Defensive driving saves your lives, time and property!

Many books have been written about defensive driving. However, this book is an unique study for mixer trucks which are not carriying any stable load but a big drum on their back. This drum is always rotating to doing an important job for mixing liquid and perishable material ie concrete in it!

We need this study because the mixer trucks have very distinctive feature than other trucks on the roads.

This E-Book containing the following topics has been prepared to prevent mixer truck accidents. What is defensive driving, driving awareness, safety conscious, driving fundamentals, tips for safe drive, mixer truck accidents, extrem conditions, driving on road, driving off-road, driving at site, fit driver, safety training, safety culture.

Defensive driving in a concrete truck is driving to prevent accidents, in spite of the incorrect actions of others or adverse weather conditions. Drivers who are safety-conscious have developed good habits and practice them daily. And every time they get behind the wheel, they obey all important rules.

‘Defensive’ may be not an enough wording to cover all when talking about driving a vehicle. Defensive driving doesn’t mean you need to be scared when you’re behind the wheel, but it also doesn’t mean you should let confidence turn into aggressive driving. It’s important to find a good medium where driving techniques are obviously while also accounting for the actions of other drivers and potential hazards.

The question of what is meant by defensive driving is sometimes answered incorrectly. Defensive driving means driving cautiously and anticipating dangers early on. It does not mean, however, that one always waives one’s own rights. For example, if you drive into an intersection and have the right of way, defensive driving means that you pay attention to whether the other vehicles give you the right of way.

So if you start driving without paying attention to what others are doing, then this is considered offensive. However, if you set off while making sure that others don’t set off, then this is considered defensive driving.




All rollovers can be prevented!

Rollover risks have existed for as long as vehicles have travelled on roads. Statistics show that rollover accidents occur every day despite major improvements in vehicle performance and the computerisation of safety systems. If you operate any type of truck with a high center of gravity, you need to address the potential of a rollover accident. While operator training helps mitigate the chances of a rollover, even the best drivers are subject to unavoidable emergency maneuvers and momentary lapses in attention that can lead to major incidents. But new technology in the form of electronic stability systems is emerging that will minimize these risks.

The duty of the mixer trucks is to transport the concrete prepared in the batch plant to the construction sites. While doing this work, mixer trucks are in motion both on the highways and on the sites and the rollover event is experienced in both areas. When the rollover accidents are analysed, it will be clear that there are common causes in both areas and also in the special cases specific to each area.

Rollovers occur due to a particular set of circumstances. Distractions, mechanical condition, driver fatigue, road conditions (soft verges, camber), weather etc. If these circumstances are corrected or prevented, then any rollover can be eliminated. A rollover is one of the most serious types of mixer truck accidents, resulting in many cases in serious injury and/or death to drivers or the general public at large. When rollovers occur, it puts the driver into a position that no amount of training or anticipation can assure the prevention of very serious consequences.

How to prevent the mixer truck rollovers:

In order to prevent rollover incidents, first of all, it is necessary to know that mixer trucks are technically very different from other truck-mounted vehicles in traffic and this should be learned and accepted by mixer truck drivers in particular.

Mixer trucks are more prone to overturning than other truck mounted equipment due to the forces acting on the vehicle, that is, due to the high center of gravity due to the drum in a high position on the chassis and the centrifugal forces caused by the rotation of the drum. These two features also affect other movements of the vehicle and increase the possibility of overturning.

Driver training:

Rollovers typically occur during cornering, rapid lane or road position changes and low or adverse road surface grip conditions. This is where centrifugal force acting through a vehicle’s centre of gravity causes it to lean. The magnitude of the centrifugal force will increase as speed and turning angle increase, resulting in a rollover.

The training and experience of the drivers using the mixer vehicle is very important in order to reduce the rollover incidents in mixer trucks at least as much as possible.

Awareness of mixer truck rollovers:

Mixer truck rollovers will only be prevented if drivers remain focused. In order to accomplish this, repeated training must be conducted of ‘recognizing conditions’ that are common to most rollovers. Statistics show the most common cause for many trucks rolling over is the driver’s inability to assess the combination of speed, heavy loads, and cornering. The dangers these combined factors pose may seem obvious, but the problem is that the driver must learn to assess them from behind the wheel. Doing so requires good judgement, knowledge of the vehicle and, if possible, practical training.

Lastly, rollovers create unnecessary human suffering, substantial costs and business disruption. It is everyone’s responsibility in the company to do whatever can be done to prevent the occurrences of rollovers.

This nine-chapter E-Book covers rollover incidents in mixer trucks in detail. Rollover risks, rollover awareness, rollover incidents, analysis of rollovers, rollover prevention, prevention systems, rollover training, rollovers at turns, results of rollover.






It doesn’t work anymore without digitalization!

Some people may say that digitalization is not new for ready mixed concrete. But don’t confuse digitalization and digitization which often used interchangeably, however they’re different.

Digitalization is the transforming of all processes and workflows to make them easier and more efficient. Especially in today’s technically driven world, it is crucial to adopt a digital culture in order to survive and succeed. And we will here discuss the digitalization of all processes in readymix.

The digitalization in readymix has become not only a reality but a necessity. If you want to be active and strong in the market, you can no longer do without consistently digitally aligning your processes.

The readymix industry has been changing with digitalization through the individual process areas at operation side supply chain of raw materials, production at batch plant, logistics with mixer trucks dispatch, concrete placement with pump and at business side offer, delivery note and invoicing procedures.

Digital processes help the employees to save time on recurring activities, receipts that go to or from business partners, thus everyone gets the most out of day-to-day business.

From the planning of the production to the timely ordering of the raw material, the connection of the laboratory, the recipe management and the loading control, to the point at which the concrete finally leaves the plant for the construction site you can work with digital processes. Each of work steps in the production of concrete as well as the recording of them can be optimized  with digitalization.

Thanks to the data-technical integration of pump and mixer trucks, all vehicle cycle times and the recording of performance are also accompanied.

You always know where any mixer truck is and how much material is loaded on and when it will return. Also whether pumping process is being made or is already completed or when the work will be finished etc. Accordingly you can easily handle the provision of load capacity for the rest mixers.

Receipts and performance records are becoming digital and paper is largely eliminated. From the concrete plant to the customer, all data are delivered over the business digitally in safe and secure.

At the end, the concrete delivery notes with data such as waiting time, retarder used, extra water if added, etc. on the construction site and the timely billing of the concreting work is executed digitally. Everything is done simply with direct connection to the administration.

This E-Book, which consists of the following sections, tries to explain how to do digital transformation in readymix; digitalization, industry 4.0 in readymix, digital supply chain, smart concrete sensors,  telematic and digital dispatch, digital training and digital safety, digitilization and efficiency, erp for transformation and where to start.


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