Safety is the top priority for truck drivers. A driver can take precautions to help ensure they have a safe trip traveling on the nation’s highways and roads. Getting plenty of rest and staying physically fit, maintaining a healthy diet is a great start. A well-balanced lifestyle can play a major role in you having a long and successful career as a professional truck driver. A healthy truck driver is more aware of their surroundings and is able to respond more quickly to any unexpected situation. Being pro-active plays a key role in preventing accidents. Human error is one of the leading causes for accidents.
Be prepared before hit the road
Before starting your trip or route, make sure that you are prepared. Check the areas weather and traffic for the area you will be traveling. Rerouting to avoid road construction, lane closures, accidents, special events or bad weather in the area can save you time, fuel and lessen your chances of being involved in an accident. A driver can be distracted searching for an address or business while driving, so it is important to get directions beforehand to avoid having a mishap.
Pre-trip and post-trip inspections are necessary!
Truck drivers must do their pre-trip and post-trip inspections every-time. Never let anything keep you from doing a thorough inspection. You are much better off getting to your destination late and safe than not getting there. It only takes one minor malfunction to turn into a major mishap. Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure”. Be smart and be prepared.
Buckle up; always wear your seat belt
Protect yourself and others by wearing your seatbelt. It is especially important to wear your seatbelt while driving a big rig. It is important that you are strapped in and prepared for any situation. If your truck were to swerve out of control, you are securely strapped in and will not slide out of your seat and possibly lose control of the truck.Yes, it is the law, but more importantly wearing a seatbelt can save your life and could very well saves other lives. A good driver is always prepared. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health (NIOSH) the rate of seatbelt use for truck drivers is low. The main complaint was that they are uncomfortable. It is a must to buckle up every time!
Be observant when driving
It is very important to be aware of your surroundings when behind the wheel of a huge truck. Watch the other vehicles in your area and be prepared for anything. In traffic, most motorists perceive tractor-trailer trucks nothing more than just a big slow truck, a nuisance, slowing them down. All they want is for you and your truck to get out of their way so they can get to their destination. Motorists are not aware of your blind spots, so be careful and look for the unexpected. Make it a habit to check your mirrors often, especially when making right hand turns. The vehicles behind you often do not realize that you must swing the truck wide to the left in order to make the right hand turn and may attempt to pass you. You should always practice being a defensive driver in an effort to help avoid any mishaps. Unfortunately, it seems that any mishap involving a car and truck, the truck driver is the first to be considered at fault for the accident regardless, until proven innocent. Do yourself a favor and make it a habit, use your mirrors often.
Do not tailgate, it is very dangerous and when motorist see a big truck in their rearview mirror they tend to get nervous. You already know the consequences of following too closely. Think; never put you or anyone else in harm’s way. It is ok, you will get to your destination. If you are running late, you are running late, a late load is better than a spilt or burnt load. It happens every day, yes every day. There is a reason there is an emphasis placed on safety in every CDL truck driver-training course and that is because there are too many mishaps or accidents involving trucks. Unfortunately, many of these mishaps could have been avoided, but drivers become complacent and accidents happen. Yes, some accidents are simply unavoidable. So slow down, be safe and be aware of your surroundings.
Slow down in work zones
Work zones on the roadway are a very dangerous place, especially for tractor-trailer truck. The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration says that one-third of all work zones accidents with fatalities, a tractor-trailer truck were involved. So be very careful when traveling through work zones. If possible, reroute your route to avoid work zones.
Road Rage – Avoid it
Keep your cool behind the wheel, if another motorist cuts you off or tries to provoke you in anyway, take it easy. Stay focused, keep your truck under control, get out of the area, and continue your trip. If you think another motorist is creating a dangerous situation, call the authorities and let your employer know about the situation. Cool heads always prevail.
Thanks to all the professional Truck Driver’s
Truck driving is a very admirable job, if people really knew how important and vital the trucking industry is for our economy and daily lives, a truck driver’s job would be easier. We hope all the safety tips for new truck drivers will make you think when you get behind the wheel of a big rig Thanks to all the professional truck drivers for making it possible for all of us to get fresh food from the market and everything else, you do to make our lives simpler every day.