As a professional truck driver, you know how important it is to keep safety paramount when you’re behind the wheel. We understand that covering important safety tips for truckers is never something you can have too much of.
We get it, it’s likely you have a load to deliver and are in a rush to do it. Still, it’s important to remember that you should never get caught up in the ‘hurry, hurry, and hurry some more’ mentality. The fact is, your safety – and the safety of those around you – is more important than getting your load there on time.
Driving a heavy duty commercial motor vehicle takes a specific measure of skill, timing and responsibility. If you don’t exercise common sense on the road, you run the risk of putting yourself and those sharing the road with you in serious danger.
That’s why we felt it would be a good time to cover important truck driving safety tips. While it’s important to follow the rules of the road, as well as the rules your carrier hands down in regards to your driving, there are common safety tips that every professional truck driver should know, and we will cover those today.
Are you aware of everything going on around you? If you aren’t looking well ahead down the road in front of you, you could miss something important rapidly approaching your rig.
This is even more important when you are operating in heavy traffic. Be aware of what is in front of you and always have an escape plan at the front of your mind in the case that something unexpected happens.
If you aren’t aware of what is going on in front, behind, and to the sides of you, you could miss something vital and wind up with a serious accident on your hands.
Check the Weather
Are you aware of the weather conditions preceding your trip? As a long-haul trucker, it’s even more important to stay abreast of weather conditions.
Make sure you keep a constant eye on the outside temperature and specific road conditions. Knowing what to expect from the weather is a vital part of proper trip planning measures.
How much room are you leaving in front of your vehicle as you barrel down the road? If you don’t leave plenty of room in front of your vehicle, you aren’t giving yourself enough opportunity to respond in case something unexpected happens.
It is vitally important to keep a buffer zone between you and the vehicle in front of you. The emptier space you have in front of your rig, the longer chance you have to respond in the event of an on-road emergency.
Avoid Constant Lane Changing
If there’s one thing that’s drilled into every trucker’s brain in training, it’s to avoid constant lane changing. Passenger cars dodge in and out of lanes on a near-constant basis, but that doesn’t mean you should.
When you do need to change lanes, ensure you do it very carefully. It’s important to remember that the odds of an accident increase dramatically whenever a lane change occurs.
Still, if you maintain your lane presence, if or when an accident does occur, the chances of you being held at fault are greatly lowered if you weren’t the one making your way in and out of the lane.
Still wondering what all the steps are that you can take to ensure your safe arrival at the destination? Join us next week in Part II of our series when we cover just that!