Whether you are a rookie driver or a seasoned veteran, taking a few minutes to brush up on some basic safety tips is always a good idea. As a driver, your safety is far more important than any deadline, so make sure you’re reminding yourself of the best ways to keep yourself and your truck in top working condition. Check out our top 4 safety tips for truckers:
Use Caution at All Times
This may seem like common sense to some, but it’s a good reminder, even to the most experienced driver. Be aware of what is going on around you, and be thinking of how you may need to react, especially in heavy traffic. Watch your blind spots and assume that other motorists aren’t aware of your ability to see them. Being overly cautious when turning and changing lanes is a good practice to get in the habit of, because you never know when another vehicle may do something reckless. That extra degree of caution may be the difference between a near miss and a costly accident.
Investigate New Delivery Locations
Delivering to a new location can present several challenges to a driver. Limited space for maneuvering, loading docks that aren’t suitable, and other obstacles that can inhibit a driver’s ability to make smooth deliveries can present themselves. Going to your delivery spot and investigating the suitability for your rig is a good way to ensure a smooth and timely delivery. A great tool to consider is the Dock411 app that provides truckers with details on docks.
Check the Weather, and Adjust Your Speed
According to the Department of Transportation, 25% of all traffic accidents occur during inclement weather. With the added time necessary for trucks to brake and maneuver, it is important for drivers to adjust their speed in hazardous conditions.
Take Care of Yourself
Your health is your number one asset. Any job that requires you to be sedentary for an extended period of time every day will present a number of health risks. Make sure that you are eating healthy snacks, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep. When you are out of your truck, try to stretch and walk around. This will help you to stay fresh and alert when driving. Remember, the better your personal condition is, the safer you will be on the road.
With the switch from AOBRD to ELD compliance deadline looming, it’s important to know the safety benefits of ELD compliance and how they can impact your personal safety. Check our blog on ELDs and driver safety to learn more!
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