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Fleet safety tip: Driving through a tunnel

The tunnel is a masterpiece of transportation engineering. Being able to travel under massive amounts of both earth and/or water is simply awe inspiring, however, they can be quite daunting to drive through. A contained space with no way out, other than through, is a recipe for a little anxiety. That anxiety can increase when the thought of a breakdown comes to mind as well.

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How to drive safely through tunnels:

  • Maintain lane position. The lanes may appear smaller, but they are the same size as a standard road.
  • Turn on your headlights and remove sunglasses. Seeing and being seen are both incredibly important.
  • Make sure your vehicle is fueled up and is in working condition. A vehicle malfunction can create a hazardous traffic back-up.
  • Maintain a safe following distance.
  • Be sure all loads are secured properly. 
  • Pay attention to all road signs and traffic signals.

What to do if your company vehicle breaks down in a tunnel:

  • Remain calm.
  • Turn on hazard lights immediately. 
  • Turn off engine.
  • Use your cell phone, or locate the nearest emergency phone, and call for help.
  • Wait for assistance in a safe location or if a safe location cannot be found, wait in your vehicle until help arrives.

Driving through a tunnel can be a nerve-wracking experience, but with these tips you can drive through tunnels safely and know the basic steps to follow if a breakdown occurs.

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