January 29, 2015
The best ideas seem to come from groups of individuals working together to share their thoughts. DOT employees are full of great ideas not only related to their work areas, but on topics that hold a personal interest for them.
Beginning this Friday afternoon, the Performance and Technology Division is starting a regular idea exchange and they would welcome your input. Each idea exchange will focus on a particular topic. A core group of individuals with a working knowledge of that topic will be invited but don’t let that stop you from showing up. Any Iowa DOT employee is invited to attend, with their supervisor’s permission. In fact, the more fresh perspectives that can be brought to the table, the better.
In your mind’s eye, what does a partially covered road look like? Some may imagine blowing snow over the road, while others see ice-crusted wheel tracks. A tool being heavily used this winter allows you to actually see what the roads look like from the snowplow operator’s perspective without leaving the comfort of your home.
Life goes by pretty fast, especially when traveling 70 mph down the interstate or on your way to the grocery store. Always be scanning your surroundings for items that could have an impact on your drive - animals, signs, pedestrians, stopped vehicles, lane changes - the list goes on and on.
Notice what’s happening around you. Observations while driving means more than just seeing things ahead. You need to be able to react appropriately. Click here for the full web page on driving tips related to being alert. http://www.drivingtips.org/drivingobservation.html
Unfortunately, it only takes a split second for bad things to happen.
In late 2013, the Office of Location and Environment, like many DOT offices, was facing an uphill battle to achieve its mission with flat budgets and limited resources. “There were serious challenges,” said Scott Marler, environmental resources manager, “and we were trying to determine how best to meet them.”
You’re not up-and-coming NASCAR driver Austin Dillon and I-35 is not the Talladega Superspeedway. So, practice safe driving and stop drafting the car in front of you. Use the 2-second rule when following someone on a nice sun shining day. Increase this time by a few seconds during rain and even more in ice, snow and blizzard conditions.
Leave racing and crashing to the professionals of NASCAR. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWDLCPWWO2w