Archives: March 2016
March 28, 2016
Adorable cat videos, your best friend’s vacation pics, or notice of an upcoming party may all be worthy of a “like” or even a “love” or “haha” emoticon on Facebook. The ability to connect with family and friends is a major benefit to using social media. But when social media use interferes with the more important task of driving, the results can be devastating, possibly severing that connection permanently.
March 22, 2016
Don’t spend more money than you bring in. That’s a mantra many of our parents and grandparents lived by and tried to pass down to generations to come. And that’s how the Iowa DOT operates. The Iowa DOT works on a “pay-as-you-go” basis, meaning we don’t borrow money for transportation projects. As part of our blog series on transportation asset management, we’re going to give you a brief glimpse into the complicated world of the Iowa DOT’s transportation funding.
March 21, 2016
Buzzed driving is defined as driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01 to .07, and although you're technically under the legal limit, driving while buzzed is still dangerous.
March 17, 2016
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March 15, 2016
After years of operating out of five different buildings across two counties with as much as 40 miles in between, employees in Mason City from the Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 2 Office, annex, materials lab, garage, and employees in the Britt construction office are hitting their stride in one location, without a hiccup in service.
March 14, 2016
In the end, you have no control over whether your team of choice wins or loses on the basketball court. However, you can influence whether you are a winner or loser in the game of roadway safety. Be on the winning team and always wear your seatbelt and require all passengers to do the same.
March 9, 2016
The most basic goal we all have at the end of the day is to safely return home to our families. Because safety is our common goal and number one on the list of the Iowa DOT’s core values, transforming our corporate culture to make safety the overriding theme of everything we do is at the heart of the behavior-based safety (BBS) program being implemented throughout the agency. Behavior-based safety empowers employees to make observations about safety and promote safe behavior in the workplace.
To instill a widespread safety culture takes time and practice. All DOT employees have participated in BBS training over the last year. Once employees are trained, the task at hand is to encourage a safety culture by conducting safety observations with their co-workers.
March 7, 2016
Let’s face it, there are times interacting with the public as an Iowa Department of Transportation driver’s license examiner can test even the most patient person. This year’s Driver’s License Examiner of the Year, Bryan Nguyen, says putting his own opinions to the side and truly listening to the customer is how he keeps his cool in any situation. He is a strong advocate for the Iowa DOT’s mission of “Smarter, Simpler, Customer Driven.”
He said, “People tend to become frustrated when situations are not understood or not within their realm of control. By removing your personal opinions and truly listening, first and foremost, many situations will resolve themselves naturally. By listening, this allows an individual control to calmly explain a situation or procedure, as needed. This lends to a more cooperative environment. After all, we’re here to serve the public.”
March 7, 2016
Life is busy for most of us. Have you ever been in a situation where someone in a vehicle in front of you wasn’t moving at the speed you wanted or didn’t move fast enough at a green light? Were you tempted to tailgate in hopes they would get out of your way? Or maybe you’ve zipped through a yellow light just to save a few seconds.
Aggressive driving is a factor in as many as 2/3 of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. According to the AAA Foundation’s Traffic Safety Culture Index, 78 percent of respondents rated aggressive drivers as a serious or extremely serious traffic safety problem.