The safety of a fleet and the drivers responsible for each truck are essential to success and efficiency, whatever the business or industry a truck fleet is involved in. Numerous accidents and injuries are preventable, provided that everyone follows safety precautions and tips. Pre-trip safety inspections are good, yes, but when truck drivers are on the road, there are some things that only they can prevent and be wholly responsible for. Listed below are some on-the-road safety tips that any truck driver can follow:
1. Seatbelts must be worn at all times.
Research has revealed that almost 1 in 6 truck drivers do not wear their seatbelts. Seatbelts are not just required for driving but are also the most reliable deterrents to vehicular accident-related injuries. Unfortunately, more than 40% of crash-related deaths occur from not wearing a seatbelt every year. Make sure to check if your seatbelt is well-adjusted from time to time. They are lifesavers.
2. Say no to distractions.
Common distractive situations truck drivers may find themselves in (while driving) include using their mobile phones, eating, and operating a navigational system. Mobile phone usage while driving is careless, inconsiderate, and illegal. Make sure to have eaten well during your lunch hour to prevent snacking while driving. If you can’t help your hunger, stop driving before snacking to be safe. Know your journey and route well before driving to avoid spending too much time on the navigational system while driving. The better your trip is planned out, the safer the journey. Keep your head forward and reduce distractions – such advice will help you avoid dangerous interactions.
3. Watch for the signs.
Be aware of signs on the road! Signs are there to be seen, especially ones specifically noted for trucks. Slow down accordingly when seeing signs related to adjusting for lane changes, curvy roads, road obstructions, and speed limits. Also, remember to slow down when approaching school and construction zones. Lastly, obey and watch out for traffic officers and their signals.
4. Give allowances.
The truck is a huge vehicle to operate, so always be mindful of its large dimensions. Ensure that there is an allowance for safe spaces around all sides of the vehicle to prevent accidents. Maintaining an adequate stopping distance between the truck and any vehicles ahead of you is also a safe thing to do. Also, keeping both hands on the steering wheel in the 9 & 3 o’clock position allows the maximum steering wheel movement in either direction without repositioning your hands. This gives you more leverage and control of the truck – allowing you to be more prepared for anything on the road.
5. Rest if needed!
Alertness is essential, especially on long drives. Make sure to get plenty of rest before trips or pull over if you feel tired on the road. If you’ve pulled over, stretch your legs, grab a snack, or take a short nap. You can even check your tire for truck while on a break. Munching on junk food, drinking soft drinks, and consuming heavy meals can make anyone feel sleepy, so look for healthier alternatives if you can. All sorts of unexpected events could occur on the road, but having a plan for when to rest can make you more prepared and alert to face them.
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