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Meet Thomas “Tom” Whitlock – Safety Director
Tom comes to us from a long line of safety and recruiting. He worked for UPS for 24 years (16 years as a tractor/trailer driver, 3 years as a driver trainer and 2 years district safety). 3 ½ years at SNL as Safety Director. He moved here from Gardendale, Alabama. Is married to a wonderful lady named Liz and has 3 kids., 2 boys and 1 girl. Total of 4 grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys hiking in the woods with his wife. Please stop by Tom’s desk and introduce yourself while you are here at the terminal!
Don’t brake on leaves. Wet leaves can be as slippery as ice. Drive slowly through them and avoid hard braking. Leaves may obscure lane lines and other road markers, so pay attention to the edge of the road and take care to stay in your lane.
Avoid sun glare. On and near the autumnal equinox (which fell on September 23 in 2015), the first 15 to 45 minutes after sunrise and before sunset can make for more difficult driving due to sun glare. The sun perfectly aligns with east/west roadways during this time. Grab a good pair of sunglasses for the daytime, keep your windshield clean and use north/south streets or streets with tree cover when possible, says the National Weather Service.
Use your rain smarts. During fall, many cities see increased rainfall. When it’s raining, be sure to maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you, as the wet roads may be more slippery than usual and you may be at higher risk of hydroplaning. Use your low beams or fog lights (never high beams) in fog conditions.
Be careful on bridges. As the temperature begins to drop, morning frost can leave icy patches on bridges, overpasses and shaded spots on the road. Slow down.
Adjust your eyes. We lose 1 to 2 minutes of daylight daily after the autumnal equinox according to the National Weather Service. After leaving home or the office and before hitting the gas petal, give your eyes time to adjust to the dark.
Watch out for deer. Autumn marks the beginning of deer breeding season and they will be more active in areas near the road, says the PennDOT. Deer are most active during sunset and sunrise so be extra watchful when driving near the woods and near deer crossing signs.
Strive to Combine Health and Convenience
Many fresh veggies, like broccoli and cauliflower, come in convenient re-sealable bags. They are easy to eat, don’t need cooking, and are highly nutritious. There are also bags of pre-cut and pre-washed fruit in the markets today, so you won’t even need to worry about it being clean.
Get Creative About Exercise
Keeping comfortable clothing and running or walking shoes with you on your journey is a great idea that will allow the opportunity for some simple exercise here and there. You can walk or take a quick jog at many of your stops. Storing some free weights in your truck is also extremely helpful, as weight lifting can help maintain muscle and keep your metabolism revved up.
Take Time for the Mind
A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body. Reading at truck stops or listening to audio books and music on the road are great ways to break up the monotony of driving the highway. These activities keep the mind alert while providing entertainment and stimulation for the brain on those long hauls.