Freight trucks can weigh up to 35,000 pounds and have a lot of horsepower behind them. Truck drivers need to be alert and aware of what is going on at all times when driving. A split second can be the difference between a near miss and a tragic accident. Many accidents and injuries can be prevented by following specific safety procedures. As a truck driver, there are some simple things that you can do every day to ensure your safety, as well as the safety of other drivers who share the road. Here are some safe driving tips to follow.
Always Wear Your Seatbelt
Seatbelts save lives. It is the law and, more importantly, the best thing you can do to ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road. Not wearing a seatbelt makes up more than 40% of crash-related deaths every year.
Put Your Phone Down
It can be easy to get distracted while driving, especially during long and boring hauls. But it is against the law in most states now to use any handled mobile device when driving. Talking or texting on the phone is one of the top causes of highway accidents.
Give Other Cars Space
Most trucking crashes are caused when a truck hits the vehicle in front of it. Commercial trucks take much longer to brake, and ensuring proper distance helps avoid potential accidents.
Watch Your Blind Spots
The blind spots on a truck are much bigger than those on a regular car. Always exercise caution when turning and changing lanes, and always use your turn signal. Make sure your mirrors are set in the correct position.
Take a Break
Take some time to stretch and exercise frequently to stay alert, and this also helps in terms of long-term driver health. Make sure you get plenty of sleep and pull over if you are feeling drowsy.
Be Aware of Weather Changes
Depending on where you are driving in the country you may run into some unpredictable weather. Check the weather forecast before you begin your route, and don’t be afraid to pull over if the weather gets out of control.
Slow Down When Turning
The posted speed limit may still be too fast for large trucks, especially on exit or entrance ramps. Reduce your speed at least 5-10 mph below the limit to avoid the risk of tipping, given your vehicle’s high center of gravity.
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