Being Safe In The New Year

Thursday, January 2, 2014 By: admin

Safety in the New YearHappy New Year!  I hope everyone gets a great start to their year and has some goals for 2014, I know I do.  I want to talk about the simple things we can all do (drivers, road workers etc) to make 2014 a year where we have the least traffic fatalities possible.  Drivers can vow to put their cell phone down – this means calling, texting, using the phone’s GPS (get a real one they are way better) let’s put a stop to all of this.  Not only is it illegal in most states, it can be just as distracting as drinking and driving.  This leads me to my next point.  Drivers, let’s not even have one drink before we get behind the wheel.  A sober driver needs to be COMPLETELY sober.

Now I think we could also help improve the safety of the roads with road crews being as upfront as possible about the safety situation on the road.  We want to make sure contractors and road improvement companies doing work on public roads are not cutting any corners in terms of worn equipment or a lack of traffic safety equipment.  And the traffic safety suppliers should vow to only sell quality products that will last a long time, no junk that will break apart after a month or two.

Happy New Year and remember drive safely!

 

paulwalkerThere is no doubt the way Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas died is a tragic story.  I think we all have tested the limits of our cars to some extent within that first year of getting our license, and it’s hard for me to believe similar crashes like this haven’t happened more often in my small hometown.  Whether you personally drove the car, or you were a silent occupant too nervous to tell your friend to slow down or stop racing another car due to social pressure, we have all seen it.  Incredibly stupid and reckless, I’ve had friends actually hit traffic drums while trying to get as close as possible without hitting them, simply for the amusement of those in the car.

I’ve had friends race each other, and all other typical machismo type behavior that happens as a male at 16 and a half years old in a small town with not much to do (although I am sure it happens in any size town or city).  I just saw a video from back in 2011 where Walker said he has gone 185 mph on a highway before as his fastest speed.  No he wasn’t the driver in this accident but that’s beside the point.  What I’m trying to say is this could have been any of us.  And it’s time we figure out how to get through to the younger generation that is just now getting their license that pulling these sorts of stunts is extremely dangerous to themselves and to others, and it’s not the ‘cool thing to do’.

This may mean talking about it more in our traffic safety courses.  This may mean harsher punishments for reckless driving.  What do you think it should mean?  What’s our best bet against fighting this?

Airport Construction Lights Explained

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 By: admin

screw in airport lightWhen it comes to airport construction, there are only a handful of lights you are likely to see on a runway that are FAA approved.  The first, most common light is the red screw in solar 360 degree light typically mounted on a 10″ x 96″ airport barricade.  There are a few different versions of this light out there, but they should all have the same thread and thread diameter so they can fit in any screw hole on a runway barricade.

boxbaseThe next airport light you will see is very similar to the above light except the base.  This light is pictured on the right.  The ‘box base’ as it is typically called is designed to easily mount onto road barricades or traffic drums which may sometimes be seen on airports.  They can also mount on some versions of the airport barricade if there is a hole for that.

And the last common light you will see is actually called a ‘barricade light’ and is usually used on roads but can be approved by the FAA for use on airports with it’s red light version.  The lens are typically about 7″ in diameter, and it’s a bi-directional lens.  Again these are usually mounted on a traffic drum or barricade, but can also be put on airport barricades.

Have a light you need explained?  Or have more questions?  Leave a comment below and we will do our best to answer.

 

BridgeBeing active on my company Facebook account, I see a lot of talk about crumbling infrastructure in the US.  This is obviously not a situation where bridges are failing left and right here in the US as we would see that in the news, but it seems to be just a matter of time before we are in a situation where we need to spend huge amounts of money to bring our airports, roadways, and railways back up to a safe zone.

And what does this mean for traffic safety?  Will there be an increase in the amount of road construction we see when our country finally fixes these issues?  Or will we resort to simply building new highways next to (or above) already existing highways?  We know the headache and delays construction can cause.

On another note, there must be a reason this is not getting as much attention from the president as it should.  Do you think this is because there are more pressing issues on the table? Read: obamacare, military defense, education.  Or maybe the president actually doesn’t even consider this an issue?  What are your thoughts?  Feel free to leave them below.

ltlshippingI would like to spend our 250th blog post talking about how to get the lowest possible LTL (less than truckload shipment that comes on a pallet) shipping rate on your order.  And this can apply to anything you buy, from anywhere.  The first step is making sure your supplier is getting quotes from at least 5 different shipping companies.   The second step is to make sure their shipping accounts are in good standing.  You will never know for sure if they are getting good rates, but as a general rule of thumb the bigger the company, and the longer than they have been around, the better their rates are going to be.

The discount rates that freight companies give to a supplier can be very significant.  For example, shipping 150lbs of traffic delineators from one of my suppliers to the same location can be $100 in one instance, and $250 in another simply due to the account of the first supplier being heavily discounted.  If you seem to have a case where the supplier’s account is coming up with very high numbers, search for a freight broker.  The first one I found gave me rates as low as half what my supplier was getting.  They can be easily found with an online search.

If you want your products shipped to a residence this could add $50-$75 to your shipping rate, as these freight companies like to exclusively ship to business addresses.  If you have a commercial address you can ship to near by (maybe a friend or family member) you can avoid the extra fee.

If you don’t have a forklift or loading dock to accept the shipments, most freight drivers will let you jump on the truck to unload the shipment by hand.  Be careful, because the second they use their equipment or help you unload it by hand, you could see a fee added on to your shipment.

Also, although it may be obvious to some, the weight and distance the shipment is going plays a significant role in the rate.  If you want your product (say a traffic drum or delineator) to have a 20lb base, you are going to be paying for that extra weight.  Going down to a 15lb base may be a simple solution to reducing the freight significantly.  And if you can find a source that is closer to your delivery location you will also see the freight drop.