September 9, 2013 @ 6:58 AM

Fall is a time when things seem to slow down and early morning daylight is no exception. This time of year the sun takes its time and many of us are at work before the sun comes up.

When your day begins in a yard of larger vehicles, such as school buses or dump trucks, be aware the drivers of those larger vehicles may not see you walking to yours. Wearing light colored or reflective clothing helps and so does your ability to be alert to the back-up beeper. Also, when walking through the yard do not use your cell phone - distracted walking can be just as dangerous as distracted driving!

When beginning to pre-trip your vehicle and the driver next to you has just finished, it's a good idea to let them know you are there. A friendly "good morning" or wave can alert your neighbor you are in the danger zone and will be walking near their vehicle.

Also when leaving the yard, go slow and proceed with caution; others may be walking to their vehicles.

Taking just a few extra seconds can make all the difference to having a safe day!

Roxanne Bocyck