As a truck driver, you will have already been subject to rigorous training and a high degree of assessment before you are able to get on the road. But it’s always important to try and learn as much as you can about highway safety and methods to ensure that you keep the risks at bay. Truck driving continues to be a very high risk job with an enormous amount of responsibility. In 2012, the US department of Transportation reported that 3,921 people were killed by large trucks.
This blog will provide a brief introduction to three key ways that truck drivers can be as safe as possible on the road and avoid truck incidents.
Make sure to check the weather
Weather vastly affects the safety of roads, especially in the case of highways. Heavy rain, storms and snow all increase the risks of a crash. Weather can also change dramatically from the starting point of your journey to the end destination.
Remember that fatigue kills
All drivers know that staying alert at all times is extremely important. However, in reality, it can be very difficult, especially on long demanding journeys with tight deadlines. In times of pressure like this, you must remember that driving while tired or not alert puts your life and the lives of others at risk. Ensure that you take breaks frequently to avoid this.
Don’t tailgate other vehicles
Small vehicles that are tailgated by large trucks often find it to be an extremely scary experience. This can create panic among drivers and cause them to make decisions that could put them in danger.
Source: Huffington post, “3 Highway Safety Measures Every Truck Driver Should Consider,” William Morrow, accessed Sep. 08, 2017