Posted by cuselleration on 2/28/2017 to
Roads accommodate all types and sizes of vehicles. Whether you're driving an automobile, a sports utility vehicle, a van or truck, being careful when manning the steering wheel is and should always be a priority.
People driving trucks should never feel too confident when on the road. Just because they're on a big vehicle doesn't make them the king of the road. Focus, care, and presence of mind are called for to have a smooth and accident-free journey to your destination.
While accidents are not intended to happen, the most common causes of truck accidents include several factors. These are usually over speeding, poor driving, driver fatigue, unsafe road conditions, defects in equipment and truck design, lack of proper road signs, road construction and cargo not properly loaded.
Driving a truck is significantly different than driving a smaller vehicle, as it can cause so much more damage and destruction. For this reason, drivers should have the necessary skills to handle a large truck and need to be extra careful when on the road.
The first safety tip for truck drivers is to establish a cushion of space in all dimensions.
Make sure to keep tabs on the heights above the truck (e.g. overpasses) along with road surfaces (e.g. road hazards, potholes, or speed bumps). In addition, ensuring adequate forward and rear space for necessary quick stopping along with adequate turning radiuses will increase safety as well.
Checking for Maintenance
A scheduled maintenance check is necessary before embarking on a journey and afterward, to be aware of defects or unknown factors. This takes care of any defective part, which may later cause trouble and avoids the dangers associated with them. For this, a checklist should be maintained so that nothing is left out during an inspection.
A Truck Driver's priority is always set on delivering the goods in minimum time to the destination, which can at times result in reckless driving. You should always remain within the designated speed limits even while driving at high speeds. Time matters, but not more than your safety or that of the goods being carried.
Considering these simple facts can go a long way in adding to the efficiency of a Truck Driver and adding to the safety of fellow drivers as well. If you are carrying valuable goods, then always have something handy to tackle any troublemakers. Leave enough room for others, remember to exercise regularly to avoid strain and carry proper clothing when on a cross country/state trip.
Take it slow when making a turn.
Large vehicles require more turning space so make sure that you give enough allowance to avoid squeezing smaller vehicles beside you. The more you should go slow if your truck is pulling a trailer.
If possible, avoid overtaking.
Remember that trucks have blind spots which are the side, read and front of the vehicle. So, if you're just not too sure about the presence of smaller vehicles, don't overtake.
Be in your right mind and physical condition.
Driving a truck to in long hours can be tiring that's why drivers need to ensure that get enough sleep and rest and eat their required meals to keep them in good condition for their journey. A driver must have focus and the right state of mind to be able to drive well. Regular exercise is also important.
Preparing yourself and your vehicle should be foremost on your mind before setting out on your long journey ahead. And if you ever get into accidents involving large vehicles, consult a truck accident lawyer right away to help decide on what to do.