of 40 all people, of both genders, should have regular annual medicals. Women, from around that age, but definitely from the age of 50 to around 74, should have regular mammograms as ordered by their Doctors.

Do regular self- testing

Testing for irregular lumps in the breasts should become almost a part of your daily routine when showering or dressing. Always be aware – and if any lumps are found immediately consult your GP.

Improve your Lifestyle

Regular exercise and a healthy diet can assist with reducing obesity, a common cause of cancers – and alcohol consumption should be limited to 1 or 2 glasses a day. To all our men truckers out there – these are all things you can assist with and should also be doing to prevent men’s health issues!

Clients and women alike are precious

Just as we at FAW South Africa value clients like Magnum Sand and Stone and will always go out of our way to deliver exactly what their requirements may be, we value our women in the trucking industry too and hope this small piece of advice will urge them to carry out the preventative measures that will preserve them to grace our industry for many years to come.  

Remember all our vehicles are built by South Africans for Africa and we value its people and place great value on the relationships we build with them. Contact a dealer near you to view the incredible range of brand new and premium pre-owned Freight Carriers, Truck Tractors, Tippers and Mixers we have in stock – and ladies in particular – be aware and stay safe out there!