Towing a trailer can be dangerous if you don’t understand how the added
weight and length can affect your vehicle’s handling. I was towing trailers not
long after I first started driving. At that time, I had no idea what a gross vehicle
weight rating or gross combined weight rating even was. I just assumed you
hooked the trailer to a truck, jumped in and took off. It wasn’t till several years
later that I realized how wrong I’d been.
Ever since this incident, I’ve encouraged everyone
crewing an aircraft to do their own walk-around.
Just because it looks like someone else did
your job doesn’t mean it was done right.
Risk management, safety and constant planning
are a way of life for the military, but so are chaos,
deadlines, demands and stress. Sometimes it seems
as if there isn’t enough time in the day to accomplish
all our tasks, but the job always seems to get done.
Make your Soldiers aware of
the off-duty hazards they’ll
face in the upcoming months
with the Off-duty Safety
Mentoring can help keep Soldiers
safe. Find out what you can do
to protect your Soldiers with the
Motorcycle Mentorship Program.
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The latest installment of the Army’s Ready
… or Not? campaign is now available and
contains a new collection of safety videos,
posters and articles to help Soldiers and leaders
prepare for the unique challenges the next few
months will bring. Click here to learn more.
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