Truck drivers face a few challenges on the road. Meeting these
challenges successfully and maintaining safety while driving requires that
drivers be aware of several factors that can minimize risks to themselves,
other drivers and truck damage. Here are some valuable tips:
1. Watch Your Blind Spots
Accident studies have shown that crashes are likely to occur when other motorists are not aware of the truck driver's blind spots. Blind spots will vary between rigs, but there are some common spots for all trucks. These include directly behind the truck and just out of sight the side mirrors. Other drivers may drive dangerously close because they do not think about these blind spots or they do not recognize them. Although it is frustrating, it is up to the truck driver to look out for the other drivers when changing lanes or making any other maneuvers which could harm another driver.
2. Reduce Your Speed In Work Zones
Experts believe that about one-third of all fatal accidents in work zones involve large trucks. You can do more to ensure your safety and the safety of other drivers by taking your time going through construction areas. It may take a little more time, but an accident will take even more time.
3. Truck Maintenance Cannot Be Overemphasized
Check the truck thoroughly before beginning a road trip and every morning while on the trip. Checking the fluid levels and mirror positions is important. You should always be comfortable with your brakes because they must be able to stop a lot of weight.
4. Ensure That The Cargo Is Loaded Correctly
The truck will handle better if the cargo isn't stacked. By stacking and spreading the cargo using the full space of the truck, you can handle the truck better and get better fuel economy.
5. Reduce The Speed On Curves
While following the posted speed limit is always a good idea, there are times when this speed is too fast for safety reasons. Trucks tend to tip over when they take curves too fast, and the posted speed limit is likely to be too fast. The design of trucks calls for taking curves at a safe speed which is a slower speed.
Bad Weather Requires Greater Caution
Experts report that inclement weather causes about 25 percent of all speed-related truck driving accidents. The best rules to follow are reduce your speed by one-third on wet roads and by one-half on snowy roads. Icy roads require a lower speed yet. Many accidents involving trucks occur on icy roads. Roads covered in a few inches of snow are not any better.
7. Take Care Of Yourself
You are a big part of truck driver safety. Getting enough sleep and eating right are important as is exercise. Sleep is obviously important for keeping you alert, but it is also good for your long-term health. Eating right means avoiding high-fat meals which tend to make you sleepy. A balanced diet that has protein and complex carbohydrates including vegetables will keep you feeling great, and these will keep your energy level up. It is best to minimize sugar intake. Take a break and exercise with simple stretches and a short walk. Getting home time is important for a change in the routine and for a chance to participate with supportive people.