Safety Tips for Truck Drivers
Truck driving is not always a safe and easy job. Accidents occur daily across the country. According to http://www.fmcasa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus-crash-facts, in 2016 11.8% of fatal crashes on the Nation’s roadways involved at least one large truck or bus. In nonfatal crashes 7.4% involved at least one large truck or bus.
Trucking Safety Measures
- Inspect the truck before a trip. By doing this the driver can ensure that the truck is in good operating order and is compliant with state and federal regulations. This will also help a driver to avoid roadside violations that are visible on their pre-employment screenings.
- Expect the unexpected. A driver must not get caught up in the complacency of following the same routes every day. Always pay attention to road signs and traffic.
- Drive the appropriate speed. A driver must always drive within the speed limit. Speeding can lead to accidents. Big trucks can be tough to control, especially when speeding. A truck cannot slow as quick as other vehicles on the road, therefore driving the speed limit and allowing enough room between your truck and other vehicles is vital.
- Always be alert. Pay attention to road signs and traffic. If a driver feels drowsy, they need pull over and rest until they are ready to get back on the road. Watch your mirrors and be aware of the traffic around you.
- Avoid distractions. Drivers should avoid all distractions while driving. For commercial motor vehicle operators, texting while driving is banned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and can carry a $2,500.00 fine for the driver and $11,000.00 for the company. It is not worth it. Keep your phone out of reach until you have reached your destination.
- Follow state and country regulations. Research the rules and regulations of the area that you plan to make your trip to.
- Drive safety in congested areas. This ties in with always being alert. A driver must pay attention to their surroundings when operating a truck. Construction zones and school zones tend to be congested. Pay close attention to those around you.
- Take care of yourself. Some drivers travel long distances. A driver should make sure to be well rested for their trip. Eating a light, healthy meal will keep a driver energized for a longer period. Stay hydrated. Taking proper care of yourself helps you to deal more effectively with situations that may arise.
- Use signals. Safe driving means that a driver needs to give enough notification so that all vehicles present around the truck are alert of their signals. Large truck drivers must take this very seriously. The ability to misjudge speed along with the distance of vehicles close by can lead to accidents.
- Truck maintenance. A truck should always be maintained properly. It is the driver’s responsibility to make sure the truck is operation safely. By inspecting the truck before departure, a driver could prevent an issue from becoming a larger issue.
- Be aware of animals. Accidents occur when animals dart into the road. To help prevent animal accidents, be sure the headlights on the truck function properly and watch the side of the road.
- Keep a first aid/safety supply kit in the truck. Commercial vehicles must be equipped with a charged, secure fire extinguisher as well as emergency triangles. A driver should also carry a flashlight, small tool kits, and replacement fuses and lights.
By following these safety tips and visiting https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ a truck driver can do what it takes to continue safe truck driving.