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Small Things Can Bring Big Consequences

posted Aug 16, 2019, 1:58 PM by Randall Donner   [ updated Aug 19, 2019, 8:34 AM ]
Every time you get ready to drive a car that’s not yours, everything is just not quite right. Mirrors are off, radio isn’t on your station and who could possibly have the seat this far back? It’s just not the same as your vehicle. While they all seem like small things, they could have big consequences.

Many Mosaic employees operate company vehicles. Even if these vehicles are similar to the employee’s personal vehicle, they still aren’t “adjusted” for them. Let’s look at some of the items that should be always be adjusted to the driver’s needs. 
  • Rearview and side mirrors – This is extremely important; this is the vision of your surroundings. Just how crucial is it? Take your hand and cover your left eye and think how well you can see to your left without completely turning your head. Now without moving your head, check how well you can see behind you. You can’t. This shows that if you don’t have these mirrors set correctly, you can’t see these areas without turning your head. To do that, you’ll be taking your eyes off the road in front of you. 
  • Seat position – This is also important. If you can’t reach the pedals easily without much effort, then you aren’t in safe control of the vehicle. But, if you are too close and you can’t cleanly operate the pedals, then be sure to move the seat back to an appropriate position. 
  • Steering wheel height – This is not as crucial as the mirror and seat positions, but make sure that the position of the steering wheel doesn’t block your view of the gauges.
These items should be addressed before you start your drive. 

There are other things to think of as well to familiarize yourself with the vehicle, especially if you have never operated it before. Here are some things you need to familiarize yourself with the vehicle.
  • Technology differences – Many new vehicles have a lot of different controls that are either driving related or comfort related. You should familiarize yourself with these controls and their location: cruise control, windshield wipers, hazard lights, vehicle lights (if they are not automatic), traction control (in inclement weather), etc. If you aren’t sure where certain controls are or what they do, refer to the vehicle operating manual located in the passenger seat glove compartment. 
  • Size of vehicle – If the vehicle is larger than what you are used to, you’ll notice a difference in turn radius, parking difficulty, limited space when backing up, etc. Take a close look when you are performing these driving tasks to avoid any incidents. If you are driving a smaller vehicle than normal, enjoy getting that parking spot you wouldn’t be able to with your larger vehicle! 
  • Height of vehicle – Ride height can affect many things. The higher a vehicle sits, the more the center of gravity rises which means it becomes easier to tip. Keep that in mind so you don’t turn or maneuver too quickly putting yourself in an unsafe situation. Additionally, when you are up higher you tend to be able to see more in front of you than when you are low to the ground.
  • Gas and brake sensitivity – This is never the same from vehicle to vehicle. Be sure to start slow when first operating a vehicle to get a feeling for what the gas and brake sensitivity is. Continue to take it a little slow until you feel comfortable with how the vehicle operates. 
For your own safety and the safety of your passengers, these are all things that should be observed, understood and completed before you get on the road. They may seem like small items, but they can carry much bigger consequences.

An accident is no joke. Never take any chances!