Many people that are not in the trucking industry believe that the job is a simple and easy one. Truckers just drive from point A to point B, deliver the load, and head back home, right? What they don’t know is that life on the road is incredibly difficult and also very dangerous. In fact, it is estimated that there are about 500,000 trucking accidents every year in the US. Five thousand of these accidents result in death. By being on the road the majority of the time, the risks of an accident are very high for truckers. While our web-based transportation software will certainly help you with things such as billing, payroll, fuel tax management, and more, it is up to you to be extra safe out there.
In this blog post, we will provide some of the most important trucker safety tips for you to keep in mind. While many of these are obvious and will probably elicit eye-rolls from some of our readers, it is important to remind the drivers out there of the most important actions to take to keep themselves, and the drivers around them, safe. If you have any questions regarding our trucking software or would like to try a free demo, then go ahead and contact us today.
Minimal Lane Changes
As you most likely know, there are some terrible drivers out there. Even though our trucks tower over their cars, they still zip in and out of the lanes around us or get way too close for us. While we can’t help them be safer on the road, one way to reduce the chance of an accident is to pick a lane and to stay in it. Obviously you are going to have to change lanes from time to time, just be sure that you do it carefully. Check your mirrors consistently, and be aware of the blind spots.
Watch Your Speed
We understand that you want to make great time to your destination, but that doesn’t mean that you should put the pedal to the metal. Not only is this a quick way to get a speeding ticket, but you raise the chances of causing a wreck. The speed limits are there for a reason, so make sure that you remain aware of the posted speed for trucks.
Maintain an Adequate Stopping Distance
Our trucks are anything but small, and this means that it takes more distance for us to stop than other cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that a tractor-trailer that is going at 60 miles per hour must be able to come to a complete stop in 250 feet. So make sure that when you have a car in front of you or are coming up to a stopping point that you give yourself plenty of room.
Be Wary of the Weather
One thing that truckers must prepare for is the weather. No matter where you may be, the elements could put you in danger. It is recommended that on wet roads, you should reduce your speed by one-third, and on ice you should be going about 50% of your normal speed. Always track what weather you will be driving in that day so that you can prepare yourself and your truck for the journey.
Get Proper Rest
One of the biggest safety issues in the trucking industry is lack of sleep. Being on the road for up to 14 hours can be pretty tiring, and it has been found that driving while exhausted is just as dangerous as driving under the influence. Make sure that you are getting the proper rest that your body needs, and if you feel yourself drifting off or just incredibly tired, pull off the road as soon as you can.
Don’t Forget Your Seatbelt
You know this rule, but surprisingly it has been found that one in six truckers drive without their seatbelt! It is simply not worth risking your life because wearing it bothers you! Have your seatbelt on at all times while you are driving!
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