Driving requires focus, skills, and awareness of traffic rules and regulations whether you are driving a motorcycle, car, or truck. With truck drivers, however, the skills and focus necessary are doubled as large vehicles are involved.
Staying safe on the road can be hard, especially if the weather is not convenient for driving. As a truck driver, it is essential to practice some safety tips every day in order to ensure your safety and that of other drivers and pedestrians.
- Wear A Seatbelt
Seatbelts are there for a reason. As basic as this sounds, do not forget to wear your safety belt before going for a drive. If an accident occurs, your seatbelt can reduce the possibility or impact of an injury. In 2015, almost 50% of vehicular accident deaths are due to not wearing a seatbelt.
- Avoid Distractions
When we say distractions, we mean mobile phone and anything that can lose your focus and take your eyes off the road. Using your mobile phone while driving is not only careless but illegal in most states and countries. If you want to avoid accidents and stay safe, keep your mobiles phone out of your sight.
- Do Not Drink And Drive
Alcohol and drugs impair your judgment, cognition, and physical faculties. Drugs not only pertain to those illegal but also medications that cause drowsiness. Not only mentioning the safety implications of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, your company can also fire you for the same reason.
- Slow Down For Curves And Turns
If you need to turn or the road is curved, remember to go slow. Do not change lanes too often and if you must, remember to always signal. Even the best drivers have blind spots, so take signaling and slowing down seriously to avoid crashes.
- Check The Weather Forecast
Bad weather is one of the major reasons accidents happen on the road. Before you go to your destination, make it a habit to check the weather forecast, especially if you are in an area where the weather is unpredictable. If possible, avoid driving in harsh weather; otherwise, be doubly prepared and alert.
- Maintain A Safe Distance
Vehicle crashes also happen as a result of not maintaining a safe distance between your truck and the vehicle in front of you. This way, you are giving yourself enough time to brake should the driver in front makes a sudden turn or brake.
- Get Rest And Eat Healthy
Our alertness and concentration are directly affected by our intake of food and the amount of rest we had. Before going for a long drive, make sure to get ample rest. If you feel tired while driving, pull over for a quick break and snack. This is beneficial for both your safety and health.
Accidents can happen anywhere. Truck drivers have a greater responsibility on the road due to the size and weight of the vehicle they drive. To learn more about truck accidents and their legal aspects, why not contact Hasner Law today?
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