Category : Auto Repair
Every driver, from commercial long and short distance drivers to owner-operators , could use a little help staying out of harm’s way while on the road. When you’re out making your deliveries and hauling your loads, consider the following safety tips.
- Do not tailgate under any condition. It can be frustrating to get stuck behind a slow driver, but tailgating just opens you up to an accident.
- Signal early for turns so motorists have time to react and change lanes if need be. Same goes for lane changes; make sure people have time to get out of the way.
- With so many blind spots on big semi-trucks, check your side mirrors often and do not change lanes unnecessarily.
- Give your truck ample time and space when slowing down for a complete stop. Use brake lights early.
- If you must idle the truck, open the windows so fresh air can get in the cab and fumes do not build up.
- When pulled over on the road because of mechanical problems, always use your safety flashers, reflective triangles, and or flares to alert approaching vehicles of your location.
- Keep your fuel tank as full as possible so condensation does not build in the tank during extreme temperatures.
- Maintain safe distances between other vehicles on the road at all times, and allow for extra room when driving in rain or snow.
- Slow down in work zones and be extra cautious. Almost a third of all accidents involving semi-trucks involve a construction or road work area in some way.
- Take plenty of driving breaks, take power naps as needed, and never drive if you are tired.
Strictly adhere to the limitations on driver hours. By law you cannot exceed 11 continuous hours of driving. Violating this law could end your trucking career immediately.