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Tips for Preventing Truck Accidents

An accident can happen seemingly out of nowhere, so you must remain alert and aware when driving at all times.

Driving a semi-truck comes with a considerable level of risk. An accident can happen seemingly out of nowhere, so you must remain alert and aware when driving at all times. Big-rigs are also at a greater risk for causing severe injuries if they crash on the road. While it is impossible to predict when an accident will happen, there are plenty of actions drivers can take to prevent a variety of semi-truck crashes. Here are some tips for avoiding semi-truck accidents.

Never Drive While Drowsy

Drowsy or distracted driving is one of the top causes of automobile accidents. Truck drivers are required to keep a record of driving conditions and the time they spend on the road. This helps them to avoid fatigue. Unfortunately, not all drivers keep accurate records of their driving hours. Even worse, many feel pressured to drive longer than they should to meet deadlines, making drowsy driving more likely to happen. To help make roads safer for everyone, follow driving regulations at all times and never drive if you are tired.

Drive Slowly

The most important rule as a truck driver is to take your time on the road. Speed is often a major factor in the majority of preventable accidents. Driving a big semi-truck can make you feel invincible, but it is vital that you realize the potential dangers of truck driving. As a good rule of thumb, drive slightly slower than you usually would to maintain a safe distance between vehicles on the road. 

Be Cautious Near Work Zones

Roads are sometimes narrowed or shifted in a work zone, making it challenging for large vehicles to navigate them if proper signage is not used. In addition, vehicles used by workers on site may also disrupt as they enter or exit traffic flow. Unfortunately, almost 30% of work zone accidents involve semi-trucks. Slower traffic and abrupt stops make it more likely for semi-trucks to crash. In order to make work zone truck accidents less likely to happen, drivers must be aware of all road signs and always follow posted speed limits.

Plan Your Trip Ahead of Time

Driving to an unfamiliar delivery location can be confusing and lead to distracted driving. So, it is a good idea to have your trip planned out in advance. Navigating traffic and locating a destination where you’ve never been before can be a scary thing for both new and experienced drivers. Be sure to give yourself ample time to check your map and GPS before getting on the road.

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