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Ford Police Explorer SUV Information

By |February 15th, 2018|

Ford is dismissing the need to recall its Ford Explorer SUV despite a growing number of drivers who have reported incidents of dizziness, nausea and vomiting to federal regulators, who are conducting an active investigation into the complaints.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed its investigation into Ford Explorer model years 2011 to 2017 is […]

It’s About Grip, Not Slip – Police Driving in Adverse Weather Conditions

By |January 17th, 2017|

We have officially entered the dreaded “winter driving season”. As police officers, we are required to drive in all types of weather.  The conditions in which we drive during the winter months can range from perfectly dry roads to rain, snow, slush, ice or any combination thereof.  Here in Northern Ohio, the road conditions can […]

Protect Your Company from the Effects of Impaired Driving

By |December 5th, 2016|

Drunk driving has long posed a hazard to roadways throughout the country. When we hear the term “impaired driving”, alcohol tends to be the first substance that comes to mind, as everyone is very familiar with the phrase “Don’t Drink and Drive.” However, more recently, drugged driving is becoming an increasing problem. In fact, according […]

Driver Capabilities

By |November 18th, 2016|

Last month I wrote about the 80% rule. The 80% rule states that “we must never exceed 80% of our vehicle’s capability.”   The article discussed smoothness, simple dynamics and controlling speed as factors in maintaining optimum control of a vehicle.  Also, possible indicators of exceeding 80% of a vehicle’s maximum capability were reviewed.

The 80% rule, […]

The 80 Percent Rule

By |October 20th, 2016|

Police officers, by the nature of their job, must to be in control of their environment.  The environment in which many of us spend a large part of our work day is our patrol vehicle.  It is imperative, as emergency vehicle operators , that we understand the importance of maintaining 100%  control of our patrol […]

It’s About Grip, Not Slip Part II

By |August 26th, 2016|

Grip can be defined as “the ability of a tire to adhere to the road surface.”   Three general factors can affect grip – either positively or negatively.  Those factors are:  the driver, the vehicle and the environment.   Last month I focused on the driver and how smooth inputs, simple weight transfers and controlling speed can […]

It’s About Grip, Not Slip

By |July 27th, 2016|

Last month I wrote about the causes of police involved traffic crashes. Starting this month, our EROC team of instructors will begin presenting a series of monthly articles outlining what officers can do to prevent crashes. We will be focusing, primarily, on providing information that will help officers understand the physical properties which act upon […]

Why Police Officers Are Involved In Car Crashes

By |July 8th, 2016|

Welcome to the first in a series of articles on police emergency vehicle operation. These articles will focus primarily on the causes of vehicle crashes and the tactics and techniques available to police officers to help us prevent crashes.

Historically, vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of officer deaths and injury.  NHTSA statistics from […]