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					    Traveling Safety

            Auburn University
College of Engineering Competition Teams

•Understand hazards associated with team travel
•Understand driver and passenger responsibilities
•Be aware of training requirements
            Accident History

• Minnesota State University (Mankato) – May 2005
   – Professor and 7 students traveling to Formula SAE
   – Trailer fishtailed, driver lost control
   – Van crossed median, rolled several times and was struck
     by two tractor trailers
   – Three student team members killed; one critically injured
           Accident History

• Utah State – September 2005
  –   Professor and 10 students on field trip
  –   Traveling in 15-passenger van
  –   Left rear tire failed
  –   Van rolled over 4 times, killing professor
      and 8 students
Basic Driving Rules - Driver

A safe trip starts with
a safe driver!

  • Possess valid driver license
  • Follow all traffic laws, ordinances and regulations
  • Drive at speeds appropriate for road conditions and
  • Follow all manufacturer safety recommendations for
  • Ensure all occupants use seat belts at all times
      Basic Driving Rules - Driver

Inspect vehicle for:
•Safe operating condition
•Damage you could be held
responsible for

        • Do not transport unauthorized passengers
        • Do not use cell phone or 2-way radio while vehicle
          is in motion
        • Inspect vehicle before and after each use
            – Checklist available at
            – Notify faculty/staff advisor of:
                • Equipment that is broken or in poor condition
                • Malfunctioning safety belts
       Basic Driving Rules - Driver
                                                               Driving for a group
I don’t want him                                                is a big
Driving me!                                                    responsibility.

          •   Take rest breaks – every 2 hours or 100 miles
          •   Limit driving – no more than 8 hours in 24 hour period
          •   Do not drive if drowsy or under influence of any
              substance, including:
               – Alcohol
               – Illegal drugs
               – Prescription and over-the-counter drugs that cause
                  drowsiness or impaired judgment
          •   Notify faculty/staff advisor of any medications taken that
              may affect driving ability
Basic Driving Rules - Driver
                             The safe driving cycle:
                                 •Be attentive
                                 •Situational awareness
                                 •Taking a proactive approach to
                             driving can make a real difference.

 While driving on University business, the driver,
 assumes all responsibility for:
     •Any and all fines
     •Parking tickets
     •Traffic violations
 Report all accidents to:
     •Local law enforcement agency
     •Faculty/staff advisor
     •Risk Management & Safety
 Basic Traveling Rules - Passengers

Looks like fun!
•Is anyone wearing a seatbelt?
•If the vehicle is moving, is the driver watching
      the road?
•Is the passenger distracting her?
•Are the driver’s eyes even open?

       • Use seat belts at all times
       • Do not distract the driver
        Basic Traveling Rules - Passengers
  How many unsafe acts do you see?

Front passenger sitting outside of vehicle

  Driver not watching where he’s going

                 Rear passengers in bed

                • Do not ride in bed of vehicle
                • Do not sit on tailgate or sides when vehicle is in
                • Do not ride in trailer while it is being towed

• Use appropriate vehicles
   – Designed to be used as towing unit
   – Capable of hauling load
• Inspect trailers:
   – Before and after each use
   – Periodically during trip
• Never allow passengers to ride in trailer when it is
  being towed
Defensive Driving Training

• Required for team members driving on public roads
  as part of team activities
• Provided by AU Risk Management & Safety (RMS)
   – Schedule available at:
   – For specially scheduled sessions, call 844-4870
• Two classes available
   – General defensive driving
   – 15-passenger van safety
    15-Passenger Van Requirements

15 passenger vans require special attention
and training to drive safely.

           • Attend van safety course
           • Review AU 15-passenger van policy
           • Keep occupant load below 10, including driver
           • Ensure rear seat has been removed
           • Loading
               – Keep cargo and passengers forward of rear wheels
                 as much as possible when loading
               – Secure materials to protect from shifting cargo, sharp
                 edges and impact injuries
                Auto Insurance

•   AU insurance does NOT provide coverage for personal
    vehicles used for student events
•   Use of personal vehicles should be avoided whenever possible,
    especially for towing
•   Owner of personal vehicle
     –   Assumes legal liability in event of accident
     –   Must sign a waiver prior to trip
                     Other Considerations

Trip planning is key                     Don’t forget                       Locate the hospital
                                         First Aid Kit

            •   Prior to traveling:
                 –     Know the location of the nearest hospital in the area where you will
                       be staying
                 –     Make sure to pack your first aid kit
                 –     Know your itinerary – Your Faculty/Staff Advisor will prepare and
                       make available to team members and an AU representative (dean or
                       administrative contact)
                 –     Provide an emergency contact name, address, phone number and
                       medical release form to the Faculty/Staff Advisor
                 –     Sign a hold harmless agreement
            •   You will be responsible for all medical costs if you are injured or
                become ill during the course of a trip.
 Related Topics

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