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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 vehicle breaks down in a tunnel

  • Remain calm
  • Turn on hazard lights 
  • 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 in a safe location cannot be found

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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