Driver safety is a very important topic in the truck driving industry. A lot of accidents and injuries can be prevented just by following the given safety procedures. As a truck driver, there are some very simple things you can do every day to ensure your safety, as well as the safety of all the other drivers who share the road with you. To help make you and the roads safer, we have made a list of the best tips that will make you the safest driver out there.
Always wear your seatbelt
Recent studies have shown that roughly 1 in 7 truck drivers do not wear their safety belts. The use of seatbelts is not only legally required, but it is also the best way to prevent or reduce injury or even prevent death. More than 50% of crash-related deaths happen every year from not wearing a seatbelt.
Avoid using your smartphone while driving
Not only is this careless, but it is now illegal in most states in the US and many other countries in the world to use a mobile phone while driving. Texting, talking and looking at your phone screen can be a distracting activity and can be the cause of a serious accident.
Be aware of the speed limits
Speed limits are always there and active, especially the ones made specifically made for trucks. Stay within the safe speed limit and you will be safer on the road.
Always obey the rules and have all your documents up to date
According to attorneys at Harris Lowry Manton LLP, truck drivers are required to obey the state traffic rules while on Georgia roads. Drivers of commercial vehicles must have a valid commercial driver’s license.
Avoid alcohol or drugs
While this may sound obvious, drinking and driving or DUI is a very dangerous combination and should be avoided at all costs. By drugs, we mean anything that impairs your physical capabilities or judgment, such as medications that can cause drowsiness. This is not just about safety, it can also cost you your job if you drive under the influence. Your company may give you a random drug test at any time.
Plan your trip thoroughly
There are all sorts of unexpected and unplanned events that can happen while on the road, but having a road plan can make you more prepared for any unwanted changes. The better you have planned your trip, the safer your journey or maybe even faster.
Slow down for curves/turns
Be careful when taking turns at an off-ramp or on a curvier road. Slow down to adjust for lane changes and other vehicles. Keep in mind a load of your truck, the heavier your truck the harder the turn.
Keep track of your truck’s space cushion
Always be aware of your truck’s large weight and height. Make sure there is enough safe space cushion around all sides of your truck to prevent any collisions or accidents.
Mind your proper stopping distance
Make sure you always maintain enough stopping distance between your truck and other vehicles ahead of you. Keeping your head clear and reducing any distractions will help you avoid any close interactions.
Watch out for the weather
There are always certain parts of the road that will have unpredictable weather, but try to be ahead of any sudden changes and avoid dangerous driving conditions if possible.