<![CDATA[Traffic Control Consultants - Team and Events]]>Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:18:21 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Spring Car Check List]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:32:42 GMThttp://trafficcontrolconsultants.com/team-and-events/spring-car-check-listSpring vehicle maintenance checklist: Be Prepared!

Inspect your windshield wipers. The chilly temperatures of winter can cause the rubber blades to lose their effectiveness. If you need new blades, you might opt for blades optimized for summer conditions. When you buy windshield wipers from Advance Auto Parts, we’ll install them for free.

Check the condition and level of your oil. If it’s been over 3,000 miles since your last oil change, it’s probably best just to do an oil and lube. The searing heat caused by summer driving is unkind to motor oils. If you live in a mild climate or will be towing a trailer, a higher viscosity oil might be necessary.

Evaluate your battery. Did you know that summer can actually be tougher on your battery than winter? Bring your battery in to one of our auto parts stores. We’ll inspect it for free, and install a new one for no charge.

See if your engine needs more coolant, and check its condition, too. You may need to add coolant or have a flush-and-fill performed. Trying to make it through summer with inadequate coolant is a recipe for a vehicle breakdown.

Speaking of keeping cool, test your air conditioning system. If it’s not providing enough cool air, you may need more refrigerant. Or, you might have a clogged condenser, leak, or loose drive belt. Regardless, it’s smart to fix this situation in spring before the peak heat of summer arrives.

Check your tire pressure. Wide temperature variations are common with changes of season and can cause your tires to lose pressure more quickly. Under-inflated tires don’t perform as well as properly inflated tires. Also, be sure to rotate your tires according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Monitor the tread on your tires. If they look worn, replace your tires before the heavy rains and reduced traction of summer comes along.
Determine if you need to replace any belts or hoses. Look for cracks, swelling, fraying or leakage. If something looks borderline, you should replace the belt or hose because summer’s heat and humidity will likely cause it to fail. When you stop by one of our auto parts stores, we can take a quick look at your belts and hoses, and recommend replacements as necessary.

Source: http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/o/article-spring-vehicle-maintenance-checklist
<![CDATA[To The Rescue]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 18:41:33 GMThttp://trafficcontrolconsultants.com/team-and-events/to-the-rescueA Semi veered off the icy road to avoid hitting a drunk driver. His Semi landed in the icy waters. It took 3 day's to get it out. Great Job Team! Jesse, Jason, Sandy & Forrest setup a lane re-route on I84 just west of Rufus so that a Truck/Trailer combo could be pulled out of the river safely. This project took many teams working in coordination to make it a safe rescue operation. ODOT sends their thanks for having such a great flagging team up there on the job!!!! Way to go Gang!

- Nancy Reynolds
<![CDATA[Love Safety]]>Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://trafficcontrolconsultants.com/team-and-events/love-safetyWe fell in love with Safety, and never looked back.

Taking precautions of high visibility clothing, functioning radios, clear plans, we can help workers get home to their families. 

Love Safety! Happy Valentines Day! 
<![CDATA[Stay Safe - Winter Driving]]>Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:53:07 GMThttp://trafficcontrolconsultants.com/team-and-events/stay-safe-winter-drivingTips From AAA : http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/roadway-safety/winter-driving-tips/#.WHQUQLYrK-4 I for driving during winter weather. 
Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. AAA reminds motorists to be cautious while driving in adverse weather. For more information on winter driving, the association offers the How to Go on Ice and Snow brochure, available through most AAA offices. Contact your local AAA club for more information.
AAA recommends the following winter driving tips:
  • Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
  • Never run a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.
Tips for long-distance winter trips:
  • Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
  • Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition by having it inspected by a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility.
  • Keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times.
  • Pack a cellular telephone with your local AAA’s telephone number, plus blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle.
  • If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
  • Don’t over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome light on if possible. It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it easier for rescuers to find you.
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running.
  • Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats, newspapers or paper maps.
  • If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.
Tips for driving in the snow:
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and need to slow down quickly, press hard on the pedal-it’s normal for the pedal to vibrate a bit when the ABS is activated.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.
Visit AAA’s YouTube page for more videos on winter driving tips.
<![CDATA[Merry Christmas! ]]>Sun, 25 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMThttp://trafficcontrolconsultants.com/team-and-events/merry-christmas
<![CDATA[Happy Thanksgiving]]>Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:11:39 GMThttp://trafficcontrolconsultants.com/team-and-events/happy-thanksgivingThis year has been an incredible journey! We have grown more than we expected, and are thankful for our employees for their hard work! 

We wanted to take a moment and say "Thank You!" to our customers and community. We will never take your business for granted! 
<![CDATA[Happiest of Halloweens!]]>Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMThttp://trafficcontrolconsultants.com/team-and-events/happiest-of-halloweensMake sure to deploy the "Candy Tax" with those whom you have taken out trick or treating this year! 
<![CDATA[School's in service!]]>Tue, 06 Sep 2016 22:12:24 GMThttp://trafficcontrolconsultants.com/team-and-events/schools-in-schedule
School is back in session! Watch out for safety signs and cross walk guards. 
<![CDATA[Oregon Trip Check]]>Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:19:08 GMThttp://trafficcontrolconsultants.com/team-and-events/oregon-trip-checkKnowledge Is Power
Before going out on your next trip, visit https://tripcheck.com/Pages/RCMap.asp .... Preparation is the key to a successful journey! 
<![CDATA[A Happy 4th and an Eventful Weekend]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 14:47:07 GMThttp://trafficcontrolconsultants.com/team-and-events/a-happy-4th-and-an-eventful-weekendWe have been so busy over these last few weekends! We have flagged for the Olympic try outs, Slide the City, and for Tubapalooza by 10 Barrel. And I gotta tell ya, the last one we had a team entered to win it! Well, #RealMenWearPink. We had flaggers out keeping the public safe, while a team was in the water guiding traffic in pink reflective vests and tutus. 

We are so blessed to have an amazing team behind us to make these dreams come true. Have a happy and safe summer everyone!