Whether you are a seasoned driver or just starting out, it’s important to always return back to the basics of safety. By following standard safety procedures, you can prevent accidents and injuries and help keep other motorists safe while you’re on the road. Here are a few tips to help ensure your safety and the safety of others along your journey.
- Be a Defensive Driver.
As a trucker, there are many hazards to constantly look out for. You never know what other drivers around you will do. Take precautions by using your signal and checking your mirrors for anyone moving into your blind spots.
- Wear Your Seatbelt
Although wearing your seatbelt is the law, studies show 1 in 6 truck drivers do not wear them. Seat belts help to prevent injuries and keep the driver in control in case of an accident. Be sure to buckle up!
- Be Careful Backing Up
Backing up a big rig is often one of the hardest skills for truckers to perfect. Before backing up, get out of the truck to look at any hazards and move any objects necessary. When setting up for a dock, be sure to watch both sides of the truck, straighten out, and don’t rush.
- Stay Alert at Night
Come nighttime, objects may not appear as they seem and it can be difficult to stay alert. Use extra precautions by going slow and thinking ahead for the safety of your journey.
- Keep Your Distance
While traffic can sometimes feel cramped, maintaining a buffer zone in front of your truck can keep you safe by giving you enough time to slow down and evade traffic if the need arises.
- Plan Your Trip
Aside from unexpected events, planning your trip can help the drive go smoother. By accounting for traffic, weather, geography, and maintenance, it will be easier to ensure that you arrive to your destination on time.
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