Truck drivers have an enormous amount of responsibility each time they travel the highways and safety is the primary part of their job description.
It is often assumed that truck drivers have the easiest job because they have the opportunity to travel near and far as they take in the sights. Realistically, commercial truck drivers have very little opportunity to enjoy the scenery, because they are responsible for the safety of themselves, the freight and those on the highway around them.
There are procedures and policies to which drivers must adhere but there are additional safety precautions to be practiced in an to increase the probability of safe travel to and from the destination.
Here are 5 safety tips truck drivers should never neglect:
It is essential that truck drivers pay attention to their health and well-being. Maintain regular checkups with a physician to ensure there are no medical emergencies. Daily regimens play a huge part in how truckers feel from day to day, as climbing in and out of the cab can take a toll on the body.
· Drink plenty of water
· Exercise whenever possible (walk around truck stop)
· Eat Right
· Spend quality time at home to release road stress
Conduct a daily inspection of the truck by checking the basics and maintain regular service schedules as recommended for proper operation. Pay close attention to the following:
· Fluid levels
Load Freight Carefully
Ease of transport relies heavily on the load and the manner in which it is stacked. Higher loads tend to apply more pressure and drag but lower stacks allow for better fuel economy and a more stable transport.
· Stack cargo as evenly as possible
· Secure cargo tightly
· Always double-check load prior to departure
Attention to Blind-Spots
Travelers on the highway have no idea of the “no zones” that exists for truckers. It is essential for truck drivers to pay close attention to their blind-spots to reduce the chance of an accident. Typical blind spots are:
· Directly behind a commercial truck
· Slightly behind side mirrors
· Slightly in front of but to the side of the cab
Beware of Dangerous Conditions
There are several on the road conditions or circumstances that increase the chances of accidents in trucking. It is imperative to exercise caution at all times, but additional precaution should be taken in the following conditions:
· Inclimate weather
· Work zones
· Sharp curves
· Exit/Entrance ramps
Travel safety is an elevated concern for truck drivers and although there are many ways to increase safety, preparing for the trip prior to starting out is ideal. Utilize GPS suggested routes and try to avoid construction zones to avoid delays and heavy traffic. Importantly, allow enough time to reach the intended destination.
While we hope these tips help keep you safe on the road, if you are involved in a trucking accident, we’re here to help. Contact a professional Fort Collins, CO personal injury lawyer, today.
Thanks to our friend and contributor, J. Todd Tenge of The Tenge Law Firm — serving Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins, CO, for his insight into serious personal injury and motor vehicle accident cases.