Even experienced truckers can brush up on safe driving habits, which is one reason recurrent truck driver training is essential. Modern technology assists with many of the safety tips below, but nothing can replace your firsthand evaluation.
It is understandable that you want to get to Point B as quickly as possible, but you must also get their as safely as possible. Taking breaks is essential for avoiding one of the truckers’ most common causes of accident and injury—overexertion. This includes getting the rest you need, as well as taking the time to stretch sore and tired muscles after sitting for extended periods of time. During your breaks, take the time to walk around your truck to do a visual inspection of your tires, trailer, and for any potential leaks. Do some neck and back stretches to help with circulation and general health. Also, try to plan your breaks around peak traffic times. Who needs the stress of stalled traffic when you could be doing something good for your body and truck?
Injury and Accident Upon Arrival
Whether pulling into a weighing station, rest stop, or delivery location, you must take the time to assess your surroundings. This is especially important if this is a new drop-off or pick-up location. Even if clearance looks good or the vendor has assured you that you have the room you need, a personal assessment is required. If needed, take the time to get out and inspect your loading zone before you enter. Also, familiarize yourself with the onsite lifts and equipment to help reduce your risk of falling. Take your time when unloading and invest in the proper supportive tools.
When it comes to traffic, weather, and directions, utilize your electronics for the most recent updates. Also, make sure your company uses a trucker GPS, designed to find routines suitable for your large and heavy load.
Truck Driving Safety Tips
Whether you are new or simply confident with your route, you must not be lax about your surroundings.
- Visibility is low when the sun goes down, so always be cautious when driving before the sun goes up or after the sun goes down.
- Keep changing lanes to a minimum, as it reduces your risk of collision due to blind spot lane changes.
- Keep your blinker on for at least 5 seconds before changing lanes to give the drivers around you a clue as to your next move.
- Drive a fuel-efficient speed that leaves an adequate cushion between you and the cars in front of you.
- Aside from using your trucker GPS and traffic tools, you should also be strategic and try to drive outside of peak traffic times.
- Always use proper lifting techniques and tools. Even a lightweight transfer can lead to injury, especially with repetition.
Finally, take your time. Many accidents and injuries occur when drivers are running behind schedule. While your goal is to get back on schedule, it’s not worth the risk of accident, injury, or collision. The result could end lives, and the financial cost of missed work, insurance premiums, and job security will never be recuperated.
As with anything health related, speak to your doctor first.
Written by Hunter Tires Editorial Team
Hunter Tires sells Semi Tires in Los Angeles, CA.