Before we get to the gem of the day, I want to say that periodically I am going to ask you what the last gem was about. Despite my gem last week about texting while driving, I watched one of our chauffeurs read a text while driving. . . ME! So, if you're not going to read them and you don't think that driving safely is important, you aren't going to work here anymore. Safety is important. I have committed the time each week to help improve your safety and the overall safety of the company. So, when I ask you about what the topic of last week was, you better be prepared to give me the Reader's Digest version of it.
Stale Green Lights: A “stale green” is a light that has been green for a very long time as you are approaching it. Signal lights change from green to yellow to red in a cycle. The cycle is either a timer or road sensors that change the lights to match traffic patterns. In the latter, a light might stay green for a very long time because no traffic is coming from the cross street to cause the light to cycle. You must expect the light to change to yellow and then red when you notice this condition. In a livery vehicle, a sudden application of the brakes could result in injury to a passenger, especially on a bus where passengers may be walking around or using the restroom and unaware of road conditions. In a limousine, you may cause a passenger to spill a drink. Look far ahead. Plan for the light to change and don't accelerate to beat it. Plan on slowing down to a stop when yellow appears. Remember, your passengers are the most precious cargo of all. Anticipation of road conditions ahead will keep you and your passengers safe. — Jim Luff, LCT contributing editor
Series: How to handle difficult run-ins with law enforcement over a limousine.
Driving Gem: Plenty of things unrelated to phones can result in accidents.
Driving Gem: Lifting and handling luggage is never good for the back.
See how I talked my way out of this common nuisance for waiting chauffeurs.
In my face off between a chauffeur in a stretch and a restaurant security guard, who wins when the police show up?